Primary Care

September 6, 2017

Ask the Doctor – Does My Teenager Sleep Too Much?

Anna Lopez-Stratton, MD, of Mission Community Primary Care Haywood, a Service of Transylvania Regional Hospital, answers a common question about the impact of excessive sleep on teenagers. Q: My teenager sleeps a lot. Should I be worried? A: Teenagers should get 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night but, unfortunately, most do not. Demands […]

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August 4, 2017

Vaccines Aren’t Just for Kids – Immunization Is Recommended for All Ages

By Megan Brooks If you have school-age kids, you’re most likely familiar with vaccinations. But, what about you? As uncommon as it might sound, vaccines are not just for kids. Vaccines are just as important for adults as they are for children. While most vaccines received during childhood are essential to protect against common childhood […]

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July 19, 2017

Mosquitoes Are Back, Is Zika a Concern This Summer? An Expert Q&A

By Kendall Stacey RN & Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist Q: Has there been a resurgence of Zika in the US this summer? A: The US is only seeing travel-related cases at this time. Keep in mind, Zika is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person […]

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May 31, 2017

Ask the Doctor – What Are the Signs of Food Allergy?

Steve North, MD, MPH, family and adolescent medicine physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, addresses health and wellness questions for you and your children heading into the warmer months. Q: What are the signs your child is allergic to food? A: Typical food allergy signs include coughing, hoarseness, rash, runny nose, tightness in […]

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May 25, 2017

Summertime Healthcare Tips – Walk-In Primary Care for Non-Emergency Conditions

Ah, summertime. The kids are out of school, the weather is warm, the backyard is calling your name, and the long-awaited vacation is right around the corner. But alas, summertime. The weather brings the bugs, the sunshine brings sunburn, the family picnic brings a stomach bug, and the kids being out of school brings more […]

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May 25, 2017

Tips on Ticks – Preventing Bites and What to Know about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Dr. Ashley McClary, a pediatrician at McDowell Pediatrics in Marion, offers expert advice on avoiding the dangers of ticks, as seen in WNC Parent. What a beautiful time of the year! The days are warmer; the flowers are blooming; the grass is greener; and we’re going outside to enjoy it all. But, we’re not the only ones. Ticks also […]

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May 23, 2017

Four Tips to Help You Find the Right Doctor for You

By Jennifer Sellers Many people are focused on health goals as the summer approaches, but it’s also a perfect time to schedule checkups and screenings. If you don’t already have a primary care physician, it’s important to locate one and schedule an appointment. But how do you know when a doctor is right for you? Shehla […]

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May 18, 2017

Planes, Trains and Sick to Your Stomach? Symptoms and Solutions for Motion Sickness

If you’ve ever been sick to your stomach on a rocking boat or a bumpy airplane ride, you know the discomfort of motion sickness. It doesn’t cause long-term problems, but it can make your life miserable, especially if you travel a lot. Children from 5 to 12 years old, women and older adults get motion […]

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May 11, 2017

Hepatitis C – Are You in the Age Group That’s Five Times More Likely to Be Infected?

Did you know that most people with hepatitis C are not even aware that they are infected? Since many people can live with hepatitis C for decades without symptoms or feeling sick, testing is critical so those who are infected can get treated and cured. While anyone can get hepatitis C, 75 percent of infected […]

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April 27, 2017

Seasonal Allergies – Understanding and Overcoming Those Pesky Problems

Seasonal allergies occur at the same time of the year every year, if you continue to live in the same part of the country. Hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis) is the most common seasonal allergy.  What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies? Symptoms of seasonal allergies include: Itchy, watery eyes Sneezing Runny, stuffy or itchy nose […]

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