Book Your Flu Shot Now: Your Best Defense Against Illness

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The winter months are prime flu season, but if you haven’t already had your flu shot, it’s not too late. Though it takes several weeks for your immune system to develop flu protection, there’s still time to ensure you and your family are protected ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.  All it takes […]

Start Your Year Off Right With an Annual Physical

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You always make sure everything is up to date after a new year rolls around. But what about your health? Think about an annual physical as a way to renew the most important thing in your life: your well-being.  At First Care Medical Clinic, we offer complete annual physicals to help you stay ahead of […]

Urgent Care vs. Primary Care: What You Need to Know

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Medical specialization is becoming more and more common these days, and because of that, it’s not always easy to find ordinary, everyday healthcare. Your best bets are finding a primary care doctor, an urgent care facility, or a practice that serves both needs. At First Care Medical Clinic, with locations in North and South Carolina, we […]

When to Consider a Medical Weight Loss Program

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Despite the many benefits of losing weight, many Americans fail to maintain a healthy BMI. Estimates show that 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, yet nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Losing weight is one of the best preventive measures against type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even some cancers. Carrying a […]

What To Expect During Your Immigration Physical

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If you’re applying to become a permanent resident of the United States, you need an immigration physical to ensure that you don’t have any communicable diseases and aren’t a danger to the general population.  The immigration physical also determines if you’re updated on your vaccinations and whether or not you’re in overall good health.  Many green card […]

Understanding the Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are both characterized by the body’s inability to use glucose for energy. However, there are a few key differences between the two regarding their causes and management.  Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in children and adolescents whose immune system attacks the beta cells in their pancreas. When these cells […]

Common Causes of Hypertension

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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects nearly half of the American adult population. Estimates also suggest that only 24% of adults diagnosed with hypertension have their condition under control.  Often called the “silent killer,” hypertension rarely exhibits symptoms in the early stages, and it can cause damage to your blood vessels and heart for […]

How to Prepare for a Sports Physical

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Sports physicals are a must for athletes at the start of the sports season. Children and teens who undergo sports physicals are less likely to experience injuries and have negative experiences.  The purpose of a sports physical is to determine if your child is healthy enough to practice sports and find out if he or […]

Helpful Inhaler Habits

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Inhalers are a blessing. They enable medicine to go straight to your lungs, and they allow for lower doses, which means fewer side effects. Unfortunately, 84% of people suffering from asthma misuse their inhalers. As advocates of prevention, our staff at First Care Medical Clinic wants to share how you can develop good inhaler habits. Hold your breath Right […]