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Antigen vs. Antibody Testing

Antigen vs. Antibody Testing: What’s the Difference? You’ve likely expanded your vocabulary over this past year—for example, you may have learned the definitions of quarantine and incubation, and you probably found out where your nasopharyngeal cavity is. But, do you know the difference between COVID-19 antigen and antibody testing? Let’s take a closer look. Antibody Testing COVID-19 antibody testing—or serology

PCR vs Rapid COVID-19 Test

PCR vs. Rapid COVID-19 Test: What’s the Difference? As the COVID-19 crisis continues, you’ve undoubtedly heard plenty about coronavirus testing and what types are available. You’ve likely also learned the location of your nasopharyngeal cavity and can probably list all of the major coronavirus symptoms at a moment’s notice. But, do you know the differences between PCR and rapid COVID-19

Is the Flu Curable?

Is the Flu Curable? While flu season continues to be overshadowed by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the flu is still a real threat that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), affects up to 20% of the American population every year. With such a widespread impact, you may be wondering if the flu is curable. Technically, the

When to See A Doctor For an Infected Insect Bite

Is My Insect Bite Infected? When to See a Doctor Ah, summertime. The warm sunshine, balmy afternoons, and…swarming insects. It’s that season again! If you have been outside for more than a few minutes lately, you probably have a mosquito bite or two. Most insect bites are harmless and don’t require medical care, but it’s important to watch for signs

Can You Go to Urgent Care for Broken Bones?   

Can You Go to Urgent Care for Broken Bones? If you’re wondering whether or not you can visit an urgent care clinic to receive treatment for a broken bone, here’s the answer: it depends! Oftentimes, urgent care doctors can provide treatment to patients with simple fractures. This means that the injured bone has not impacted any of its surrounding tissues.

Is the Stomach Flu Contagious?

Is the Stomach Flu Contagious? Yes, the stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is contagious. This condition can be caused by one of two viruses – norovirus or rotavirus – and your contagious period may vary depending on which virus is to blame. Regardless, it’s best to stay inside and get plenty of rest while you are dealing with your illness. Take

What Are The Symptoms of Food Poisoning?

What Are the Symptoms of Food Poisoning? Few illnesses are quite as miserable as food poisoning – the condition that can occur if you digest food that is infected with viruses, bacteria, parasites, or their toxins. Food poisoning symptoms can vary from person to person, but often include: Nausea Diarrhea Vomiting Abdominal discomfort Fatigue Fever Many people begin to feel

When To Get Stitches

When to Get Stitches for a Cut Cuts and scrapes happen. When they do, odds are, all you need is some rubbing alcohol and a bandage to treat the nasty cut. However, this isn’t always the case – some wounds require stitches and additional care from a medical professional. So, how can you differentiate when it’s time to break out