Health and wellness

Keeping our community informed, with guidance on how to get healthy and live well.

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Woman sitting with a provider experiencing strep throat symptoms in need of rapid strep tests

Rapid strep test: quick answers for throat health.

When you're dealing with a sore throat, the uncertainty over what’s causing it can be as discomforting as the symptoms themselves. Is it just a cold or something more?

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A woman dealing with a foreign object in her eye

Behind the blink: why it feels like something's in your eye.

Have you ever had the unsettling sensation that something is in your eye even though nothing appears to be there? It's a common experience, often leaving you blinking and rubbing your eyes in discomfort.

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A mother holding her baby with heat rash close

Caring for little ones: treating heat rash in babies.

Have you noticed some little red bumps on your baby? Are you wondering what they might mean? It may be heat rash, a fairly common skin condition for babies, especially when it's warm out or if they're bundled up too much.

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A Summit Health and CityMD Grateful Patient Story: Heidi’s Connected Care Journey

More than 18 months of consistent pain and discomfort has finally ended for Heidi. Today she has returned to doing what she loves — teaching dance to children at her studio in Brooklyn. Heidi credits the team at Summit Health and CityMD for following her throughout her entire injury from urgently needing an evaluation to specialized surgical care and recovery.

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Woman rubbing her eyes due to contagious pink eye symptoms holding a bottle of eye drops

How long is pink eye contagious?

Let's dive into the world of eye health, where the not-so-uncommon visitor, conjunctivitis – or the friendlier term, pink eye – often makes an appearance. When you have pink eye, you're probably wondering, 'how long is pink eye contagious?

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Woman grasping her hand while experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms

Proactive strategies on how to prevent carpal tunnel.

Today, we're talking about something that might affect you: carpal tunnel syndrome. Whether you're glued to a keyboard, love crafting or just want your hands to feel good, this guide is for you.

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Doctor helping a woman test for gonorrhea

How long can you have gonorrhea without knowing?

When it comes to your sexual health, it is important to seek answers to any concerns you may have. One common question is, "How long can you have gonorrhea without knowing?"

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A woman experiencing persistent yeast infection symptoms

CityMD answers: why do I keep getting yeast infections?

If you've found yourself caught in the frustrating loop of recurring yeast infections, you're not alone. From the roots of the issue to the nuances of self-treatment, CityMD has your back. Let's dive in and shed some light on the perplexing question: Why do I keep getting yeast infections?

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What you should know about RSV

RSV is on the rise. Hospitalization rates are steadily increasing among young children and vaccines are now available.

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Man with frozen shoulder experiencing limited shoulder mobility

What is frozen shoulder? The CityMD guide.

Have you ever wondered about persistent shoulder pain and stiffness? Well, you might be dealing with 'frozen shoulder.' Frozen shoulder can be a challenging condition, impacting daily life and comfort.

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Doctor wrapping a patient’s arm to help with stress fracture symptoms

CityMD's guide to stress fracture symptoms: listen to your body.

In our active lives, it's crucial to recognize when our bodies are signaling for help. Stress fractures, small cracks in bones, are common yet often overlooked injuries that demand attention. Stress fracture symptoms can be extremely painful, but how do you spot them?

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Child with a pediatric sports injury.

CityMD cares: nurturing growing bones with pediatric orthopedics.

As parents, we all want the best for our children, especially regarding their health. When it comes to the bones and joints that support their active, growing bodies, pediatric orthopedics is a crucial field of medicine.

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Woman grasping her leg experiencing broken bone and bruised bone symptoms

Aches and breaks: how to tell if a bone is fractured or bruised.

When injury strikes, deciphering whether it's a bruised bone or a fracture is essential. In this article, we explore the symptoms that can help you distinguish between the two and get you to seek out the proper care.

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Young woman with a bandaged arm after getting vaccinated at CityMD.

Which vaccines should I get? A guide from CityMD.

In our fast-changing world, questions about vaccines have become more common than ever. You might be wondering which vaccines are the right ones for you and your loved ones.

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Man with long-lasting bronchitis sitting next to his wife

How long does bronchitis last? Counting down the days.

Are you curled up with a cup of warm tea, battling a persistent cough? If you're dealing with bronchitis, you know it's no walk in the park. In this article, we discuss how long bronchitis lasts and dive into some specific tips for finding relief.

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Man shoveling snow safely in winter

Braving the frost: CityMD's winter safety tips.

Winter has a magical way of turning the world into a glistening wonderland, with snowflakes falling gently from the sky and a crisp chill in the air. While the season promises cozy fires, hot cocoa and holiday festivities, it also brings challenges and potential hazards.

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Woman with body aches and chills sitting on a couch

Body aches and chills: understanding the causes and seeking relief.

If you've experienced the discomfort of body aches and chills, you're certainly not alone. These symptoms can leave us feeling less than our best.

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Man experiencing ringing in the ears

Sounding off: why do I hear ringing in my ear?

Have you ever experienced an uninvited ringing in your ears that just won't go away? In this article, we unravel the mystery behind why ears ring, explore conditions that may be causing it and discuss practical ways to find relief.

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Woman sitting at a table experiencing holiday stress

Holiday stress: tips for staying calm and healthy.

The holiday season often conjures images of joy, celebration and cherished moments with loved ones. However, it can also bring an unwelcome guest – holiday stress.

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Male patient speaking with a female doctor.

Seeing is knowing: What does herpes look like?

Herpes is a word that carries with it a lot of questions and concerns. We often hear about it in discussions about sexual health. But when it comes to what herpes actually looks like, the information can be less clear.

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Woman itching her arm due to skin fungus

Don't scratch itchy skin: CityMD's tips for dealing with skin fungus.

Itchy skin can be maddening, and when that itch comes with redness, peeling, or a rash, it might be more than just a nuisance. Skin fungus, a common condition caused by fungal infections, could very well be the culprit.

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Woman breaking out in hives itching her neck

Breaking out in hives? This is what it could mean.

Have you ever experienced that sudden, maddening itchiness and the appearance of red, swollen welts on your skin that seem to come out of nowhere? These itchy culprits are hives, also known as urticaria. 

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A mother comforting her son suffering from hand, foot, and mouth disease

How long does hand, foot and mouth last? Advice for parents.

It’s normal for parents to worry when their little one falls ill. Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common viral infection in childhood that often finds its way into households.

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Man with hernia pain

Connected Care: Andres’s Hernia Repair Story

At his fast-paced grocery retail job, Andres experienced an injury that threatened to slow him down. Fortunately, CityMD helped him get the care he needed to get back to business.

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Woman holding knee because of constant knee pain

From twinges to trouble: why does my knee hurt?

Knees – those unassuming joints that bear the weight of our world, quite literally. Our knees power us through daily routines, sports, and adventures, supporting our every step. But what happens when they start sending signals of distress in the form of pain? "Why does my knee hurt?" is a question many of us have asked at some point in our lives.

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Woman in orange sweater experiencing pain from a pulled muscle in back

Weak muscles: Understanding and treating a pulled muscle in your back.

Ever had a sudden twinge or ache in your back when you least expected it? It happens to the best of us. But understanding and taking care of a pulled back muscle doesn't have to be a mystery.

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Woman feeling head and looking at a thermometer to see how long a fever lasts

Temperature check: how long does a fever last?

Fevers are like the body's red alert system, signaling something isn't quite right. They can make you feel hot and uncomfortable and often come accompanied by a whole host of symptoms. But one burning question that lingers in many minds is, "How long does a fever last?"

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Woman massaging leg to heal a bruise

Bruise be gone: how to heal a bruise.

Ever had an unexpected bump against a table corner or a minor mishap during sports that led to a bruise? Bruises, those colorful badges of honor, can show up when we least expect them and sometimes, we are not entirely sure how we got them.

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Breathing trouble doctor checking breathing

Breathing trouble: Here's what your wheezing could mean.

Breathing is something we can take for granted until it becomes a struggle. If you've ever experienced the unsettling sound of wheezing when you breathe, you're not alone.

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Person getting splinter removed at local urgent care

How to get a splinter out safely: a step-by-step guide.

Whether it’s a piece of wood, a thorn, or even a tiny metal shard, splinters have a knack for finding their way under our skin. While small, they can cause discomfort and even infections if not handled properly.

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Inhaling relief: how nebulizer treatments help respiratory conditions

Breathing can be a struggle for people with respiratory conditions, and nebulizer treatments can offer much-needed relief. In this guide, we'll explore nebulizer treatments and their significance in managing various breathing problems.

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Woman experiencing vomiting and diarrhea discomfort at the same time

Stomach woes: causes and solutions for vomiting and diarrhea

Unexpected queasiness  or a sudden dash to the bathroom can be highly unpleasant. Stomach troubles like vomiting and diarrhea can catch us off guard, disrupting our day and making us feel unwell.

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CityMD doctor showing patient how to stop a nosebleed fast

Stop that drip: how to stop a nosebleed fast

Nosebleeds can strike suddenly and catch us off guard. Dealing with a nosebleed can be unsettling, whether it’s caused by dry weather, allergies, or a bump in the face.

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Woman suffering from migraine

From onset to relief: how to get rid of a migraine

We've all been there – a sudden, throbbing headache that feels like a tiny jackhammer inside your head. It's safe to say that migraines are nobody's idea of a good time.

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woman with high heels holding ankle due to blister pain

Should you pop a blister? Your guide to dealing with blisters

Blisters can be quite a nuisance, can't they? Whether it's from a new pair of shoes, an intense workout, or just bad luck, these little bubbles of discomfort can pop up when you least expect them.

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Woman holding stomach experiencing vomiting from stomach flu

Counting the days: how long does stomach flu last?

We've all experienced those unexpected bouts of stomach discomfort that can really throw us off track. Today, we're talking about a common virus that usually makes the rounds during this time of year: the stomach flu, also known as gastroenteritis.

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Close-up of a doctor preparing a tetanus shot at CityMD

Staying protected: How often do you need a tetanus shot?

You probably know that defending yourself against tetanus is important to your health. But you may overlook or forget about getting regular preventative shots.

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Urgent care doctor setting up IV fluids for dehydration treatment at CityMD

Revive and rehydrate: the benefits of IV fluids for dehydration

The effects of dehydration can sneak up on anyone, even the most energetic individuals. Join us as we unravel the benefits of IV fluids for dehydration at your local CityMD and learn how we can help you get your energy back.

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Woman pressing ear due to adult ear infection symptoms

Listen up: Take note of these adult ear infection symptoms.

Whether it's hearing your favorite song or a loved one’s laughter, the ability to listen enriches our world in countless ways. So what do you do when adult ear infection symptoms strike a sour note?

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Woman suffering from tension headaches

Pounding, pulsing, and persistent: Why does my head hurt?

We've all been there — the unwelcome pain that just won't quit. A headache can quickly grab our attention, whether it’s a dull ache or a sharp pulsing sensation. From everyday triggers to more complex culprits, get ready to unravel the possible causes of your headaches.

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Young girl with childhood eczema holding her mother’s hand

Sensitive skin SOS: a comprehensive guide to eczema in children

You've come to the right place if your little one is dealing with eczema. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore eczema in children and how to manage it. We’ll also offer soothing strategies for those sensitive patches.

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Young girl with chickenpox symptoms wrapped in a blanket

Spotting the signs: What does chickenpox look like?

We've all heard of chickenpox, the childhood rite of passage marked by itchiness and discomfort. But can you recognize chickenpox when you see it? What does chickenpox look like?

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Walk in and get your flu shot today. No appointment is needed.

Flu season will be here soon — and now is the perfect time to come in and get your yearly vaccine. Just walk into any CityMD location whenever it is convenient for you. We offer both the regular dose flu shot, for individuals 6 months to 64 years old, and the high dose flu shot for patients ages 65 and older.

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How CityMD can help with pediatric care

School is back in session, and along with the fall hustle and bustle of activities also comes an uptick in illness and injury. At CityMD, we know the unexpected can happen at any time. Learn about all the ways we can help with pediatric care for children of all ages.

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woman grasping her leg after a hamstring strain during physical activity

On the mend: a comprehensive guide to healing a hamstring strain

If you’ve ever experienced a hamstring strain, you know it can put a damper on your daily activities.

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Man working out after recovering from a pulled groin

From strain to solution: what is a pulled groin?

Pulled groins are an ailment that can catch us off guard when we least expect it. Whether you're an active athlete, a fitness enthusiast, or just going about your daily routine, a pulled groin can cause discomfort and inconvenience.

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Woman flying while experiencing motion sickness symptoms

Motion sickness treatments for smooth travels

Do you ever experience unpleasant feelings of dizziness, nausea, or discomfort while traveling? If so, you may be familiar with the challenges of motion sickness.

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Woman experiencing symptoms from dehydration

Hydration matters: how CityMD can help

Hydration plays a vital role in maintaining optimal bodily functions and overall well-being. For example, we often hear about the importance of staying hydrated during a heat wave or while playing sports.

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Woman receiving symptom treatment for COPD stages at CityMD

COPD stages and improving your quality of life

COPD is a chronic lung disease that causes breathing difficulties and has a significant impact on your daily activities. The disease affects millions of people worldwide.

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Man clutching his ribs due to intercostal muscle strain

Protecting your ribs: understanding intercostal muscle strain

Ouch! Have you ever experienced a sharp pain in your side that seems to take your breath away? If you’re wondering what causes this discomfort and how to prevent it, then you're in the right place.

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Can Lyme disease be cured? Debunking five Lyme disease myths

If you've ever heard about Lyme disease, you probably know it's a tick-borne illness that can cause serious health challenges. There are plenty of myths and misunderstandings about this condition.

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Woman with contact dermatitis looking at her face in the mirror

Easing the itch: how long does contact dermatitis last?

Have you ever experienced itchiness and discomfort on your skin after coming into contact with certain substances? If so, you might be familiar with contact dermatitis.

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Woman applying insect repellent and checking for ticks

Tick safety 101: how to check for ticks

Summer is a time to enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends. But along with hiking, camping, and picnics in the park comes the threat of ticks.

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Women visiting CityMD urgent care

Urgent care or emergency room: where should I go?

We all know that unexpected illnesses and accidents can happen at any time. Whether you cut yourself in the kitchen, trip on the sidewalk, develop unusual stomach pain, or have difficulty breathing, most of us have needed urgent medical care at some point in our lives.

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Men playing basketball

Don’t get burned by these summer orthopedic injuries.

As temperatures rise, so do opportunities to get burned by an injury. Our specialists outline common summer orthopedic injuries, the activities that tend to cause them, and steps you can take to prevent spending a sunny day inside at the doctor’s office.

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Summit Health doctor giving ear exam to help a child with ear pain

What’s causing your ear pain?

Ear pain has many causes, from infections to problems unrelated to the ear. CityMD physician Anne Marie Nolan, DO, highlights some common reasons and encourages patients to simply walk right into their neighborhood CityMD urgent care location for an evaluation if they are experiencing an earache.

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Woman using eye drops to treat eye redness

Why are my eyes red? Common triggers for eye redness.

Have you ever caught a glimpse of your bloodshot eyes in the mirror and thought, "Why are my eyes red?" Many factors can contribute to eye redness, ranging from everyday irritants to underlying health conditions.

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Man sneezing from severe tree pollen allergy symptoms

Tree pollen allergy symptoms: recognizing the telltale signs.

The beauty of springtime, with its blooming trees and vibrant flowers, is a nice change of pace from months of cold weather. But for many of us, this season also brings something less pleasant — tree pollen allergies.

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Woman scratching autoimmune rash on her shoulder and back

Exploring the causes of an autoimmune rash.

Have you ever experienced an unexplained rash that appears out of nowhere? Itchy, red, and bothersome, autoimmune rashes can be quite perplexing.

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CityMD patient Regina Schroeder

Infection care at CityMD: a grateful patient story.

Chances are you’ve experienced illness and know how unpleasant it can be. For CityMD patient Regina Schroeder, an infection can be especially hard without prompt medical care.

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Men in a gym locker room

How to avoid summer skin infections.

The dog days of summer are here and there is no better way to cool off than by going swimming at the pool, camp, or lake. You probably think to protect your skin from the sun by applying sunscreen. 

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Beware of tick signs to help prevent Lyme disease rash

Do I have a lyme disease rash?

Outdoor fireworks, backyard BBQs, and afternoon swims. Lyme disease is a common concern this time of year with most cases appearing between May and August. If you develop a rash and you may have recently been bitten by a tick, then you should see a provider as soon as possible.

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Patient undergoing allergy testing on their arm

Clear the air: the power of allergy testing.

Are you tired of constant sneezing, itchy eyes, or unexplained skin rashes? Allergies can put a damper on our daily lives, making it hard to enjoy even the simplest activities. We’re here to clear the air and help you reclaim your well-being.

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Shortness of breath: causes, symptoms, and treatment.

Whether you've experienced it yourself or know someone who has, the feeling of struggling for breath can be alarming. It's a symptom that can stem from various underlying causes, ranging from mild to severe.

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Woman eating soup when sick

Here's what to eat when you’re sick: a helpful guide.

We've all experienced days when illness makes an unwelcome visit. From sniffles and coughs to fever and body aches, feeling under the weather can be a drag on our daily routines. A key part of recovery is ensuring our bodies get the right nourishment.

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Woman experiencing an itchy throat

Scratching the surface: uncovering the causes and treatments for an itchy throat.

We've all experienced that bothersome itch in our throats at some point. An itchy throat can be uncomfortable and disruptive, whether it's a mild irritation or a persistent tickle.

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Man scratching heat rash bumps on his arm

Beat the heat: the best heat rash treatment.

When the scorching heat of summer arrives, our bodies can sometimes react with heat rash. This common skin condition, also known as prickly heat, can cause itchy, red bumps or blisters to appear on the skin, making it uncomfortable and irritating. 

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Young woman suffering from an anal fissure at home

Anal fissures and hemorrhoids: understanding the connection.

While anal fissures and hemorrhoids are different issues, they share similar symptoms and can occur together. Both conditions involve discomfort in the anal area and can cause pain and bleeding.

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Woman blowing nose during allergy season

How CityMD can help this allergy season.

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you may currently be experiencing a flare-up in symptoms. Summer is almost here, but allergy season is still in full swing in New York City and beyond.

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Person with poison ivy rash itching their arm

Poison ivy rash and children: prevention and management tips.

With the warmer weather, your kids probably spend more time outdoors, which is great for their health and happiness. But with all the fun and adventure comes the risk of running into some not-so-friendly plants, like poison ivy, oak, and sumac.

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Person applying cream for athlete’s foot

How to get rid of athlete's foot: tips and tricks from CityMD.

Are you dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms of athlete's foot? You're not alone. Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that can be treated successfully with proper care. 

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Bumble bee on pink flower

How to treat a bee sting: quick relief and care tips.

As the sunny days of summer draw near, so does the buzzing sound of bees. But an unexpected encounter can sometimes lead to a painful bee sting. Unless you are allergic, bee stings are usually nothing to worry about.

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Person with recurring yeast infection covering themself

How long does a yeast infection last? Advice and treatment options.

If you've ever experienced the discomfort and itching associated with a yeast infection, you're not alone. These common fungal infections can affect anyone, regardless of gender or age.

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CityMD doctor administering travel vaccine

Travel vaccines: what you need to know before your next trip.

Are you planning a trip abroad anytime soon? Whether it's for work or pleasure, traveling to a new destination can be an exciting experience. But before you pack your bags it's essential to take steps to ensure your health and safety.

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CityMD doctor helping a patient with a joint dislocation

Out of place: treating a joint dislocation.

Have you ever experienced a sudden pop or snap in your joint followed by intense pain? If so, you may have suffered from a joint dislocation. This common injury can happen to anyone, from athletes to those with more sedentary lifestyles.

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CityMD urgent care doctor performing earwax removal on patient

Earwax removal explained.

While earwax may not be a topic we often think about, it’s worth understanding the importance of good ear hygiene and how to remove excess earwax safely.

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CityMD doctor examining patient’s corneal abrasion

Corneal abrasion: how to prevent eye damage.

Have you ever experienced that awful feeling of having something stuck in your eye, accompanied by pain and discomfort? It might be a corneal abrasion.

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Person using an EpiPen® to prevent anaphylaxis

What is anaphylaxis? How to handle severe allergic reactions.

You’re feeling a little off after having something to eat. You notice some swelling or tingling in your lips. A few minutes later you start to feel itchy and see a rash spreading on your skin. You may be experiencing a severe life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. 

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Woman experiencing morning sickness symptoms

What does morning sickness feel like? Signs and symptoms.

You or someone you know might be in the early stages of pregnancy and wondering about morning sickness. Most pregnant women experience morning sickness, but the experience varies greatly from person to person. 

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CityMD doctor reading urgent care X-ray results

How an urgent care X-ray makes all the difference.

You may wonder whether X-ray machines are available at your local urgent care. It's a valid question, especially if you’re dealing with an acute illness or a possible broken bone.

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Person receiving burn treatment at CityMD

Soothing the pain: what to put on a burn.

Burns are a common household injury with various causes, such as hot liquids, steam, fire, or prolonged sun exposure. Burn severity can range from minor to life-threatening, making it essential to know how to care for one properly.

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Doctor speaking to a patient about abscess

What is an abscess? Signs, symptoms, and treatment.

An abscess is a buildup of pus that forms in a specific area of the body. Infections, injuries, and underlying medical conditions can cause abscesses. They can occur anywhere and may cause pain, swelling, redness, and fever.

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Woman helping a man with orthopedic injury outside

What to do right after an injury.

Injuries often present the same way at first — with pain, swelling, limited range of motion, and bruising. So how can you tell if you just need to prop up your limb with some ice or take a trip to the local urgent care?

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Medical professional monitoring a patient's blood pressure for signs of hypotension

Passing out and feeling weak? The many causes of low blood pressure.

Feeling weak, dizzy, tired, or lethargic? You may have low blood pressure, also known as hypotension. A low reading means your blood pressure has fallen below 90/60 mmHg.

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Young couple dining outdoors

Sexually transmitted infections: how CityMD can help.

Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or thinking that you may have been exposed to one, can be stressful. You may feel fine or have active symptoms.

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Girl clutching her sprained ankle while exercising

Here's how to treat a sprained ankle.

Sprained ankles are a common injury that can happen to anyone, whether you're an athlete training for a race or just going about your day-to-day activities.

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CityMD urgent care doctor giving man an EKG test

What is an EKG test?

There's a very common medical test called an electrocardiogram (EKG). Medical professionals like CityMD urgent care doctors rely on electrocardiogram to evaluate the heart's electrical activity.

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CityMD urgent care doctor administering shingles vaccine to a patient

What to know about the shingles vaccine.

Are you considering getting the shingles vaccine? At CityMD we are here to help you understand what the shingles vaccine is all about and what you should know before getting it.

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Person clutching his side from experiencing severe liver pain

Have upper abdominal or liver pain? Here's what it could be.

Today, we want to discuss a topic that is often overlooked — upper abdominal pain, sometimes referred to as “liver pain” and its potential causes.

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CityMD urgent care doctor holding suture scissors for when patients need stitches

When do you need stitches? Wound care at CityMD.

Accidents can happen at any time. When they do, you need to know how to take care of yourself. Sometimes, injuries may require more than a bandage and some antiseptic.

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Man with workplace injury from slip and fall

Safety is key: how to prevent slips, trips, and falls.

Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common accidents people experience. Whether you encounter a slippery surface or lose your balance for a moment, accidents can happen to anyone at any time.

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CityMD doctor testing young girl with a concussion

What to do if you have a concussion: four helpful tips.

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that can happen to anyone, whether you're an athlete or not. They occur when your head experiences a sudden jolt or blow, causing your brain to move rapidly back and forth inside your skull. 

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Woman having an asthma attack

Am I having an asthma attack? Signs and symptoms.

If you or someone you know has ever experienced an asthma attack, you know how scary and overwhelming it can be. While many people with asthma can manage their symptoms effectively with medication and lifestyle changes, there may be times when an asthma attack strikes, and it can feel like you're struggling to catch your breath.

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Child smiling with a New York urgent care pediatrician

What is a pediatrician? Offering support and care.

For a parent or caregiver, your child's health and well-being are your number one priority. And regular visits to the pediatrician are an important way to ensure your child’s overall health and wellness.

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Man receiving full vaccination from CityMD urgent care doctor

Are you fully vaccinated? Learn more about boosters.

With new variants and different vaccines available, information about what it means to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can get confusing. Let’s break down what it means to be fully vaccinated and how CityMD can help you with testing and treatment for COVID-19.

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Couple hugging after urgent care STD testing at CityMD

Do I have an STD? Five signs of STDs.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or infections (STIs) have been on the rise for several years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea all increased in the U.S. even throughout the pandemic.

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New York urgent care provider explaining drug testing for employment

Drug test for employment: fast drug tests at CityMD.

Drug screenings provide critical information about potential and current hires for employers. But what is the easiest way to set up a drug test for employment purposes? And where can you get employee drug screenings near you?

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Common UTI treatments resting on paper that display urinary tract infection definition

How does UTI testing work?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common health issue that affects millions of people each year, particularly women. If left untreated, a UTI can lead to more serious complications; that’s why UTI testing is so important.

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Man experiencing spring allergies blowing nose

Tips to keep spring allergies at bay.

Sneeze, cough, scratch — repeat. If you’re one of the 25 million adults and children in the U.S. who suffer from seasonal allergies, the biggest signs of spring may not be budding flowers and green trees. But rather, pesky symptoms like a runny nose and watery eyes can affect your daily life.

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Woman on the couch feeling severe stomach pain symptoms

What does your stomach pain mean?

Most of us have experienced a garden variety stomachache — either from overeating, gas, or a meal that just didn’t sit quite right. This type of belly pain usually passes with time, rest, or the help of an over-the-counter digestive aid.

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Diagnosis of a urinary tract infection

Gotta go, again? Signs, symptoms, treatment, and tips for UTIs

You know that uncomfortable feeling — pain, burning, and frequently or urgently needing to urinate. But when you finally go, very little urine comes out. These are all common symptoms of bladder and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

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Woman trying to stop sneezing from seasonal allergies

Seasonal allergies: how to stop sneezing.

Sneezing is a normal process that allows your body to clear its nasal passageways and get rid of germs. But sneezing can also be irritating, especially when it doesn’t seem to let up.

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Person meeting with urgent care doctor in virtual care visit at CityMD

Virtual care: how to meet with a doctor online.

Medical emergencies don't wait for a convenient time to strike. And sometimes you simply can’t get to the doctor’s office, or it isn’t a good time to come in.

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New York urgent care doctor dressing a woman's itchy wounds

Why do wounds itch? How the body heals.

Wounds are common in life. They can be painful and annoying to deal with, but wounds are a normal part of life and generally heal on their own with proper care and attention.

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Three skiers walking through the wilderness with gear to prevent frostbite

Preventing and treating frostbite and frostnip.

Hitting the ski slopes, roasting marshmallows, and going for a wintery stroll. There are many highlights of winter, but the season can also bring plunging temperatures and outdoor environments that can lead to frostnip and frostbite.

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Child coughing from croup

All about croup: symptoms and treatments.

Coughing is a common symptom when kids get sick. But there’s one very distinct, barking cough that alarms parents when they hear it — and that seal-like sound often signals an infection called croup.

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Person with arrhythmia gripping their chest in pain

Could I have an arrhythmia? What to know and how to spot them.

Do you frequently feel your heart race or slow down for no apparent reason? If you’re shrugging your shoulders, you may have an arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat.

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Love is life’s best medicine.

A person that has love in their life — whether it be romantic or through family and friendship — is generally happier, healthier, and may even live longer.

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Man using an inhaler for asthma symptoms in winter

Why asthma gets worse in the wintertime.

 

Most asthma sufferers know exactly what their triggers are — environmental allergies, illness, or changes in temperature. And many report their symptoms ramp up during the winter months.

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Woman with sore throat symptoms holding a glass of water

Got a sore throat? How to get relief and fast.

We all know that feeling of waking up with a painful tickle in our throats. Maybe you slept with your mouth open, or you went to a concert the night before and sang too loud. But usually, a sore throat, also known as pharyngitis, means something more.

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Don't stay still this winter: ways to stay active in the city.

We all get a little complacent in the winter months. The weather is cold and wet — and it isn’t very appealing to be outside for a long period of time. It is not surprising that our desire to exercise takes a plunge.

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Wellness snapshot: chin tuck stretch for good posture.

Our physical therapists share the best one-minute stretches you can do to give your back, neck, and arms some relief.

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Mother pushing child in cart in front of empty shelves due to nationwide Tylenol and Motrin shortage

What parents need to know about the Tylenol and Motrin shortage.

This cold and flu season has been challenging for parents and pediatricians alike. It seems like everyone has been sick at some point — and our little ones have been hit particularly hard.

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Man and woman walking practicing winter safety tips

Put health and safety first this winter.

The coldest season of the year evokes images of crackling fireplaces and holiday cheer. But the winter also brings colder temperatures, icy sidewalks, an uptick in viral illnesses.

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X-ray of a hairline fracture in a person's hand

Broken bone lingo explained.

Most of us will end up breaking two bones in our lifetime. If you have ever had an X-ray at your local urgent care or orthopedists’ office, you may have heard the medical terms.

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Family sick with flu

Why is everyone getting sick? The immunity gap explained.

This fall, it seems like everyone has been laid up with something. Physicians at CityMD urgent care, like Pamela Arsove, MD, say cases of RSV, the flu, the common cold, and COVID-19 are all coinciding.

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Man scratching stress rash on arm

Stress rash: five things to know about stress rash.

You’ve had a rough day. Your to-do list is getting longer by the minute. And to make matters worse, your skin suddenly looks how you feel — stressed! But is it a stress rash or something else?

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Being kind is good for your health.

It feels good to be kind. But did you know practicing an act of kindness a day can make you healthier? 

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Don't overdo it: how to avoid overuse injuries.

Repetition can be a good thing. But there also are times when doing too much of something can backfire.

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Woman undergoing vampire facial treatment

“Vampire Facials” – A new cosmetic enhancement.

Looking for a fresh way to rejuvenate your skin? Microneedling with PRP also known as a “Vampire Facial” may sound like a scary way to dress up on Halloween, but it is actually a cosmetic treatment.

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Female and baby

Why is RSV on the rise? What parents should know.

RSV, a common respiratory illness that is the leading cause of hospitalization among infants, has been on the rise in the U.S. for several months now. 

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Wellness snapshot: the best stretch for back pain.

Your best posture is your next posture. Our physical therapists share the best one-minute stretches you can do to give your back, neck, and arms some relief.

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Woman smiling in the mirror examining her face for skin tags

What are skin tags? Q&A with a dermatologist.

Have you ever taken off a piece of jewelry or clothing and noticed what looks like an extra piece of skin? If your answer is yes, do not worry. You probably have a harmless growth known as a skin tag.

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Man feeling swollen lymph nodes under his jaw

Swollen lymph nodes: what they mean for better or worse.

You might remember those days when you complained of a sore throat, and your mom would feel your neck. She would say something about your glands being swollen, or not swollen, and then decide if you were sick.

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10 ways to keep your spine happy.

Taking proper care of your spine lowers your risk of developing debilitating back or neck pain. Here are 10 simple tips to help keep your spine healthy.

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Need a flu shot?

Flu shot 101: all your questions answered.

Now is the perfect time to schedule a trip to CityMD and get caught up on your vaccines. Flu season is just around the corner.

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Cold vs. Flu

Cold vs. flu.

It's not always easy to tell the difference between a case of the flu and the common cold based on the symptoms alone. Learn about what your symptoms could mean and how CityMD can help.

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Common Illnesses

Prevent these winter illnesses in children.

It's that time of year again—the leaves are falling, and the kids are beginning to cough and sniffle. Unfortunately, the return to school brings a greater risk of contracting the most common winter illnesses. Here's what to be on the lookout for.

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Sinus Infection

Do I have a sinus infection?

A sinus infection, or sinusitis, is inflammation of the sinuses caused by infection. Learn more about this condition, when see a doctor, and how to get rid of a sinus infection.

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UTI

Do I have a UTI?

Learn how to identify the first signs of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and when to seek treatment.

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Heartburn Relief

Essential steps to find heartburn relief.

Heartburn, or acid reflux, is a burning pain or pressure in the chest and the sensation of gastric contents refluxing into the mouth. Learn more about how to spot the symptoms, treat and prevent heartburn.

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Stitches, Glue and Staples

Stitches, medical glue or staples?

When you get a cut that requires medical attention, there are a few methods our team will consider when determining the best way for the wound to heal.

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Strep or sore throat

Strep throat vs sore throat.

Throat pain that comes on suddenly usually requires a strep throat test to identify if your sore throat is more than just a viral infection.

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Tips to prevent flu

Tips to prevent the flu.

How to stay healthy and reduce your risk of catching the flu this season.

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STD and HIV symptoms

Understanding STD and HIV symptoms.

Stay informed about the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases, and learn about testing services that can help diagnose these infections.

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Mono

What is mono?

Learn more about how mononucleosis (mono) spreads, and how to spot symptoms of this contagious disease.

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Dry January

Why dry January has its drawbacks.

You’ve probably heard someone talk about Dry January or going alcohol-free for one month. Maybe you’ve considered giving it a shot. While taking a break from booze is a good thing, Dry January comes with potential pitfalls.

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Good sleep

Why good sleep matters.

There's nothing quite like being well rested. You're happier, more alert, and more productive.

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Help in a pinch

Help in a pinch: when to use urgent care.

When you have an unexpected injury, feel unusual pain, or if you recognize the onset of cold or flu symptoms outside usual doctor’s office hours, one question often arises: Where should I go to get assessed?

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Immunizations

Facts about vaccines & immunization.

Get key facts and information about vaccines, including how they work and when you should get them.

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Pink eye

How to tell if you have pink eye.

Understand what causes this common eye condition, get tips on how to ease the symptoms, and prevent future infections.

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Sprains vs. Strains

Sprains vs. strains.

Sprains and strains are very common injuries that can occur from falling, twisting, lifting, or being involved in an accident. Learn more about the difference between these injuries, and how they’re treated.

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Having a heat wave: how to prevent heat-related illnesses.

You may have noticed this past June was the hottest month on record in many places throughout the country. These high temperatures are expected to continue – and perhaps even worsen – during the second half of the summer.

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COVID-19 care: what you need to know about the latest treatments.

As the contagious Omicron variants, BA.4 and BA.5, continue to spread across the globe, the number of positive cases and hospitalizations continues to rise. The good news is that there are more COVID-19 treatments available today than ever before. Physicians are finding that these medical therapies help to shorten both the course of the illness and the severity of symptoms.

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Sun safety: the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays.

Tom Morris knew it was time to call the doctor when he noticed an unusual growth on the top of his head. Any new skin growth or mole that changes in size or shape should be checked out right away. So, he made an appointment for a skin check with Hari Nadiminti, MD, a dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon at Summit Health.

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Summer isn’t always carefree: preventing pediatric sports injuries.

If your kids are in summer sports and training camps, you’ve probably spent many evenings cheering them on at games and tournaments. Unfortunately, you may also have experienced those gut-wrenching moments when they fall, collide, or overexert themselves and become injured. 

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Ovarian cancer: A grateful patient story and 5 tips for early detection.

The hardest thing about treating ovarian cancer is that the disease is rarely found in its early stages. Only one in every five patients are diagnosed before the cancer spreads to other areas of the body. 

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