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  • Community Update: Charleston in March!

    By Health First on March 1, 2012
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    We at Health First are proud to call Charleston and the surrounding communities home.  We truly enjoy spending time in the communities we serve, and we are passionate about the programs and events that take place every year in the Charleston area.  March is a hard month to beat in the low country.  Here is a quick roundup of what is happening […]
  • Allergies: It’s Going to be a Tough Season in Charleston!

    By Health First on February 22, 2012
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    The weather is great, but is your head throbbing, nose running, or throat scratchy?  Is it allergy season already? Charleston has experienced a mild winter this year, and spring is going to be here sooner than usual.  This weather has meant great time outdoors for many of us, but it also means an earlier spring allergy season.  Specifically, those in […]
  • Prescription Drug Abuse & Whitney Houston

    By Health First on February 13, 2012
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    Whitney Houston was pronounced dead on February 11, 2012, and the cause was reportedly a combination of drugs and alcohol.  Whitney Houston supposedly suffered from addiction to prescription medications.  What can we learn from Whitney Houston, and the many other individuals who have been affected by their addictions to prescription drugs? Why do doctors prescribe addicting medications in a way […]
  • Poison Ivy: It’s that Time of Year in Charleston!

    By Health First on February 2, 2012
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    It is hard to believe, but it is truly that time of year again in Charleston, when we at Health First start witnessing Poison Ivy cases at our 3 medical centers. Some of these cases are quite severe. Here is what you need to know about Poison Ivy and certain steps you can take: Poison ivy rash forms as a […]
  • When to See the Doctor about Anxiety

    By Health First on January 26, 2012
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    Anxiety related disorders affect “40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, which is 18% of the U.S. population,” according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA).   When it comes to anxiety, it is important to have a proper framework for diagnosing and treating the issue.  You need to have a committed partner in the process […]
  • Visiting the Doctor in Charleston, SC & How to Make it Count

    By Health First on January 23, 2012
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    As our patient, we want you to know that you are extremely important to each one of us, and we want you to maximize your HealthFirst experience.  We value all of our relationships and want the best for each of our patients.  However, we also know that visiting the doctor can be overwhelming.  It should not be that way.  At […]
  • Pay Attention to Your Charleston Doctor: A Brief Overview of ADD & ADHD

    By Health First on January 20, 2012
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    We can all seemingly suffer from an inability to focus or pay attention to topics at hand or in moments of conversation.  However, how do you truly know when you might have a chronic inability to focus?  How do you know if you are suffering from ADD or ADHD?  What is ADD or ADHD? ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, […]
  • When Is Your Headache A Migraine?

    By Health First on January 10, 2012
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    According to the National Headache Foundation, 28 million Americans suffer from migraines.   Migraines are a severe form of headache and a chronic neurological condition or disorder, which is associated with not only severe headaches, but also nausea and disruptions in vision.  In some cases, they can be debilitating, and in others less frequent and milder.  However, when can you truly know you […]
  • Can You Say Streptococcal Pharyngitis 7 Times Fast? Your Charleston Doctor Can!

    By Health First on January 5, 2012
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    If you have ever experienced streptococcal pharyngitis, commonly referred to as strep throat, then you know that it can be a very painful experience.  However, most people do not understand how it develops and what causes the symptoms and infection in the first place.  Here is a brief overview of strep throat to improve your understanding. What is strep throat? […]