Allergic reactions may occur after exposure to foods, medications, environmental irritants, or even jewelry.  Minor allergic reactions typically involve a localized skin rash in the exposed area and can be treated with removal of the offending agent and application of over the counter hydroc…

Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, commonly known as chickenpox.  Most adults have been exposed to chickenpox as children and when their immune system declines due to illness or age, the virus reappears as a painful red rash known as shingles.  The shingles virus affec…

Hypothermia is a serious condition in the winter, especially with bitter cold temperatures.  Those at particular risk often include the elderly or homeless who may not have adequate access to heat or shelter, newborn infants, or people caught outside for unanticipated lengths of time, such a…

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that typically manifests itself in the fall and winter months.  Symptoms vary from feeling sad to irritability, extreme fatigue, apathy, or even anxiety.  The extended period of limited sunlight during winter months tends to play a signific…

In today's world, doctor appointments seem to get shorter while wait times are often longer.  In order to get the most out of your appointment (and to help cut down on overall wait time by improving patient flow), you can do a few things to be prepared for your visit.  First, arrive early an…

The CDC recommends a yearly flu shot for everyone aged 6 months and older.  The flu vaccine prevents millions of cases of Influenza each year and significantly reduces hospitalizations, serious adverse medical events, and mortality.  Pregnant women should receive the flu shot as it protects …

Funerals for Sunday, August 18, 2019

Combs, Amy - 5 p.m., Bible Center Church, Charleston.

Michael, Sherry - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Morrison, Ray - 2 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Smith, Robert - 3 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Stump. Arleen - 1 p.m., Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Wright, Gary - 2 p.m., Preston Funeral Home, Charleston.