News & Updates

About Jeff Pucko

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Jeff Pucko has created 69 blog entries.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Maybe you heard about the California football team that was recently sidelined because most of the athletes were sick with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD)?

The virus hit so many on the team because it is highly contagious.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is also on the rise. We have had several cases in our Timonium […]

By |November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Convenient, Confidential STD Testing

Last year more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States. That’s an all-time high.

Are you concerned that you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or infection (STI)?

We’re here to help.

At AFC Urgent Care Timonium, we offer walk-in testing and speedy results. If you […]

By |October 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Convenient, Confidential STD Testing

Get Your Flu Shot Now

Our supply of flu vaccine is in for the 2017-2018 flu season, and this is the perfect time to get your body ready to fight those flu viruses!

It takes about two weeks after receiving the shot to develop the antibodies that are your defense against influenza. And while flu season usually peaks in January or […]

By |September 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Get Your Flu Shot Now

College and Sports Physicals

Is your son or daughter heading off to college? Did you know that most colleges and universities require a physical exam and up-to-date vaccinations PRIOR to enrollment?

Packing and planning are enough to worry about, and it can be hard to schedule a last-minute appointment with your child’s primary care physician.

That’s where we come in, seven […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on College and Sports Physicals

Pre-operative Physicals

Did you know that AFC Urgent Care Timonium is one of the only urgent care clinics in the area to offer pre-operative physicals? That’s the exam everyone needs before undergoing surgery. It’s important because information from the physical goes to your surgical team and helps them take you safely through your procedure.

 All surgeries, from routine […]

By |May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pre-operative Physicals

Seasonal Allergies

With an early blast of warmth in March, the spring allergy season started early this year and is now going strong.

Notice that layer of yellowish-green stuff on your car? That’s pollen—tiny particles released into the air by trees, grass and weeds.

When allergy sufferers breathe pollen in, the body perceives it as a foreign invader. So […]

By |April 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Seasonal Allergies

Spring Sports Physicals

Spring sports, such as lacrosse, baseball, tennis and softball are just around the corner. That means it’s time for sports physicals!

Often, a pre-participation examination is required. But even if it’s not, it’s still a good idea—to ensure that your athlete can safely engage in activities associated with sports.

Sports physicals cover much of the same territory […]

By |March 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spring Sports Physicals

Flu Season Peaks

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported widespread flu activity in 40 states, including Maryland. This is the peak of the flu season, friends!

That’s why we need to be particularly vigilant about protecting ourselves by washing hands frequently and thoroughly. Additionally, be mindful of places where germs lurk. Viruses that cause […]

By |February 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Flu Season Peaks

Strep Throat

Common colds often come with sore throats. But sometimes that scratchy, raw feeling is a symptom of strep throat, an infection of the throat and tonsils caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria, also known as “group A strep.”

What’s the difference?

Sore throats that accompany colds are caused by viruses and typically resolve themselves in a few […]

By |January 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Strep Throat

Is it OK to Exercise with a Cold?

We all know that regular exercise goes a long way toward keeping us healthy, including building our immune systems.

But even the most faithful gym-goers get sick sometimes.

So what then? Keep going or skip that morning run?

Here are some tips to help you decide:

Exercising with a run-of-the-mill head cold is usually OK. If your […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is it OK to Exercise with a Cold?