Spring is here. Days are longer, temperatures are on the rise and your yard is calling. Whether you live to dig in the dirt, or consider yardwork another household chore, injuries can happen when you weed, plant and mulch – from minor mishaps treatable at home to more serious injuries that require urgent care.

With the overlap of flu season, springtime allergies and the spread of COVID-19, it may be difficult to determine if your symptoms are typical for this time of year or signs of something more serious.

Spring is almost here! It’s time to pack away winter coats, tend to our lawns and deep clean our homes. As you dust off the windowsills and pull out the shorts, don’t forget to give your skin a “spring cleaning,” too. It’s typical this time of year to notice skin conditions that may have developed over the winter months. Here are three common skin conditions to look out for:

Daylight saving time kicks in during the wee hours of March 8. Longer days and the anticipation of warmer weather are great. But springing ahead can also leave you feeling a little backward. 

Urgent care clinics continue to pop up around the U.S., which is leading some people to wonder what type of services they offer and when it makes sense to visit one. You may be surprised to learn how many ailments urgent care centers can treat. Here are five common services they provide.

If you’re experiencing back pain, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most common forms of chronic pain in the United States. Despite age, fitness level, height or weight, nearly 70 percent of Americans are affected by some sort of daily back pain, from sharp and sudden to dull and aching.

Wintertime is prime time for respiratory infections. Two of the most common are bronchitis and bronchiolitis. They sound similar because they both affect the lungs, but they’re two very different illnesses. Understanding the differences between the two will help you recognize the symptoms, understand treatment options and know when and where to seek medical care.

For children ages 6 to 24 months, ear infections are almost a rite of passage. And they can be a real pain for little ones and their parents. While less common, ear infections can also affect older children and adults. 

Coughing is a natural reaction by the body to expel fluid or foreign bodies from the lungs. It is also a reaction to irritation of the respiratory system such as a "tickle" in the throat or post-nasal drip.

Winter means cold and flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control, adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children even more. However, understanding how to recognize the difference between a cold and the flu can prevent you or your family from developing serious health complications, such as pneumonia.

Many people have heard of tuberculosis (TB), but are not necessarily informed about the details of the disease. With nearly 10,000 people in the U.S. being diagnosed with TB each year, this knowledge is essential. Knowing the signs of TB, its method of infection, and getting tested regularly can help you avoid the long-term effects of this bacteria.

Now that folks are trapped indoors, there are plenty of indoor allergies that could trigger worsening medical conditions. Worse yet, spending more time around your coworkers or fellow students after the holidays could result in a nasty cold that causes even more frustrating issues down the line. It can feel downright crummy. One of the top offenders? Sinusitis.