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5 Habits You Can Adopt to Lower Blood Pressure Feb 1st, 2020

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is one of the most common health problems in America. Of the 75 million people that deal with it across the country, just over half (54%) actually have it under control. Left unchecked, hypertension can lead to serious complications, including stroke and heart...

Kick the New Year Off With Preventive Checkups for the Entire Family Jan 1st, 2020

After the presents have all been opened and holiday parties ended, it’s the perfect time to plan you and your family’s yearly physicals. Dr. Rogers Walker and his caring team at Walker Urgent & Family Care in Little River, South Carolina help you give the gift of preventative healthcare to...

The Importance of Expert Management of Chronic Diseases Dec 1st, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60% of Americans are living with a chronic disease, which is defined as a non-communicable disease that lasts more than a year and requires ongoing medical care. Some well-known chronic diseases are: Diabetes Asthma Arthritis Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Congestive...

It's Not Too Late to Protect Yourself Against the Flu Nov 1st, 2019

Flu season is upon us. Running from October to May, most cases hit late December to early March. The best way to protect yourself against the flu is a flu shot, and the ideal time to get yours is during the early fall. But don’t worry, it’s not too late...

Myths and Facts About Botox Oct 1st, 2019

A lot has been said about Botox®. So is it any wonder that figuring out what’s true and what isn’t can be difficult with all of the information that’s available? At Walker Family Care in Little River, South Carolina, we want to make sure that you’re fully informed about your...

How Does Stress Affect Your Blood Pressure? Sep 1st, 2019

Stress, in and of itself, isn’t a bad thing. It can trigger your fight-or-flight response and enable you to avoid danger. It can spur you to avoid being hit by something or enable you to pull someone from danger.  The problem arises when you feel stressed all the time. You...

5 Ways Your Life Changes After a Diabetes Diagnosis Aug 14th, 2019

While a diagnosis of diabetes can be life-altering, it isn’t a death sentence. After all, statistics show that 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, currently have diabetes. And with 84.1 million Americans considered prediabetic, the burden of managing diabetes definitely isn’t lonely.  At Walker Family Care, we’ve put...

How to Recognize Swimmer's Ear and How We Treat It Jul 24th, 2019

If you or your child start having ear pain, especially after swimming in a pool or lake, it could be swimmer’s ear. The medical term for swimmer’s ear is otitis externa, and it’s an infection of the outer ear canal that goes from your eardrum to the outside of your...

10 Tips for Safe Summer Travel Jun 20th, 2019

Summer is finally here! You probably have plans to visit friends and family, go to the beach or an adventure park, or even fly to a far-off destination or another country. No matter what your plans are, make the most of your trip with these 10 tips for safe summer...

How to Help Your Child Through an Injection May 14th, 2019

It doesn’t matter how old you are: No one likes to get a shot. The thing is, medical injections like vaccines are meant to keep us healthy, so even though there might be a bit of pain involved, it’s all for the good of your health. As an adult, even...

What Causes Hoarseness, and When Does It Require a Doctor's Care? Apr 26th, 2019

Hoarseness isn’t necessarily an uncommon health complaint, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken seriously. Even though having a hoarse, strained or raspy voice isn’t a disease on its own, it can still be a symptom of a serious underlying problem. Knowing when to see a doctor is the...

When Should I Seek Medical Care for a Skin Laceration? Mar 14th, 2019

What is a laceration? A laceration is a wound that develops when your soft tissues are torn. This type of wound is usually jagged and irregularly shaped. Lacerations can range in severity considerably, from small cuts to larger, open wounds that require stitches or other medical treatment.  Factors to consider before...

When a Sore Throat Warrants a Trip to the Doctor Feb 1st, 2019

Myth or Fact? You can tell if you have strep throat by how it looks. The truth is that not even your doctor can do that. Sore throats have many causes. Some resolve themselves, but others require medical intervention. Here's how to know when a sore throat warrants a trip...

Important Lifestyle Changes for Keeping Your Blood Pressure Under Control Jan 8th, 2019

According to the CDC, one out of every three adults has high blood pressure with another third in pre-hypertension, a stat in which blood pressure is higher than normal but not yet classified as hypertension. Managing high blood pressure isn't difficult, but it does take a commitment to making some lifestyle changes....

3 Symptoms of Diabetes That Might Surprise You Dec 19th, 2018

According to the CDC, over 30 million people in the US have diabetes. That's nearly 10% of the population. Somewhere around 90% of these cases are Type II diabetes, which is the kind of diabetes that people usually develop in adulthood as a result of diet and lifestyle. The CDC...

What to Expect During Your Annual Physical Exam Nov 28th, 2018

Seeing your doctor for an annual physical exam is a good way to ensure that you're in good health. Physical exams are designed to catch diseases and chronic conditions in their early stages. They also give you a chance to ask questions about your health and wellness. Some adults only see...

How Botox Works to Reduce the Signs of Aging Oct 30th, 2018

Botox is a popular neurotoxin that can safely reduce the signs of aging in the face. Although it gets a bad rap because it is made from the botulinum toxin — the same toxin responsible for botulism, Botox has few side effects and has been used safely for clinical applications since the...

How Can You Protect Yourself From The Flu? Sep 26th, 2018

If you’ve ever had the flu, you know it can be a pretty awful experience. It can take a person down for a week or more and keep them from work and other activities. The best way to fight the flu is to keep from getting it. Before flu season...

How Often Should I Get a Physical? Aug 27th, 2018

One of the best ways to safeguard your health is to take a proactive stance by visiting us regularly for a checkup. These all-important visits provide us with a glimpse at how your body is functioning and allow us to spot potential problems before they become serious, or even life-altering,...

5 Tips to Lower Your Blood Pressure Jul 30th, 2018

Known as the “silent killer” because there are no symptoms, high blood pressure is a cause for concern when it comes to your health. Millions of Americans have high blood pressure and don’t realize it, so it’s essential to have your blood pressure checked regularly, as Dr. Rogers Walker and...