The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Surgery. It’s something most never want to do, but sometimes there’s no other choice. “Surgery is almost always the last intervention physicians take in treating patients,” explains Dr. Randall McKissack of the White-Wilson Surgery Clinic in Fort Walton Beach. “If possible, doctors will try non-invasive methods to relieve an issue…

How To Properly Use Over-The-Counter Medications and Supplements

It’s no secret that medications play a huge role in health care. For as long as people have roamed this Earth, medications, in the form of herbs, pastes, mixtures, pills and more, have been utilized by health care professionals to provide our bodies and minds relief from ailments of all…

Tackling the “Quarantine 15”

During the fight against COVID-19, staying home and limiting interactions has been key to preventing community spread. While there is no argument that taking these steps has benefited all of us in the long run, unhealthy side effects have occurred during this time. “Many people have experienced weight gain during…

The Path to Herd Immunity

Over the last month, vaccines tasked with arming us against COVID-19 have begun arriving around the country, bringing with it much excitement that we might soon be rid of the global pandemic that has plagued us. While it may be a while before the public-at-large is able to receive the…

A Letter From Our CEO

This year has been designated the International Year of the Health Care Worker. As someone who has had the honor of working with physicians and allied health professionals from around the country, I can say that there is not a group more deserving of recognition than the health care workers…

A Guide to Preventing Teen Vaping

While there is still a lot to be learned about the effects of vaping, one thing is clear, its popularity is on the rise. Sitting at a red light you will see white clouds billowing out of cracked windows and gas station counters are cluttered with liquids, pens, chargers and…

Myth Buster: Wet Hair Can Result in a Cold

  Cold and flu season is well underway, and you may hear that, “you better make sure your hair is dry before going to sleep or outside, otherwise you’ll catch a cold.” This myth can be traced back for decades to when it was believed that wet sleeping conditions made…

Storing Holiday Leftovers Safely

As the holidays approach, many of us are thinking about what we and our friends and family will be eating come the big day and, as leftovers are an inevitable part of any large meal, many days afterwards. No matter how much you plan and calculate, you will have more…

Myth Buster: Swimming in Saltwater is Good For Wounds

If you have lived on the coast for long, you have probably heard about the healing properties of swimming at the beach. After all, there has been plenty of historical evidence of people using saltwater to clean and treat wounds. So it’s pretty lucky for us that we live within…

Is My Kidney Function Declining?

Sometimes it seems like each birthday brings a new set of ailments or pains. Our knees may ache a little more than they used to, or we might squint a little harder when reading the score of Saturday’s game. Those are just a normal sign of aging. However, it is…

Myth Busters

Green Nasal Mucus Means It’s Time for Antibiotics. Or Does It? With springtime comes allergies, and for many, a nasty runny nose. But is that runny nose just allergies, or is there an underlying infection? The color of our nasal mucus is not something we tend to dwell on… until…

Understanding Heart Disease and its Long-Term Effect

Every February we honor heart month, and it is a good yearly reminder to assess the health of our hearts and understand our risk for heart disease. With February seemingly long behind us, it’s all too easy to put our healthy heart choices on the back burner and resume our…

A Look Inside White-Wilson

Our People are at the Heart of What We Do White-Wilson Medical Center has been a long-time staple in this community, and has been providing quality care for more than 70 years. The Clinic has grown with the community quite a bit since Dr. White opened the first Fort Walton…

How Sick is Too Sick For School

It’s one of parenting’s many dilemmas – is my child well enough to go to school?  We all want our children to be resilient, but it is not uncommon for kids and teens to pretend to be ill in order to avoid something unpleasant at school like a test or…

Immediate Care Can Fix That!

Confused about when to go to Immediate Care versus the ER? You are not alone. Most of know that Immediate Care is prepared to help when we have a sore throat or a bout of the flu, but White-Wilson Immediate Care Clinics are also equipped to handle many minor injuries that…

Myth Busters: Cracking Your Knuckles Causes Arthritis

Many of us are guilty of it. Tension builds up in our hands and to bring relief, we mindlessly bring our fingers together and “pop, pop, pop!” Knuckle cracking is a common habit that gets a bad rap. Many believe that cracking your joints, specifically your knuckles, can cause swelling…

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