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…

What to Expect During Your First Pre-Natal Visit

Being pregnant can be a very exciting time. From finding out your baby’s gender to deciding on a name and decorating the nursery, there are many wonderful milestones you will experience during this process. But before these can come to pass, there is a vital step you must take first…

Myth Busters: The Best Way to Remove a Tick is With Heat

Long summer days are not only great for hitting the beach but also for exploring trails and wooded areas. Floridians are not the only ones who enjoy these lush areas – mosquitoes, yellow flies and gnats are rampant but there is another pest to watch out for: the tick. The…

The Importance of Back-to-School Physicals

School is out for summer! Although it may seem like the break has just begun, summer goes by in the blink of an eye and it is not too early to start planning for the school year ahead. From gathering supplies to meeting your child’s new teacher, there are many…

What’s New at White-Wilson

Technology is making everything easier. From your digital thermostat to the cool backup camera in your car, advances like these are making everyday tasks more convenient. Even though we are 72 years old, at White-Wilson, we are not too old to take advantage of new technology. In recent months, White-Wilson…

Myth Busters: You Can Sweat Out The Flu

This busy cold and flu season, many are willing to try anything to help them get feeling better fast. We are often told that one of the best ways to beat the flu is to sweat it out; but is this true or just another tall tale? We are sorry…

6 Things to Discuss with Your Pediatrician

Dr. Irina Smith sees herself as both your pediatrician and a partner in your health care. In her practice, she has the opportunity to work alongside parents and children to provide the best care possible for her patients. “Just like any relationship, communication is key,” says Dr. Smith. “I am…

What New Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean For You

The leading cause of death for both men and women in our country is heart disease. It is paramount that we take steps to make sure our heart is healthy. That means that we must routinely break out the blood pressure cuffs and assess our heart health. Before you do,…

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