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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,”…

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…

Three Tips for Fighting a Fever

Immediate care physician, Dr. Kurt Eppley, offers three tips for fighting a fever. Nothing slows you down quite like the onset of a fever, and the aches and chills that accompany it. If you feel one coming on, there are a few things you can…

Seven Tips for a Healthy School Year

Pediatrician Dr. Irina Smith shares how to start the school year in good health Another summer sailed by, and back to school came and went! We reluctantly said goodbye to the long, lazy days of summer and set the alarm clocks for the school year’s…

Enjoying the Eclipse While Protecting Your Eyes

Viewing the solar eclipse without proper protection can result in eye damage. Men, women and children from across the country have eclipse fever! Many are counting down the days until this rare phenomenon takes place and plan to head outdoors to watch as the Earth,…

Immediate Care vs. Emergency Room

Many of us have been faced with deciding where to go for urgent care; Immediate Care or the Emergency Room. Immediate Care provides medical care for urgent but non-emergent needs. The following list can help you decide where to go: Regular visits with your primary…

Five Ways to Avoid the Flu

Dr. Van Shares How You Can Skip the Flu This Year While the leaves may not exactly change color along the Emerald Coast, we can count on more than college football to make a debut each Fall. Every year, millions fall victim to the annual…

Allergy Season Survival Guide

Allergy Season Survival Guide: Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist, Dr. William Gross, explains allergies and how to cope this season. Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up and spring is here! We were fortunate to have a mild flu season this year, but…

Tips for a Better School Year

As families prepare for a new school year, keeping children in the classroom and out of the nurse’s office is a top priority. Dr. Evan Meeks, a pediatrician at White-Wilson Medical Center’s Niceville Clinic, offers 10 tips for a happy, healthy, and successful school year! Get…