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Adolescents and Young Adults: Getting the Preventive Services You Need

Preventive services now will protect you and help you make healthy decisions throughout your life. Learn more about the path to improved health here.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/adolescents-and-young-adults-getting-the-preventive-services-you-need/

Adult Vaccinations - tdap vaccine - hpv vaccine | familydoctor.org

Adult vaccinations are important for adults for staying healthy as they age.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/adult-vaccinations/

Breast Cyst Aspiration - familydoctor.org

A breast cyst aspiration is an in-office procedure your doctor will do to drain a cyst in your breast.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/breast-cyst-aspiration/

Boys and Puberty - familydoctor.org

Most boys experience puberty between the ages of 9 and 16. It’s important your son learn about the changes of puberty from you and his doctor.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/boys-and-puberty/

Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them

Childhood vaccines are important in protecting children and the population. All are safe and are to be given at specific ages.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/childhood-vaccines-what-they-are-and-why-your-child-needs-them/

Body Image Issues (Children and Teens) | familydoctor.org

Children’s opinions of their bodies form at a very young age. Research suggests that children as young as 3 years old have body image issues.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/building-your-childs-body-image-and-self-esteem/

Your Child’s Mental Health - familydoctor.org

Good mental health is an important part of a child’s overall health. There are many ways adults can help children build good mental health.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/childs-mental-health/

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) | Spirometry

Spirometry is a type of pulmonary function test. You may need this test if your doctor thinks you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-spirometry/

Biopsy - familydoctor.org

A biopsy is a procedure to remove tissue, fluid, or a growth from your body to examine tissue or a growth or diagnose a disease.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/biopsy/

Common School-Age Illnesses/Infections - familydoctor.org

School-aged children are routinely exposed to a number of common childhood infections and illnesses. It’s not unusual. But always see your doctor.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/common-school-age-illnessesinfections/

Burning Mouth Syndrome - Treatment | familydoctor.org

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is marked by pain and discomfort in the mouth, lips, and/or tongue. Find treatment and tips to manage this condition here.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/burning-mouth-syndrome/

Preventive Health Care For Seniors - Annual Physical | familydoctor.org

Preventive health care services are important for everyone, especially for older adults. This is because your risk for health problems increases as you age.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/preventative-care-seniors/

What Is A Colposcopy? - When to See a Doctor | familydoctor.org

A colposcopy is a women’s health exam. It uses a special light to provide a close look at your cervix. Your doctor can then see things not seen otherwise.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/colposcopy/

What Causes Bad Breath? - Halitosis | familydoctor.org

Halitosis otherwise known as bad breath, can have many causes and could be the sign of an underlying health problem. Tap here to learn more.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/halitosis/

Chronic Pain - Treatment | familydoctor.org

The goal of treatment for chronic pain is to reduce pain and to improve your ability to function. There are many treatments available. Learn more here.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/chronic-pain/

Lumbar Spinal Canal Stenosis - familydoctor.org

As the lumbar spinal canal narrows (stenosis), the nerves that go through it are squeezed, causing back pain, leg pain, weakness, and numbness.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/lumbar-spinal-canal-stenosis/

What is Prediabetes? - Symptoms | familydoctor.org

Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. Click to learn about symptoms and treatment.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/prediabetes/

Sore Throat - How to Get Rid of A Sore Throat | familydoctor.org

Most sore throats caused by a cold or flu-type virus go away in a week to 10 days. Treatment varies depending on the cause. Find more information here.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/sore-throat/

Strep Throat - Strep Treatment and Antibiotics | familydoctor

Strep throat is caused by bacteria and treated with antibiotics, however not every sore throat is strep throat. Tap here for more information.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/strep-throat/

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) - How To Stop Grinding Teeth? | familydoctor.org

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is the conscious or unconscious grinding of teeth. It happens most often in children. Learn more here.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/teeth-grinding-bruxism/

Prescription Drug Abuse in the Elderly - familydoctor.org

Most older adults who suffer from prescription drug abuse do so by accident. Learn the causes and how to recognize warning signs and get help.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/prescription-drug-abuse-in-the-elderly/

Dental Hygiene: How to Care for Your Child's Teeth - familydoctor.org

Helping your child to develop healthy dental habits now can aid in the prevention of infection, disease, and other teeth problems later.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/dental-hygiene-how-to-care-for-your-childs-teeth/

Diabetes and Exercise - familydoctor.org

Exercise carries additional risk for people with diabetes, but the associated benefits far outweigh the potential negatives.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/diabetes-and-exercise/

Girls and Puberty - familydoctor.org

Puberty is a time of changes—both physical and emotional. Helping your daughter understand what’s happening and what to expect is important.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/girls-and-puberty/

Helping a Family Member Who Has Diabetes - familydoctor.org

It’s not easy for someone to hear that they have diabetes, but you can support your loved one by being emotionally supportive and helping them to make healthy changes.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/helping-a-family-member-who-has-diabetes/

Kids and Bullying - familydoctor.org

Bullying and cyberbullying can happen in any city or town and have long-lasting, negative effects on both the victim and the bully.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/helping-kids-deal-bullies/

Diabetes and Nutrition - familydoctor.org

What you eat is closely connected to the amount of sugar in your blood. The right food choices will help you control your blood sugar level.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/diabetes-and-nutrition/

HPV Vaccine is for Boys, Too - familydoctor.org

Girls are not the only ones who can benefit from the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The vaccine can help prevent some cancers in boys, too.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/hpv-vaccine-boys/

Immunization Schedules - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/immunization-schedules/

Know the Facts About Coronavirus (COVID-19) - familydoctor.org

It can be hard to know what’s true about COVID-19. Don’t be confused. Here are the real facts about the disease.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/know-the-facts-about-covid-19/

Neighborhood Navigator - familydoctor.org

Familydoctor.org’s Neighborhood Navigator is an interactive tool that connects you to community resources and programs in your neighborhood. With…

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/neighborhood-navigator/

Joint and Soft Tissue Injections - familydoctor.org

Joint and soft tissue injections are shots with a needle that help diagnose or treat many different conditions.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/joint-and-soft-tissue-injections/

Emotional Well-Being - familydoctor.org

Find out how your mental, spiritual and emotional health affect your overall emotional wellbeing.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/prevention-and-wellness/emotional-well-being/

Sex and Birth Control - familydoctor.org

Empower yourself with information about sex and sexuality as well as birth control options.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/prevention-and-wellness/sex-and-birth-control/

Rapid Strep Test - familydoctor.org

A rapid strep test (rapid antigen test) is a quick method your doctor can use to diagnose strep throat.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/rapid-strep-test/

Support Us - familydoctor.org

Support for familydoctor.org is provided by the AAFP, the AAFP Foundation, industry and association sponsors, and advertising.

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https://familydoctor.org/support-us/

Lower Back Pain - familydoctor.org

Back pain is a common problem often caused by overusing or misusing the muscles of the back. Some causes…

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/symptom/lower-back-pain/

Teen Suicide - Warning Signs - Depression | familydoctor.org

Teen suicide is when a child ends his or her life. However, not all suicide attempts end in death. In fact, it doesn’t always mean a child wants to die.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/teen-suicide/

Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Level - familydoctor.org

People who have diabetes need to monitor their blood sugar regularly to make sure it isn’t too high or too low.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/monitoring-your-blood-sugar-level/

Ultrasound During Pregnancy - familydoctor.org

A fetal ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to create an image of your unborn baby on a video screen.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/ultrasound-during-pregnancy/

The Importance of Vaccinations - familydoctor.org

Vaccinations are an important part of public health. They prevent the spread of contagious, dangerous, and deadly diseases, and save millions of lives.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/the-importance-of-vaccinations/

Understanding Your Teen's Emotional Health - familydoctor.org

The teen years are full of ups and downs. Teens may feel overwhelmed by the emotional and physical changes they are experiencing.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/understanding-your-teens-emotional-health/

Concussions in Kids - familydoctor.org

You may think that concussions only happen to football players. But that’s not the case. Concussions can happen for many reasons.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/concussions-in-kids/

Abdominal Ultrasound - familydoctor.org

An abdominal ultrasound is an imaging test to examine the inside of your stomach.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/abdominal-ultrasound/

About - familydoctor.org

Familydoctor.org is the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, featuring physician-reviewed patient education materials.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/about/

Acne | Isotretinoin - familydoctor.org

Isotretinoin is a medicine used to treat very bad acne. It is usually used for cystic acne that did not get better after treatment with other medicines.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/acne-isotretinoin/

Accessing Care In Rural Communities - Rural Healthcare | familydoctor.org

Accessing healthcare in rural communities can be a challenge. New health care models and preventive steps can help. Tap here to learn more.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/accessing-care-in-rural-communities/

Adult vaccinations – familydoctor.org

Adult vaccinations are important for adults for staying healthy as they age.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/adult-vaccinations/amp/

Adolescents and Young Adults: Getting the Preventive Services You Need – familydoctor.org

Preventive services now will protect you and help you make healthy decisions throughout your life. Learn more about the path to improved health here.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/adolescents-and-young-adults-getting-the-preventive-services-you-need/amp/

Allergy Shots: Could They Help Your Allergies? - familydoctor.org

Allergy shots are part of the treatment plan for helping make your allergy symptoms less severe over time.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/allergy-shots-could-they-help-your-allergies/

Anti-diarrheal Medicines: OTC Relief for Diarrhea - familydoctor.org

Over-the-counter antidiarrheal medicines like Imodium, Kaopectate, or Pepto-Bismol can help to relieve frequent and liquid bowel movements.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/antidiarrheal-medicines-otc-relief-for-diarrhea/

Antiemetic Medicines: OTC Relief for Nausea and Vomiting

You can buy over-the-counter (OTC) medicines without a prescription, including medicines that treat nausea and vomiting. These are called antiemetics.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/antiemetic-medicines-otc-relief-for-nausea-and-vomiting/

Antioxidants: What You Need to Know - familydoctor.org

Antioxidants are chemicals that help stop or limit damage caused by free radicals. They also boost your immunity.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/antioxidants-what-you-need-to-know/

Artificial Hydration and Nutrition - familydoctor.org

Patients who can’t swallow still need nutrition and fluids. Getting these other than by mouth is called artificial hydration and nutrition.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/artificial-hydration-and-nutrition/

Baby’s First Steps - familydoctor.org

Watching a baby take their first steps is exciting, but it also leads to a new set of challenges for parents, whose first priority is keeping the baby safe.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/babys-first-steps/

Hydration for Athletes - familydoctor.org

Getting the right amount of water before, during, and after exercise helps your body to function properly. A lack of hydration can cause serious problems.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/athletes-the-importance-of-good-hydration/

Back Pain During Pregnancy - familydoctor.org

Most women who are pregnant have some degree of back pain. Learn how to prevent and relieve back pain during pregnancy.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/back-pain-pregnancy/

A Balanced Meal - Healthy Eating | familydoctor.org

A balanced meal includes the right amount of food, variety, and nutrition. Healthy eating is important in managing or preventing chronic disease.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/balancing-food-plate/

Biopsy – familydoctor.org

A biopsy is a procedure to remove tissue, fluid, or a growth from your body to examine tissue or a growth or diagnose a disease.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/biopsy/amp/

Birth Control: How to Use Your Diaphragm - familydoctor.org

A diaphragm is reusable dome-shaped cup that fits over the opening of a woman’s cervix and works as a form of birth control.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/birth-control-how-to-use-your-diaphragm/

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator | familydoctor.org

Body mass index (BMI) measures body fat. It’s based on your height and weight. It can tell you if you have a healthy or unhealthy weight.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/bmi-calculator/

Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home - familydoctor.org

Monitoring your blood pressure at home is possible and may be necessary for managing an ongoing health condition.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/blood-pressure-monitoring-at-home/

Blood Test: Lipid Panel - familydoctor.org

A lipid panel blood test assess a person’s risk for heart disease and stroke. It also checks good and bad cholesterol, as well as triglycerides.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/blood-test-lipid-panel/

Balancing Work and Caregiving - familydoctor.org

Caring for a loved one while working outside the home can be a challenging balancing act. Talk to your employer, or use other resources for help.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/balancing-work-and-caregiving/

Bonding with Baby - familydoctor.org

Bonding with your baby is a natural process. It can begin at different times as you spend more time with your baby. Bonding creates security and confidence.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/bonding-with-baby/

Botulinum Toxin Injections: A Treatment for Muscle Spasms

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is used to treat muscle spasms and other conditions. It is injected into the affected muscle.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/botulinum-toxin-injections-a-treatment-for-muscle-spasms/

Boys and Puberty – familydoctor.org

Most boys experience puberty between the ages of 9 and 16. It’s important your son learn about the changes of puberty from you and his doctor.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/boys-and-puberty/amp/

Brain Training for Seniors - familydoctor.org

Exercising your brain as you age is important and may help delay the onset of dementia.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/brain-training-for-seniors/

BRAT Diet: Eating After An Upset Stomach or Vomiting - familydoctor.org

Not sure what to eat after throwing up? The BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) can help treat upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/brat-diet-recovering-from-an-upset-stomach/

Breast Cyst Aspiration – familydoctor.org

A breast cyst aspiration is an in-office procedure your doctor will do to drain a cyst in your breast.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/breast-cyst-aspiration/amp/

Breastfeeding: How to Pump and Store Your Breast Milk

Pumping and storing breast milk allows you to continue to feed your baby breast milk through a bottle.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/breastfeeding-how-to-pump-and-store-your-breast-milk/

Breastfeeding: Hints to Help You Get Off to a Good Start

Breastfeeding benefits your baby. Breast milk contains nutrients and antibodies your baby needs. Breastfed babies are less likely to develop health issues.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/breastfeeding-hints-to-help-you-get-off-to-a-good-start/

Breastfeeding: Returning to Work - familydoctor.org

Returning to work while breastfeeding can feel like a challenge. But you can make it work if you are prepared.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/breastfeeding-returning-to-work/

Breech Babies: What Can I Do if My Baby is Breech?

A baby is breech when it is in a headfirst position prior to birth. There are several ways to try and turn your baby before delivery.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/breech-babies-what-can-i-do-if-my-baby-is-breech/

Body Image (Children and Teens) – familydoctor.org

Children’s opinions of their bodies form at a very young age. Research suggests that children as young as 3 years old have body image issues.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/building-your-childs-body-image-and-self-esteem/amp/

Calcium: What You Need to Know - familydoctor.org

Calcium keeps your bones and teeth healthy and strong. Your body can’t make its own calcium, so it’s important to include it in your diet.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/calcium-what-you-need-to-know/

Caring for Your Incision After Surgery - familydoctor.org

Taking care of your incision after surgery is important to your health. It can reduce the risk of infection and help you return to normal sooner.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/caring-for-your-incision-after-surgery/

Caregiving: Care for Yourself While Caring for Others - familydoctor.org

Caregivers provide care for people with chronic medical conditions. It’s a challenging job, so caregivers also need to take care of themselves.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/caregiving-care-caring-others/

Caring for a Person With Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

Being a caregiver for someone with an intellectual or developmental disability is important to your loved one, but it can take a toll on you as well.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/caring-for-a-person-who-has-intellectual-or-developmental-disabilities/

Changes in Your Body During Pregnancy: First Trimester

Click here to learn more about the changes in your body during pregnancy and symptoms women experience during their first trimester.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/changes-in-your-body-during-pregnancy-first-trimester/

Nutrient Rich Foods - Vitamins and Minerals | familydoctor.org

Nutrient-rich foods are low in sugar, sodium, starches, and bad fats. They contain a lot of vitamins and minerals and few calories. Learn more here.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/changing-your-diet-choosing-nutrient-rich-foods/

Chickenpox Vaccine - familydoctor.org

Chickenpox is highly contagious and can be very serious. Beginning at 12 months old, almost everyone should have the chickenpox vaccine.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/chickenpox-vaccine/

Childhood Overweight and Obesity: Helping Your Child Achieve a Healthy Weight - ...

Good nutrition and regular physical activity can help your child achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/childhood-overweight-and-obesity/

Your Child’s Mental Health – familydoctor.org

Good mental health is an important part of a child’s overall health. There are many ways adults can help children build good mental health.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/childs-mental-health/amp/

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) | Chronic Kidney Disease and Nutrition

Following a special diet can reduce the stress on your kidneys and slow the progression of chronic kidney disease.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/chronic-kidney-disease-ckd-chronic-kidney-disease-nutrition/

Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them – familydoctor.org

Childhood vaccines are important in protecting children and the population. All are safe and are to be given at specific ages.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/childhood-vaccines-what-they-are-and-why-your-child-needs-them/amp/

Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them

Childhood vaccines are important in protecting children and the population. All are safe and are to be given at specific ages.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/childhood-vaccines-what-they-are-and-why-your-child-needs-them/?utm_source=fd.org%20childhood%20vaccinesandutm_medium=Online%20media%20kit

Chronic Pain Medicines - familydoctor.org

Chronic pain can last from 3 months to many years. Medicines to treat it include pain relievers, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/chronic-pain-medicines/

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) | Spirometry – familydoctor.org

Spirometry is a type of pulmonary function test. You may need this test if your doctor thinks you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-spirometry/amp/

Circumcision – familydoctor.org

Deciding whether to have your newborn son circumcised may be difficult. Tap here to learn about the procedure, its benefits and risks.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/circumcision/amp/

Colposcopy – familydoctor.org

A colposcopy is a women’s health exam. It uses a special light to provide a close look at your cervix. Your doctor can then see things not seen otherwise.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/colposcopy/amp/

Circumcised vs. Uncircumcised - What is Circumcision? | Family Doctor

Deciding whether to have your newborn son circumcised may be difficult. Tap here to learn about the procedure, its benefits and risks.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/circumcision/

Common School-Age Illnesses/Infections – familydoctor.org

School-aged children are routinely exposed to a number of common childhood infections and illnesses. It’s not unusual. But always see your doctor.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/common-school-age-illnessesinfections/amp/

Complete Blood Count (CBC) - familydoctor.org

A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test that measures red blood cells, white blood cells, and blood platelets (cells that help your blood clot).

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/complete-blood-count-cbc/

Colds and the Flu | Respiratory Infections During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, it’s important to take precautions against viral infections to protect you and your baby.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/viral-infections-during-pregnancy/

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) - familydoctor.org

If there is a weakening in the wall of your abdominal aorta, it can bulge or swell like a balloon. If it grows too large, your aorta could tear or burst.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm/

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Abnormal uterine bleeding is any heavy or unusual bleeding from the uterus (through your vagina). It can occur at any time during your monthly cycle.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/abnormal-uterine-bleeding/

Acne - familydoctor.org

Acne is a common skin condition that develops when the hair follicles in your skin are blocked by dead skin and oil.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/acne/

Concussions in Kids – familydoctor.org

You may think that concussions only happen to football players. But that’s not the case. Concussions can happen for many reasons.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/concussions-in-kids/amp/

Asthma In Kids - Difficulty Breathing | Family Doctor

Asthma is a disease that often starts in childhood. It makes it harder for your child’s lungs to get air and can cause difficulty breathing.

Patient Education

https://familydoctor.org/condition/asthma-in-kids/

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