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Nurse Practitioner Week 2023

By Dustin Hamlin Thank You, McCreary County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Each year, we celebrate the week of November 15th as National Nurse Practitioner Week.  At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight ways in which the nurse practitioner helps fill the healthcare needs of McCreary Countians.  McCreary County continues…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Dustin Hamlin While many look forward to a break from the dry humid conditions of summer, the winter months are accompanied by shorter days and cold weather. This time of year, specifically the shorter days, can contribute to the development of a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder. Also known as cabin fever…

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Swimmer’s Ear

By Dustin Hamlin Swimmer’s Ear, or otitis externa, is an infection of the external ear canal and can definitely put a damper on your summer fun in the sun.  The pain associated with otitis externa may be more noticeable while chewing or tugging on the ear lobe.  The ear lobe may be red, and one…

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Preventive Screenings Are Vital

By Dustin Hamlin Let’s face it.  No one wants to seek medical help unless they have something they know needs fixed, they are hurting, or feel bad.  Last week’s discussion of hepatitis screening led me to feel the need to discuss additional screenings one should undergo to ascertain diseases that, if diagnosed early, can be…

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Hepatitis And Baby Boomers

By Dustin Hamlin It was once recommended that all baby boomers be screened for Hepatitis C.  All adults born between the years 1945 thru 1965 are said to be up to five times more likely to have contracted the disease and up to 75% of the disease lies within this age group. The reasons provided…

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Penicillin Allergy

By Dustin Hamlin Is It a True Allergy or Not? Each week, I have patients present to my clinic for the first time with a history of penicillin allergy.  Many of these patients describe first being diagnosed as a child and advised by parents or grandparents that they should never take a penicillin.  However, in…

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The Priming Affect on Allergies Rhinitis 

By Dustin Hamlin Now that we are experiencing what we know here in Appalachia as blackberry winter, I would like to discuss allergic rhinitis and environmental allergens, once again.  Some years it seems we have increased presentations of allergic rhinitis with sneezing, itchy and runny noses often accompanied by post nasal drip, and a sore…

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Plantar Fasciitis

By Dustin Hamlin Painful feet are a miserable experience, especially if you’re working long days on concrete or hard surfaces.  Painful steps will decrease the number of steps you want to take and lead to a more sedentary lifestyle.  This results in increased body weight and puts you more at risk for chronic conditions such…

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In growing toenails

By Dustin Hamlin Warmer weather always seems to put people back on the move.  With that being said, a common presentation to the clinic over the past few weeks has been painful feet and toes.  Often, this chief complaint will lead to the diagnosis of in growing toe nail or plantar fasciitis. This week, I…

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Seasonal Allergies

By Dustin Hamlin Spring has sprung, and the red buds are blooming! Soon the April showers will bring forth the May flowers!  This is a beautiful time of year. Many look forward to it; yet, others truly are dreadful of the season.  These folks suffer from seasonal allergies and often stay sick and miserable during…

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