Get Your Yearly Flu Shot Soon

Flu season is coming, and now is the time to begin preparing.  The peak months for the spread of the influenza virus are between October and March.  According to the CDC, influenza vaccinations are most effective when administered at least one month before flu season begins.  Each year the influenza virus changes genetically. Which means last year's vaccination will not combat this year's virus as efficiently.

Protect your body, and save yourself some trouble by scheduling an appointment this week to get the latest influenza vaccination.

Sports Physicals Saturday August 4th


School is just a couple weeks away! Has your child had their yearly sports physical?

Kids that get their sports physical on Saturday, August 4th between 11 am and 1 pm will be entered to win a free iPad from Knott County Family Healthcare!

Let Knott County Family Healthcare care for your family this school year!


Get Ahead!

It will be time to head back to school before you know it!

Now is the time to plan ahead. Schedule an appointment to get your child's immunizations updated and get his or her yearly physical.

Call (606) 785-9440 to schedule an appointment this week!

Summer is Here!! Make Sure to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

Sunbathing and sun exposure can put you at risk for serious medical problems. Below are forms of skin damage that can result from overexposure to the sun.

  • Suntan: Darkened skin that results from tanning is actually a sign of skin damage. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Always use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen when in the sun.



  • Sunburn (First-Degree Burn):  Excessive sun exposure causes your skin to turn red. This redness is known as sunburn and is actually a thermal burn to the outer layer of the skin. Treatments for sunburn include over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, cold compresses, and moisturizing creams, all of which attempt to reduce pain and discomfort.



  • Sunburn (Second-Degree Burn): Severe sunburn can lead to blistered skin. This type of sunburn is considered to be a second-degree burn. Nerve endings found in deep tissues are damaged. The blisters that form should not be broken, as they are the body's natural protection for the damaged skin. You should seek medical care if blisters develop on your sunburned skin.



  • Wrinkles: The sun's ultraviolet (UV) light can damage the layers of the skin. Over time, this damage shows up as sagging, stretched, wrinkled skin.



  • Uneven Skin Tone: he UV light from the sun can also cause irregular pigmentation of the skin. This causes the skin tone to appear uneven or discolored.



  • Freckles: Freckles may become more prominent after sun exposure. Most of the time, freckles are normal and do not pose any health risk. However, some early stage cancers may resemble freckles. See a doctor if a freckle has an unusual size, shape, or color, or becomes painful.




  • Melasma (Pregnancy Mask): Melasma (chloasma) is an abnormal patch of brown skin on the cheeks, nose, or forehead, usually developing during pregnancy. Always use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, as if you have melasma, sun exposure may cause the condition to worsen.





  • Age Spots (Solar Lentigines): Age spots (solar lentigines) are harmless spots that appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin, most commonly on hands, face, and neck. They occur after repeated sun exposure. Consult your doctor or dermatologist to monitor any abnormal skin discoloration you may have





  • Actinic Keratosis (Solar Keratosis): Small, scaly red or brown papules, known as actinic keratosis, are the result of excessive sun exposure. They are more common in people with fair skin, blonde or red hair, and blue or green eyes. They may progress to a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.




  • Actinic Cheilitis (Farmer's Lip): Actinic cheilitis is related to actinic keratosis, and appears on the lower lips. This precancerous condition includes the symptoms of scaly patches or dry, cracked lips. It can become squamous cell carcinoma, so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.




  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma:  Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that can appear as a firm red nodule, or a crusted, scaly wound that does not heal. It is not usually brown-pigmented like melanoma. It often occurs in sun-exposed areas of the body such as the head, face, lips, ears, and hands. It is curable in its early stages.




  • Bowen Disease: Bowen disease is referred to as squamous cell carcinoma "in situ." It is a noninvasive skin cancer that remains on the surface of the skin. It typically appears as reddish-brown, scaly, or crusty plaque.




  • Basal Cell Carcinoma: Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It is the most easily treated because it grows very slowly. Basal cell carcinoma usually appears as a lump or an irregular ulcerated area on the skin. It can also appear as a flat, scaly, scab or a white, waxy scar-like lesion on some skin-damaged areas.




  • Melanoma: Melanoma causes the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Melanomas usually appear on the skin as irregularly shaped moles or freckles. Their irregular shape, size, and coloration are indicators that they are cancerous. Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you are concerned about any moles or lesions on your skin.




  • Cataract: Cataracts can develop in the lens of the eye due to overexposure from UV sunlight. Cataracts are not painful, but can cause cloudy vision, double vision, and glare from lights. You can help prevent cataracts by wearing sunglasses and hats to shield the eyes from the sun.




  • Five Steps Towards Prevention
  1. The best way to avoid skin damage from the sun is to avoid sun exposure.
  2. Stay out of the sun midday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  3. Wear SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen when outdoors.
  4. Wear protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses.
  5. See a doctor to check any skin changes.


Defeat Diabetes Month

This April is the national Defeat Diabetes Month!

Diabetes is a metabolism disorder that has three main forms; type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.  One can be more susceptible to diabetes depending on family history, weight, and ethnicity. Common symptoms include hunger, fatigue, urinating more often and being thirstier, dry mouth, itchy skin, and blurred vision.  If you're older than 45 or have other risks for diabetes it's important to get tested.  When you spot the condition early, you can avoid nerve damage, heart trouble, and other complications.  Call Knott County Family Healthcare today to schedule your appointment to get tested for diabetes.

KCFHC Phone: (606)785-9440

For additional information about diabetes please Click Here.


National Nutrition Month

This March is National Nutrition Month!

The food and beverages you consume affect your health and how you feel now, tomorrow, and in the future. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, nearly 34% of adult Americans are obese. Even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death. Health risks include; heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer.

You can help protect yourself  from future health issues by making smart food choices today! At Knott County Family Healthcare, we have a individually-customized weight-loss program that makes sure you meet your nutritional needs. Call us at (606) 785-9440 to schedule a consultation appointment to begin our program.


The 2018 Flu Season

Flu season is upon us. Our country is experiencing widespread and intense influenza activity. Historically the peak months for the influenza virus are between October and March. Each year the influenza virus changes genetically.  Therefore, last year's vaccination will not be able to combat this year's virus efficiently.  Getting a yearly flu shot allows the body to build up immunity to the most recent strain of the influenza virus.

The CDC states that common symptoms of this year's virus include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults

Protect your body, and save yourself some trouble by scheduling an appointment this month to get the latest influenza vaccination.

Additionally, if you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please schedule an appointment to be seen as soon as possible. Our phone number is (606)785-9440.

For more information regarding the influenza virus please visit

Becoming Healthier Pt. 3

Insulin is often associated with diabetes. Most know that insulin plays an crucial part in diabetes and its treatment, however the vast majority of people do not realize how early it starts affecting the development of diabetes.

For this conversion, we are talking about type 2 diabetes, not type 1. Type 1 is where your pancreas produces no insulin and treatment is focused on insulin as the only treatment. If this is you, then you have a whole different treatment plan and this post is not for you. Type 2 diabetes typically develops with age and can be associated with a disorder of insulin.

Think of insulin as a fat storage hormone. The more insulin you have on board, the more fat you store. Likewise, the less insulin you have on board, the less fat you store. Anyone can be made to gain weight by injecting insulin. As some of you may know, one adverse affect to insulin treatment is weight gain, even if you are following a recommended diet plan.

At an early age, our bodies can compensate for the excessive sugar that we eat/drink in a variety of ways, one that is common is by producing more insulin. God has made our bodies able to withstand years of dietary abuse- we can compensate our diet choices x years. But, in time, the body can not keep up with the demand and the insulin that we produce gradually quits working as well. Then a few years later, the excessive glucose can not be transported where it needs to go and we officially become diabetic. Then this is usually where we go see our provider and treatment for diabetes begins.

One thing that we don't realize is that when we are in the process of developing diabetes over years, the adverse problems associated with diabetes have already begun. The blood vessel disease that leads to heart attacks, blindness and circulation problems have started. So, when a person is typically diagnosed with diabetes, some damage is already present.

My goal with this post is to get individuals to think about prevention, instead of treating an already established disorder. If you have signs of diabetes, have a family history of diabetes, or may be overweight, then please get yourself checked and start taking steps to prevent diabetes. If you currently have a diagnosis of diabetes, then all is not lost. You can take steps to control your diabetes by following a plan to avoid the increases in insulin foods can cause.

As with any changes one may make, its best to discuss this with your provider first. There may be associated conditions that need to be addressed or changes in meds prior to making any changes.

Everyone is different, and each of our bodies react to foods in different ways. Some of you may be trying and not getting results that you think you should be getting. Don't get down on yourself. You may have to try a different way to get your results.

If you want to feel better, have more energy, and prevent complications, then start today to make the changes you need. We'd love to help you in anyway we can. Call for appointment and see if we can assist you to help treat your diabetes or start the steps to help prevent you from developing diabetes.

God Bless

Becoming Healthier Pt. 2

To pick up where we left off, we tried answering the question: Why doesn't reducing caloric intake result in weight loss? Can it be due to genetics, age related, hormones, type of foods we are eating, or our gut bacteria?

The answer is.......... All the above.

Weight loss is not the result of one cause. Many different factors come into play, and that is where losing weight can get frustrating. additionally, those factors can be different for each of us. We all know people who can eat pizza and doughnuts and not gain an ounce.  We also know those who can walk by a doughnut shop and gain 5 pounds!

So, what do we do?

We have to start somewhere. In the last post, we went over the question of whether weight loss is about calories. I don't feel that calories is the main culprit. So, if calories is not the cause, where do we start? From researching and examining different theories, I think insulin is the best place to begin.

Insulin is a hormone that helps control glucose in our body. The more glucose we have, the more insulin is produced. The job of the insulin is to get the glucose out of the bloodstream and into tissues for use. Problems arise when we have too much excess glucose. The insulin has to do something with the extra glucose. Where do you think the glucose goes?

It gets stored as fat!

Think of insulin as a fat storage hormone, however let me digress. The process is more detailed and insulin is much more complicated. I'm just trying to give you an idea of the big picture.

So, if insulin is like a fat storage hormone, then it makes sense to attempt to control the production of insulin. Before we begin to look more in depth at insulin, remember that other factors can also play a part in weight control. Some factors we can control, like what type of foods we eat. Other factors we can't control, like our genetics.

I want to share a personal experience from within my clinic. I'm going to use a patient who gave me permission to tell you her experiences . She has had her ups and downs with weight loss x years. Some weight loss approaches worked and some some didn't . Weight would go up and down. Then, after some convincing, she decided to try some new methods we were practicing here at the clinic, a little over 2 months ago. Since then, she has lost over 40lbs! While I know that each person is different and all results vary, looking at the science behind weight loss and what works for each person is the key to long standing weight loss and more importantly- getting healthy and feeling better.

Join the conversation here , like our facebook page and share with all your friends. If you would like to get help with your health and see how we could help, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Stayed tuned and we will further explore the role of insulin and how we can control it for our benefit.

Becoming Healthier Pt. 1



Over the next few weeks we will be exploring our frustrations with weight loss and getting healthy. Before we begin, let us define our goal to be: become healthy and not just lose weight. If we do this, then years from now, the benefits will help us live a more active, fulfilling life.

So, where do we begin? Let us start with something we ALL have tried: reducing our calorie intake. Our body is made to maintain homeostasis, that is, to maintain itself at a current weight. For example, theoretically we are eating a 2000 calorie diet. Then to maintain our weight, our body is burning 2000 calories. When we decrease our caloric intake to 1500, what happens? We lose some weight, but then weight loss stops after a week or so. The thought is, to lose one pound, we need to decrease our calories by 3500. So, 500 calories a day reduction, for 7 days, should be 1lb of weight loss in 1 week. If we do this for 30 weeks we should loss 30 lbs. However, we know this doesn't work.

Why? Because our metabolism slows down to burn 1500 calories, instead of the previous 2000 calories at the beginning of our journey. Our body wants to maintain homeostasis, so our output of calories will try to maintain our input of calories. Then we all get frustrated and go back to our original diet of 2000 calories and regain the weight we just lost. This is when most folks quit. We are trying our best, but I think the problem is that we are trying the wrong way. I have some theories, but I am curious as to your thoughts as well.

Could it be:

  • Genetics?
  • Age related?
  • Hormones?
  • Type of foods we are eating?
  • Our gut bacteria?

Check back with us and we will continue our journey and see how we can help you reach your goals!