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Hi so I’ve been on birth control for a little more than a month, I’ve just started the second week of the second pack. My boyfriend and I have become sexually active since I’ve started birth control, and we don’t always use a condom. Recently though me and my boyfriend were being sexually active and the day after I experienced cramps and bright red vaginal bleeding, but I’m not supposed to start my period for another two weeks. I have no clue what’s going on. Please help.
Please contact the doctor who ordered your birth control pills to discuss. He/she will be able to answer your question based on the type of birth control you are on.
How do you refer someone to your services? And is this Health department for profit or non profit?
To make a referral for services, call us a 651-7450 for more information. We are a non-profit organization.
I had unprotected sex with a friend September 16. And I have on my period a week later. I have sex with my boyfriend in October on the ovulation day. Took a test. I wasn’t pennant then I got my period 2 days later. I have sex again with my boyfriend on my ovulation days. And now my November period did come. I found out I’m 3 weeks pregnant. Is there a chance I’m pregnant by the friend and not my boyfriend
Please discuss this question with the doctor that you see for prenatal care. He/she will be able to give you the best answer to your question.
I’m not sure if I have an eating problem? I’m really afraid of eating anything new, I want to be sick and shake what’s wrong with me? I’m afraid to go to the doctors about it, I have a very limited diet which is very unhealthy what is this??
You need to schedule an appointment to see your family doctor to discuss this issue. He/she will discuss your concerns with you and may decide that blood work is needed also.
I missed my period for 2 months but pregnancy test was negative and I got little brown discharge in the middle for 5 days. will there is a chance to get pregnant if in the middle we participates in intercourse.
To prevent unplanned pregnancies, you should always use a birth control method. If you are not preventing a pregnancy (through birth control methods), then you are planning a pregnancy.
My period was about 8 days late and all of my pregnancy tests were negative but I felt super tired, was extremely nauseous, lower back pain, dizzy, my breasts were really really sore especially my nipples. Also, according to my roommate I had been really moody. I started getting some of the most painful cramps I had ever experienced and I went to the bathroom and there was some clearish bloody type of fluid. The cramps came intermittently over the course of the rest of the day. The next morning they were almost 10 times worse and I was soaking through my pads in less than an hour and this proceeded for about two days until it slowed down as soon as the heavy bleeding started all my symptoms except the lower back pain (which seemed to get worse with the cramps) disappeared. I was passing huge amounts of clots at a time. Last night there was this small thing that wasn’t a clot it was only about a 2 cm or so and it had a round top and came down into a curve. The top was dark and then the rest was a lighter color and on each side there was a black dot and from the top down there was this white stuff and in the front some spots were darker. It almost looked how a fetus does at 5 weeks is there a chance I could have miscarried?
There is a possibility that you may have had a miscarriage but you need to see your doctor to discuss this. After the evaluation/examination, the doctor will be able to answer this question for you.
How Much Does a Flu Shot Cost?
Our cost of flu vaccine is $25.00. However, we will have vouchers from Walgreen’s for free flu vaccine for self-insured patients here who qualify. For more details please call 336-651-7450.
I was born in Wilkes County and put up for adoption almost a year later. Is there any way to get my original birth certificate?
You will have to contact the Wilkes County Register of Deeds. Register of Deeds hours are Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:55pm.
The Register of Deeds is located at:
500 Court House Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Are the ecigs safe to use?
Electronic cigarettes are not regulated, although the FDA is considering regulations now. Without any type of regulation, it is hard to know exactly what is in the e-liquids used in these products. Manufacture of e-liquids can be done without providing consumers information about what is actually in the liquid. E-cigs are a relatively new product, so there are not many studies that provide information on the effects of vapor on health. E-cigs still contain the addictive component of nicotine which, has its own set of ill health effects, including heart disease and hampered brain development in children and adolescents.
“ENDS” (Electronic Nicotine Delivery System), is a name that refers to all electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and any other device that may be considered a “vapor product.”
“Since ENDS are not yet regulated as tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act, we have very little information about the ingredients of liquids (purity, impurities or stability), or the approximate exposure to harmful and potentially harmful constituents when using electronic cigarettes over the short-term or long-term. To date, manufacturers are not required to publish what chemicals are in the ENDS solution, or to perform or reveal results from systematic testing. Studies have demonstrated wide variability in design, operation, and contents and emissions of carcinogens, other toxicants, and nicotine from ENDS. Depending on the brand, ENDS cartridges typically contain nicotine, a component to produce the aerosol (e.g., propylene glycol or glycerol), and flavorings (e.g., fruit, mint, or chocolate). Potentially harmful constituents also have been documented in some ENDS, including: irritants, toxins that can change genes, and other ingredients that have been shown to cause cancer in animals.”
“Because of the risks associated with nicotine, the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report concluded that ‘the evidence is sufficient to provide cautionary messages to pregnant women and women of reproductive age as well as adolescents about the use of nicotine-containing products such as […] electronic cigarettes, and newer forms of nicotine-containing tobacco products, as alternatives to smoking.”
-Letter of Evidence, Tim McAfee MD, MPH Director on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 13, 2014
To read McAfee’s entire letter and references please click here.
Her and I were fooling around and I got semen on my hands and I wiped it off on my shirt and fingered her with panties and sweatpants on (did not put my hand into her pants or panties) she was very wet and I was wondering if there was any chance of pregnancy
From the information that you provided, it is very unlikely that there was any chance of pregnancy.
My friend and I had sex over the course of 3 months. We both are negative for STD’s and infections. But now he has a clear discharge that had a little itch at first but not anymore. It doesn’t burn or hurt. He blames me but I have no symptoms and our results again are still negative. Help! Also on the last day we had sex on my period. Not sure if this helps. I hope.
Your friend should schedule an appointment to be evaluated by his medical doctor to determine the reason for the discharge since you are negative for STD’s and infections.
Woke up then felt a cold spot on back followed by a sudden falling and dizziness sensation, while it was dark, the room appeared to be twisting and turning. What was that temporary sensation?
Please contact your doctor to discuss this. He/she knows the medications you are taking as well as your medical history.
Do I need to have an appointment if I am sick
Yes. Please call the Wilkes County Health Department at 651-7450 to schedule an appointment to be seen by one of our medical providers.
I think that I am pregnant. I thought I had my period on the second of this month . I did bleed. First day wasn’t heavy. Second day I had a lot of blood clots. And after that it was very light and lasted a while. After the blood came white odorless discharge mixed with clear discharge that has been going on for some days now. I have many symptoms. I have gained a good amount of weight. My boobs are bigger and nipples are darker. I get a lot of migraines. Yesterday I smelled McDonalds and nearly barfed. I get cramps around the same time at night that feel like menstrual cramps. Sometimes things look really appetizing but when I actually eat I feel sick. I often feel like I have to throw up. I get mood swings and hot flashes. I feel tired all of the time but can hardly sleep. My back and shoulders always hurt. I don’t know if I should take a test considering I had what seemed to be my period on the second of the month. But I am concerned because I’ve heard stories where girls don’t realize they are pregnant because they think they’re getting their periods. What do you recommend/think. Please excuse my grammar. It’s late and I’m so tired and worried I’m just writing this really fast to try to get some answers. I have no one I can really confide in because my family members are Christians and I don’t want to be judged if I’m not even sure.
Schedule an appointment at the health department for a pregnancy test. If you are pregnant, the nurse will provide you with information on the services that are available for you during your pregnancy such as WIC, applying for Baby Love Medicaid, etc. If you are pregnant, you need to see a doctor for prenatal care for your health as well as for the baby.
I was supposed to have started my period a week back, and I’m worried. In the last one month, I travelled from a cold country to a hot country, changed my diet of red meat to vegetarian and took a contraceptive pill once. However, while having anal sex, my partner’s penis might have touched my labia. The last thing worries me although I’ve heard that that shouldn’t make much of a difference. Should I wait or maybe take Cytopan or something?
It is low risk that you are pregnant from your description above. However, the best way to determine if you are pregnant is to have a pregnancy test completed. Home pregnancy tests are available or you can schedule an appointment at the health department for a pregnancy test since you are late with your period.
I kind of have a strange question, which is why I’m asking it anonymously here. is it normal for the penis to hurt after multiple orgasms in a short period of time? It feels like a muscle strain or ache. It only hurts if I have an erection again after the last orgasm. I’ve heard of people getting sore skin without lubrication(which doesn’t happen to me), but never of some sort of muscle ache. Like I said, the pain is only while getting erect again, and that effect lasts until about the next day. The length of the erection doesn’t really seem to have an impact on the pain. it only hurts when getting a second erection after the first orgasm. if I have a long erection before the first orgasm, there’s no problem whatsoever. at least it seems like it. The more orgasms, the more that next erection will hurt. Is it an actual problem with me or just a sign of overusing the muscle and it needing some rest? I’ve never had sex so I don’t have an STD and I’ve tried being as gentle as possible, so that’s not it.
Contact your medical provider to discuss this question. Your medical history and any medications that you may be taking need to be considered in the answer to this question.
I’ve noticed when I’m walking, we have a guy in our neighborhood that is pumping his pvc pipes in the front yard out and running it through an underground culvert pipe. It smells like raw sewage when I go by. He also has an inground pool, and he has been pumping out of each tube for 3 days. I have noticed he usually does it when it’s going to rain. He has now dug a small trench for the water to run down his yard to the culvert pipe that runs under the road and into woods. Is this legal, even if he is pumping pool water out?
If you can contact our Environmental Health Office at 651-7530 so we can obtain some additional information. For safety reasons, we typically do not investigate anonymous complaints. As far as discharging pool water to the surface, it is legal to discharge pool water to the surface.
what needs to be done if a house 410 white plains rd roaring river NC has asbestos and lead paint in it? Someone is wanting to move in it and I do not think that this can be done without being Inspected First. Should the county not have some say in this because of Health Concerns
Thank you for your concerns regarding the health impacts of asbestos and lead in a home. I have also forward your concerns to the building inspection department for assistance on their regulations. In Wilkes County, we currently don’t have a program regulating the demolition or removal of asbestos or lead paint through the Wilkes County Health Department. However, I can provide you with a contact telephone number for a branch that regulate asbestos demolition, removal and health related issues. This department is located out of Raleigh with a contact number of (919) 707-5950. Lead paint in a home can be hazards to children. Lead base paint can typically be found in home that were built pre 1978. At the time it was the good paint, but has since been linked to children with elevated blood lead levels. Children typically have their lead level evaluated by their pediatrics at the age of 2 and 6. If it is determined that the child has an evaluated level then the pediatric refers them to the Wilkes County Health Department. A team investigation between the Lead Nurse, Environmental Health and the family is conducted. We investigate the home, foods, toys and activities to determine and eliminate the source. If we can help with additional concerns, please feel free to contact us at 336-651-7530.
My mom had issues with alcoholism for a long time… on and off her whole life up until last year. She’s 52. I’ve noticed that she’s a lot angrier and a lot less healthy now. She’s gained weight and her skin is very red and splotchy. Did alcoholism cause this? She also smokes and has had a lot of stress over the years.
She needs to schedule an appointment with her medical doctor to be evaluated. If she does not have insurance coverage, she should contact Armando Limon at 651-7386 for assistance with finding a medical doctor.
I have the skin disease and I constantly pick the dry scabs off my affected areas and eat them. What does this mean?! It’s gross and I can’t stop!
You should schedule an appointment with your medical doctor for evaluation and treatment as needed.
I have been in a trusting, monogamous relationship with a divorced man for nearly two years. We have always had unprotected sex. Although he was tested negative for STDs after the split of his marriage of ten years, he has been with two other women since then, before meeting me. Although he used a condom with both of these women, he was not tested before me. (he also has a vasectomy, so pregnancy is not an issue). We have had no problems in these past two years, but should he get tested again for at least my peace of mind?
Please discuss your concerns with your partner to see if he is agreeable with being tested to give you peace of mind. If he agrees to the testing, call 651-7450 to schedule an appointment in our STD Clinic. This could be something that you both decide to do due to unprotected sex.
Whenever I masturbate, it feels like my fingers can’t go very far inside my vagina. It feels like the inside of my vagina is just a pit. So I tried to use something longer than my fingers and it did go further in, but I felt a pain in my uterus/ abdomen area. Almost like a period cramp pain. I was wondering if this is normal or if I should get it taken care of.
You should schedule an appointment with your medical doctor for evaluation and to discuss your concerns.
For the past 3 days I have had a fluctuating fever that has reached 102.1 I have been taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen and also have a sore throat. My strep and UTI tests were negative and the doctor said maybe it was mono but I have not been tested yet. Today I noticed 3 pimple like things near my vagina. Is this just ironic?
You should schedule an appointment with your medical doctor to discuss these concerns and for an examination.
I am 17 and I had unprotected sex on the 22nd of May. I am almost sure I got my period on the 24th of May but it may have been the 23rd. It was my first time having sex. He did not get hard and he sort of just “flopped”. He didn’t come inside me I don’t think but I have not gotten my period for the month of June and I should have been due last week. I’m worrying myself sick about this and I’m wondering is there a chance I could be pregnant? Would there be any other reason that I haven’t gotten my period? I usually know when my period is coming because I get pains in my stomach. This month I am having no pains in my stomach. Please let me know as soon as possible, thanks
Since you are a month late, you can do a home pregnancy test or schedule an appointment at the health department for a pregnancy test to be completed. This is the only way to know if you are pregnant. If you are not pregnant, please schedule an appointment with our Family Planning clinic to get started on birth control to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
I had a root canal over a week ago. I was prescribed a full course of Cleomycin, so since that is very strong antibiotic I bought some Rephresh vaginal gel to prevent a yeast infection. Which I usually get when I take antibiotics. Rephresh is used to balance vaginal PH. At first I got really itchy and started having really clumpy white vaginal discharge. I looked online and it says that is normal when you first start to use rephresh, it epithelial cells shedding from your vagina, part of the process. Well now that chunky discharge has turned yellow-green. I can’t find any info on this online. I just took a full course of strong antibiotics and had no vaginal infection to begin with. I was only trying to prevent a yeast infection. Is the rephresh doing this? Could shedding epithelial cells be green? Did inserting the tube in my vagina cause an infection? Did lowering the PH make a hidden infection appear? Please help
You should schedule an appointment with your medical doctor for evaluation and treatment if needed.
I have a few red/blue ish indents in my skins beside / bellow my penis, I thought they were from sitting but I’ve noticed them for about a week now with no change at all, while changing sitting habits. I have not had anything rub or create a bruise there.
Please see your medical doctor for evaluation. This will require an examination for your question to be answered.
What is a sports physical?
A sports physical is a physical exam completed by a doctor or nurse practitioner that enables the student/child to be able to play sports. The required sports physical form from the NC Athletics Association is completed.
I want to know if “shot bloks” are good to eat when sick and low on energy.
I would not recommend the shot bloks from Cliffbar for sickness and low energy alone. The bloks are meant to be used for and “instant” fuel source to the muscles during time of long term (greater than 1 hour) moderate to vigorous physical activity. For times of sickness and low energy I would focus on maintaining adequate fluids through water first and then if necessary a beverage to replace electrolytes. Also focusing on fruits as a source of food and fluid.
I believe I have external hemorrhoids. Symptoms include: Rash, irritation around anus, and some pressure. Not a lot of pain and no blood. I have had these symptoms for 3 weeks now. My questions are: 1. I was given oral sex from a woman I didn’t know very well about –4 months ago–, and I have anxiety about once a week that I may have something else, i.e. herpes? 2. Can I see herpes symptoms on my anus even before my penis? Are those herpes symptoms? Again, there is no pain or pus.
If you have concerns about having a sexually transmitted disease, please schedule an appointment to be evaluated in our STD Clinic at 651-7450. Another option would be to see your medical doctor for evaluation. It is not possible to answer these questions accurately without a physical examination.
I have started to notice small white lumps under my foreskin, and some small lumps on my penis head, I am really worried about this, can you please get back to me asap ( I have never had any sexual contact)
You will need an examination by your medical doctor to determine the cause of this and if you need treatment.
Are dogs allowed in a personal training studio?
It depends on the policy of the personal training studio.
I am a teenage male and sometimes while I am doing core exercises at the gym, I experience a sudden orgasm. Why is this? Is this worth seeing a physician over?
You should schedule an appointment to see your medical doctor for an evaluation. He/she could determine if this is normal or abnormal since they know your medical history.
I have never had sex before. I normally masturbate 2-5 times a day. I have tried to masturbate to porn today and yesterday and I get hard but I do not ejaculate or get the sensation I normally get before ejaculating. I had surgery on my knee two days ago and am taking pills to help with the pain and swelling. I want to know if my ejaculation failure is due to my surgery in anyway or if I have a problem with my penis.
This could be a side effect of the pain medication that you are taking. If you continue to have problems after you stop taking the pain medication, consult your medical doctor. Also, if you have any new problems related to this, schedule an appointment with your medical doctor for evaluation.
Had sex and started my period the next day and then had a normal cycle then right after my cycle was having unprotected sex often and missed my next period. Obviously I’m pregnant but the doctors are making me nervous because at 23 weeks I measured 4 days ahead and now at 27 weeks I’m measuring 2 weeks ahead. I’m trying to figure out when I conceived this child it’s very important and I don’t know what to think, either I have a big baby or I conceived the day before my cycle started but I need help…
This is a question that you should ask your doctor at your next prenatal appointment. He/she would be the best person to answer this question.
I have cuts on the inside of my vagina from being fingered. What do I do?
You need to have a physical examination by your medical doctor to determine the appropriate treatment.
I took the morning after pill after condom failure. My period arrived a week later and lasted five days. I started the contraceptive pill during this time to avoid having to take the morning after pill if a condom ever failed on us again. Four days after my period finished I started getting what seemed to be a second period which was dark red/brown, it started heavy but has lighted substantially but is still there after ten days. Could this be a reaction to the morning after pill?
Please contact the medical provider that prescribes your birth control pills. He/she will be able to answer this question for you.
I have what I think is an external hemorrhoid, but I’m not 100% sure. I have had it for 4+ years. There is no pain no discomfort, but it is ugly and annoying and I would think that if it was a hemorrhoid it would have went away but it hasn’t. Does anyone know how to get rid of it?!
You will need to see your medical doctor for this to be evaluated. This will require a physical examination to be able to answer your question.
If a person doesn’t have insurance or income, how much is a dental visit?
Please call the Wilkes County Public Dental Clinic at 903-9399
I’ve got a hickey, I got it around last Friday and now it’s this Friday? It’s got smaller and it’s turning into a scab. But I’m scared. Will it be ok?
The bruising should be decreasing by now. The scab is probably a result of skin that was broken. As long as you don’t have any signs or symptoms of infection such as redness, swelling, drainage you probably will not need medical attention. However, if any signs or symptoms of infection develop or it starts looking worse instead of better you will need to see your medical doctor for it to be evaluated.
I had gastric problem and now my thighs and knee hurt I think gas is trapped in it. Can a doctor recommend a solution.
Please discuss with your medical doctor for the recommended treatment. The doctor will need to ask you questions and do an examination to determine the appropriate treatment.
Pubic pain? Okay here goes. I am only 17 almost 18 and a female. This is really personal but the front of my crotch hurts more towards the right side occasionally, and is it bothersome. It has been occurring for about three weeks with 2-3 day hiatuses of feeling fine. Also my hip bones hurt as well. Keep in mind that I am the virginesty virgin, even a kiss, as the internet only provides information upon this topic regarding pregnant women enduring this pain in the crotch. Would this by any chance be a form of growing pains?
Please see your medical doctor to be evaluated. The doctor will need to ask you questions and do a physical exam to assist you with this question.
My Vietnamese mom keeps on stealing and lying about everything. Everyone in the family thinks she possessed by some vengeful spirit. She even yell at my grandma on the phone today when we asked her if she stole $1017.00 and disrespected my grandma. How should I deal with my mom when she keep acting like this?
Contact DayMark Mental Health Services at 667-5151. They may be able to assist you with this issue.
I am a 20 year old guy. I suspect I might be suffering from erectile dysfunctioning as whenever I’m making out with my girlfriend, I do get an erection but I’m not able to sustain it for much longer. I smoke a maximum of 3 cigarettes a day, never more than that. Can that be the cause of my problem? If so, I’m willing to quit. If not the smoking then what could be causing this? And what can I do to rectify my situation?
You need to be evaluated by your medical doctor to determine the recommendation for treatment.
I am in my early teens and I have noticed a small circular red bump on the center of the head of the penis inside the foreskin. There is a sort of stringy thing attaching it to the inside of my foreskin. I cannot pull the foreskin back further than the head because of this, I also feel a little amount of pain when i touch it with my finger, or when I’m in the shower and water drops on it. Please help I don’t know what to do, I’ve researched but gotten multiple different answers, with the same description. I’m worried because I’ve never had sexual intercourse, only masturbated. Does it have something to do with hygiene or?
Please schedule an appointment to see your medical doctor. This will have to be evaluated to answer your question.
I have Gynecomastia. I am getting surgery soon. I have had it for a year and a half, but it has been aggravated by my recent and casual use of marijuana. I have researched and fully know the drawbacks of smoking marijuana and I don’t do it very often. However, I would like to feel free to do it when I want without aggravating my Gynecomastia after the surgery. Do you have any input on whether there is or is not a correlation between Gynecomastia and marijuana abuse/use?(Whatever your standpoint is) Is there any way to continue smoking without aggravating my Gynecomastia?
Please see your medical doctor to discuss this question. He/she knows your medical history and can provide you with the best answer.
I’m a 17 year old female and have got quite the pregnancy scare. I know it may sound stupid what I’m going to say but please just bare with me. I was fooling around with my boyfriend 3 months ago and he had some precum on his fingers when he touched me down there, though without inserting. My period came a week later that month, but still just as normal in what concerns flow and all. After it had passed, about two weeks later, I had two home pregnancy tests in the same morning that came out negative. My periods came normal in the next 2 months as well, so I have missed none so far. The problem is that my lower abdomen hurts most of the time, mostly when I press, but it’s a general discomfort, I sometimes get nauseous though I think it’s just the fear, and I definitely urinate more often. Also my back aches a little at times. My question is, could I be pregnant even though I have had all my periods so far and two negative tests? If not, what could this be?
Please schedule an appointment with your medical doctor to be evaluated. Since you have had 3 normal periods and 2 negative pregnancy tests, pregnancy is not likely. However, since you are sexually active there are several things that come to mind: anxiety due to fear of pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, frequent urination could indicate an infection. If you feel that you need to be evaluated for a sexually transmitted disease or need family planning services for birth control, please call 651-7450 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
I recently lost my job and my health insurance. I will be receiving only $128.00 a week in unemployment benefits. I have osteoarthritis of the knee and the free clinic in my area is no longer seeing new patients. I also am depressed very much from being laid off so many times in the past 4 years and having trouble finding a full time job at the age of 61. Does the health dept. see patients for depression and arthritis.
We do see uninsured adults at the health department. However, we are unable to accept new adult patients at this time due to we have 2 medical provider positions open. We hope to be able to resume accepting new adult patients in September if our medical provider positions are filled. Please contact Armando Limon at 336-651-7386. He may be able to assist you with finding a medical provider.
Can I get insurance, I’m 20 years old?
Without knowing your current circumstances, it will be very hard to give you a correct answer. However, I do know that you can buy an insurance policy at any time. If you would like more information regarding the Affordable Care Act and the Insurance Marketplace, please contact Armando Limon at 651-7386.
I did a enema at home, and I used the bathroom. But around a hour or two after that, I peed and I felt like I had poop that needed to come out and it felt like just a pebble. When I went to flush the toilet, I noticed that it wasn’t poop, it was almost like a mucus looking thing. It kinda was yellowish green and had tiny red dots, and kind of had ruffles making it look like a flower. Is this something to do with the enema or should I see my doctor? I’m just worried it might be some kind of infection.
You should schedule an appointment to see your doctor, if you do not have a doctor, then call us at 651-7450.
What services does your department offer for opiate addicts. He has no income. Can your department help families have a person who is endangering his life with drugs involuntarily committed?
Contact Synergy Recovery at (336) 667-7191.
I have a few questions. For the past 3 days or so now I have been having trouble urinating, it absolutely burns like crazy. (Like a yeast infection would) I am also very sore to touch and very irritated however I am not that red. I do appear to be a little swollen. I do kind of smell a little fishy, but nothing outrageous, I have looked at myself in a mirror to see if I could see anything. And I found that I have three pimple like bumps. However they are not together. Two of the bumps are closer to my vagina entrance, on the lips, and the other is closer to my pee hole, also on the lip. I have discharge, I believe. But it is not visible, I do not see cottage cheese looking discharge in my underwear, but sometimes when I look at myself I do see what appears to be discharge around and inside my vagina. And when I sit down, I seem to get “sweaty” down there which makes me believe that is just water discharge. I am itchy, but not outrageous, every once in a whole I will get a n itch near the top (hair above genitals) but that does not bother me. I have not visited the doctor due to I am only 14 and I am extremely nervous. I am currently taking Monistat 3 I have only taken one insert so far, and I am also taking Uricalm which is supposed to help the burning stop. And with both I only experience part time relief. I was wondering if I did have a yeast infection. And if I’m just worried about all of it and the medicine not working miracles. Also If it is not a yeast infection I wondered if it was an allergic reaction to the condoms me and my partner use, which from what I looked up also has those affects. I am also worried that it could be an std. Such as Syphilis, or Chlamydia. The only thing about that though, is I have had sex with the same person, I’d say close to 8 times in the past 4 months. Every single time we used protection, I do know condoms are not 100% in keeping away std’s but we have always checked the condoms after using them not a single one was ever damaged which makes me want to rule out Chlamydia because from what I read Chlamydia is a disease that you contract from coming in contact with the others body fluid. But I am not ruling anything out, once only once. My boyfriend wanted to see what it felt like without a condom, so he went in and did not even go the whole way in because he said it hurt him, and quite frankly it did not feel good to me either. He was dry and did not “release” inside me. That was honestly not even a minute process, which makes me believe there wasn’t really time for infection to happen. He has never had unprotected sex with anyone. I have never had unprotected sex with anyone but him either. And like I said we always have protected sex. I was wondering what I should do, and I was also wondering if the clinic requires parents to be there, or requires parents to know. Thank you.
You will need to schedule an appointment to be seen by your primary care physician or you can schedule an appointment to be seen in our STD Clinic. You will need to be evaluated by a medical provider to determine proper treatment for your symptoms. You can be seen in our STD Clinic by calling 651-7450 and scheduling an appointment. With the burning that you are having with urination, you may need to be seen in one of the urgent cares over the weekend.
Is there a emergency mental health hotline or number in Wilkes County that a person can call if they are having severe problems such as suicidal thoughts.
Call Daymark Recovery Services Crisis Line: 838-9936 or Daymark Recovery: 667-5151
What do you do if you want to have an abortion? Is there an abortion pill offered at your family doctor?
You should contact your family doctor to discuss your options. We do not offer these services at the health department. You can also contact any of the following termination clinics for more information.
3000 Maplewood Avenue
Winston Salem, NC 27103
A Preferred Woman’s Health Center
1604 Jones Franklin Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
A Woman’s Choice of Greensboro
201-E Pomona Drive
Greensboro, NC 27407
How Long Does A Stomach Bug Last?
It varies depending on what is causing the upset stomach. It can last from 24 hours up to several days. You should contact your doctor for guidance on how to manage the stomach bug since he/she knows your medical history and can make the best recommendation for your care. If you do not have a medical doctor and are uninsured, contact Armando Limon at 651-7386 for assistance with finding a medical doctor.
I had sex last week for the first time, and I was on my period. We did not use a condom, but the male did not ejaculate inside of me as far as either of us remember. My period ended on Sunday. However on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I have been using a tampon because of a brown/clear liquid substance that is coming out of my vagina. I’m scared and want to know why this is happening.
If you plan to remain sexually active, please schedule an appointment to be seen in our Family Planning clinic for birth control, or with your primary care physician. Here is some other information for you to consider.
- Use some form of birth control to prevent pregnancy with sex since the withdrawal method (not ejaculate inside her) is not successful. Neither partner may be aware that sperm has passed from the male to the female during sex.
- Also, a condom should be used with sex to prevent pregnancy as well as transmission of sexually transmitted diseases
- The first time a female has sex, there is a lot of tissue stretching that takes place, so the brown discharge could be old blood from this process.
- It is too late for emergency contraception (has to be within 72 hours after sex). If you are more than 7 days late for your next period, you should have a pregnancy test completed.
- Please contact your doctor to be seen or schedule an appointment in our Family Planning Clinic if you plan to remain sexually active so that an unplanned pregnancy can be prevented.
I have the typical constipation type BM. Hard, dry stool. But I noticed something, 1. I have a bm everyday. And 2. I can see undigested food I ate 24 hrs prior in my stool. I’m technically not constipated but my bm are dry and they break apart.. and it’s not a small bm it’s quite a lot. I’m drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day. I normally don’t drink anything else unless it’s sweet tea or milk with cereal. I’m confused why my bm are so hard/dry but large
I do agree that you may have constipation if you have hard, dry stools, and if you are straining during bowel movements, even with daily BM (Rome III criteria). It is not unusual to see undigested food material like corn or certain fiber in vegetables in the stools because the gut usually do not breakdown certain fiber in diet. You have not mentioned if you have abdominal pain or cramping, nausea or vomiting or other associated symptoms. If this is a chronic problem and concern, discuss this issue with your medical provider.
I am 17 years old and suffer from chest pains and I have for a few years. The pains seem to vary in length and amount of pain and they just come about at random times. I have had a EKG which has showed no abnormalities and my doctor doesn’t think it’s anything serious. Is there something wrong with me or am I over thinking it?
This is not something that can’t be answered without evaluation. Cannot determined if there is a problem by discussing on e-mail. If this is something that continues to be a problem the patient may want to revisit their primary care and discuss further. This should also be discussed with the parents if they are not aware of the situation. This is again the type of question that must be addressed at a visit with the primary care and an exam performed. Testing would be up to the examiner.
Will Ohio Medicaid pay for Genome Mapping for adopted children with Medicaid who have no family medical history/background?
In North Carolina, we would refer the recipient to ask the provider of the service (the agency doing the testing) if they are able to bill Medicaid for the service provided. Each state sets its own rules for what Medicaid will pay. Click here for the services covered by Ohio Medicaid. Call the Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 800-324-8680 for further assistance.
Another option may be to contact the adoption agency to see if there are adoption assistance monies available for the testing.
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I have a recent loss of appetite, which I thought was due to the fact that I’ve recently quit training for high school cross country, but now I get hungry but after a very small amount of food I feel full or nauseous. I also noticed a few days ago that a lymph node under one ear is swollen. I knew these symptoms are concurrent with lymphoma but wasn’t concerned because there’s so many things it could be. At least, I wasn’t concerned until I realized I’ve been on and am still on antibiotics for at least two months for acne. Is it possibly that I’m not reacting to the antibiotics, or should I be concerned.
Correct that there are a variety of things that can be related to all the concerns. It could be that the antibiotic for acne just is not what is needed for the lymph node not necessarily that patient is not responding to antibiotics for acne. Is the lymph node tender, red, warm? Is there ear pain? Is it hard feeling to touch? Does it move around? Is there any fever? As for the appetite issues again there are a variety of possible reasons. With available information and without an exam cannot give a reasonable explanation. If you are truly concerned I would advise seeing his/her family doctor.
I’m supposed to be a confidential patient and I keep receiving calls about a wellness check up on my mother’s number and my mother’s number isn’t even on my file yet I am the only one in the family whom goes to this health department I would like to stop receiving these calls on my mother’s phone and receive them on my own phone how do I go about doing that because I do not wish for my mother to know I am a patient at this health department that is exactly why I said I wish to be a confidential patient
Please call Melissa Black at 651-7469 for more assistance.
Is it possible for a 16 year old to have ovarian cancer? I’m tired often, have had stomach issues, back pain, and sometimes bloat. What should I do and should I be worried?
It is rare but not unheard of. We recommend that you discuss this with a parent and arrange to see your primary care physician.
20/Male – Had uncomfortable feeling (like pressure) between my legs behind my scrotum for 2 days. I get great relief after peeing but I still feel like I have too pee a lot of the time. I also haven’t went No.2 since it developed as it feels ‘unpredictable’ back there, like its kinda loose, whenever I push it feels like something’s moving and I can hear a slight popping/clicking noise, it also takes a while to pass any wind as it feels like it has to fight its way past something. My stomach also makes groaning noises and I have an uncomfortable internal feeling below my stomach (kinda above/behind my groin). I thought Kidney Stones at first but that wouldn’t affect my backside would it? I also think it could be a prostate problem but I don’t know if that’s an option to consider. I want to at least narrow it down before I see my GP but due to it being holiday season around the corner he’ll be hard to get a hold of.
You need to make an appointment with your primary care physician for evaluation. This is not something can narrow down without evaluation.
Does the health department still give out information and pregnancy books? My mother told me that you all used to.
We no longer provide prenatal care here. You may want to check with our local library.
So I’m 18 and been smoking cigarettes for about 1 year 1/2 and I usually smoke about one or two a day because it’s just something I do and I’ve never felt really addicted to nicotine. Today was different and I chain smoked 3 because I was abnormally frustrated and after that I just felt so sick and started vomiting. I plan on quitting but why would I get so sick, do I have a very high tolerance for nicotine? I remember this happening when I first started and read that it was just because I just started. Or does it seem like it would be something else health related?
You inhaled greater amounts of nicotine than usual when you smoked 3 in quick succession. That most likely made you sick. I agree with you -you need to quit smoking. If you need help or would like more information on how quit smoking you can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or by clicking here.
I’m a 15 year old girl and I’m always so startled (i.e. someone could tap me on the shoulder and I’ll jump or someone could move their hand and I’ll flinch because I think they’re going to hit me. Or once when I was walking down the street and a lady opened her front gate and I screamed and jumped back). It’s really starting to bother me. I get really nervous a lot especially when talking to adults. I had a conference with my teacher just so he could tell me my grade (every student had to have one) and the entire time I was fiddling with my fingers, stuttering, and not looking him in the eye. He told me I looked so scared. Last month I missed my afternoon bus and I had a panic attack. I’m so afraid of rejection. Today I was so scared to ask my dad if I could buy something from target and when I finally did, he said no and I wanted to cry. Also today he made me go on a walk with him and I get so angry I whispered curse words to myself and threw my deodorant at the wall, and threw my clothes onto the floor. Last month I was at church with my sisters and all of a sudden I got very angry and told my sister I wanted to punch her. She wouldn’t let me so I went to the bathroom and started punching the wall. Then I got back and randomly started crying my eyes out. Is there something wrong with me? Should I tell my doctor? Or my school psychologist? Is this anxiety? I figured I’d ask before I just declare, in case I’m wrong.
You should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician and discuss your concerns with them.
I had a baby back in March. My doctor put me on a low estrogen birth control. I took it for two months and stopped because of the headaches I was getting. It is now Nov. and I still have not had a period. I have taken pregnancy tests, all were negative and I have not gained or lost a lot of weight. What could possibly be going on?
It’s difficult to give an answer without having more information. It can take several months for a body to resume normal hormone levels and restart periods. Or it could be that the menses is delayed because of the trial of birthcontrol pills. I recommend that you see your or a health care provider for further information and evaluation.
Follow up Question to pimple on stomach at the belt line: It didn’t hurt so I put a warm compress on it and the next day I could feel it become smaller almost like it was draining. Now it’s much smaller, like it’s not even there anymore, and it looked like there was a white head on it the next day. I shave frequently so I assumed that’s what it was. I noticed another one just like it yesterday, and it does not hurt at all it isn’t bloody or scabbed over. When I shave, I use a razor and shaving cream, and after shaving I noticed I had razor burn as well. I spoke to my Gyno and she said not to worry because when I was pregnant a year ago they test you for everything even syphilis which isn’t around anymore! I have been with my partner for 2 years and we are very committed to each other should I be worried it could be something more serious like herpes even though the symptoms are not like herpes?
The only real way to know if it was something like herpes or not is to have the area evaluated by your doctor when and if you notice it again. Herpes is typically a fluid filled blister that is very painful to touch.
To clarify, syphilis, is still around. The incidence of syphilis is not as high as it has been in past years, however this is due to testing and treatment of those individuals who are positive. Pregnant women are tested twice during their pregnancy for numerous STI’s/STD’s (sexually transmitted infections/sexually transmitted diseases) so if they are positive for a STI/STD they can receive treatment and lesson the possibility of passing it to their baby or their partner. The Wilkes County Health Department offers free tests for many STD/STI’s. For more information about free STD/STI testing call 336-651-7450.
So I am hearing voices screaming at me in my head. This happens to me maybe once every other week or once every three weeks. I can’t understand what is being said, or what gender the voices are, but they seem to last five to ten minutes at a time. It really worries me because I don’t want to be labeled crazy, I just want to know what’s wrong.
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I have what I believe is just a deep pimple on my stomach at the belt line. After a month or so with self-treatments (popping, alcohol pads, acne creams) it still remains. When I was researching these, most are red. However, mine is more like a dark/purple, could this be something else? I should go see a dermatologist?
You should make an appointment with your primary care physician (PCP) to have them take a look at it. If you don’t have a PCP, then call the health department at 336-651-7450.
I have a friend whom has frequent erections and they hurt a lot. The pain is so much that he has to stay home some days and I’m trying to find a way to help him.
If you are having painful erections you need to see your family doctor to be evaluated.
I’m on birth control but I missed a pill on the after ovulation day I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and he ejaculated inside me. I haven’t had my period and suppose to have it already. I’m only getting a very light brown discharge only when I wipe but on my pad there’s nothing. And I’m supposed to start my new pack of birth control pills. This never happens to me. Can I be pregnant? I don’t have any symptoms either. I need to know what’s going on before I keep taking my pills
It is recommend that she have a pregnancy test. If the unprotected sex has been within the last 72 hours, she should consider emergency contraception. If the pregnancy test is negative, it is okay to start birth control pills, if prefers to wait until she has normal period and use condoms as back up method that is also an option.
We have neighbors who have a non-running pick-up they now use for a trash dump. The truck sits in the front yard with garbage piled about 5-6 feet high in the back. It’s been that way all summer. In addition to killing property values, is there any health concerns or ordinances we can call on to abate this neighborhood nuisance?
Yes, there is a County Solid Waste Ordinance that is in place for such nuisances. Please contact Anderia Van Wy at 696-5832 during regular business hours and be able to provide violator information, such as address at which said solid waste is located and if possible owner information. You can also e-mail Anderia at email@example.com
Does it cost anything to get tested for an STD if your under 18 years old?
Yes, STD tests are free of charge at The Wilkes County Health Department if you are under 18 years old. For more information please contact us at 336-651-7450.
What could I do if my vagina is smelling bad and I have discharge? Could it be a yeast infection or UTI or something?
It’s possible you may have a yeast/bacterial infection or possibly a sexually transmitted infection. I would suggest that you schedule an appointment for a STI (sexually transmitted infection) screening with your doctor or with the health department. If you are a family planning patient at the Wilkes County Health Department and feel that it is not a STD you may schedule a family planning problem visit. For more information please contact your doctor or feel free to call the Wilkes County Health Department at 336-651-4550.
I put a large Listerine bottle around my penis for the suction feel and it got stuck. I don’t know what I was thinking and panicked and forced it out in a rush. Now it seems like there is more skin at the top of the shaft on my penis and its like thicker. I don’t know what to do. Please any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Our medical director has reviewed your concern and says that there could possibly be some swelling and abrasions from forcefully removing the bottle. Their suggestion is to soak your penis in an epsom salt and water solution and if it does not seem to get any better you should see your doctor.
Can a person be seen in, say your dental clinic, if they live in another county?
Yes, the dental clinic will see patients from counties other than Wilkes. For more information you can contact the Wilkes Public Health Dental Clinic at 336-903-9399 or 336-903-7300. You can also go to their website by clicking here.
Does Health Department help individuals with eye doctor vouchers?
We do not provide eye exam vouchers, but we can help with an eye exam through our Health Care Connection program, if you qualify for the program. Please call the coordinator of the program, Armando at 651-7386.
When ejaculating I felt discomfort and a throbbing in the right side of my groin in the days after i was aware of slight discomfort in that spot. I’ve never had any problems before. It was after a day with a lot of exercise and stretching could it be a result of a strained muscle?
The discomfort could have been related to exercise but if it happens again it should be by your doctor.
I am 24 and my partner is 27. We have been trying for a baby. I was ovulating (I think) around 15th -20th July. Since then I have been extremely hot (not to the touch, but feeling hot), I have had abdominal cramps and pain in my left armpit, like swollen gland pain. I have been using pregnancy tests but they all say negative, I assume this is because it’s too early for hcg hormones to be recognized (if I am). I am getting extremely frustrated with these symptoms and would like some reason to it. Is it likely that I am pregnant? I am due for my period on the 1st August, do I need to wait until then to test? Even with 10 minute early pregnancy tests?
You should probably wait until you actually miss your period before you do another pregnancy test. It is normal to have some abdominal cramping after you conceive. This could be related to the implantation of the fetus. You may also even spot a little. The pain in the left armpit is probably not related to pregnancy and if you have swollen glands this should be evaluated to rule out other problems.
Are there free mammograms available to women in Wilkes County?
The Wilkes County Health Department (WCHD) has 2 programs that women and men may get free mammograms that qualify. For information on qualifying for a free mammogram you may contact the WCHD @ 336-651-7450 for information regarding Breast and Cervical Cancer Control (BCCCP) and Komen Grant funded mammograms.
We own a home in Wilkes County that was built in the 1970′s. Are there records in the Health Department that indicate where the septic tank and drain lines are located?
Environmental Health didn’t start keeping records until around 1973 and then it was 1975-1976 before most people started registering their septic systems with the Health Department. It depends on when the house was built and then I would need a parcel number, original owner’s name and possible more information to try and locate these records. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at 336-651-7530.
We rented a vacation property recently from a property from a rental agency in Watauga county. The house we rented was contaminated with mold, and the smell in the house was horrible. I became ill. When the repair company came to the house, they showed us black mold on the garage ceiling.Our vacation was ruined. I want to report this so no one else gets sick. I do suffer from asthma and allergies.
The Environmental Health division of the Wilkes County Health Department does not keep a complaint log and no one from the Environmental Health division goes out on these types of inspections. When our Environmental Health division does get a call regarding mold, then the caller is referred to the air quality section of our website for more education on mold. If an individual does not have access to the internet, they can contact Environmental Health at 336-651-7530I for information to be mailed to them, and they are also given the number to a Mold Inspector. Since this is a rental property we would suggest contacting a mold inspector and letting them know their concern as well. A local agency that does these types of inspections in Cole’s Inspection Service, and they can be contacted at 828-326-9100.
I’m 23 years old and a few years ago my periods became irregular. I went to the doctor and they ran tests and decided birth control was the best option to get me regulated. I quit taking it because I could no longer afford it. My question is what do I have to get done before you can prescribe me birth control?
You should call and make an appointment for a Family Planning Enrollment visit if you are not already our Family Planning patient. On your first visit our provider will perform an exam and discuss birth control options with you and most likely prescribe a method of birth control and you can get that at our pharmacy on the same day.
If you’re under 18 how can you get free birth control?
You should call and make an appointment for a Family Planning Enrollment visit. At that visit the provider will discuss birth control options with you and decide which method is best for you. A parent does not have to accompany you but we do encourage parental involvement.
I started my period on time, but all I’m doing is spotting and having really bad cramps. Could I be pregnant?
Being pregnant is always a possibility if you are sexually active however, if you are on a method of birth control and are taking it correctly the chances are dramatically decreased. If you are on birth control pills and have missed or skipped doses this can affect your flow and/or cramps also. We normally do pregnancy tests here if your period is 1 to 2 weeks late.
Ok, so I like this girl. I’m 15 and she is 16. I met her while attending a church dinner with a friend. Anyway I started to like her and then after a while I told her how I feel. She said she doesn’t like me but seemed really understanding and said we could be friends, but now she isn’t taking to me. I know I’m not attractive, I’m really ugly, I know but I’m not like most guys. I am compassionate and caring, and if I could get a girl to give me a chance I would be the kindest, most respectful boyfriend she ever had. I’ve never had a girl friend and don’t think a girl has ever liked me, but this was just information to hello you know me to answer my question. Why won’t she talk to me and why won’t girls like me? I’m not attractive but I’m really nice.
This girl may not be talking to you because she is uncomfortable with being your friend when she knows you want the two of you to be more than friends. Just because someone doesn’t want to date us or be our girlfriend, doesn’t indicate in any way that there is something wrong with us. It could just be their preference in being attracted to certain looks, values, beliefs, etc. Boys typically do not complete puberty until around 16 or 17 years of age. For both boys and girls it’s easy to feel awkward and unsure of yourself during puberty. If you believe you are “ugly” or ” unattractive”, girls will pick up on that. Self confidence is just as important and even more so than looks. Self confidence comes from you. It is not created by others or circumstances. Presenting yourself with more self confidence will make you more attractive and then you can display those other qualities of kindness and compassion along the way. Picking a partner for other qualities rather than just physical appearance is advised.
I have no health insurance, how much does it cost for a general yearly physical and does the health department have anyone that can do an eye exam?
It is hard to say how much a general physical will cost; since you are uninsured either the Health Department or community centers can do the general physical under a sliding fee scale. The Health Department cannot do eye exams however; there are programs within the Health Department to help you get an eye exam, if you need one. If you would like further assistance or information, please call our main number 651-7450.
Do you need a parent with you to get free birth control if you’r under 18?
NC does not require a parent to accompany a minor to receive birth control however, we do encourage that you discuss this matter with a parent.
What all do I have to have to get Birth control if I’m only 15?
You will need to schedule an appointment to enroll in our Family Planning Clinic. On your first visit you will receive information about our available birth control methods and our provider will determine whether you need an exam.
Is there a tuberculosis vaccination?
Currently there is no vaccination for prevention of tuberculosis. People who have been exposed to someone with active tuberculosis may become infected, and not be actively sick, nor are they contagious. Those individuals are encouraged to take antibiotics to reduce the likelihood that they will develop active tuberculosis later, when circumstances may reduce their immune system’s ability to contain the infection. Those efforts are helping us to see a reduction in the number of cases of active TB in North Carolina. However, TB continues to be extremely contagious and requires public awareness to reduce its spread.
Yesterday I started having a brown vaginal discharge. It was more than just drops in underwear but not period like either. I felt no pain. Today it was more flowing and fluid like. No pain either. Also, yesterday there was a tissue like clump about 2 cm long. I am sexually active and I use oral contraceptive pills.
It is normal for a woman to have a vaginal discharge everyday. The amount and consistency can vary and depend on where you are in your menstrual cycle. However if your discharge is different from what you normally experience meaning change in color, consistency, increased amount or has an odor or associated itching you may need to have this evaluated to rule out infection. Also, if you have skipped any birth control pills or had to double up on them, this can also alter your menstrual cycle.
My son may have rheumatoid arthritis and needs to see a doctor. He is currently working and has insurance that will not cover his doctor visits claiming that this is a preexisting condition. Can he be seen by a doctor at the health department at a reasonable cost?
If your son does not have a medical doctor for primary care, we can see him at the Health Department. However, if your son is going to require referrals to specialists and his insurance denies coverage for these services, he has to pay out of pocket. You can call our social worker Armando Limon 651-7386 for further assistance. Let me know, if you have any other questions.
Mother-in-law is 87 with separated shoulder and broken ribs from fall and now has macular degeneration with almost complete blindness. Why in the world does she not qualify for a nursing home?
Placement in a nursing home or another facility begins with a conversation with the physician of the person seeking placement. So in this case, having this conversation with your mother-in law’s doctor. Speaking with the physician and letting them know your concerns and talking about options is the best place to start. When selecting a facility, such as a nursing home, assisted living facility, etc, it is always best to tour the facility. It is recommended to do a “drop by visit” and see how the facility operates before scheduling the tour. It is also recommended to view the facility’s last state survey results, click here to search an assisted living facility’s survey results or here to search for a skilled nursing facility’s survey results. The facility will also have the results readily available upon request. If you have any questions with the survey results have the administrator review it with you. For more information regarding assisted living facilities or skilled nursing facilities please click here.
If you are pregnant without knowing and you continue to take your prescription birth control, will you lose your baby?
Increased hormone levels from the birth control pill could cause birth defects or loss of pregnancy. If you have a missed a period, it is a good idea to take a pregnancy test to ensure that you are or are not pregnant.
Can you go to the Health Dept and get a free confidential STD check?
It will remain confidential unless the patient tests positive for a STD and doesn’t seek treatment. At this point, it becomes “hazardous” to their health & they are giving the opportunity to inform parents, if they don’t, the health department will in hopes that they get proper treatment.
I miscarried in august 3, 2010! I was wondering of the sex of the baby was? I was to the border line of the 2nd trimester.
Gender of a baby is not determined until 15 -20 weeks, this is done by ultrasound. If you were the beginning of your second trimester, the second trimester begins at week 12 when you miscarried, then an ultrasound to determine the baby’s gender would have not been done yet. There is no way to determine what the gender of your child was.
If you have more questions, please contact your OB/GYN who provided care for you while you were pregnant.
Are there any known cases of flu in Wilkes county at this time?
There has been a case reported in the county. In order for someone to be tested with the flu, they must have a fever greater than or equal to 100 °F with a cough and/or sore throat during flu season. Please see our Cold and Flu Prevention Checklist on the home page.
If a teen comes into the health department to be checked for STDs does it remain completely confidential from EVERYONE including the teens parents and/or doctor?
It will remain confidential unless the patient tests positive for a STD and doesn’t seek treatment. At this point, it becomes “hazardous” to their health & they are giving the opportunity to inform parents, if they don’t, the health department will in hopes that they get proper treatment.
What is your Maternal Nurse and what does she do?
We have Pregnancy Care Managers who are either Social Workers or Nurses. The Pregnancy Care Managers work with the patient’s OB doctor to help manage the care of the patient while she is pregnant. Their job is to assist the patient during the pregnancy to meet the patient’s needs and goals. These staff can help with community resources if needed. The ultimate goal is to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy birth delivery.
The Postpartum/Newborn nurse is a part of the Welcome Baby Program through the Health Department. It is a free service offered to all new mothers and babies. What the Postpartum/Newborn nurse does is schedule a one time home visit with the new mother and child. I assess both mother and baby, providing education, and detecting possible problems early. I educate about normal newborn characteristics, feeding issues, and community resources as needed. I am also a Certified NC Lactation Educator, so I can assist mother with breastfeeding and any issues that may be occurring. I also provide a gift bag through Smart Start with educational materials and gifts for the baby.
For more information on either program please call 651-7450.
I found out 3 weeks ago that I’m pregnant..I will be 18 in a week, should i wait to go to the crisis center and apply for medicaid when I’m 18 or should I go now?
You can either go now or wait until you are 18 years old, it does not matter, to sign up for Medicaid. The type of Medicaid that you would receive does not end until you are 19 years old. Medicaid will cover you through your pregnancy. However you must go to the Department of Social Services (DSS) to sign up for Medicaid. DSS will want proof of your pregnancy, so you can get that from the crisis center, and take it with you when you go to apply for Medicaid. For more information, please contact DSS at 651-7400.
Do you keep the full death certificate of a individual, not just the simple first page document? If so, how do I get a copy; and if not, who would I talk to besides the Register of Deeds that only has one page certified copy?
The Health Department does not keep the full death certificate of an individual. All death certificates and birth certificates are sent to vital records in Raleigh, click here for the website. If you need a copy please contact the Register of Deeds or Vital Records, from the link provided above. If you need more information please feel free to contact the Register of Deeds at 651-7351 or contact the Health Department at 651-7450.
Can someone from another county sign a death certificate?
A death certificate is signed by a the Medical Examiner, a MD, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant from the county in which the person died. So for example, a person who lives in Wilkes County dies in Forsyth County, then the Medical Examiner, a MD, nurse practitioner or physician assistant from Forsyth County would sign their death certificate.
Can you help someone get surgery done? I have no insurance.
There may be some assistance with the surgery available through the Access to Care Task Force. Please contact our Access to Care Coordinator, Armando, at 336-651-7386 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are the condoms you give as good as the name brand condoms like Trojan?
Yes. The brand of condoms that we provide here at the health department, Lifestyles, are a name brand and as good as any other brand that you can purchase at a pharmacy. Condom manufacturers quality test their product to make sure they meet industry standards before they arrive on the shelf. In addition to the manufactures testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration performs routine G.M.P. inspections (Good Manufacturing Practice). To learn more about G.M.P. Inspections, please click here. For more information on a specific condom brand testing, please visit their website.
How long should I wait to take a pregnancy test? I had intercourse a little over a week ago, is it too soon?
In order to be tested at the WCHD, a woman’s menstrual period must be at least seven days overdue/late. Some tests will pick up the pregnancy a few days before a period is due, but it’s always best to wait until a menses is missed.
When you test someone to see if they are pregnant do you also test them to see if they have an STD’s?
The Health Department does not perform STD testing at the same time as testing for pregnancy unless the patient is here for an STD exam & the provider feels a pregnancy test is needed. If they are just scheduled for a pregnancy test, that is all that will be performed at that visit.
I have had a negative pregnancy test, but my period still hasn’t started. What might be the problem?
Stress, rapid weight gain or loss, cyst, diet changes or any number of things. I would recommend if continues to have missed periods contact their primary care doctor.
Is there any help to uninsured women who are due for a mammogram? I lost my job in April and have no health insurance but I am due for my mammogram.
There are two programs that the health department participates in that could offer assistance if you need a mammogram, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure NC Triad.
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) is a federal program. North Carolina takes part in so that we can offer breast and cervical cancer screening, education and prevention at extremely low costs. One of our main goals is to allow women who do not qualify under other state and federal programs to be screened for breast and cervical cancers.
Through the BCCCP Program, women are eligible for reduced/ no cost exams if they are:
- Age 50-64
- Not covered by Medicaid or Medicare Part B
- Have little or no insurance to cover breast and cervical screenings
- Meet household income guidelines. These guidelines are given below. Income guidelines can change every year so they may not be exactly what are given below.
Payment is determined by a sliding fee scale according to family size and family income. Other services may cost extra. Be sure to call ahead if you are interested in the program.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure NC Triad is a grant funded program that the health department applies for each year.
Through the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure NC Triad, women are eligible for mammograms at a reduced/ no cost exams if they are:
- Age 35-64
- Not covered by Medicaid or Medicare Part B
- Have little or no insurance to cover breast screenings
- Meet household income guidelines.
For more information on the BCCCP program or the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure NC Triad program please call the health department at 651-7450.
When can people get tdap vaccine?
The Wilkes County Health Department is currently sponsoring Free TDAP Clinics at area high schools. The Free Clinics are Tuesday August 28th from 4:00pm-6:00pm at East Wilkes High School and on Thursday August 30th from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Wilkes Central High School.
If you are unable to attend either of the Free Clinics, the Wilkes County Health Department is also taking “walk-ins” daily for the vaccine.
You will be eligible to receive this vaccine if you have not received a TDAP vaccine in the past. The age group targeted is 16 and above
For more information please call the Wilkes County Health Department at 651-7450
What do I need to do if me and my 9 month old sons father want to add another middle name to his name?
The Clerk of Superior Court Office states that they do not have the necessary forms on hand to begin a name change. The office did state that someone could perform an internet search to find the forms, however the forms found on-line may not be the correct or proper forms. The office stated that usually when someone wants a name change, the party usually contacts a lawyer to complete the paper work prior to filing it with the Clerk of Superior Court. For more information please contact the Clerk of Superior Court at (336) 651-4400.
Does the Health Department offer the Abortion Pill?
The Morning-After Pill or Plan B Pill is often referred to as the abortion pill. The Morning-After Pill or Plan B Pill is not the same as RU-486, which is an abortion pill. It does not cause a miscarriage or abortion. In other words, it does not stop development of a fetus once the fertilized egg implants in your uterus. So it will not work if you are already pregnant when you take it.
The Health Department does provide the Morning-After Pill or Plan B Pill. Call the Health Department at 651-7450 to make an appointment for emergency contraception. With emergency contraception, you must take the pill within 72 hours (3 days) of failure of your regular form of birth control or after having unprotected sex.
For more information regarding The Morning-After Pill or Plan B Pill please contact your doctor or you can visit www.plannedparenthood.org.
Do you see patients for Plan B Pill?
Yes. Call the Health Department at 651-7450 to make an appointment for emergency contraception. With emergency contraception, you must take the pill within 72 hours (3 days) of failure of your regular form of birth control or after having unprotected sex.
How do I go about having my sister involuntarily committed? She is suicidal and has mental issues and a danger to herself and her children.
The process of an involuntary commitment depends on the situation. If the situation poses an immediate threat, a life or death situation to themselves or others then the first step should be to call 911.
If the threat is not immediate and someone is planning suicide, having thoughts of suicide or some other type of psychotic break, then visiting the magistrate’s office in the county which the person lives is a good place to start. The magistrate’s office will begin the paperwork for the involuntary commitment; if the magistrate feels enough evidence has been presented and involuntary commitment is necessary.
Once the paperwork has been completed, then the sheriff’s department will serve papers to the person in question, take them into custody, and transport them to the local hospital. At this point the hospital will complete an evaluation to determine if involuntary commitment is needed. If at this point involuntary commitment is needed then the person will be transported to a facility that can provide treatment. However if the evaluation at the hospital does not indicate involuntary needed then the person will be released.
Throughout the process, at anytime any of the agencies need assistance, they will contact Day Mark Recovery for guidance.
If you have any further questions please contact one of the following:
- Wilkes County Sherriff’s Office at 903-7600
- Wilkes County Magistrates Office at 651-4419
- Day Mark Recovery at 667-5151
Will the Health Department accept people with no health insurance?
We are part of a community care network that does accept patients with no health insurance. People with no insurance are routed through our social worker, Armando Limon. He will get the person an appointment with the appropriate provider. If you would like more information please contact Armando at 651-7386.
Who would I talk to if I believe there is mold in the home I rent? Two of my nieces and myself have had bad breathing problems since we have moved into my new home.
The information that we provide is from the Department of Health and Human Services. Please click this link http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/oii/mold/ for more information. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Environmental Health Services office at 336-651-7530.
What do you do if you have a UTI?
If you think you might have an UTI, then an appointment needs to be scheduled as soon as possible with your doctor. A UTI could potentially be a dangerous diagnosis, sepsis CAN possibly be developed if left untreated. If diagnosed with a UTI, then your doctor will take the proper course of treatment, this is usually prescribing an antibiotic.
How long is a perc test valid in Wilkesboro NC?
If a septic permit has been issued, the permit is good for 5 years. One or more of the following could invalidate the permit:
- The original site plan has changed (house location, drive, number of bedrooms, etc.)
- The site has been disturbed, graded, etc.
- Property dimensions have changed
- Other factors based on the permit conditions
They would need to contact us.
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, at 336-651-7530.
Is there a cost when you come to the health department?
The Wilkes County Health Department accepts Medicaid, NC Health Choice, private insurance including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna-Tyson Insurance, and offers a sliding fee scale for those who are uninsured. The sliding fee scale is based on family size and household income. For more information please contact us at 336-651-7450.
I am 60 years old, and haven’t worked steady in around two years.Is there any kind of help for me getting a check up, etc?
There are two community centers who can provide primary care to you for a small co-pay of $10 or $20, if you meet the guidelines for their MAP program. Please call West Wilkes 973-7050 or Mountain View 696-2711 to make an appointment. If neither center can help you, please call the Health Department at 651-7386.
Can you have your period or bleed while you are pregnant?
Uterine bleeding somewhat suggestive of the menstrual period occurs occasionally after conception. One or two episodes of bloody discharge, somewhat suggestive of and sometimes interpreted as menstruation, are not uncommon during the first half of a pregnancy. Almost always such bleeding is short and scant. If at anytime during your pregnancy you have any questions or concerns to be sure that you contact your OB/GYN.
What is a good website for accurate sexual health information?
There are a number of different websites or resources for accurate sexual health information. Click any of the links below.
I severely injured my shoulder in an accident, and I probably need surgery on it. I have no insurance and very little money. Are there any programs that might be able to help me?
There may be some assistance with the injury available through the Access to Care Task Force. Please contact our Access to Care Coordinator at 336-651-7386 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Is there a stop smoking clinic in the Wilkesboro area?
Currently, there is not a clinic in Wilkesboro or near by that can assist in stopping the use of tobacco products (whether it is chewing tobacco, snuff, cigarettes, etc). However, if you or someone you know is thinking about stopping the use of tobacco, here is a free resource – Quitline NC. For a limited time Quitline NC is offering free nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, gum, or lozenges. For more information, please see Quitline NC’s website by clicking here or call toll free 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
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