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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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