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  • About

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

  • The Doctor Will See You In Person Now

    Dr. Cate Buley

    Telemedicine lets you access medical care without leaving your home. But it isn’t the right choice for every visit with…

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

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

    A traumatic brain injury is any sudden injury to your brain. It could be from a bump, blow, or jolt…

  • Tinnitus

    Tinnitus causes you to hear a noise in one ear or both ears. People call it ringing in the ear…

  • Pressure Sores

    Pressure sores are sores on your skin. They’re usually caused by being in a bed or wheelchair nearly all the…

  • Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear)

    Swimmer’s ear is an irritation, swelling, or infection in your ear. It’s often caused by swimming a lot or swimming…

  • Osteopenia

    The condition osteopenia begins as your bones get weaker. It’s common as you age. People who have osteopenia have a…

  • Nosebleeds

    A nosebleed is blood loss from the tissue that lines your nose. It most often occurs in only one nostril,…

  • Mastitis

    Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast, usually caused by an infection. It can cause breast pain, tenderness, and flu-like…

  • Hereditary Hemochromatosis

    Hereditary hemochromatosis is a disease in which your body has too much iron. This extra iron can damage your tissues…

  • Help us build a community of immunity!

    Getting vaccinated is critical to your health. But did you know taking care of your own health also protects those…

  • Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact

    There are many common misconceptions regarding vaccines. Use this evidence-based information to clear up any confusion.

  • Tooth Problems

    A tooth that causes ongoing pain may be a sign of a serious problem. Use this chart to determine if…

  • Throat Problems

    Throat pain and mouth sores, along with other cold and flu symptoms, are common problems. This chart will direct you…

  • Skin Rashes & Other Skin Problems

    Skin rashes cause a noticeable texture or color change. Use our trusted symptom checker to find a possible diagnosis by…

  • Cold and Flu

    Follow this chart for information about how to treat the symptoms of a cold or the flu and how to…

  • Breast Problems in Men

    Although many people only associate breast problems with women, men can also be affected. If you have noticed changes in…