Dr. Jo Gates, Author at ConvenientMD

Earaches and Ear Infections: What You Need to Know

Earaches are certainly uncomfortable, and if you or your child are experiencing this type of pain, it’s important to understand the cause as soon as possible. Viral infections like the flu or common cold, as well as seasonal allergies can put pressure on the eardrum and lead to fluid build-up in the middle ear. Ear pain can also be caused by “swimmer’s ear”, an ear infection of the outer ear canal that occurs when water gets trapped in the ear after swimming.


Identifying and Treating a Rash

Between environmental factors, cleaning agents and the cold, dry air, our skin can take quite a bit of damage this time of year. While dry skin and cracked hands are to be expected when the weather turns chilly, a rash can be a sign of something more serious. Persistent rashes that won’t go away may require a closer look, especially if home treatment hasn’t been effective.


What You Need to Know This Summer About Broken Bones and Fractures

broken bones and fractures

That warm summer weather we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. While some may prefer to spend their days basking in the comfort of air conditioning, others are more concerned with getting in as much outdoor activity as possible this summer. While injuries can happen at any time, they tend to occur with more frequency during the more active summer months—especially when it comes to broken bones and fractures.


Cold vs. Flu

Winter is in full-swing, which has many people gearing up for skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor excursions now that the holidays are behind us. Unfortunately, the winter months also come at a time of year when colds, the flu and other illnesses begin to run rampant. While most people understand the differences between influenza “the flu” and the common cold, symptoms between the two are commonly mixed-up, which can be dangerous given that influenza can cause more serious illness.