It’s that time of year again for getting outside to garden, do yard work or take a hike–but we’re not alone out there! The tick population is already out in full swing, which means we need to be prepared and take action to prevent getting bitten. Ticks have a pretty negative reputation, and for good reason…
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.
It’s that time of year when almost everyone you know is suffering from a cold, the flu, or a stomach virus. While some will be lucky enough to escape the season with nothing more than perhaps a few sniffles, many will develop more serious winter illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Bronchitis and pneumonia share a number of common traits and symptoms, but pneumonia can lead to serious complications—particularly for the elderly and those with weak immune systems.
Anyone who has ever caught a gastrointestinal (GI) virus knows just how uncomfortable an experience it can be. It is an infection characterized by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (greater than 3 episodes/day) usually associated with a general sense of digestive unease and discomfort. Acute gastroenteritis can develop quickly and last anywhere from overnight to up to 10 days in more severe cases.
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.