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.
The beginning of a new year brings with it a period of reflection. For many of us, this means taking a closer look at the habits that define our daily lives—both “good” and “bad”—and resolving to embrace change over the course of the coming year. New year’s resolutions can vary in type and scope, but many tend to revolve around Read More >
Winter is finally here, which means many people throughout New England are spending a significant amount of time each day indoors. Not surprisingly, this means more close contact with others than during the warmer months of the year, which leads to more spreading of germs. While simple steps, like washing your hands regularly, can help decrease your chances of getting sick, the bottom line is that many illnesses occur with increased frequency throughout the winter.
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.
It’s the time of year when many of us end up developing sore, scratchy throats that can come seemingly out of nowhere. While the majority of sore throats can be attributed to factors such as seasonal change, airborne irritants and the common cold, there’s another culprit that can cause extremely painful sore throat as its main symptom—strep throat.