Wed Jan 24 2018

Category: Infections

Do Children in Daycare Develop More Health Problems?

Posted in Ears, Nose & Throat, Infections, Lung / Pulmonary, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Research

Over the years, there has been a theory that children who attend daycare tend to develop more health problems; things like colds, ear infections, and throat infections.  In the first few years of life, they can have more problems than the children who stay home, and it makes sense because there is an earlier exposure [&hellip

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Getting Treatment for STDs Is Essential

Posted in Diseases, Infections, Medications, Sexual Health, Viruses

They are called sexually transmitted diseases and they are embarrassing to talk about.  I know that and people who suffer from them know it.  But the bottom line is if you don't get them treated, and you don't deal with the problem and don't have your partner treated, it can cause all sorts of problems [&hellip

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Treating Bladder Problems

Posted in Foods / Drinks, Infections, Medications, Urinary

Bladder problems are often a sign that there's an infection coming on.  But also, the irritability in the bladder could be a sign that the muscles that work in the bladder are being overstressed.  We often find people having what we call retention where there's a pressure and buildup back in the bladder.  That retention [&hellip

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MRSA and Drug Resistance

Posted in Ache / Pain, Hospital / Doctor Care, Infections, Medications, Viruses

It's only the beginning.  I hate to say that, but we are starting to see Methicillin-resistant Staphs aureus as just an extension of a bigger problem.  Drug resistance, antibiotic resistance, is a growing problem in this country.  Partly doctors are to blame because basically doctors prescribe too many medications too often, as well as the [&hellip

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Preventing the Spread of Infection in Schools

Posted in Infections, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Teen Health, Viruses

Did you ever notice how easily infections seem to spread in schools?  Take the case of a viral infection that spread through a school in Virginia.  About one in four students and teachers developed an illness with symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  The virus, called a norovirus, usually causes acute outbreaks of this type [&hellip

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Urinary Tract Infections

Posted in Ache / Pain, Infections, Kidneys, Musculoskeletal, Urinary

Urinary tract infections are relatively easy for most doctors to diagnose because once a person has a UTI, they can essentially tell you the symptoms.  They are classic.  They are fairly consistent with all infections.  There's burning with urination, there's pain, there could be difficulty with urinating, and the sense that you're making less urine [&hellip

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Most Throat Infections Are Caused By Viruses

Posted in Ears, Nose & Throat, Infections, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Viruses

Throat infections have a variety of causes; number one on the list is a virus.  That's right, not strep.  When a lot of people think of the term strep throat, it's almost a term that we use interchangeably with throat infections, but it isn't strep in the vast majority of the cases.  In bacterial cases, [&hellip

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Signs and Symptoms of Salmonella Infection

Posted in Foods / Drinks, Infections

Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.  They usually get them 12 to 72 hours after the infection.  Infection is usually diagnosed by culture of a stool sample.  The illness lasts from four to seven days.  Although most people recover without treatment, severe infections may occur.  Infants, elderly persons, and those [&hellip

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Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Posted in Foods / Drinks, Infections

The CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states and the United States Department of Agriculture to try and look at food outbreaks as they're occurring in this country.  One of the most recent was the salmonella outbreak.  That was due to Salmonella serotype Typhimurium.  When you look at that, the CDC basically [&hellip

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Washing Your Hands to Stop the Spread of the Flu

Posted in Hands / Fingers/ Wrists, Infections

Over the coming weeks and months, I’m going to be telling you about ways to protect yourself against H1N1. We’ll talk about treatments if you’re exposed. We’ll talk about all the latest studies, all the new information. But I can tell you right now, the most important advice I can give you is to wash [&hellip

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