With football season in full-swing, concussions and head injuries are in the front of a lot of parents’ and coaches’ minds. With advances in protective gear along with increased awareness and legislation surrounding the need to remove injured athletes from play, athletes are being kept safer. But when should a parent worry? Will there be long-term consequences after a head injury? When is a CT scan necessary? How long will the athlete need to be removed from play? These questions will all be addressed in this month’s blog. When Should A Parent Worry? Advances in imaging, as well as … [Read more...] about Treating Sports Concussions
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Many health concerns have been raised following the devastating floods that hurricane Harvey brought to Texas. Civilians and first responders have been wading through debris ridden flood waters which increase the possibility of disaster-related injuries. Due to the contaminated flood water, the risk of exposure to higher levels of bacteria that is normal is increased. Because of these conditions, questions have been raised about the increased risk of contracting tetanus from wounds sustained in flood waters. According to CDC press officer Kristen Nordlund,” exposure to flood waters … [Read more...] about Disaster Cleanup and Tetanus Risk
We are getting to that time of year again, cold and influenza season. Your co-workers and friends will start having a cough, runny nose, congestion, and fevers. You may be wondering, what is the difference between an upper respiratory infection also known as the common cold and influenza? Both influenza and colds are caused by viral infections. The common cold can be caused by more than 200 viruses and can be spread from person to person through the air and close personal contact. Rhinovirus is the most common type of virus that causes colds. Signs and symptoms of colds are sneezing, … [Read more...] about Common Cold vs The Flu
So, I’m glad to have some warmer weather and sunny days after our long winter. With the warmer days and sunshine, most of will be spending more time doing outdoor activities. The sunshine provides us all with much needed vitamin D, but too much sun exposure can be harmful to our skin and to our health. You might be asking yourself what harm is a sunburn? As a matter of fact, 42% of people polled by the Skin Cancer Foundation get a sunburn at least once a year. Studies show that having had just one blistering sunburn significantly increases you risk for certain types of skin cancer. Skin … [Read more...] about Preventing Skin Cancer
We have all heard the term shingles and possibly have even heard commercials advertising a vaccine for shingles. So what exactly are shingles, and how does an individual become infected with shingles? The medical name for shingles is herpes zoster virus. It is a reactivation of a previous infection with the varicella-zoster virus, which is also known as chicken pox. After a person recovers from chicken pox, the virus lays dormant or inactive in the body, usually in the nerve roots that control sensation. For reasons unknown to scientists, the virus reactivates. This results in a painful, … [Read more...] about How Do You Become Infected With Shingles?
Well, it is that time of year again, summer. With the warmer weather, most people will be enjoying an increase in outdoor activities such as baseball games, gardening, and swimming. As we spend more time outside, we increase our exposure to ultraviolet radiation. If the proper precautions aren’t taken, this increased exposure to UV rays can lead to the unfortunate consequence of sunburn. The CDC reported that over 43% of adults have had a sunburn in the past year. So you may be asking yourself, “What is the big deal about a little sunburn?” A sunburn is the skin reddening caused by … [Read more...] about Avoiding Skin Damage
Fever blister, also known as cold sores are a nuisance that causes annoyance and discomfort to millions of Americans. The condition is caused by a contagious herpes virus, either herpes simplex one or herpes simplex 2. Over 95% of cases are caused by herpes simplex virus one (HSV1). The virus causes “blisters” or small sores that are found on the face, lips, or in the mouth or in the nostrils. These sores cause pain, itching, and burning before crusting over. Most people who carry the infection become infected with the virus before the age of ten. The virus invades the membrane cells … [Read more...] about What Causes Fever Blisters?
Most of us have heard of meningitis, but what most of us are not aware of is that there are actually many causes of meningitis. Meningitis is a clinical syndrome characterized by inflammation of the meninges, which are the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by many different pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and non-infectious causes such as physical injury cancer or certain drugs. Most cases of meningitis in the U.S. … [Read more...] about The Causes of Meningitis
We have all been sick with a viral illness at one time or another in our lives. As a matter of fact, viruses are one of the most common causes of fever in children. So you may be wondering exactly what a virus is. It is a molecule with genetic material, it can only replicate inside of the living cells of another organism. The virus’s genetic material takes control of the host cell and forces it to reproduce. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, including plants, animals, and bacteria. There are over 320,000 different viruses that infect mammals. How do you contract a virus? … [Read more...] about What’s The Difference Between Bacteria and Viruses?
When you become a patient either with a new physician or in the hospital you are always asked if you have any allergies to medications. Several different types of symptoms can result from an allergic reaction, from a mild localized rash to serious effects on organs. The body’s response can affect any organ system, but the skin is the most commonly affected. All medications have the potential to cause side effects, but only about 5-10% are allergic reactions. Most reactions occur hours to weeks after taking a medication and most reactions are from medications that people have taken in the … [Read more...] about Allergic Reactions To Medication