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Recreational Waterborne Illnesses

Recreational Waterborne Illnesses

Summertime draws area residents and visitors alike for a swim in our beautiful lakes, rivers and pools,  to cool off from the daytime heat.  While most outings are relaxing and uneventful, waterborne intestinal, respiratory and skin infections can ruin the best...

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Is My Sore Throat Strep Throat?

Is My Sore Throat Strep Throat?

A common misconception is that all sore throats are due to strep, and antibiotics are always necessary.  Countless trips have been made to the emergency room, urgent care or doctor's office, only to be bluntly told that "it is only a cold and nothing can be done." ...

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Health Risks of Antibiotics

Health Risks of Antibiotics

Antibiotics are most commonly used to treat bacterial infections.  Appropriately used, they significantly shorten the duration and severity of disease, and have dramatically helped increase life expectancy in the last century.  However, antibiotic use is not without...

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What is cat-scratch disease?

What is cat-scratch disease?

Felines are a common and popular choice for an animal companion, and can be found in many households across America.  However, cat owners should be aware of the potential risks associated with having one in your home.  One risk is that cats can transmit cat-scratch...

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What is MRSA?

What is MRSA?

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus, is a bacterial infection which is becoming more frequent worldwide, largely due to the overuse of antibiotics.  What makes it problematic is that many common and widely prescribed antibiotics, such as amoxicillin and...

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How to Treat a Boil

How to Treat a Boil

A skin abscess, or "boil", is a walled off collection of pus created by the body to fight off an infection, usually bacterial.  Location of the boil on the body dictates what kind of bacteria is causing the infection, with staph and strep the most common types. ...

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When To Go To A Doctor For A Sinus Infection

When To Go To A Doctor For A Sinus Infection

Sinus infections are a common reason to visit a physician, especially during the winter months.  Symptoms are varied, but usually consist of any combination of: Nasal congestion Post nasal drip frequently causing sore throat and /or cough Facial pain over the cheeks,...

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Corneal Abrasion

Corneal Abrasion

I saw a patient a couple of years ago who was driving with his window down when an insect flew directly into his eye, lodging itself under his upper eyelid.  He attempted to remove it by rubbing his eye and then irrigating with tap water, but he was unable to dislodge...

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Bladder infection prevention and symptoms

Bladder infection prevention and symptoms

Bladder infection is common, especially among women.  If left untreated, it may progress to the more serious kidney infection.  Practical tips for women to decrease infection frequency include increasing fluid intake, urinating immediately after intercourse,...

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