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How To Treat Acute Diarrhea

How To Treat Acute Diarrhea

We all occasionally at one time or another get hit with an attack of diarrhea.  The most common causes of acute (sudden and short lived) diarrhea are usually from a viral infection or food poisoning.  Our bodies are usually able to clear the infection or toxin within...

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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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When to go to the Doctor for a Cold

When to go to the Doctor for a Cold

Countless trips are made to health care providers for upper respiratory symptoms when the appointment was felt not to be necessary. Here are five signs and symptoms that physicians view as important in determining whether a "cold" needs treatment. This list is not...

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What to do for Shingles

What to do for Shingles

Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is a localized, blistering rash which is usually quite painful and more common in those over 60.  The rash usually lasts up to two weeks, but the pain can often continue indefinitely.  It develops as a localized reactivation...

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