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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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When To See Your Doctor For A Cough

When To See Your Doctor For A Cough

A common dilemma, especially this time of year, is when to see a physician for a cough. Many acute (sudden/recent) coughs are caused by viral infections, and will usually resolve within 10-14 days without need for a physician's visit or prescription medication.  In...

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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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Tips To Fight Seasonal Depression

Tips To Fight Seasonal Depression

Why is depression and, in severe cases suicide, more common during the holiday season? You would think that with all the celebration, a "blue mood" would be much less likely. Mental health specialists speculate that there are a variety of factors that contribute to...

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How To Treat Dry, Itchy Skin (Xerosis)

How To Treat Dry, Itchy Skin (Xerosis)

Wintertime with its cold, dry weather brings a problem that many of us experience... dry, itchy skin. Scratching temporarily relieves the itch, but ultimately makes the problem worse, thanks to the release of histamine. Taking a cool bath or shower also brings prompt...

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