Bug Of The Month: Ear Pain (Otalgia)

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Technical Name: otalgia NickName: ear pain Causes: ear pain is a symptom that doesn't always mean ear infection.  The most common causes of ear pain include: Ear infection Ear irritation of ear canal Fluid in ear building up pressure Foreign body in ear canal Pain from the  mouth or neck To learn more about the anatomy of the ear, click here. Diagnosis: examination by a doctor … [Read more...]

Bug of the Month: Sprains and Strains

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Technical Names: Sprains, Soft Tissue Injuries, Musculoskeletal Injuries NickNames: twisted arm or leg, thrown joint What it is: a pulling and/or tearing of the soft tissues of a joint, the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The ankle is the most commonly sprained joint in kids and often sports related. Typical Ages: Any and all ages. Etiology: trauma - intentional and nonintentional, … [Read more...]

Bug Of The Month: Lyme Disease

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Technical Names: Lyme Disease Lyme Map: Lyme has a definite geographic distribution. According to the CDC you'll find Lyme in these three areas: Northeast: Massachusetts to Maryland. North-central states: especially Wisconsin and Minnesota. West Coast: especially northern California. Nicknames: Lyme Disease, Lyme What it is: tick-borne infection from ticks of the Ixodes genussed by … [Read more...]

Bug of the Month: Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac

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Common and Technical Names: Poison Ivy: Toxicodendron rydbergii Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversilobum Poison Sumac: Toxicodendron vernix Plant Identification: see this link: Cornell Poisonous Plants Information Database) What it is: Allergic reaction to urushiol oil from the poison ivy/oak/sumac leaves. The rhyme “leave three let them be!” can help kids remember to avoid clusters of … [Read more...]