Bug of the Month: Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac

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...]

Bug Of The Month: Asthma

Technical Name: Asthma NickNames: reactive airways, wheezing What is it? narrowing and swelling of the tubes of your lungs that occurs when trigged by a variety of stimuli such as viruses, allergens, season changes, pets, insect stings How is the diagnosis made? Asthma is frequent wheezing and is a clinical diagnosis that is usually given after a child has wheezed on more than one occasion and … [Read more...]

Bug of the Month: RSV Infection or Bronchiolitis

Technical Names: RSV Bronchiolitis NickNames: RSV, wheezing virus What it is: viral infection of the small airways of the lung; can cause a true viral pneumoniaas well. Typical Ages for Illness: All ages; most severe in young and premature infants and children with heart and lung problems including congenital heart disease and asthma. Interesting fact: all kids become infected by RSV by the age of … [Read more...]

Bug of the Month: Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever

Technical Names: Streptococcal Pharyngitis NickNames: Scarlet Fever, Strep Throat What is it: infection of the throat involving the pharynx, tonsils or both Typical Ages for Illness: school age kids and teens are the biggest population; can occur in adults; rare in children under 2 years of age. Typical Symptoms: sore throat and pain with swallowing; swollen neck glands +/- abdominal pain … [Read more...]