Bug of the Month: Pneumonia

Technical Names: Pneumonitis NickNames: Pneumonia, Lung Infection What it is: infection of the lung Typical Ages for Illness: Any Typical Symptoms: cough, fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, decreased activity level and appetite, respiratory symptoms including shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, grunting or wheezing sound, breathing fast. Chest pain common when coughing a lot. Some … [Read more...]

Bug of the Month: Swine Flu (Influenza H1N1 Virus)

Swine Flu is Influenza H1N1. This virus is very, very similar to season flu mentioned above. Important points to focus on: 1. You have to have flu symptoms to worry about having Swine Flu. 2. The people most at risk are the people who have either visited Mexico recently or come in contact with people exposed to the virus through those people. 3. The best way to avoid further spread of the virus is … [Read more...]

Bug of the Month: The Stomach Flu (gastroenteritis)

Technical Names: Gastroenteritis, Enteritis, Gastritis NickNames: stomach flu, stomach bug, intestinal infection, puking virus Typical Ages for Illness: all ages What is it: infection of the gastrointestinal system - can involved the stomach, intestines, or both Typical Symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, +/- fever, abdominal pain/cramps, +/- headache, aches and pains, fatigue, +/- … [Read more...]

Bug of the Month: Strep Throat

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 and … [Read more...]