Enjoying Holiday Buffets…Safely!

‘Tis the season to be jolly...and to shop, wait in check out lines, and eat at just about every type of buffet that exists. Buffets are a lot of fun and can expose you and your family to some amazing gourmet food that you may have the chance to experience otherwise. At the same time, they can be incredibly risky for your healthy if you're not careful and at a bit more ba-humbug than you are … [Read more...]

Bug Of The Month: Ear Pain (Otalgia)

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: 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...]