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Illnesses Medications Uncategorized

Improper use of antibiotics: Don’t take the risk!

Improper use of antibiotics is a problem on many levels. It’s easy to get the wrong prescription for an illness if it is improperly diagnosed or if the healthcare provider is trying to keep a patient happy. By taking an antibiotic that isn’t necessary, we increase the problem of Superbugs and even put our own […]

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Allergies

Spring is here and it brought the pollen! Control allergies and enjoy the outdoors.

Spring is a beautiful time of year. The flowers bloom, the birds chirp… it’s like we’re all awakening after a long, cold winter. But with the flowers (and birds) comes pollen. And with pollen comes allergies. I don’t want anyone to be afraid to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, so learn to control allergies. Why treat […]

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Cough and Colds Fever Illnesses Sore Throat Uncategorized

Don’t look for quick fixes for your cold! There’s no quick fix

We all have been sick and wish for a magic cure. Sometimes it seems we find the right fix, but it was just coincidental. I see many people who want antibiotics to fix a viral illness because “it always works” but I want to try to show why this isn’t usually the case. Using antibiotics […]

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Illnesses Rash Vaccines

Measles Outbreaks: What can you do to protect your family?

Any area can be affected by measles. My county is in the middle of an measles outbreak right now. This is despite¬†relatively high MMR vaccine rates¬†above 95% for at least 1 MMR by 3 years of age. There are a lot of questions about measles outbreaks, so I thought I’d tackle a few. Like most […]

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Allergies Illnesses Skin Issues Uncategorized

Dark Under Eye Circles

I see a lot of kids with circles under their eyes. There’s a lot of confusion as to what causes them. Dark circles under the eyes may simply be hereditary – a trait that runs in families, but they also can signify chronic disease. I’ll cover some causes that are feared but not likely and […]

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Ears Uncategorized

All About Ear Infections – Prevention

Ear infections are all too common and cause a lot of distress for kids and their families. What can we do to help prevent them from happening? This is part 3 of a three-part series. All About Ear Infections – What they are and why they happen All About Ear Infections – Treatments All About […]

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Ears Uncategorized

All About Ear Infections – Treatments

Yesterday I wrote about what ear infections are, what they’re not, and what causes them. Many parents don’t care so much about the what’s and why’s – they want treatment. Now. Because ear infections hurt, and no one wants to watch their baby suffer. Today I’ll discuss treatments. This is part 2 of a three-part […]

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Ears

All About Ear Infections – What they are and why they happen

When babies and children have ear infections everyone in the house suffers because they cry all night and no one sleeps. They hurt. Especially at night. Parents don’t want to see their children in pain and they don’t want to see it happen again and again, so they often wonder if tubes are the answer. […]

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Cough and Colds Fever Illnesses Sore Throat

Flu Season Fears: What should you do?

Headlines are making everyone nervous about this year’s flu season. Schools are closing due to high flu numbers. Parents are worried that their child will be the next that dies. Yes, the risk is real. But there are things to do. First: Prevent Vaccinate Vaccines are the one of the best inventions to prolong our […]

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Cough and Colds

How long will a cough or cold last?

How long will a cough or cold last? I get this question all the time. Most people want it gone now. (Or more likely, last week.) Unfortunately despite our medical advancements over the years, we still have no cure for colds and coughs. Viruses do not get killed by antibiotics, and most colds and coughs […]