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Illnesses Nutrition Safety

Which Supplements Help Prevent and Treat Infections?

I don’t know anyone who wants to get sick, so most of us try our best to avoid illnesses. We do this by washing our hands and encouraging our kids to cover their coughs. Avoiding sick people as much as possible can help. We should routinely get enough sleep (most Americans fail in this regard) […]

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Cough and Colds Medical Humor

What Doctors Want You To Know About Treating Colds (but are afraid to say)

When kids suffer from illness after illness all winter long, parents understandably get frustrated. Believe me, as a parent and a physician, I get it. Do you know what doctors want you to know  about treating colds? This is a change from my usual blogging style because I want to share a Facebook post. I […]

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Cough and Colds Fever Medications

Tamiflu status downgraded!

Those of you who follow my blog or are my patients know that I’ve never been a fan of Tamiflu. I’ve written To Tamiflu or Not To Tamiflu and I’ve posted Tamiflu from guest blogger, Dr. Mark Helm. Despite the CDC’s recommendation to use Tamiflu frequently, I rarely prescribe it. And when I do, I often find that the […]

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Allergies Medications Uncategorized

Itchy, sneezy, puffy… what can you do about allergies?

It’s allergy season! Prevention and treatment is important if you have seasonal allergies so you can enjoy the great outdoors. This is an update to a previous blog I wrote on the subject, since there are many more medicines now available over the counter. Symptoms of Allergies:  Allergies are more than just sneezing. They can […]

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Illnesses Safety Uncategorized Vaccines

Traveling Around the World

Spring Break is around the corner, which means many of my patients will be traveling to various areas of the world for vacation or mission trips. Many of these areas require vaccines prior to travel, so plan ahead and schedule a travel appointment with your doctor (if they do them) or at a travel clinic. […]

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Illnesses Sore Throat

Guidelines for treatment of strep throat: Is it viral or strep?

New guidelines for treatment of strep throat were published in the Oxford Journals of Clinical Infectious Diseases this month.  They attempt to decrease the overuse of antibiotics to treat sore throats caused by a virus, since antibiotics are ineffective against viral illnesses. Streptococcus (AKA Strep) is a bacteria, and antibiotics do treat infections with Strep. […]