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It’s that time of year again when the flu is spreading and more people are getting sick. As a health care provider, I get vaccinated. In full disclosure, I don’t like getting any shots, I’m a big baby. I keep my eyes slammed shut, gripped whatever is closest, hold my breath, and then take a big sigh of relief that it’s over and done for another year.
Big Misconceptions and Myths
One of my friends surprised me the other day, she mistakenly thought that people routinely get sick just from getting the flu vaccine. (more…)
I was just drinking my coffee this morning and got a frantic call from a friend. He just met someone who is fabulous and he’s very attracted to her, there’s just one complication. She told him she has herpes and he’s petrified. Now what? He doesn’t want to risk getting the infection.
Help! My new boyfriend or girlfriend has Herpes
This is a scenario that gets repeated thousands of times every day. So if you’re in this situation, you’re not alone and here’s what you need to know. (more…)
How it Happens
We all have a little yeast on various areas of our skin. They just hang out and usually don’t cause any trouble. Yeast is a type of fungus (I know, ick!), but they’re everywhere, and opportunistic little fellas. Meaning that when our immune systems are out of whack, they take the “opportunity” to overgrow, and multiply and make more little yeastie beasties. (more…)
Do you know what Antibiotic Resistance is? And why you should care about it?
Since the 1940’s when antibiotics were first used during WW 2, their use has become ubiquitous.
Prior to that infections caused by bacteria could be fatal. Many people died because of bacterial infections that their own bodies couldn’t fight off. Strept throat, bladder infections, bronchitis, ear infections, STDs, you name it, have all been treated with antibiotics for decades.
One of my patients called yesterday and said that her elderly mother had suddenly started leaking urine. Her mom just couldn’t get to the bathroom fast enough. The family was worried that this might mean that mom needed adult protection (diapers) and they worried that this would “crush” her spirit.
From (HealthDay News) — Move over, Lyme disease: Babesisos is another tick-borne illness is on the rise in various parts of the country, and this one can kill.
Known as babesiosis, the disease is caused by a microscopic parasite that attacks blood cells, causing flu-like symptoms that can make it difficult to accurately diagnose. Like Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria, babesia microti parasites are carried by deer ticks. (more…)
I was just talking to a reporter about the recent increase in Measles cases. This is one of those highly contagious infectious diseases that has been just under the radar for years, but recently has increased dramatically. Most people under 40 haven’t seen a case of measles and don’t know anyone who had measles. If you’re over 50, chances are that you had measles or knew someone else who couldn’t go to school for a week while recovering from measles.
“It hurts when I go to the bathroom”
Ask yourself these questions:
– Very little
– Less than normal
– A normal amount
– More than usual
We haven’t heard a lot lately about food borne illness, but the fact is, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from contaminated food each year. Most cases aren’t reported, as the person recovers on their own without treatment, but about 130,000 are hospitalized each year, with 3,000 deaths.
Pregnant women and children under the age of 5 are most susceptible. I’ve cared for many pregnant women who thought that soft cheese was safe and developed listeriosis.