Is the Stomach Flu Really The Flu?
The Center for Disease Control has provided this good description of the difference between influenza and stomach flu. Many people use the term stomach flu to describe illnesses with nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. These symptoms can be caused by many different viruses, bacteria or even parasites.
Children Ear Infection Causes
If your child frequently pulls, scratches, or hits their ears, it may a sign they are feeling the pressure caused by an infection or fluid build-up in the ears.
Other signs of children ear infections include:
- Unsteadiness while crawling sitting up or walking
- Discharge from the ears
- Hearing problems may be another telltale sign
Sore Throat Natural Cure
Most people experience a sore throat from time-to-time. Sore throats can be caused by overuse or straining your vocal cords, environmental factors like dry heated air or pollens, and micro-organisms like viruses and bacteria.
The discomfort of a sore throat can be eased by a variety of natural treatments, as well as products available over-the-counter at the pharmacy, like lozenges and sprays.
Flu Shot Cost
Flu shot cost at our clinics is $30. Be sure to check your insurance policy, however, to see if flu shots are covered. If so, you pay nothing. You must have your insurance card for us to file for payment.
If you want to save money, getting a flu shot is the smart strategy. Consider all of the medicine you will be buying if you do get the flu, and lost income from work if you are not on salary, or lost personal days that would have been your winter or summer vacation- not to mention the potential cost of doctors visits or hospitalizations.
Signs Of Broken Bones
Broken bones (fractures) are usually caused by a fall, blow, or other traumatic event. Bones may also be weakened by diseases like cancer and osteoporosis, which make bones more susceptible to fractures.
What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can be discolored. The disorder affects about 5% of the population annually. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic.
Often developing from a cold or other respiratory infection, acute bronchitis is very common. Chronic bronchitis, a more serious condition, is a constant irritation or inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, often due to smoking.
Is It a Cold or a Sinus Infection?
A cold can make you miserable, with symptoms like runny nose, congestion, sneezing, coughing, etc. How do you know that what you think may be a cold might be something else, like a sinus infection? This summary, based on an article from The Cleveland Clinic, may help discern the difference.
Knowing the Difference Between Cold and Influenza Symptoms
The common cold and influenza are both respiratory illnesses that are caused by viruses. A person has around a 20% chance of getting influenza, but is likely to contract a cold 2-3 times, in an average year. Because these two illnesses have similar symptoms, it is important to understand what makes them different.
Best Course of Action For Sore Throats
A recent article in the Annals of Emergency Medicine concludes that children should not be treated with antibiotics if a rapid antigen detection test for strep comes back negative.
When and Why Are Tetanus Shots Needed?
Tetanus is a bacterial infection that causes muscle spasms, attacking the central nervous system, and can lead to death by suffocation, if not treated. Also known as “lockjaw”, this occurs when a person gets a cut or wound, and tetanus bacteria, which are common in soil, dust and manure, infect the area.
Tetanus symptoms usually show up about a week after initial infection. The most common symptom is a stiff jaw, which may become locked (hence: lockjaw.) Other conditions include:
- muscle stiffness spreading to the neck, arms and legs
- trouble swallowing