Infection

Swimmer's Ear

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
My child is prone to swimmer’s ear. Is there anything I can do to prevent it? Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the outer ear canal brought on by a most environment or trauma to the ear canal. The skin of the ear canal is very thin and easily torn. Symptoms of swimmer ..

The Truth About Antibiotics

Saturday, February 06, 2016
A common misconception among parents today is that antibiotics will cure any ailment that plagues their child. Pediatricians are faced daily with the decision of whether or not antibiotics are indicated. It is important to first understand that antibiotics are medicines used to treat specifi ..

Antibiotics: Helpful or Harmful?

Friday, October 30, 2015
Antibiotics: Are they helpful or harmful? The answer to both is: Yes! Over 85 years ago, the first antibiotic was invented. Even back then, they knew that antibiotics would change the world. Antibiotics can help treat minor infections, like urinary or respiratory tract infections; they c ..

College Freshman Should Get Meningitis Vaccine

Sunday, August 01, 2010
Meningococcal meningitis is a form of bacterial meningitis that occurs with increased incidence in college freshmen living in dormitories. Humans are the only natural reservoir of the bacteria that causes meningococcal meningitis and the back of the throat is the site from which these  ..

MRSA Should Be Treated As a Serious Illness

Friday, January 01, 2010
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, has become a common bacteria found in all communities and is no longer limited to just health care settings or chronic care facilities. It gets its name from the fact that the bacteria initially could be treated by methici ..

Pet Turtles Can Carry Potentially Fatal Salmonella Infection

Monday, June 01, 2009
Turtles might look like cute pets, but it is estimated they are responsible for more than 70,000 annual cases of salmonella infections in the United States. Some of these infections can be serious or even fatal. In one case, a 4-week-old infant died of a salmonella infection that ..

Super Bacteria to Blame For Increase In MRSA Infections

Monday, July 01, 2002
There is nothing super about the so called super bacteria that has caused problems across the nation. The bacteria, staphylococcus aureus, is a common cause of skin and soft tissue infections. The most common presentation is individuals developing recurrent skin lesions or boils that w ..

Antibiotics for the Common Cold?

Friday, March 01, 2002
Should antibiotics be prescribed for the common cold? The question is not an uncommon one, especially during the winter months when colds spread more easily because of close contact between people who are spending more time indoors. Children in daycare and school are especially suscept ..

Strep Throat Incidents Increase During Cold Weather

Thursday, November 01, 2001
Strep throat, or streptococcal pharyngitis, is an infection of the throat and tonsils caused by the group A streptococcus bacteria. Although strep throat can occur anytime of the year, the incidence always increases in late fall, winter and early spring when children are in close contact at scho ..

Head Lice Is a Common, Treatable Illness

Saturday, July 01, 2000
Pediculosis capitis, or head lice infestation, is a fairly common malady often seen in school settings. The head louse is a small parasite that cannot live off of the human body for a very long time, usually no longer than 24 hours. It infests the scalp and hair and survives solely on  ..