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  • What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

    Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a serious and often severe illness caused by the organism called “Ricketssia ricketsii”. This spiral shaped organism is large relative to typical bacteria and belongs to the group of similarly shaped organisms called spirochetes (other...

     
  • Flea Bites on Humans

    Flea bites (from dog, cat and human fleas) are second to mosquito bites as the most common cause of insect bites in children. They usually occur from spring to fall, although if cats and dogs are in the house they...

     
  • Tick bites – List of Tick Borne Diseases

    Tick bites are usually painless and itch-less. The tick bites in order to extract blood, which is then used as the tick’s energy source for growth and reproduction. There are three rare problems which may be associated with tick bites:...

     
  • Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease was initially recognized in 1975, when a mysterious cluster of unusual illness developed in the Connecticut shoreline town of Lyme. This cluster of cases prompted a clinical and epidemiological investigation. A new disorder, Lyme disease, was described with...

     
  • How to Remove A Tick

    The only safe way to remove a tick is to physically pull it from the skin. Attempts to smother or drown the tick are not effective. Efforts to burn the tick off may result in burns to the child and...

     
  • What are Scabies

    What are Scabies Scabies is an itchy skin condition in children, teens, and adults that comes from a tiny “mite.” The mite is a parasite that lives in the tough outer layers of human skin. The adult mites burrow through the skin,...

     
  • Jellyfish sting

    The most commonly seen jellyfish are the purple jellyfish and the sea nettle, both found along the Atlantic coast. These jellyfish usually cause only local skin irritation. There are other jellyfish, such as the lion’s mane, which is 8 feet...

     
  • Spider Bite Symptoms

    Spider bites are a very common occurrence. There are 2 spiders, though, that warrant concern, the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. The black widow spider The black widow spider is found throughout the US, although it is...

     
  • Cat Scratch Disease

    Cat-scratch disease is a bacterial infection caused by the scratch or bite of a cat, usually a kitten (under the age of 12 months). The bacteria responsible for most cases is Bartonella henselae. The most common signs and symptoms include enlarged lymph...

     
  • Insect Bites

    There are many different biting or stinging insects and other bugs. Creatures that bite, like mosquitoes and gnats, are usually feeding on a person’s blood. The blood sucking insects often inject a tiny amount of their saliva during the bite. The saliva...