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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...

     
  • Viral vs Bacterial Pink Eye

    Pinkeye is the common term for conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis means inflammation of the membrane which covers the sclera (white of the eye) as well as the inside of the eyelids. The inflammation may be caused by infection, physical trauma, chemical irritation,...

     
  • What Temperature is a Fever

    What is a Fever Fever is a rise in a person’s body temperature above normal. Healthy humans have body temperatures between about 97.5 °F and 99 °F (36.7 °C and 37.7 °C). Average human body temperature, or what most people call “normal”...

     
  • Signs and Symptoms of Mumps

    Mumps is a viral infection that spreads by direct contact with respiratory droplets (such as are formed with a sneeze or cough). It can also bespread by contact with saliva or contaminated objects. Once infected, victims go through an incubation period ranging from 2-3 weeks before the...

     
  • Whooping Cough Symptoms

    Whooping cough (pronounced “hooping” with the “W” being silent) received its name because of the characteristic inspiratory “whooping” sound which follows profound coughing spasms. Most affected people do not usually “whoop”. The “whoop” is characteristically heard in school age children....

     
  • What Causes a Cough

    Cough is a rapid exhalation through a partially closed glottis. In simpler terms one breathes out hard while narrowing the airway so as to make the air movement faster. Its function is to clear secretions and foreign bodies from the...

     
  • Swimmer’s Ear Treatment

    What is Swimmer’s Ear Swimmer’s ear is infection or inflammation of the ear canal. Your child does not have to be a swimmer to get swimmer’s ear. It is most common in active children who spend a lot of time in...

     
  • Chicken Pox treatment

    Chickenpox and shingles are both caused by the same virus, called “VZV.” Chickenpox is the illness children get the first time they have an infection with VZV. Chickenpox usually starts out like any other viral illness, with a little fever,...

     
  • Reye syndrome

    Reye syndrome is characterized by liver failure and encephalopathy (brain damage), most commonly seen in school-aged children. The symptoms usually begin after illness with influenza (the flu) or chicken pox. There were few reported cases of this syndrome until 1974 when...

     
  • Rotavirus

    Rotavirus is a microscopic organism that is best known as the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis seen in children. Acute gastroenteritis is the term used to describe sudden onset vomiting and diarrhea in children. With rotavirus vomiting typically lasts...