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  • What is Croup

    Croup is a respiratory illness characterized by a barky cough. The form of croup we most commonly see in children is viral croup, with parainfluenza virus being implicated in most cases. It is most common in children age 6 months...

     
  • Symptoms of Roseola

    Roseola is caused by the virus human herpesvirus 6 (less commonly human herpesvirus 7). It affects children age 6 months to 3 years. Almost 100% of 3 year olds will have antibodies to human herpesvirus 6, meaning that they have...

     
  • DTaP immunization

    DTaP is an immunization against three bacteria: Diphtheria, Tetanus andPertussis. The a preceding the pertussis stands for acellular, and refers to the way in which the vaccine is made. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends immunizing with DTaP at 2mo., 4mo., 6 mo., 12-18...

     
  • 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...

     
  • What Are Ear tubes

    Sometimes called “pneumatic tubes” or “ventilation tubes”, ear tubes allow drainage of fluid which has collected in the middle ear and prevents further build up of fluid. These tubes are placed by ENT surgeons under general anesthesia. The surgery is...

     
  • Menstrual Cramps

    What are Menstrual Cramps When a woman reaches puberty, her body changes in many ways. One of the most important changes is that she begins to have her monthly period, or menstruation. Hormones from the woman’s ovaries and other glands cause a cycle...

     
  • Migraine Symptoms and Treatments

    What is a Migraine Although many people commonly use the term “migraine” to mean any severe headache, it really refers only to a specific category of headaches. The exact cause of migraines is still unclear. It seems to be a combination...

     
  • Paronychia

    What is Paronychia A “paronychia” (pare-oh-nick-ee-ah) is an infection of the skin around a fingernail or toenail. The infection almost always starts because the nail is “ingrown.” Ingrown nails happen when one corner of the growing nail digs into the skin...

     
  • Common Cold Symptoms and Treatment

    What is the Common Cold? A “cold” is the common term for what is medically referred to as an “upper respiratory infection” (URI). Colds are caused by any of over 200 different viruses. Cold symptoms include runny or stuffy nose,...

     
  • Pneumonia Symptoms and Treatment

    What is Pneumonia Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. The word “pneumonia” is still very frightening for many people. With today’s medications it is usually easy to treat, however. There is no one cause of pneumonia. Germs of many kinds can...