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Ticks: ‘Tis the Season!

It’s the season for Ticks! I hate spiders, but ticks, somehow, seem a little creepier and a little more sinister due to their hidden hitchhiking behavior AND they carry a whole host of diseases that we refer to as “tick-borne illnesses.”    This year is shaping up to...

Sunburns!

Is getting a sunburn bad for you? Sunburn can be so painful!  Unfortunate the hurt you feel over a few day scan cause lasting damage causing real pain much later in life.  Both the burn and the fact that your skin burns easily are not good. Sunburns are common and...

Sinus Infections

WHAT IS A SINUS? Sinuses are air-spaces in your skull lined with mucous membranes.  The purpose if the sinuses are not completely understood.  Scientists suggest our early ancestors sinuses may have been lined with odor receptors which would have improved their...

When Should I Worry About My Aching Back?

BACK PAIN Low back pain is one of the most common presenting complaints to Urgent Cares and Emergency Rooms. It is estimated that 84% of adults will experience a bout of low back pain at some time. When should I be worried?   There are certain “Red Flags” that should...

Rattlesnake Envenomation

About rattlesnakes Rattlesnakes, Copperhead snakes, and  Cottonmouth water moccasins are all pit vipers. They get their name from the heat-sensing “pits” in front of their eyes. Pit vipers inject venom through hollow fangs when they bite their victims. Their venom...

What is Pneumonia?

WHAT IS PNEUMONIA? Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. The infection can be bacterial, viral, fungal, or other organisms. How is pneumonia diagnosed? Pneumonia is most commonly diagnosed by a chest x-ray. Sometimes a patient may need a CT scan to diagnose...

Mallet Finger

THE TIP OF MY FINGER WON'T STAY STRAIGHT?! Mallet finger results from an injury to the extensor tendon of your finger and causes the tip of your finger to droop despite attempts to straighten it. This injury has been called “baseball finger” as it often happens when a...

What is a Fever

WHAT IS A FEVER? Fever is a body temperature that is greater than 100.4 F.  Although we tend to think of fever as a response to infection, there are other things that cause a fever, but we’ll keep it simple in this post and talk about fevers related to infections. A...

What is a Blood Clot?

Any time blood stops dripping or running through your blood vessels it has “clotted.”  This is a good thing when you are bleeding and your body forms a clot, or a scab.  Blood clots that form in arteries or veins can cause big problems, sometimes life-threatening or...