Sepsis

While driving a kid to some sort of after school activity recently, I heard a public service announcement on the radio for sepsis awareness. I was somewhat floored by the ad - enough so that a kid asked me what was wrong! I think I was taken aback by an ad promoting...

Cold Vs. Flu

Cold vs. flu - do you have a cold or is it the flu? We’re are on the leading edge of flu and cold season and, to dispel a common myth: the change in weather and cold weather will not make you sick!  Bacteria, viruses and a few other things (we call them all pathogens)...

Walk In Flu Shots

Click HERE to download Patient Consent Form Flu Shot Facts and Myths: FACT: Influenza is responsible for 104 pediatric deaths in the 2016 - 2017 flu season. Adult deaths from influenza are not reportable, but the range is 3,349 in the 1986-7 season to as high as...

Flu Shots

I am finding it hard to believe it is that time of year again. Yes, the kids are back in school and the homework has started in earnest, fall sports are kicking in and it’s getting chillier in the evenings. But… I still find myself surprised that it is time for flu...

Emergency Room Vs. Urgent Care

We have all wondered this question, whether at home or on vacation and when you need an emergency room or urgent care you usually need it NOW. Most people can grab their phone or computer and do a quick internet search for an open walk-in urgent care or emergency...

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...