Category Archives: infections

How is the flu hitting your region? Nevada is in the RED!

How is the flu hitting your region? Nevada is in the RED!  (See the attached USA flu map of influenza-like activity for the week ending January 13, 2018) What can you do?  Get the flu vaccine.  Stay home if you … Continue reading

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HPV vaccination is fighting cervical cancer and winning!

HPV vaccination is fighting cervical cancer and winning!  HPV vaccination has been shown to decrease cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 1 (CIN1)  by 9%.  CIN1 is a precursor to frank, invasive cervical cancer.  So, this vaccine shows great success! In fact, in … Continue reading

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Does your sore throat need a throat culture?

Most likely not.  We, physicians, often check to make sure that your sore throat isn’t “strep throat.”   We specifically check for strep as there can be complications if the streptococcus isn’t treated with an antibiotic. The good news is that our rapid … Continue reading

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Three HPV vaccine types to choose from…

There are three HPV vaccines.  The vaccines cover a different number of HPV subtypes: One of them covers for two , one with four and the newest one that covers NINE subtypes.   The 9 subtype vaccine offers a small advantage over the quadrivalent (4) vaccine.  The added … Continue reading

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Feeling buggy? …learn about scabies.

Scabies is  infestation of the mite Sarcoptes scabiei.  I normally tell patients that “good people get this” as EVERYONE who gets this feels icky (that’s my medical term for it). Where does this infect your skin?  Most commonly in the skin folds, fingers, … Continue reading

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Warts. Do I need to treat them?

No.  There was a study of 1100 children. 1 of 3 of them had at least one wart.  One year later (without any treatment) 1/2 of all the warts were gone.  This was especially true in younger and nonwhite children. … Continue reading

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Head lice

I know…it’s hard to NOT be disgusted if you  or your child gets head lice.  But, don’t overreact.  It’s benign.  It’s treatable. And, it’s nothing to feel dirty about. The head louse (the plural of louse is lice) is a … Continue reading

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Pneumonia vaccine has been a success!

The seven-strain pneumonia vaccine used in the US since 2000 has been effective in decreasing infections caused by strep pneumonia.  We routinely give this Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine at 2, 4, and 6 months with a booster at age 12 to … Continue reading

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Practice changer for sore throats!

Steroids may be helpful for sore throats.  This is a new thought. 8 research trials were combined with results showing that for patients with sore throats (with  negative rapid strep test) and painful swallowing that steroids may treat the symptoms.  Patients who … Continue reading

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Face pain? Sinuses acting up?

The sinuses are four pairs of hollow spaces in the bones of your face.   The hollow spaces are lined with tissue that makes thin, watery mucus.  The sinuses connect to each other and drain through the nose.  Can you tell … Continue reading

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