Category Archives: infections

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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Do you think you need your (or your kid’s) tonsils out?

More than 530,000 tonsillectomies are performed annually on US children.  The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has provided an evidence-based (meaning there is good research) guide to identify patients who may most benefit from tonsillectomy. You may ask. . … Continue reading

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Frogs do not cause warts.

I see warts commonly, today in fact. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV.  HPV infects the skin where there are nicks in the skin and causes cells to proliferate and … Continue reading

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2.4 million swimmer’s ear visits a year! How to not get one. . .

The Centers for Disease Control forwarded on this astronomical number in a bulletin on external ear infections.  There are simple steps to do before and after swimming (or coming in contact with water), to greatly reduce your risk of this painful … Continue reading

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MRSA. Do you have it? How to avoid it? How to treat it!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to incise and drain this spectacularly large,  red abscess.  Culture is not back yet, but I suspect (and treated for) MRSA, methicillin-resistant staph aureus.  Here are the nuts and bolts about diagnosis and treatment of MRSA. 1/3 … Continue reading

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