Bug of the Month: Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever

Technical Names: Streptococcal Pharyngitis NickNames: Scarlet Fever, Strep Throat What is it: infection of the throat involving the pharynx, tonsils or both Typical Ages for Illness: school age kids and teens are the biggest population; can occur in adults; rare in children under 2 years of age. Typical Symptoms: sore throat and pain with swallowing; swollen neck glands +/- abdominal pain … [Read more...]

Bug of the Month: Animal Bites

Common Household Pets: Hamster, cat, dog, guinnea pig, ferret, gerbil, rabbit, mouse Do these pets carry a rabies risk? No. Can I get infected from being bitten by my pet? Yes. Mouths of pets have bacteria and can infect you. As with all bites and cuts, you want to do the following: 1. Clean well with warm soapy water. 2. Apply antibiotic ointment. 3. Cover with bandaid/dressing and change … [Read more...]

Understanding family & friends food allergies

I’ve always been sensitive to food allergies having had friends whose children have had all sorts of allergies. We’d adjust menus and restaurants to make sure everyone is safe and happy without blinking ann eye. I didn’t realize just to what extent not everyone understands the importance of being so flexible and understanding until I began my journey into gluten-free living a bit over a year ago … [Read more...]

Bug Of The Month: Hayfever (Seasonal Allergies)

Technical Names: Allergic Rhinitis Nicknames: Hayfever, Allergies What it is: allergic reaction to something in the environment such as pollen, dust, molds, animal hai. It is an overreaction of the immune system - a "normal" reaction on overload. People can grow in and out of allergies throughout their lives. Genetics determines some predisposition but environmental factors can also overload the … [Read more...]