Sore Throat! Do I Need An Antibiotic?

Having a sore throat may be common but by no means is it a comfortable condition. Causes of sore throat can range from allergies to cancer. How do I know what I have and what can help me feel better? Most common things are most common. And living in Austin, allergies are common. Patients that suffer from a sore throat due to allergies and post-nasal drip typically experience nasal congestion, drainage and a dry cough. Typical interventions include antihistamines, decongestants and nasal steroid sprays. Of course, you want to avoid decongestants if you have high blood pressure. School season is back in session and anytime kids get together infections tend to spread like wildfire. There

I Never Get Sick... So Why Do I Need A Doctor?

Primary care can be found in pediatrics, internal medicine or family medicine. Most primary care physicians (PCP's) will focus on prevention of chronic disease, cancer screening, health education, and treatment of ongoing and acute issues. A common misconception among people is that you need to be sick, injured or have a chronic condition to see your PCP. This concept is mainly driven by for-profit health insurance companies who require a 'code' to be submitted for billing purposes. In order to proactively prevent conditions from becoming an 'ICD-10 code', it's best to keep the lines of communication open with your doctor so that you can not only do things to prevent illness or injury but

Baby's First Stomach Flu!

Our son had his first play-date at a local mall playground. Even though the photos were memorable, the aftermath of the play-date did not come with such fond memories. Within 12 -ours, our little guy was vomiting numerous times and ended up with days of soiled diapers that looked more like a war zone. Acute gastroenteritis, commonly known as the stomach flu, is a common and self-limiting illness. The most common cause is due to a virus which needs to run its course. The symptoms usually start with nausea and vomiting for the first day then proceed to several days of diarrhea. Fever, achiness and stomach cramps are typically experienced for the first day or two. Treatment is focused on s

It's Hot! Do I Need To Worry About Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke?

Heat related conditions such as heat exhaustion, heat injury and heat stroke are common and have potentially deadly consequences. Symptoms can range from mild dehydration and feeling faint to catastrophic heat stroke causing swelling around the brain and organ failure. It is important to identify individuals that are at increased risk for heat injury and be able to recognize symptoms so that the condition can get treated early. Who is at risk? Anyone who is exposed to hot, humid climates for a prolonged period are at risk of heat illness. Poor physical conditioning, obesity and baseline dehydration are also important risk factors. Certain medications such as decongestants, antihistamine

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