As word about the new SARS-like MERS-CoV virus (Middle East Respiratory Virus, a type of coronavirus) spreads across the globe, many of us may be feeling a little concerned. I don’t know about you, but every time a virus like this breaks out I am haunted by scenes from the movies Contagion and Outbreak. Viruses can … Continue reading How Worried Should You Be About The New SARS-like Coronavirus?
I’m not normally one to fall prey to seasonal viruses. I do what most of us do to stay healthy — workout regularly, try and eat a balanced diet and throw a vitamin C tablet into a water bottle anytime I’m around someone sick. Moral of the story? No one is invincible. Last week I … Continue reading 3 tips for surviving the stomach virus
About 200,000 Americans are hospitalized every year with the flu. According to the CDC, the flu outbreak in Texas happened early (much earlier than expected) and the State has experienced a severe season so far this year, which has yet to officially “peak”. But it isn’t too late to get your flu shot! Some reasons … Continue reading Outsmarting the Flu This Year
As the summer winds down, Central Texas residents are savoring the last few weeks of outdoor fun. But, while we’re feasting on watermelon and barbecue, mosquitoes are feasting on us. And that means an increased risk of contracting West Nile Virus. With the combination a mild winter, rain and hot temperatures, the environment has provided … Continue reading Learn how to lower your risk of contracting West Nile virus and when to seek medical attention
One of Doris’s weekly bridge partners canceled. The friend had a terrible case of shingles. She advised Doris to get the shingles vaccine. Doris had never heard of the vaccine, but she knew shingles were very painful, and she knew she didn’t want to get it. Julia K. C. Sherrill, MD, Family Medicine – Taylor … Continue reading Shingles Vaccine—A Preventive for a Painful Virus
65-year-old Harold had piles of work on his desk. His boss left several text messages to call him. His wife was in the hospital undergoing treatment. His son was having marital problems. Lots of stress in his life. And now he had a burning rash on his right side above his waist. It tingled and … Continue reading Shingles—Chickenpox for grandparents?
When kids come home from school, they may be bringing home more than homework. Because kids share water fountains, pencils and germs, it is possible that your little one could contract the flu. But there are ways to protect your child from getting sick and combat those troublesome flu symptoms. “We need to teach kids … Continue reading Healthy habits, flu vaccine could help fight off the flu
Find Out How To Protect Your Family And Prevent Contamination As the mercury rises above bearable in Central Texas, some families are seeking relief in swimming pools and lakes. While these cooling-off locations provide fun and recreation, they also might be harboring a microscopic germ that has made several people sick. It’s called Cryptosporidium or … Continue reading Waterborne illness could be lurking in your favorite waterway
Now that it’s warming up and summer is approaching, everyone is getting back into their yards. I am also starting to see many cases of poison ivy in the clinic again. Just writing this article is making me itch. The oil in the leaves of poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a common cause of contact … Continue reading Prevent Poison Ivy Problems With These Anti-Itch Tips
The winter months are approaching, and so are the sore throats, coughs and nasal congestion that go along with the cold and flu season. These symptoms are common to a number of illnesses, and fortunately, many of these ailments can be managed without having to see the doctor, and incurring the time or financial inconvenience … Continue reading Preparing for the cold and flu season