Unless you are allergic to the venom of bees, wasps, or hornets, you probably won’t need to see your family doctor if you get stung. A sting will be painful and annoying, but otherwise pretty harmless. Most of my patients only have mild reactions
The common cold is an infection of the respiratory (breathing) tract. This includes your throat, nasal passages, and lungs. More than 200 different viruses can cause a cold. Rhinovirus is the most common cause. As a family doctor, I see patients every day who have
You probably know the feeling of having cold symptoms that move from your head into your chest. Many people call this a chest cold. The medical term for it is “acute bronchitis.” Bronchitis is an inflammation (or irritation) of the airways. Airways are the tubes
Learn how caregivers can help address some of the behavior problems common in people who have dementia.
It’s that time of year again. Summer means bug bites. Most bug bites are not serious. The most common bug bites come from bees, wasps, and mosquitos. Less common bug bites include fleas, spiders, and ticks. A bug bite might itch, sting, swell
Nearly everyone in the nation agrees: Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse is at epidemic levels. The two represent what a doctor prescribes (prescription medicine) and what you can buy without a doctor’s prescription (OTC). Both have immediate and long-term
Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of sick sinus syndrome, the name for several conditions in which the heart’s…
Find out your Body Mass Index (BMI) using this free calculator.
Use this checklist on your tour of potential senior residences to make sure that you evaluate and discuss important…
Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis. It involves swelling of the joints and causes pain and stiffness.
Learn how to avoid lead poisoning in your child by reducing the ways in which your child is exposed to…
Before you take an over-the-counter herbal product or supplement, learn about their safety and effectiveness.
Learn about nightmares and night terrors in children.
Sometimes, life’s challenges force us to seek help. Whether it’s illness, joblessness, homelessness, or natural disasters, social service agencies can help. There are government and charitable agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. They are designed to provide medical and financial
Children's opinions of their bodies form at a very young age. Research suggests that children as young as 3 years…
Hoarding is an anxiety disorder. A person with this disorder is unable to get rid of things, even things of no value. These could include newspaper clippings, old receipts, containers, even trash. A person diagnosed with this disorder goes to an extreme to save
What are growing pains? Growing pains involve your child’s musculoskeletal system, meaning his or her muscles and bones. These pains usually make your child’s legs hurt. They are common in children between 3 and 12 years old and are typically not serious