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What to Do When It’s NOT The Flu: Treating A Flu-Like Illness

People often use the term “flu” to describe any illness that causes many of the same symptoms of flu. But they may actually have what’s called a “flu-like illness.” A flu-like illness causes many of the same symptoms as the flu but is caused by something other than the flu virus. So, how can you tell if what you have 

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Seven Things All Parents Should Know About Croup

Croup can leave a child feeling miserable and parents in a panic. The condition is caused by inflammation and swelling of the airway below the vocal cords. This swelling leads to a variety of symptoms, most notably a harsh, “barking” cough. Many cases of croup can be treated at home. But the condition can become serious so it’s important to 

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Measles Outbreak: What You Need to Know

If you think you don’t have to worry about measles anymore, think again. If you haven’t received the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) – or you can’t recall if you received it as a child – you should get vaccinated now. Here’s why… Europe is experiencing a record-setting outbreak of measles. This is leading to a rise in cases 

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Mononucleosis: How Long is it Contagious?

Mono (also known as infectious mononucleosis, or “the kissing disease”) is a viral infection that spreads readily, especially among teenagers and young adults. In fact, it is most common among college students, perhaps because they often live in close proximity while at school. Several Potential Causes Mono may be caused by any one of several different viruses. It is most 

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E. Coli Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

E. coli is a bacterial infection capable of making a person violently ill. Outbreaks of E. coli infection seldom claim just one victim, and these mass occurrences seem to appear in the national news with alarming frequency. Often, sick individuals are diagnosed with a particularly virulent strain of the bacteria. An outbreak of the infection is typically traced back to 

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Ringworm: What It Is and How to Treat It

Despite the name, ringworm is not actually caused by — nor is it in any way related to — worms. Rather, it is the common name given to a fungal infection of the skin. What Causes Ringworm? The skin infection most commonly referred to as “ringworm” is actually tinea corporis, meaning, simply, a fungal skin infection that occurs somewhere on 

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When to Get HIV Tested

HIV is no longer the mortal threat it once was. But it remains a serious infection that must be addressed to prevent harm to one’s self or others. Infection with HIV — the virus responsible for AIDS — is treatable. But it’s essential that you get tested as soon as possible if you suspect you may have been infected. Unprotected 

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What Are the First Signs of an STD?

For many centuries, humankind has been plagued by a number of infections primarily transmitted through intimate sexual contact. Known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), these diseases run the gamut from common and annoying (e.g. chlamydia or genital herpes), to less common, but far more serious (e.g. HIV or syphilis). It takes time for noticeable symptoms 

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When Baby Has a Fever

Caring for an infant is a big responsibility. Among other challenges, parents and caregivers must always be vigilant to keep their baby safe. Caring for a healthy baby can be demanding enough but caring for a sick baby is even more so. Among other concerns, new parents tend to worry that their baby may be running a fever. The first 

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Upper Respiratory Infections

Are you experiencing coughing, sneezing, or congestion? Are you producing nasal discharge? Have you had a sore throat or fever? If you can answer yes to one or more of these symptoms, you may be suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection. What Is an Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)? The name is self-explanatory — an infection of the upper respiratory 

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5 Ways We’re Keeping You Safe

The safety of our patients and team members is always our top priority. The next time you’re in one of our centers, you will likely notice the updates we have made. Learn abo  Read More

Summer Travel Safety During COVID

With COVID-19 still in our communities, is it safe to travel this summer? Dr. Jeannie Kenkare, our Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder, shares helpful information on how to stay s  Read More

How to Tell the Difference Between Lyme Disease and COVID-19

Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness, spreads through bites of infected black-legged ticks whose population is highest in June and July. Throughout the summertime, Phys  Read More

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