How to Keep Your Child from Getting the Flu This Fall

Preventing flu in children is more important than ever as we begin a new in-person school year during a pandemic. Doctors warn the convergence of the COVID Delta variant and flu viruses may overwhelm already stretched pediatric hospital wards this fall. Children’s hospitals regularly fill up with pediatric patients struggling with influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus … Continued

Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke: What’s the Difference?

Summers are getting hotter, and extreme heat is becoming more common across the United States. Blistering heat and record-high temperatures increase your risk of serious heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but what’s the difference? The main difference between heat exhaustion vs. heat stroke is that heat stroke is the most severe heat-related … Continued

Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer

Summer months mean higher temperatures, plenty of outdoor activity and, of course, sweating. Feeling thirsty yet? The sensation of thirst is one of the earliest signs you may be dehydrated. Another early warning sign is the color of your urine; the darker it is, the more dehydrated you are. Many people over the age of … Continued

Are You Allergic to Insect Stings?

Summer is almost here. Now that more people are vaccinated and restrictions are being lifted across the country, it’s time to enjoy being outside with friends again. But before you head out for that long-awaited barbeque or picnic, don’t forget to apply insect repellent, especially if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to insect stings. … Continued

Heat Exhaustion: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Heat exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures and is often accompanied by dehydration. There are two types of heat exhaustion: water depletion and salt depletion. Water depletion heat exhaustion occurs when a person is exposed to high temperatures without sufficient fluid intake. Symptoms often occur over a … Continued

What Causes Seasonal Allergies?

Spring is finally here, and though some parts of the country are still shivering, it’s time to start preparing for allergy season. In fact, if you are one of the nearly 25 million people in the United States who are plagued with seasonal allergies, you may already be sneezing, coughing, wiping your runny nose and … Continued

Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration in Elderly

It’s important to check in with seniors in your family and community to ensure they have everything they need to stay safe and healthy, especially during harsh winter months. Many seniors may be unable to get the provisions they need when temperatures dip below freezing or during inclement weather. They’re also more likely to suffer … Continued

When Should I Visit an Urgent Care for a Bug Bite?

If you are stung by an insect and begin to experience symptoms other than the usual bit of swelling and itchiness, then you may be having an allergic reaction. While mild reactions can be treated safely at home with over-the-counter remedies like hydrocortisone cream, caladryl or oral antihistamines, more severe reactions can be dangerous or … Continued

Five Facts About COVID Rapid Tests and When to Get One

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 10  percent of the U.S. population (as of week 45) has tested positive for SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Though it is unclear exactly how contagious COVID-19 is, data suggests it spreads from close physical contact through respiratory droplets. These droplets are released … Continued