When to Go to the ER For a High Fever

Fevers are miserable. You can be burning up, but feel chilled. And if it’s your child who has a fever, it can be very worrisome. While fevers are not uncommon, how do you know if it’s something you can ride out or if you should seek medical attention? Knowing what to do and when will bring you peace of mind. What is a Fever? Generally speaking, a normal body temperature is around 98 degrees Fahrenheit (36.6 degrees Celsius). If your body is trying to fight an infection, its temperature rises. This increase in temperature is a fever. Therefore, a fever Read More..

When to Go to the ER For Your Cough

At some point or another, everyone experiences the common cold. And yes, coughing is as disruptive as it is annoying. Coworkers may stare at you as if you have the plague, and sleep may elude you as you are overcome with coughing fits. But how do you know if you should ride it out with cough drops and tissues or seek medical attention? To help determine whether you’ll be fine after a couple days of TLC or whether you might have a respiratory infection, let’s review the most common reasons for coughing. Common Cold The common cold is an infection Read More..

Chickenpox: When to See a Doctor

If you have children, you’re used to having them come home with a cough, or having to rush to the pediatrician due to an earache or a Lego up the nose. But what about chickenpox? How much do you know about it, and is there anything you can do to prevent your kids from getting it? Or if they already have it, is there any treatment that will alleviate their symptoms and accelerate the healing time? What is Chickenpox? Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus called varicella-zoster. The infection is highly contagious and occurs mostly in children, although Read More..

The 7 Most Common Sports Injuries

Playing sports is fun and it provides many benefits: discipline, sportsmanship, camaraderie, good health, endorphins, and seeing firsthand how the effort you put in yields results on the field, court, swimming pool, or race course. That being said, being an athlete comes with the reality of a higher than average risk of injury. This doesn’t mean that you should shy away from sports, it’s simply an announcement to wear appropriate gear and consult a coach on form and how to safely increase your level of activity. This will help you minimize the likelihood of being injured. Note that we wrote minimize; Read More..

Athlete Nutrition Tips

When you’re an athlete, your entire life revolves around your sport: Your bedtime, how many hours of sleep you get each night, your social calendar, work schedule, the clothes you buy, and the foods you eat. It’s not just the time right before a game or event that’s important. Training is one thing that will help to ensure your success. However, just as important as the physical component; strength, and endurance, are the foods you use to fuel your body for optimum performance. But how do you know what to eat? Are there any specific tips that apply to all Read More..

Should I Use Ice or Heat for an Injury?

When you’re injured, you want the pain to stop as soon as possible. Sometimes, that means resting and taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. Those are tried and true at-home remedies that anyone can do at a moment’s notice. But there’s also usually some contradictory information: A well-intentioned friend may recommend icing the injury, while a concerned neighbor may say that applying heat therapy would be best. Which one is it? When to Use Ice For an Injury If you’ve experienced an acute injury such as a fall, or were hit by a person or an object, or sprained a muscle, icing Read More..

Proper Hydration for Athletes

If you’re an athlete, you know that your hydration needs differ greatly from those of the average person. Routinely participating in vigorous or prolonged physical activity has many benefits (such as improved mood, more energy, better sleep, and greater overall health). However, hydration is just as important as the discipline necessary to excel in your sport of choice. Whether you’re working on perfecting that breaststroke, hitting that goal pace, or increasing your speed while riding a bike, staying hydrated is an essential element for success. The Importance of Hydration When you exercise, your body temperature increases. If not returned to Read More..

Concussions (Traumatic Brain Injury)

While no injury is ever welcome, a brain injury takes worrying about trauma to a whole new level. After all, cognitive abilities originate in the brain, as well as memories, the capacity to comprehend simple concepts, and the dexterity needed to live independently. The brain is not immune to injury, and it’s important to be armed with knowledge about concussions. While some people lose consciousness after experiencing a brain injury, others don’t even realize that their brain suffered trauma. Therefore, it’s crucial to recognize the symptoms. Doing so can help you obtain adequate treatment and prevent irreversible complications. What Is Read More..

Mononucleosis (Mono): The Kissing Disease

How much do you know about Mono? For most people, unless they work in the medical field or have experienced the illness themselves, their understanding of the condition is limited to hallway gossip from their high school days. Fortunately, the age of information has made it significantly easier for us to research facts. While this is in no way intended to serve as a stand-in for a proper medical diagnosis, below is an overview of Mononucleosis, how to recognize its symptoms, and how to properly treat it. What is Mononucleosis? Mono is short for Mononucleosis; also known as the “kissing Read More..

How To Tell If a Cut is Infected

Cuts are so common, they’re often regarded as insignificant. This tends to be the case with knee scrapes from falling off a bicycle, paper cuts, or small injuries from slicing up produce. And while some are harmless, it’s important to recognize signs that a cut has become infected. Failing to treat infected wounds can result in complications, such as skin infections, high fever, cellulitis, or sepsis, which can be life-threatening. What Causes a Cut to Become Infected? Our immune system is designed to keep us healthy by fighting off illness. However, bacteria can enter the bloodstream through an open wound. If the Read More..