Due to wet weather and heat, news reports have families on alert: snakes are being pushed out into the open. More snakes mean the potential for more snakebites. I have never treated a patient with a snakebite and thought they were quite uncommon. Unfortunately, a rattlesnake bit a friend of mine (they are out of the hospital and doing well) so upon review I have learned a lot more about venomous snakebites. (more…)
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It’s that time of year when insect bites and stings start showing up on your kids. Knowing how to prevent and treat common insect bites and stings, and knowing when to not overreact, can help keep your kids safe and healthy. (more…)
As we continue our summer series, it’s time to talk about pesky insect bites. From May/June until Fall, I consistently see children who are brought to my office for me to look at their insect bites. Just last week a mother brought in a 7 year old that she thought had chickenpox, but in reality it was numerous bug bites, which were located on the child’s arms and legs (exposed skin) rather than on the trunk which is seen with early chickenpox. (more…)
It’s that time of year again when the bugs start to return from their “off season vacations” and we all start to realize that there are bites appearing all over children’s bodies! (more…)
I received another e-mail asking me my thoughts on what to do about this child’s bite. My first thoughts are, “is this really a bite, or is it an early staph infection?” (more…)
Staying with the subject of summer ills, I thought it was also appropriate to discuss stinging insects. Stinging insects belong to the order Hymenoptera that includes honeybees, bumble bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps and fire ants. I am sure there is a purpose for these insects in the animal kingdom, but they are quite a nuisance in the human kingdom during the summer months. (more…)
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I was outside today and noticed that the bees are back, pollinating the flowers in my garden, but ready to sting too if they are crossed by bare feet or errant hands. Bee stings are a right of passage during childhood, always memorable, but never fun.
Our office receives numerous calls about how to handle a bee sting. First thing is to get some ice or a cool compress on the sting, which relives both PAIN and swelling. (more…)
Using a wet comb to search through a child’s hair may be the best way to determine if they have an active case of head lice.
A new report from German researchers found that this method identified active infestations 91 percent of the time, while visual inspection of a child’s hair only spotted 29 percent of the active infections. (more…)