We are getting to that time of year again, cold and influenza season. Your co-workers and friends will start having a cough, runny nose, congestion, and fevers. You may be wondering, what is the difference between an upper respiratory infection also known as the common cold and influenza? Both … [Read more...]
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We have all heard the term shingles and possibly have even heard commercials advertising a vaccine for shingles. So what exactly are shingles, and how does an individual become infected with shingles? The medical name for shingles is herpes zoster virus. It is a reactivation of a previous … [Read more...]
Fever blister, also known as cold sores are a nuisance that causes annoyance and discomfort to millions of Americans. The condition is caused by a contagious herpes virus, either herpes simplex one or herpes simplex 2. Over 95% of cases are caused by herpes simplex virus one (HSV1). The virus … [Read more...]
Most of us have heard of meningitis, but what most of us are not aware of is that there are actually many causes of meningitis. Meningitis is a clinical syndrome characterized by inflammation of the meninges, which are the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is … [Read more...]
As we spend more time outside in the summer, we are exposed to mosquitos and therefore mosquito bites. These bites are not only itchy and uncomfortable but mosquito bites can also be a vector for illness. They transmit viruses such as West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, … [Read more...]