Spring is Rosacea Season! By Mahdi

Rosacea (“roh-ZAY-sha”) is a skin condition that mainly affects the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. It is a chronic condition with flareups and remissions but is treatable. Rosacea must be diagnosed by a doctor, preferably a dermatologist. It...
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Fungal Infections: Not Mushroom for Error

I wanted to write something reflective of myself and thought I am a fun guy. My topic was born as I use the pun fun guy and fungi. A fungus (Plural Fungi) belongs to a group of microorganisms...

Influenza – Take Your Shot

Human influenza or “the flu” is a respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. It typically starts with a headache, chills and cough. This is followed rapidly by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue, running nose, sneezing, watery...

Can I Mingle when I have the Shingles?

You know, over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a number of patients, family and friends dealing with, or talking about, shingles.  Often the questions are about passing it to other people and whether they should quarantine themselves. Shingles,...

Small Bites; Big Threats

There has recently been some press regarding Lyme disease transmitted by black legged ticks. “Vector-borne diseases” are infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria and parasites that living creatures carry and pass on to other living creatures. Disease carriers,...

Immunization across the Nation

National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW) is an annual event held in the last week of April to highlight and recognize the importance of immunization.  Immunization is one of the most important and cost-effective public health innovations of the...