OSTEOMYELITIS

osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis is a medical word used for a bone infection. Infections may reach the bone by migrating through the blood system or distributed from tissues which are nearby. Osteomyelitis may also start in the bone if there has been an injury that leaves the bone open to germs. With children, osteomyelitis normally disturbs the longer bones of the upper arm or legs, although adults are likely to have osteomyelitis in Continue reading

PANCREATITIS – A PAINFUL DISEASE

I remember years ago when I was a medical/surgical nurse, I had a acute pancreatitispatient with acute pancreatitis. The pain was just incredible for this individual and I hoped that I would never experience that pain. The pancreas is located in the abdomen – just below and behind the stomach. The pancreas produces chemicals called enzymes, which are needed to digest food. The main functions of this gland are to secrete chemicals that help break down food in the small intestine and to produce insulin Continue reading

TUBERCULOSIS – A CONTAGIOUS KILLER?

  

Tuberculosis Bacteria

          Is tuberculosis a contagious killer?  Well, it depends on which type of tuberculosis (commonly called TB) we are talking about, active or inactive.  Active tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease.  Just like the common cold, it spreads through the air, but only people who are sick with TB in their lungs are infectious.  This type of TB means the bacteria are active in the body and the immune system is unable to stop them from causing illness.  People with active Continue reading

DO YOU REMEMBER TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME?

          Toxic shock syndrome is caused by a toxin produced by certain types of Staphylococcus bacteria.  A similar syndrome, called toxic shock-like syndrome (TSLS), can be caused by Streptococcal bacteria.  Although the earliest described cases of toxic shock syndrome involved women who were using tampons during menstruation, just slightly over half Continue reading

CAN YOU RECOGNIZE THE 4 SIGNS OF CROHN’S DISEASE?

          Crohn’s disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Parts of the digestive system get swollen and have deep sores called ulcers.  The disease usually is found in the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine, but it can develop anywhere in the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus.  Doctors don’t know what causes Crohn’s disease.  You may get it when the body’s immune system has an abnormal response to normal bacteria Continue reading

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THE 7 SIGNS OF PNEUMONIA?

Pneumonia is an infection of one or both lungs.  It occurs when either bacteria or viruses get stuck in the lungs – the germs multiply and form an infected area.  In order to understand it, things you should know include something about the lungs and what they do. When you breathe in, you pull oxygen into your lungs.  That oxygen travels through breathing tubes and eventually gets into your blood through the alveoli.  Alveoli are tiny air sacs covered in tiny blood vessels called Continue reading

URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI)

          Your urinary tract is the system that makes urine and carries it out of your body.  It includes your bladder and kidneys and the tubes that connect them.  A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that begins in your urinary system.  Your urinary system is composed of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.  Any part of your urinary system can become infected, but most infections involve the Continue reading

ANTIBIOTICS WITH OTITIS MEDIA?

         Otitis media means that your child has fluid behind his or her ear drum.  There are two kinds of otitis media:

  • Acute Otitis Media (AOM), which means that the fluid is causing pain or fever
  • Otitis Media with Effusion (OME), which means that the fluid is not causing pain

Treating kids’ ear infections used to be pretty straightforward. Your pediatrician simply handed you a prescription for an antibiotic. Maybe your child is now so familiar with “the pink stuff” that he/she can practically Continue reading