Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs

What bit me last night in my sleep? How can I protect myself from bedbugs? What should I do to treat the bites? Bedbugs are becoming more common and can cause an itchy rash and distress but carry no diseases. If you wake up in the morning with a rash...


Measles, it’s back!
Measles, it’s back!

I think I may have Measles, what should I do? Immediately call your doctor and let them know about your symptoms so that they can tell you what to do next. Your doctor can make special arrangements to evaluate you, if needed, without putting other patients and medical office staff...


Hepatitis A Infection
Hepatitis A Infection

Hepatitis means “inflammation of the liver.” Hepatitis A is a specific type of hepatitis that is caused by a contagious virus and causes liver inflammation and the symptoms that come with it. The infection occurs worldwide causing disease of the liver that is usually not life threatening. Recently in Florida,...


Jellyfish Stings
Jellyfish Stings

Jellyfish stings are common in Florida and may or may not need medical attention. Jellyfish stings are a common problem for people swimming, wading, or diving in seawaters. The long tentacles trailing from the Jellyfish body can inject you with venom using thousands of microscopic barbed stingers. Jellyfish stings vary...


Cat Bites
Cat Bites

A small bite from a cat or kitten can range from minor to severe. Cats have sharp, pointed teeth that may be able to puncture through human skin. There is bacteria on your skin and a lot of bacteria in a cat's mouth. When a cat tooth punctures your skin,...


Breast Infection / Mastitis
Breast Infection / Mastitis

Mastitis is a common, painful, red swelling of the breast. It is due to bacteria getting into the skin and the glands of the breast. Blocked breast ducts can contribute to this condition. It is most common in women who are breastfeeding, but also occurs in women who are not....


Kidney Stones
Kidney Stones

If you have a kidney stone that is trying to pass, you should be in a lot of pain. Your two kidneys are in the back aspect of your mid-abdomen. They clean the blood and create urine from the waste. The urine leaves the kidney in a tube called the...


What is this blister on my lip?
What is this blister on my lip?

There are different types of herpes infections. Cold sores are the result of a previous exposure and infection with Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1). Once infected with this viral infection, it moves into your nerve root and lives there as long as you do. This herpes virus primarily infects...


I have an itchy rash! Scabies?
I have an itchy rash! Scabies?

Scabies is a common contagious skin condition caused by a tiny mite that burrows in the skin. The most common symptom is an itchy rash, worse at night. The rash is usually on the hands, breasts, armpits, genital area and waistline. Scabies can affect everyone. It is easily spread from...


What do I do with a tick bite?
What do I do with a tick bite?

Ticks are small, blood-sucking bugs. They can range in size from as small as a pin’s head to as large as a pencil eraser. They are an arachnid, which means they are related to spiders. The different kinds of ticks can range in color from shades of brown to reddish...