Symptoms of Dry Drowning

Symptoms of Dry Drowning

Dr. Fernando Mendoza, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Baptist Children’s Hospital, explains dry drowning is when the child or anybody has inhaled water through their trachea. He also says those symptoms manifest few hours later, usually within minutes to hours. He recommends parents to take their children to ER if they suspect the […]

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Common Infectious Diseases

Common Infectious Diseases

E. Coli, Mononucleosis, Influenza, Meningitis, Pneumonia and Shingles (herpes zoster) are the most common infectious diseases. Regarding E. Coli, Dr. Stacey Baker, Infectious Disease Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, explains people may get it from contaminated food products. Mononucleosis is also called the kissing disease because it can be easily passed through oral secretions […]

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Flu: Signs of Emergency

Flu: Signs of Emergency

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest or abdominal pain, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, and swelling in the mouth or throat are signs of when the flu might be an emergency. Dr. Jose Llach, Medical Director of Free Standing Emergency Department with Baptist Health South Florida, says fever is the main symptom. […]

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Viral & Bacterial Infections

Viral & Bacterial Infections

Physicians need an evaluation to determine if something is viral or bacterial, explains Stacey Baker, Infectious Disease Physician with Baptist Health South Florida. Blood or urine tests can help make that difference. The expert affirms a common cold is caused by a variety of viruses and it’s considered an infectious disease. The doctor advises checking […]

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Viral Infection & Antibiotics

Viral Infection & Antibiotics

Antibiotics do not work for viral infections. A lot of people take antibiotics to treat cough or congestion, but frequently these symptoms are caused by viruses and antibiotics are not useful in those cases, says Stacey Baker, Infectious Disease Physician with Baptist Health South Florida. The expert says when people are hospitalized, they are at […]

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Preventive Vaccine: HIB & Pneumococcal

Preventive Vaccine: HIB & Pneumococcal

The Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine (HIB) protects people against haemophilus influenzae type b infections. It’s a bacterial infection that leads to either ear infection, pneumonia and meningitis. Dr. Scarlet Constant, Pediatrician with Baptist Health South Florida, explains what meningitis is and its symptoms and complications.

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The Flu – The Health Channel

The Flu – The Health Channel

Flu is a colloquialism for influenza. The flu is an acute respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses A or B . Most people who get the flu recover completely in 1 to 2 weeks, but some people develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, such as pneumonia. Much of the illness and death caused by […]

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Don’t Ignore the Cough

Don’t Ignore the Cough

If the symptoms of the cough or pneumonia are progressively getting worse it’s time to consult the doctor, says Dr. Carol Barrocas, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida. Those symptoms could be: chest pain increases, fever does not diminish, breathing becomes more difficult or the cough is stronger. Physical exam, chest x-ray, blood […]

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Senior’s Susceptibility to Pneumonia

Senior’s Susceptibility to Pneumonia

Dr. Carol Barrocas, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, says that seniors, at their age, have a weaker immune system, susceptible to any type of infection or disease. She also says, a lot of seniors are also in skilled nursing facilities where they are exposed quite a bit. Dr. Michelle Brewster, Internal Medicine […]

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