Does your child have the Flu or a Cold? Use this convenient chart to help you evaluate his or her symptoms.
Important comparisons of often-confused symptoms.
Influenza (flu) is a seasonal viral illness of the respiratory tract that is easily and quickly spread. In some cases, it can lead to pneumonia and other complications.
If your child suffers from asthma, diabetes, heart disease, anemia, lung/kidney disease or AIDS/HIV, getting the flu can be very serious. Following is information on flu prevention and treatment to help protect your child.
Fifth Disease is a contagious disease caused by a virus that usually becomes noticeable when a rash appears. It is a rather mild disease in most children, but in those with blood-related disorders, it may be more serious.
While this is usually a disease of preschoolers, it can affect older children and even adults.
This pesky bug affects approximately 10 million children every year. While it is not health hazard, it is a great nuisance.
Impetigo is a highly infectious skin lesion that looks red, raised and contains pus that makes the lesions look like blisters. Itching is common. It can be caused by either strep or staph.
Infectious Mononucleosis (Mono) is an acute viral syndrome characterized by fever, sore throat, enlarged cervical lymph nodes, enlarged spleen, and extreme fatigue.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of “staph” infection that can cause skin infections that may be difficult to treat.
Pin worms are intestinal parasites and are contagious. Since the mode of transmission is mainly direct transfer by the hands from the anus to the mouth, it is very important that you reinforce hand-washing with your children.
“Pink eye" (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation of the conjunctiva (mucous membrane lining of the eyelid and eyeball.) This inflammation may be caused by a bacteria, virus, allergy, or a foreign object in the eye.
Ringworm is a fungal disease of the skin. It is contagious. Early treatment will keep the condition from spreading to others.
Staph (staphylococcus) infections are caused by a bacteria that may or may not be resistant to common antibiotics. Staph that is resistant to Methycillin is called MRSA. It is important to identify staph infections in their early stages and to prevent the spread of this infection which can be caused by resistant bacteria leading to more serious infections.
Streptococcus (Group A, Beta Hemolytic) is a bacteria that causes many diseases, common ones include sore throat, Scarlet Fever, and impetigo. It is important that you identify strep disease early so that it can be promptly treated to prevent the complications of rheumatic fever and kidney disease among other diseases.