Most diarrhea will resolve within 24 to 48 hours—if it’s caused by viral gastroenteritis (a stomach bug) or food borne illness. If your diarrhea is hanging on and not resolving, take a look at your medications. It can be challenging to identify which medication may be causing drug-induced diarrhea, especially if you’re taking multiple medications. Here are some well-known offenders commonly associated with drug-induced diarrhea. See More
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First, a little reminder about taste. Our sensory system for taste is remarkably sensitive, made possible by our taste buds. Taste buds are each made up of taste receptor cells which bind to small molecules related to flavor. Through sensory nerves, the receptors relay the taste information to the brain and this allows us to discern five basic tastes (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami/savory). See More
Ear infections are caused by either a bacteria or a virus. The infection leads to inflammation, usually in the middle part of the ear. Young children are often more prone to ear infections because their ears aren’t yet fully developed, though adults may also get ear infections.
Where do most ear infections occur?
Ear infections most often occur in the middle part of the ear.
What are signs and symptoms of an ear infection?
Ear infections in children as well as adults sometimes include symptoms such as:
- Pulling at one or both ears (due to ear pain)
- Trouble sleeping
- Drainage from the ear
- Reduced/fuzzy hearing
How are ear infections treated?
Antibiotic resistance is a big problem. You’ve all heard about Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) causing skin and soft tissue infections but now there is a growing group of resistant bacteria. What this means is many folks may face treatment with an intravenous antibiotic or older more toxic antibiotic to treat common infections like E. Coli urinary tract infections. This is because the bacteria have gotten smart and know how to resist penicillins, ciprofloxacin and Bactrim among others. See More
Many patients report a penicillin allergy based on family history or stories from their parents to stay away from penicillin without a true history of allergic reaction. Penicillin and its close relatives are amazing, cheap, and effective antibiotics so here are 10 things you need to know:
1. Serious allergies to penicillin are common, with about 10 percent of people reporting an allergy.
2. Most people who believe they are allergic, however, can take penicillin without a problem. See More