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Is Telemedicine Right for You?

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a whole new vocabulary. One such newly fashionable term is telemedicine—virtual healthcare that allows a patient to consult with a medical professional “face-to-face” from the comfort of home using a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam. There are several benefits to this approach, including: Zero risk of catching or spreading germs in a

When to Seek Medical Attention for a Sunburn

Summer has arrived in Montgomery County, at last! While the risk of winter-related illnesses like influenza is on the decline, warmer temperatures usher in problems of their own, including sunburns. A sunburn is the body’s inflammatory response to excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Most sunburns can be addressed at home by applying some soothing aloe gel and temporarily avoiding

What Months Are Allergy Season?

We all know what allergy season involves—endless sneezing, watery eyes, and an itchy, runny nose—but do you know when allergy season is, exactly? There’s no straightforward answer to this question, as allergy season can vary by area, and different allergens peak at different times. Generally speaking, however, allergy season typically begins in the springtime and wraps up in the fall.

What Does a Sprained Joint Feel Like? 

Joint sprains are extraordinarily common injuries that can occur while playing sports, exercising, or simply walking around the house. If you’ve sprained a joint, you may feel a popping or tearing sensation, followed by a feeling of either stiffness or instability. Other signs of a joint sprain include: Pain Swelling Bruising Reduced range of motion Trouble using the affected limb

What are the Symptoms of Bad Allergies?    

Experiencing allergies is a sign that your body’s immune system is active, but that’s probably little consolation if you’re at your wit’s end with stubborn symptoms. Constant sneezing and sniffling may leave you wondering if your allergies are typical for the average person as the seasons change—or if they’re unusually bad and warrant professional medical treatment. While “bad” is relative,

How Long Can a Cold Last? 

How Long Can a Cold Last? Colds are referred to as “common” for a reason—the average adult catches a cold two to four times every year, and kids get sick even more frequently. If you’re currently battling a cold, you’re probably wondering how long you’ll have to endure the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and other unpleasant symptoms this illness can bring.

Does Asthma Worsen With Age?  

Does Asthma Worsen With Age? Asthma is a chronic condition in which the lung’s airways become inflamed and narrowed in response to a trigger, making it difficult to breathe normally. Many people think of asthma as a disease that primarily affects children, but did you know that it can sometimes worsen with age? In other cases, someone who never had

Can Strep Throat Go Away on Its Own?

Can Strep Throat Go Away on Its Own? Strep throat is a notoriously miserable illness that can cause severe throat pain, difficulty swallowing, tender lymph nodes, headaches, and a general feeling of “blah.” If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of strep throat, you may be wondering if at-home remedies can quell this illness and spare you a trip

What is the Most Common Cause of Pink Eye?

What is the Most Common Cause of Pink Eye? Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is a common condition that can develop in children and adults. It occurs when the conjunctiva—the transparent membrane that covers the white of the eyeball and lines the eyelid—becomes inflamed or infected, resulting in redness and uncomfortable itchiness in one or both eyes. So, what’s to blame for