Many health concerns have been raised following the devastating floods that hurricane Harvey brought to Texas. Civilians and first responders have been wading through debris ridden flood waters which increase the possibility of disaster-related injuries. Due to the contaminated flood water, the risk of exposure to higher levels of bacteria that is normal is increased. Because of these conditions, questions have been raised about the increased risk of contracting tetanus from wounds … [Read more...] about Does Exposure to Floodwaters Increase My Risk For Tetanus
You may have heard about shingles from commercials advertising a vaccine but do you know what it is and how you become infected? Shingles is known to the medical community as the Herpes Zoster virus. It is actually the reactivation of a previous infection of chicken pox, the Varicella Zoster virus. After a person recovers from chicken pox, the virus lays dormant or inactive in the body, usually in the nerve roots that control sensation. For reasons unknown to scientists, the virus … [Read more...] about How Do You Become Infected With Shingles?
Fever blister, also known as cold sores are a nuisance that cause annoyance and discomfort to millions of Americans. The condition is caused by a contagious herpes virus, either herpes simplex one or herpes simplex 2. Over 95% of cases are caused by herpes simplex virus one (HSV1). The virus causes “blisters” or small sores that are found on the face, lips, or in the mouth or in the nostrils. These sores cause pain, itching, and burning before crusting over. Most people who carry the … [Read more...] about What Causes Fever Blisters?
Most of us have heard of meningitis, but what most of us are not aware of is that there are actually many causes of meningitis. Meningitis is a clinical syndrome characterized by inflammation of the meninges, which are the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is usually cause by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by many different pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and … [Read more...] about What Are The Causes of Meningitis?
With summer on the way, it's time to get our and enjoy the outdoors. In addition to being exposed to the hot and steamy Houston summer, you'll also be exposed to mosquitoes and therefore mosquito bites. Mosquito bites are not only itchy but can also be a vector for a number of serious illnesses. A few of mosquito-borne illnesses you've surely been hearing in the media lately include Zika, Wesst Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and St. Louis Encephalitis. These viruses are transmitted by the … [Read more...] about Preventing Zika, West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases