By: Brett Snodgrass, FNP-C

A Q+A with Chronic Pain Specialist, Brett Snodgrass by Brett Snodgrass, FNP-C, CPE, FACPP, Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners What is chronic pain, and how do I know if I have it? Chronic pain may mean different things to different people. As a chronic pain specialist and family nurse practitioner, I tell my […]

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Don’t Dance Around a Persistent Cough

Don’t Dance Around a Persistent Cough

By Joyce Knestrick, PhD, APRN, CFNP, Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Many of my patients don’t know that in addition to being a family nurse practitioner, I’m also an avid ballroom dancer. And any experienced ballroom dancer knows the importance of a strong lead—so I always encourage my patients to follow my […]

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Allergies Run in the Family

Allergies Run in the Family

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

It’s a gorgeous time of year when things are abloom. Many of us suffer from irritation and allergies to these months as pollens and particles float around and trigger allergic response. Not so beautiful when our families (over)react to pollen. Thing is, there’s also the fact that cold season isn’t quite over and the exact […]

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Influenza Hitting Hard: OTC Medications For Symptoms

Influenza Hitting Hard: OTC Medications For Symptoms

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Influenza is hitting hard this year thanks to a drifted influenza strain (H3N2) causing a more serious illness and one that is not included in our annual vaccine. Because of the hard hit, public health officials are reminding us to get high-risk patients into see physicians early if they have symptoms of “the flu” or […]

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13 Tips for Parents Using OTC Medicines

13 Tips for Parents Using OTC Medicines

Always read and follow the label. Only use a medicine that treats your child’s specific symptoms. Never give two medicines with any of the same active ingredients. Always give the recommended dose and use the correct measuring device. Never use a medicine longer than the label instructs or at higher doses, unless your healthcare provider […]

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Teething Tips for Parents

Teething Tips for Parents

Teething can start as early as four months. A teething baby may drool more than usual or may have discomfort, problems sleeping, or a fever. If your baby is in discomfort due to teething, there are some options for you to help soothe them: Keep it cool. Cold can be comforting. You may wish to […]

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Oral Care for Pregnant Moms

Oral Care for Pregnant Moms

Changes in eating habits, such as frequent snacking and treats, make pregnant women more prone to both cavities (caries) and gingivitis. Once you find out you’re pregnant, you should visit your dentist so they can monitor your oral health and make any recommendations on care or treatment. Pregnant women should always brush and floss more […]

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Winter Skin And Itches That Rash

Winter Skin And Itches That Rash

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Our skin gets dry in the winter for a variety of reasons. Cold temperatures, lack of humidity and recirculated air (hello office heater!) can all contribute to dry, scaly spots. Winter is also a time when we see an increased risk for eczema flare-ups, a chronic, relapsing condition that brings incredibly dry, itchy patches of […]

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Whoops: Over-The-Counter Dosing Errors Common

Whoops: Over-The-Counter Dosing Errors Common

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Data proves we’re all at risk for making a dosing error. Remarkable how easy it is to do. As a pediatrician I always have to check (and double check) the label when I’m home dosing my kids. The bottles and doses are all so different. A new study in Pediatrics found that every eight minutes a child under the age […]

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Alternating Medicines to Treat a Fever in Children Older than 6 Months

Alternating Medicines to Treat a Fever in Children Older than 6 Months

By: Tricia Jean (TJ) Gold, M.D.

If your child needs a fever reducer, it is best to choose one type of medicine: either acetaminophen (Children’s Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Children’s Motrin, Children’s Advil). Always consult your doctor first if you are considering alternating between acetaminophen and ibuprofen to treat a stubborn fever. If your doctor does recommend alternating, write down on a […]

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