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Chikungunya

A mosquito-borne illness once rarely seen in the United States has cropped up this summer, most recently in Florida this past July. Chikungunya, while not fatal, causes a fever and joint pain and can be very uncomfortable, especially for young children.

What You Need to Know About West Nile Virus

West Nile is an arbovirus, a virus that can cause infections of the central nervous system, inflammation of the joints and liver infections. It is the most common arbovirus in the United States.

Understanding Lyme Disease

Recently, there have been reports of an increase in cases of Lyme disease. It's important for all parents to understand Lyme disease, its symptoms and how to prevent it.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease: What You Need to Know

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood illness that gets its name from the distinctive rash that appears in the mouth and on the hands and feet

Asthma Triggers

If you have a child with asthma, you know that daily life can sometimes be a real challenge. Knowing what triggers your child's asthma can help make things much easier for your child and your family.

Recognizing Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

The old saying goes: "Leaves of three, let them be." Poison ivy, oak and sumac are three plants that carry the same poison – urushiol , a colorless, odorless oil that causes an itchy, irritating rash. While they differ in appearance, all of the plants grow white, cream or yellow berries in the fall.

Understanding Excessive Sweating: Hyperhidrosis

It's summer, and when it gets hot, our bodies sweat to help regulate our body temperature. But for some people, sweating in much greater amounts than necessary happens regardless of the temperature. This condition is called hyperhidrosis. In most cases, hyperhidrosis occurs for no apparent reason.

Recognizing a Wheat Allergy

Intolerance, allergy or autoimmune disease? When it comes to wheat and gluten – the protein found in wheat – there are many ways the body can react.

Gluten Intolerance

If your child shows sensitivity to foods with gluten, but has had a negative result on a test for celiac disease, it's possible that she may have a non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which is otherwise known as gluten intolerance.

Recognizing Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is one of the most common genetic conditions in the world, affecting 1 in every 133 people. People with celiac are not able to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

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