Summer and Skin Health

Posted by Alessandra Arif on 6/20/18 4:20 PM

Summer is finally here! The air is warm, the pool is open, the outside beckons, but so do the UV rays.

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Do You Have a Question for Our Experts? #DOCTALKS

Posted by Nichole Baxter on 4/3/18 4:22 PM

Send us your health questions by posting on social media* with "#DOCTALKS," or comment on one of our #DOCTALKS posts. Your health questions can be answered by one of our expert health care providers.

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Minimizing the Ouch Factor – 9 Tips to Make Vaccinations Easier for Kids

Posted by Nichole Baxter on 2/14/18 10:51 AM

If you’re taking your child in for their flu shot or vaccinations, you’ll want to be prepared. Comforting your child before, during, and after a shot can help reduce the risk of developing a fear of needles.

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7 Things You Should Talk to Your Doctor About If You Think You’ve Been Exposed to Valley Fever

Posted by Nichole Baxter on 9/28/17 1:33 PM

If you’re experiencing symptoms of valley fever, or you think you’ve been exposed to the fungus that causes valley fever, contact your doctor’s office. Remember that valley fever is not contagious from person to person — it is contracted by inhaling certain fungal spores found in soil. Those working in close contact with soil, that live in areas where valley fever is common, should be extra careful. Since there is no cure yet for this disease, prevention is very important.

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Valley Fever in Kern County: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Posted by Nichole Baxter on 9/28/17 1:15 PM

Valley fever goes by many names. Some people refer to the infection as cocci, desert rheumatism, California fever or San Joaquin fever. This condition is caused by a fungus that lives in soil throughout Kern County and other parts of the world. When dormant soil with Coccidioides fungus growing beneath it is upturned, microscopic spores are released into the air. Inhaling these spores is what causes valley fever and it is extremely rare to contract the infection any other way. 

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