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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Employees from Dignity Health Medical Group – Bakersfield Feed Homeless

Posted by Nichole Baxter on 7/6/17 9:00 AM

Last Friday afternoon, a group of employees from Dignity Health Medical Group – Bakersfield, a service of Dignity Health Medical Foundation, set out to deliver 120 sack lunches to the homeless. The employees raised money, purchased items, packed the lunches, and then delivered them firsthand.

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Skin Care Tips From a Dermatologist

Posted by Nichole Baxter on 7/4/17 8:00 AM

Acne, dry skin, red patches, shininess… These are just a few reasons someone might try a new skin care product. If you’re fed up with breakouts or bad skin, you’re not alone! About 50 million Americans deal with acne on a regular basis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

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When is a headache more than just a headache?

Posted by Gail Verderico on 6/13/17 8:00 AM

Almost everybody experiences headaches from time to time. They are so ubiquitous that “a headache” has become a metaphor for mundane but manageable problems, such as tax preparation. However, for some unlucky few, headaches can be a debilitating and recurring intrusion—and on rare occasion, they can be a sign of a life-threatening condition.

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