When the temperatures drop, the wind swells and the house’s heater gets cranked up each winter, dry and cracked hands are an unfortunate and common side effect in children and adults alike. “The cold air is more drying and wind is also more drying. And then add forced-air heating, and that will dry skin out […]
Cold and Flu
An infectious disease pharmacist explains basic safety practices of antibiotics and what questions to ask your doctor.
Pneumonia, an inflammation or infection of the lungs, is a serious condition that can be prevented, a CHOC infectious disease specialist says. “Pneumonia is a serious condition and can often be prevented by getting vaccinated for illnesses that can lead to pneumonia,” says Dr. Antonio Arrieta, CHOC’s director of infectious disease and director of infectious […]
Getting a cold or the flu is a bummer for anyone, but these common illnesses can be extra challenging for children with asthma. Viruses more often than not will worsen asthma, says Dr. Wan-Yin Chan, a CHOC allergist/immunologist. Already, people with asthma have inflamed airways to the lungs. Coughing and sneezing prompted by a cold […]
Kids really suffer from the flu, but the virus affects more than physical health. Staying home sick also affects your child’s learning.
How do you distinguish a common cold from the flu (influenza)? When late fall rolls around, the flu usually rolls in with it. “The first few days with a cough, fever and sore throat are early signs of influenza,” says Dr. Arrieta. “Fever is very common. Probably 90 percent of children who have influenza will have a (high) fever.”