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The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
Generic Name: AMOXICILLIN EXTENDED-RELEASE TABLET- ORAL Pronounced: (a-MOX-i-SIL-in) Amoxicillin Oral Precautions
Before taking amoxicillin, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics; or if
you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients,
which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist
for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
a certain type of viral infection (infectious
Amoxicillin suspension may contain sugar. Caution is
advised if you have diabetes or any other condition that requires you to
limit/avoid sugar in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about
all the products you use (including prescriptio...
Families of children with food allergies can tell you that, at times, it seems their whole day to day life revolves around accommodating these special needs. More time, money, attention and medical care is spent on these children, yet in many cases, there are other children in the very same home, watching from the sidelines. I will never forget telling my older son that he was to go to the neighbors when the ambulance came to whisk our younger one off to the emergency room after an anaphylactic reaction. The look on my older son’s face when we returned spoke volumes. He was terrified for his brother and clung by his side for days. Over the years, I’ve heard from many parents who have been saddened or surprised by what they heard from the “other” (non-allergic) sibling. But I believe that these incidents can serve to remind us that our “other” children have special needs of their own. It’s important that we see things from their perspecti...
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