Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Fun with Infectious Diseases

Your women's health blogger is home with a case of strep throat, and just awoke from a several-hour nap. Apparently only about 5-10% of sore throats are caused by bacteria (rather than viruses); this blogger suffered from enough of these infections as a child to recognize the red throat stripes and miraculously get a clinic appointment this morning. Seriously, I'd rather get 5 shots than a throat culture. Here's some information on the culprit, while the fever has subsided. Ugh.

  • MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia article - covers symptoms, treatment, complications (including scarlet and rheumatic fever, and kidney inflammation)
  • Overview from FamilyDoctor.org
  • Lengthier overview from MayoClinic.com

    In other infectious news, the CDC has posted the weekly flu map. Check it out periodically and watch how influenza spreads across the nation.
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    MeSH tags: Influenza; Pharyngitis; Streptococcal Infections
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