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Strep throat is an infection that affects your throat and tonsils, making it one of the more painful winter illnesses. A bacteria known as group A Streptococcus causes the infection. The bacteria is adept at spreading itself between people, yet not all infected people show symptoms or seem sick.

Wrist and ankle sprains can happen much more easily than expected. From simply walking and tripping over an uneven sidewalk to slipping while shoveling to getting injured while playing a sport, sprains are pretty common. In fact, reports show that about 25,000 Americans sustain an ankle sprain every day. So what do you do when you sprain your wrist or ankle?

'Tis the season for holiday parties, having fun in the snow, and getting sinus infections. While getting sick may not be in your plans for winter, it's probable that you'll come down with at least a cold. But unlike colds, sinus infections can be quite persistent and can cause significant pain and discomfort.

When you have a cold or the flu, you probably feel pretty miserable and can't wait to get better. Unfortunately, colds and the flu can sometimes worsen and result in other conditions like bronchitis or pneumonia. Both of these conditions share similar symptoms and are often identified by a nasty cough and even difficulty breathing. But how do you know if you have bronchitis or pneumonia?

Playing sports is a great way to stay fit, have fun, and enhance your skills in something. And while it can be a great form of exercise, especially for those four in 10 people who exercise to try to relieve lower back pain, all exercise comes with the risk of injuries -- and fall sports are no different.

Flu season is upon us and with this dreaded virus often comes doctor appointments and medications. Unfortunately, medical treatments and expenses can really add up during flu season. And with the CDC showing that 5% to 20% of the U.S. population catches the flu each year, there's a good chance you or someone you know will catch this virus.

Upper respiratory conditions aren't uncommon, especially during the winter months. The most common diagnosis at an urgent care center in 2012 was actually upper respiratory conditions. But when you have asthma, your life may be centered around upper respiratory concerns. This is why it's so important to avoid asthma triggers whenever possible so you can stay out of the medical clinic.

When it comes to children, health should always be a priority. Unfortunately, many children are affected by a wide variety of health issues. In fact, about 25% of children in the U.S. between the ages of two and eight are affected by common health conditions like obesity, asthma, behavioral or learning problems, as well as other conditions.

While there is a huge variety of conditions people can be diagnosed with, arthritis is one of the most common. A lowball estimate shows that about 54 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Despite it being so common, many people still do not fully understand this condition. Let's take a look at a few key facts everyone should know about arthritis.

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights for kids. From picking out their costume to going trick-or-treating, this spooky holiday is full of fun. But to ensure kids stay as safe as possible this Halloween, let's take a look at a few simple safety tips.

With flu season upon us, more and more people are going to become concerned with catching the flu. Having the flu can not only be miserable and take you out of work or school for a few days, but it can also be really dangerous. Most cases of the flu can be treated at home. But when should you see a doctor for the flu?

While end-of-October festivities bring excitement to children and adults alike, Halloween celebrations pose unique dangers. Trick-or-treating, attending Halloween parties, and even wearing costumes can all be risky without proper safety precautions.

 

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