pediatric housecalls Robert R. Jarrett M.D. M.B.A. FAAP

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Head Lice and Tea Tree Oil

Let’s talk head lice for a moment. When I trained it wasn’t too difficult to diagnose or treat. THEN things began to change and the darn things started to become resistant to the medications we used to do them in—that, and the fact that there was found some degree of neurotoxicity which made us all nervous and VERY careful.
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What’s Eating You? Ticks and Fleas

Ok, ok, ok! I’ve been informed more than once this week that two other bugs have an affinity for human flesh and are seen just as often, at least in the warmer climes. I admit I had forgotten about the more, let’s say: “winter challenged” (equatorially inclined) portions and desert areas of this great world where both ticks and fleas flourish.
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Sunburn in Infants, Children and Adolescents

I have been holding off writing a summer article until the weather made it clear that it really was summer. I don’t seem to have been quick enough on the draw, however, there was no spring to warn me.

When the weather warms up we begin seeing less contagious illnesses like colds, ear infections, chicken pox, etc.  (very warm areas decrease illness in summer as people go indoors for air conditioning.)
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Stings and Bites in Children

The summer is full of things that bite, have you noticed? Bees, wasps, fire ants, snakes, spiders, flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and scorpions. Some areas have these threats to health and sanity all year long.

Scabies in Children

I once heard a tape of an old-time radio broadcast where Costello was telling Abbot that “I once had the seven-year-itch.” Abbot asked, “Well, what did you do?” to which Costello replied, “I scratched real fast and got rid of it in four years.”

The seven-year itch was given its nick-name not because it lasts for seven years but because it occurs in epidemics nearly every seventh year.

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac in Children

Ok, lets see how astute you are about summer medical problems in children.

You are the doctor and an adolescent comes into your office with swollen eyes and a rash over his face and arms with blisters which itch terribly.

Adolescent Acne – diagnosis and treatment methods

It is cruel irony that just at the time a child becomes overly concerned about self-image (teenage, adolescence) problems can develop with blemishes.  More than 25% of visits to dermatologists for skin problems are for… pimples.