Shingles

Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox (varicella), and anyone that has had chickenpox as a child is at risk for developing shingles in adulthood. Vaccination can minimize your risk of developing shingles. Check with your doctor to see if a shingles vaccine is appropriate for you; even if you’ve … Continued

Allergies are nothing to sneeze at

Spring in Wyoming means two things; snow melts and the whole state begins to bloom. While this time of year is a welcome one; the pollen, dust, and snow mold aren’t. Most allergies can be minor but some suffer from symptoms and asthma that make the summer miserable. Seasonal allergies caused by exposure to plant … Continued

Coughs

Coughs do serve a purpose other than annoying our loved ones that are trying to sleep. Coughs are important in removing irritants, improperly swallowed food and aspirated liquids. Yet there are times when a cough can be a sign of something more pressing about your health. Viruses like Colds and the Flu are some of … Continued

Sore Throats

Sore throats are common with most illnesses, luckily most resolve on their own within a few days. A few environmental causes are allergies, dryness (especially in heated homes during the winter), acid reflux, irritants (e.g. pollution and smoking) and, muscle strain (from yelling or talking loudly). Colds and flu are usually accompanied by a viral … Continued