Dr. Greene's Blog

  • Fast Facts about Septra

    Fast Facts about Septra

    Septra and Bactrim are both brand names for a combination antibiotic called trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

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  • Tips for Treating Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rashes

    Tips for Treating Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rashes

    Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac together produce more cases of allergic contact dermatitis than all other allergens combined. The resulting rash can range from mildly unpleasant to a true emergency with intense swelling, blistering, and oozing. With even a moderate case, the itching can seem unbearable. Most of the treatments are aimed at […]

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  • Tips for Preventing Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rashes

    Tips for Preventing Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rashes

    Urushiol is the reason for those itchy rashes one gets when coming into contact with one of these plants. The oil is found in the leaves, roots, and twigs of poison ivy and its cousins. There is no difference in the rashes, since there is no difference in the cause.

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  • On Being a Physician: A day in the life

    On Being a Physician: A day in the life

    Over the years we have received numerous requests from high school and university students, who are in the midst of choosing a career, asking what it is like to be a physician. Here is Dr. Greene’s reply –

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  • Fast Facts about the Chickenpox Vaccine

    Fast Facts about the Chickenpox Vaccine

    Chicken pox is caused by the Varicella-zoster virus. It is usually a mild infection, and not life-threatening. Although children with this virus may be miserable for several days, and miss a week of school or day-care (stranding parents at home), they will likely recover from the 250-500 itchy blisters with nothing more to show for […]

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  • The Essential Components of Breast Milk

    The Essential Components of Breast Milk

    There are a number of breast milk components that are extremely beneficial to babies’ development. Many of these cannot be found in formula.

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  • Tips for Avoiding Damage from Sun Exposure

    Tips for Avoiding Damage from Sun Exposure

    Even though skin cancer occurs in adults, the serious skin cancers are caused by the radiation damage (particularly the sunburns) that occurred in our youth. Children are at the highest risk for sun damage, and more than half of a lifetime’s sun exposure usually happens during childhood.

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  • Handling a Clingy Baby

    Handling a Clingy Baby

    Many children go through a stage when they strongly prefer one parent to every other person in the world. One common pattern is for them to noticeably prefer their mothers during the later part of the first year. The greatest intensity of this typically lasts approximately one month (up to several months.)

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  • Tips for Surviving Temper Tantrums

    Tips for Surviving Temper Tantrums

    Temper tantrums are very common, especially in children 2 to 3 years of age. When viewed in context, temper tantrums can be an extremely constructive part of the development of a healthy child. That said, there are still a few things you can do to minimize their impact on you and those around you.

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  • The Olympic Flame

    The Olympic Flame

    When I was first asked to carry the Olympic Torch, my eyes misted. Not until the moment actually came did I understand why. The Olympic Flame reaches back to a time when the human race was younger, and the planet less crowded. It reaches back to a part of Greek culture that valued truth, beauty, […]

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