Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks 2010
    September 19, 2014
    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Five bug repellents scored high marks for preventing bites, but three common choices didn’t make the grade in 2014 testing by Consumer Reports. As a parent and pediatrician, I want a mosquito and ti…

    Mosquito Bite Reaction
    September 18, 2014
    Preventing and Treating Severe Mosquito Bites

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Many kids (including my daughter Claire) develop large local reactions to mosquito bites – charmingly called Skeeter Syndrome. It's a reaction to proteins in mosquitos' saliva. …

    Mosquito Fast Facts
    June 17, 2010
    Mosquito Fast Facts

    Mosquitoes bite infants and children more than any other insect. Mosquitoes can transmit dangerous blood-borne illnesses including West Nile Virus, malaria, encephalitis and many other diseases. (more…

    Bug Off
    June 21, 2006
    Bug Off

    More infants and children are bitten by mosquitoes than by any other insect. But parents often don’t notice the bites on babies and young children because they don’t look like they do on teens and…

    Mosquito Bite Protection Important for West Nile Virus
    May 2, 2005
    Mosquito Bite Protection Important for West Nile Virus

    Organic, all natural, bug repellant? Oil of lemon eucalyptus, a natural, plant-based repellant is one of the repellant options newly recommended in 2005 by the CDC for mosquito protection in the Unite…

    Natural Insect Repellant Alternatives
    June 16, 2004
    Natural Insect Repellant Alternatives

    Because West Nile virus has made preventing mosquito bites more important in the United States, and because some insecticides are toxic, people have become increasingly concerned with finding gentle a…

    West Nile Virus – The Stage is Set
    July 17, 2003
    West Nile Virus – The Stage is Set

    In 2003, 32 states are already reporting West Nile virus activity, compared to only about 20 states at the same time in 2002. The CDC held a press conference on July 15, 2003, where CDC Director Dr. J…

    What is West Niles
    January 20, 2003
    West Nile Virus

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The West Nile virus (WNV) can be scary, but even in places where it has been appearing for a few years, the number of people who get it is very, very tiny. Thankfully, the majorit…

    Tips for Avoiding Bees and Preventing Bee Stings
    August 17, 2001
    Tips for Avoiding Bees and Preventing Bee Stings

    The best way to avoid bee stings is prevention. Effective prevention means not attracting bees and not frightening them if they are present. Prevention techniques are especially important in the fall,…

    Bee Sting Reactions
    June 12, 2001
    Bee Sting Reactions

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Bee venom contains at least nine different components that work together to cause reactions in those stung. When a bee injects its venom under the skin, the child may have immedia…

    Mosquito Virus Warning
    July 24, 2000
    Mosquito Virus Warning

    New York City officials have confirmed that two crows infected with the West Nile virus were found on Staten Island, New York City. 23 other infected crows have been found in outlying areas. The virus…

    Tips for Avoiding Mosquito Bites
    July 13, 1998
    Tips for Avoiding Mosquito Bites

    Mosquitoes are known to pass blood-borne illnesses from one victim to another. They are a major health hazard and are responsible for the transmission of yellow fever, malaria, dengue fever, encephali…

    Itchy Mosquito Bites
    July 13, 1998
    Itchy Mosquito Bites

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When the mosquito stabs her needle-like mouthparts through the skin of her victim, she injects her saliva -- teeming with digestive enzymes and anticoagulants. The first time a pe…

    Tips For Treating Mosquito Bites
    July 13, 1998
    Tips For Treating Mosquito Bites

    Once bitten, the mainstays of treatment are cool compresses, antihistamines, anti-itching compounds, and anti-inflammatory medicines. (more…)…

    Mosquito Bites
    August 11, 1997
    Mosquito Bites

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Cynthia, I now receive many questions each week from around the world. While I can’t possibly answer all of them, each question does make a difference. One of the unforeseen res…

    Bee Stings
    July 7, 1997
    Bee Stings

    Dr. Greeneès Answer: It's good to hear from you, Gale, but I'm sorry to hear about Luke's misadventure! Thirty one stings! I can almost imagine the series of expressions on his face during the onslau…

    How to Treat Scabbies
    November 18, 1996
    How to Treat Scabies

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Scabies are tiny mites that commonly infest the skin. They are highly contagious. Children are the most vulnerable, but anyone can get them. Whenever a child develops intense itch…

    Treating Bee Stings
    October 7, 1996
    Treating Bee Stings

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Bee stings have been a nuisance long enough to have appeared in prehistoric cave paintings in Spain. Bee stings are part of our collective memory and they are part of our individu…

    Treatment of Bee Stings
    October 7, 1996
    Treatment of Bee Stings

    If one is stung, the wound can be treated in the following ways: (more…)…