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What You Need to Know about Virus Sweeping the Midwest

Updated 10/10/2014 A rare virus similar to the common cold is infecting U.S. children across the Midwest and West. While the virus is rarely deadly, some children — especially those with asthma or other cardiorespiratory diseases — are at risk for developing serious problems. We talked with pediatric pulmonologist Giovanni Piedimonte, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute … Read More

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Spring Allergies: 8 Top Ways to Help Your Child

Is your child suddenly sneezy? Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatric allergist Brian Schroer, MD, provides a tutorial on spring allergies in kids. Lesson #1: Know your opponent  Is that “achoo” seasonal allergies or a cold? Sneezing, nose and throat itchiness, and eye itchiness plus redness usually signal allergies. Like a cold, allergies produce nasal drainage, but it looks clear and … Read More

How to Tell If It’s Pneumonia

It’s hard to fight something you can’t easily detect. Pneumonia is treatable, but spotting the infection early is a challenge. The disease has multiple symptoms that can lead people to think their illness is nothing more than the common cold or flu. “It’s a tough disease to diagnose,” says Marie Budev, DO, a pulmonologist and … Read More