Monthly Archives - July 2016

Ensure the continuity of care for your teenage patients

During the transition from adolescence into adulthood, usually between the ages of 18 and 19, many Pediatric Primary Care Physicians inform their patients that they will no longer be able to serve as their Physician and ask them to secure a new Physician in an adult practice. After many years of being cared for by one Pediatric Physician, we recognize this can be an emotional time for everyone involved; however, Texas Children’s Health Plan is here to help. At [...]

Zika Virus Resources

The clinical and epidemiologic information about Zika Virus is rapidly evolving. Below you will find a list of websites and resources with the most up-to-date information regarding the infection. Texas Department of State Health Services Webinar: The Department of State Health Services has prepared a recorded webinar on the Zika Virus Disease by Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS Commissioner. The presentation includes information relevant to Texas providers on Zika incidence, distribution of the disease, modes of transmission, strategies to prevent transmission, and symptoms. [...]

Drying up swimmer’s ear: Treating acute otitis externa

Each year, more than 6 million cases of swimmer’s ear, or acute otitis externa, will cause kids and teenagers painful infections in the ear canal,-interrupting many vacations and days of summer fun.  Swimmer’s ear is caused primarily by a bacterial infection. Psuedomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus are two of the most common pathogens. Symptoms of acute otitis externa include the rapid onset of ear canal inflammation resulting in pain, itching, ear canal swelling and redness, possible decreased hearing, and [...]