seasonal topics

Well it is still time for surf, sand, sun, and… Stingrays! Our southern beaches are home for thousands of Round Rays. Seal Beach itself has more than 400 stingray injuries per year and populated by nearly 20,000 rays. Stingrays also love Santa Monica, Newport Bea... read more

Dry and secondary drowning are two different respiratory conditions that can occur after accidentally inhaling water. Due to reduced lung size and capacities, children are much more prone to getting these conditions after having been around large bodies of water. A... read more

Summer in Southern California is a time of great joy and anticipation of all the wonders that SoCal has to offer.  Pools, lakes, ponds, and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather and an opportunity to create wonderful memories with family and fri... read more

What is sunscreen?  Sunscreen is a lotion, gel or spray that protects the skin from ultraviolet light. By absorbing or reflecting the sun’s ultraviolet light or radiation, sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn.  The American Cancer Society recommends the ... read more

Protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. Most people are aware that too much sun on non-sunscreened skin can lead to aging, wrinkles and skin cancer. But what most people forget is the same harmful rays can also damage your ey... read more

What are seasonal allergies? Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes, ear aches, and scratchy throat (depending on the time of year) are all signs of common seasonal allergies. In Southern California, our allergy season can start as early as mid-winter, and each... read more

Question: Dr. Kiskila, what is smog? Answer: Smog comes from the combination of the words “smoke” and “fog” and is a form of air pollution. Smog is created by coal, gas and diesel powered engines, smoke from factories and construction sites, paint, solvents... read more

Honey baked ham, gravy, pumpkin pie and cookies are just a few reasons why we look forward to the holidays. What we don’t look forward to is getting on the scale after the season is over. It’s hard to not overindulge, but there are ways you can stay both full a... read more

The holiday season has arrived. To fully enjoy your holiday festivities, it is essential to be healthy. Here is a quick summary of great health and safety tips to keep you well this season, as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Wash Hands Of... read more

In Southern California, the news features a Zika virus article almost daily. The Asian Tiger mosquito as well as the Yellow Fever mosquito (which could carry the Zika virus) have been found in Mission Viejo. As of September 30th, 308 travel-associated cases were re... read more

I find there is a great divide among my patients: those who swear by the protection of their influenza vaccinations every fall season and those that are certain that the flu vaccine has caused them to “get the flu” and they avoid it like the plague. It’s ... read more