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Ask the Patch Pro: Local Pediatricians Answer Your Questions

Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about health in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.

It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions.

This week, with flu season upon us, Patch wants to help find the answers to questions about your kids' health this week, but we needed some help.

We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:

If you consider yourself a local expert and would like to be added to the list, let us know! jordan.lanham@patch.com

fariba azarpour November 08, 2012 at 08:43 PM
If the lump is on the anterior knee ( front of the knee) and is solid as a rock does not sound like a Baker's cyst as A Baker's cyst will be a fluid filled sac mainly on the popliteal fossa (behind the knee cap) , Without a detailed history and exam and may be imaging will be hard to say what it is ,as the anterior hard lump of the knee does not seem to be very common at least in pediatrics.
Matthew Broom, MD November 08, 2012 at 08:52 PM
A word on the flu season in pediatrics. Usually occurs fall to spring, though can be variable. Annual influenza vaccination for all children is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The flu vaccine protects against three different strains (types) of influenza. These types are considered the most likely to cause disease this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information on the influenza and the flu vaccine, two great resources are: 1) http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Inactivated-Influenza-Vaccine-What-You-Need-to-Know.aspx 2) http://www.immunize.org/askexperts/experts_inf.asp#children
Matthew Broom, MD November 08, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I agree with the other comments on the variety of possibilities without more history and exam. One common (at least in adolescence) option for swelling just below the knee-cap would be Osgood-Schlatter Disease. This is common among young athletes, however usually painful, so less likely based on what has been described.
Jordan Lanham November 09, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Thank you to Dr. Broom, Dr. Barton and Dr. Azarpour for volunteering as Patch Pro experts today!
Matt B. November 12, 2012 at 08:35 AM
I really appreciate all the feedback.. What should i do now? I've started to develop a 2nd bump on my left foot. Its on the left side of the foot just about 2 inches behind the "big" or "first" toe(side of the foot). I work for a company that doesn't offer me insurance. Where do i go from here? The '"lump" or "bump" on my right leg just to the lower left of the knee does not seem to be getting bigger, yet im still worried of what this may be.

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