Wintertime Respiratory Illnesses
Wintertime is peak season for contracting illnesses. Due to the colder weather, we tend to stay inside more, which often puts us in proximity to disease-causing germs. When we do get sick, it can be frustrating not knowing exactly what we may have “caught”.
Dangers of Using Google For Health Symptoms
Have you been guilty of looking up your health symptoms online? If the answer is yes (well, of course you have!), you wouldn’t be alone. In fact, it’s such a common worldwide occurrence that Even Google’s own staff admit that using the search engine to look for symptoms is pretty much a portal into Hell.
And while sometimes Internet searches can lead to the right answers, other times it can lead to anxiety called cyberchondria. The unfounded concern over common symptoms based on online literature and research. Once someone begins self-diagnosing and agonizing over health symptoms, it becomes an issue.
Ways to Prepare for Cold and Flu
There’s no doubt about it. Cold and flu season is a sure thing and it’s on the rise this year. Cold and flu season may bring body aches and fever, but there are precautions you can take to keep illness at bay.
Is the Stomach Flu Really The Flu?
The Center for Disease Control has provided this good description of the difference between influenza and stomach flu. Many people use the term stomach flu to describe illnesses with nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. These symptoms can be caused by many different viruses, bacteria or even parasites.
Children Ear Infection Causes
If your child frequently pulls, scratches, or hits their ears, it may a sign they are feeling the pressure caused by an infection or fluid build-up in the ears.
Other signs of children ear infections include:
- Unsteadiness while crawling sitting up or walking
- Discharge from the ears
- Hearing problems may be another telltale sign
Sore Throat Natural Cure
Most people experience a sore throat from time-to-time. Sore throats can be caused by overuse or straining your vocal cords, environmental factors like dry heated air or pollens, and micro-organisms like viruses and bacteria.
The discomfort of a sore throat can be eased by a variety of natural treatments, as well as products available over-the-counter at the pharmacy, like lozenges and sprays.
Is It a Cold or a Sinus Infection?
A cold can make you miserable, with symptoms like runny nose, congestion, sneezing, coughing, etc. How do you know that what you think may be a cold might be something else, like a sinus infection? This summary, based on an article from The Cleveland Clinic, may help discern the difference.
Knowing the Difference Between Cold and Influenza Symptoms
The common cold and influenza are both respiratory illnesses that are caused by viruses. A person has around a 20% chance of getting influenza, but is likely to contract a cold 2-3 times, in an average year. Because these two illnesses have similar symptoms, it is important to understand what makes them different.
Best Course of Action For Sore Throats
A recent article in the Annals of Emergency Medicine concludes that children should not be treated with antibiotics if a rapid antigen detection test for strep comes back negative.
Different types of plants release pollen at different times of the year creating lots of allergies. In the spring, trees are the main pollinators; in summer, grasses are more active in their pollen release; and in the fall, ragweed causes most of the misery for allergy-sufferers. Many people still describe the fall season as “hay fever” time, though hay isn’t the cause of the problems.