Common Cold Symptoms
The common cold is primarily caused by a virus. Viruses exist in hundreds of forms; however, most cause similar cold symptoms. Due to the ability of viruses to evolve at a rapid rate, they are constantly changing. This tricks our immune system and doesn’t allow us to build up resistance to all forms of viruses. This is why colds are so common and often return!
Viruses that cause the common cold are contagious. They can be spread by air droplets from and infected individual by coughing and sneezing. It is also spread by contact, such as touching a surface that has been infected (examples include: doorknobs, countertops, drinkware). Viruses are contagious from 1–2 days before symptoms begin until the symptoms have stopped.
Influenza Outbreaks Are Increasing
This year’s influenza outbreak is more intense than any since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and is still getting worse. New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal what so many have suspected: This is the worst flu season in nearly a decade.
This season is now on track to equal or surpass the 2014-2015 flu season. CDC data indicates “the flu is still spreading wildly, with 49 of the 50 states reporting ‘widespread’ activity, and that more than eight percent of all deaths in this country are from the flu and pneumonia, the highest we’ve seen this winter.”
Man Flu Does Exist
If you’re a woman, you know all about “man flu.” At the first sniffle or two, your guy starts to look downcast and lethargic. You know from past experience, he’s soon going to be sacked out on the couch for the next week or two, hoping you’ll be there waiting on him as if he’s on death’s door.
Men have always insisted that they really do get sicker. And now, they have a champion, a man who says science backs them up. Canadian researcher Dr. Kyle Sue, tired of hearing men’s complaints derided as exaggeration, decided to take a tour of the medical literature to see if there was any evidence to show that men actually do suffer more than women when they get the flu.
Don’t doubt it: “Man flu” is real, or so says one Canadian researcher who was “tired of being accused of overreacting.” They discovered men are more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses than women.
Urgent Care vs Emergency Room
It’s important to know where to go when an illness or injury occurs. We can help you better understand when to visit an urgent care vs emergency room.
While emergency rooms serve those with life threatening situations, an urgent care can treat those needing immediate, less serious care.
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.