Swimmer’s ear (otitis externa) is an infection in the outer ear canal, which runs from the eardrum in the inner ear to the outside of one’s ear. It gets its name because it is commonly caused by water that remains in the ear canal after swimming or bathing. That moisture can create an environment conducive for bacterial growth.
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.
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”.
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.
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
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.
Many children and young adults experience ear infections. These ear infections, known as “otitis media”, involve painful inflammation and build-up of fluid behind the eardrum. Symptoms can last 3-7 days.