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What Parents Need To Know About Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease

Posted by on 8-08-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Parents Need To Know About Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is an epidemic across the whole nation. For years pediatricians have seen outbreaks of HFMD affecting children. Although, this is a common disease, it can be uncomfortable and dangerous for some children and individuals. Here are a couple things that you need to know about HFMD. What Is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease? HFMD is a viral infection that mainly affects children, although teenagers and adults can contract it as well. The disease is named as such because the child will usually run a fever and then break out into sores on the palms of their hands and feet, as well as the inside of their mouth. The sores can spread throughout their whole body, and depending on the specific strain, can even be on the torso, legs and arms. The severity of the disease varies. Some children have minor pain and parents barely even recognize that the child is sick. For others the sores become extremely painful, making it hard for the child to eat, drink, or use their body. It should also be mentioned that HFMD is highly contagious. So if one child has it, it is very likely that siblings and classmates will get it as well. What Are The Risks of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease? In the majority of cases the virus will run it’s course and the child will simply heal from the illness, although the scars from the sores could remain. The major risks of this illness are dehydration and a high fever. If the child is in so much pain that they are unable to drink or swallow, they could easily become dehydrated. In addition, some children run very high fevers with the illness, which is especially dangerous in young babies. What Should You Do To Treat Hand Foot and Mouth Diseases? Since HFMD is a viral infection, taking an antibiotic won’t help cure the illness. Instead, you must simply wait until the illness has run its course. However, you can give the child some fever reducer and pain reducer for the sores. You should be on the lookout for any kinds of infection in the sores, especially is they are open wounds. If you suspect that the child is dehydrated or is running a high fever over 105 or is unresponsive to medication, then you should get the child to a doctor right away. Otherwise, try to make the child as comfortable as possible until the illness passes. By understanding HFMD, you can know how to help your child if they contract the illness. For more information, contact a professional like Kim Thiele DO...

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The Common Cold Conundrum: Four Signs You Need A Doctor

Posted by on 7-07-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Common Cold Conundrum: Four Signs You Need A Doctor

When you are feeling under the weather, it is easy to panic and head off to the doctor. Unfortunately, most doctors cannot do anything about the common cold. However, if you have something more severe, then a trip to the doctor is advised. The problem with a common cold, though, is that it might turn into something more severe. So how do you know when it’s a simple cold versus something more dangerous or life-threatening? Here are four signs: 1. You Have a Fever A common cold usually does not cause a fever. If you do experience a fever, especially a high fever of 102-degrees or more, it is likely you are dealing with something other than the common cold. A fever may represent an infection, such as a sinus infection, or something more serious. So if you experience a high fever, definitely head to a medical clinic. 2. You Feel Better, But Get Worse Sometimes people will feel the onset of a cold, only to find that it goes away. However, if it comes back quickly and you feel even worse, it may be a sign of something more serious. Super bugs and infections often leave you feeling bad, better, and then worse. This cycle of sickness occurs because the body fights the initial virus or infection, but then the virus or infection gets stronger, and you wind up feeling crummy again. If you experience this, head to a medical clinic immediately. You may need antibiotics to fight the infection. 3. You Have Debilitating Headaches A headache is a common symptom of a cold. However, the headache will usually be mild and will not interfere with daily tasks. If you experience a headache so severe that it is debilitating and you cannot function or concentrate, head to the doctor immediately. The severe headache may be caused by meningitis or something else. You should also visit a medical clinic if you are experiencing a headache that is not lessened by over-the-counter pain relievers. This may also be a sign of something serious that needs attention. 4. You Have a Chronic Ailment A common cold is usually not a problem for healthy people. However, if you already have an underlying condition, it may be. Common health problems like COPD, diabetes, and hypothyroidism can be worsened by a cold. The same is true for those with autoimmune disorders. Although a common cold is not fun, it is a part of life. Staying home in bed with plenty of water is usually the best course of action. However, if you experience any of these conditions, make sure you visit a medical clinic such as Summit View...

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Been Through Menopause? A Few Reasons To Keep Seeing The Gynecologist

Posted by on 7-07-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Been Through Menopause? A Few Reasons To Keep Seeing The Gynecologist

If you are of the mind that just because you have gone through menopause you no longer to visit the gynecologist, you need to think again. Just because you are no longer concerned with reproduction, does not mean that your reproductive system is gone. Not only is it still there and capable of becoming diseased, you may have problems with your sexual health that need to be taken care of. Sure, you can have a physical by your primary care physician every year, but he or she is not going to be looking at the same things a gynecologist looks at, and vice versa. Here are a few reasons to make sure see the gynecologist annually. Sexual Dysfunction Many post-menopausal women find they are able to enjoy sexual activities more once there is no concern of becoming pregnant. However, the lack of estrogen and general aging process can lead to other problems. Without adequate hormones, a woman’s libido may drop, making her uninterested in having a sexual relationship. This can also lead to a decrease in the natural lubrication that keeps sexual intercourse from becoming painful. Your gynecologist will test the hormone levels in your system and prescribe medications or therapies that will help you to maintain an active sex life. Disease As long as the reproductive organs are still present, they can become diseased. One of the biggest concerns is cancer. Uterine, ovarian and cervical cancer could go undetected and be fatal if you do not have a Pap smear and routine pelvic exam annually. Early detection is the best way to beat the disease. Just because a mass is found does not mean it is cancer. Even women who have been through menopause can have benign cysts or fibroid tumors. It is also possible for the post-menopausal woman to have vaginitis or any of the sexually transmitted diseases. Any time there is pain, discharge, itching or bleeding in or around the vaginal area, it is important to see the gynecologist for treatment. Whether you have had a hysterectomy or gone through menopause naturally, it is important that you maintain a routine with a gynecologist. Part of your overall health is directly related to your sex life and sexual health. In order to stay in good physical and mental health, you need a doctor who understands what may be going on. You wouldn’t expect your primary care physician to act as your cardiologist. Don’t expect him or her to be your gynecologist just because you have been through...

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