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Caring For Your Infant: What You Should Know About Diphtheria

Posted by on February 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Caring For Your Infant: What You Should Know About Diphtheria

If you are a new parent who follows parenting blogs and debates to get the perspectives of other parents on infant care and health, then you may find yourself questioning whether or not you should vaccinate your child according to the schedules set out by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and most pediatrician and infant care clinics. The choice to immunize your child against certain viruses and other illnesses is entirely yours to make. However, not doing so can have consequences and it is important to know those possible consequences before you make your decisions. One of the vaccines administered during infancy is against diphtheria. Get to know more about diphtheria so that you can make the right vaccination decision for your child. Diphtheria Causes and Transmission Diphtheria is caused by a bacteria known as Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Once inside the body, the bacteria will release a toxin into the lungs which can also spread to other areas of the body. This bacterial infection can be transmitted by sneezes, coughs, or other fluids that a person may disperse into the air.  Diphtheria can also be contracted by touching objects that have come into contact with infected fluids. This is especially problematic for infants as most items they touch or handle come into contact with their saliva or nasal secretions. If an infant is in daycare, at the doctor’s office, or in any other place that they come into contact with other children and infants, there is a high likelihood that they will touch something that has been in contact with another child’s saliva.  Diphtheria Symptoms and Complications If you chose not to vaccinate your infant and they came into contact with a contaminated person or object, there are numerous symptoms that they could have as a result. Diphtheria primarily causes respiratory symptoms and issues as the bacteria take up residence in the lungs and attack the linings and tissues in that part of the body. As such, sore throat, vocal changes and strain, difficulty breathing, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and a high-pitched wheezing sound when inhaling are all common symptoms. In infants especially, the difficulty breathing and the swollen neck can be the cause of serious and life-threatening distress and complications. Other symptoms can include a low-grade fever, a faster heart rate, and yellowish sores or spots on the surface of the skin. Asphyxiation (an inability to breathe) is a major concern with this bacterial infection, especially in babies and younger children. If the toxin produced by the bacteria from the infected lungs gets into the bloodstream, there is also a risk of infection in the heart and heart failure. Diphtheria is treatable even after it is contracted but requires very swift treatment to prevent serious and irreversible complications due to the release of toxins in the body. Antitoxin treatments are administered to stop the production and spread of the dangerous toxin, and antibiotics are used to try to kill the bacteria themselves. However, even with treatment, there is still a risk of death from this serious bacterial infection. Now that you know more about diphtheria and the ways that it could affect your infant child if you do not get them vaccinated, you can decide for yourself whether or not immunizing your child is right for...

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What You Need To Know About Seasonal Allergies

Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Need To Know About Seasonal Allergies

Many people suffer from seasonal allergies. These allergies are caused from the pollen in the air, or even dust mites around the house and outside. If you suffer from these allergies, you might be wondering if there is any relief. Here are some things that you need to know about allergies. How Do I Know If I Have An Illness Or Allergies? Some of the symptoms of allergies and the common cold can be very similar, but the treatment for each is very different. For example, with allergies, you may experience a runny, itchy nose, itchy or swollen throat and watery itchy eyes. All of these can also happen with a cold, although you probably won’t experience quite as much irritation with itching if you have a cold. And you should expect to have more pain if you have a cold. One of the main differences between the two is that the allergies will last for a long time and ebb and flow throughout the day and even the week. For example, in the morning, you are more likely to have an itchy throat because, throughout the night, you are just inhaling allergens without drinking or eating. But with a cold it probably is best in the morning and then as your body becomes run down you start to feel worse. What Do I Do To Treat Allergies? There are a couple things that you can do to protect yourself from allergic reactions. First, try taking a shower before bed, this is especially important if you have been outside. You carry the pollen, dust, and allergens all over your body, so if you sleep with them on your person, you are more likely to be irritated throughout the night. Second, use a cold compress and cold eye drops to help relieve the itching in the eyes and around the face. Some people even choose to refrigerate their eye drops so that they provide more relief. Third, you can take over-the-counter medications that can help to suppress the immune system. This will curb the severity of your allergic reaction. Lastly, avoid being outside during the midmorning and evening. This tends to be when the pollen is the worst and allergies run the most ramped. If your allergies are bothering you so badly that you can’t resume normal activities in your life, you may want to see a professional doctor or pediatrician about treatment. The allergies may be more serious than just simple seasonal...

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Three Lesser-Known Allergy Symptoms To Watch Out For

Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Lesser-Known Allergy Symptoms To Watch Out For

When most people think of allergies, they think of symptoms like a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing. While many patients with allergies to mold, pollen, dander, and other common allergens do experience these symptoms, they’re not the only symptoms allergies can cause. If you’re suffering from any of following symptoms, you should consider the possibility that they’re being caused by your allergies. Nausea There’s a bit of a misconception that if a runny nose and sneezing is accompanied by nausea, it must be caused by a flu, not allergies. This is completely false. Allergies can cause nausea. Often this nausea arises because the allergies cause an increase in mucus production and all of the extra mucous drains into the stomach, causing irritation. The nausea associated with allergies can also be brought on by dehydration, which can result from the loss of fluid associated with increased mucous. If you’re feeling perpetually nauseous and can’t figure out why, getting your allergy symptoms under control with medication and drinking more water will likely help. Loss of Balance and Coordination Do you find yourself bumping into things a lot? Maybe you just feel generally clumsy or as if you’ve lost your sense of balance. While there are many possible causes for a loss of balance and coordination, but if you’re a known sufferer of allergies, they’re a likely culprit. When allergies cause your nose to become stuffy, fluid balance in your inner ear might be affected. Since your middle ear helps you balance and coordinate your motions, if the fluid pressure in the ear is altered, so is your ability to balance. If you’re developing balance issues in spite of being on medication to control your allergies, this is a sign it might be time to talk to your doctor about switching medications and finding a more effective treatment for your allergies. Brain Fog Often patients with allergies blame the brain fog they experience on their allergy medications. Sometimes, however, it is the allergies themselves that cause this symptom. If you feel like your mental clarity is lacking, don’t immediately take yourself off of your allergy medications — you’ll be left with a lot more symptoms. Talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe a different medication that better manages your allergies so you are not left with brain fog. If you’re suffering from the symptoms above in addition to more common allergy symptoms, be sure to mention them to your doctor. He or she may perform tests to help determine whether they’re being caused by your allergies or by something more sinister. For more information, contact a company like the Allergy Clinic –...

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3 Reasons Why Your OBGYN May Want To Induce You

Posted by on August 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why Your OBGYN May Want To Induce You

While most women hope to go into labor on their own, this isn’t always the case. Oftentimes women need to be induced in order to protect their health and the health of their unborn child. This article will discuss three reasons why your OBGYN may want to induce you.  Pre-eclampsia Pre-eclampsia is high blood pressure in a pregnant woman that can cause the blood vessels in multiple organs to clamp down and constrict blood flow. When this happens, both the mother and the baby are at risk. For the woman, she may experience seizures, temporary loss of vision, poor liver function or even failure, and at worst, death. The unborn baby may also have a very low birth weight, separation of the placenta, or may even die. Because these risks are incredibly serious, your OBGYN may decide to have you induced to protect the health of both you and your baby. Pre-eclampsia can being to develop around 20 weeks, and will be monitored closely by your OBGYN to see when and if you need to be induced.  Intrauterine Growth Restriction  Intrauterine growth restriction occurs when a baby is not growing in the womb as it should be. This means that the baby is measuring more than 3 weeks small. This may happen because the placenta is not giving the baby what it needs to grow, or because the mother has certain medical conditions, a poor diet, or because of several other factors. While sometimes a healthy diet and rest may help the baby to grow, this isn’t always the case. If your baby will not grow no matter what you do, your OBGYN will likely suggest induction if you are far enough along. This will allow your baby to get the nutrients that they need via breast milk and/or formula, which will help them to grow.  You Are One Week Overdue Often times if you are a week or more overdue, you doctor may suggest getting induced. The longer you are pregnant, the bigger your baby is going to get, and this may make it more and more difficult for you to give birth vaginally. Being induced may help you to avoid having a baby that requires a C-section due to their large size. Being induced when overdue may also help to avoid any problems with the placenta that may stop your baby from getting much needed nourishment, as well as infections that may harm the baby.  Get in touch with a center like Tri-County Women’s Health Care for more...

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