Lexapro is a medication that is used to treat anxiety and various forms of depression. It is formally classified as one of the widely accepted and used serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lexapro is effective by altering the levels of serotonin in the brain, which can balance the levels in most people. It is important to know that they don’t work for everyone and you can still have the Lexapro withdrawal symptoms if it has not worked but you have been taking it for more than a couple weeks. Doctors can prescribe Lexapro for other disorders outside of anxiety and depression, but it is not approved for use besides these two conditions.

Almost 1 in 3 people that stop taking an SSRI, such as Lexapro, suffer one or more of the following withdrawal symptoms. By tapering off the dose with your physician you can minimize the likelihood of this happening. Common Lexapro withdrawal symptoms include: flu-like symptoms, fatigue, nausea, sleep interruption, dizziness, uncontrollable shaking, sensory alterations, increased anxiety, and headaches. One of the more rare, but more intense, Lexapro withdrawal symptoms is a sensation that is often referred to as a “brain shock”- a feeling that the head is being electrocuted. Most withdrawal symptoms disappear after a few days, but there have been cases where they have lasted over a month.

Discussing the discontinuation or change in dosage with your physician is the most effective way to reduce and even prevent the withdrawal symptoms. They will usually prescribe a gradual dosing down that will stretch over a few months, allowing your brain to adjust slowly to this change. The slower that you can let your brain adjust the less Lexapro withdrawal symptoms that you will have to experience.

I have been on Lexapro for 4 years. only 10mg. I have been taking about 4 or 5 pills a week. or every other day. but I feel weak and bad like flue symptons. Dr. said I could cut back on these I am 70 years old in Farley good shape, I also take a blood pressure pill. so am I messing up not taking them every day?

I thought I would answer as we are about the same age. I was taking Lexapro 10m.g for about two years, then after telling my doctor how depressed I felt it was increased to 20 m.g. One day I realized I was not feeling anything I wasn't sad I wasn't happy just blah and no ambition. So, started to wean myself off. After being a caregiver for years I knew how this should be done. However, I was impatient and now believe I did it too fast. I had most of the withdrawal signs listed. Flu-like symptoms, headaches. hot flashes, dizzy, couldn't eat because of stomach upset. this went on for about three weeks. I have felt very well now for about three days and forgot what the real me was like. I'm not giving medical advice here but for myself I am glad to be off the stuff and really wish I had never started it. I know now I should have gone very, very, very, slowly giving it up. I feel so good without it, wished I had done it sooner.

Weaning off off Lexapro is not a wonderful experience. The flu like symptoms are really strong. Headaches and head shakes as if I have fibromyalgia. It has been two weeks so far and the symptoms are still there! It is horrible! If you plan on weaning of the medication, please make sure you have nothing big going on in your life because you need to plan on the side effects.

I have weaned down from 20mg slowly over two months and have been on no lexapro for 3 weeks. I am 41, feel emotionally stable but the physical side effects are horrific. I have brain flashes, tingles in my face and hands, flu like lethargy and then insomnia, dry mouth and twitches in my neck. I was on lexapro for 3 years after post natal depression. I cannot believe how awful it is to try and work (I'm a contract chef/single parent supporting 3 children) and function in this state. I wish my doctor had no been so blasé as to using these tablets in the first place, let alone coming off them. I've read that fish oil supplements may help so have been taking those for 2 days. Good luck to anyone else experiencing this. I really hope it eases soon.

Jessica, When you say "Brain Flashes" do you mean you will have a Flash Mental image or thought then you can't figure out what it was?

I DEVELOPED A CARDIAC ARRHTHYMIA DUE TO A SIDE EFFECT OF LEXAPRO. THE CARDIOLOGIST FELT IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT TO STOP THE LEXAPRO ABRUPTLY. (I WAS TAKING 40MG DAILY FOR 10 YEARS). MY SIDE EFFECTS ARE HORRIFIC TO SAY THE LEAST. 'IRRITABLE' IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. MY POOR DAUGHTER; IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH FOR ME TO SNAP, THEN THE TEARS FROM GUILT ARE HORRIBLE. I AM HAVING A HARD TIME CONVIENCING MYSELF THAT THIS WILL PASS AND KEEPING BELIEVING THAT LIFE WITHOUT ME WOULD BE MUCH BETTER FOR MY FAMILY. I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE MY LIFE I SIMPLY FEEL LIKE I'M HURTING THE PEOPLE I LOVE THE MOST. I'M A REGISTERED NURSE BUT AM ON A LEAVE OF ABSENCE UNTIL STABLE. I THOUGHT I SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION, BUT RIGHT ABOUT NOW FEEL LIKE A PSYCHOPATH. MY SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDE: FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS, SHAKING, INSOMNIA, ANXIETY (WITH SEVERE HEART PALPATATIONS), AND IRRITABILITY. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL HOW I FEEL AND ACT LIKE SO MANY TELL ME I CAN, BUT I CAN'T. MAYBE SOMEONE CAN GIVE ME WORDS OF ENCOURAGMENT THAT THIS WILL PASS. FOR THE PRAYFUL PLEASE KEEP ME AND MY FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS.

my heart and prayers for you. iam sad that they write scrips for this all the time.I work with people in recouvery.and see this allways

It will get better,,

After 6 yrs of 10 mg day i stopped due to low sodium. It was my dr idea to take this junk but she is a pill pusher with a license. Considering talking to a lawyer. Well after losing 11 lbs in 10 days from puking and nausea at 14 days it got better and taking a anti nausea med still lott of nausea and forgetfulness headaches but beteer than first weeks SO glad i quit feel better and life is real. Thats something nwo type drug and i do not believe in conspiracy theory but this. Has me thinking twice lol

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Mittelohrentzündung

Insbesondere Kinder bekommen häufig zusätzlich zur Grippe eine bakterielle Mittelohrentzündung.

Herzentzündung

Bei einer Grippe kann auch das Herz in Mitleidenschaft gezogen werden. Entzündet sich der Herzmuskel, spricht man von einer Myokarditis. Bei einer Perikarditis ist der Herzbeutel entzündet. Eine Myokarditis ist eine gefährliche Komplikation, da sie oftmals nur wenige Symptome verursacht. Gelegentlich treten Fieber, Brustschmerzen und spürbare Herzrhythmusstörungen auf. Wenn Menschen, die unwissentlich an einer Myokarditis erkrankt sind, sich zu sehr anstrengen, ist das Risiko für einen plötzlichen Herztod erhöht.

Eine Perikarditis verläuft meist nicht so dramatisch und heilt nach einiger Zeit von selbst aus. In beiden Fällen ist aber ein Krankenhausaufenthalt und Bettruhe nötig, um das Risiko weiterer Komplikationen zu verringern.

Hirnhautentzündung

In seltenen Fällen kann sich bei einer Grippe eine Hirnhautentzündung entwickeln. Neben Fieber treten dann meist heftige Kopf- und Nackenschmerzen sowie eine „Nackensteife“ auf. Kommt zu diesen Symptomen noch Verwirrtheit, Schläfrigkeit oder ein Krampfanfall hinzu, haben sich höchstwahrscheinlich nicht nur die Hirnhäute, sondern auch das Gehirn entzündet.

Wenn jemand, der an Grippe erkrankt ist, niest oder hustet, fliegen die Viren – in feine Sekrettröpchen eingeschlossen – durch die Luft. Werden die Tröpfchen von anderen Menschen eingeatmet, können diese ebenfalls an Grippe erkranken. Auch wenn man mit Influenza-Viren kontaminierte Oberflächen berührt, kann man sich anstecken, etwa an Türklinken, PC-Tastaturen, Haltestangen im Bus, oder wenn man einem Grippe-Patienten die Hand gibt.

Ihr Ansteckungsrisiko können Sie verringern, indem Sie

  • nicht mit den Händen das Gesicht und insbesondere die Augen berühren (die Grippeviren werden oft mit den Händen eingesammelt, und könnten so zu den Schleimhäuten gelangen)
  • große Menschenmassen meiden
  • die Zimmerluft feucht halten (trockene Heizungsluft entzieht den Atemwegen Feuchtigkeit und macht es den Erregern leichter, dort einzudringen)

Wie bei jeder Infektionskrankheit sind besonders Menschen gefährdet, die häufiger mit dem Erreger in Kontakt kommen. Daher besteht für Personen, die in medizinischen Einrichtungen wie Krankenhäusern, Arztpraxen, Alten- oder Pflegeheimen arbeiten, ein erhöhtes Risiko sich anzustecken. Aber auch in Schulen, Kindergärten und Kindertagesstätten können sich die Grippe-Viren schneller ausbreiten.

Vor einer Grippe-Infektion können Sie sich am besten durch eine Impfung schützen. Menschen mit einem schwachen Immunsystem empfiehlt die Ständige Impfkomission (STIKO), sich impfen zu lassen.

Der günstigste Zeitpunkt für eine Grippeimpfung ist im Herbst. Weil sich die Grippeviren sehr schnell verändern, muss die Impfung jedoch jedes Jahr wiederholt werden, um wirksam zu sein. Jüngere Studien zeigen, dass eine jährlich wiederholte Impfung den Schutz vor Grippe noch weiter verbessern kann.

Was es bei der Impfung zu beachten gilt und weitere Informationen zur Grippeimpfung lesen Sie hier: Grippeimpfung

Die Grippe lässt sich nur eingeschränkt an ihrer Ursache behandeln. Jedoch lassen sich die Symptome mit verschiedenen Mitteln erheblich lindern.

Gegen Influenza-Viren gibt es spezielle Medikamente, die das Protein Neuraminidase blockieren. Diese sogenannten Neuraminidase-Hemmer verhindern, dass sich die Grippe-Viren weiter vermehren. Dadurch verläuft die Erkrankung meist sehr viel milder und kürzer. Allerdings wirken diese nur in den ersten beiden Tagen nach Symptombeginn. Außerdem sind die Neuraminidase-Hemmer nicht gegen alle Influenza-Viren wirksam und haben einige Nebenwirkungen.

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Another example of non-contagious food poisoning recently happened to a friend and her husband after having dinner at a restaurant. They had different meals but they both got the same house salad (lettuce, eggs, tomato, cheese, croutons, cucumbers, and creamy Italian dressing). My friend went to bed at 9:30pm and thought her stomach felt odd but she fell asleep anyway. She woke up at 10:15pm and had to run to the toilet to vomit. She had 1 violent episode of vomiting and then felt okay. She slept the rest of the night. She was perfectly fine the next day. This seems like a case of non-contagious food poisoning because it came on so quickly after the meal and was over quickly. Although it is possible to vomit just 1 time from a stomach flu virus, they usually don't end that quickly. Her husband had a different story. He had a stomachache after dinner just like she did. However, he did not vomit. He had a stomachache for the next 2 days and then had diarrhea for the following 3 days. He wasn't right for a week. If I was just looking at his symptoms, I'd say that he probably has something contagious. However, since his wife most definitely has the non-contagious form, and they both felt sick at the same time, I would blame it on a bad salad. This example shows us that even the same bad food can affect people differently. I know throwing up is scary but when you eat something bad, it is probably the fastest way to feel better. My friend's husband didn't throw up and kept the bad stuff in. He was sick all week.

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The signs or symptoms of leukemia may vary depending on whether you have an acute or chronic type of leukemia.

Acute leukemia may cause signs and symptoms that are similar to the flu. They come on suddenly within days or weeks.

Chronic leukemia often causes only a few symptoms or none at all. Signs and symptoms usually develop gradually. People with a chronic leukemia often complain that they just do not feel well. The disease is often found during a routine blood test.

Other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as leukemia. See your doctor if you have:

  • fatigue
  • a general feeling of discomfort or illness (called malaise)
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • fever
  • shortness of breath
  • paleness
  • rapid heartbeat (called palpitations)
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • easy bruising
  • frequent or severe nose bleeds
  • bleeding gums
  • bleeding in the middle of a menstrual cycle or heavy menstrual flow
  • tiny, flat, red spots caused by bleeding just under the surface of the skin (called petechiae)
  • frequent infections in the lungs, urinary tract or gums or around the anus
  • frequent cold sores
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • night sweats
  • bone or joint pain
  • enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, groin or above the collarbone
  • abdominal discomfort or feeling of fullness
  • vision problems
  • sores in the eyes
  • swelling of the testicles
  • chloroma – a collection of leukemia cells, or blasts, under the skin or in other parts of the body
  • leukemia cutis – appears as sores or as patches of any size that are usually pink or tan in colour
  • leukocytoclastic vasculitis – a condition that looks like an allergic reaction on the skin and usually causes sores on the hands and feet
  • Sweet’s syndrome, or acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis – causes fever and painful sores that may appear anywhere on the body

In some cases, leukemia or its treatments can cause serious problems. These cancer-related emergencies need to be treated right away.

Tumour lysis syndrome can occur when chemotherapy is given to treat acute leukemia, but the cancer cells die quickly and the kidneys can’t remove the substances they release from the blood fast enough. Find out more about tumour lysis syndrome.

Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) may occur when too many leukemia cells develop in the thymus, causing it to get bigger and block the windpipe. SVCS may develop with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Find out more about superior vena cava syndrome.

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The Bad News: The current bird flu virus, a member of the H5N1 family, could mutate into a form that spreads among humans. No one in the world will have had exposure to this new flu, making it particularly virulent.

The Good News: Modern antiviral drugs may be effective against a pandemic-flu type virus, and supportive care, such as rehydration therapies and ventilators to help lungs under attack, are far more advanced.

The Bad News: The 1918 virus kills chicken eggs. Currently, modern vaccines are made by growing influenza in chicken eggs, extracting the virus and turning it into vaccines. Scientists are experimenting with new ways to produce flu vaccines, but even if they find ways to do this, worldwide production capacity is so limited that it would take months or years to make an adequate supply. — Vikki Valentine

But scientists are interested in what it can reveal about future pandemics. and they say the copy of the 1918 flu bears an ominous resemblance to the bird flu virus now circulating in Asia. — Richard Knox

A snapshot of what's known about the 1918 pandemic:

Name: The virus was at the time called the "Spanish Flu" by some. The label came from reports in the medical press that as many 8 million Spanish were killed by it in May 1918. The name is a misnomer, however, it's now thought that the 1918 flu originated in the United States.

Global Death Toll: Estimates range from 20 million to 100 million. Authors of the paper in this week's Nature say 50 million were killed in the pandemic.

Compared with Other Epidemics: The 1918 flu is thought to have killed the most people in the shortest amount of time. However, its spread was aided by modern ships and a world war that required moving huge armies quickly across the globe. The 14th-century's Black Death killed as many as 20 million in Europe alone over a period of two years. However, global population was much smaller, cities weren't as dense, and global transportation relied on wind and animal caravans; considering its high death toll, the bacteria that caused it may have been more deadly.

U.S. Death Toll: About 25 percent of the population was infected, with perhaps 650,000 people dying from the virus.

Symptoms: Normal flu symptoms of fever, nausea, aches and diarrhea. Many developed severe pneumonia attack. Dark spots would appear on the cheeks and patients would turn blue, suffocating from a lack of oxygen as lungs filled with a frothy, bloody substance.

Origins: New research reconstructing the virus suggests it began in birds, then rapidly mutated, leaping to humans.

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Cocaine was introduced to many Americans as an ingredient, combined with African kola, in the popular soft drink Coca-Cola in 1886. During this era, cocaine was strongly endorsed by the medical community and could be found in many over the counter tonics and elixirs.

The largely unregulated use of cocaine led to an unforeseen epidemic of cocaine addiction in America. Estimates from 1902 claim 200,000 had become addicted to cocaine and by 1907 U.S. coca leaf imports had increased three-fold since the turn of the century.

The Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914 outlawed the use of cocaine in the U.S. and its popularity decreased until the 1970s, as many again doubted its addictiveness. Cocaine continued to be seen as a relatively harmless recreational drug until the mid-1980s and the arrival of crack cocaine (A Social History).

Withdrawal from Cocaine

Crack, a solid form of cocaine which is typically smoked, emerged as a stronger, cheaper alternative for powder cocaine in the mid-1980s. Crack provides an immediate, short, intense high and is extremely addictive. The crack epidemic is tied to an increase of addiction, a rise in crime rates, and instances of severe physiological damage in babies born to crack users. Punishment relating to crimes associated with crack versus punishment associated with powder cocaine is a constant source of debate and controversy in the U.S. (qtd fm, Fryer R, Heaton P, et al.)

According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Dependence upon cocaine is evident if three of the following criteria are met:

  • Developing tolerance to the euphoric effects of cocaine and requiring more drug to produce the desired effects.
  • Stopping cocaine usually results in withdrawal symptoms (such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, agitation, or depression), and these symptoms can be relieved by using cocaine again.
  • Using cocaine in large amounts whenever it is available. (Seldom do people save some for later.)
  • Inability to successfully reduce the amount of cocaine one is using.
  • Spending a great deal of time and energy obtaining and using cocaine, which isolates one from friends and family, and/or engaging in unlawful activities such as shoplifting, theft, burglary, or homicide to obtain money to buy cocaine.
  • Inability to successfully maintain employment while using cocaine because of ineffectiveness at work, increased absenteeism, inability to hold a job, or inability to find work.
  • Continually using cocaine despite knowing one will develop mental symptoms, such as paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions, and/or continually using cocaine despite medical consequences, such as weight loss, anemia, or seizures (qtd fm, Morton W).

Due to the intense “rewards” provided by cocaine, attempts at recovery from cocaine addiction can be extremely challenging. Among the challenges, upon cessation of use, are the withdrawal symptoms.

Typically, an extended cocaine binge is followed by a devastating crash and an intense craving for more cocaine. Because the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine addiction differ from the of heroin or alcohol (vomiting, shaking, etc…), the severity of cocaine addiction is often underestimated. More a psychological addiction, cocaine dependence clearly qualifies as an addiction when defined as: “a desire for more of the drug, despite negative consequences” (Cocaine Withdrawal).

  • Agitation and restless behavior
  • Depressed mood
  • Fatigue
  • Generalized malaise
  • Increased appetite
  • Vivid and unpleasant dreams
  • Slowing of activity (Cocaine Withdrawal)

Despite the fact that continued cocaine use becomes less and less pleasant for the addict (increased paranoia, depression, and fear; rather than euphoria), craving for more cocaine remains intense. Following cessation, these psychological cravings can last for months. Suicidal thoughts are often experienced during the withdrawal process.

Intense craving, depression, general malaise, and agitation typical of cocaine withdrawal are considered as powerful as similar withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol and heroin withdrawal. The debilitating effects of these symptoms are often what lead the individual back to using cocaine.

While the physical symptoms associated with cocaine withdrawal may be milder than those of alcohol or heroin abuse, withdrawal from any long-term substance use should be taken very serious. Although cocaine withdrawal symptoms generally ease and go away with time, often the cocaine abuser will begin using and abusing other substances such as alcohol and benzodiazepines to ease the discomfort. The risk of suicide and/or overdose is ever-present with this type of withdrawal strategy.

Cocaine addiction is often paired with coexisting psychiatric disorders such as depression and bi-polar disorder. Whether these conditions are preexisting or cocaine induced; treatment of these disorders has proven to be highly necessary in the recovery of the cocaine addict. While no drug has been found to be effective in curbing the intense cravings of withdrawal, pharmacologic treatment of coexisting psychiatric disorders has proven to be highly effective (Morton, W).

Cocaine, largely considered a relatively harmless recreational drug until the mid-1980s and the emergence of crack; has proven to be anything but harmless. Crack cocaine has been proven to be a correlate with crime, violence, poverty, broken homes, birth defects, etc… Despite the absence of physical withdrawal symptoms, the psychological pull of cocaine makes recovery from cocaine addiction a difficult, but possible, challenge. According to experts in the field of recovery, the only sure way to avoid becoming addicted to cocaine is to stay away from cocaine entirely.

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious condition that can lead to diabetic coma (passing out for a long time) or even death.

When your cells don't get the glucose they need for energy, your body begins to burn fat for energy, which produces ketones. Ketones are chemicals that the body creates when it breaks down fat to use for energy. The body does this when it doesn’t have enough insulin to use glucose, the body’s normal source of energy. When ketones build up in the blood, they make it more acidic. They are a warning sign that your diabetes is out of control or that you are getting sick.

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Never halt any symptom with medication. It will only reappear later in greater intensity.

Above all else, cultivate a positive attitude about what you are doing. Do not feel like you are punishing yourself or that you are making any great sacrifices. You are recovering your health, and that is the greatest reward that can be expected.

Realize that your sincere efforts will give you health beyond your expectations. Do not dwell upon your temporary discomforts. Instead, indulge in positive activity, such as exercise, gardening or helping others.

All symptoms will pass in time. The pain today will be a memory tomorrow. The discomforts you endure now mean an absence of suffering, later. You are healing yourself with your courage and wisdom. You have much to be thankful for.

(Virus de la grippe H1N1, Grippe A (H1N1), Grippe porcine humaine)

La grippe H1N1 est une affection contagieuse des voies respiratoires qui provoque des symptômes de la grippe saisonnière.

Les noms de « grippe porcine » ou « influenza porcine » ont été utilisés initialement pour désigner cette affection car, selon les analyses de laboratoire, cette souche de virus grippal était composée de gènes apparentés à ceux du virus causant la grippe chez les porcs. Tout comme les êtres humains, les porcs peuvent contracter la grippe. Cependant, nous savons maintenant que le virus grippal H1N1 est composé de gènes issus de différents virus grippaux qui circulent parmi les espèces porcines, aviaires et humaine. Cette souche était la cause de grippe la plus commune en 2009, quand elle a causé la maladie dans le monde entier (pandémie).

La grippe H1N1 est causée par un virus de l'influenza A. Les lettres H et N du nom du sous-type correspondent aux protéines qui se trouvent sur la surface du virus; on les utilise pour distinguer les différents sous-types de l'influenza A.

Les gènes des virus de l'influenza se transforment constamment. On appelle ce processus une mutation. Lorsqu'un virus grippal porcin est détecté parmi les humains, on dit que le virus a franchi la barrière des espèces. Ceci signifie que le virus a muté de manière à pouvoir causer l'infection parmi les humains. Puisque les humains ne possèdent pas la protection ou l'immunité naturelle contre le virus, ils sont plus susceptibles de le contracter. Le virus grippal H1N1 est composé de gènes issus de différents virus grippaux qui circulent parmi les espèces porcines, aviaires et humaine.

Le virus grippal H1N1 est contagieux. Une fois transmis de personne à personne, le virus se propage rapidement selon les mêmes voies que la grippe saisonnière, croit-on. La période de contagion va de 24 heures avant l'apparition des symptômes jusqu'à 7 jours ou plus après que la grippe se soit déclarée.

L'influenza se propage de personne à personne lorsque le virus entre dans le corps par les yeux, le nez ou la bouche. La toux et les éternuements répandent les germes dans l'air, lesquels peuvent être respirés par les autres personnes. Le virus peut également demeurer sur des surfaces solides comme les poignées de porte, les touches des guichets automatiques de banque et les comptoirs. Une personne qui touche à l'une de ces surfaces avec ses mains et qui touche par la suite ses yeux, sa bouche ou son nez peut contracter le virus. En général, l'influenza n'est pas transmis par l'ingestion de nourriture ou d'eau.

Les diverses souches d'influenza A produisent les mêmes types de symptômes. Parmi ceux-ci, on retrouve:

  • des courbatures;
  • des frissons;
  • une toux;
  • de la fatigue;
  • une fièvre;
  • des maux de tête;
  • une perte d'appétit;
  • un mal de gorge.

Certaines personnes infectées par le virus de la grippe H1N1 ont également signalé des vomissements et de la diarrhée.

Les symptômes peuvent varier de légers à graves et peuvent parfois nécessiter une hospitalisation. Dans certains cas, des complications graves comme la pneumonie et l'insuffisance respiratoire peuvent causer le décès. Tout comme la grippe saisonnière, la grippe H1N1 peut aggraver des problèmes de santé chronique existants.

Des tests diagnostiques en laboratoire peuvent être demandés par le médecin pour aider à identifier le virus de la grippe. Si vous avez séjourné dans une région où il y a une éclosion de cas de grippe H1N1 et que vous éprouvez l'un des symptômes de la grippe, vous devriez consulter votre médecin. Mentionnez sans faute à votre médecin la région visitée. Téléphonez à l'avance avant de vous rendre chez votre médecin pour préparer votre visite.

La souche H1N1 est comprise dans le vaccin antigrippal saisonnier. Des médicaments sont également disponibles pour aider à prévenir et à soigner la grippe H1N1. Ce sont les médicaments dénommés antiviraux. Deux classes d'antiviraux sont disponibles: les inhibiteurs de la protéine M2 (par ex. l'amantadine*) et les inhibiteurs de la neuraminidase (par ex. l'oseltamivir, le zanamivir).

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La meilleure façon de se protéger des complications de la grippe est de se faire vacciner.

Où vous faire vacciner
Pour connaître toutes les informations sur la campagne de vaccination contre la grippe pour chacune des régions du Québec, consultez la section Où vous faire vacciner.

Certaines mesures de protection et d’hygiène peuvent aussi aider à prévenir la transmission de la grippe.

  • Lavez-vous souvent les mains.
  • Nettoyez votre environnement immédiat, par exemple la surface des meubles et les comptoirs.
  • Suivez les conseils pour prévenir la transmission des virus et des bactéries.
  • Restez à la maison dès que vous présentez des symptômes de la grippe.
    À moins d’avis contraire du médecin, la maison est le meilleur endroit pour se soigner. En restant à la maison, vous limitez les contacts avec d’autres personnes ou avec d’autres infections qui peuvent causer des complications. Vous limitez aussi la transmission du virus.
  • Suivez les conseils pour tousser ou éternuer sans contaminer.

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Wandlungsfähiger Erreger: Das Influenza-Virus

An Grippe erkrankte Personen sind ab den ersten Symptomen circa eine Woche lang ansteckend. Bereits einen Tag nach der Infektion können Krankheitszeichen auftreten. Ohne Komplikationen ist die Grippe üblicherweise nach einigen Tagen bis einer Woche überstanden. Es gibt Medikamente, die helfen, die Vermehrung der Viren im Körper einzudämmen. Zum Einsatz kommen sie vor allem bei Patienten mit Vorerkrankungen. Sie sollten innerhalb von 48 Stunden nach dem Auftreten erster Symptome angewandt werden. Für Menschen ab 60 und andere Risikopersonen wird in Deutschland eine jährliche Impfung gegen Grippe empfohlen.

Als "Influenza" oder "echte Grippe" bezeichnet man eine Erkrankung durch das Influenza-Virus. Es gibt verschiedene Typen von Influenza-Viren (A, B, C). Am häufigsten und am gefährlichsten ist das Influenza-Virus Typ A. Es ist auf der ganzen Welt verbreitet und verändert sich ständig, was es schwierig macht, einer Infektion vorzubeugen.

Wichtig ist es, die echte Grippe vom grippalen Infekt zu unterscheiden. Bei einem "grippalen Infekt" handelt es sich normalerweise nicht um eine Infektion mit dem Influenza-Virus, sondern um eine Erkältung. Die Magen-Darm-Grippe hat ebenfalls nichts mit der Influenza zu tun. Dieser Begriff wird für Magen-Darm-Infektionen durch unterschiedliche Erreger verwendet, die zum Beispiel zu Durchfall und Erbrechen führen.

nach oben Wie infiziert man sich und wie lange ist man ansteckend?

Die Grippeviren sind nur wenige Tausendstel Millimeter groß. Sie befallen Schleimhautzellen, zum Beispiel in der Nase, und vermehren sich dort. Menschen stecken sich mit Grippe meist durch Tröpfcheninfektion an. Das kann beispielsweise geschehen, wenn eine erkrankte Person niest und andere die Tröpfchen einatmen. Influenza-Viren können bis zu mehrere Stunden außerhalb des Körpers überleben, bei niedrigen Temperaturen sogar noch länger. Kommen die Hände in Kontakt mit Gegenständen, auf denen sich virushaltige Sekrete befinden (zum Beispiel Türklinken) und fasst man sich anschließend damit an die Nase oder andere Schleimhäute, ist eine Infektion ebenfalls möglich.

Erkrankte sind ab dem Auftreten der ersten Symptome für ungefähr fünf bis sieben Tage ansteckend. Manchmal sind Betroffene sogar schon vor dem Auftreten der ersten Krankheitszeichen oder länger als eine Woche infektös.

Es gibt eine Reihe von Faktoren, die eine Erkrankung an Grippe und vor allem Komplikationen begünstigen. So zum Beispiel:

  • Schwangerschaft
  • Diabetes und andere Stoffwechselkrankheiten
  • Tumorerkrankungen
  • Alter von über 65 Jahren, hier reagiert das Immunsystem nicht mehr so gut auf neue Erreger
  • Alter von weniger als einem Jahr, hier ist das Immunsystem noch unreif und reagiert nicht so effektiv
  • Chronische Lungenerkrankungen wie Asthma, Lungenemphysem, chronische Bronchitis, Mukoviszidose
  • Chronische Herzkrankheiten
  • HIV-Erkrankung
  • Unterdrückung des Immunsystems im Zuge einer medizinischen Behandlung
  • Unterernährung

Eine Grippe sollte man ernst nehmen

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    Symptoms appear with a few days of coming in contact with the flu virus. Usually, from someone sneezing around you or hand to face contact with an item touched by someone who is infected. The flu can spread so quickly because its incubation period is very short. It can last from a few day to a week or longer. Often the experience of weakness may last long after the flu is gone.

    Whether you have a cold or the flu, it is important to keep hydrated. You can lessen the severity of a cold by getting lots of rest and increasing fluids. There are homeopathic cold remedies that really help. (see at end of post) The flu can be stopped or shortened when treated upon immediate onset by homeopathic and anti-viral medications. A yearly flu shot is especially advised if you fall into the risk category, but research the ingredients in new flu shots. Try the common cold and flu treatments below.

    • Brewer’s Yeast is high in vitamin B, chromium, and protein. Good for flu, cold respiratory infection. Take at the first signs of a cold or flu
    • Chiropractic adjustment has shown great results as it can improve the nervous and immune system.
    • Echinacea helps to fight infections. Take as soon as you feel sick.(1,000 mg 2-3x daily) Said to be as effective as TamiFlu.
    • Elderberry – Boosts immune system, relieves sinus and respiratory pain
    • Fresh Air – Often the air in your home is more polluted than the air outside. Spend a little time going out for fresh air. Use an air purifier.
    • Oregano Oil t is an antiviral take twice a day up to 100 mg a day
    • Frankincense and clove oils – Rubbing peppermint and frankincense essential oil to the neck and bottoms of the feet can naturally support the immune system.
    • Pepperment Oil – Help to open nasal passages.
    • Drink Green and chamomile tea – these teas and have powerful antioxidants help to build the immune system.
    • Vitamin C (1,000 mg 3-4x daily. Up to 4,000 when symptoms appear. Builds immune system and white blood cells. Can be obtained by fruits and vegetable as well as supplements.
    • Vitamin D regulates the immune system and can be received by sunlight or a supplement. Take 2,000 rather than 200-400 units per day up to three times daily.
    • Probiotics help restore good bacteria to your gut. They can also help with diarrhea symptoms.
    • Water: It is easy to become dehydrated when you are experiencing vomiting, diarrhea or a sore throat. Drinks lots of water. Alkaline water if you can find it.
    • Zinc – Support immune system. Take in form of pill or spray (50-100 mg daily)

    The so-called common cold, is the most common infectious disease in existence, having more than 200 types of viral associations, such as respiratory and nasal viruses. Cold symptoms are progressive, starting with sneezing, difficulty breathing and a runny nose. This will continue until the whole head is congested. It then moves down to the throat, causing inflammation and soreness.

    Other symptoms of a cold can be stiff muscles, loss of appetite coughing and headaches. People who suffer from allergies may experience longer symptoms. Cold symptoms will appear from one day to one week after becoming exposed to a cold virus.

    The Mayo Clinic states that these are the varied symptoms of a cold:

    • A cough
    • Sneezing
    • Congestion
    • A sore throat
    • Stuffy/runny nose
    • Low-grade fever
    • Body aches and headache
    • Generally feeling ill

    Of course, these indications will differ from person to person. Children and the elderly and those with compromised immune symptoms may be affected more than a healthy adult. While babies and younger children tend to have fevers up to 102 degrees with the cold, older children and adults ten to have colds without fever. A child can have 5 or more colds each year while adult 2 to 3 a year.

    No Cure for a Cold

    There is no cure for a cold. It has to ‘run its course’. A cold is caused by various viruses which mutate too quickly in the human body to find a suitable remedy. Since there is no cure for the cold, it is best to try to prevent becoming infected.

    How to Prevent Getting a Cold? Is this really possible when living around so many people? Things that can help.

    • Be aware, one of the main ways of transmission of this virus is the air.
    • When in a closed space with someone with a cold, cover your face.
    • When someone sneezes or coughs, the germs travel and lands on surfaces.
    • Wash your hands after you touch doorknobs, keyboards, remote control, ATM machine.
    • Be aware of hand to face contamination.
    • Avoid people who appear to be sick.
    • Eat a healthy diet.
    • Eat foods that strengthen the immune system.

    One of the best common cold and flu treatments and prevention is, avoiding someone who is sick and washing your hand frequently. Thankfully today there are many hand sanitizer on the market. Make sure you always have a bottle of sanitizer with you, if you can’t wash your hands immediately. Also, when at home periodically disinfect surfaces and doorknobs regularly. Antibacterial soap containing triclosan is also very helpful.

    Die nasse Jahreszeit ist bekannt dafür, dass viele an einer Erkältung leiden. Das Immunsystem ist meist im Keller, Viren und Bakterien haben somit ein leichtes Spiel. Heute sagen viele, umgangssprachlich Grippe, obwohl es sich nur um einfache Erkältung handelt. Die echte Grippe dagegen, ist viel schlimmer und nennt sich in der Fachsprache Influenza. Ob jemand von der echten Grippe oder nur von einer Erkältung heimgesucht wurde, lässt sich leicht herausstellen. Bei der echten Grippe ist es so, dass sich die meisten Patienten kurz vorher noch gesund fühlen. Das Fieber fängt plötzlich an und schießt in die Höhe. Über 38 Grad Celsius sind bei einer richtigen Grippe keine Seltenheit. Bei einer einfachen Erkältung fängt zuerst der Hals an zu kratzen, es kommt Schnupfen hinzu und meist auch Kopf- und Gliederschmerzen. Dies kann bei der Influenza auch auftreten, nur nicht so schleichend, wie bei einer Erkältung.

    Der Grippevirus wird durch die Tröpfcheninfektion übertragen. Das kann beim Niesen sein, beim Sprechen, Husten oder auch beim berühren einer Türklinke. Wer sich infiziert, erkrankt meist in ein bis drei Tagen an der Grippe. Deswegen ist es immer wichtig, sich regelmäßig die Hände zu waschen oder zu desinfizieren. Mittlerweile gibt es in den Drogerie- sowie Supermärkten tolle Hygiene Tücher, die man hierfür verwenden kann. Komplett schützen kann man sich leider nicht vor Grippeviren. Generell gilt, wer ein gutes Immunsystem hat, erkrankt nicht so häufig daran, wie andere. Statt sich einem Hygienewahn zu unterwerfen, tun es pro Tag – fünf Portionen Obst noch eher.

    Diese Symptome treten bei einer Grippeerkrankung auf:

    Wer sich nicht sicher ist, ob er an der Influenza leidet, kann sich an folgenden Symptomen orientieren. Es wird bei hohem Fieber, das nicht verschwindet, dringend geraten, einen Arzt aufzusuchen. Vor allem dann, wenn es plötzlich auftritt.

    f) hier und da auch Durchfall, Übelkeit und Erbrechen

    Wichtige Schritte bei Symptome Grippe bzw. einer Influenza:

    Bei einer leichten Erkältung muss niemand gleich zum Arzt laufen. Die meisten Patienten kennen bereits ihren Körper und wissen, was am besten hilft. Kommt Fieber ins Spiel, sollte niemand damit scherzen, weil es hier nicht nur um den eigenen Körper geht. Wer mit einer richtigen Grippe in die Arbeit geht, sollte einem das überhaupt gelingen, steckt damit eventuell unschuldige Menschen an. Deswegen sollte der Weg zum Arzt, doch an erster Stelle stehen. Bei der Influenza sind ebenso andere Maßnahmen erforderlich, als bei einer einfachen Erkältung. Bei den Influenza A Viren wird beispielsweise Amantadin zur Therapie eingesetzt. Das sind Medikamente, die nur der Arzt verschreibt. Influenza Viren sollte niemand unterschätzen, da sie wirklich gefährlich sein können. Hühnersuppe alleine hilft in dem Fall nur wenig weiter.

    Fluish Feeling Meaning and Causes of Flu-Like Sensation

    At times a person may feel unwell or is in discomfort without being able to identify any specific symptoms like nausea or pain. It is a generalized sensation that cannot be localized to a certain part of the body. This is commonly referred to as a fluish feeling or a flu-like feeling. The correct medical term for this sensation is malaise. The flu (seasonal influenza) is the most common recurrent ailment that humans experience throughout life. One of the main features of this viral infection is malaise which precedes the other symptoms and persists throughout the illness. Therefore it is only natural that most people describe malaise as feeling fluish or a flu-like sensation since they are very familiar with this sensation.

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    Tiredness. An unwavering, incessant feeling of "I just want to lay down and do nothing". In fact, doing nothing and thinking nothing sounds like the PERFECT idea and you want to start right now -- even if you're at work in the middle of a board meeting. Any task, be it big or small, is just too much work for you to handle and you want nothing more than to just sit or lay somewhere peacefully. You are quite literally sapped of energy.

    Socially Inept. This isn't being "shy", this interacting with a wall who has recently been reincarnated into a human being. The things you say to people are incomprehensible and things said to you might as well be in a whole different language. Unlike the irritability symptoms of sleep deprivation, you're fine with everyone around you and you don't even mind talking to people -- you just can't understand what they are saying nor can you communicate effectively with them.

    Note: If you're not real big talker or a "social butterfly" as its called, then this is one of those symptoms of sleep deprivation that you're bound to miss.

    If You Have Any Of These Symptoms, Then Consider Using This Natural Insomnia Cure Instead of OTC Sleep Aids. More Often Than Not, Regular Use of Sleeping Pills Worsen Insomnia Problems.

    Stress Cracker. Just as it says, this sign of sleep deprivation causes you to crack, fold, and just topple-over from any amount of stress or pressure. You feel like the whole world is on your shoulders and you can't solve any problem you are faced with. You feel, in a word, helpless.

    Memory Loss. You aren't brain damaged or anything, but the lack of sleep and severe sleep deprivation has definitely impaired your cognition. Seconds, minutes, or hours ago, it doesn't matter -- you just can't recollect anything specifically in your mind. Its more of a "hazy" memory rather than an all together non-existent one.

    Bad Concentration. One of the many signs of sleep deprivation that can seriously interfere in the work place. You just can't seem to focus on anything you're doing, no matter how inconsequential it may seem. Not only do you have poor focus and mental concentration, but your reaction time is slowed significantly as well. This is one of the more serious effects of insomnia as it literally has an affect on EVERYTHING you do.

    Strange Appetite Changes. This symptom of sleep deprivation will cause you to either be super hungry all the time or it'll make you not want to eat anything at all, ever. Whatever the case may be, it's definitely not a normal thing and you may wind up losing weight or even gaining weight depending on how long this period of sleep deprivation lasts.

    So, are these symptoms of sleep deprivation affecting you? If they are, then it's time to do something about it and treat your sleeplessness before it gets worse. These signs of sleep deprivation might not like seem like a big deal when they first appear, but don't be fooled, they can and WILL interfere with how you live your life.

    Lexapro withdrawal symptoms can, and will, appear if you stop taking the medication abruptly, even if you have only been taking it for a few weeks. Most doctors recommend and with prescribe a weaning or tapering dosage to decrease the likelihood of increased side effects. The Lexapro withdrawal symptoms can be quite unpleasant and harmful, especially if you have been taking a larger daily dose, and it is important to fully discuss the best course of action with your physician. Make sure that your family and/or friends are aware of the Lexapro withdrawal symptoms as well, so that they can keep an eye on you if you happen to be suffering them without your knowledge.

    Lexapro is a medication that is used to treat anxiety and various forms of depression. It is formally classified as one of the widely accepted and used serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lexapro is effective by altering the levels of serotonin in the brain, which can balance the levels in most people. It is important to know that they don’t work for everyone and you can still have the Lexapro withdrawal symptoms if it has not worked but you have been taking it for more than a couple weeks. Doctors can prescribe Lexapro for other disorders outside of anxiety and depression, but it is not approved for use besides these two conditions.

    Almost 1 in 3 people that stop taking an SSRI, such as Lexapro, suffer one or more of the following withdrawal symptoms. By tapering off the dose with your physician you can minimize the likelihood of this happening. Common Lexapro withdrawal symptoms include: flu-like symptoms, fatigue, nausea, sleep interruption, dizziness, uncontrollable shaking, sensory alterations, increased anxiety, and headaches. One of the more rare, but more intense, Lexapro withdrawal symptoms is a sensation that is often referred to as a “brain shock”- a feeling that the head is being electrocuted. Most withdrawal symptoms disappear after a few days, but there have been cases where they have lasted over a month.

    Discussing the discontinuation or change in dosage with your physician is the most effective way to reduce and even prevent the withdrawal symptoms. They will usually prescribe a gradual dosing down that will stretch over a few months, allowing your brain to adjust slowly to this change. The slower that you can let your brain adjust the less Lexapro withdrawal symptoms that you will have to experience.

    I have been on Lexapro for 4 years. only 10mg. I have been taking about 4 or 5 pills a week. or every other day. but I feel weak and bad like flue symptons. Dr. said I could cut back on these I am 70 years old in Farley good shape, I also take a blood pressure pill. so am I messing up not taking them every day?

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    Who should be vaccinated against influenza?
    The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year. Everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. It’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.
    The influenza vaccine is updated every year to provide protection from the flu viruses that are likely to be circulating and causing disease. Also, your body’s level of immunity from a vaccine received last flu season is expected to have declined. Getting vaccinated every year before influenza activity begins in your community can help protect you during the flu season. The best time to get vaccinated is as soon as the vaccine is available. However, it’s never too late to get vaccinated.

    Flu vaccines protect against multiple strains of influenza. Even if the vaccine is not a “perfect” match to all the circulating flu strains, the vaccine can still offer some protection, and may help to prevent complications or severe illness if flu illness does occur.

    Infants younger than 6 months are too young to get a flu vaccine, but they are at higher risk for complications, hospitalization and death from the flu. Therefore, it is especially important that family members and other people who care for young infants get vaccinated to help ensure that they don’t spread the infection to them.

    There are some people who should not get a flu vaccine, for instance, people who have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine or any of its components in the past. For more information about who should and who should not get vaccinated, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm.

    Who is at high risk for developing flu complications?
    The flu is a serious disease, especially for certain age groups and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as:

    • Children younger than 5, but especially younger than 2 years old
    • Adults 65 years of age and older
    • Women who are pregnant or who have just had a baby
    • People with chronic lung disease (such as asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions, blood disorders, weak immune systems and certain other long-term medical conditions
    • People who are morbidly obese

    The flu can lead to complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis and can make chronic health problems worse. To help prevent the spread of the flu, those who live with people in a high-risk group and healthcare workers who provide care to high-risk patients should also receive an annual influenza vaccine.

    Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?
    The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. The viruses contained in flu vaccines are weakened or inactivated (killed), meaning they cannot cause the full-blown illness. The most common side effect of the injectable flu vaccine is soreness at the spot where the shot was given. Persons who receive the nasal spray may experience a runny nose or headache.

    If you get flu-like symptoms soon after getting vaccinated, it can mean you may have been exposed to the flu before you received your vaccine, or during the two-week period it takes the body to gain protection after vaccination. It might also mean you are sick with another illness that causes symptoms similar to the flu.

    For more information about the flu and the benefits of the flu vaccine, talk to your health care provider or contact your local health department.

    Where can I get a flu vaccination?

    • Contact your local health department
    • Check with your health care provider
    • Use the vaccine locator to find a vaccine clinic near you

    The cold is believed to be the most common illness in the world. Learn about cold symptoms, causes, and expected duration.

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    You know when it's coming — your throat gets sore, your nose starts running, and your body just isn't 100 percent. The common cold is thought to be the most "common" illness in the world. Each year in the United States, it's estimated that people get approximately one billion colds.

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    Chronic leukemia often causes only a few symptoms or none at all. Signs and symptoms usually develop gradually. People with a chronic leukemia often complain that they just do not feel well. The disease is often found during a routine blood test.

    Other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as leukemia. See your doctor if you have:

    • fatigue
    • a general feeling of discomfort or illness (called malaise)
    • loss of appetite
    • weight loss
    • fever
    • shortness of breath
    • paleness
    • rapid heartbeat (called palpitations)
    • weakness
    • dizziness
    • easy bruising
    • frequent or severe nose bleeds
    • bleeding gums
    • bleeding in the middle of a menstrual cycle or heavy menstrual flow
    • tiny, flat, red spots caused by bleeding just under the surface of the skin (called petechiae)
    • frequent infections in the lungs, urinary tract or gums or around the anus
    • frequent cold sores
    • vomiting
    • headache
    • sore throat
    • night sweats
    • bone or joint pain
    • enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, groin or above the collarbone
    • abdominal discomfort or feeling of fullness
    • vision problems
    • sores in the eyes
    • swelling of the testicles
    • chloroma – a collection of leukemia cells, or blasts, under the skin or in other parts of the body
    • leukemia cutis – appears as sores or as patches of any size that are usually pink or tan in colour
    • leukocytoclastic vasculitis – a condition that looks like an allergic reaction on the skin and usually causes sores on the hands and feet
    • Sweet’s syndrome, or acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis – causes fever and painful sores that may appear anywhere on the body

    In some cases, leukemia or its treatments can cause serious problems. These cancer-related emergencies need to be treated right away.

    Tumour lysis syndrome can occur when chemotherapy is given to treat acute leukemia, but the cancer cells die quickly and the kidneys can’t remove the substances they release from the blood fast enough. Find out more about tumour lysis syndrome.

    Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) may occur when too many leukemia cells develop in the thymus, causing it to get bigger and block the windpipe. SVCS may develop with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Find out more about superior vena cava syndrome.

    Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a condition where blood clots develop in the bloodstream and bleeding also occurs. DIC can develop more often with acute promyelocytic leukemia, but also with other subtypes of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Find out more about disseminated intravascular coagulation.

    A rare, cancerous (malignant), green-coloured tumour that develops with myelogenous leukemia. It is formed by the buildup of abnormal blast cells (immature blood cells) that collect in soft tissue outside the bone marrow.

    Chloromas develop most often in the bone, skin, lymph nodes, breast, ovary, meninges (membranes that cover and protect the brain or the spinal cord) and around the eye.

    Also called extramedullary leukemia or granulocytic sarcoma.

    It's important to recognise the symptoms of cat flu as quickly as possible so you can take swift action to get your pet on the road to recovery.

    Sneezing is one of the most obvious signs of cat flu or cat colds, and is usually accompanied by a discharge from the nose and eyes.

    You may notice swelling around your cat's eyes, and in extreme cases, they can be completely closed.

    After a few days, you may notice that the discharge from the eyes becomes yellow and much thicker. In many cases, your cat will become completely lethargic and have a high temperature.

    Your cat will appear to have no interest in doing the things it

    normally does and will seem out of sorts with everything.

    Other symptoms to watch out for include tongue ulcers and enlarged tonsils which can make it very painful for your cat to eat and swallow. These symptoms are likely to lead to your cat refusing to eat and drink, creating a very real danger of dehydration.