The Myositis Association
1233 20th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
American College of Rheumatology
1800 Century Place
Atlanta, GA 30345-4300
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Coryza is a term that describes the inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nasal cavity which results to nasal congestion, loss of smell and others.. According to medical sites, it is synonymous or associated with having colds or runny nose. It comes from a Greek word Koryza wherein the words “kara” and “zeein” are combined and it means boiling over head.
When a person experiences coryza, it is not always due to infection or allergic reaction. It can also happen when a person is exposed to cold temperature, eating spicy foods and even narcotic withdrawal. Also, coryza is one of the hallmarks of the “four Cs” of measles. It includes: Cough, Conjuctivitis, Koplik’s Spots and Coryza.
Having a stuffy nose or coryza can be a symptom of a certain condition or disease. Usually, the condition affects the respiratory system and it is associated with symptoms like:
- Sputum production or phlegm- clear, yellow, light brown or green mucus
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of smell
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Body aches or body malaise
- Enlarged lymph nodes
Since coryza is a hallmark symptom of measles, a person with measles will also feel the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Runny nose
- Rashes that develops from two to four days and it starts in the face, then the trunk and the arms and legs
- Koplik’s spot or grayish spots inside the cheek
- Common colds
- Allergic reactions due to pollens, animal dander, some foods and medicines
- Influenza or flu
Coryza is not a life threatening disease. Usually common colds will go away even if medication is not taken. However, to completely eradicate the feeling of discomfort treating the underlying conditions would help. For instance, in cases where a person experiences sinusitis or rhinitis, a person may take antibiotics, antihistamine if there are allergies and even nasal irrigation. Surgeries may also be done for chronic rhinitis or sinusitis. An example of the surgery is FESS or the functional endoscopic sinus surgery. There is a removal of the anatomical and pathological obstructions in the sinuses or other parts of the nasal area to restore the normal clearance of the sinuses. Surgeries however should be done for patient who cannot find relief of finds very minimal relief for chronic diseases.
Antihistamines and some antibiotics would also be given to patient’ experiencing coryza due to allergies like pollens, animal dander and even food allergies. There are also decongestants that would help the person relieve from colds and some nasal sprays.
For children or adults with measles, there is no specific drug to treat this problem. Doctors would recommend getting plenty of rests, increasing their fluid intake, using vaporizer since it can help the person ease from cough. Sponge baths using lukewarm water is also therapeutic to help avoid fever and reduce discomfort. Some medications like pain relievers and NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help them feel comfortable and reduce fever and some pain. there are also vaccinations to prevent measles which offered to babies from 9 month onwards. It is best to consult pediatricians to know more about the vaccination.
Aside from the medications, there are also foods that will help the person get some relief from coryza. These foods include:
- Apple- it is ideal to eat apple without peeling them before meals
- Tea- this provides relief from colds, sneezing and some secretions. But if the patient has sinusitis accompanied with thick and foul smelling secretions, taking tea is not advisable.
- Grapes- about 50 grams of grapes prevents colds
- Betel leaf
There is also no need to spend money on medications since home remedies can be done to treat coryza.
- Orange juice – it is advisable to drink cold orange juice during summer and hot orange juice in winter. Orange juice powder is not advisable. Instead, they should peel the oranges in small pieces and boil in. they should strain the orange and use only the juice.
- Aniseed – boiling the 15 grams of aniseed plus 7 cloves in ½ liter of water. Only about ¼ should be taken and they can add sugar if desired.
- Coriander – coriander provides energy to the brain so they need to boil about 125 grams of coriander powder in ½ liter of water. After straining, they can add about 125 grams of sugar and heat the mixture again.
- Lemon – make some lemon juice in lukewarm water. It can be taken in the morning and evening and it can be mixed with honey.
- Figs – 5 figs to be boiled in water and then strained. It should be taken in the morning and evening.
- Garlic – eating garlic can also be beneficial to get rid of sneezing and some colds.
- Pepper and milk – adding 5 pieces of long pepper in milk while boiling it can also be a remedy for coryza.
- Carrot – mixing 325 ml of carrot juice (readily made or prepared) and 125 ml of spinach juice can provide relief from colds and coryza.
- Turmenic – missing a teaspoon of turmenic powder in hot water and taking it three times a days can provide remedy for coryza and even asthma.
Yoga, which is becoming popular these days because of the benefits it bring can also provide relief from coryza. Certain yoga poses like Bhastrika Pranayam, Kalplabhati Pranayama nd Anulom Vilom Pranayam can be done by the patient. These poses though must be performed on a daily basis to experience total relief from coryza.
Swine influenza is actually a broad term used to refer to a number of types of influenza viruses that are contracted by pigs. Some types of swine flu can also be contracted by humans. Humans can get swine flu from pigs, but this is pretty rare. Humans can also pass swine flu on to other humans.
The current (2009) outbreak of swine flu (H1N1) is not actually a virus that people can get from pigs. It is very similar to a virus that pigs get, but it is not the same. The name is deceiving.
People spread this swine flu virus to other people the same way the regular flu is spread. It's a virus and when people with swine flu cough or sneeze, tiny droplets of the virus are sprayed into the air. If you breathe in these droplets, you can catch swine flu. Also, if a person with swine flu coughs or sneezes on something like a phone or doorknob and you touch that object and then touch your mouth or nose, you can catch the flu.
While most cases of swine influenza are fairly mild, it can be a very serious illness and people do die from it. People die from the regular flu, as well, but the swine flu is more likely to be deadly. It is wise to take steps to prevent getting sick.
A swine flu vaccine has recently been approved, and is expected to be available around mid-October of 2009. The swine flu vaccine will probably require two different shots, given a week or two apart. The vaccine will take a couple weeks to "kick in," so you would not actually be immune until some time in November. Contact your doctor in October if you are interested in getting a swine flu vaccine. The regular flu vaccine will not protect you against swine flu.
Treatment for swine influenza is pretty much the same as treatment for other types of flu. In most cases, the virus will clear up on its own even without any treatment. However, treatment may speed the recovery process, and there is treatment available to help with the symptoms as well.
Antiviral medications may be prescribed to speed to the recovery process. They work by preventing the virus from replicating itself. Antiviral medications are not usually necessary, but can be helpful. You will need to see your doctor and get a prescription if you want to try them.
There are a number of over-the-counter remedies that can help relieve flu symptoms. Try Tylenol for fever, an antihistamine for runny nose and sneezing, and a cough suppressant for cough. You can have problems if you take too many over-the-counter drugs at one time, though, so you might do best to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which medications would be best to take.
Although over-the-counter flu remedies will provide some relief, we have found two products that may be significantly more effective:
- A highly recommended natural flu remedy is Sambucol. It is a homeopathic remedy that relieves flu symptoms, including fever, headache, body aches, chills, sore throat, coughing, and sneezing. It also helps speed the recovery process.
See your doctor in mid-fall if you want to get a swine flu vaccine. If you do catch the flu, you do not normally need to see a doctor, as the symptoms will generally go away on their own without treatment. However, if your symptoms are particularly severe, if you have a high fever, if your symptoms last longer than a week, or if you have trouble breathing, you should see a doctor. While most cases of the flu, including swine flu, are fairly mild, the flu can be serious, even deadly, so contact your doctor if you have concerns.
Getting the flu means missing work, school, and special events like the big game, a wedding, spring break or a special birthday party. It puts life on hold. But even worse, for people at higher risk for complications it can be very serious, even life threatening. Stay healthy and help keep the people closest to you healthy too by getting a seasonal flu vaccine. Even if the vaccine isn’t a perfect match with the circulating flu viruses, it’s still the best way to prevent getting the flu. Be sure to wash your hands frequently. If you do get sick, remember to cough into your arm or elbow, and stay home so you don’t spread the illness to others.
What is influenza?
Influenza is commonly referred to as the “flu”. It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
What are the symptoms of flu?
Symptoms of flu may include fever (though not everyone with flu will have a fever), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, fatigue (tiredness), chills, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms usually appear 1 to 3 days after exposure. Although most people are ill for less than a week, some people have complications and may need to be hospitalized.
Who gets influenza?
Influenza can infect persons of all ages. The flu can be especially serious for babies, children, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, people with certain long-term medical conditions (e.g., lung disease, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes), or those with weak immune systems. However, even healthy people can get the flu and should protect themselves by getting the flu vaccine every year.
How is it spread?
The flu virus spreads easily in discharges from the nose and throat of an infected person. It is often spread by coughing, sneezing or talking. A person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it, and then touching his or her own mouth, eyes or nose.
When and for how long is a person able to spread the disease?
Influenza can spread from one person to another beginning one day before symptoms start up to five to seven days after becoming sick. This means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. If you have the flu, make sure you stay at home and away from school, work, or other activities until you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of a medicine to reduce your fever).
When kids get the flu those fevers are normal (even higher too) and it's common that the motrin/tylenol isn't that helpful.
There is a test available to see whether it is actuallly flu or not - a Q-tip nasal swab test. Not pleasant, but if it is flu, the doctor can give her TamiFlu, which would help her get over it.
YOu could also give the homeopathic remedy called Oscillo. We just went through the flu last week - 2 of my daughters had it - and I took Oscillo because I was fighting it too. It's completely safe and it totally worked for me. (I got it at wal mart - full name is oscillococcinum). The label doesn't say it, but if you try it, take it apart from food (don't eat within 30 minutes).
Hope your little one feels better soon!!
I'm not a doctor, but my son had influenza a few years ago.
While high fevers are scary, they actually are not proven to cause any damage. It's the virus or bacteria that causes problems. Does your doctor seem concerned about the fever? Ask him or her specifically. Call another one for a second opinion if you can't get a good answer.
You should work hard to keep her hydrated. If she stops taking fluids, call your doctor. Watch for too rapid breathing as well. When my son had influenza, he developed pneumonia within two days and was breathing about 90 times a minute!
When my children have gotten sick it is not on common for them to spike to 105. Whenever I have taken them to the ER they have given them a dose of Tylenol & Motrin at the same time to knock the fever down and then go back to alternating every 3 hours. Now we just use that protocol at home when they spike a fever that high. It does the trick every time. I would hate to recommend that to you without checking with your Doctor first but I wanted to let you know that is what we do and we have had a lot of experience with fevers! They are scary but the moms always seem more worried then the nurses and Doctors. We went to the ER once with a temp. of 106 and hallucinations and the nurses were so calm about it - I of course was not! Good luck.
Hi M., I'm an RN (and a mom). The important things to watch for during an illness with a high fever are fluid intake (pedialyte is ideal and preferable to water or juice) and how your child looks overall: is she pale, limp, listless, or lethargic. Some indications of dehydration are no urination in 8 hrs. or a whitish, sticky, "dry" tongue. If these things occur, or if your child just doesn't look right to you (because, as a mom, your intuition is a valuable indicator) you should take her to the ER if her pediatrician is not available to see her. Also, if she is becoming more congested or having any difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention immediately. There is always an MD on call for a medical practice, so you should be able to contact someone from her pediatrician's office after hours if needed. It is normal to be scared when your baby has a high fever. I was terrifed when my son got the flu one year and I couldn't get his fever down. You should ask your pediatrician if you are giving her the optimal dose of tylenol and/or motrin for her weight, the over the counter doses listed on the package are for the average weight of a child for the age (don't change your dosing without talking to the doctor first). When you put her down for the night, cover her lightly to minimize the fever. The research used to indicate that febrile seizures were related to how quickly the temp spiked upward rather than the actual temp, so, although you are right to be concerned about seizures it may not be that likely to happen. I don't know if the current research still supports this theory, though (again, check with the doctor). If she is still running that high of a fever after a few days, it would be prudent for her pediatrician to make sure she doesn't have a bacterial infection of some sort rather than a virus (infuenza is caused by a virus). If she's not better within a few days, or seems to be getting worse, you should definitely take her back to the doctor. Good luck, I hope she gets better soon:). L. E.
Photo: Getty Images
Acid reflux is such a common problem you'd think it would be simple to spot and treat.
- In order to overcome fatigue, have raisins and dates daily. Soak them overnight in plain water and consume them the next day. They promote quick recovery and provide strength and vigor.
- Stomach pain can be relieved by consuming a mixture of 1 teaspoon cumin seed powder and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
- Consume lot of fluids – fruit juices, soups, glucose water or coconut water will be helpful.
- Homoeopathy mixture, biochemic 28 is a very good tonic for the entire system, combating infection, stepping up the immunity and bringing about speedy cure for typhoid.
What was your experience with typhoid? What were your symptoms? How did you cure your typhoid? Share your experience to help our readers.
Prednisone is a steroidal drug that is used to combat many common ailments that are of a serious nature. Along with this medication, you will receive specific instructions on how to take it. This will include a proper regimen for coming off of the medicine gradually at the end of treatment. Why is this the case? Abruptly ceasing the use of prednisone can result in prednisone withdrawal symptoms. What do these symptoms include?
One of the most common symptoms of prednisone withdrawal is a feeling of weakness or severe fatigue. This is because the immune system is weakened. It may also result in body aches and a low grade fever as though a cold were coming on. Joint pain is also common. Also on the list of prednisone withdrawal side effects is depression. This is because withdrawal from the drug causes hormonal changes in the body. Also because of the hormone changes, a woman who comes off of prednisone too quickly may experience side effects concerning her menstrual cycle. It may become temporarily irregular.
Prednisone and Weight Gain: Prednisone also may often cause rapid weight gain in those who are taking it. After ceasing the medication, the weight will likely also come back off quickly.
This can worsen feelings of fatigue. Nausea is also common. If the nausea is very bad, it may result in fainting. So do not be surprised if you loose some weight rather rapidly after ending your prednisone treatment.
Please note that the longer you are on prednisone, the worse you can expect the prednisone withdrawal symptoms to be should you cease taking the medication suddenly. For this reason, doctors generally only prescribe prednisone for short periods of time unless absolutely necessary.
Generally prednisone is prescribed for immune disorders, serious allergic reactions, or severe inflammation. If you stop the medication too quickly, the disease will likely recur. This is because the body is still depending on the medication to keep the condition at bay. This also makes it vital to come off of the medication gradually, so that your body has time to adjust and fight your health problem without the prednisone.
For these and other reasons it is vital that prednisone be taken as prescribed. This includes the length of time that medication should be taken, the dosage to be used, and the regimin for coming off of the drug. When used properly, prednisone can help with may serious conditions, and the majority of the prednisone withdrawal symptoms can be avoided.
The Symptoms And Treatment
Of Canine Diabetes Explained
If You Love Your Dog And Are Worried Canine Diabetes Might Shorten His Or
Her Life — Relax, Help Is At Hand.
We can help if you have a problem feeding
your diabetic dog, need accurate information,
or want to save money on treatment.
When your dog is first diagnosed, Vets will often offer good advice on the initial treatment but be aware that much of this advice is quoted from textbooks and very few Vets have experience of treating a diabetic dog in a home environment.
Whilst there is no outright cure to diabetes in dogs, it can be controlled and our helpful guide give lots of useful information to help you and your pet to lead a near normal life.
There are three forms of canine diabetes, all of which display very similar symptoms, the most noticeable being:
- Your dog has increased urination.
- Your dog drinks frequently / excessively.
- Your dog begins to lose weight.
- Your dog is often tired, lethargic or sleeps more often.
Note that these symptoms are not exclusive to diabetes, but they are often the earliest signs detectable by owners.
The increased urination is due to excess glucose which the animal is unable to process normally and so tries to get rid of by urinating. This frequent urination causes greater thirst, thus the animal must drink more frequently to replace the lost fluids.
If the body cannot gain sufficient energy from the food consumed, it will burn stored fat resulting in a loss of body weight and ketones to become present.
Weight loss in a diabetic dog which eats normally or even one with an increased appetite is not uncommon. Ketones levels in the bloodstream can be tested and treatment, usually dietary, administered. If left untreated this can lead to ketoacidosis which in serious cases can become an emergency condition leading to coma and even death.
As more than 600 people were diagnosed with H1N1 (or swine flu) in Alberta, flu vaccination clinics were flooded, while in Ontario, officials are saying up to 36 per cent of flu cases are actually H1N1. And this could only be the start.
Dr. Allison McGeer, head of infection control at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, told the Canadian Press, Alberta's outbreak may be done, and Ontario's is at its peak right now.
The main difference between the seasonal flu and H1N1 is its effect on the lungs. As the Globe and Mail reported, while it is rare for the flu to move into the lungs, with H1N1, it can move down and infect the lungs, potentially causing a far more serious illness.
But for many people, it's hard to tell whether they have a cold, the flu or H1N1. Take a look at these symptoms to see what you're dealing with, and be sure to seek medical help when necessary.
Share this slide:
Feeling feverish or having a fever of 100°F or higher can be an indicator for the flu or H1N1 virus, though not everyone with the flu will get a fever. Fevers are unlikely with a common cold.
Feeling achy all over or getting a headache is another symptom of the flu or H1N1, and not generally associated with getting a cold. This tends to show as more general aches, as opposed to those confined to one area.
Nausea, Vomiting Or Diarrhea
Nausea is the most symptom of the flu, and less likely to occur with a cold. However, if you're vomiting continuously, this can indicate a more severe strain of the flu, and you should seek medical help.
A sore throat is usually the first indicator of the beginning of illness, whether it's a cold, the flu or worse.
Coughing occurs when one has a cold or the flu, though if it worsens, that can indicate a more severe strain, like H1N1.
An intense feeling of exhaustion, like not being able to get out of bed, is a sign that you have the flu or H1N1. This does not usually occur with a cold.
Chills can occur as a result of many kinds of bacterial and viral illnesses, including colds, the flu and H1N1.
Though a runny nose is most closely associated with a cold, it can also be part of having the flu or H1N1. Be sure to have plenty of tissues on hand to keep germs from spreading.
Dizziness is not a normal symptom for a cold or flu, and should be treated with seriousness.
Dehydration is a serious risk when you're ill, either because you feel too sick to drink or eat, or you've been vomiting and/or having diarrhea. Being dehydrated can indicate H1N1, and you should seek medical attention.
Pain In Stomach Or Chest
Feeling pains in your stomach or chest while or immediately after you have the flu can indicate a serious complication, like pneumonia. Seek medical help immediately.