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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:

  • Cough
  • Sputum production or phlegm- clear, yellow, light brown or green mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of smell
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Body aches or body malaise
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting

Since coryza is a hallmark symptom of measles, a person with measles will also feel the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • 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
  • Conjunctivitis

  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Common colds
  • Allergic reactions due to pollens, animal dander, some foods and medicines
  • Measles
  • 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
  • Mulberry
  • Betel leaf
  • Amla

There is also no need to spend money on medications since home remedies can be done to treat coryza.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Lemon – make some lemon juice in lukewarm water. It can be taken in the morning and evening and it can be mixed with honey.
  5. Figs – 5 figs to be boiled in water and then strained. It should be taken in the morning and evening.
  6. Garlic – eating garlic can also be beneficial to get rid of sneezing and some colds.
  7. Pepper and milk – adding 5 pieces of long pepper in milk while boiling it can also be a remedy for coryza.
  8. Carrot – mixing 325 ml of carrot juice (readily made or prepared) and 125 ml of spinach juice can provide relief from colds and coryza.
  9. 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.

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This means the T cell must have vitamin D or activation of the cell will cease. If the T cells cannot find enough vitamin D in the blood, they won’t even begin to mobilize.”

This is troubling given that vitamin D levels were reported by the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2009 to have plummeted for every single age, race, and ethnic group in the United States over the past two decades.

Vitamin D deficiency is such that it can lurk unnoticed until it is too late and you are already sick. Another challenge is that it takes time, usually at least several weeks, to raise vitamin D levels. As a result, a few days of taking supplements is not going to cut it. This is true especially if you have a serious deficiency challenge to overcome or already have the flu.

Below are 10 signs that vitamin D is likely a problem and potentially a serious deficiency that needs to be addressed immediately. If any of these symptoms are an issue for you, a simple and inexpensive vitamin D blood spot test can be ordered online. It can be used in the privacy of your home to determine if your vitamin D levels are in the danger zone (source).

If low levels do indeed need to be addressed, the best whole food based supplement to bring vitamin D levels into optimal range without the danger of overdosing (like with prescription vitamin D drops) is unheated, unprocessed cod liver or skate liver oils (where to find).

Two foods extremely high in Vitamin D include fish roe and lard from pastured animals. Roe contains about 17,000 IU of Vitamin D per tablespoon and pastured lard has 10,000 IU per tablespoon according to tests conducted by the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms Usually Blamed on Something Else

Bone pain and chronic pain in general is a subtle symptom of serious vitamin D deficiency. Don’t take this symptom lightly! Get your vitamin D levels checked and address the problem.

A study conducted by Greg Plotnikoff, MD, senior consultant with the Allina Center for Health Care Innovations, makes the point. 150 people living in Minneapolis who came to a health clinic complaining of chronic pain were tested for vitamin D levels. Virtually every single one, 93%, suffered from extremely low vitamin D. “The group with the lowest levels of vitamin D were white women of childbearing age,” Plotnikoff says.

Here’s a shocker most folks don’t realize: most muscle weakness issues are low vitamin D related. The National Institutes of Health reports that a person suffering from a vitamin D deficiency will have trouble with proper muscle function.

This extremely common skin issue is an autoimmune disorder that many don’t realize can be vitamin D related. This nutrient plays an important role in the treatment of psoriasis. Psoriasis gets worse over time and spreads, so even if you only have a little spot on your elbow or knee, get your vitamin D levels checked and be sure to be taking a daily dose of fermented cod liver oil.

Vitamin D is necessary for the body to produce energy. If you are constantly tired or must lean heavily on that morning cup of Joe to get going in the morning, best to play it safe and get your levels checked.

No, it’s not all in your head! Feelings of hopelessness can be related to nutritional D deficiency. The Vitamin D Council reports that vitamin D is critical for the brain to produce the happy hormone seratonin. Some folks only suffer from depression during winter months, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This condition is caused by lack of sun exposure and hence vitamin D during this time of year.

This is quite possibly the weirdest symptom of vitamin D deficiency. Old time doctors apparently used to ask new mothers if their heads were sweatier than normal in order to pinpoint a lurking vitamin D deficiency as reported by NDHealthFacts. A sweaty head is also a subclinical symptom of rickets, possibly the most prominent and dangerous form of vitamin D deficiency in children.

This warning symptom is related to flu as a vitamin D deficiency disease. If low vitamin D puts people at risk for flu, it stands to reason they would be at risk for other respiratory problems too and possibly on a chronic basis. Studies have demonstrated that vitamin D protects against respiratory illness particularly in children, who require hospitalization most frequently due to bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

Scared of Enterovirus D68? The most proactive step you can take is to make sure your children are taking a daily dose of cod liver or skate liver oil!

8. Hypertension and/or Cardiovascular Disease

My mother helped resolve high blood pressure issues with a daily dose of fermented cod liver oil. Her success in this regard is in line with the Vitamin D Council which recommends adequate vitamin D levels in order to avoid this silent, symptomless killer. 1 out of every 3 Americans and 4 in 10 worldwide suffer from this serious condition.

In addition, the National Institutes of Health has identified vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor which can lead to congestive heart failure.

Chronic kidney disease is a growing health concern. It is a primary and powerful predictor for premature cardiovascular disease.

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Chickens infected with bird flu may have decreased egg production, and may lay soft-shelled or misshapen eggs, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Chickens with avian influenza may exhibit purple discolouration of the wattles (fleshy growths that hang from the throat), combs (growth on top of the head) or legs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The head, eyelids, comb, wattles and hocks may also begin to swell. Pinpoint haemorrhages can appear, especially on the feet and shanks.

Lack of energy is a common symptom of bird flu, as well as loss of appetite and decreased coordination. Some birds with a mild strain of avian influenza may simply have ruffled feathers.

Highly lethal forms of avian influenza can cause sudden death in poultry. Chickens, especially young birds, may succumb to the illness so quickly that no symptoms are obvious before death, according to the University of Florida. According to WHO, the lethal H5N1 strain of avian influenza has a mortality rate that can reach 100 per cent within 48 hours.

Réponse à l’éternelle question: Ai-je le rhume ou la grippe?

Il n’y a pas grand chose qui m’irrite sérieusement… sauf quand les termes « grippe » et « rhume » sont utilisés de façon interchangeable.

Si tu as déjà eu la grippe (i.e. l’influenza), tu es au courant que c’est une infection complètement différente et vraiment plus sévère. Certaines personnes (dont moi-même) ne se souviennent même pas d’avoir déjà eu la grippe dans leur vie.

Quant au rhume, on l’a tous 2-3 fois par année.

Voici les principales ressemblances et différences entre ces deux problèmes de santé et un organigramme (vraiment très peu utile) pour les distinguer.

BONUS: à la demande générale, les versions PDF en format facilement imprimable (8.5 x 11) sont fournies plus bas.

NOTE QUE JE ME DOIS D’AJOUTER (MÊME SI JE LA JUGE INUTILE): Vous comprendrez qu’il ne s’agit pas là d’outils diagnostics sérieux… La grippe (influenza) est une condition grave et qui peut même être mortelle. Dans tous les cas, consulter votre médecin et/ou votre pharmacien pour évaluer vos symptômes.

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Bravo! Moi aussi ça m’énerve*** cette confusion entre le banal rhume et la vraie grippe. Je trouve très bien tes dessins ainsi que le jeu de l’Oie comme arbre décisionnel. Si tu veux, je peux te faire, au fil du temps, la partie homéo des pathologies. Ensuite tu mets en forme à ta sauce acadienne qui est super drôle. Il faut d’ailleurs que je me procure un dictionnaire Canadien Français car y’a des “colloquialisms” (en anglais ds le txt) que je ne connais pas et qui sont souvent pour nous à pisser de rire!! Par ex. j’ai entendu récemment que, pour parler d’une allumeuse vous disiez que c’est une “agace pissette”. Comme c’est joli, et comme c’est vrai en plus!!
Allez, une toute bonne journée.

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If this is all part of the withdrawl, I will deal with it as well as all the other withdrawal symptoms. But this one hell of a ride I never want to experience again.

I have been taking Lexapro for about 10 years because I have depression. my doctor wants me so stop taking it and put me on something else because I now have I also have P.D.S.D now. do you know if I will go crazy and bring my self to the edge of suicide like I was before I was taking it.

My primary care doctor started me on 10mg Lexapro. I had numerous side effects, which included an intense hot flash in the first week or so of taking the medicine. I also had 3 itchy welts form on my chest region, the doctor told me to stop taking the Lexapro after I told him about the itchy welts. I felt tingling and electric type shocking throughout my body. I couldn't sleep well at times, and had some very intense scary thoughts and heightened sensation to commit suicide. After noticing the itchy welts, I decided to stop the Lexapro. It made me feel the way I hoped it would a good bit of the time, but it was not worth all the other feelings it induced. I cut back to 5mg for the last week to taper myself off, knowing that was the best way to stop meds. I told my doctor about the itchy welts after I dropped to the 5mg the last week, that's when he told me to stop taking the Lexapro. I said (knowing I already had begun that process) should I quit slowly, he said no, stop it immediately. I am afraid to take any medications these days, I have trouble with the trusting, especially considering the precarious side effects. I hope this was helpful in some small way.

I was recently switched from Prozac to lexapro. About three months. My dr recently upped my dose from 10mg to 20mg even after I told him how itchy and restless I've become. I am covered in hives daily. Feel like I can't relax and constantly shake my leg or foot.. Thought I was just crazy until reading these posts! I have literally scratched my arms legs and hands raw. Grrrrrrrr!! And the dreams are the worst to boot. Now reading about the withdrawal symptoms scares me. Facing a lot in my life soon and really need the extra help, but not sure what to do now.

I was on lexapro for about a year. It really helped my anxiety but the downside was I gained 25 pounds. I was constantly eating when I was not hungry and craving sweets. I had no energy to do anything and would come home from work and by go to the sofa. I finally decided I couldn't gain anymore weight and discussed it with my Dr. He advised I wean off of it gradually. I was on 20mg and instead of taking it every day I took it every other day for 3 weeks. Then I dropped it to 10 mg every other day for a week. I was ok for about 5 days. Then I started crying over nothing and getting irritable. Then it got worse. I was blowing up screaming at my husband over things that would normally not bother me. Having temper fits, throwing things, or sobbing over the least little stress. I have a long commute to work and road rage was scary. After a week of this I went back to Dr.and he put me on low dose of Welbutrin to be increased after 2 weeks. After a few days I started to calm down some. After 10 days I still cry easily and get irritated with any little stress but I am able to control myself.

I took 10mg of lexapro for 7 years for panic attacks.Except for 13 pounds of weight gain I felt great.

Six month ago I decided wean of to loose the weight.No problem!

I lost my excess weight within 3 weeks and felt great without any side effects.That lasted 4 month and when my brother died 2 month ago my panic attacks came back worse than ever.

After weeks of misery I am back on lexapro and feel good again.

I guess I will take it for the rest of my live.

After becoming rather sick I visited an urgent care facility where the doctor, without notifying her of my past diagnosis of depression and GAD, prescribed me a prescription of a months worth of 20mg Lexapro. I am newish to the area and have a hard time actually sitting down and doing things like finding a primary care physician or psychiatrist so I have neither at the moment sadly. After finally finding a doctor the earliest they can get me in is July, needless to say I can barely function around people. I am an emotional mess, I constantly get dizzy and the frequency of the brain zaps is almost debilitating. I have almost been getting random numbness and a needle like sensation throughout my left side of my body. I also haven't slept well in the past week since the end of my prescription. If I had known I wouldn't have been able to find a doctor with earlier openings I wouldn't have started taking it. This is ridiculous and I can barely function at work due to the withdrawals symptoms, which have also put a strain on my relationships with my significant other as well as my roommates.

I have been taking Lexapro 20 mg for about 9 years. I began experiencing extreme irritability, anger and frustration. My doctor began weaning me off and adding Zoloft. That didn't work. Now my doctor is taking me down to 10 mg every day and 100 Wellbutrin. The ringing in my head is horrible. It hasn't stopped for 2 weeks. Has anyone else experienced this withdrawal symptom?

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People who experience anxiety and nervousness that doesn’t improve with conventional treatments like medication or even meditation may have a parasitic infection. There have been reports of people who underwent a parasite cleanse and experienced a dramatic improvement with their anxiety symptoms.

Sleep loss can also be associated with the presence of parasites. Much like the anxiety and nervousness that can be caused by the toxins the parasites release, sleep loss occurs with the body’s attempt to deal with the parasite invasion. The liver makes valiant attempts to rid the body of the toxic waste the parasites leave behind which can cause sleep disturbances.

Another cause of sleep disturbances is associated with pinworms. These tiny white worms exit the body when the host is sleeping to deposit their eggs around the anus. This causes extreme itching and discomfort.

People, especially children, who have a parasitic infection, have also been known to grind their teeth while sleeping. This is also associated with the nervousness that can be caused by the toxins the parasite is producing in the body.

Generally, parasites can weaken your immune system. This leads to being more susceptible for infections like the common cold and flu. You may have a parasite that is compromising your immune system if you find that you chronically experience cold and flu symptoms. It’s not abnormal to come down with a cold or flu occasionally, but when it seems like you are always fighting one off, it may be caused by a parasite weakening your body’s defenses.

Skin conditions are also a common symptom of having a parasitic infection. They can be very uncomfortable, unsightly, and painful to deal with. You may think that only parasites that feed off skin cells will cause these conditions, but that isn’t quite the case. While it’s true that fungi like ringworm cause itchy, patchy skin lesions, intestinal invaders like worms and protozoa also cause irritating skin conditions.

Hives, eczema, and other rashes have all been linked to intestinal parasites. It’s not known exactly why, but one theory is that the toxins released in the blood stream affect the skin from the inside out. Skin conditions that are not caused by parasites should clear up with topical ointments or steroid treatments prescribed by doctors. If the condition doesn’t clear up with these methods then the culprit may be a parasite.

When it seems like typical treatments are not providing any relief for any of these parasitic infection symptoms, it may be time to try a parasite cleanse. If left untreated, parasites will continue to multiply and cause damage inside the body. Some can live for years and years causing painful parasite symptoms the entire time.

Flu Treatments and Natural Remedies. In the United States, October through May is flu season. In the month of February you in the peak season for the flu. When people start getting runny noses and cough, they often pray they are not getting the more serious of the two illnesses.

Both the flu and common cold start with similar symptoms, but there is a distinct difference between the two. OK, so you don’t feel good. You have a sore throat, you are achy, stiff and feel like you are getting a fever. Knowing the difference between the common cold and the flu will make the difference in both prevention and treatment.

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Elderberry extract is by far my favorite cold remedy, or rather preventive remedy. I no longer get colds, because I always take elderberry extract at the first sign of one. I do not fear catching the flu, because elderberry extract is such a great anti-viral agent.
I have to disagree with one thing I read about elderberry in the People’s Pharmacy Herb Library: “Prudence suggests that pregnant women and nursing mothers should not use elderberry.” This was written right after a section about dangers of toxicity from elderberry leaves and stems, which pregnant or nursing women might indeed want to avoid. But I’ve heard from a well-known herbalist that elderberry extract can be taken by a nursing woman who’s baby has a cold, to help the baby recover faster. And pregnant women will want to do their own research, but personally, if I were pregnant and felt a cold or flu coming on, I would not hesitate to use elderberry extract. I feel that it is perfectly safe, whereas there could possibly be problems for babies whose mothers get sick during gestation, especially if they wind up taking OTC medicines for cold or flu symptoms.

Tonsils and their function

The tonsils are two small sacs of lymphoid tissue near the root of the tongue. Normal tonsils are usually about the same size and have the same pink color as the surrounding area.

Tonsils form Waldeyer's tonsillar ring -- a ring of lymphatic tissue around the entrance of the pharynx. The tonsils are named according to their location. The palatine tonsils are located on the lateral walls of the oropharynx. The lingual tonsils are located at the base of the tongue. The adenoids (pharyngeal tonsils) are high in the throat behind the nose and the roof of the mouth (soft palate), and are not easily visible through the mouth. The tubal tonsils are located in the roof of the nasopharynx.

The basic function of tonsils and adenoids is to help the body to build up immunity to infectious organisms entering into the body through the mouth or nose. They protect the throat and lungs from infection.

Tonsils and adenoids are most active in childhood when many infections are encountered for the first time, and reach the full size when the child is six or seven. The tonsils work as a filter which fights and protects the entire human system against the foreign organisms. Tonsils produce antibodies, which fight against the infection, stopping its further spread to other parts of the body.

The most common problems occurring with the tonsils are recurrent or chronic infections and significant enlargement (adenotonsillar hyperplasia).

Tonsillitis is an inflammatory condition of the tonsils due to bacteria, virus, allergies, or respiratory problems. The term tonsillitis generally refers to inflammation of the palatine tonsils. When inflamed, tonsils become swollen and red with a grayish or yellowish coating. Tonsillitis usually begins with a sudden sore throat and painful swallowing. Tonsillitis causes tonsils and throat tissues to swell obstructing air from passing in and out of the respiratory system. The tonsils infection is common in children and teenagers but rare in adults.

Acute Tonsillitis
Acute tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils caused bacteria or viruses. Acute tonsillitis lasts for about 4 to 6 days. It is an uncomplicated form which commonly affects children of ages 5-10.

Chronic Tonsillitis
Chronic tonsillitis is a persistent infection of the tonsils and can cause tiny stone formation. It is diagnosed when a sore throat is present for at least 3 months with tonsillar inflammation, and tender cervical nodes. Persistent tonsillar infections can lead to enlargement of tonsils. Despite antibiotic treatment, the tonsillar area can remain infected.

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    The focus should be on management – adequate rehydration, bed rest and gradual introduction to solid food. Acute infectious gastroenteritis should settle in 2 to 3 days in a healthy person. Medical treatment should be sought if the symptoms are persisting for more than 5 days or if there is any sign of moderate to severe dehydration.

    • Antibiotics may be necessary for treating infections caused by Vibrio cholerae, Shigella spp and salmenollosis. For other bacterial causes of gastroenteritis, antibiotics should be avoided unless a person is immunocompromised or in a case of persistent diarrhea where a stool culture confirms the bacterial species.
    • Antidiarrheal agents are not advisable in acute infectious gastroenteritis. The use of OTC (over-the-counter) antidiarrheal agents often results in complications especially if used excessively in a case of bacterial gastroenteritis.
    • Probiotics containing Saccharomyces boulardii and Lactobacillus casei GG may assist with persistent diarrhea following a case of acute infectious gastroenteritis. Probiotic use during the infection is of limited value. Live culture yogurt or dairy is unsuitable as this may aggravate the diarrhea (secondary lactose intolerance). Speak to a pharmacist about probiotics in capsule form.

    Refer to the article on Oral Rehydration Therapy and BRAT Diet for the management of acute infectious gastroenteritis.

    The feature article in the November issue of Briefings on Infection Control looks at AHA’s mandatory flu shot policy that requires either influenza vaccination or wearing a mask in the presence of patients across healthcare settings during flu season for healthcare workers. Here is an excerpt of the article that examines considerations such as comfort, enforcement, and communication with patients for choosing to wear a flu mask as alternative to immunization.

    Healthcare workers either need to get an influenza vac­cination or wear a mask when working with patients during flu season, according to a new American Hospital Association (AHA) policy.

    That’s a necessary step to protect the safety of patients, says Nancy Foster, AHA’s vice president of quality and ­patient safety.

    While a flu shot is preferable, wearing a mask is a way to minimize the transmission of droplets that can cause ­influenza, she says.

    An uncomfortable option
    But is mask-wearing practical?

    “I won’t say it’s the most comfortable option. But the risk to patients is too great [not to require it],” Foster says.

    Hospitals often start vaccinating workers with flu vaccine in September, and flu season can run as late as through April.

    “You’re looking at months of wearing a mask,” says Libby Chinnes, RN, BSN, CIC, an independent infection control consultant with IC Solutions, LLC, based in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

    The requirement to wear a mask may be an incentive for some healthcare workers to get a flu vaccination, Chinnes says. “If you wear a mask for very long, it gets hot and uncomfortable,” she says.

    Enforcement a challenge
    If hospitals are going to require masks for healthcare workers who decline the flu vaccine, they need to make that part of their policy, Chinnes says.

    The hard part will be enforcement, she says, since workers may need to wear a mask for five or six months.

    “Masking is a hassle for employees and can be problematic for hospitals to enforce,” says Deborah L. Wexler, MD, executive director of the ­Immunization Action Coalition in Saint Paul, MN.

    Monitoring healthcare workers who must wear a mask because they haven’t had a flu shot is a challenge, agrees Peggy Prinz Luebbert, MS, MS(ASCP), CIC, CHSP, a consultant and owner of ­Healthcare ­Interventions in ­Omaha, NE, who works with healthcare ­organizations across the country.

    Luebbert has worked with a couple of hospitals that have required masks and it does provide some motivation for workers to get a flu shot.

    Healthcare workers are required to wear a mask as soon as they enter the facility, from October 1 to March 1, she says.

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    Signs of motor system dysfunction include the following:

    • Difficulty starting movement
    • Increased muscle tone, stiffness
    • Muscle spasm
    • Tremor
    • Weakness

    Other symptoms of RSD/CPRS include the following:

    • Dermatitis, eczema (inflammation of the skin)
    • Excessive sweating
    • Fatigue
    • Migraine headache

    Patients with any chronic illness, including CRPS, often suffer from depression and anxiety. Skin, muscle, and bone atrophy (wasting) are possible complications of this syndrome. Atrophy may occur because of reduced function of the affected limb.

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    Published: 30 Dec 1999

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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.

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    This causes weakening of the intestinal tissue, and so the separation begins to deteriorate, severely affecting digestion. Bacteria normally contained in the intestines is then allowed to flood the bloodstream, causing more problems.

    Three or four days later, the virus will be in the dog’s feces, and this is when you can really notice the smell. If you wait this long before realizing the truth, however, it might be too late.

    The dog parvo symptoms to look for in this case are the usual: vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lethargy.

    Get your dog to a vet immediately.

    If your dog, especially your new puppy, begins exhibiting any of these symptoms, see a veterinarian right away. When parvo is involved, every hour counts. The secret of survival is quick treatment, so don’t ignore these symptoms! One or all of these will usually being showing after 3 – 10 days of infection.

    • Lethargic. If your dog normally likes to play and has high energy, this is the clearest sign that something is wrong. You could say they act depressed.
    • Lack of Appetite. The more common strains attack the digestive system.
    • Vomiting with no change in diet. It usually looks clear and foamy.
    • Bloody Diarrhea.
    • Stronger Feces Odor. It’s unmistakable and you will never forget it.

    The vomiting and diarrhea are the most dangerous, as they can quickly lead to dehydration and malnutrition. This leads to other problems that eventually compound on top of each other to finally kill the dog. And fast.

    Always be on the lookout these symptoms of parvo, especially if your puppy is over 10 weeks old.

    To help maintain your puppy or dog’s health, we recommend Parvo-K.

    If you’re like us, you probably fell in love with your puppy the very first time you looked at his/her tiny face. It’s hard to imagine anything happening to them.

    Dog parvo, short for parvovirus, is one of the most serious illness a dog can contract, and it’s is especially deadly in puppies. And it’s highly contagious. It can jump from dog to dog very quickly, even with indirect contact.

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    My period is still irregular but as I said, it has only been two weeks. I was told it can take four to six months for my period to regulate. Hang in there, girls. Keep with it. Sometimes the amounts have to be tweaked. I would definitely recommend it and see a naturopathic doctor.

    30) @anon192317: The wild yam cream may work very well for you, but let me urge you to go to a doctor, preferably a female one. I say this because some of the symptoms you cite are also consistent with low thyroid levels, and only a blood test can determine if your levels are normal or not. Make sure they do a complete thyroid panel, including TSH, T3 and T4 levels.

    A female doctor is more likely to listen to what's really going on with you, and may have better treatment options. Female docs are also generally more open to the idea of alternative medicine. Good luck.

    29) I just have to say I love all you women for sharing this! I've found the answer. Searching around in the dark for years and doctors only prescribing antidepressants without really listening to what I was saying. I finally got so discouraged that I stopped going to doctors altogether.

    I'm only 27, but have had irregular periods my whole life, and had severe post partum depression after my daughter was born. I've struggled to lose weight. I finally have lost 30 pounds, but not before my hair started thinning. I have mood swings, hot flashes, irregular periods. I've had lower back cramps for four days straight now, insomnia at night, with fatigue at strange times during the day, mental cloudiness, inability to focus or handle stress and small breasts (which apparently has something to do with low progesterone levels - they do not run in my family!)

    Anyway, I'm wondering if it's even worth it to go see a doctor again or if I should just start on some wild yam progesterone cream and see what happens? Thank you so much for sharing!

    28) At age 46, I had an abrupt onset of crazy symptoms. My facial skin was burning/tingling, random hot spots on my body, hair loss, gums tingled, mental fog, heart racing, joint pain and a relentless headache behind my right eye. Prior to this, I was a very healthy gal, in good shape, with four kids and a happy life.

    I spent seven months going to rheumatologists, endocrinologist, dermatologists, etc. in NYC and all top in their fields. Nothing was turning up and the collective notion was that I was too stressed and this was causing the problems. Their solution was to take anti-anxiety meds which I refused to do. Ultimately, I took the holistic route and found a DO (doctor of osteopathy) who had me do the saliva testing. Sure enough, I am producing no progesterone and one of the three estrogens came in high. He started my on two nutritional supplements to lower the estrogen levels: Indole Forte and Calcium-D-Glucarate. The effect of these supp is to break up excess estrogen and clean toxins out of your system. It is the equivalent of eating a ton of cabbage or brussels sprouts. After being in agony for seven months, on the 14th day of taking the supplements the majority of my issues disappeared.

    After two months of the supplements, I added a bioidentical progesterone capsule and the original symptoms crept back. I tried it three times with a two week break in between and sure enough the symptoms came back each time. So the doc had me stop as he felt my body was rejecting it and we had to respect the response. The doc then had me add one grain of Nature-Throid and I found my heart racing a little. I reduced to 3/4 grain and the heart issue went away.

    Not sure if the Nature- Throid is doing anything as I feel no positive or negative responses but compared to the seven month nightmare, I feel great. not as good as I did before this happened. but overall very good. I still take the indole. calcium d-glucarate, Nature-Throid and added PB8 probiotic and astaxanthin (mercola). I encourage anyone with the onset of these crazy issues that blindside you to explore your area for a proven alternative medicine practitioner that has experience with hormonal imbalance. Adrenal fatigue and extreme hormonal imbalances are real issues and not in your head as many will tell you.

    27) A hormonal imbalance is something I never even thought of until my naturopathic doctor suggested I take a saliva test to check my hormones. Sure enough, my progesterone levels are low.

    I read up on all the symptoms, and was shocked at how many fit me. Migraines, cramps, irregular periods, anxiety, spotting between periods,low libido. I also thought either myself or my hubby were not fertile, due to not getting pregnant despite not using contraceptives for the last couple years. Now I am hopeful that these problems are all tied in to my low progesterone. I am so relieved just to gain an understanding of what is going on with my body, and to be able to work towards correcting it.