I would think the fever should be gone by now if you have taken her in 2 times. If it's been more than 3 or 4 days, definitely. Especially since you're pregnant and can't afford to get something serious. I hope she gets better soon!
My pediatrician told me that 105 temp is when you need to get them to the ER. That answer scared the heck out of me. I keep an ample supply of popcicles on hand in the event of a fever. The doctor told me to give them as many popcicles as they will take just stay away from the red ones. If they eat red and then throw up they cant distinguish between blood and popcicle. The popcicles seem to work better for my son that the Tylenol and Advil and I dont feel like I was over medicating.
I don't think I know enough details to give an accurate opinion, but I have a couple of thoughts and questions.
1. how long has she had the fever, if it's just a few days, I would make sure she has plenty of water and sleep and not worry too much about it. Dehydration is very serious, so water is crucial.
2. if it has been 5 days or more, what other symptoms does she have? diarrhea? vomiting? lethargic? lack of appetite? cough? achy?
3. Those temparatures are pretty high, but I believe the danger zone is 105.
See if you can find the homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum. It is usually at natural food stores, but it can also be found at Fred Meyer and maybe other places now, too (like Rite Aid). It is safe for ages 2+, and if it is the flu that she has, I think this will help her. At the very least, it can't hurt her. My favorite book on this subject is "Flu: Alternative Treatments and Prevention" by Randall Neustaedter (find it on Amazon). It would be good for you to keep the Oscillococcinum on hand for yourself as well since you are pregnant and might not be able to take other remedies. Hope this helps and that your little one gets better fast!
Tylenol temporarily supresses the immune system. As long as the fever never goes over 105, your child will be fine. The point of the fever is to make the body uninhabitable for the organisms making her sick, so as long as it isn't too high, you don't want to bring it down. Instead you want to give her lots of fluids and help her stay comfortable.
I recommend running down to your local health food store and picking up Dr Christopher's tincture called Kid-e-Well Cold and Flu Formula. I also recommend visiting www.askdrsears.com for more information on when it is necessary to take your child to the emergency room for a fever.
may God bless your child and keep you strong!
I don't blame you for being concerned. It is always unnerving when your child has a high fever. I had similar concerns about what if a child's fever peaks during the night & I'm not aware of it. I talked to my pediatrician about it and he reassured me that if a child's fever is too high, they will never sleep through it. They will feel so awful they will always wake up. That knowledge gives me some peace of mind when I go to sleep at night while my kids are sick. Hopefully it will do the same for you.
I would just keep in touch with my doctor if the fever persists & follow his/her advice.
Our son was 2 when he got the flu and ran a fever 103-104 for 8 days ( worst at night ). It was miserable then and we didn't sleep much but he is 8 and healthy. Fevers do not cause brain damage until 107 or so and they are how the body fights the illness. Make sure he keeps drinking and to lots of snuggling when he feels rotten and he should come through OK.
You are not crazy to be concerned. It is very scarey when a little one gets that high a fever. Remember to keep her fluid intake up so she does not get dehydrated. Soups, Water, juices etc.. At fevers that high there is always the possibility of a fever induced seizure. I have never had it happen to my children who are teenagers now but recently one of my daycare children spiked a fever (during a simple bout of cold) for no reason over a week-end and had a seizure. Scared both parents. If your child's fever does not break soon I would take her to the MD. It never hurts to have them do a check of the child to be sure it is just a virus and not an infection. you can never be too careful with little ones. Also you don't need to live with this stress while being 4 - 5 month pregnant.
Sounds like you did all the right stuff to bring her fever down and I am hoping it is down now. Things you can do to keep her from getting sick in the future are to boost her immune system. Echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, vitamins A and C and zinc are all great ways to boost our immune system. You can take all or some, they all help in different ways. Keep her away from sugar and white flour, both of which lower your immune system and make you vulnerable to illnesses.
(and tend to make kids whiney.)
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My son was plagued with high fevers(105) all the time. I was told by a Dr. to not do the luke warm baths, but to take a cold wet washcloth and put it in the groin area and armpits. It worked like a charm for us. 106 you need to bring to ER. Seizures were a concern for me also, but he never had one(thank God). We kept on the alternating motrin and tylenol and sometimes all it did was keep it at that temp and not lower it. Remember, fevers as scary as they are, are they way their little bodies fight. Fevers are good. If it doesn't go away after a few days then call the Dr. again to make sure she is still in the same diagnosis. Also, wake her in the night to give meds, to keep fever down.
I am a Mother of two boys, 5 and 2. Stay at home during the week and work weekends.
My 2yr old just had the flu. We took him to the ER room because he was holding his breath off and on due to his body hurting all over. The ER said taking him there was the right thing to do. He to was running fevers that would get very high. They did a flu test on him and he came up positive. They gave him medication for the flu and he started getting better (not right away). He also ended up with two ear infections during this time too. The flu is lasting up to a month to get rid of all symptoms.
We were very frightened because a 4 yr old boy just died from the flu. We were afraid that we were being over protective. If you feel that something isn't right, take him in.
Hope this helps.
My 2 (now 3) year old was very very sick last winter also. The Dr. told me that they aren't really concerned in little ones until the fever gets to 105-106! Scary I know, but it is true. Her fever got so high that it made blood vessels rupture in her nose. It is so very scary I know - but they are so resilient. Fevers are a good thing. It means her body is fighting and that's a good sign. Just hang in there - it will pass.
Sounds like everything is normal. Take her to the emergency room at 104.5. Give her pedialite and water. Fever is the natural way the human body fights disease. It does 2 things, increase your fighter T-cells and your white blood immunity cells. The other thing is when we have a fever disease is unable to live in that environment so a fever actually kills disease.
How Long Before a Dog with Parvo Begins Showing Symptoms?
Parvo is a systemic infection that affects the intestinal lining in canines. The infection can spread through a litter of puppies by way of infected feces. Puppies usually die within hours or days after symptoms show up. Dehydration is the primary cause of death, and treatment with fluids can save a puppy if applied quickly and forcibly. Veterinarians treating a puppy with parvo will usually begin an I.V. immediately, hoping to combat the illness with a flood of fluids to hydrate the puppy. An infusion of promethazine, or some other anti-nausea drug, will help prevent reguritation.
If your puppy, or puppies, are exposed to the parvo virus, they may not show symptoms until six to ten days afterwards. These symptoms include a watery diarrhea, vomiting, weakness and loss of appetite. Parvo is a very serious and deadly condition for dogs, and once they have contacted the virus, the chance of survival is less than twenty percent. Even so, with prompt and aggressive treatment, some puppies have survived this deadly disease. Proper treatment of parvo includes a good supply of fluids and antibiotics, as well as other nutrients added to rehydration solutions.
Parvo should be treated as soon as possible. If you cannot afford the services of a veterinarian, you should aggressively treat your puppy by forcing liquids with a meat basting syringe. Gatorade, clear broth or infant pedialyte can help hydrate a sick puppy, but must be forcibly given as often as possible. Home treatment must replicate the treatment from a veterinary office which provides hydration intravenously, so you must force the liquids every few minutes. You can make an effective oral rehydration solution by adding a teaspoon of salt and two tablespoons of sugar to a quart of sugar.
The cardiac form of parvo affects the respiratory system of dogs. Cardiovascular parvo is rare, and is usually contacted by the unborn puppy before birth. Puppies may be stillborn or die soon after birth, due to the disease causing cardiovascular failure. The utero infection will normally affect all of the unborn puppies. Keeping dogs vaccinated against parvo from three weeks to age three or four has greatly reduced the presence of this form of parvo at birth.
Parvo is a preventable disease. Vaccines given at six to eight weeks can protect a litter of puppies from this devastating killer. Many people can lose every puppy they have from parvo. If one puppy has it, chances are every puppy will become infected. Since symptoms can take up to six days to show up, if one puppy shows signs of parvo, you should take every puppy in the litter to the vet immediately. Dogs should have parvo vaccines every three weeks following the intial vaccination, up to twenty weeks of age. Booster shots should also be given after a year of age and every year afterwards.
Parvo is a disease that spreads quickly and should be taken seriously. It is considered extremely contagious. If one puppy has it, you are right to assume every puppy will be affected. Disinfecting the kennel or sleeping area of the dogs with bleach can help, but once exposed, every puppy should be examined by a veterinarian immediately. The parvo virus has been known to stay active and affect the soil of a contaminated kennel area for up to one year.
Do not expect any result except death if puppy or dog is not promptly treated. The vaccinations available are harmless and offer protection from all known strains of the disease.
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Doctors usually define catarrh as an excess of thick phlegm or mucus in one of the airways or cavities of the body. What are the symptoms of catarrh?
Doctors usually define catarrh as an excess of thick phlegm or mucus in one of the airways or cavities of the body.
This most commonly occurs in the sinuses at the front of the face either side of the nose, but can also occur in the throat, ears or chest.
Although catarrh is not a condition in itself, it's often a symptom of other conditions such as a cold, hay fever or other types of allergy-triggered problem, or nasal polyps (fleshy swellings inside the nose).
Catarrh is caused by the body's natural defences – the immune system – reacting to an infection or irritation.
When this occurs, it sends white blood cells to the source of the infection or irritation, which then releases molecules that cause the mucous membranes to swell and produce mucus.
There is no specific explanation for malaise or the fluish feeling. It is a sensation that cannot be definitely measured and may vary from person to person. Although subjective, some features that may be noted includes:
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Dizziness or lightheaded
- Changes in blood pressure
- Changes in heart rate
- Changes in blood glucose
- Changes in blood gas levels
The severity of these symptoms may vary from person to person and is also dependent on the underlying cause. However, it is important to note that a fluish feeling is not always due to the flu (influenza) or any related systemic infection. It may be experienced with a number of conditions like diabetes mellitus, heart attack, cancer or autoimmune diseases. Even in these instances, malaise may precede the onset of other more definitive symptoms.
Therefore a fluish feeling should not be taken as a sign of the upcoming flu particularly in a person who is at high risk of developing other conditions. This especially applies to people over the age of 40 years, who are obese, with a history of cigarette smoking and family history of ailments like heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and cancer. The elderly need to be particularly cautious with regards to a fluish feeling.
Malaise is a common symptom in a wide range of conditions. It may occur for a short period in acute diseases or acute flareups of chronic diseases. Sometimes malaise is persistent for much longer periods – even months and years.
Infections are one of the most common cause of the fluish feeling even when it is not the influenza virus involved. It is the systemic infections, most of which are viral, that are more likely to contribute to malaise.
- Influenza – seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine flu)
- Lyme disease
- Rhinovirus infection (common cold)
- Chronic viral hepatitis
There are various other systemic infections that cause cause malaise. The presence of a fever and swollen lymph nodes is a common indicator of an infection. Travelers to endemic areas, particularly in developing nations without proper vaccinations, should be cautious about malaise as it may be the first sign of an infection.
Any condition that compromises heart function will lead to malaise. This includes changes to heart rate and rhythm. Blood can therefore not be adequately re-oxygenated and distributed throughout the body as is usually the case. Vascular conditions are less likely to cause malaise.
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Congestive cardiac failure (CCF)
- Pericarditis, especially viral pericarditis
Reduced lung function or constriction of the airways hampers gas exchange with the blood and therefore its oxygenation or the flow of oxygen rich air into the lungs. The subsequent build up of carbon dioxide in the blood (hypercapnia) and changes in blood pH may also be contributing factors to malaise associated with the respiratory system.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Acute bronchitis
- Pulmonary tuberculosis (lung TB)
Endocrine disorders are diseases pertaining to the glands and hormones. These structures and chemicals are responsible for regulating almost all activity in the body, including the metabolic rate, water and electrolyte levels, and blood glucose. Although symptoms of endocrine dysfunction is not always apparent immediately, dysfunction tends to lead to non-specific symptoms such as malaise.
- Diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes)
- Underactive or overactive thyroid gland
- Adrenal gland disorders
- Pituitary gland dysfunction
Autoimmune disorders where the immune system turns against the body’s own tissues may present with malaise apart from localized symptoms pertaining to the organ that is affected. Immune deficient states where the immune defenses are weakened may increase the chances of recurrent infections from various pathogens. Malaise may sometimes be a constant feeling apart from the symptoms specific to each infection.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Long term diabetes mellitus
A flu-like feeling can occur shortly after vaccinations but is usually short-lived. This is a response of the immune system as it develops protection against the specific disease.
Malignant tumors may also contribute to malaise even when the cancer is well localized. However, it is cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma that are more likely to present with non-specific symptoms like malaise for a long period of time even in the absence of other symptoms. Some cancers produce and secrete certain hormone-like substances into the bloodstream – carcinoid syndrome. Metastatic spread involving cancer on multiple sites, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are among the more common cancer causes of malaise.
The most common hematological causes of malaise is severe anemia. However, changes in blood pH and a build up of wastes in the bloodstream (uremia) associated with kidney disorders are other common causes. Very serious cases includes septicemia where there is an accumulation of bacterial toxins in the bloodstream.
Richard Wenzel: In a study during SARS outbreak in China, masks appeared to be protective, however you are correct, there has to be a tight fit of the mask around the face. Currently, we would recommend N-95 masks if this disease progresses in the US.
Potomac, Md.: How do I know if my kids have the swine flu or just a cold? They both have sore throats, fevers, coughs.
Richard Wenzel: Children or adults with fever and muscle aches and cough with or without diarrhea and vomiting should today be tested for influenza in light of the growing numbers of swine flu patients being identified in the US.
Tampa Bay, Fla.: Could you talk a little about recognizing the difference between a cold and a flu. Is fever the key factor? What about runny nose?
Richard Wenzel: Fever and cough are very distinguishing features of influenza. A running nose by itself is more likely a common cold virus, rhinovirus.
Washington D.C.: Any ideas as to why this disease only appears to be fatal in Mexico?
Richard Wenzel: Interesting question, since the virus seems to be the same in both the US and Mexico. Therefore, we have to look at the host: possibilities include some protective cross reacting antibodies in US patients that are not present in Mexican patients, possible the air pollution in Mexico City that damages the airways, and possibility malnutrition in some patients in Mexico. However, the bottom line is that we do not know.
Anonymous: North Potomac, Md. We are flying to Albany, N.Y. later this week. Should we wear surgical masks on the plane? Thanks
Richard Wenzel: At this point it is probably not necessary. Large planes such as 758s have laminar airflow (ceiling to floor) which offers additional protection. However, if possible, I would move away from someone with any obvious respiratory infection.
Richmond, Va.: I have a toddler who sucks her thumb/fingers. How do I keep her "germ free" at a playground -- esp. in light of swine flu. Would a baby wipe be effective until we're able to get to a place to wash her hands?
Richard Wenzel: In general alcohol wipes will kill the influenza virus. However, I know how often you would have to apply this to your toddler's hands.
Alexandria, Va.: Is there an incubation period? And, if so, are you contagious during this period?
Richard Wenzel: In general, the incubation period is two to five days. Adult patients will excrete the virus for up to a week, but young children can excrete virus for two to three weeks. People who are immune suppressed who are infected with influenza can excrete the virus for over three weeks after infection.
Rockville, Md.: Any clues as to why this outbreak is occurring so late in the season? Why do flu outbreaks usually only occur in the winter months?
Richard Wenzel: Of interest, the 1918 influenza pandemic began in the Spring and recurred the following Winter. No one knows why the virus usually occurs in the Winter and Spring on an annual basis. There is more crowding indoors in the Winter and Spring and less humidity, and some experts think that these are important in explaining the seasonal nature of influenza.
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As expected on our blog Pandémiedegrippe.com the & rsquo; flu epidemic 2015 in France hits hard. The epidemic activity is increasing: within three weeks of a flu epidemic, 925 000 people have consulted a general practitioner
Last week, in France, the incidence rate of cases of influenza-like illness seen in general practice was estimated at 746 case 100 000 people, is well above the epidemic threshold (173 case 100 000 people). L & rsquo; flu epidemic 2015 in France, started there are now three weeks, and has a particularly strong start if the & rsquo; compared to past epidemics.
C & rsquo; Limousin is the rate that & rsquo; highest incidence (1487 case 100 000 people), and Picardy 974 /100 000) and Champagne-Ardenne (922/100 000). More, emphasizes Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research), all regions has an incidence rate higher than the national epidemic threshold.
Despite the Prediction d & rsquo; a vaccine against influenza 2015 that & rsquo; inefficient is expected, the authorities have recommended an extension of the vaccination campaign against influenza 2015.
We must monitor its symptoms and quickly check if the & rsquo; there are signs of complications. Vulnerable people should could be offered a treatment as antiviral Tamiflu especially if their flu symptoms are nothing more than 48 hours.
Lupus and Photosensitivity: When the Sun is Your Enemy
- Do you feel like the sun is your enemy?
- Have you noticed that you have flares or feel less than fantastic during warmer sunnier months or with increased sun exposure?
- Do you get rashes or irritated skin after exposure to the sun?
- Are you sensitive to fluorescent lighting?
- Have you been diagnosed with lupus?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are most likely photosensitive. Back to top
Simply stated, it means that you have an unusually strong reaction to sunlight. Statistics show that more than half of all lupus sufferers are also light sensitive, making this issue an important one to understand. An even more alarming statistic is that 40-70% of those with lupus will notice an increase in lupus symptoms or the severity of symptoms after exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays. This can come from both natural and artificial lighting- like fluorescent bulbs. For lupus patients, some of the medications that are prescribed can also increase photosensitivity. Back to top
A few things may alert or confirm that you that you may be photosensitive:
- Rashes may develop across the nose and cheeks after sun exposure; this is known as the butterfly rash, commonly afflicting those with lupus. For more information on rashes and lupus, please read our blog on the topic of Lupus Rashes.
- Sun exposure may actually cause a lupus flare, resulting in fever, joint pain, and more serious organ inflammation. This type of reaction makes being “sun smart” necessary when you have lupus.
- Photosensitivity can be confirmed by photo-tests. Artificial light from varied sources is shone on small areas of the skin to see if the rash can be reproduced or if a sunburn occurs more easily than expected.
Of course, like all lupus symptoms, the severity and frequency are different for each individual with lupus. Some may have severe photosensitivity while others may have none. Pay attention to how your own body reacts to UV exposure. We encourage you to make notes and discuss the results with your medical caregiver. Back to top
Lupus and Photosensitivity: What can I do to protect myself?
When the weather is nice and the weekend has arrived, outdoors tends to call to us (as long as we are feeling well enough), right? Summertime or sunny time means barbecues, beach trips, picnics, hikes, bike rides, lounging in the backyard, gardening, etc. We want to spend time with our family and friends doing fun things and not feel left out, but being photosensitive may make us rethink our decision to join in outdoor activities. For those who have photosensitivity and live in a year-round sunny climate, this may be a 365 day dilemma. Does having photosensitivity mean that you cannot do these things at all? Of course not. There are ways to be smart about your sun exposure, “sun smart”, if you will.
The facts are clear, regardless of whether you are photosensitive or not: research shows that too much UV radiation can cause sunburns which can lead to skin cancer, some of which can be deadly. These UV rays can also damage your skin, causing wrinkles and premature aging. If you are photosensitive, these are real concerns in addition to the flares and rashes.
- The best rule is to avoid midday sun between 10am and 4pm. Even if the day is overcast, those powerful UV rays are not all filtered out by cloud cover.
- Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Be liberal with your sunscreen application as it takes around one ounce to cover your entire body. Sweating, swimming, and clothing can all remove sunscreen so be vigilant about re-applying regularly and don’t forget the back of your neck, ears, and scalp!
- Wear clothing that covers exposed skin. Long shirts and pants in lightweight, loose fitting, fabrics can keep your skin protected and keep you cooler! A wide brimmed hat is also a must have for those with photosensitivity.
We hope this has been helpful information in providing you with a guide to photosensitivity and lupus. It is still possible to enjoy the warm summer months, but if you are photosensitive, you need to be sun smart! In truth, everyone can learn to keep safe while still living a life in the sun, not just those suffering from lupus. Back to top
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Regardless of age, a woman's hormones all work together like a symphony; if one part of the orchestra is not functioning properly, then the melody you produce is out of tune. Signs of hormonal imbalance in women are a very real quality of life issue. All women need to be aware these signs of hormone imbalance.
Over the last 100 years as we have doubled our life expectancy, the soft tissue glands which create our hormones are being forced to produce them longer than ever. Our increasingly stressful lives, worsening nutrition and lack of proper fitness combine to result in declining levels of hormones in our bodies.
Even when only one unbalanced hormone is present, it may result in the following hormonal imbalance symptoms in women.