MDI = metered dose inhaler.
Information from references 8, 13, and 16 through 20.
Therapies That May Be Effective for the Common Cold in Children
Variable, up to 28 days
High-dose inhaled corticosteroids in children who are wheezing8
One to five years
Budesonide (Pulmicort), 1,600 mcg by MDI with nebuhaler or 3,200 mcg by MDI with nebuhaler and face mask, if needed
Until asymptomatic for 24 hours
One to five years
Beclomethasone, 2,250 mcg daily by MDI
One to three years
affects the digestive system only, mainly:
gas and wind
stomach cramps diarrhoea
usually immediate and affecting more that one part of the body-
digestion: nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea
skin: swelling eczema, hives
airways: wheezing, coughing, congestion and a runny nose
anaphylaxis: most known to happen in peanuts allergy but can be triggered by all sorts of food ingestion.
Some people who react to milk may either have Coeliac disease or Non Coeliac Gluten Intolerance. This is because these people also develop lactose intolerance. Please read our dedicated page for this. Read More »»
Currently the only 100% successful treatment for milk allergies is total avoidance of milk proteins. Infants who develop milk allergy, usually outgrow the condition. However, if the infants are breast-fed, the lactating mothers are given an elimination diet. If symptoms are not relieved or if the infants are bottle-fed, milk substitute formulas are used to provide the infant with a complete source of nutrition. Milk substitutes include soy milk, rice milk, and hypoallergenic formulas based on hydrolysed protein or free amino acids. Please note soy milk is hyperallergenic i.e. it is easy for the immune system to think it is harmful.
As explained above food allergy is triggered by proteins and the immune system mistakenly thinks they are harmful proteins. Proteins are broken down by enzymes when digested, and lack of proper breakdown may be the cause for the proteins to become allergens. Hence, as explained in Better Nutrition Journal and several medical papers enzyme therapy can help eliminate or minimise symptoms. Read Enzymes to the Rescue. Commercially available enzymes that break down proteins are available on the market and a very effective product is availably in the 'products' section here. Prolactazyme Forte does a brilliant job in most cases and can be used by children and adults alike.
FOOD POISONING STORIES
Years ago, my husband and I ate at a “hole in the wall” Mexican restaurant. He thought his meal tasted great. Mine was pretty good too. While we were waiting for the check, he started to feel sick. It came on so fast. He got up to go look for the bathroom and immediately started vomiting. He left a trail of vomit all the way to the bathroom (which unfortunately was the women’s bathroom, poor guy). Anyway, when he finished vomiting he felt fine. Two hours later, he had a big bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce. I suspect that this type of food poisoning was from the toxins produced either by Staphylococcus aureus or Bacillus cereus since it came on so suddenly and was over so quickly. No one else caught it from him which further supports a diagnosis of food poisoning.
Another example of obvious non-contagious food poisoning happened to my sister and her coworker recently. They went to happy hour (at 5pm) at a local restaurant and shared an appetizer of fried calamari with a dipping sauce. At 10pm, they were both vomiting. Since they don't live together and didn't eat anything else that was the same that day, I am very certain that they got food poisoning from that shared appetizer. The dipping sauce was probably sitting out barely warm under a heat lamp all afternoon growing toxin producing bacteria. No one else caught it from them so that further suggests that it was food poisoning.
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.
Here's some information about cold and flu problems.
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In the United States, about 36,000 people (mostly over the age of 65) die each year from the flu.
The flu is spread from person to person through coughs and sneezes. Sometimes people get the flu by touching something with the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. This can happen at home, work, church or school -- anywhere that we share close space or touch the same things, like chairs and tables, doors, and shopping carts.
- Stay home.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Wait 24 hours after your fever has gone away before going out.
- Get lots of rest.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, or with your upper sleeve or the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid smoking and drinking.
- Wash your hands often.
The flu should clear up on its own. Call a doctor if you:
- Have a fever above 102 degrees for more than 1-2 days.
- Have symptomes that last longer than 10 days.
- Have a fever and also develop a rash.
- Get worse instead of better.
- Get better and then get sick again.
Get immediate medical attention for trouble breathing, dizziness, confusion, chest pain, repeated vomiting or other severe symptoms. Call a doctor if a child under 2, adult over 65, pregnant woman, or person with a chronic medical condition (including diabetes, asthma or heart disease) gets the flu.
We all want to protect our families and our community as best we can. That starts with taking care of ourselves and staying healthy. Each year there are new flu viruses -- and a new vaccine to fight th
The flu vaccine contains flu viruses that are grown in a laboratory and then killed (also called "inactivated"). These are made into a vaccine, which can be injected or sprayed in the nose to help protect against the flu. The vaccine is not a treatment for people who already have the flu. Instead, it helps prevent people from getting the flu in the first place. The vaccine builds our body's ability to fight the flu.
Everyone over 6 months old should get the flu vaccine each year. It is especially important for people who are more likely to get sick, and those who can spread the virus to others. This includes children between 6 months and 5 years old (especially children younger than 2); adults over 65; pregnant women; people with chronic medical conditions including diabetes, asthma, heart disease, cancer, and HIV; people who live in nursing homes; and health care workers. Those who live with or care for children less than 6 months of age should also get the vaccine.
Certain people should talk with a doctor before getting a flu shot. This includes people who have had a severe allergic reaction to eggs or to a previous flu shot; people who have had Guillain-Barre Syndrome; or anyone who has a fever.
Yes, it is okay to get the vaccine if you have a mild illness -- as long as you do not have a fever.
I got a flu vaccine a year* ago. Do I still need another one?
Yes. The flu vaccine changes every year, to protect against new flu viruses that are expected. Last year's vaccine may not protect against this year's viruses.
Your doctor can provide the flu vaccine. Low cost flu vaccines are also available at most pharmacies. The Long Beach Health Department will be providing flu shots by appointment beginning October 10th - please call (562) 570-4315 to set up an appointment.
Die Impfung gegen Grippe jährlich erneuern zu lassen ist deshalb ratsam, da die Grippeviren ständig ihre Struktur ändern und Sie deshalb trotz Impfung in der nächsten Grippesaison nicht mehr ausreichend geschützt sind. Die empfohlenen Impfstoffe enthalten eine Mischung, die gegen verschiedene Grippeviren wirksam sind. Die Grippeimpfung kann aber nur der Influenza vorbeugen: Ein grippaler Infekt (Erkältung) lässt sich mit einem Grippeimpfstoff nicht verhindern.
Für folgende Personengruppen gilt die vorbeugende Impfung gegen Grippe als besonders empfehlenswert:
- für Personen über 60 Jahre
- für Schwangere ab dem zweiten Schwangerschaftsdrittel (bei erhöhter Gesundheitsgefahr wegen einer anderen Grunderkrankung ab dem ersten Schwangerschaftsdrittel)
- für Kinder, Jugendliche und Erwachsene mit einer erhöhten gesundheitlichen Gefährdung infolge eines Grundleidens wie chronische Lungenerkrankungen, Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen, Lebererkrankungen und Nierenerkrankungen, Diabetes und andere Stoffwechselkrankheiten, chronischen neurologischen Erkrankungen wie multiple Sklerose, Immunschwäche, HIV-Infektion
- für Bewohner von Alters- oder Pflegeheimen
- für Menschen mit erhöhtem Ansteckungsrisiko, zum Beispiel medizinisches Personal oder Personen in Einrichtungen mit umfangreichem Publikumsverkehr
- für jeden, der Menschen mit erhöhtem Gesundheitsrisiko betreut und diese so im Fall einer Infektion anstecken könnte,
- für Menschen mit direktem Kontakt zu Geflügel und Wildvögeln (schützt zwar nicht vor der Vogelgrippe, kann aber einer gleichzeitigen Infektion durch menschliche Grippeviren und Vogelgrippeviren vorbeugen)
- für jeden, wenn (aufgrund von Erfahrungen in anderen Ländern) eine Grippeepidemie oder ein neuer Virustyp zu erwarten ist und hierfür schon ein Grippeimpfstoff zur Verfügung steht
In einigen Fällen kommen auch sogenannte Neuraminidasehemmer vorbeugend gegen Grippe zum Einsatz: Manche Ärzte halten eine Behandlung mit diesen Medikamenten zum Beispiel für sinnvoll, wenn wegen einer Vorerkrankung eine Schutzimpfung nicht möglich ist oder wenn (z.B. wegen eines geschwächten Immunsystems) nur ein geringer Impfschutz gegen Influenza besteht.
Auch für bestimmte Personengruppen (wie medizinisches Personal) können diese Wirkstoffe in Betracht kommen – zum Beispiel wenn ein wirksamer Impfstoff gegen ein neues Grippevirus (noch) fehlt. Um der Virusgrippe vorzubeugen, ist jedoch die Grippeimpfung die Maßnahme der ersten Wahl.
Wenn Sie schon eine Grippe haben, können Sie ihrer Ausbreitung vorbeugen, indem Sie eine Ansteckung Ihrer Mitmenschen und somit neue Grippefälle vermeiden. Dazu ist es wichtig, dass Sie:
- beim Niesen und Husten Ihre Nase und Ihren Mund bedecken (dabei nicht in die nackte Hand husten oder niesen, sondern z.B. in die Armbeuge),
- sich regelmäßig die Hände waschen,
- statt Stofftaschentüchern Papiertaschentücher verwenden und
- benutzte Einweg-Papiertaschentücher direkt entsorgen.
Neben der Impfung gegen Grippe (Influenza) ist für bestimmte Personengruppen eine Pneumokokken-Schutzimpfung empfehlenswert, die einer Lungenentzündung durch Pneumokokken wirksam vorbeugen kann. Die Pneumokokken-Schutzimpfung ist wichtig für:
- Menschen ab dem 60. Lebensjahr
- Säuglinge bis zum 24. Lebensmonat
- Kinder, Jugendliche und Erwachsene mit einer schweren Grunderkrankung
Avian influenza, or bird flu, is an illness caused by influenza A viruses. While most forms of bird flu are mild, concern has grown over more serious forms of bird flu, particularly the H5N1 virus that has been known to cause death in humans. Many wild birds carry influenza viruses with no symptoms, but when flu viruses spread to domesticated birds, they may become ill. Because of the deadly H5N1 outbreaks that have been seen in places like Asia and Europe since 2003, and the rare instances of human infection, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control urges all poultry workers to know the signs of illness in birds and take preventive measures.
Chickens with bird flu may cough, sneeze and have nasal discharge, which may be bloody. Respiratory symptoms may be mild in birds suffering from common, mild forms of avian influenza, according to the World Health Organization. Chickens sick with bird flu may also have diarrhoea.
- 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.