How Do You Get the Flu?
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Stuffy, achy, wheezy, can't sleep. So now you're asking yourself; how did i get the flu? Well, the answer is in this video. Just watch!
Transcript: When that stuffy, achy, wheezy, got-to-sleep-but-can't feeling hits, you know it's the FLU. There are...
When that stuffy, achy, wheezy, got-to-sleep-but-can't feeling hits, you know it's the FLU. There are various kinds of flu viruses and they are changing all the time. But whatever kind of flu bug you get, it could trigger respiratory congestion, fever, chills, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. You can get the flu in one of two ways. First, by touching a person or object contaminated with the virus and then rubbing your nose, your eyes or your mouth. Second, through the air. Because the flu virus travels within droplets that are released when an infected person talks, sneezes, or coughs, it is possible to inhale the virus. Once the flu virus has entered your system, it can take up to 4 days before you feel sick. Symptoms may then last up to 2 weeks. And it's the first 5 to 7 days that you're most contagious. The flu season peaks in January and February, but you can get it all year round. How can you protect yourself? The best way is the flu vaccine. Each year, the vaccine is re-developed to fight off the 3 most common strains that season. Other protective methods include regular hand washing with soap and hot water, not touching your face, and staying away from those who are sick. If you aren't lucky enough to dodge the flu this season, speed up your recovery by getting plenty of rest and staying well hydrated. Your doctor might also prescribe an antiviral medication that may cut a day or two from your recovery time. These antivirals are especially recommended for those with conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease that can be complicated by the flu.More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-14 | Tags »
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You've heard of sleepwalking, but what is walking pneumonia? Three types of bacteria cause this atypical pneumonia. Watch this video to learn more.
Transcript: Walking pneumonia is so named because, UNLIKE more SEVERE forms of pneumonia, it DOESN'T knock you off...
Walking pneumonia is so named because, UNLIKE more SEVERE forms of pneumonia, it DOESN'T knock you off your feet. Also known as ATYPICAL pneumonia, walking pneumonia is usually caused by one of three types of bacteria-Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, or Legionella pneumophila. MYCOPLASMA pneumoniae is responsible for 15 to 50 percent of all pneumonia cases in adults.CHLAMYDOPHILA PNEUMONIAE is behind 5 to 15 percent of all pneumonia cases. It's RELATED to the bacteria that cause chlamydia, but the two diseases are NOT similar. Mycoplasma and chlamydophila trigger similar symptoms, including chills, cough, FEVER and shortness of breath. Other symptoms are chest pain, HEADACHE, loss of appetite, LOW energy, fatigue, muscle aches, and sweating. Less common symptoms of mycoplasma pneumonia include ear pain, EYE pain and rash. Pneumonia caused by Legionella pneumophila-also known as Legionnaire's disease-- is most common in middle-aged and elderly people, smokers, and those with chronic illnesses such as heart disease and COPD or a weakened immune systems. People with Legionnaire's disease MAY also experience diarrhea and a cough that produces bloody mucus. These symptoms may worsen in the first 4-6 days and then improve over the next 4-5 days. On rare occasions Legionnaire's disease CAN cause kidney damage, the onset of COPD, diabetes and more. If your walking pneumonia treatment involves a course of antibiotics, make absolutely sure to FINISH your entire prescription even if you're feeling better-otherwise, your symptoms may return even stronger. Whether you feel like it or not, drink plenty of fluids and GET REST. Your doctor may allow you to treat your fever--and any aches and pains-- with over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin or acetaminophen. And remember, although walking pneumonia IS milder than other forms of the infection, you should still see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. To find out more about pneumonia, watch other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-13 | Tags »
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When's the last time you looked at your mucus color? Noticed any mucus color changes? Understanding mucus color can help you tell your health status.
Transcript: When you blow your nose or cough up some phlegm how do you know what's a healthy color and what's not?...
When you blow your nose or cough up some phlegm how do you know what's a healthy color and what's not? Well, clear thin mucus is usually the sign of a healthy system, but if there is a CONSISTENCY and COLOR change, there may be something wrong. If you have a bacterial or viral infection your mucus turns LIGHT YELLOW or GREEN because white blood cells that respond to an infection contain a green-tinged enzyme. It mixes with the mucus in your nose or the phlegm in your lungs and throat, changing the color. Because there is a good chance this colored mucus is a symptom of a viral infection, don't run to the doctor or take antibiotics. Instead, drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest to beat the bug. If you don't feel better in a week, THEN it's time to go to your physician. If your phlegm is thick and DARK yellow, DARK green or brown, it could indicate that your infection may have traveled to your LUNGS. If your primary symptom is constant coughing, BRONCHITIS is a real possibility. Smokers who have a persistent cough may have CHRONIC bronchitis, which can be a symptom of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - or COPD - the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. If you suspect you have chronic bronchitis, quit smoking and visit your doctor. DARK YELLOW or dark green phlegm may indicate PNEUMONIA. If the cough is also accompanied by fever, shortness of breath, sweating, chills, headache, muscle pain, fatigue and chest pain, you should see a doctor. BLOODY phlegm is an alarming symptom. It can indicate all kinds of trouble including tuberculosis, lung cancer or a pulmonary embolism -- a blood clot your lungs. Head to your doctor or the emergency room immediately. You should also seek medical assistance if you're coughing up pink, frothy mucus-this symptom could indicate that you have pulmonary edema, or fluid in your lungs. However, regardless of your mucus color -if you're really feeling unwell, see your primary physician-sooner than later. To learn more about respiratory health, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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