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Sniffles, sore throat, fever, and aches and pains may accompany a number of illnesses, but during the wintertime such symptoms are typically indicative of influenza. Throughout much of North America, flu season peaks between December and February. But flu season can occur anywhere from October to March, advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu is contagious and can sideline people for extended periods of time. The CDC says that each year one in five Americans gets the flu. Taking steps to fend off the flu can help men and women and the people they routinely come in contact with. Foods Food can be used to fend of the flu. Common foods that many people already have in their pantries can be powerful flu-fighters. Garlic, for example, contains compounds that have direct antiviral effects and may help destroy the flu before it affects the body. Raw garlic is best. In addition to garlic, citrus fruits, ginger, yogurt, and dark leafy greens can boost immunity and fight the flu, according to Mother Nature’s Network. The British Journal of Nutrition notes that dark chocolate supports T-helper cells, which increase the immune system’s ability to defend against infection. A study published in the American Journal of Therapeutics showed that carnosine, a compound found in chicken soup, can help strengthen the body’s immune system and help fight off the flu in its early stages. Flu shot and medications Annual flu shots administered in advance of flu season can help protect people and their families from getting the flu. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that, in select situations, antiviral medications — which are usually prescribed to treat the flu and lessen symptoms — can reduce the chance of illness in people exposed to influenza. Many over-the-counter medicines can alleviate symptoms of the flu, but cannot fend it off. Stop germ proliferation Germs can be spread easily between persons through direct contact and indirect contact with surfaces sick individuals have touched. Doctors recommend staying home for at least 24 hours after a flu-induced fever has dissipated. Well individuals should avoid contact with sick people. Frequent hand-washing with soap and water can stop germs from spreading. When soap and water is not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help. People also should avoid touching their eyes, noses and mouths after being in public places or around someone who is ill. Rest and restore Those who feel symptoms coming on should begin drinking more liquids to keep the respiratory system hydrated and make mucus less viscous. Remember to get adequate sleep, as a tired body cannot effectively fight the flu virus. People of all ages should take steps to protect themselves from the flu.
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How handwashing helps fight infection There are many ways to avoid infection, but few might be as simultaneously simple and effective as handwashing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps a person can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. While skeptics might question just how big an impact handwashing can have, the science behind washing hands paints a pretty strong picture of just how beneficial this particular component of personal hygiene can be. How germs get you sick The CDC notes that feces from people and animals are considerable sources of germs, including salmonella and E. coli. These germs can get onto people’s hands after they use the toilet or change a diaper. People who handle raw meats also be exposed to such germs, as these foods can contain invisible amounts of animal feces on them. The amount of germs contained in small amounts of feces may come as a shock. Research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology found that a single gram of human feces weighing about as much as a paper clip can contain one trillion germs.
What does handwashing do? With so many germs floating around, it may seem as though something as simple as handwashing couldn’t be nearly as effective as it’s said to be. But the CDC notes that handwashing removes germs from hands, thereby removing an easy way for germs to enter the body and be passed on to others. For instance, many people habitually touch their eyes, nose and mouth without thinking twice, and doing so provides an easy way for germs to enter the body via the hands. By washing their hands, people can cut off this easy entryway for germs. Handwashing also presents germs from entering the body while eating. Germs from unwashed hands can get into people’s food and drinks, and can even multiply in some foods and beverages, potentially contributing to illness. Washing hands also prevents the spread of germs by preventing them from being transferred from hands to handrails, table tops or toys, where they can then spread to other people’s hands. Handwashing is a simple yet effective way to stop the spread of germs. And it just might be the simplest way to avoid illnesses.
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Winter is a season of good news/ bad news for allergy sufferers. The colder weather means relief from such allergens as pollens. But more time spent indoors means more time dealing with indoor allergens such as dust, mold and pet dander. If you begin to sneeze and cough in winter and you haven’t been infected with a cold or the flu, you may be wondering where those symptoms are coming from. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, may sufferers develop the same symptoms as they do to pollen during other times of the year. If you’re uncertain what exactly you’re reacting to, allergy specialists can help you pinpoint the cause. But if it’s not severe the ACAAI has identified the most common indoor allergy suspects and what you can do to lessen your symptoms. Dust Mites Like most indoor allergens, dust mites know no season — it’s just you’re exposed to them more in the winter when you spend more time inside. If your allergy symptoms begin to become bothersome after vacuuming, sweeping or dusting, those mites have been stirred up and gotten to work. You can work to thwart dust allergies by using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, using mite-proof mattress and pillow covers, and regularly washing your linens in hot water. Installing a high-energy disposable in your heating and air-conditioning system can also help. Choose a filter with a high MERV rating. Molds Bathrooms and kitchens are the spawning grounds for indoor molds, made even peskier by the fact that most aren’t visible to the naked eye. Molds release spores into the air, activating off your allergy and asthma symptoms. Protect yourself by rinsing your nose with a saline solution after bathing. In the kitchen, take care to quickly clean up spills or leaks. Make sure your refrigerator and garbage cans are cleaned regularly. In other areas of the home, especially bathrooms and basements, dehumidifiers can reduce moisture and help reduce molds. If you’re working outdoors, wear a protective mask. Pet Dander Many people with allergies find they simply can’t be around pets; others find effective ways to keep their furry friends if they develop an allergy caused by them. But that doesn’t end their exposure or symptoms. Pets travel with their owners frequently, and so do allergies. Managing pet allergies takes some extra work and restrictions, but it’s worth it to devoted pet owners. Make sure your pet gets regular baths. Wash your hands after petting or playing with your pet. Keep them out of your bedroom and vacuum with a HEPA filter. If you’re unsure about your allergies or they become more severe, see your allergist. That way you’ll know the cause and the steps you can take to ease your symptoms — and begin enjoying life in winter again, indoors or out.
Winter illness myths Separating myth from fact when it comes to contracting an illness, especially in winter, can mean discarding the causes and warnings that may have filtered down through your family. Some myths seem to makes sense — going outside with wet hair will make you sick, for example — but the truth is even more convincing. “You get a cold or the flu because you get a virus,” said Dr. John Segreti, an epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. That doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind and go outdoors with wet hair, but that won’t make you sick. Maybe more miserable in harsh weather, but not sick. Segreti and the medical experts at Rush University pooled their knowledge to help dispel some of the more persistent and plausible myths when it comes to staying healthy in winter in an article on the university website. Just break it to your mom or grandmother easily. Body Heat Loss Chances are you’ve heard this one: You lose most of your body heat through your head. Again, makes sense, right? But research reveals people lose only 10% of body heat through heads. The smart advice: Keep your entire body warm in cold weather by wearing the appro-
priate clothing. And, of course, wear a hat. Green Mucus True or false: Green mucus means you have a bacterial infection. False. Some worry when they expel green mucus, but the good news is that it actually means that an illness you already have is ending, not the other way around. For the record: Yellow mucus means your body is still fighting that infection, and coughing up clear mucus is the sign of an oncoming illness. Flu Shots The myth that you can get the flu from a flu shot persists every year, despite the widespread facts and information disseminated that dispel it. It is true that the shot is not a guarantee you’ll avoid the flu, but it does protect against the most common strains. Even while the shot might prevent these strains from making you ill, new strains develop that are resistant to the vaccine (and no vaccine is 100% effective), likely ensuring the propagation of this myth into the future. But don’t let that stop you. Get the shot. Radiator Heat Dry heat emanating from radiators can indeed make you miserable. It can dry out your nasal passages, causing nosebleeds and other discomforts,
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The benefits of the flu vaccine A healthy lifestyle includes many different components. Diet and exercise are arguably the two most significant elements of a healthy lifestyle, but being healthy and avoiding illness involves more than just eating right and getting off the couch. Preventive care can be critical to long-term health. A healthy diet and routine exercise can help lower risk for various ailments, including heart disease and diabetes. But what about preventing more routine conditions, including the flu? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that the flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor visits every year. Despite the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, some people still don’t get one each year. But a look at some of the many benefits of being vaccinated against the flu might compel such men and women to change their minds and get their flu shots this year. • The flu shot keeps you from getting the flu. While it’s common sense to note that the flu keeps people from getting the flu, just how effective the flu vaccination can be might open the eyes of even the most ardent flu shot proponents. According to the CDC, in seasons when the flu vaccine viruses matched circulating strains, the vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor by as much as 60 percent. • The flu shot can save you money and vacation time. The CDC estimated that 48.8 million people got sick with the flu during the 201718 flu season. In addition, the CDC estimates that the
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Offices of Michael T. Bills, DDS
Bad Axe Location Bad Axe Family Dentistry 1011 S Van Dyke Rd. STE B Bad Axe, MI 48759 Phone: (989) 269-9704
Sebewaing Location Bills Family Dentistry 215 N Center Street Sebewaing, MI, 48759 Phone: (989) 883-9451