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Sneeze, Sneeze Go Away... Allergies, Ugh

If you see someone wearing a mask it may not be because of the ‘rona it may just be because they don’t want to breathe in all the pollen flying through the air. 

Those lucky enough not to suffer from seasonal allergies may not understand what the big deal is but let me paint you a little picture. The cells in your body are just minding their own business when all of a sudden the air raid sirens start going off like. Not like the weekly tornado test sirens that we all ignore, but like seek-a-bomb-shelter type alarm starts going off inside our body and our cells start freaking out. Histamine and leukotrienes start being produced causing an increase in blood volume resulting in congestion and inflammation [hello runny nose, sinus pressure, headache, flushed skin, itchiness, watery eyes] The histamine is how our cells are trying to combat all the pollen entering our body. The body knows this pollen is a foreign intruder. And since our cells make terrible preppers they...

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Fever... How hot is too hot pt 2

 In the last blog, here, I explained why we develop a fever sometimes due to infection. I also explained some other characteristics of the person with a fever that would require that I take a closer look: overall appearance, extremes of age, a poorly functioning immune system, and some social issues I must consider. 

I had alluded to the fact that not all fevers are due to an infection. Now, I want to explain some of the issues that can cause elevated body temperature when no bacterial or viral culprit is to blame.

Illicit Drugs

Certain illicit drugs, like amphetamines, can cause body temperature to elevate higher than what we usually see with infectious causes. MDMA (ecstasy), a common rave drug, causes users to want to have move their bodies more (like dance), it causes increases in serotonin, and it causes the cells themselves to release energy as heat rather than storing it. 

Drug-drug interactions

Sometimes prescription or over-the-counter drugs can interact...

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Fever... when hot is too hot part 1

I remember one time I was working at a large hospital, and about 1 am a mother brought her toddler in with a rectal temperature of 106.5. Even for those of us who see a lot of kids with fever, that’s pretty high. We did a full evaluation including blood work, x-rays, and lumbar puncture and got the kid admitted to the pediatric service while we waited to see if the blood cultures grew anything.  This child did fine and went home after a couple of days. Fevers continue to be one of the most common reasons people come to the hospital or see their doctors, especially in the pediatric age group.

 

I like to educate people about fevers because there are so many misconceptions. Everyone’s grandmother has an antidote for fever. Everyone knows someone who knows someone whose “brain was fried” due to fever. So many myths, so little time…

 

Aside from some unusually high fevers, usually caused by issues other than infection (discussed in the next...

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Health Tip Collection

Our collection of health tips


Vitamins

Where to start? Think about starting with a multi-vitamin. Typically, a multi-vitamin has 7 ingredients:

Vitamin D
Magnesium
Calcium
Zinc
Iron
Folate
Vitamin B12

**But if you struggle with constipation a multi-vitamin with iron may worsen the problem.

Not all vitamins are created equal. Look at the quality of the vitamins. Read the instructions. Some are best taken with food, some without. Remember, vitamins are used to supplement what you aren't receiving from a proper diet.


Migraines

Migraines are miserable. Understanding your migraine triggers can be key to keeping your pain at bay. Did you know food triggers can occur up to 24 hours after consumption? By tracking your food you are more likely to zero in on a pattern and begin experimenting with eliminating certain foods from your diet. Even though Excedrin Migraine contains caffeine to help combat your migraine, too much caffeine can cause rebound headaches. By tracking and potentially...

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