Cold and Flu Survival Guide

Cold and Flu Survival Guide | A&P Urgent Care

On average an adult comes down with 2 or 3 colds each year and not recieving the annual flu vaccine puts you at risk for the flu as well. Here are a few tips to keep the colds away this winter.

1. Eat yogurt for breakfast to assist your digestive tract with probiotics

2. Open a window when someone at home is sick to circulate the air and get the germs out

3. Eat mushrooms to increase T cells and decrease inflammation

4. Not stand or sit by someone sneezing and coughing

5. Don’t touch your face

6. Sleep 7 hours a night

7. Use a Neti Pot to flush germ particles out of your sinuses

8. If you start feeling a cold coming take a Zinc lozenge

11. Tapping on your breast bone around the 3rd rib will release T cells to sttack germs in your bloodstream

12. Drink lots of fluids

13. If you think it is the flu get a prescription for Tamiflu as soon as possible

14. Eat Elderberry extract

15. Take probiotic supplements to recover faster and have less symptoms

16. Use a humidifier

17. Eat spicy food to clear your sinuses

18. Inhale essential oils

19. Don’t go to the gym when you are sick, if you want to workout go on a walk

20. Gargle salt water to kill bacteria in yout throat

21. Eat warm chicken soup to help your throat and white blood cells

22. Eat honey because it has antimicrobial elements and soothes sore throats

23. Eat a popscicle for a sore throat

24. Sit up as much as possible. Lying down collects mucus in your sinuses and chest and can lead to a secondary infection

Click here to read the full article on CNN.

 

 

 

Flu Shot Facts

Flu Shot Facts | A&P Urgent Care

Flu season officially started last week and can last through March in some areas. You should get the Flu shot as early as you can because it take the body about two weeks to begin producing antibodies after the vaccine has been administered. You can go to any local pharmacy and sometimes your place of work will bring in a doctor to give Flu shots to keep their employees healthy. While most people that encounter the Flu will just require rest some people are more prone to complications. Pregnant women, the elderly, the young, and people with other health conditions such as asthma are at a increased risk and should recieve the Flu vaccine to guard against these issues. When you get a Flu vaccine you are not only protecting yourself but people around you as well, if you work with children under 6 months old you should get the vaccine to protect the children too. If needles are a scary thought for you there are new ways to reieve the vaccine. You can have a nasal spray, intradermally, or a cell-based vaccine.

Click here to read the full article by Anna Almendrala on Huffington Post.

Germs Spread Quickly in Hospitals

Germs Spread Quickly in Hospitals | A&P Urgent Care

Most people fear hospitals because of all the germs lingering in the air when you enter an emergency room. Dr. Marco-Felipe King from the UK created GIFs showing how quickly germs spread from person to person in a hospital room. He and his colleagues at the university of Leeds created  hospital rooms with 4 patients inside and released bacteria. They watched the bacteria travel several feet using tempeture seeking video. The biggest culprit and sending germs around the room was the ventilation system and how close an infectious patient was to the air vent. Another surprising discovery was that when doctors work with one patient in one room there are fewer germs on their hands as compared to one doctor treating multiple patients in one room. Infectious diseases spread easily and you should avoid entering a hospital unless absolutely necessary to not increase your risk of catching other illnesses.

Click here to read the full article by Korin Miller on Yahoo Health.

Your Heart and Cholesterol

Your Heart and Cholesterol | A&P Urgent Care

Cholestrol has recieves a bad reputation in the last few years with Heart Disease on the rise, but there is also good cholestrol in your body. There are two types of Cholestrol, Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL)  and High density Lipoprotieins (HDL). LDLs are the bad kind which clog up your arteries and slow blood flow. HDLs  are the good kind of cholosterol and they break down build up og LDLs and carry them to your Liver to be disposed of. There are a few lifestyle changes that can control to keep your cholestrerol levels healthy.

  1. Limit Triglycerides
  2. Stop Smoking
  3. Lower Blood Pressure
  4. Slimmer Waist Size
  5. Increase Physical Activity
  6. Diabetes

Factors that you can not control are:

  1. Men have a greater chance for heart attacks when they are young and women are after menopause
  2. Greater risj over 65
  3. African-Americans, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans as well as some Asian Americans have greater risk than Causcasians.
  4. If your grandparents had heart disease you are a t a greater risk.

Though you can not change any of the above factors you can make the lifestly changes necessary to limit your risk of getting heart disease.

Click here to read the full article by Tony Rehagen on WebMD.

Humans May Be Able To Make Their Own Vaccines

Humans May Be Able To Make Their Own Vaccines | A&P Urgent Care

Scientists are reaserching a new type of vaccines that will cause the body to use it’s own cells to make the anitbodies faster therefore inproving their chances of being protected. Right now it takes about 9 months for our bodies to produce antibodies and some viruses mutate so fast we can not protect ourselves quick enough to be immune. Also, a virus can mutate before the vaccine is even given to the public like H1N1 in 2009. With the recent Ebola outbreak one American that survived donated his blood plasma to other Americans who were infected to give them blood that already had antibodies that knew how to fight Ebola. Doctors now want to use this method for other diseases. It will work by taking one persons blood that has fought of the said disease, picking out the strain of antibodies, copying them several times, and then injecting them into other people. This is more effective than traditional vaccines because it is almost instantly giving the body defense against the disease.

Click here to read the full article by Tia Ghose on Mashable.