Flu and Cold
Experts at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting are urging caution to people about taking the flu shot who are allergic to gelatin. If you get itchy from eating gummy bears or marshmallows you might also be allergic to the ingredient in the flu shot.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have constructed a meticulous 3-D model of a common cold virus - rhinovirus-C (HRV-C) - that explains why there is no cure. But what the researchers have accomplished is a landmark that could mean we could be closer to snuffing out the sniffles.
Although a stuffy or congested nose can be caused by thick mucus blocking the nasal passage, it can also be caused by swelling and inflammation of the small blood vessels lining our sinuses, not to mention that certain medical conditions like asthma can trigger symptoms as well.
There has been a great deal of controversy about the safety of the flu vaccine. In view of the fact that the flu can be very costly in terms of lost days at work and in some extreme cases even premature death, getting the flu vaccine is certainly worth consideration. Furthermore, statistics show that the flu can be particularly dangerous for elderly people and therefore in people over 65 years old in particular the flu vaccine may prove to be life saving.
Natural treatment to sinusitis may be quite easy, but doctors may not necessarily go about recommending them.
A fever (pyrexia) is defined as an elevation of body temperature above the normal range, due to a change in the body’s temperature set-point. A fever should not be confused with hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is an elevation of body temperature due to the inability of the body to dissipate heat as rapidly as heat is being accumulated.
What constitutes a fever?