What's Going Around Aug. 26, 2012

What's Going Around Aug. 26, 2012

This week doctors are seeing back pain, dehydration and colds.
pain, which is not at all uncommon since it's affects about 80-percent of us at some point in our lives. It can be a dull constant ache, a sharp piercing

Dr. Stephen Humbard at St. Vincent Family Clinic West wants to know if you're drinking enough water? Most of us aren't - so drink up. All of us need to replace the water our bodies lost just doing normal things like sweating and using the bathroom to prevent dehydration.

If you're physically active, have a fever or diarrhea or you're vomiting you'll need more water.

Here are tips to stay hydrated while you're exercising or otherwise physically active.
  • Drink water before you're thirsty.
  • Drink water during the activity.
  • Drink several glasses of water after you're finished.
Here's something else: carry a water bottle with you. Get freezer-safe water bottles for ice-cold water all day long. Drink water instead of other beverages when eating out. And if you have to - add a squeeze of lemon or lime for flavor

Also at St. Vincent Family Clinic West, Dr. Stephen Humbard and Dr. Martha Rueda - are seeing people with colds and viral pharyngitis, which is inflammation of the pharynx. That's the part of the throat between the tonsils and the larynx. And it's the number one cause of a sore throat.

It can also cause a fever, joint pain or muscle aches - and tender or swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Throat lozenges or sprays can sometimes help. But swollen lymph nodes in the neck could be a sign of mononucleosis. See a doctor if you think you have swollen lymph nodes.

Dr. Russel Tarr at St. Vincent Family Clinic West saw at least one case of a viral bronchial infection this week. That patient - my friends - was me. Apparently many of us are having problems with a cough and congestion in the throat and chest. I tried to fight it off - but I couldn't. So the Dr. Tarr gave me an anti-biotic and a steroid pack. He tells me I’ll be good as new in a few days.

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