Strep Throat 101
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Strep throat basics, from causes and symptoms to treatment and prevention, it's 'need to know' information. Watch this video to brush up strep throat facts.
Transcript: I'll bet you've had at least one case of strep throat, but what is it? Strep, short for streptococcus...
I'll bet you've had at least one case of strep throat, but what is it? Strep, short for streptococcus pharyngitis, is a bacterial infection that often causes a severely sore throat, and it's highly contagious. All it takes is touching a contaminated object and bringing your hand back near your mouth or nose. Often, person to person contact isn't even necessary. Instead, the bacteria can be inhaled via airborne droplets if you're standing near someone who's infected and is coughing or sneezing. Once you are infected, symptoms appear in 2 to 5 days. They often include a red, painful sore throat and swollen tonsils streaked with white pus. Because of the rawness of the throat and swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, it may hurt to swallow. You may even develop fever, chills, headache, nausea, fatigue, and overall achiness. If you suspect you have strep, visit your doctor as soon as possible, so you can begin treating it. There are two ways to diagnose strep throat. A rapid antibody test gives you results of a throat swab in 15 minutes-but they're not always accurate. If your doctor sends the swab to a lab, it takes a few days to get results-but they are more accurate. Occasionally, your doctor may do one test, then follow up with the other. Soothe symptoms by gargling with warm salt water, drinking fluids, or sucking on a menthol throat lozenge. But antibiotics are usually prescribed to really treat step and prevent it from leading to rheumatic fever or other potential complications. Remember, that anytime you take antibiotics, you have to keep taking them for their full course, to fully be effective. Even if your symptoms have cleared up.More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-10 | Tags »
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You may not be able to manage an A in your art history course, but studying the tips in this video can help you manage to dodge that dorm flu and cold that'll inevitably be going around this semester.
Transcript: When people live close together, cold and flu viruses can spread through your dorm like wildfire. But...
When people live close together, cold and flu viruses can spread through your dorm like wildfire. But you'll never have to miss a class if you follow these three tricks. First, WASH your hands. Not to sound like your mother, but honestly it's one of the best defenses you have. This means more than a quick rinse. Keep scrubbing with soap and warm water for as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday." Do this before eating, touching your face, and of course, after using the bathroom. Second, find ways to reduce stress. Sounds impossible-especially during exam week-but it's important for your health. Chronic stress keeps the level of the hormone cortisol elevated. Cortisol plays an important role in your body's "fight or flight" response, increasing blood sugar levels and suppressing the immune system. This is fine when your anxiety is short-lived, but ongoing stress leaves you susceptible to illness. One quick fix: try meditation. This can be as simple as taking a few minutes to sit quietly and focus on deep breathing. The third way to stay healthy is to exercise. Exercising strengthens the immune system and helps your body fight off infections. Experts believe as your breathing increases, bacteria is forced out of the lungs-reducing your risk of a respiratory infection such as the flu or a cold. Being active also increases blood flow, as white blood cellscan detect and eliminate viruses BEFORE they've had a chance to make you sick. Aim for about 30 minutes of moderate activity most days. For more ways to stay healthy this semester, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-01-14 | Tags »
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Although 95 percent of people will get mononucleosis at some point in their lives, mono makes itself most known on college campuses. If you're experiencing symptoms of mono, like constant fatigue or general lethargy, it's probable you've got it.
Transcript: College is a hook up heaven, and that means it's also a breeding ground for mono. In fact, one in two...
College is a hook up heaven, and that means it's also a breeding ground for mono. In fact, one in two hundred college students will contract mono annually! Infectious mononucleosis is a contagious disease transmitted by saliva. The good news about mono is that it's rarely very serious. The bad news is that it will put you out of commission for a minimum of one week-and for as long as two months! Since mono is spread through saliva, it is usually transmitted via kissing, hence its nickname as the "kissing disease." But sharing cups, like in beer pong, or utensils, can also lead to mono. And so can living in confined quarters with someone who has the kissing disease. It would be easy if you could just avoid swapping saliva with an infected individual! However, mono incubates for four to eight weeks, during which time it is quite contagious - and has no symptoms. As a result, it's nearly impossible to completely avoid people who are infected. As a result of mono's long dormant period, you probably won't experience symptoms for a period of at least four weeks post-infection. But once the disease is done incubating, you'll notice a loss of appetite, chills, and severe lethargy. Several days later, these initial symptoms will often by joined by swollen lymph nodes, sore throat and a high fever. At this point, if you haven't already, you should definitely head to your college's health care providers, who will be able to test your blood to confirm mono. If you are infected, however, there's not much you can do but to tell your profs and pals, then lie low and wait it out. Treat your symptoms with over-the-counter remedies, like throat numbing sprays and ibuprofen. And remember: You may or may not still be contagious at this point, so it's best to avoid swapping saliva until you've fully recovered.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-14 | Tags »
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