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150303ViralGastroenteritis-smSometimes referred to as "the stomach bug," viral gastroenteritis is more common this time of year. Understanding the symptoms, how to manage them, and the steps you can take to avoid these viruses may help prevent or ease sickness.

Viral gastroenteritis is usually caused by Norovirus or Rotavirus. Both are highly contagious. These viruses are spread by direct contact and by bodily secretions, particularly stool. Rapid-onset symptoms include vomiting, which is frequently accompanied by diarrhea that's almost always watery, but should not be bloody.  Those who come down with viral gastroenteritis may also experience mild fever and cramping abdominal pain, and in some cases headache. The vomiting usually subsides within 12-24 hours and the diarrhea usually clears within three to four days.

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150217AsthmaPregnancyIf you have asthma and are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you might be wondering how asthma might affect your pregnancy and whether it's safe to take your asthma and allergy medications.

Are asthma and allergy medications safe during pregnancy?  
Yes. In general, asthma medications are considered low-risk. Pregnant asthmatics who stop their medications might be at greater risk of having an asthma exacerbation. Uncontrolled asthma can lead to serious complications for both the mother and growing fetus.   



As a registered nurse, I've learned that taking time for yourself and using those vacation days is a healthy way to recharge and bring your best back to work.


150120HivesPart2-smTwo new therapies have virtually changed the way chronic hives are treated, providing much-need relief for those who suffer from this itchy condition.

Chronic hives, also called urticarial, is a condition that affects up to one percent of the population at any given time. It is defined as the recurrence of hives over six-weeks or longer. The most common cause is an autoimmune reaction generated by a person’s immune system. Read about what causes hives in a previous post, here.

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150106EnterovirusEnterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a virus that can cause cold-like symptoms, has been receiving a lot of media attention lately. It's not because it's a new virus; in fact, it was first classified in 1962. The reason you may have heard of it is because it has been more prevalent the last few months. And, in some cases, it has caused severe breathing trouble for children, requiring hospitalization.

The rise in EV-D68 cases during 2014-15 was first reported in Missouri and Illinois; it was identified in Oregon during the fall. From mid-August to December 18, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or state public health laboratories have confirmed 1,152 cases of respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 in 49 states and in the District of Columbia.

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