• The Flu

    The common cold, including chest cold and head cold, and seasonal flu are caused by viruses. Flu symptoms are similar, but include fever, headache and muscle soreness.

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    Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom discusses common cold symptoms and treatments.
    Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom discusses common cold symptoms and treatments.
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    Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom discusses sore throat symptoms and treatments.
    Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom discusses sore throat symptoms and treatments.
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    Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom discusses flu prevention strategies.
    Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom discusses flu prevention strategies.
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    Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom discusses influenza symptoms and treatments.
    Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom discusses influenza symptoms and treatments.
  • What is a Fever?

    A fever is most commonly caused by an infection, either viral or bacterial.Other causes of infections are inflammations, like arthritis or destruction of the tissue, like in surgery. Certain cancers can cause fever, like lymphoma, as well as certain auto-immune disorders, like sarcoidosis and lupus. Fever can also be caused by the administration of medication, and, or, blood products.

                            

    The primary fever treatment consists of local measures, like adequate hydration with cold fluids, as well as sponge baths with lukewarm water to bring the temperature down. On top of that, we can also administer acetaminophen or ibuprofen appropriate for weight and age, to bring the temperature down further. 

    Influenza, or the flu, is a viral illness caused by one of the many influenza viruses. The most common symptoms are high temperature of more than 38 degrees, up to 40 degrees of Celsius, headache, fatigue, cough and some body aches.

    Influenza is a viral illness, and therefore antibiotics play no role in the treatment. If you are under normal circumstances you would just use symptomatic treatment like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control your temperature.

    In order to do that you would make sure that you have adequate hydration with cold fluids, as well as sponge baths with lukewarm water to bring the temperature down even further.

    If you are in the situation of a known flu epidemic, the rules change a little bit. It is advised that you see your health care provider fairly early on in the illness, since the use of an antiviral medication might be an appropriate option for you.

    Influenza, or the flu, is a viral illness caused by one of the many influenza viruses. The most common symptoms are high temperature of more than 38 degrees, up to 40 degrees of Celsius, headache, fatigue, cough and some body aches.

    Influenza is a viral illness, and therefore antibiotics play no role in the treatment. If you are under normal circumstances you would just use symptomatic treatment like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control your temperature.  Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.    

    If you are in the situation of a known flu epidemic, the rules change a little bit. It is advised that you see your health care provider fairly early on in the illness, since the use of an antiviral medication might be an appropriate option for you.

    If these measures are not successful, it’s recommended that you consult with either your pharmacist or a family doctor to establish the next step in your treatment.

    Presenter: Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

    Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

  • Flu Prevention

    The primary form of prevention for the flu is the annual flu vaccine.If you are a person 65 years or older or you have any chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or any other disease compromising your immune system you should receive the annual flu shot when its available the first time.

    Other people that should receive the flu shot or the flu vaccine is all healthcare workers, all inhabitants of care facilities, and all caretakers of the above mentioned patients here. It’s also recommended that anybody over the age of six months that’s going to be exposed to the influenza virus – either in the workplace or a social place or at school – should consider having the flu shot or the flu vaccine. Presenter: Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

    Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

  • Diagnosing Influenza

    Influenza, or the flu, is a viral illness caused by one of the many influenza viruses. The most common symptoms are high temperature of more than 38 degrees, up to 40 degrees of Celsius, headache, fatigue, cough and some body aches.

    Influenza is a viral illness, and therefore antibiotics play no role in the treatment. If you are under normal circumstances you would just use symptomatic treatment like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control your temperature.Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.   

    In order to do that you would make sure that you have adequate hydration with cold fluids, as well as sponge baths with lukewarm water to bring the temperature down even further.

    If you are in the situation of a known flu epidemic, the rules change a little bit. It is advised that you see your health care provider fairly early on in the illness, since the use of an antiviral medication might be an appropriate option for you. If these measures are not successful, it’s recommended that you consult with either your pharmacist or a family doctor to establish the next step in your treatment. Presenter: Dr. Egidius Stockenstrom, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

    Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

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