Entries in Sickness (2)


Pediatricians Dispense Tips for a Healthy School Year  

Comstock/Thinkstock(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- School is already back in session for many and pediatricians are encouraging parents and children alike to take precautionary measures to avoid spreading illness at school.

HealthDay reports that strep throat is just one of several common childhood illnesses that can easily spread if parents and children do not take the proper preventive measures, according to experts at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

Experts are advising parents and students to be aware of five common childhood infections:

• Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) — This condition is most often caused by viruses or bacteria and can be prevented by washing hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water.
• Strep throat —The bacterial infection that causes swelling and extreme soreness in the back of the throat can be prevented by not sharing utensils, food, drinks, napkins or towels with a child who already has the sickness.
• Head lice —Lice are parasitic insects that infest the head, eyebrows and eyelashes and can be prevented by  not sharing combs, brushes, hats and helmets.
• Molluscum contagiosum — This very contagious viral skin rash, common among children between the ages of 1 and 12 can best be prevented by hand washing with soap and water.
• Walking pneumonia  — This illness is the leading type of pneumonia in school-age kids and teens and can be prevented by avoiding direct contact with an infected person and by hand washing.

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Hand Sanitizers Stop Working After Two Minutes, Specialists Say

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that keeping the hands clean is one of the most effective ways that people can prevent sickness and the passing of germs to others.  Additionally, the CDC recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is unavailable.

While 71 percent of the people that use hand sanitizers say they get peace of mind from using the soap and water substitute, infection prevention specialists say hand sanitizers may eliminate germs on contact, but the effects only last for about two minutes.

"This is a common misperception among consumers," said Lawton Seal, Ph.D., S.M., director of medical science for infection prevention at Healthpoint Ltd.  "People are unaware that they are vulnerable to germs almost immediately after they cleanse their hands with short-acting hand sanitizers."

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