During the fall and winter seasons, infectious diseases begin to emerge such as strep throat, influenza, rhinovirus, adenovirus, the common cold and, this year, COVID-19. Viral infections like the flu can cause muscle soreness called myalgias, often referred to as “body aches.” Myalgias are a result of the body working to heal itself. Other causes … Continue reading Body aches? What to do for this common flu and COVID-19 symptom
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, it is imperative for us to keep a watchful eye on how the virus is affecting our communities and our own health. After all, this virus is still around and still highly contagious. Safety — both our own and that of those around us — should … Continue reading COVID-19 self-monitoring symptom checklist
A COVID-19 diagnosis can seem overwhelming at first. It is normal to have concerns and questions about how to care for yourself or a loved one, especially with this illness being new to our communities. But rest assured that you are not alone — we can help. If you find yourself or a loved one … Continue reading What to expect while recovering from COVID-19
Chances are, you have had a sore throat from time to time. Whether it’s scratchy, dry or just downright painful, it can be easy to worry that every little throat tickle is something serious or even life threatening, especially with news swirling about COVID-19. But don’t panic — a sore throat is one of the … Continue reading What’s causing your sore throat?
Update: In addition to cough, fever and shortness of breath, possible symptoms of COVID-19 have been expanded to also include sore throat, weakness, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of smell or taste, and chills. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please access the free screening questionnaire via MyBSWHealth. With so much information swirling around … Continue reading Traveling? How to protect yourself from coronavirus (COVID-19)
A recent study led by a University of California, San Francisco sleep researcher confirms if we aren’t getting enough sleep, we are at increased risk for catching the common cold. The health community has long believed sleep is important, but there is always debate on just how much sleep we really need and what implications … Continue reading Sick of being sick? Get more sleep.
One of Doris’s weekly bridge partners canceled. The friend had a terrible case of shingles. She advised Doris to get the shingles vaccine. Doris had never heard of the vaccine, but she knew shingles were very painful, and she knew she didn’t want to get it. Julia K. C. Sherrill, MD, Family Medicine – Taylor … Continue reading Shingles Vaccine—A Preventive for a Painful Virus