new or changing skin spots chronic cough in a smoker, especially if coughing up blood breast changes bloating that doesn’t resolve urinary problems in men swollen lymph nodes blood in the stool testicle changes trouble swallowing unusual vaginal bleeding non-healing mouth sores weight loss of 10# or more without trying fevers that won’t resolve chronic heartburn . . .
It releases the feel good brain chemicals dopamine and endorphins. In social situations we use it to show others we like them. Ten to fifteen minutes of laughter can burn up to 40 calories. It may help relax your arteries and increase blood flow. The endorphins help decrease the sensations of pain. It lowers stress hormones like . . .
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cellphone remote control computer keyboard dish sponge toothbrush holder anything in the office break room dog toys money your office coffee cup purse ATM shopping carts soap dispensers cloth hand towels birthday cake after the candles are blown out
Signs and Symptoms Influenza Cold Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual Fever Usual; lasts 3-4 days Rare Aches Usual; often severe Slight Chills Fairly common Uncommon Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes Sneezing Sometimes Common Stuffy nose Sometimes Common Sore throat Sometimes Common Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough Headache Common Rare Influenza . . .
chest pain lasting longer than a couple minutes or that returns shortness of breath vision problems like double vision, blurry vision, or loss of vision burns with blisters, splotchy skin, charred or white areas, or > 3 inches in size vomiting for > 24 hours or with presence of blood head injury with loss of consciousness, . . .
wash your hands often sanitize surfaces at home and work stay away from sick people boost your immune system: eat lots of fruits & veggies, get extra rest, daily exercise, avoid stress, and limit alcohol get a flu shot cough into your elbow don’t share: food, drinks, utensils, blankets, toys, or anything that could spread . . .
get trained in CPR/First Aid plan with friends/family where to meet if evacuation becomes necessary have phone fully charged and flashlight app installed memorize you loved ones’ phone numbers in case you lose your phone wear appropriate shoes to evacuate quickly if needed know where the exits are, including windows trust your instincts: if something feels . . .
air fresheners paint fruit pain relievers (NSAIDS) spices wine wood smoke swimming pools remodeling Christmas trees Talk with your doctor about testing for your triggers.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends all persons aged 6 months and older get the annual vaccination, with rare exception. Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages, but there are flu shots that are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age and up. Flu shots are approved for . . .