Allergy, Bacteria Or Virus

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Allergy, Bacteria Or Virus

  1. 1. Do you have an Allergy, Bacteria, or Virus?
  2. 2. It’s that time of year again… <ul><li>Are you stuffy? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a runny nose? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you sneezing? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a sore throat? </li></ul><ul><li>Before you call for help… </li></ul>
  3. 3. What do Antibiotics Help? <ul><li>An Allergy? Rarely helpful. </li></ul><ul><li>A Bacteria? Usually helpful. </li></ul><ul><li>A Virus? Rarely helpful. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Antihistamines & Decongestants <ul><li>Coined ‘Over the </li></ul><ul><li>Counter’ medicine (OTC) </li></ul><ul><li>Usually help relieve Allergy symptoms. </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely adequate to relieve Bacteria symptoms. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes help relieve Virus symptoms. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Let’s Discuss <ul><li>What makes something: </li></ul><ul><li>An Allergy, </li></ul><ul><li>A Bacteria, </li></ul><ul><li>A Virus </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mild Sinusitis <ul><li>Mild Sinusitis is usually an Allergy. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be a Virus; hay fever. </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely a Bacteria. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Do You Have a Headache? <ul><li>Headaches are usually caused by a Virus. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be a Bacteria. </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely an Allergy. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Are Your Muscles Aching? <ul><li>Lower back pain, sinus cavity pain, usually a Virus. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes Bacteria. </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely an Allergy. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Do You Have Hay Fever? <ul><li>Seasonal runny nose, achy, watery eyes, a Virus. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes an Allergy. </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely a Bacteria. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Are You Dizzy? <ul><li>Usually a Virus . </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes an Allergy. </li></ul><ul><li>Occasionally a Bacteria. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Are You Hoarse? <ul><li>If you are Hoarse, you might have an Allergy or Virus. </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely a Bacteria. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Do you have a Runny Nose <ul><li>An Allergy or Virus causes a runny nose </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely a Bacteria. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Are You Coughing? <ul><li>A Virus is a dry cough. </li></ul><ul><li>Bacteria is a wet smelly cough with discharge. </li></ul><ul><li>Allergies rarely cause coughing. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Quick Tip <ul><li>If what you blow out or cough up is clear, you have an allergy. </li></ul><ul><li>If it is smelly, rusty red, green or yellow you have a bacteria. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Remember <ul><li>Antibiotics are used to treat Bacteria. </li></ul><ul><li>Antibiotics do not help an Allergy or Virus. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Special Note: <ul><li>Complaints lasting for more than 2 weeks need medical review. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow warning labels on antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Acute Sinusitis <ul><li>Sinusitis with a cold can cause wheezing and lethargy. </li></ul><ul><li>It requires medical attention and sometimes antibiotics. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Have an Earache? <ul><li>Earaches are usually caused by a Bacteria. </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely caused by an Allergy or Virus. </li></ul><ul><li>Go see your doctor if you have an Earache! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Do You have A Fever? <ul><li>Fevers can be caused by a Bacteria or Virus. </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely will an Allergy cause a fever. </li></ul><ul><li>Running a high fever? Consult your doctor. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Remember <ul><li>If you are wheezing, </li></ul><ul><li>lethargic, have a high </li></ul><ul><li>fever, an earache, foul </li></ul><ul><li>smelling sputum, or a </li></ul><ul><li>sore throat with swollen </li></ul><ul><li>glands you might have a </li></ul><ul><li>Bacteria and need to </li></ul><ul><li>consult your doctor! </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Sum Up <ul><li>Allergy? Sometimes requires medical attention. </li></ul><ul><li>Bacteria? Usually requires medical attention. </li></ul><ul><li>Virus? Seldom requires medical attention. </li></ul>

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