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Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
By Nancy Bellemare, MD
Dr. Bellemare, of the Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner Emergency Department, discusses Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. Heat Exhaustion is a condition when people exercise, either through work or play, in hot humid environment and they have an excess loss of body fluids, meaning that they are sweating excessively. This causes the body to overheat and leads to an elevation of the body temperature. The symptoms include: paleness, coolness to the skin, sweating, muscle cramps, being faint or dizzy, weakness, headaches, excessive thirst, and nausea. How to treat heat exhaustion: rest in a cool shaded area, drink cool fluids, loosen the clothing, and avoid caffeinated drinks.
Heat stroke is a more serious version of heat exhaustion. The cooling process of the body, which is controlled by the brain, can shut down due to the excessive elevation of the body temperature. The symptoms are similar to those of heat exhaustion but are more severe and can include: abnormal mental status - confusion, flushed skin, and unconsciousness. Heat stroke should be treated by seeking immediate medical attention at a hospital. It is important to remember heat safety to avoid these conditions.
Dr. Bellemare practices at Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner. She can be reached 1-866-OCHSNER.
Ear Infections and the Need for Tubes
By Sophia Omoro, MD
Ochsner ENT Dr. Omoro discusses ear infections and ear tubes. There are 3 parts of ear, and an infection can occur in any of the 3 cavities of the ear. Infections occur more often in children than adults mainly because the middle part of the ear is still developing. Since this part of the ear is not as fully developed in children as in adults, children can be more susceptible to infections. Signs of an ear infection include fever, irritability, crankiness and a pain in the ear. In babies and infants, it is important to contact your doctor when symptoms are lasting longer than 12 to 24 hours. Ear infections are treated with antibiotics for the infection and over-the-counter medications for pain. Ear tubes can be used in the treatment of ear infections in children.
Dr. Omoro practices at Ochsner Health Center - Covington. She can be reached at (985) 875-2828.
Stress and the Heart
By Carl “Chip” Lavie, MD
Dr. Lavie discusses stress and heart disease. Physiological stress can increase heart disease risk factors including inflammation and raised blood pressure. Stress can also release hormones that can be detrimental to your health and lead to cardiovascular disease. There are 2 types of stress: acute and chronic. Acute stress can be brought upon by physical or mental factors, including during sporting events and natural disasters, and can lead to heart attacks. Stress combined with a family history does also have an impact on heart health.
Dr. Lavie practices at Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Health Center - Metairie, Ochsner Health Center - Slidell, and Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital.
He can be reached at (504) 842-5874.
By Jeanie Lamka, Speak and Language Pathologist at Ochsner
Jeanie Lamka discusses issues with difficulties in swallowing. Swallowing starts when food is placed in the mouth and chewed. The food is transferred to the base of tongue and then is quickly taken down the pharynx through the esophagus to the stomach. Symptoms of having difficulty with swallowing include problems chewing food, coughing or choking. Neurological problems can cause difficulties with swallowing, including brain and head injuries. When swallowing becomes painful, a visit to the doctor is recommended.
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