By: Elena Grace Flores
Chicken Pox or Varicella as the scientific name is a very contagious condition that can infect both adults and children. It is caused by a virus and its notable symptom is the presence of skin rashes or fluid-filled blisters or lesions. An individual with chicken pox must close mouth with a handkerchief when coughing or sneezing because the disease can be carried out by air. The fluid from the blisters can also infect another person at close contact.
Common symptoms found in children is the itchy skin rash and tiny red spots with residues – whereas adults can have fever a day or two prior to the emergence of the skin rash. Being over-fatigue is also noted by most adult patients. Varicella vaccine or the same as MMRV vaccine that stands for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella can prevent its occurrence.
Over the counter anti-histamine like Zyrtec and Benadryl can reliever the itching and pain and antibiotics may be prescribed by the doctor if it is caused by bacteria. Varzig is often injected by medical practitioners as per the doctor’s prescription. The dosage will be based on the patient’s weight. It’s best to consult a doctor during every chicken pox case – but there are home remedies that can be done to ease the patient’s suffering – like gargling with salt, drinking Tylenol for fever and keeping the rashes hygienic by washing and lotion application afterwards.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Diptheria is caused by bacteria that can infect the skin, nose, tonsils and throat. Physically visible symptoms include enlarged lymph nodes or somewhat oversized neck and reddened skin. Others can be felt and can’t be ignored like difficulty in swallowing and breathing. Slight fever also seems not going away and skin rashes are not only painful but also swollen.
Diptheria can contaminate other people just by having close contact involving the infected area with the affected person or even just the discharge of the infected skin, eyes, nose or throat. It is common in developing or tropical countries.
Diptheria is preventable with DTap, TDaP and Td vaccines and can be cured with antitoxins and antibiotics. This might be a minor disease during its early stage but when getting advanced – the disease can damage the nervous system, heart and kidneys with or without treatment. So, never ignore those common signs because it can save you or your loved ones from the sufferings brought by the symptoms – and from more serious illnesses!