4 WINTER ILLNESSES YOU’D RATHER AVOID Know What to Look For Before They Attack
Achoo! That’s the last noise you want to hear this winter. Cold weather brings a slew of sicknesses, so be vigilant to treat these common illnesses, or better yet, avoid them altogether.
The flu is known for causing high fever, muscle aches and pains, nausea, and other symptoms similar to a cold. Often, the fever will last for around five days, but it can be shortened with the aid of antiviral medications. However, these medications are recommended only for children who face serious complications or hospitalization from the flu. If you want to avoid catching this, your best bet is to receive the annual flu vaccine. A sore throat, headache, stomach ache, vomiting, and high fever are signs of strep. This infection is treated with antibiotics and should be addressed soon after the first symptoms appear to prevent further complications. Children with strep throat should stay away from school and other activities until they’ve been on antibiotics for 24 hours. Everyone knows that getting sick is no fun and is best avoided at all costs. However, it happens to everyone eventually. Catching a virus or infection in its early stages can help you shake the sickness much faster. Strep Throat
The Common Cold
Although there is no cure, a cold is easier to treat than other illness. If you or a loved one has a runny nose, low-grade fever, headache, cough, nasal congestion, or sore throat, the common cold has most likely taken hold. With the help of rest and perhaps some cold medicine, like cough drops and decongestants, the cold will come and go in about a week.
Bronchiolitis appears most commonly in children less than a year old and is caused by other viruses. Of the many symptoms — nasal congestion, low-grade fevers, and coughing — wheezing is the one you should be most concerned about. If your child is having difficulty breathing and is dehydrated, they may have caught a more serious strain of the virus. Most children will recover with at-home rest, but some may need to be hospitalized for more severe symptoms.
And Happy Holidays!
As the holidays draw near, all of us at the DiBartolomeo Law Office would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, our readers. We have had the honor of representing many of you and your loved ones over the years. We would be remiss if we let this season of joy and reflection pass without thanking you once again. This is about more than just saying, “Thank you for your business.” Yes, by letting us represent you, you’ve helped us keep the lights on here at the firm and our families clothed and fed, and we will always appreciate that. But when it comes to practicing law — particularly the kind of cases we take on — choosing us to represent you says something profound.
Specializing in workers’ compensation and personal injury, we’re no strangers to truly desperate situations. That you would come to us in your time of need and trust us to be your legal voice in such a turbulent time is humbling beyond words. As the new year approaches, our firm will strive to continue to be worthy of this hard-won confidence. We will never take your trust for granted. Choosing to represent the interests of the injured and disabled means never resting on your laurels, no matter which holiday it is. We know people in these situations can feel powerless when dealing with insurance companies and the complexities of our legal system. Being your voice in the legal arena
and helping you get back to what truly matters in your life is what brings us into the office every day. From all of us here at the firm, we hope you have a peaceful and joyous end of the year with your family and friends. It’s these moments of love and levity that make what we do worthwhile. Thank you so much for bringing our firm into your life.
–The DiBartolomeo Law Team
The Di Bartolomeo Law Office, P.C. 1139 Exchange Street | Astoria, Oregon | 503-325-8600 | www.JoeDiBartolomeo.com
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