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“Ask the Doc” – Healthier Lifestyle, Cough Medicine, Stomach Bug

November 4, 2019


>>>ALL RIGHT. HERE WE ARE. A NEW YEAR. A LOT OF US ARE THINKING ABOUT
OUR HEALTH.>>AFTER ALL, KNOWLEDGE IS
POWER. WE ARE JOINED BY PENINSULA
REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CHIEF HOSPITALIST CHRIS SNYDER. SO, HAPPY NEW YEAR.>>TO YOU ALSO.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>SO, SOME PEOPLE HAVE MADE A
RESOLUTION TO LEAD A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE.>>YES.>>THAT IS KIND OF A BROAD
RESOLUTION, SO WHAT YOU THINK IS THE BEST PLACE TO START?>>TYPICALLY IN THE KITCHEN
CABINETS, LOOKING IN THOSE AREAS. I PUSH A LOT OF FOLKS TO BE
MORE TRANSPARENT WITH THEIR BEHAVIORS, AND THAT IS
CHALLENGING WHEN WE TAKE A HISTORY FROM FOLKS IS JUST BE
HONEST WITH WHAT YOU ARE PUTTING IN YOURSELF. IS THE NUMBER ONE AREA WHERE WE
LOSE CONTROL AND TRANSPARENCY IS SUPER IMPORTANT TO
UNDERSTAND YOUR INVENTORY. IF YOU LOOK AT YOUR INVENTORY,
YOU WILL LOOK AT CHANGING IT IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE. SO I ALWAYS PUSH PEOPLE TO
CONSIDER THAT. DON’T EXERCISE A LOT IF YOU
HAVE ARTHRITIS OR WHATEVER GOING ON BUT NUTRITION, WE CAN
ALL CONTROL.>>READ THE LABELS MORE?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>SO, IN GENERAL, DO YOU THINK
THAT THERE ARE SOME NEW
[AUDIO LOST]>>>GETTING INTO GROUP FITNESS,
ALL OF THE THINGS ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO BE HONEST, AND SHARE
WHAT YOU WAY. HOW MUCH DO YOU WEIGH?>>BUT NOT TODAY! [LAUGHTER]
>>NOW, WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM OUR VIEWER. I’VE CAUGHT A COLD. MOST OF THE SYMPTOMS ARE GONE. IT IS A PRODUCTIVE COUGH WHICH
MEANS I AM COUGHING THE GUNK UP. SO WHAT KIND OF COUGH MEDICINE
SHOULD I TAKE? ONE THAT SUPPRESSES THE CALL OR
THEY GET THE MUCUS OUT?>>THE FIRST PART OF THE
QUESTION, THAT IRRITABILITY. WHEN YOU SPRAIN YOUR ANKLE, IT
CAN TAKE SIX WEEKS FOR IT TO HEAL, AND THE INFLAMMATION THAT
OCCURS IS SIMILAR TO ANY OTHER INFLAMMATION. WHEN YOU GET A COLD, I CAN
PERSIST FOR A WHILE. IT’S PROBABLY YOUR LAST
SYMPTOM. THE RUNNY NOSE AND SORE THROAT
WILL PERSIST, WHICH MAKES YOU COUGH. THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS FOR
COUGH, SO IT IS PERSISTENTLY ON A COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER YOU
HAVE HAD SOMETHING, IT IS PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA TO GET
SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO YOUR LUNGS TO MAKE SURE YOU DON’T HAVE
ASTHMA. AS FAR AS COST PRESENCE GO, I
AM NOT A FAN. A COUGH HIS MOTHER NATURE’S WAY
OF CURING THINGS. IN FACT, WE HAVE SOME FOLKS WHO
COUGH SO MUCH DO WE HAVE TO DO BECAUSE OF BROKEN RIBS AND
ETC., SO I CAN GET THAT SEVERE. SO THERE ARE PARTICULAR
INSTANCES WERE USING COUGH SUPPRESSANTS ARE IMPORTANT, BUT
FOR THE AVERAGE COLD, IT IS GOOD TO COUGH AND THE
EXPECTORANT IS PROBABLY THE BETTER ONE OF THE TWO BECAUSE
YOU WANT TO BREAK UP YOUR MUCUS, DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS,
AND MAKE IT NICE AND THIN SO WHEN YOU COFFEE GET RID OF THE
BAD STUFF.>>OKAY. SOME DOCTORS A WALK-IN
FACILITIES GIVE PATIENTS WHO GIVE PATIENTS A STEROID SHOT TO
FEEL BETTER QUICKLY. WHAT DOES THE SHOT DO, AND IS
IT IDEAL?>>OH, STEROIDS ARE AN
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. AS I JUST DESCRIBED,
INFLAMMATION IS WHY YOU FEEL WHY YOU’RE SO THROAT GET SORE
AND EVERYTHING ELSE. VIRAL INFECTIONS TO CAUSE A
FAIRLY RAPID INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE THAT LEADS TO A COUGH
AND ALL THAT STUFF SO THE STEROIDS TO HELP TO QUICKLY
RESOLVE THAT BUT THEY ARE SHORT ACTING AND ONLY LAST FOR A
SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. FOR SOME PEOPLE, THAT COULD
PUSH HIM OVER THE EDGE TO IMPROVEMENT BUT IT MAY ALSO BE
ENOUGH TO AGGRAVATE SOME THINGS IF YOU’RE DIABETIC OR ETC.,
DON’T USE THOSE DRUGS. BUT FOR THE PROVIDERS TO USE
THAT IT DOES HAVE GREAT SYMPTOMATIC RELIEF IN THIS VERY
HELPFUL FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT A COLD. HAVE A VIEWER WHO SEND A
PICTURE AND SAID THIS HAPPENS TO HER ALL THE TIME. YOU CAN SEE THAT ONE FINGER IS
WHITE, IT LOOKS LIKE ALL OF THE BLOOD IS DRAINING, BUT
EVERYTHING ELSE IS NORMAL AND THIS HAPPENS WHEN IT IS COLD. DISEASES THAT CAN CAUSE THIS. THERE ARE SOME CHALLENGES WITH
THAT. IT COULD BE A VASCULAR DISEASE
CALLED VASCULITIS, WHICH IS A BIG WORD AND MEANS INFLAMMATION
OF THE BLOOD VESSELS. SOME PEOPLE CAN GET A RASH THAT
LOOKS LIKE THAT, TOO. I WOULD DEFINITELY WANT TO DO
SOME LAB WORK ON THIS INDIVIDUAL TO EVALUATE THE
INFLAMMATORY PROCESS GOING ON IN THEIR BODY. DEFINITELY SLOWLY WARMING THE
JOINT WILL HELP THE REST OF THE HAND RESOLVE ITSELF. THESE CAN GET SEVERE AND IT CAN
BE PAINFUL LOOKING ISSUE SAW THERE. SO THERE IS A DISEASE CALLED
REYNOLDS WHICH A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE WHICH IS ALSO WE’RE NOT
SURE WHAT CAUSES IT, BUT IT IS AN INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE TO
VESSELS.>>HOW ABOUT THAT?>>YEAH.>>ALL RIGHT.>>DOCTOR, THANK YOU.

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