There’s a very good reason why your Phoenix physician might give you an extra reminder to wash your hands during your next checkup; it’s because hand washing can greatly reduce your chance of getting sick and getting others sick. Even when it’s not the flu season you should make hand washing a regular habit to avoid getting sick and having to make a trip to your Phoenix physician.
The flu is a nasty virus that can bring a lot of misery, and with the flu season being in full effect right now, you should take every precaution as recommended by your local Phoenix physician to prevent yourself from getting the flu or spreading it to others.
Congratulations! You’ve made it through another summer in Arizona. In fact, summer 2013 was the hottest in phoenix since U.S. record-keeping began in 1895, according to AZCentral.com. And now, finally, as Phoenix temperatures began to become bearable again, and residents dare to venture outdoors once again, our Phoenix doctors wanted to remind our patients how to keep the family safe and healthy this Fall season.
It seems like we were just talking about the 2012-13 flu season, and here we are talking about the 2013-14 flu season in Arizona. While it’s not technically flu season yet, it’s knocking on the door and our Phoenix doctors want you to be prepared. So, it’s time to dive in and take a look at how you can keep your family healthy and avoid the flu.
Norovirus is a virus, or rather a collection of viruses that affect the stomach area and cannot be treated by a doctor with any vaccine or medication. There are about 20 million incidences of it in the U.S. annually, and is also one of the more treatable illnesses out there. This because, as your family practice physician can tell you, following a few tips to stay as healthy as possible and washing your hands as much as possible are all ways to avoid getting norovirus.
It is worth noting that a new strain of the virus was detected in early 2012 in Australia
, and has since spread to other countries. However, it cannot yet be determined whether or not this new strain will cause more strains and easier spread of this virus.
Anyone can get this virus, and it causes suffers to become dramatically ill when they are afflicted with it. In fact, many people mistakenly refer to this virus as a stomach flu or food poisoning and while food poisoning can be caused by norovirus, this virus is not in the flu family at all. In fact, your family practice doctor can do a specific test to determine if you are suffering from the flu of any type or norovirus, should you fall ill. Symptoms of this illness include nausea, upset stomach, cramping, vomiting and diarrhea. Muscle aches are also common, as is fatigue and fever. It is not generally a serious virus and goes away in a matter of days. However, for those that are already in poor health or for the elderly or very young, the virus can be deadly.
This is why preventative tips are so important For instance, washing fruits and vegetables often can offer some protection, as it cooking shellfish and oysters thoroughly. Washing hands often and properly is also key to prevent the spread of the virus, particularly if you follow up the action with a sanitizer. Your Phoenix family practice doctor might also recommend against cooking food of any kind for at least three days for those affected by the virus. Using a strong disinfectant on kitchen and counter surfaces is also key to preventing spread of the virus. You can guard against norovirus if you are careful and take good care to follow proper sanitary methods that can help to protect you and your loved ones against spreading the virus to others.
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Norovirus is a virus, or rather a collection of viruses that affect the stomach area and cannot be treated by a doctor with any vaccine or medication.
In fact, many people mistakenly refer to this virus as a stomach flu or food poisoning and while food poisoning can be caused by norovirus, this virus is not in the flu family at all.
It is not generally a serious virus and goes away in a matter of days. However, for those that are already in poor health or for the elderly or very young, the virus can be deadly.