Dr. Oz Talks About Enterovirus D68 and Why It Is Dangerous To Children but Not Affecting Many Adults
Today Dr. Oz talked about the latest health threat to children called Enterovirus D68. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) has warned that Enterovirus is a disease that starts out like a common cold but symptoms can worsen with breathing problems that can become life threatening, especially for children.
How Far Has The Enterovirus D68 Spread?
27 states have suspected cases and the CDC has warned that the spread of the disease is likely to worsen. If your child develops cold like symptoms be sure to watch for asthma type breathing problems and to seek medical care.
Enterovirus D68 peaks in the late fall and can be especially dangerous to children who have asthma or allergies. The Enterovirus D68 can exasperate these symptoms which can turn deadly. The virus becomes dangerous because the virus particles cause inflammation in the back of the throat. The virus can then travel to the lungs causing further inflammation when can cause severe breathing problems which can become life threatening. Because children’s airwaves are smaller they are much greater affected than adults.
Peak Flow Meter To Check Your Child’s Airflow
Dr. Greene and Dr. Oz discussed how a Peak Flow Meter can help to tell if your child has a problem with airflow. The Peak Flow Meter can be purchased online for less than $20.00.
Washing hands is very important to limiting the spread of the disease. Try to refrain from touching your eyes or nose. Children should be kept home from school to prevent them from spreading it to others.
Acidic Foods Like Apple Cider Vinegar and even apples or blueberries can help to combat the enterovirus D68 strain because of their acidity. The virus also can’t live in the body with temps above 98.6. Warm beverages and soup can also be an effective treatment for Enterovirus D68
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