What Is A GI (Gum) Cough?
A gum cough is a type of throat infection caused by bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. The bacteria cause the symptoms of a sore throat such as coughing, hacking or even vomiting. However, if left untreated, the infection can lead to pneumonia which may require hospitalization.
The most common symptom of a gum cough is a sore throat. Other symptoms include fever, chills, headache and fatigue. These are all signs that your body is fighting off an infection.
You may experience these symptoms after getting sick from something like the flu or cold, but they usually go away within days without treatment. If you have any of these symptoms when you first get sick with a gum cough, see your doctor right away!
How Long Does A Gum Cough Last?
It depends on many factors, including the severity of the infection and how much time passes between exposure to germs. Most people recover completely within a week or two. But some infections take longer to clear up than others. Some types of gum disease can linger for months, so it’s best not to let them spread around your mouth again.
If you think you’ve had a gum cough, see your doctor immediately! They’ll make sure it’s nothing to worry about, and give you treatment for any symptoms you have. It’s the only way to get rid of the infection completely.
What is a GI (Gastrointestinal) hemorrhage?
In case of a GI hemorrhage, the most common cause of death is exsanguination (Internal Bleeding). Very rapid loss of blood from the gastrointestinal tract can be very serious.
The most common causes of GI hemorrhage are listed below.
A peptic ulcer can cause a bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract (stomach or duodenum).
Vitamin K Deficiency sometimes occurs in patients on certain blood thinners like warfarin or heparin. It can lead to an increased tendency to bleed or excessive bruising.
Sometimes the bleeding is caused by esophageal varices. These are dilated veins in the esophagus.
Infection of the gastrointestinal tract may cause a mild to severe bleeding.
Severe injuries to the gastrointestinal tract can sometimes lead to bleeding.
Perforating injury to the esophagus or stomach can damage the blood vessels within these organs and lead to bleeding.
GI hemorrhage is a very serious condition and should be handled by a medical professional only. Prompt treatment may save your life.
I have a toothache, what should I do?
It is very important to treat a toothache right away because it can lead to other more serious problems. A toothache may be the first sign of an infection in your mouth or it may be due to some other problem such as a cracked or broken tooth.
Some people ignore the problem and the infection eventually spreads through the jawbone (osteomyelitis). Others ignore the problem and the infection goes into their brain, causing a brain abscess. Either way it can be life-threatening, so do not ignore a toothache!
Here are some tips for treating a toothache:
Tooth pain can be caused by an infection or trauma (injury). An abscess is a common example of an infection that causes tooth pain. Trauma from a fall or sport injury can also cause a tooth to hurt.
A root canal or tooth extraction may be required to treat a tooth that is in pain.
Try taking over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). Apply warm cloths to the painful area. Take a warm shower or put a damp washcloth on your face over the painful area.
Do not apply heat for more than 10 minutes because you do not want to burn the skin. Take an anti-inflammatory medication. Swish your mouth out with warm water several times a day to help clean the area.
If these steps do not help, you should make an appointment to see a dentist or your physician immediately. They will examine the tooth and determine if you need a root canal, tooth extraction, or something else. If you have pain while chewing, let them know because they may prescribe antibiotics if they believe there is an infection in the area.
What is a seizure?
A seizure is an abnormal electrical activity in the brain. There are many causes of seizures such as head injury, stroke, low oxygen to the brain, drug overdose and more. Some people are born with abnormal electrical activity in their brain and have seizures their whole life. These are known as “benign” or “epilepsy.”
Seizures are divided into two groups; generalized and partial. Generalized seizures affect both sides of the brain at the same time, causing the entire body to convulse. These include absence (where you simply “zone out” for a few seconds), atonic (where you suddenly lose muscle tone and fall to the ground), clonic (where your muscles contract in a fast rhythm), tonic (where your whole body becomes stiff), and GTC (General Tonic-Clonic or “Grand Mal”) seizures.
Partial seizures occur in just one part of the brain and may cause that part of the body to move without your control or cause just a small group of muscles in one area of the body to contract, also known as “focal” seizures. There are many different types of partial seizures but they can be divided into simple and complex.
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