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tell me about strep throat please?

Posted by admin on March 25, 2012

tell me about strep throat please?
so ive never had it before, and im 21 weeks pregnant, my throat is so scratchy and sore that im losing my voice from it and its going up into my ears. i have no stuffiness or runny nose, my eyes seem fine and i have a little cough just from trying to clear my throat and it being so sore. does this sound like strep or does it just sound like a sore throat. and is it gonna affect my baby at all? ive had sinus infection in my first two pregnancy but i never in my life had strep so im not sure what it feels like. fill me in please, i go to the doctor tomarrow for my ultrasound so i will be asking then but i want to know now. oh and i should prolly add that i have never had an ear infection either, can a ear infection cause a sore throat? cause i have pain and itchiness in both my nose and my throat.

Answer by Pankaj Debbarma
Hi .

Strep throat is a contagious disease caused by infection with streptococcal bacteria. Strep throat symptoms include fever, pain, redness, and swelling of the throat and tonsils. Strep throat may produce mild or severe symptoms.

• Although strep throat is most common in school-aged children and teens, adults may also get this disease. Strep throat is more widespread during the school year when a large number of students are present in an enclosed space, laughing, yelling, sneezing, and coughing.
• The bacteria are present in the nose and throat, so normal activities such as sneezing, coughing, or shaking hands can spread the infection to other people.
• The infection can also be acquired by touching objects such as books, tables, or other hard surfaces that were handled by an infected person.
• Most cases of sore throat are caused by viruses and are not strep throat. Viral sore throats do not need treatment. Symptoms of a viral sore throat include a runny nose, cough, hoarseness, red or runny eyes, and diarrhea. The viral sore throat improves on its own without any treatment.

CAUSES OF STREP THROAT

Strep throat is caused by group A streptococcal bacteria, Streptococcus pyogenes. The organisms are transmitted from one infected person to another. In the laboratory, these bacteria are grown on blood agar where they cause a clear halo around the colonies due to the damage to the red blood cells.

SYMPTOMS OF STREP THROAT

The infection with strep bacteria causes symptoms within one to three days. You may develop a red throat with white patches. The tonsils are red and enlarged. There may be specks of pus present on the tonsils, or there may be a grey or white covering on the tonsils. With strep throat, people may also have trouble swallowing and may have tender, swollen lymph glands on the sides of the neck.

These are other symptoms with strep throat:

• Headache
• Abdominal (lower stomach) pain
• Fever
• General discomfort, feeling ill or uneasy
• Loss of appetite and nausea
• Muscle pain
• Joint stiffness
• Skin rash

WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE

If your throat is sore and other symptoms are present, it is time to call the doctor for an appointment. Parents can check a child’s throat by looking inside the mouth with a flashlight. Sometimes the pus pockets of infection associated with strep throat are easy to see. Sore throat accompanied by fever is another reason to see the doctor.

If you have these danger signs with strep throat, seek care in a hospital’s emergency department:

• Difficulty breathing
• Difficulty swallowing food
• Unable to swallow saliva
• Severe throat pain
• Making a noise during breathing
• Bleeding in the throat
• Swelling of the neck

PREVENTION FROM STREP THROAT

To prevent spreading the bacteria and infecting others, it is important to keep eating utensils, dishes, and drinking glasses separate. It is important not to share foods, drinks, napkins, handkerchiefs, or towels because infection may spread by these objects of personal use. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing to prevent passing fluid droplets to someone else. Wash your hands frequently after wiping or blowing your nose.

Take Care. Regards.

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Do I Have Swine Flu? I Sore Throat, Difficulty Breathing, Dizziness, Chills?

Posted by admin on March 6, 2012

Do I Have Swine Flu? I Sore Throat, Difficulty Breathing, Dizziness, Chills?
my symptoms started 1 day ago

itchy throat
sinus drainage
sore tonsils
swollen glands

now on day 2 its worse, my throat is so sore I can hardly talk, my tongue is swollen and I feel like I’m gagging a little, my throat is even itchier and I have more sinus drainage.

I saw a healthcare provider just a midwife since thats all that was available for such short notice of health care for military families. She prescribed Mucinex-D and cough drops. I took 2 tablets of Mucinex-D and 12 hours later took two more. All I notice is that my symptoms are worse.

If I happen to get a fever, she told me not to go to the hospital unless I have difficulty breathing because it could be swine flu and I could infect other people. I’m a little scared now because I have a 3 month old baby who might get sick from me and I wish they would just treat me so I am not contagious.

So far, I have not noticed a fever but, I do have the chills. I feel cold all the time and dizzy. I am taking an inhaler now but, she says its asthma related and not related to the cold. Kepp in mind that she is a midwife and not an actual doctor.

I need some advice on if I should just go to the emergency room

Answer by hello
maybe, or maybe the regular flu, or maybe dengue fever, malaria or some other serious illness… or maybe a bad case of hysteria.

Answer by Kitty_Kat
You don’t need to go to the emergency room, even if it is swine flu that’s not and emergency, all you will do is get others sick and possibly get yourself even more sick being around all those germs. Sounds like the flu to me, just rest, drink lots of fluids, and rest, and stop stressing! The more you stress yourself out wondering if you have “swine flu” the more sick you will get.

Answer by cherry
i think you should just head to the emergency room especially with a 3 month old baby you should be more aware

Answer by lamarules
y do u automatically assume its h1n1..its probably just a flu but either way ur contagious and u should try ur best to not get the baby sick. But since the flu is a virus theres not way to make it go away..u just have to rest it out, take vitamins
btw my nose started running after i read this–u got me sick

Answer by cj95
1.dont freak out
2.go to a doctor
3.DEFINATLY DO NOT GO TO THE DOCTOR IF YOUR IN DC!!!!!(theyll freak out and put you in the hospital even if you only have a cold(which is what it sounds like)

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My 12 month old daughter has strep throat and congestion in her lungs but no rasping or cough?

Posted by admin on February 15, 2012

My 12 month old daughter has strep throat and congestion in her lungs but no rasping or cough?
Me and my husband was up all night last night with my 12 month old daughter, she was blood red and burning up so I took her temp. and it was 103.4, I gave her some baby tylenol and took her to the ER. They swabbed her mouth and tested her for strep, and they took chest xrays to check for chest congestion. (this hospital doesn’t have a good reputation for knowing what there doing half the time.) They came back to the examining room and told me she tested positive for strep and that she had a little bit of congestion in her lungs. I didn’t think much about it, but awhile after we got home I realized that she hasn’t had a cough, she hasn’t had any rasping when she breath’s, and she will eat and drink just fine, (no sign that she has strep or congestion) but you can tell that she doesn’t feel well, she just sits on the couch looking around, or she lays down and goes to sleep. And she’s usually a very lively happy little girl who’s always wanting to run around and play and get into everything. Does anybody know if it’s normal to have congestion in the lungs with no rasping or cough? Im just really worried about my little girl, and I miss my hyper happy baby. If anybody knows anything about this please let me know. Thank you

Answer by Rajinder
The following works for simple cold, running nose, sore throat and strep throat, when the throat is hurting.

The most visible thing about sinus is swelling.

The easiest way to control swelling is to give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. In 24 hours there will be no significant dehydration to cause organ failure. But to be double sure one can stay indoors for 24 hours.

Now if you decided to try it the next problem is that one who is used to drinking water or other liquids feel thirsty quite often. They find it very difficult to manage without water for more than 6 hours. For that follow one of the following routines. The option 1 is better then 2 and 2 is better then 3.

1). Start drinking 1 glass of water 1 hour before each meal. So in all there will be 3 glasses of water in 24 hours. Give up all other liquids. After 3-4 days this will help u to stay without water for 24 hours or more.

2). Start drinking 2 glasses of water with 1/2 spoon of salt 1 hour before each meal. (Those with very high blood pressure – may do so at their own risks. But others who do not suffer from very high blood pressure may do so by taking their blood pressure every day). After 4-5 days you can stay without water for 24 hours or more without water and other liquids.

3). First thing in the morning drink tea (on empty stomach). It should be normal tea not too strong nor too light. One should not take anything with tea. No water or anything before or after tea for atleast 2 hour. Tea on empty stomach leaves a bitter taste in mouth. Resist drinking water or any other liquid for next 3-4 hours. After this the bitter taste will be gone. AFter this there will be no thirst signals. For the next 48 hours there will be enough fluid in your mouth and food pipe. You can eat your normal meals minus any liquids for next 24 hours. This will resolve all health issues including poor digestion.

In 24 hours the reduction in the fluids will be about 3 litres or about 5% of the total body weight of a normal adult.

Never the swelling due to sinus or cold and cough is more than 5% of the body volume.

During this period of 24 hours the lose of water from the body does not reduce even by 1% to offset reduced water intake.

The reduction in loss of body water thru urine or sweating starts after 48 hours in most of people. But to be on safe side giving up water and liquids for 24 hours will do the trick.

The reduced swelling will give immediate relief from pain. It will make is much more easier to eliminate the cough thru nose without any pain.

That will also improve the blood acid levels by about 10%. This makes changes at the cell level as well. Blood acid levels are the first line of defense against the infections.

So swelling gone, pain gone, cough moving out, infections taken care of. Now what remains in the body for the next change of season time. Obviously nothing.

So it has already given u long term relief from sinus. But in some cases one may get sinus during next change of season and may have to do this again. The reason is during change of season the body must adjust the water that is stored in the body. Due to some cell level changes the ability of the body to bring those changes is lost. But after 2-3 seasons that ability of the body will be restored and there will be complete relief from sinus.

You may refer to Kole on yahoo answers. He posted that he got lot of relief. You may check his comment on my best answers of 14.8.2011

To decide whether the above is right or not, you may comment whether u are in the habit of regularly drinking water and other liquids or out of work or other reasons u remain without water and other liquids for long periods of time. Those who are very regular in drinking water and other liquids are more prone to sinus and related complications. People who are extremely dehydrated are also very likely to face sinus and related complications. Those who are on and off with water are not likely to face this sinus thing.

Answer by Wendy Yeubanks
My daughter had strep . She had no temp and would eat some and wanted cold ice water . Look in your daughters mouth and see if she has white spots on the back of her throat my daughter did.

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Why do i have heart burn and my throat feeling closed?

Posted by admin on February 4, 2012

Why do i have heart burn and my throat feeling closed?
This morning i woke up, then i went back to lay down, and i had a slimey sensation in my throat. i tried to cough it up but nothing came out. Then i started to get heart burn, and thats when i went down stairs to go get a drink of water. Some of the water got regurgitated. I thought it was some type of bacteria so i gurgled some mouth wash, Its a little better, but my heart burn did NOT go away, and my throat feels kinda closed. and like there is something stuck.
i used to have Pyloric Stenosis when i was a baby, thats a condition when everything you ate/drank was regurgitated, your throat cap was Closed SHUT. I havent ate anything because im scared i might have Pyloric Stenosis again. I am 15, and i NEED to know what should i do.

im also have a LITTLE trouble breathing, but i can still breathe fine.

Answer by *Jacobi*
I have gerd and have the same feelings, I get terrible heartburn, along with closed throat feeling. I also get heart palpitations as well. It’s terrible. I’d ask your doctor about GERD. You might have this. Try some mantic or prilosec in the meantime

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Sore throat and pregnancy?

Posted by admin on February 3, 2012

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Sore throat and pregnancy?
I am 31 weeks pregnant. My throat started to hurt really mildly two days ago, and just today it hurts worse and i have developed a cough. I do not have a fever or chills. I have been drinking a lot of water and orange juice and hot peppermint tea, and resting a a lot (I’m on reduced hours at work, so it’s easy for me to take naps). My next doctors appointment is in 6 days.

My questions are:
How harmful is a sore throat/cold to my baby?
Should I move my doctors appointment up?
Do you have any remedies or advice to sooth my throat?

Thank you in advance.

Answer by Cathy G
It sounds like what you are drinking may be irritating your throat worse. OJ is very acidic as well as the peppermint tea. Have you tried cough drops? Hot tea? check online to see which ones you can take. milk will help. Soups that are chilled. ice cream, ice pops,

A sore throat will not hurt your baby at all. If you develop strep throat you will need antibiotics. Do you see any white dots on your tonsils?

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Wierd feeling in throat ..plz help?

Posted by admin on January 20, 2012

Wierd feeling in throat ..plz help?
So here is my Q!!
I have been feeling like i can’t take a deep breath( only one after one or so) and lately i have been having wierd feeling in my throat .like its itchy or something, but when i try to cough i can’t.. it doesnt make me feel better, and when i do try to cough i get hot flases.. it makes me SO anxies. i dont know whats up..
i went to the doctor. and they checked me on this masine. and they think i might have astma. she game me some stuff to try from astma. ( i did try it it doenst DO anything at all)
i mean come on how can i have ASTMA i am only 21. never smoked or anything like that. and never even been around people who smoke.

other symptoms that i feel :
feel dizzy alot.*everyday(*
tired..
achy legs..
not in a mood much EVER.
and having pressure in my stomack 24/7

i had a baby 11 months ago.
anyone who knows anything. i would love to hear from you.
thank you.

Answer by Michael B
i believe its a form of a soar throat go to the doctor and youll be fine or take some medicine also it could be a fever or virus of some sort

Answer by Daniel Vagas
You may have the flu,so go see a doctor for help.DON’T hesitate

Answer by blueiizpiscesgirl
Sounds like you could have a lot more going on than Asthma. Since you are a New Mom and you are having Pain in the Abdominal Region, I would certainly have my DR review this and determine where the pain is originating from. As for the Asthma, You could have this condition without Ever Smoking anything. Asthma can occur from Environmental Factors such as, Pollen, Mold, Animal Dander, Etc. Please see your Doctor and keep taking the Inhaler Medication until Your Doctor tells you to stop.

Answer by artistgmg3
Im not a doctor but I am working on my state certification as a pharmacy technician. What you are describing sounds like it may be your thyroid. The symptoms of hypothyroidism (low thyroid activity) include tiredness, muscle aches, decreased libido, etc.. The thyroid is in your throat and it sounds like yours may be inflamed. That could be a symptom of some thyroid conditions. The thyroid regulates your metabolism and it is common for women who are or were recently pregnant to have problems related to it. Usually it is temporary but still needs to be treated. Hypothyroidism is usually due to an iodine deficiency, which is why it is prevalent in women who experience hormone changes during or after pregnancy.

Some info on Hypothyroidism:

http://www.endocrineweb.com/hypo1.html

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Really sore throat? Should I go?

Posted by admin on January 19, 2012

Really sore throat? Should I go?
I have had a VERY sore throat for the past 3 days. I have a school trip tomorrow and I am wondering if I should go. I did have a fever yesterday but it is gone, but my throat is only worse.

Anyone know any good sore throat remedies? I have had many different cough drops, drank tea, and warm soup. I have cough medicine off-the-shelf and also some from the doctor’s.

Does anyone have good throat remedies I can do at home?
Also should I stay home or go? My doctor was really busy and just gave me a bunch of Advils and told me to go. He is a children’s doctor and he has many baby patients (I really should get a new doctor…).
I forgot to mention, school skiing trip, 4 days 3 nights to Quebec.

Answer by mus1cl0v3r2747
your prob have strept
go to the doctor again!!!!! and make sure you’re seen

Answer by Kellayyyy:D
I really wouldnt want to miss out on that trip, but if your throat hurts that bad you shouldnt go, unless you know you are getting better. Try gargeling with salt water or peroxide. it might taste bad afterward but it helps. also so around the house items such as lemon juice, honey, ginger, vinegar, and cayenne pepper. If you decide to use pepper, a little goes a long way.
i have a sore throat as well and i make a tea using about a cup of water a few tablespoons of lemon juice, a spoonful of honey, and dissolve a cough drop into it all (warm). so far it has helped a lot.

Answer by .:★AY★:.
i think you should go to another doctor to get medicine and go on the trip

i have a sore throat too and i have exams coming up :(

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Pregnant and staph infection in throat?

Posted by admin on December 23, 2011

Pregnant and staph infection in throat?
I’m 25 weeks pregnant and just recently I went to my doctor because I thought I had the flu because my throat had been sore and I had been coughing and really congested. When they swabbed my throat and nose they said I didn’t have the flu or strep throat. Well, just today, a week later, they called and said that the throat culture came back and I have staph infection.
They gave me antibiotics (Macrodantin) and I was just wondering if it was contagious (I work as a nurse at a nursing home) and I have no idea how I got it.
I haven’t kissed anyone new lately? I’m confused.

Does it pose a risk to my baby? What causes it? And how serious is it?

Answer by Doxycycline
Never heard of staph infecting the throat unless there’s an abscess there. Some species of staph could certainly colonize the throat… Is it possible that you have the flu after all and the culture swab just showed a harmless colonizer?

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do i have strep throat?

Posted by admin on December 6, 2011

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do i have strep throat?
so my throats been hurting for a week or so
i could barley eat anything and i was coughing all the time
now i can eat but i still cough a lot
its really sore too
i had a fever but its gone away now
but my throat still hurts
can i have strep?

and if i do how does it spread? my little baby cousin gave me a kiss on my lips and i want to make sure he doesnt have it hes only 2
it wont spread because of that right?
and i shared a drink with a couple of people this weekend and now their throats hurt as well
also my chest hurts
im always tired
whenever i wake up i feel shitty

like i feel like im getting better but then i feel crappy again then i feel like im getting better again and it goes back and forth
should i still go to the doctor to get it checked out?

Answer by Dcd
From what I’ve been told, strep throat is very contagious. but to be absolutely sure you if you have it you would have to go to a doctor. that’s what happened when an outbreak of strep throat happened at my school. if your baby cousin is showing similar signs as well, then you should show some concern, if not then i think he should be fine.

Answer by ags64tnsgfp377fkbs
well you already had strep throat when you had the fever, you’re probably in recovery mode since you can eat now. Just take some cold medicines for sore throats and drink plenty of water, you’ll be fine. And don’t eat anything crisp and flaky because it can scratch your throat even more since it is recovering.

Answer by Nicole
The infection with strep bacteria causes symptoms within one to three days. You may develop a red throat with white patches. The tonsils are red and enlarged. There may be specks of pus present on the tonsils, or there may be a grey or white covering on the tonsils. With strep throat, people may also have trouble swallowing and may have tender, swollen lymph glands on the sides of the neck.

here are some other symptoms:

Headache
Abdominal (lower stomach) pain
Fever
General discomfort, feeling ill or uneasy
Loss of appetite and nausea
Muscle pain
Joint stiffness
Skin rash

otherwise it may be tonsillitis:

Fever
Bad breath
Nasal congestion and runny nose
Swollen lymph nodes
Red, swollen tonsils covered completely or in patches by pus
Difficulty swallowing
Headache
Abdominal (belly) pain
Raw, bleeding patches on the tonsils
When you have sore throat plus cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, the cause is most likely a virus. Viral infection of the tonsils usually goes away without treatment within 2 weeks.

Sore throat with a sudden fever above 101F-milder fever may point to a viral infection-and swollen lymph nodes, and without symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection, may point to a bacterial infection. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor for diagnosis because of the risk of strep throat. Although strep throat will usually go away even without treatment, an untreated strep infection can lead to complications including rheumatic fever, which can permanently damage the heart.

If you do not have any of these symptoms then it might just be your basic sore throat but just to be sure I advise you to see your doctor.

I hope I helped.

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Do I have strep throat? Or something worse?!?

Posted by admin on November 10, 2011

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Do I have strep throat? Or something worse?!?
Okay so Saturday night, my throat started getting all raspy. Not that bad, until last night (Sunday night) and I had a wet cough. I was coughing up… (hate the word) but mucus. Sunday morning and afternoon, my throat felt raw. I associated it with me swallowing mucus unknowingly, and the mucus taking the lining off my throat. It hurts to talk, I feel better if I don’t talk, and if I don’t take deep breaths. Now, my tounge is swollen, and not really blocking my air way, but like it hurts really bad to swallow right now. I feel like I have mucus in my throat, but it’s just my uvula moving when I trying and cough. I have no fever, and haven’t drank or eaten after anyone except my dad and his girlfriend (neither of them is sick, I think) My lymph node on my left side is swollen, but my right side isn’t. I am a common carrier of strep throat (I’ve had it a lot since I was a baby) but when I got tubes, I stopped for a while. Sometimes with strep I experience vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. And sometimes I have no symptoms. Could I have strep? Or… Possibly something worse? Please give me answers, I’m freaking out!

Answer by Dhananjay
Consult a Doctor.

Answer by Rajinder
The following works for sinus, cold, running nose, sore throat and strep throat, when the throat is hurting and lot of other conditions.

The most visible thing about sinus is swelling. In case of cold, sore throat, strep throat also swelling is there but to some less extent then it is visible in sinus.

Sinus, cold and sore throat usually happen in the following situations -

- Change of season, drinking lot of water after exercises, when u get up in the morning, after swimming, after having first sex, kissing, first time smoking etc.

The reason – The body has limited capacity to store water in places other hen cells and in blood systems. When we suddenly drink lot of water, that must be stored in the cells within a short period. If that does not happen the body tries to lose water through frequent urination, running nose, cough etc. This excess water is stored in layers of skin or muscles. This stored water outside cells reduces the cell metabolism drastically. That also causes the immune system to be done causing the bacteria growth. That does not need antibiotics. All it needs is reabsorption of that water in cells or blood system. That is possible only by reducing the water intake temporarily.

During winters the cells of our body stores less water. This is evident from frequent loss of water from body throuhurination. Normally.

Another thing that needs explanation is – why does sore throat happens in the morning often. The cellular metabolism is at 5 to 10% during sleep. So the excess water stored between layers of skin and muscles causes the metabolism to fall below the minimum threshold limit. That reduces the immune capacity of the body drastically.

The same thing happens after swimming the body is heated up and cooled at the same time. It a person allows sweating after a swimming session and does not drink water or does not take a shower in cold water sore throat may not happen.

After having first sex, kissing, first time smoking people tend to either overeat, drink lot of water and sleep immediately so sinus or sore throat happens.

The easier way out is to allow body to sweat for 1 or 2 hour by increasing the body temperature but not drinking water or other fluids for may be 1 hour after that. But since cell metabolism is low during this period of cold and sinus, a person will seem to be excessively thirsty even after a short session of small exercise. Thru cell metabolism the water is transferred to blood system. If that happens at a rate slower then required rate the cells may overheat causing excessive thirst.

The other easy way to control swelling is to give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. In 24 hours there will be no significant dehydration to cause organ failure. But to be double sure one can stay indoors for 24 hours. This helps in lot of other ailments. One can do it when one is indoors. It improves the immune system. It ensures that body’s control systems work properly.

In 24 hours the reduction in the fluids will be about 3 litres or about 5% of the total body weight of a normal adult.

Never the swelling due to sinus or cold and cough is more than 5% of the body volume.

During this period of 24 hours the lose of water from the body does not reduce even by 1% to offset reduced water intake.

The reduction in loss of body water thru urine or sweating starts after 48 hours in most of people. But to be on safe side giving up water and liquids for 24 hours will do the trick.

The reduced swelling will give immediate relief from pain. It will make is much more easier to eliminate the cough thru nose without any pain.

That will also improve the blood acid levels by about 10%. This makes changes at the cell level as well. Blood acid levels are the first line of defense against the infections.

So swelling gone, pain gone, cough moving out, infections taken care of. Now what remains in the body for the next change of season time. Obviously nothing.

So it has already given u long term relief from sinus. But in some cases one may get sinus during next change of season and may have to do this again. The benefits of drinking lot of water is over hyped. So when winter starts to set in, people still force drink more water. Same thing happens when summer is setting in. As soon as summer comfort is there on increases the water intake drastically. But the cells of the body still does not need that excess supply of water.

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