YOUR HEALTH: HERE'S HOW

Stafford, Jane

YOUR HEALTH: Here's How By JANE STAFFORD WHETHER we have an epidemic of infantile paralysis this year or not, this is the season when cases generally increase. No means of preventing or curing...

...Talcum powder on the soles and between the toes or a little witch hazel will help relieve burning...
...Careful study has shown that such operations, when done during an epidemic, tend to increase the danger of contracting infantile paralysis in its most serious form...
...Avoid all unnecessary contact with persons with any illness suspicious of infantile paralysis...
...Self-treatment may make matters worse by adding the irritation of too strong chemicals...
...Shoes are also important in keeping feet comfortable and healthy...
...While the exact means of spread of the disease is not known, contaminated water and milk are always dangerous and flies have repeatedly been shown to carry the infantile paralysis virus...
...Use the purest milk and water you can...
...Substances active against tuberculosis germs growing outside the body have been obtained from other fungi and molds, including Aspergillus fumigatus, Actinomyces griseus and one of the Pemcillium group, Mr...
...No means of preventing or curing this disease is known...
...The chief thing parents can and should do, therefore, is to he alert to any signs of illness in children and to call a physician promptly...
...There are various methods of treating it and which is used depends somewhat on the stage or severity of the condition...
...Pay careful attention to personal cleanliness, such as thorough hand washing before eating...
...For athlete's foot a doctor should be consulted...
...Kurung points out...
...For more ordinary hot weather foot discomforts, some persons find tepid foot baths helpful, others get more benefit from alternating hot and cold foot baths...
...Kurung believes the substance should be obtained in a more pure form and is now working on this purification...
...Stomach upset with vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, severe headache or sign of a cold and fever may be among the first symptoms of infantile paralysis...
...Yet with good medical care the majority who are stricken make a satisfactory recovery...
...In either case, be sure to dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes...
...Keep flies away from food...
...It withstands high temperatures well and keeps for several months at below freezing temperatures...
...Besides these kinds of discomfort, you may be attacked by the fungus infection popularly known as athlete's foot...
...Do not swim in polluted water...
...None of these various antibiotics, as they are called, has yet been accepted as a remedy for tuberculosis...
...Anyone, child or grown-up, with unexplained fever should be put to bed, isolated from others and seen promptly by a physician, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis warns...
...Avoid sudden chilling such as would come from a plunge into extremely cold water on a very hot day...
...Even in these days of shoe rationing, you should have enough to alternate and not wear the same pair every day...
...Other simple precautions suggested by the Foundation are: Avoid overtiring and extreme fatigue from strenuous exercise...
...Avoiding Summer Foot Discomfort Along with other discomforts, hot weather brings many persons the misery of burning, perspiring, and swelling feet...
...It is often found on the floors of gymnasiums, swimming pools, bathing establishments, locker rooms of clubs, and similar places where people walk around on bare feet...
...If you have athlete's foot, your doctor will give you directions about your shoes...
...Like the mold that grows on bread, this fungus thrives in a warm, moist atmosphere such as that between toes in heavy shoes on a hot day...
...The material was obtained from a strain of the fungus called Aspergillus ustus...
...They should be kept fresh and free from infection...
...The fungus substance definitely stops the growth of tuberculosis germs growing on culture medium in the laboratory...
...Before attempting to establish its value as a weapon against tuberculosis, Mr...
...Fresh air and sun are good for the feet, and sun-tanning them is said to increase their immunity or resistance to infection...
...Do not take them lightly and remember that grown-ups as well as children may get infantile paralysis...
...Hygienic habits should always be observed...
...Be careful to have them well fitted...
...If possible avoid tonsil and adenoid operations during epidemics...
...Maintain community sanitation at a high level at all times...
...Fungus Chemical Checks TB Germs RAY BROOK, N. Y.óDiscovery of still another fungus chemical which might be developed into a remedy against tuberculosis is announced by Joseph M. Kurung, of the New York State Hospital for Incipient Pulmonary Tuberculosis here, in the forthcoming issue of Science...

Vol. 9 • July 1945 • No. 30


 
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