Lunchbox Germs Beware

Keeping your lunchbox free from bacteria can be done in four easy steps. Do you hear the school bell ringing? That’s right parents – it’s that time of year again! The new school year has arrived, which means you’re probably preparing and packing meals for your kids. You pack their meals with love, care (and hopefully vegetables) in the morning, just to see them sticky with who knows what in the evening. It’s as if a mini hurricane struck their lunchbox– the peanut butter is smeared on the right side, the orange juice took a hit and spilled all over, and there are soggy crumbs sticking all over the top and bottom of the box. You’re probably tired after a …


Stay Safe in the Smoke!

  Regular air quality updates for our region can be found at nvair.ndep.nv.gov. With several summer fires roaring through our region and air quality levels reaching a “moderate” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” smoke level, it’s important to be mindful of our surroundings and make small adjustments to our daily routine to stay safe. Carson Tahoe Health recommends everyone start to consider the following precautions in times of moderate or worse levels: Stay inside Refrain from exercising outdoors Keep hydrated to suppress a cough and help prevent smoky air from settling in lungs Limit use of vacuums or gas stoves Keep windows and doors closed, and use air conditioning if possible to help filter air throughout the house When driving …


What exactly is Whooping Cough?

Whooping Cough: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a bacterial infection that gets into your nose and throat. It spreads very easily, but vaccines like DTaP and Tdap can help prevent it in children and adults. Symptoms At first, whooping cough has the same symptoms as the average cold: Mild coughing Sneezing Runny nose Low fever (below 102 F) You may also have diarrhea early on. After about 7-10 days, the cough turns into “coughing spells” that end with a whooping sound as the person tries to breathe in air. Because the cough is dry and doesn’t produce mucus, these spells can last up to 1 minute. Sometimes it can cause your face to briefly …


EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! GI Virus Hits Northern Nevada

  By Doris Dimmitt, Hospital Epidemiologist at Carson Tahoe Health   Now come on, you really didn’t think we could go without a good ol’ GI outbreak in the community for very long, did you?  It happens almost every year.  We are busy gearing up for influenza season by getting our flu shots and WHAM it hits us from out of nowhere!  This is also a time of year when I hear a lot of rumors going around about the flu shot causing the flu, so let’s take a look at our influenza vs. GI viral infection fact checker. Remember, influenza is a respiratory infection. Sore throat, high fever, coughs, and horrible body aches    (even your hair hurts). The flu …


Do’s & Don’ts if you get Bit by a Rattlesnake

  With the weather warming up, rattlesnakes are beginning to come out of their dens. Several sightings of these slithering were reported last week near Prison Hill, Ash Canyon and Jacks Valley. So, be on the lookout for these venomous serpents while out and about to protect yourself, your children and pets. If bitten, you should get medical help immediately. While waiting for medical help, here are some general do’s and don’ts to keep in mind… DO: Scene safety. Retreat out of the striking distance of the snake. Keep yourself and the patient calm. Remove constricting clothing and jewelry. As with any bite wound, wash with soap and water. Splint the extremity. Avoid elevating the injury. Avoid any harmful and …