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Polio Cause, Symptoms and Prevention

What Is Polio?
This disease is known as polio. Polio is a contagious, virally induced disease that can cause paralysis and death. The more technical name for polio is poliomyelitis.

The reason it is called poliomyelitis is because the prefix polio means ‘grey’ in ancient Greek, myelo refers to the spinal cord, and itis refers to the inflammation of something. Therefore, when we combine all of these terms together we get the inflammation of the spinal cord’s grey matter, or poliomyelitis.

This disease typically affects children under five years of age and, in 1 of 200 infections, it will lead a person to develop irreversible paralysis. In 5%-10% of these cases, this irreversible paralysis may actually affect muscles involved in respiration, or breathing, leading to an individual’s death when they can no longer breathe.

Paralytic polio also may be classified as:
1. Spinal polio
Attacks motor neurons in the spinal cord and causes paralysis in arms and legs and breathing problems

2. Bulbar polio
Affects neurons responsible for sight, vision, taste, swallowing, and breathing

3. Bulbospinal polio
Many people with nonparalytic polio are able to make a full recovery, while those with paralytic polio generally end up with permanent paralysis.

Polio is caused by infection with the poliovirus. This virus is highly contagious, and is passed on through food and water contaminated with the stool (feces) of infected people. It can take 4 to 21 days before symptoms appear and an infected person can pass the virus on to other people even before symptoms appear.

Infection with polio happens when the virus enters the body through the mouth, multiplies in the throat and intestine, and spreads through the blood to the central nervous system. There, the virus attacks nerve cells, which can lead to paralysis.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Polio
Sub-clinical polio may not trigger noticeable symptoms. In fact it is estimated that 95 to 99 percent of infected patients are asymptomatic. In the five percent of polio cases in which patients do experience symptoms, they can range from mild to severe. Paralytic polio (polio that leads to paralysis) has more severe symptoms and can be fatal. Patients with non-paralytic polio experience mild, flu-like symptoms.

Sub-Clinical Polio
If patients do have symptoms, they usually last for 72 hours or less and may include:
1. Headache
2. Sore, red throat
3. Slight fever
4. Vomiting
5. General discomfort

Non-Paralytic Polio
The symptoms of non paralytic polio may last for a couple of days to a week or two and includes
1. Fever
2. Sore throat in the absence of upper respiratory infection
3. Headache
4. Vomiting
5. Fatigue
6. Abnormal reflexes
7. Problems swallowing and/or breathing
8. Back and neck pain and stiffness, particularly neck stiffness with forward flexion of the neck,
9. Arm and leg pain or stiffness
10. Muscle tenderness and spasms

Paralytic Polio
People with paralytic polio experience the symptoms associated with non-paralytic polio first. Soon after, the following symptoms appear:
1. loss of reflexes
2. severe spasms and muscle pain
3. loose and floppy limbs, sometimes on just one side of the body, this is due to the weakness which results from the         involvement of the spine
4. sudden paralysis (temporary or permanent)
5. deformed limbs (especially the hips, ankles, and feet due to prolonged weakenss and the lack of appropriate                  orthopedic bracing
Although improved public sanitation and careful personal hygiene may help reduce the spread of polio, the most effective way to prevent the disease is with polio vaccine.

Polio vaccine

Currently, most children in the United States receive four doses of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) at the following ages:

  1. Two months
  2. Four months
  3. Between 6 and 18 months
  4. Between ages 4 and 6 when children are just entering school


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10 Home Remedies for Swollen Lymph Nodes

The lymph nodes are small, round, (or bean-shaped) masses of tissue that belong to the lymphatic system, which plays a part in helping your body fight infection and disease. The neck is the most well known site of lymph nodes, but there are hundreds spread throughout your body. Over time, you may encounter swollen lymph nodes in the following locations:
• Under the jaw
• Behind the ears
• Lower region in back of head
• Armpits
• Groin

Home remedies

1. Turmeric
One of the oldest medicinal remedies known to mankind, turmeric is a super anti-inflammatory and analgesic spice that can work wonders. With its powerful antioxidants, turmeric makes a terrific anti-viral solution that can help the lymph nodes to remove bacteria and viruses, which will reduce swelling. Mix one tablespoon of turmeric powder in one glass of warm milk and drink once each day.

2. Honey
Wow, talk about a sweet way to feel better fast! Honey has powerful antibacterial and anti-viral compounds that can offer some serious back-up for your immune system. You can simply swallow a tablespoon of raw, organic honey two or three times each day, or mix the honey in some lemon tea and drink two or three cups each day. You should get almost immediate relief from the pain and swelling of the lymph nodes, and other symptoms, such as a runny nose or sore throat, should disappear in three to five days.

3. Cleavers
This is a little known herb that stimulates almost every organ in the body, including the lymph system. Cleavers will also purify the blood and cleanse the body of toxins. This herb will help to relieve your swollen lymph nodes as well as rid the body of bacteria and viruses that are the underlying cause of most swollen lymph node problems. Drink cleaver tea twice each day until you get relief from your symptoms.

4. Castor Oil.
If the lymph nodes are caused by numbers 1-3 as stated above and are causing discomfort or pain, you might try rubbing castor oil on the swollen lymph nodes, then covering them with flannel, then a plastic bag, then a heating pad. I have heard of many people having great success with this method. You can also appliy the castor oil packs to the stomach area which, according to Edgar Cacey’s research in the 1950’s, also helps.

5.Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar is another home remedy that has brought great relief to many people. Orally take 2 Tablespoons of vinegar, as is or diluted in water, according to your taste. And take it every four hours. Apple Cider Vinegar, while acidic, signals for your body to make ph buffers to counteract the acidity. This has an outstanding alkalizing effect on the body.

6.Using Garlic
Garlic is one among the antibacterial herb that can clean up the internal organs in a human body. The garlic is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that can help in reducing the swelling that happens in the lymph glands. Eat two garlic cloves every day to make your lymph glands stay away from any kind of swelling. You can also garlic in your daily food and it can help your lymph glands to stay away from the bacterias and the viruses.

7. Lemon
Lemon is useful fruit for healing mucus and sore throat. It is also easily found in every market and you totally can use this ingredient to get rid of swollen glands. Here is the instruction.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the simplest and cheapest home remedies for swollen lymph nodes in ear, neck, and other parts of the body is apple cider vinegar, which has anti-bacterial property that can soothe the problem very well. The method is:

Sourced from mint leaves, the active ingredient in mint leaves is menthol. The ingredient is strongly antiviral and can reverse swelling within a quick time. The preferred mode of administration is in the form of a mint tea or alternatively can be consumed as a fresh juice extracted from mint leaves.

10. Salt Water
A salt water gargle can be beneficial for reducing the swelling and inflammation in lymph nodes in the neck caused by infection in the throat.


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