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Is there any advice on managing my bladder and bowels while having sex with my partner?
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Do not let worries about bladder and bowel management prevent you from having a fulfilling sex life. Accidents do not need to be a concern with proper preparation. Because the nerves stimulated during sex may stimulate the nerves that control bladder and bowel function, ensure that you have catheterized and emptied your bowels before intercourse. Read More

Do not let worries about bladder and bowel management prevent you from having a fulfilling sex life. Accidents do not need to be a concern with proper preparation. Because the nerves stimulated during sex may stimulate the nerves that control bladder and bowel function, ensure that you have catheterized and emptied your bowels before intercourse.

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Prevention of respiratory infections
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It’s not your fault if you get a respiratory infection. We live in a world filled with bacteria and viruses that are nearly impossible to avoid. Nevertheless, a number of strategies can help you reduce the odds of developing a respiratory infection. Those include: ·       Remaining upright as frequently as possible; ·       Coughing frequently, even […] Read More

It's not your fault if you get a respiratory infection. We live in a world filled with bacteria and viruses that are nearly impossible to avoid. Nevertheless, a number of strategies can help you reduce the odds of developing a respiratory infection.

Those include:

·       Remaining upright as frequently as possible;

·       Coughing frequently, even if you feel no urge to do so;

·       Keeping any respiratory equipment you use clean; your doctor can advise you about proper cleaning techniques, and you should religiously adhere to the protocols he or she advises;

·       Obtaining an annual flu vaccination, and remaining up to date on all other vaccines, most notably the pneumonia vaccination;

·       Exercising as advised by your doctor;

·       Drinking plenty of water, particularly if you feel congested or already have an infection;

·       Quitting smoking, avoiding smokers, and steering clear of places where secondhand smoke is abundant;

·       Staying out of polluted areas and avoiding areas with air quality warnings;

·       Avoiding inhaled substances to which you are allergic;

·       Practicing diligent hand-washing, particularly when you are around people who might be sick;

·       Staying in the hospital only as long as it is absolutely necessary;

·       Asking loved ones who are sick to avoid visiting you;

·       Avoiding air travel during cold and flu season;

·       Wearing an abdominal binder to support your abdominal muscles and enable you to cough more effectively;

·       Following any other treatment protocols your doctor recommends.

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What is the treatment of respiratory infections?
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Respiratory infections come in two basic forms: viral and bacterial. Viral infections typically must run their course, and cannot be treated with antibiotics. If you have a viral infection, your doctor will carefully monitor you and may provide treatment to reduce your symptoms. Occasionally, viral infections turn into bacterial infections, so ask your doctor what […] Read More

Respiratory infections come in two basic forms: viral and bacterial. Viral infections typically must run their course, and cannot be treated with antibiotics. If you have a viral infection, your doctor will carefully monitor you and may provide treatment to reduce your symptoms. Occasionally, viral infections turn into bacterial infections, so ask your doctor what to look for. If you suddenly feel worse or have a fever, contact your doctor immediately.

Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, and treatment works best if the infection is detected early. Severe infections may warrant intravenous antibiotics and a hospital stay. Rarely, if the infection is resistant to antibiotics, your doctor might have to try several antibiotics or provide supportive care until your immune system addresses the infection on its own.

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What are signs and ymptoms of respiratory infections?
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AGE2B consultant
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Many respiratory infections start out very minor, just like the common cold. But if you have a spinal cord injury, even minor infections can escalate quickly. Signs to immediately report to your doctor include: ·       Swollen lymph nodes in your neck; ·       A feeling of fullness in your chest; ·       Frequent coughing; ·       Congestion; ·      […] Read More

Many respiratory infections start out very minor, just like the common cold. But if you have a spinal cord injury, even minor infections can escalate quickly. Signs to immediately report to your doctor include:

·       Swollen lymph nodes in your neck;

·       A feeling of fullness in your chest;

·       Frequent coughing;

·       Congestion;

·       Burning in your throat;

·       Difficulty or pain when swallowing;

·       Unusual rashes or growths;

·       A fever, even if accompanied by no other symptoms;

·       Coughing up more mucous than usual, or mucous that is green;

·       Difficulty breathing when lying down or sleeping.

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When do respiratory infections spread?
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AGE2B consultant
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When a respiratory infection spreads to another organ, the infection becomes significantly more difficult to treat. This is especially true for SCI survivors, who already struggle with decreased immunity, and who may have additional health problems. The more rapidly the infection spreads, the more easily your body can become overwhelmed. Even if the infection is […] Read More

When a respiratory infection spreads to another organ, the infection becomes significantly more difficult to treat. This is especially true for SCI survivors, who already struggle with decreased immunity, and who may have additional health problems. The more rapidly the infection spreads, the more easily your body can become overwhelmed. Even if the infection is promptly treated, it's possible to suffer serious and lasting organ, tissue, and muscle damage. This is why it's so important to tell your doctor immediately if you experience other symptoms alongside a respiratory infection, even if those symptoms seem relatively minor.

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How respiratory infections harm the body?
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AGE2B consultant
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Your lungs oxygenate your blood, allowing it to nourish every organ in your body. Without proper oxygenation, you can quickly suffer brain damage and multi-organ failure. When you develop a respiratory infection, you may not breathe as effectively, reducing blood oxygen. In severe cases, you may be unable to breathe at all. Some respiratory infections—even […] Read More

Your lungs oxygenate your blood, allowing it to nourish every organ in your body. Without proper oxygenation, you can quickly suffer brain damage and multi-organ failure. When you develop a respiratory infection, you may not breathe as effectively, reducing blood oxygen. In severe cases, you may be unable to breathe at all. Some respiratory infections—even apparently minor ones—can also spread to other areas of the body.

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