The Doctors: Hard To Pronounce, Easy To Treat
The Doctors asked Yahoo TV reporter Nikki Boyer to hit the streets and find out if people knew the uncommon scientific names for some common conditions.
She even had a cash incentive for people who could correctly pronounce medical terms like gastroenteritis and nasopharyngitis. Only one women in the segment could correctly pronounce a term. Back in the studio, Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Andrew Ordon were on hand to define some of these terms in plain language.
The Drs: Nasopharyngitis: 3 Common Cold Myths
Nasopharyngitis is the common cold. Dr. Travis Stork debunked three myths about colds. The first is that hugging and kissing do not spread cold germs, contrary to popular belief.
Does Being Cold or Wet Make You Sick?
Another myth is that being cold or wet makes you more likely to catch a cold. The reason colds are more prevalent in winter is because more people are indoors and crowded together. But if your immune system becomes depressed because you are cold and wet for an extended period, you may be more likely to get sick.
Is “Starve a Fever, Feed a Cold” True?
The last cold myth surrounds the phrase, “starve a fever, feed a cold.” When you are sick, you need vitamins and nutrients. Dr. Travis Stork suggested foods that are loaded with antioxidants, such as cantaloupe or the classic chicken soup, which can act as an expectorant.
Dr. Andrew Ordon pointed out that cold and the flu are transmitted differently and have different effects.
Dr. Andrew Ordon: Blepharoconjunctivitis & How To Treat Eyelid Infections
Nikki Boyer was back on the street, trying to find people who could pronounce this next condition. But no one could say Blepharoconjunctivitis. Dr. Andrew Ordon broke it down. -Itis means inflammation and Blepharo- refers to the eyelids. Conjunctiva is a mucus membrane.
Putting it all together, Blepharoconjunctivitis is an infection of the eyelid. To prevent it, you can use an eye wash of saline or boric acid, which will help with redness.
“Don’t rub your eyes. If you’re around somebody who has this condition, be real careful,” Dr. Andrew Ordon said. It is usually treated with antibiotics.
Dr. Travis Stork said it is similar to Pink Eye, which is Conjunctivitis. This is highly contagious, according to the doctors.
The Drs TV Show: Xerostomia & Dry Mouth
Back on the street, Nikki Boyer’s next word is Xerostomia. Though some could pronounce it, they did not know what it meant. Xero- means dry, and -stomia refers to your mouth. That means Xerostomia is dry mouth.
Dr. Andrew Ordon said this can be a big problem. Saliva has many functions, keeping mouths clean and preventing tooth decay. It is also important for good breath and digestion. You can drink plenty of water, or use lozenges or medications to help alleviate dry mouth. Untreated, it can lead to cracking of the tongue and lips.
Dr. Travis Stork: Gastroenteritis & The Flu
Nikki Boyer’s last word was gastroenteritis. People on the street once again had trouble. But one women not only pronounced it correctly, she also knew what it was. Gastroenteritis is the stomach flu.
Dr. Travis Stork said this can be caused by bacteria or even food poisoning. The best thing you can do is hydrate. If you can’t keep fluids down, in an extreme case, you can get IV fluids at an emergency room.
Otherwise, he suggested treating it at home by re-hydrating for the 24-48 hours of symptoms, focusing on bland foods like bread, bananas, and rice. Popsicles are also great for kids battling the flu.