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Should You Go to the ER for Your Fever?

Fevers are common with a long list of illnesses that can often be treated at home with bed rest or a visit to your primary care physician, but some cases, a fever can be a sign of an illness that needs emergency care. Children, in particular, can be vulnerable to the dangers of fevers, so consider going to the ER if you or your children experience these signs.

High Fever
Sometimes the severity of the fever is enough of a reason to go to the ER. For adults, that means getting emergency care when a fever is over 103 degrees F, and for kids, when it is over 104 degrees F. Having a fever this high doesn’t necessarily mean that you or your child has a serious medical condition, but it should be evaluated by a doctor.

Neck Stiffness
A fever that is accompanied by a stiff neck could a sign of meningitis, a serious infection that affects the brain and spine. Meningitis also frequently causes a severe headache, drowsiness, and sensitivity to light and sound. Some people also experience vomiting and are extremely sluggish and unaware of their surroundings. Although meningitis goes away on its own for some people, in other cases, it can be life-threatening without emergency care, so don’t delay seeking treatment at the ER.

Fever can lead to dehydration in both kids and adults, which can turn dangerous without treatment. Look for signs like infrequent urination, difficulty urinating, and extreme thirst. The risk of dehydration is especially significant when fever occurs with vomiting and diarrhea. Because dehydration can cause electrolyte imbalances that endanger the heart and cause damage to the kidneys, seek emergency care.

At Good Samaritan Hospital, we have a full-service ER and pediatric ER to provide quality emergency care in San Jose to the whole community. To learn more about all of the services at our hospital or request a referral to a physician, please call (888) 724-2362.

How Does Your Sexual Health Relate to Your Cancer Risk?

Prevention is a key part of cancer research, and one area that is frequently examined is the link between certain kinds of cancers and sexual health. So far, researchers do not understand the full picture of the relationship between your sexual health and cancer, but they have uncovered some links that are important to men and women alike. Here is what you need to know.

STDs and Cancer
There is an established link between one sexually transmitted disease, or STD, called human papillomavirus, or HPV, and cancer. Certain strains of HPV are linked to cervical, penile, anal, and throat cancers. A vaccine now exists to protect young people from HPV, which is an extremely common STD that many people do not that they have. However, the vaccine does not provide protection for people who are already sexually active. Although this direct link between and an STD and cancer is one of the most definitive findings doctors have, it may not be the only one. Some researchers suspect that contracting other STDs could increase the risk of some forms of cancer because they cause inflammation that in turn makes the body more susceptible to cancer development. If this is true, then being sexually active with multiple partners could be a risk factor for cancer, since it increases the odds of contracting an STD.

Protective Effects of Sexual Activity
In at least one case, sexual activity may have a protective effect. A National Cancer Institute study into prostate cancer found that men who ejaculated more often had a reduced chance of prostate cancer. In the study group, men who reported ejaculating an average of more than 21 times per month cut their prostate cancer risk by two-thirds when compared to men who ejaculated an average of four to seven times per month. More research is needed to understand the reason for these potentially protective effects.

At Good Samaritan Hospital, we offer comprehensive cancer care in San Jose, from diagnosis to remission. For a referral to a cancer specialist, please call (888) 724-2362. You can also call to get answers to your questions about maternity care, emergency care, and our cardiac care programs.

Preventing Diabetes in Your Family

Although you can’t prevent type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition, type 2 diabetes can often be delayed or even prevented with a few simple steps. Diabetes causes a long list of health complications, including increased risk of stroke and the need for cardiac care, so preventing it is a good step towards protecting your overall health. These tips will help you keep diabetes at bay in your family.

Dish Up Healthy Meals
There is a strong correlation between obesity and diabetes, so weight management is an important part of prevention. You can make it easier for your entire family to maintain a healthy weight by serving balanced meals. Choose foods that are low in saturated fats and added sugar and salt, and fill plates with a plenty of color fruits and vegetables. Manage portion sizes carefully to keep calorie counts in check. It’s fine to have an occasional treat, but make healthy eating the norm in your home.

Get Active Together
Being physically active for 30 minutes five days per week can make a dramatic improvement in your heart health and help you manage your weight, which can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Consider activities that the whole family can do, like taking a walk after dinner, playing soccer in the backyard, or swimming at the community pool.

Have Regular Medical Checkups
Seeing your doctor regularly helps you know where you stand and areas in which you could use some improvement. Know your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers, as well as your weight, and what your targets should be. By monitoring these numbers regularly, your doctor can also advise you if you have prediabetes or other risk factors that you can get under control before diabetes happens to you. Make regular checkups part of the routine for your whole family.

From cardiac care to emergency care and maternity care in San Jose to pediatrics, Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to offer your family the comprehensive health care you need. Call us today at (888) 724-2362 to request a referral to the right specialist for your needs.

Recognizing the Signs of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is often diagnosed in advanced stages because it often doesn’t cause symptoms early in the disease. However, by understanding your risk factors and being aware of some of the signs of the disease, you can take action and increase your chances of being diagnosed early. If you experience these lung cancer symptoms, consider visiting your physician for cancer screening, especially if you have risk factors, such as a history of smoking or second-hand smoke exposure.

As Dr. Elwyn Cabebe, an oncologist at Good Samaritan Hospital, explains in this video, a persistent cough is the most common sign of lung cancer. The cough typically progressively gets worse and does not respond to efforts to treat it. This symptom can be difficult for active smokers, who may already have a chronic dry cough, to recognize, but if your existing cough changes or intensifies, consider reporting your symptoms to your doctor.

Repeated Lung Infections
Another sign of lung cancer is bouts of bronchitis, pneumonia, or other chest infections that are resistant to treatment or that go away and then come back. Repeated lung infections can be caused by a range of different factors, including stress, poor nutrition, and poor sleep, as well as smoking making your lungs vulnerable to infection. However, if you experience frequent infections, talk to your physician about the potential reasons.

Unintentional Weight Loss
Losing weight without trying is a very common symptom of many different kinds of cancer, including lung cancer. Sometimes, loss of appetite also occurs. Some people don’t notice their weight loss as being unusual because they are also eating less, but any time your appetite and weight changes without a clear explanation, see your doctor to discuss your symptoms.

If you are experiencing cancer symptoms, contact Good Samaritan Hospital for a referral to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment. We also offer emergency care, cardiac care, and maternity care in San Jose, alongside a comprehensive range of services. Find out more by calling (888) 724-2362.

Keeping Your Food Safe When You Host a Cookout

Hosting a family cookout is a fun way to celebrate holidays and birthdays. However, it’s important to be mindful of food safety, especially if you will be traveling to a park or other site away from home. Following a few simple tips can keep your family healthy and out of the emergency care department. In the event that food poisoning does occur, the emergency care team at Good Samaritan Hospital is always available to help patients feel well again.

Food Preparation

Always wash your hands with soap and running water before and after handling food. If you need to defrost meat, place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight; do not place it at room temperature. If you intend to save some of the marinade to serve with the meat, you should set it aside in a separate container before placing the rest of the marinade with the meat. Do not reuse marinade that has come into contact with raw meat. Cook all animal products to the recommended internal temperature. For example, ground meats should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Food Transportation

Hosting a family cookout at home allows easy access to refrigeration. When traveling to another location, special precautions should be taken. Pack perishable food in an insulated cooler with plenty of ice. The food should remain at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook or serve perishable food promptly upon arriving at your destination.

Food Storage and Serving

When hosting a cookout at your own home, keep meats and other perishable items in the refrigerator until just before you place them on the grill or stove. Once the food is fully cooked, place it on a clean platter for serving; do not reuse platters that were used to hold raw meats because this can cause food poisoning through cross-contamination.

When your family needs emergency care in the San Jose area, you can put your trust in the team at Good Samaritan Hospital. Our community hospital is also a leading provider of cardiac care and maternity health services. You can direct non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services to a registered nurse at (888) 724-2362.

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