• 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.