Treatments available for individuals infected by rabies

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016

People in the U.S. who have been bitten by animals like dogs, on rare occasions, may be infected by the rabies virus. Dog bite victims should immediately seek medical attention mostly if they are not sure if the dog that bit them had its vaccines.

Rabies, unfortunately, is fatal, and people who have been infected by the virus are often required to undergo series of vaccine shots to suppress viral infection in their body. An individual who has been bitten by a dog may be given “rabies immune globulin” or the fast-acting vaccine that prevents the virus from spreading. Rabies shots are often considered when the victim fail to determine if the dog has a virus. A person who had been injured by an infected dog may experience symptoms like nausea, fever, hydrophobia, confusion, insomnia, lower leg paralysis, depression, and agitation. The virus from the dog’s saliva that had been transmitted through biting will affect the victim’s central nervous system and until it reaches the brain. A person may later die from rabies if his or her brain and spinal cord become swollen. Persons who have been confirmed to have been infected by rabies are given rabies vaccine shots for not less than 14 days.

Unlike rabies immune globulin that is usually injected near the bite area, rabies vaccines are injected in the arm for the body to detect infected areas. Families whose loved ones have been bitten by someone else’ dog should immediately report the incident to local authorities including animal control. According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, individuals whose injuries were caused by negligent pet owners may be able to pursue a claim to cover medical expenses, pain, and suffering. People should note that pet owners can be held responsible for the behavior of their pet.

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Self-esteem and Depression

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016

Self-esteem is characterized by the feelings you have about yourself or how much confidence you have. While it is normal to lack confidence or self-esteem from time-to-time, many people can experience negative feelings about themselves frequently and focus on them often. When this is the case, it can result in chronic depression and anxiety disorders.

While low self-esteem is not an officially recognized mental health problem, many scientists and psychologists believe that negative thoughts of oneself can be a large contributing factor to developing depression. Those with depleted self-esteem may believe that they cannot be promoted at work, leading to a dead-end job, or that they are unworthy of love causing them to stay in unhealthy relationships. When a lack of confidence puts an individual in these situations, it can be easy to develop depression on top of negative self-esteem. A person with low self-esteem may exhibit signs such as fear of social situations, drinking excessively, lack of self-care, and trying to be a perfectionist—all of which can directly correlate with depression.

Depression is far more common than most individuals think, with 7%, or 15.7 million, of all adults suffering from the mental disorder, according to the website of The Solace Center. Those who have depression will often have low self-esteem that may have caused the disorder or exacerbated their symptoms. Fortunately, a number of treatment options are available, including medication, therapy, or a combination of both. While low self-esteem and depression can have a major impact on an individual’s life, with proper care, it does not have to control you.

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Keeping your Hearing Safe while Shooting

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

While guns are usually associated with violence, injury, sometimes even death, it is very surprising that target shooting and hunting are among the sports with lowest occurrences of injury in the country. These sports are far safer than other more common sports, such as basketball and running. However, no sports activity is totally risk-free. In fact, one of the dangers shooters are exposed to is impaired hearing.

The sound of gunfire can be way beyond our ears’ threshold of pain, which means a short exposure to it may cause ear damage that could be irreversible. However, this doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy these sports. Here are some simple steps in protecting your ears while on a shooting range:

Use ear protection

Ear protections range from simple ear plugs to sophisticated electronic ear muffs. These are effective in significantly reducing the noise level down to what your ears can handle safely. Ear muffs could be your best option when in an indoor shooting range, although you would prefer wearing ear plugs when hunting outdoors.

Learn about suppressors

Suppressors, sometimes called silencers, are gun equipment mounted onto the barrel to reduce gunfire sound. Although suppressors are commonly sold as a separate piece, Suppressed Weapon Systems found a way to integrate suppressors to barrels so that they will be one piece. Suppressors are great in reducing the risk of hearing damage, and are a perfect hunting partner, too.

If you are currently into the sports of target shooting or hunting and have been experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is wise to consult with a healthcare professional right away for prompt diagnosis and treatment:

  • Ringing in the ear
  • Ear pain
  • Ear irritation
  • Pus coming out from the ear
  • Muffled hearing
  • Trouble hearing what other people say
  • Listening to radio/TV louder than usual
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