Health notes

NMMC-Eupora gives info about Legionnaire’s disease

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe type of pneumonia caused by bacteria, according to North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora. People most frequently contract it by breathing in mist from water that contains the bacteria from hot tubs, showers or air-conditioning units.
NMMC-Eupora gave this additional information about the disease:
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a bacterium known as legionella. You can’t catch it from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get Legionnaires’ disease from inhaling the bacteria. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to Legionnaires’ disease.
The legionella bacterium also causes Pontiac fever, a milder illness resembling the flu. Pontiac fever usually clears on its own, but untreated Legionnaires’ can be fatal.
Legionnaires’ disease frequently begins with headache, muscle pain, chills and fever of 104 or higher. By the second or third day, you’ll develop other signs and symptoms that may include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and
  • Confusion or other mental changes

Although Legionnaires’ disease primarily affects the lungs, it occasionally can cause infections in wounds and in other parts of the body, including the heart. Although prompt treatment with antibiotics usually cures Legionnaires’ disease, some people continue to experience problems after treatment.

Clinic offers free dentistry

Dr. David Mitchell and staff will host “Mitchell Dental Cares” on May 9 at Mitchell Dental Clinic for those who cannot afford dental services.
The event is limited to the first 150 patients, age 18 or older. Mitchell Dental, located on Main Street in Ackerman, will treat patients in need of fillings, extractions and cleanings. Call 285-9244 for more information.

NMMC-Eupora encourages stroke awareness in May

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Someone dies from a stroke every four minutes. Learning the symptoms of stroke and knowing what to do when they occur can save a life, according to North Mississippi Medical Center – Eupora.

Common stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness/weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Hospital gives advice for kidneys

Your kidneys work 24/7 to keep the body healthy by filtering out toxins and extra fluid and regulating blood pressure. Damage to these vital organs could be irreversible, yet so many are unaware of what might be harmful. Here are two things that may damage your kidneys you may not be aware of, according to North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora:

  • Long term use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (over-the-counter painkillers, known as NSAIDs): Long-term use, especially at high doses, has a harmful effect on kidney tissue and structures. These drugs can also reduce the blood flow to the kidney.
  • Drinking large amounts of cola-based soft drink beverages: Studies have shown that drinking two or more colas a day (diet or regular) is linked to a higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease.