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7 Things That Can Make The Flu Worse

With flu season fast approaching, we encourage everyone to get their yearly flu shot to help prevent coming down with the illness. But if you forget to, it’s important to know which symptoms to look out for, how to take care of yourself or your children when sick, and seven things you should avoid doing to not prolong the flu or make it worse.

PCCSF’s Dr. Allan Greissman spoke with Bustle and provided his insight on what to do when sick with the flu.

Getting the flu is no fun. But as summer winds down, it’s more and more likely. If you end up stuck with this bug, it’s important to watch out for things that make the flu worse, so you can be back to your best self as soon as possible. Some of these things, however, might not seem so obvious.

Of course, the first step should always be preventing the flu by getting vaccinated and understanding the signs of the flu if you’re at risk. Flu season has a tendency to come on strong, and it’s crucial to know the difference between a bad cold and a more serious illness.

“Sometimes it can be easy to confuse symptoms of the flu for symptoms of the common cold,” Dr. Emi Chiusano, MD, Area Medical Director at Med Express, tells Bustle. “However, look out for some big differences. Symptoms of the flu will come on quickly — more quickly than those of a cold [... and] keep an eye out for fever, severe body aches, exhaustion, cough and sore throat.” If you notice these symptoms, getting to the doctor as soon as possible is crucial.

Once you’ve been diagnosed, it’s time to stay home and rest. “It’s very important when you have the flu to drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep so that your body has time to fight the infection,” Dr. Allan Greissman, of Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida, tells Bustle. “[...] Not giving yourself a chance to get better will only hurt your own immune system’s ability to fight the flu.” Your body will thank you if you don’t do anything to exacerbate it, and you’ll be healthy much sooner.

Here are seven things you didn’t realize prolong the flu or make it worse, according to experts.

To read the full story, visit Bustle.

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Welcome PCCSF’s Newest Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Caring for critically ill and injured infants and children presents many challenges. At Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida, we not only strive to provide our patients with the best possible care, we also strive to provide their families with the support they need to make it through the difficult moments they face while in the PICU.

We’re able to do this because of our compassionate and dedicated staff, and we’re so excited to announce the addition of Desiree Krass, ARNP! Read on to get to know her!

Desiree attended the University of Mississippi and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology but quickly decided that wasn’t the path for her and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University in 2006.  After working for some time in Pediatric Critical Care as a registered nurse, she decided caring for and treating critically ill children was her passion and went on to pursue an advanced degree. She graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing.

After practicing for multiple years as an ARNP in well-established children’s hospitals in Nashville and North Carolina, she and her family decided to relocate to her native South Florida. She was fortunate to obtain a position with PCCSF at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and is very excited for the opportunity to be able to continue her passion of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine with the PCCSF team.

Desiree is a board-certified Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse practitioners.

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PCCSF’s Dr. Gerald Lavandosky Appointed Chief of Staff of JDCH

It’s with great enthusiasm that we announce the appointment of Dr. Gerald Lavandosky as the new Chief of Staff of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital! In this new role, Dr. Lavandosky will continue to advance the agenda of the JDCH medical staff set forth by the immediate past chief of staff, Dr. Gary Birken, who served in this role for three years.

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Lavandosky’s duties will include representing the views, opinions and needs of the medical staff to administration, be a spokesman for the medical staff in its external professional and public relations and be responsible for enforcement of the medical staff bylaws. Additionally, he plans to work with the medical staff and administration to expand the programs and services of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Lavandosky has been with Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida since 1996 and has 22 years of experience serving children and their families.

Dr. Lavandosky received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and attended medical school at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, where he also served as chief resident. He went on to complete a pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas/University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he focused on the care of infants and children with congenital heart disease.

“Serving as Chief of Staff of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the highest privileges I have had during my career in pediatrics,” said Dr. Lavandosky. “I look forward to representing JDCH and our expert medical staff throughout the Memorial Healthcare System and within our community.”

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lavandosky and wishing him every success in his new role!

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Do You Know When To Call 911 – and When You Shouldn’t?

When it comes to dialing 911, the general rule is: Dial any time there’s a threat to your life or property. In some cases, however, it’s not often as clear if it’s worth picking up the phone and calling for emergency assistance.

PCCSF’s Dr. Gerald Lavandosky spoke with Reader’s Digest on the “8 Times You Should Call 911 – and 7 Times You Shouldn’t.”

Call: You or someone else is experiencing a severe allergic reaction

If anyone begins showing signs of a severe allergic reaction—increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, swelling tongue—call 911. Severe allergic reactions can lead to death quickly—in under an hour—so you may not have enough time to get to the emergency department. Emergency responders can give immediate treatment with epinephrine.

“Parents and caregivers are not trained medical professionals, so making a medical decision as to whether an allergic reaction is 911-worthy can be challenging,” says Gerald Lavandosky, MD a pediatric critical care doctor at Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida. “Factors that need to be considered when calling 911 include distance to the nearest emergency department, traffic, weather conditions, and transportation capabilities of the family.” Dr. Lavandosky says mild allergic reactions can be brought to a doctor’s office or emergency department by a family member, but when respiratory symptoms, swelling of the mouth, drooling, or difficulty breathing show up, it’s time to call 911.

To read the full story, visit Reader’s Digest.

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8 Back to School Tips!

After three months of summer fun, it can be challenging to transition the kids back into their school routine. Following are eight tips to kick off the new school year on the right foot!

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