Like me, you probably have childhood memories of your parents bringing you a big bowl of hot, homemade chicken soup in bed when you weren’t feeling too good. And even if you had an upset stomach, the soup was likely appetizing. It almost felt like a warm, soothing hug going down. To me, it was just as comforting as my mother’s hand on my forehead, checking to see whether I had a fever.
As the weather gets cooler, curling up on the couch with a hot bowl of soup sounds so inviting.
When you were a kid, did your mom warn you about the dangers of salmonella in raw eggs? Whenever you’d bake together, you still had to sneak that spoonful of cookie dough though, right? Now as an adult, you remember the warnings, and wash your hands with vigilance after handling raw chicken meat or raw eggs. But salmonella can still happen -- sometimes in unexpected ways.
A diagnosis of shingles, also called “herpes zoster,” is one of the most common in the primary care and urgent care settings. The CDC says 1 in 3 people in the U.S. will develop it at some point in his or her lifetime. What can you do to recognize this infectious disease?
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