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What causes death in african sleeping sickness?

What causes death in african sleeping sickness?

Coma: The t. Brucei organisms can cross the blood-brain barrier leading to confusion, severe fatigue, sleep reversal, reduced coordination, coma & death. ...Read more

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Is sleeping sickness same as west nile?

Is sleeping sickness same as west nile?

No: Most people don’t have sx’s w west nile virus. Mild sx’s occur in about 20% of people; which can include fever, eye pain, generalized body aches, headaches, feeling really tired, & possible enlarged lymph nodes or rash. About 1% have severe illness which can include neurologic problems. Possible sx’s include: seizures, severe headache w stiffness of the neck, high fever, confusion & weakness. >. ...Read more

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What causes sea sickness or car sickness?

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What causes sea sickness or car sickness?

Motion sickness: One theory is that it functions as defense mechanism against neurotoxins. The area postrema in the brain is responsible for inducing vomiting when poisons are detected, & for resolving conflict between vision & balance. When feeling motion but not seeing it, the inner ear transmits to the brain that it senses motion, but the eyes tell the brain that everything is still, hence brain responds by vo. ...Read more

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Can Diamox (acetazolamide) suppress altitude sickness symptoms? Took it & had minor altitude sickness symptoms. After 1 day of returning home vomited for 2wks. -10+lb

Can Diamox (acetazolamide) suppress altitude sickness symptoms? Took it & had minor altitude sickness symptoms. After 1 day of returning home vomited for 2wks. -10+lb

Vominting for 2 wks: Yes Diamox (acetazolamide) is sometimes used to prevent altitude sickness. Vomiting for two weeks does not sound like altitude sickness. It sounds more like infection. Better see your doctor for a check up. ...Read more

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I am experiencing excessive menstrual cramps, nausea (severity: moderate) , difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, dry mouth?

I am experiencing  excessive menstrual cramps, nausea (severity: moderate) , difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, dry mouth?

All during period?: Dysmenorrhea Tx: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can dissipate pain. ...Read more

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Why west jet lag causes early awakerning? Can't this be corrected by melatonin like when flying east?

Why west jet lag causes early awakerning? Can't this be corrected by melatonin like when flying east?

Varies for many: There are all kinds of supposed remedies for jet lag, and what works for one person may not work for another. Some people even try and keep their same schedule regardless of the time change. Melatonin has had some positive effects, but most of the time, it is a trail and error experience. ...Read more

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How does African sleeping sickness affect human skin?

How does African sleeping sickness affect human skin?

African Sleeping: Sickness. People w Trypanosoma Brucei infection may develop a chancre in area of Tsetse fly bite. Itching of skin is also common. ...Read more

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If flying east causes problems falling asleep, flying west causes the opposite/?

If flying east causes problems falling asleep, flying west causes the opposite/?

NO: The direction you fly should not have a bearing on your sleep disturbances. It is more likely an underlying anxiety issue with flying. Discuss with your Parents and your doctor as if it is an issue, there may be some "pre-Flying" medication you can take. best wishes. ...Read more

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What are major differences between west nile virus and sleeping sickness?

What are major differences between west nile virus and sleeping sickness?

Completey different: Other than the names west nile, and african sleep sickness, which sound related to africa, there are no similarities. West nile is caused by a viral infection spread by a mosquito. Treatment is supportive only and you basically wait to get better. African sleeping sickness is caused by a parasite spread by a tsetse fly. There are medications used to treat it, but the illness is far more serious. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between african sleeping sickness and chagas disease?

Is there a difference between african sleeping sickness and chagas disease?

Yes: They are different diseases caused by different but related parasites. Chagas is caused by trypanosoma cruzi, while sleeping sickness is caused by trypanosoma brucei. They affect different parts of the body and cause different symptoms. ...Read more

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Why does t. Brucei infection cause symptoms that led to the term african sleeping sickness?

Why does t. Brucei infection cause symptoms that led to the term african sleeping sickness?

Fatigue/ sleep: People with trypanosoma brucei infection can become extremely fatigued, sleep during the day and be unable to sleep at night. They may go on to coma and death. ...Read more

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Motion sickness pills (dimenhydrinate)--safe for ship travel?

Motion sickness pills (dimenhydrinate)--safe for ship travel?

Yes: Dimenhydrinate is a histamine antagonist designed to counter some of the ill effects of motion in cars and boats to which some persons are prone. One of its major side effects is drowsiness. Before taking dimenhydrinate you should check with your doctor that it does not interact with any other medications you are already on. ...Read more

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Are morning sickness symptoms in the third trimester normal?

Are morning sickness symptoms  in the third trimester normal?

Not The Same: Severe nausea & vomiting in your third trimester should be reported to your ob. Early in pregnancy, morning sickness is attributed to the quickly rising hormone levels. This is not the case in your last trimester. Your doc should evaluate you for a possible bowel infection, liver disease, preeclampsia, among other common pregnancy complaints. Call your doc & take care. ...Read more

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Causes of morning sickness in men?

Causes of morning sickness in men?

Not Pregnant: As you may suspect the morning sickness is not cause by pregnancy in men but there are other reasons such as food poisoning. There are a myriad of other reasons for morning sickness in men so you may want to go to the doctors for an examination and diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm tired sick to somach vomiting derririah sleeping all the time?

I'm tired sick to somach vomiting derririah sleeping all the time?

Stomach Flu: Gastroenteritis, Food poisoning, usually resolves in 24-48 hrs. Try to take small portions of water every 15-30 minutes. If you are able to hold liquids down you will likely be fine. If you keep vomiting and having diarrhea time to go to the ED. I did this mistake once, was not pretty... If you start feeling worse go dont hessitate. Hope you feel better Cheers C ...Read more

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I am experiencing nausea (severity: moderate) , heart murmur, rapid heart rate, difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, unrefresh...

I am experiencing  nausea (severity: moderate) , heart murmur, rapid heart rate, difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, unrefresh...

Explanation : Too much for your age. Heart murmur and rapid heart rate need cardiology consult. May be it still benign at your age. Nausea without any abdominal pain may be nothing to worry about and just check your diet, especially junk food. Difficulty to fall asleep often related to too much talking on cell phone, too much TV or games at late evening. Unfortunately it often happens among your pupils. ...Read more