Winter Watch

By AM Northwest Staff

George Bengtson, MD stopped by the show to tell us what to look out for this winter

Colds ‘n’ Flu


  • Hand washing
  • Smoke avoidance
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Immunization (e.g. flu)


  • Avoiding OTC meds (see last visit)
  • Hydration, Positioning, Tylenol
  • When to see the doc


Nasty Bacterial Stuff

  • Meningococcal disease
  • Many of us (15-20% are carriers)
  • Transmission within groups crowded indoors
  • Immunization is available


  • MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus)
  • Pesky bacterial infection on the rise
  • Watch for "bug bites" that get ugly – pustules


  • Cough is an airway clearing reflex, not a disease
  • See doc if severe, prolonged or breathing difficult
  • Special cases:
  • Croup – cold outdoor air therapeutic usually
  • Asthma – don’t run out of routine medications


  • It’s DARK out there. Watch for peds. & cyclists!



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