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I’m Sick! Why Didn’t I Get Antibiotics? Get ready! Get Screened! It’s that time of year: sniffes, cough, fever, „ Pneumonia can be a complication of the aches and chills. You come to the doctor’s fu so it’s important to be seen by your January is Cervical Cancer offce looking for something to help you provider. get better faster and now you’ve been told Bronchitis Awareness Month! you don’t need antibiotics. What the heck?! „ Common symptoms: Doesn’t anyone believe you? You feel really • Chest congestion Here are some facts about cervical cancer terrible! • Mild shortness of breath screening and prevention the Native Women’s Don’t despair, your healthcare providers • Productive and/or tight cough Wellness Program would like you to know: really are listening to you, but antibiotics • Fatigue „ Who gets cervical cancer? All women are at risk for actually don’t fx the vast majority of cold • Fever below 100˚ cervical cancer, but it is usually found in women over and fu symptoms. Here’s a list of common „ Best treated with rest, lots of fuids, cough age 30. winter illnesses that typically don’t need medicine and steamy baths or showers. „ When cancer starts in the cervix, it is called cervical antibiotics: „ If you have worrisome shortness of cancer. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. Common cold (rhinovirus) breath, a stubborn cough and/or a fever, The uterus (or womb) is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. „ Common symptoms: you may need antibiotics for pneumonia (which can seem a lot like bronchitis). • Sore throat „ Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of • Runny nose Sinus infection cancer. • Sinus congestion • Common symptoms: „ Cervical cancer develops in a predictable manner over a • Fever below 100˚ • Nasal drainage that is thick, yellow long period of time. When cervical cancer is found early, • Cough or greenish it is highly treatable and associated with long survival • Mild fatigue • Nasal congestion or obstruction and good quality of life. • Usually lasts 7-14 days • Pain/tenderness around your eyes, There aren’t any medications that make it go cheeks, nose and/or forehead „ Screening tests reduce illness and death when conducted away faster, but there are medications that • Cough, which is often worse at routinely. The Pap test screens for cervical cancer. can make you feel better. night „ The Pap test is highly effective at fnding cancer early, • Reduced sense of smell and/or taste when the chance of being cured is very high. The Pap The fu (infuenza) • No fever test can also fnd cells before they turn into cancer. „ Common symptoms: „ Sinus infections are best treated with • Headache saline nasal rinses and often resolve in „ Finding and treating any precancerous cells can prevent • Runny nose 1-2 weeks. If your pain is severe, you nearly all invasive cervical cancers. • Sinus congestion have a fever and/or it’s been more than 2 „ Cervical cancer is highly preventable in the United States • Fever above 100˚ weeks, you may need antibiotics or other because screening tests and a vaccine to prevent HPV • Cough prescription medications. infections are available. • Aches • Chills/sweats Despite all of these being illnesses that don’t „ The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes almost all • Extreme fatigue usually need antibiotics, it is still important cervical cancer. Getting the HPV vaccine while young • Sometimes nausea/vomiting/ to be seen and evaluated by your healthcare can prevent cervical cancer. This is available at the diarrhea provider, especially if you have other Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center for both girls and boys. • Lasts 10-14 days chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD, „ Call the Tribal Wellness Center (360-273-5504) to „ There is a medication (that is not an asthma or high blood pressure. There are schedule your women’s wellness visit today! NWWP antibiotic) that can help the fu go away often prescription medications that can make appointments are on Tuesdays. The frst nine women more quickly, but it must be started within you feel better and all of these illnesses can having their screening examinations in January will 36-48 hours of symptom onset or it won’t have complications that do need antibiotics. receive a copy of the book, “Journey Woman: A Native help. If you are ever concerned about what is Woman’s Journey to Wellness”. going on with your body, your care team is „ Many common strains are prevented by here to help and are happy to see you and Eligibility for the Raffe: All women who come in and getting your fu shot each year. help you get well as quickly as possible. have their Annual Exam/Pap test. You can also talk to the Holiday Closures health care provider about the HPV vaccine. Those who particapate will be entered into a Raffe for a Pendleton December 24~Closed December 31~Closed Please make sure you have all Blanket. The raffe will run from January 2, 2014 to December 25~Closed January 1~Closed your medicines. Please call them January 31, 2014. . December 26~Closed Resume business on in at least 3 days before to ensure Resume business on January 2, 2014. you have enough medicine during December 27. the holiday closures. Page 6   
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