Michael Marcus, MD talks about the connection between aspirin, flu and Reye's syndrome
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Host: The great influenzae of book written by John Berry, hope interesting points. There are lots of cases of Reye post flu and lot of people flip for flu could affect the mind of some of these people got may recoveries, so it was something decretive cause inflammation to the brain. And one of the treatments in that time was using salicylates and there is some description of cases of Reye's syndrome, which we know was caused by always we think its caused by aspirin so may be if that was a great experimental tide that, may be salicylates should not be used the upper flu epidemics is that sure? Michael Marcus: Now its very true, salicylates specifically aspirin are contra indicated or clearly not indicated in patients who have the flu or flu like symptoms we feel that the exposure of patients with the flu to aspirins specifically increase the risk of certain neurologic inflammatory processes which can be very severe and very bilitating for the patient. Host: They were also using OBH, which is good for pain and also could interfere your ability to the brain to tell you to breathe and may that was a danger too? Michael Marcus: Absolutely anything that would slow your breathing pattern would be especially dangerous In the person who had raspatory infections such as influenza but the flu epidemic of 1918 told us if that its very easy to be misread that the symptoms that were seeing are being caused by a specific disease when it may actually be the treatments of the disease or the interaction between the treatment and the disease itself that's meaning to some of the symptoms that we see. Host: And now the treatment that was commonly used with this irrigating progress you first breathe in because it will create more mucous and it will out the virus out of your system. Well, we actually use something they have seen you washes so may be they would you don't want to think but salt water washes actually a pretty good thing? Michael Marcus: Well, keeping these secretions thin and loose is really the key element mix because when you add the influenza virus, so any raspatory infection for that matter the mucous that we have in our lungs increases in volume intense to get thicker and dried out and as you get thicker it blocks areas of the lung and that is what success up to develop pneumonia as a most serious secondary infection, so keeping those secretions light and loose with weights that adding extra water to the lungs with inhalation treatments and with samely washes can be in affected way of have been prevent more serious lower area infection such as the pneumonia.