Michael Marcus, MD Director Pediatric Allergy and Pulmonary -Maimonides Medical Center discusses Reye's Syndrome.
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Male Speaker: So that may be salicylates should not be used flow up then because is that true? Michael Marcus: No, it’s very true. Salicylates, specifically aspirin, are contraindicated or clearly not indicated in patients who have the flu or flu like symptoms. We feel that the exposure of patients with flu to aspirin specifically increases the risk of certain neurologic inflammatory processes, which can be very severe and very debilitating for the patient. Male Speaker: They were also using OPX, which is good for pain but it also could interfere with the ability of the that tell you to breathe and may be that was a danger too? Michael Marcus: Absolutely, anything that would slow your breathing pattern would be especially dangerous in a person that had a respiratory infection such as influenza. What the flu epidemic of 1918 taught us is that it is very easy to be misled that the symptoms that we are seeing are being caused by a specific disease when it have actually be the treatment of the disease only interaction between the treatment and the disease itself that’s leading to some of the symptoms that we have seen. Male Speaker: Another treatment that was commonly used with these irritating upon as because breathe in. It cause to creating more mucous and would blow out the virus out of your system. Well, we actually use something they call saline washes, so may be they would use that one someone thing, but salt water washes actually pretty good are they? Michael Marcus: Well, keeping the secretions thin and loose is really the key element in that because when you have the influenza virus or any respiratory infection for that matter, the mucous that we have in our lungs increases in volume and tends to get thicker and dry out as it gets thicker it blocks areas of the lung and that is what success up to develop pneumonia as a more serious secondary infection. So, keeping those secretions light and loose with raise it adding extra water to the lungs with inhalation treatments and with saline washes can be an effective way of helping to prevent more serious lower area infections such as pneumonia.