Sarcoidosis

  • Inflammatory disorder
  • Can affect any organ in the body but most commonly affects lungs and lymph nodes
  • Symptoms may include swollen lymph nodes, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, eye pain and joint pain
  • Cause unknown
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild without symptoms to severe and life threatening

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly

 

FOR COUGH

  • Increase fluids
  • Suck on cough drops or hard candy
  • Use a cool air humidifier in room
  • Avoid lung irritants such as smoke or household cleaners
  • Over-the-counter cough medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage)
    • Guaifenesin
    • Dextromethorphan

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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