One Coronavirus Myth Your Aging Relative Must Avoid

Senior Care Las Vegas, NV: Coronavirus Myths
Senior Care Las Vegas, NV: Coronavirus Myths

Media sources, including the Internet, have been inundated with news of the coronavirus since the pandemic began. While there is a lot of good, useful information available, there is also some misinformation out there. Some of it could even be dangerous. Recently, a myth has arisen suggesting that disinfectants, which have been proven effective in removing the virus from surfaces, might also be promising in treating the coronavirus. Unfortunately, some people have interpreted this to mean that it might be helpful to swallow or inject disinfectants. According to experts, not only will this be ineffective, it is also dangerous.  

Doctors Warn Against Ingesting Disinfectants 

Doctors say that anyone who is considering swallowing cleaning agents used for disinfecting should simply read the label to see how dangerous that would be. Many disinfectants contain bleach. The warnings for bleach state that it is corrosive to metals. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word corrode, which is the root word of corrosive, means “to eat away by degrees as if by gnawing especially to wear away gradually usually by chemical action.” 

Drinking products that contain bleach cause harm to the throat, esophagus, and stomach. It can result in abdominal pain and vomiting. It may also cause problems with breathing. In fact, simply inhaling the fumes from bleach can damage the lungs. Bleach may also cause damage to the kidneys and problems with blood clotting. 

Many household disinfectants also contain hydrogen peroxide. If swallowed, it can cause blisters to form in the throat. In addition, drinking hydrogen peroxide can also lead to: 

  • Difficulty breathing. 
  • Bleeding in the stomach. 
  • Confusion. 
  • Seizures. 
  • Coma. 
  • Death. 

What to Do if a Senior May Have Coronavirus 

Rather than trying to treat the coronavirus using home remedies and things that may be dangerous, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who think they were exposed to the virus or who have symptoms call their doctor for advice. If there are any emergency symptoms present, such as trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, an inability to rouse them, or a blue tint to the lips or face, the older adult should receive emergency medical care.  

If you are concerned about your older family member contracting coronavirus, senior care can help them to follow the CDC’s prevention tips. For example, a senior care provider can assist the older adult with washing their hands and remind them to do it often. Senior care providers can also disinfect surfaces in the home. However, if your aging relative has dementia, the senior care provider can make certain that all household chemicals are locked up to ensure they are not accidentally swallowed. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Las Vegas, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Sources 

https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200424/webmd-doctors-do-not-ingest-infect-disinfectants

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corrode

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html#warning-signs

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One Coronavirus Myth Your Aging Relative Must Avoid

Senior Care Las Vegas, NV: Coronavirus Myths
Senior Care Las Vegas, NV: Coronavirus Myths

Media sources, including the Internet, have been inundated with news of the coronavirus since the pandemic began. While there is a lot of good, useful information available, there is also some misinformation out there. Some of it could even be dangerous. Recently, a myth has arisen suggesting that disinfectants, which have been proven effective in removing the virus from surfaces, might also be promising in treating the coronavirus. Unfortunately, some people have interpreted this to mean that it might be helpful to swallow or inject disinfectants. According to experts, not only will this be ineffective, it is also dangerous.  

Doctors Warn Against Ingesting Disinfectants 

Doctors say that anyone who is considering swallowing cleaning agents used for disinfecting should simply read the label to see how dangerous that would be. Many disinfectants contain bleach. The warnings for bleach state that it is corrosive to metals. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word corrode, which is the root word of corrosive, means “to eat away by degrees as if by gnawing especially to wear away gradually usually by chemical action.” 

Drinking products that contain bleach cause harm to the throat, esophagus, and stomach. It can result in abdominal pain and vomiting. It may also cause problems with breathing. In fact, simply inhaling the fumes from bleach can damage the lungs. Bleach may also cause damage to the kidneys and problems with blood clotting. 

Many household disinfectants also contain hydrogen peroxide. If swallowed, it can cause blisters to form in the throat. In addition, drinking hydrogen peroxide can also lead to: 

  • Difficulty breathing. 
  • Bleeding in the stomach. 
  • Confusion. 
  • Seizures. 
  • Coma. 
  • Death. 

What to Do if a Senior May Have Coronavirus 

Rather than trying to treat the coronavirus using home remedies and things that may be dangerous, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who think they were exposed to the virus or who have symptoms call their doctor for advice. If there are any emergency symptoms present, such as trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, an inability to rouse them, or a blue tint to the lips or face, the older adult should receive emergency medical care.  

If you are concerned about your older family member contracting coronavirus, senior care can help them to follow the CDC’s prevention tips. For example, a senior care provider can assist the older adult with washing their hands and remind them to do it often. Senior care providers can also disinfect surfaces in the home. However, if your aging relative has dementia, the senior care provider can make certain that all household chemicals are locked up to ensure they are not accidentally swallowed. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Las Vegas, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Sources 

https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200424/webmd-doctors-do-not-ingest-infect-disinfectants

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corrode

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html#warning-signs



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