Valley Fever Info from Caregivers in San Marcos

Caregivers San Marcos Valley Fever

Caregivers in San Marcos Warn About Valley Fever

You may have never heard of valley fever, especially if you have only recently moved to the southwestern United States. If you have elderly family members, though, it is important for you to be on the lookout for symptoms that could indicate valley fever and have a doctor investigate early. Ahead, caregivers in San Marcos tell you a little about this mysterious disease and how you can combat it.

Catching Valley Fever

The one piece of good news about valley fever is that it is not contagious. If a senior in your family does catch it, you and caregivers in San Diego County can provide care without worrying about catching it yourselves. The illness is carried by a fungus, which primarily grows in our region of the country. Seniors become more vulnerable if yard work, construction, or a natural event such as an earthquake stirs up dust near their home.

Addressing Possible Cases

A senior who has a case of valley fever usually shows flu-like symptoms, but they may be very mild. This makes the disease difficult to diagnose in its early stages, and doctors recommend having a senior checked out if valley fever instead of the flu is a possibility. In serious cases, valley fever can develop into pneumonia, an extremely dangerous condition for the elderly.

Caregivers in San Diego County Help Watch for Symptoms

Watching carefully for changes in a senior’s health is hard when you can’t be present with them for the bulk of each day. A professional caregiver keeps a sharp eye out for sniffles, a fever, changes in appetite, and the other telltale signs that something is wrong. In addition, a caregiver’s work keeping the house clean, the bathrooms and kitchen sanitized, and the laundry done helps protect seniors from other, more contagious diseases as well.

Originally posted 2014-03-06 10:30:27.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.