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Cloudnine Hospital

Multi-speciality Hospital (Pediatrician, Endocrinologist & more)

# 54, Vijayaraghava Road Landmark : Opposite To Hyatt Regency. Chennai
26 Doctors · ₹0 - 800
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Cloudnine Hospital Multi-speciality Hospital (Pediatrician, Endocrinologist & more) # 54, Vijayaraghava Road Landmark : Opposite To Hyatt Regency. Chennai
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Our goal is to provide a compassionate professional environment to make your experience comfortable. Our staff is friendly, knowledgable and very helpful in addressing your health and fin......more
Our goal is to provide a compassionate professional environment to make your experience comfortable. Our staff is friendly, knowledgable and very helpful in addressing your health and financial concerns.
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Cloudnine Hospital is known for housing experienced Gynaecologists. Dr. Nayeem Sheriff, a well-reputed Gynaecologist, practices in Chennai. Visit this medical health centre for Gynaecologists recommended by 98 patients.

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MON
08:00 AM - 07:25 PM
TUE, THU-FRI
08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
WED, SAT
08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

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# 54, Vijayaraghava Road Landmark : Opposite To Hyatt Regency.
T.Nagar Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 600017
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Doctors in Cloudnine Hospital

Dr. Nayeem Sheriff

MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, DGO
Gynaecologist
48 Years experience
500 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. Krithika

MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynaecologist
21 Years experience
400 at clinic
Available today
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Dr. Rajasri S

DGO, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynaecologist
28 Years experience
100 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. Jayashree M S

MBBS, DGO
Gynaecologist
26 Years experience
400 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. Naveen Narendranath

DNB - Ophthalmology, FRCS, MBBS
Ophthalmologist
17 Years experience
700 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. K. Uma

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist
30 Years experience
Unavailable today

Dr. V Prakash

MBBS, MD - Paediatrics, DM - Neonatology
Pediatrician
18 Years experience
400 at clinic
Available today
02:00 PM - 06:30 PM

Dr. Prashitha Panneerselvam

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine & ART
Gynaecologist
13 Years experience
600 at clinic
Available today
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Dr. M.H. Abinaya

MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynaecologist
15 Years experience
400 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. M Suresh Babu

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist
20 Years experience
800 at clinic
Available today
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

Dr. Chandra Kumar N

MBBS, MD - Paediatrics, DNB - Pediatrics
Pediatrician
17 Years experience
Unavailable today

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DNB - General Medicine
General Physician
17 Years experience
500 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. Mallika Samuel

MBBS, DGO
Gynaecologist
38 Years experience
600 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. Mythili Krishnamoorthy

MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynaecologist
18 Years experience
400 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. Manigandan Chandrasekaran

MBBS, MD - Paediatrics, DCH
Pediatrician
19 Years experience
Unavailable today

Dr. Sudha Shivkumar

MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist
24 Years experience
600 at clinic
Available today
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Dr. Sathya Balasubramanyam

MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist
22 Years experience
600 at clinic
Available today
08:30 AM - 02:00 PM

Dr. Kaushik P B

MBBS, DNB - Ophthalmology, FRCS
Ophthalmologist
19 Years experience
750 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. Arul Narayanan

DCH, MBBS, Fellow of Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH)
Pediatrician
20 Years experience
750 at clinic
Available today
04:01 PM - 06:00 PM

Dr. Anbezhil Subbarayan

MBBS, MD - Paediatrics, MRCPCH (UK), CCT (UK), FRCPCH, M.Sc. Diabetes, Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatrician
20 Years experience
600 at clinic
Unavailable today
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Sweda Vidhi - Know More About It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Nashik
Sweda Vidhi - Know More About It!

Sweda Vidhi (Sudation)    

Inrroduction:-

  • Sweda means sweat which is the mala  through which pitta is eliminated. The therapies which help in producing perspiration are called swedana. 
  • In Swedana, certain procedures are done to dilate the srotas and to make the body sweat.   This is done after sneha therapy. Swedana works in conjunction with sneha to facilitate   the removal of ama and mala from the srotas and dhatus and to transport them back to  the kostha (Gastrointestinai tract). 
  • It can be done in specific parts or all over the body
  • It is mainly indicated for kapha and vata diseases.

A. Types of swedana 
It is classifted into 4 main types
I.Tapa sweda:-

Sweating using hot sand.Used in Ama vata (acute rheumatic conditions)

 2. Upanaha sweda - Poultices  
Powders of herbs and food grains are mixed with vinegar, oil and a little salt .warmed, applied on specific parts which are then covered by leaves and cloth tightly.It is done in night and removed in the morning 

3. Drava sweda  Fomentation with warm liquids 
A.Pariseka - Dhara (pouring warm liquids). E.g. Decoctions of anti vata herbs are used in Ama vata     
B.Avagaha - Tub bath

4. Usma sweda 
a. Pinda sweda (fomentation using bolus) 
b.Nadi sweda (fomentation using tube)
c.Kuti sweda (sweat house)
this all type of swedana done in our vishwavallabh ayurvedic panchakarma center,nashik-pune.

Signs of proper swedana

  • Disappcarance of cold and pain  
  • Softness, alertness, free movements of joints, normal skin, normal appetite etc. 
  • If done in excess. pitta and rakta will be vitiated. 
  • Thirst,giddiness,pain, rashes can manifest.

Maintane Blood Sugar!

Post Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition, Fellowship In Obesity Management
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Amritsar
Maintane Blood Sugar!

Instead of stocking up on chocolate as glucose boosters, try high-fibre, low sugar oat bars. These take care of your cravings.

Obesity- Diseases Associated To It!

Post Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition, Fellowship In Obesity Management
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Amritsar
Obesity- Diseases Associated To It!

Obesity- Diseases Associated To It!

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus!

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
This is an autoimmune disease and it affects the body in many ways. It is chronic in nature and you can manage the symptoms with proper treatment. It is one of the most common types of lupus and it usually causes anaemia and general weakness in the body coupled with joint pain and headaches. It is generally known to affect women than men as the estrogen hormone triggers this condition in many cases. As the symptoms of this condition are not specific to lupus, it is not an easy task to diagnose this condition. Once it is clear, doctors will begin proper treatment and you need to be watchful about the symptoms for a long time as this condition is chronic and there is no cure to this condition. You can, however, manage the symptoms by taking suitable medication. In rare cases, it can cause severe complications and this usually happens when you are suffering from this condition for a very long duration.

Symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  Some of the common symptoms of this condition include severe fatigue along with pain in the joints. It can also cause swelling of the joints and this will be very painful. You need to consider these symptoms seriously and get suitable treatment at the right time to avoid further complications.

-  It can also cause a headache as the immune system works harder than required to counter the allergic reaction in the body. This can affect the normal breathing and the supply of oxygen to the brain will be reduced leading to severe headaches.

-  It is also common for people suffering from this condition to experience rashes on the nose and cheeks. This condition is also generally termed as butterfly rashes and it is easily visible on the face.

-  It can also cause significant hair loss due to the overworking of the immune system and this can also become permanent hair loss when suitable treatment is not provided in a timely manner.

-  Some people also experience issues with clotting of blood due to this condition. It can also cause anaemia and you will feel general weakness.

-  Apart from that, there can be many other symptoms depending on which organ is affected by this condition. When it affects the heart region, symptoms like chest pain and other things are very common.

-  When it starts affecting the skin, it can create rashes or another sort of inflammation as an allergic reaction. In the same manner, when the digestive tract gets affected due to this condition, it can cause diarrhoea and other related symptoms in the body.

Causes of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  The exact cause of this condition is not yet established and some factors are considered to trigger this condition in many individuals.

-  Even though it is not a genetic disorder, it is likely to affect people having a family history of autoimmune disorders. If anyone in your family is suffering from this condition, you need to be careful about the symptoms and get suitable treatment.

-  You will be surprised to know that exposure to UV light can also trigger such a condition in many people and some sensitive people develop this even after exposure for a few minutes. You should avoid getting outside during the peak sunlight period and stay away from trouble when you are allergic to such conditions.

-  Similarly, taking certain medication can trigger this condition when it causes any side effects. If you notice such symptoms, you can talk to your doctor to get an alternate prescription to treat your problem.

-  Exposure to certain viruses can also cause this condition and you have to treat such issues at the earliest to avoid further complications in future.

-  When you are physically stressed too much, the immune system will work hard to bring it back to normal condition and this can sometimes cause this condition. In the same way, even emotional stress can mess up with the hormonal activity in the body and affect the immune system leading to this condition.

-  Even trauma can induce such conditions in many individuals even though this will usually be a temporary reaction in most cases.

-  Women are more likely to get affected with this condition and the estrogen hormone is known to trigger this condition. If you notice such symptoms during the monthly cycle, you need to take suitable medication to treat the issue. This condition is also common during pregnancy and the symptoms will usually last for a short duration in this case.

Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  The first step in diagnosis begins with a physical examination of the symptoms and this will give the doctors some idea about the overall nature of the problem. In this situation, the symptoms like sun rashes along with ulcers will give a clear indication of the problem. Some people may also experience hair loss and even show signs of hair loss and improper heartbeat.

-  After this is done, further blood tests will be suggested as this will provide some clarity about the working of the antibodies in the body. When the immune system overreacts to certain situations, it can create more antibodies and this will be clearly understood after getting the results of blood tests.

-  The kidneys will not be able to remove all the unnecessary proteins from the body in this case and you can get to know such abnormalities in the Urine test. This will also show the clear overworking of the immune system and doctors will begin suitable treatment based on the results of this test.

-  Along with that, an X-ray of the chest region will also help to notice any inflammation in this area. This will also give a clear indication of any improper functioning of the lungs and heart and doctors can prescribe suitable medication to treat the condition.

-  It can also be due to various autoimmune diseases and you need to discuss your medical history in a detailed manner with the doctors to aid them in the diagnostic process. Remember that a series of tests may be required before they identify the exact problem in this situation.

Prevention of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  You can take suitable precautionary measures to avoid this condition in the future. Remember that you need to be watchful about the symptoms and analyze what is causing them in your body. If it happens after you eat some food or after you are exposed to some environment, make sure to avoid them in the future.

-  Remember that exposure to UV light can also trigger this condition in many individuals and you should note the changes in your body after you are exposed to sunlight. If you notice any rashes or other inflammation on the skin surface, you need to be careful next time and use suitable protection to avoid UV rays. You can use some creams and lotions that will protect your exposed skin from UV radiation.

-  In the same manner, you can also avoid stress to a large extent and this will help you to prevent this condition in future. It is also important to engage in a limited physical activity as overloading your body can also trigger the immune system and it can overreact in some situations.

-  Also, make sure that you eat a healthy and nutritious diet as this will keep your immune system functioning in proper order. You should also note that having certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the body can lead to problems with bones and joints and this can get inflammation easily at a later stage. On the other hand, when you exercise and eat a healthy diet, you will be able to avoid such complications.

Treatment for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  There is no specific way to treat this condition and only the symptoms have to be managed by choosing some medication. In this situation, it is important to know about the affected region in the body so that proper treatment can be given to providing some relief.

-  When it comes to treating joint pain and other related issues due to this condition, some anti-inflammatory medication may be used as this will reduce the inflammation in the body.

-  In the same manner, inflammation on the skin surface can also produce rashes and use steroids as medication or cream will provide suitable relief in this situation.

-  It is also possible to slow down the immune system on a temporary basis by using some medication. However, this cannot be continued for a long duration and you need to choose this treatment only as a temporary solution.

-  It is also noticed that using drugs that are used to treat malaria can give effective results in this situation.

-  Apart from that, you should also make suitable changes to your diet and lifestyle as this can have a significant impact on your overall health condition. It is necessary to reduce stress and eat a healthy diet to keep your immune system in proper order.

Complications of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  The complications of this condition are many as this can affect various organs of the body in no time and cause severe damage when proper treatment is not provided at the right time.

-  When it normally causes blood clots along with inflammation of the blood vessels in the body, it can lead to complications like vasculitis in many individuals.

-  In extreme cases, it can even lead to a heart attack as it can cause inflammation of the heart region due to the autoimmune disorder.

-  When this affects the brain region, it can cause a stroke in many cases. Many individuals also report seizures on a frequent basis when they are suffering from this condition.

-  It is also known to impact the memory functioning of the brain and this can affect the overall ability of the person to handle various tasks in everyday life.

-  It can also cause certain behavioural changes all of a sudden without any other health conditions. This should be noticed carefully as the person suffering may not be able to distinguish this as a symptom and other people in the family should identify such symptoms.

-  When it affects the lining of the lungs region, it can lead to inflammation in that area and this causes shortness of breath and other complications in the long run.

-  It can put a lot of pressure on the kidney as the body reacts aggressively to normal substances and produces antibodies in large quantities. In this situation, the overall functioning ability of the kidney can get reduced to a large extent and it can even lead to inflammation of this region or complete failure of the organ in extreme cases.

-  You should be very careful about this condition during pregnancy as this can lead to various complications and even affect the newborn baby. In extreme stages, it can even cause miscarriage or other complications during delivery.

Myths about Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Myth #1:
This condition can be cured: 

There is no cure for this condition and you should only manage the symptoms in the long run. Whenever you notice any symptoms, you need to treat them and there is no way of completely avoiding them in the future.

Myth #2: It cannot be caused by stress: 

Most people do not realize the importance of leading a stress-free life and take it for granted. However, you need to understand that emotional, as well as physical stress, can trigger such conditions in the body and you will have to suffer a lot for a long duration. It is a good idea to relax once in a while to reduce the stress levels in the body.

Conclusion
You should understand that this is a chronic condition and there is no way to treat this permanently. However, the symptoms can be easily managed and you need to reduce the overactive immune system during this phase. It can be easily controlled with proper medication and you should try to avoid things that can trigger them in your body. If you notice that any medication is causing this condition, you can speak to your doctor to get some alternative medicine to treat the underlying issues.

Gangrene - In-depth Of It!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Gangrene - In-depth Of It!

Gangrene
In gangrene, body tissue dies due to an inadequate supply of blood. The main cause of gangrene is the loss of blood supply that occurs due to an underlying illness, injury and/or infection. Generally, it affects fingers, toes, and limbs. But it can also occur inside the body which can cause damage to organs and muscles. There are various types of gangrene and all the types need an immediate appointment with the doctor. In certain cases, gangrene can be life-threatening if left untreated. So, it is important that you visit a doctor as soon as you experience or discover the signs or symptoms of gangrene. Check out the various types of gangrene:

-  Dry gangrene: All the organs of the body including the liver, heart, and muscles require oxygen in order to function properly and survive. Blood carries the oxygen to all the parts of the body. Dry gangrene is caused when one of the body parts does not get enough oxygen. Because of which the body part starts to deteriorate and die. In dry gangrene, there is no evidence of infection.

-  Wet gangrene: When some type of bacteria causes infection in body tissues then it leads to wet gangrene. The tissues grow moist and break down due to the presence of bacteria. This process leads to the death of tissues. In wet gangrene, there are chances of infection reaching to the other parts of the body. Wet gangrene is an emergency condition than the dry gangrene.

-  Gas gangrene: Gas gangrene occurs due to a bacteria which is known as Clostridia. This type of bacteria creates an infection due to which gas bubbles and toxins develop inside the affected area. This lead to the death of tissues. Gas gangrene can be fatal.

 

Symptoms of Gangrene
In dry gangrene, the first symptom that you generally notice is an appearance of a reddish line around the affected area. This reddish line may turn into black colour after some time. You may or may not have the pain in dry gangrene. Check out the various signs or symptoms of gangrene:

-  Pain due to an infection

-  Red, sore, or swollen wound

-  Pus-filled wound

-  Bad smell due to a wound

-  Feeling cold in an isolated area of your body

-  Lacking a sense of touch in an isolated area of your body

-  Sores keep coming back in the same place on your body

-  Part of your skin may turn into an unusual colour including greenish-black, red, blue, or bronze

-  A cracking sound comes when you press the affected area of your body

-  Feverish and unwell feeling

Causes of Gangrene
Blood has a very important role to play in your body. It not only sends oxygen and nutrients to the cells of your body but also delivers disease-fighting antibodies that prevent your body from infection. Due to an inadequate supply of blood, cells cannot survive, an infection can grow, tissues can die due to gangrene. There are a lot of conditions that can affect the blood flow in your body and all these conditions increase the risk of gangrene. Check out the various causes of gangrene:

-  Diabetes: Due to imbalanced blood sugar levels, blood vessels and nerves can damage. This reduces the oxygen supply to extremities. Dry gangrene can occur due to diabetes.

-  Injury: When the wounds sustained in the situations that allow bacterial infection then wet gangrene can occur.

-  Immune deficiency: Minor infections escalate more quickly and can become gangrenous due to a weakened immune system which can happen due to HIV, diabetes, long-time alcohol or drug abuse, or recent chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

-  Raynaud's disease: In Raynaud's disease, some areas of your body including fingers and toes feel numb and cool in response to certain conditions. Raynaud's disease can lead to dry gangrene.

-  Vascular problems: Vascular problems arise generally due to the poor health of arteries and veins in the legs and toes. Diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and high blood pressure develop vascular problems over time.

-  Other causes: Atherosclerosis, obesity, smoking, embolism, trauma, severe burns, scalds, and cold are some of the other causes of gangrene.

How is it diagnosed?
As soon as you experience signs of gangrene, you should reach out to a doctor for a diagnosis. Your doctor will conduct a physical examination and ask you about your medical history. Your doctor will look for the signs of shock or trauma. If your doctor finds out that you are suffering from gangrene then further diagnostic tests will be conducted. These tests are conducted to determine the extent and type of the necrosis. Various tests are conducted for the diagnosis:

-  Blood tests: Increase in white blood cells indicate the presence of an infection. Blood tests are also done to check if certain bacteria or other germs present or not.

-  Imaging tests: Imaging tests including an x-ray, a computerized tomography (CT) scan or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can be done. These tests are done to view the structures of your interior body including internal organs, blood vessels or bones. These tests also help to know the extent of gangrene and see if any gas is present under your skin. An arteriogram is also an imaging test done to produce the images of your arteries. In this test, a dye is injected into the blood circulating through your body and then X-ray images are taken to check the flow of blood through your arteries. This test helps your doctor to know if there is any blockage in your arteries.

-  Surgery: Your doctor may conduct a surgery in order to know the extent of gangrene. Surgery is also done to get the samples of tissue. Sometimes, your doctor may remove the dead tissues surgically if required.

-  Fluid or tissue culture: A common cause of gangrene is bacterium Clostridium perfringens. A culture of the fluid from a blister on your skin may be examined by your doctor for checking the presence of bacteria. Your doctor may look at a tissue sample under a microscope for signs of cell death.

Prevention of Gangrene
Gangrene can be prevented by preventing the risk factors that can cause gangrene. In order to prevent yourself from gangrene, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle. Check out the various ways that reduce the risk of gangrene:

-  You should quit smoking.

-  You should not use drugs.

-  You should maintain a healthy weight.

-  Do physical exercises regularly.

-  You should always eat healthy food.

-  If you have diabetes problem then follow your doctor's advice in order to keep your blood sugar under control.

-  You should avoid or reduce the intake of alcohol.

-  Don’t use warfarin and heparin together. Using warfarin and heparin together can increase your risk of gangrene.

Treatment of Gangrene
As soon as you experience the symptoms of gangrene, you should reach out to your doctor. In the early stage, the chances of recovery are more. In gangrene treatment, dead tissues are removed, infection is prevented or treated so that it does not spread, and cause of gangrene is treated. The treatment that will be provided to you by your doctor will depend on:

-  Type of gangrene

-  Extent of gangrene

-  Your medical history

Check out the various treatment options available:

-  Surgery: Surgery is also known as debridement. In this treatment option, the dead tissue is removed surgically so that infection does not spread. Sometimes, amputation is required. Amputation is the removal of the affected limb, finger or toe surgically to control pain or a disease.

-  Antibiotics: Antibiotics are given in order to treat and prevent infections. These antibiotics are injected into a vein.

-  Maggot therapy: It is a non-surgical treatment option used for removing the dead tissues. Maggot therapy is a common medical technique. In this, maggots from fly larva are placed on a wound so that they can consume the infected and dead tissues. They do not harm the healthy tissues. Maggots help to fight the infection and release substances that kill bacteria which helps in speed up healing or recovery.

-  Oxygen therapy: In some cases of wet gangrene or ulcers related to diabetes or peripheral artery disease, this treatment option of hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used. In this, a patient is put into a chamber filled with oxygen. The pressure of oxygen is higher than the oxygen found in the outside air. The high level of oxygen saturates the blood and encourages healing of the dead tissue. This process reduces the growth of a bacteria that cannot grow in an environment that has a high level of oxygen.

It is important to know the cause of gangrene so that you can prevent gangrene from occurring again. Your doctor prescribes the treatment option as per the type and extent of gangrene. Medicines may be used in certain cases to prevent blood clots. It is a serious problem that requires immediate treatment. Dry gangrene can be easily treated with the medicines. Gangrene that involves an infection can be a threat to your life. You should reach out to your doctor as soon as you experience the symptoms of gangrene including persistent and unexplained pain in any area in your body, fever, a wound that is slow to heal, or you notice a change in skin colour. In an early stage, the chances of recovery are higher.

Complications 
-  Amputation:
It is a surgical treatment method in which affected limb, finger or toe is removed to control pain or a disease. This method is used when the amount of tissue death is extensive.

-  Infection: In gangrene, a bacterial infection can spread quickly to other parts of the body. It is a serious problem and can be a threat to your life if left untreated or not treated properly on time.

-  Life-threatening disease: Gangrene is a fatal problem that can be life-threatening if not treated properly on time or left untreated.

-  Large areas of scarring: Gangrene can spread rapidly over a large area of the body and the amount of dead tissue can be quite large. Gangrene can lead to large areas of scarring.

Conclusion
In gangrene, the body tissues die due to lack of blood supply or serious bacterial infection. The various types of gangrene include wet gangrene, dry gangrene, and gas gangrene. Fever, pain due to an infection, feeling cold and lacking a sense of touch in an area of the body, blisters and pus-filled wound are some of the signs of gangrene. As soon as you experience any of the symptoms, you should book an appointment with the best doctor for the diagnosis. In certain cases, it can be a threat to your life if not treated properly or left untreated. Blood tests, imaging tests, surgery, and fluid or tissue culture are various tests conducted to diagnose gangrene. The various treatment options available for treating the problem of gangrene are surgery, antibiotics, maggot therapy and oxygen therapy. You can prevent yourself from gangrene by following a healthy lifestyle which includes maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the intake of alcohol, quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet and more. Amputation is used in the extreme cases in which the affected limb, finger or toe is removed. Your doctor prescribes the treatment method on the basis of the type of gangrene you are suffering from, the extent of your gangrene and your medical history.

Seborrheic Dermatitis - Know More About It!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Seborrheic Dermatitis - Know More About It!

Seborrheic Dermatitis 
This condition is very common and it appears as red rashes on the scalp and other regions of the body. The rashes will form flakes on the surface and it is also generally called dandruff. While the exact cause of this condition is not yet known, it is generally assumed that this happens due to weather conditions combined with a yeast infection on the scalp. In some cases, the medication you take for other diseases and stress can also increase the symptoms. It does not create too many complications and will usually subside on its own within a few weeks. In some cases, treatment is also not needed when the symptoms are not severe. However, in extreme conditions, even long-term treatment may not yield good results and patients suffer from this condition for many years.

Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis
-  The most common symptoms you notice is the skin flakes on the scalp region. This dandruff is a very common problem that affects many people. In rare cases, it can also be formed in the eyebrow region or the beard and moustache.

-  The flakes are usually white in colour and they look oily when you peel them from the skin surface. When it affects the body, it can appear on the chest, groin area and even on the face.

-  You can notice red skin in the affected area and there will be constant itching sensation in that area.

-  The tendency to get this condition increases with cold weather conditions. It can also get aggravated due to stress and other medication.

-  It looks very similar to other skin problems and you need to visit a dermatologist for the proper treatment.

-  Even babies get affected with this condition and it usually affects the scalp region.

Causes of Seborrheic Dermatitis
-  It is not clear as to what causes this condition and the most likely cause is said to be due to the yeast infection. Our skin secretes oil in a natural way and this keeps it protected from various external factors. The Malassezia fungus can affect this function and flakes can get formed on the skin surface.

-  Other than that, this condition can also be triggered due to the improper response of the immune system. When it overreacts to some health condition, it can result in a sudden increase of dandruff on the scalp.

-  Apart from this, even genetics plays a major role and this can increase with stress.

-  Some medication can also trigger this condition when the immune system is not working at its best and this usually will be a temporary reaction.

-  Apart from these factors, eating disorders and alcoholism can also increase your chances of getting this condition.

-  Certain other skin diseases like psoriasis and rosacea can also cause this condition in many people.

-  People suffering from epilepsy or any other heart condition may be prone to getting this disease.

Diagnosis of Seborrheic Dermatitis
In most cases, the diagnosis is done through physical examination and there is no need for biopsy and other imaging tests. When you first approach your doctor with such symptoms, you may be referred to a dermatologist as these professionals specialize in handling such diseases. Remember that the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis are similar to that of other skin diseases and only a professional dermatologist will be able to identify the exact disease based on careful analysis of the symptoms. When the affected area is washed clean and analyzed carefully, the nature of the flares and the way they have spread across the scalp and other regions will give a clear indication about the condition. After this step, you may have to undergo a blood test in some cases to determine the suitability of some medication to treat the condition. Finally, the treatment will begin with the external application of creams and lotions to reduce the symptoms and you may have to make suitable changes to your lifestyle to avoid the problems in the future.

Prevention of Seborrheic Dermatitis
-  Lifestyle changes: You may have to make suitable lifestyle changes to avoid this condition in the future. To begin with, you need to understand that this condition can get triggered due to external factors and you can try to avoid them as much as possible. When the weather condition is too cold, you can wear a cap to protect the scalp and this will reduce the irritation to some level. In the same manner, it is also important to wash your scalp regularly and keep it clean so that it does not become too oily. Also watch for symptoms regularly and approach your doctor whenever you notice anything on your scalp.

-  Washing your hair regularly: When you keep your scalp clean, you will reduce the chances of getting this condition in the future by a huge margin. Make sure that you use a good shampoo that is well known to prevent dandruff and this will reduce the symptoms in a few weeks. Make sure that you consult your dermatologist before choosing the right shampoo and this is essential when you are using them for your kids.

-  Self-care: Along with medication, you should also work hard and maintain your scalp in good health. Always put oil on your scalp before you wash your hair. This ensures that the scalp will loosen up dandruff and you can easily wash it with a good shampoo. This will also moisturize the scalp appropriately and provide relief from redness and itchiness. You can use olive oil or any other mineral oil that enriches your scalp with essential nutrients.

-  Apart from these remedies, you should also take care not to use styling gels or any other cosmetic products on your scalp as this can trigger the occurrence of symptoms in quick time. Many such products contain alcohol and they can irritate the scalp and this leads to increased redness in some people. You will also notice that dandruff flares up after using such products. You can also consider using Aloe Vera in the gel form on the affected area. This can give you relief from itchiness and also reduce the redness of the scalp.

 

Treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis-
-  In most cases, this condition will go away after a few days or few weeks on its own and there is no need for any particular treatment. However, when you find the symptoms very hard to deal with, you can use an anti-dandruff shampoo that is readily available in the market and try to control the flares. Remember that dandruff will keep coming every now and then whenever it gets triggered due to environmental conditions or stress. In this regard, you must understand that you need to treat this as a lifelong condition and provide suitable treatment whenever it is needed in the future.

-  When you want to choose the best shampoo to treat this condition, you can take care to ensure that it has salicylic acid or zinc pyrithione as one of its ingredients. This is well known to prevent the symptoms and you will get relief from dandruff in quick time. In the same manner, even ketoconazole shampoo is also good for your scalp when you are suffering from this condition.

-  If your baby is suffering from this condition, you should always use a mild shampoo that does not harm the scalp in any manner. You can even use some mineral oil before you apply shampoo and this can soften the thick patches of dandruff. Be gentle when you remove the scales as any irritation can increase the symptoms in future. When you are taking the baby outside, always use sunscreen on the scalp as the skin in the affected area will be very sensitive to UV rays.

-  Apart from these therapies, you can also use antifungal products that are available in the market and get temporary relief from the symptoms. Some doctors also recommend corticosteroid lotions to reduce the flaring and you can use them after careful consultation with your doctor.

-  Finally, you need to make suitable changes to your lifestyle to avoid such problems in the future. Remember that stress can trigger this condition anytime in future and you need to be very careful about this factor. Along with this, you should also maintain a healthy diet as this will strengthen your immune system and your body will be in better condition to fight the disease.

-  In severe cases, your doctor may even suggest you take antifungal medication and this can give you good relief when other methods are not giving good results. However, this medication may come with some side effects and you need to bear them for a few days to get relief from this condition.

-  You can also use ointments that will reduce the flaring and this can be a good way to reduce the redness and itchiness of the scalp. Your doctor will prescribe such medication after carefully examining your symptoms and your overall health condition.

Complications of Seborrheic Dermatitis
-  In rare cases, this condition can lead to complications when the problem is not properly diagnosed. As the symptoms of this condition are not specific to seborrheic dermatitis, it can sometimes be confused with other skin diseases and wrong medication may be used to treat this condition.

-  In this situation, the scalp can get irritated and even the redness can get increased due to the use of such medication. In most cases, using anti-inflammatory drugs to treat this condition can result in flaring up of the symptoms as the steroids will trigger dandruff in an aggressive manner.

-  For this reason, you should always approach a professional dermatologist when you are dealing with such symptoms and they will be able to clearly distinguish between various skin diseases and provide the proper treatment.

-  In extreme cases of seborrheic dermatitis, hair loss can be seen due to itchiness in the affected area. Many people tend to scratch the area repeatedly to remove dandruff and this can result in hair loss in that particular region. However, this condition is temporary and you can see regrowth of hair in that area after the symptoms have reduced to some extent.

-  In case of misdiagnosis of this condition, using medication that contains steroids can also lead to thinning of the skin layer in the affected area. You need to be careful while using medication and always consult your doctor and get the proper treatment.

Myths about Seborrheic Dermatitis
Myth #1:
Seborrheic dermatitis is caused due to lack of hygiene

Remember that this can be caused even when you maintain your hygiene in proper order. Even babies get affected due to this condition and it has got nothing to do with keeping your scalp clean. The exact cause of this disease is not known and it can get triggered due to various factors.

Myth #2: Seborrheic dermatitis is contagious

you need not worry about catching this condition from someone else in your family. It is not contagious and you will not get seborrheic dermatitis from another person. However, it makes sense to avoid using the same towels when someone is having this condition in your family. This will help the patients to avoid infection and other complications.

Myth #3: Diet changes can cure seborrheic dermatitis

While diet and lifestyle changes can bring in some strength to your overall immune system, it can in no way cure this condition. The fact is that there is no permanent cure for this condition and you need to take care of your scalp forever to avoid the symptoms.

Conclusion
You can approach your doctor whenever you are facing such problems and get proper treatment at the right time. One thing you need to understand is that the symptoms can be confusing as they often overlap with other health conditions. For this reason, you should always approach a professional dermatologist and get the right treatment after careful diagnosis. Also, try to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that you can avoid the symptoms in the future. There is no cure for this condition and you have to treat this as a lifelong condition that keeps flaring up whenever it is triggered due to external factors.

Fatty Liver - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment And Prevention!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Fatty Liver - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment And Prevention!

Fatty Liver
Building up of fat in the liver is known as a fatty liver. There is some amount of fat in the liver which is normal for a healthy individual, but excessive fat accumulation in the liver can be a matter of serious concern.

The liver is an important organ which performs various necessary functions. It is the second largest organ in the human body and performs the function of processing the food and water that the body intakes and filters the unwanted and harmful substances from the blood. This function of the liver might be compromised if there is excessive fat accumulation in the liver. In this condition, vacuoles of triglyceride fats are present in the cells of the liver because of the abnormal lipid retention in the cells. When the fat metabolism process is disturbed it leads to the accumulation of high amounts of fat which results in a fatty liver.

Fatty liver can be an indicator of serious conditions if left untreated. Collection of fat cells in the liver is termed steatosis. In case inflammation is caused in the liver tissue because of these excess fat cells, the condition is known as steatotic hepatitis which should be taken seriously. A major cause of steatotic hepatitis is alcohol consumption or conditions which cause biochemical changes in the body. In case the problem is because of reasons other than alcohol, it is known as Non-Alcoholic Steatotic Hepatitis or NASH.

In case there is inflammation of the fatty liver, it can lead to scarring and also fibrosis of the liver. This is a serious condition which is known as cirrhosis and can lead to difficulties if left untreated.

This condition is reversible and can most often be taken care of by making healthy changes in one’s lifestyle. Fatty liver shows no signs in most of the cases and does not lead to any permanent damage to the liver in most of the cases unless the situation worsens or progresses. This condition can also become hazardous in case the underlying cause is not timely recognized and treated.

Grades/Stages of Fatty Liver
Fatty liver is most often not a serious and critical condition. The levels of development of the disease are divided into three grades, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3. Each one of these stages is related to different signs and symptoms which become severe as the disease progresses. The first two stages can be handled with proper medicinal treatment but treating grade 3 fatty liver might be more challenging.

Fatty liver grade 1 is the onset of the disease. It is the beginning stage of accumulation of fats in the liver. The symptoms in this stage are not severe and it is not serious in most cases.

Fatty liver grade 2 is the situation when the amount of fat accumulation in the liver increases. As the level of the fat cells increases in the liver, the liver starts decreasing its functionality. Due to the invasion of fats into the cells of the liver, the cells that are responsible for carrying out different functions start dying. Medical attention is necessary at this stage.

Fatty liver grade 3 is the most severe and serious form of the condition. At this stage, the fat accumulation has spread to the entire liver. The liver becomes inflamed and the situation worsens. The blood vessels in the liver are not able to perform the function of pumping in the nutrients and pumping out toxins. Distension of the abdomen might also appear. The normal cells of the liver start fading and fibrotic cells start appearing. Significant diet changes are made at this stage. Fatty foods and red meat products should be avoided. Industrial cooking oils should not be used and should be substituted with coconut oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower oil etc. Intake of fresh fruits and vegetables should be increased.

Risk factors
The condition of fatty liver is due to the building up of more than normal fats in the liver. It is more prevalent in individuals who are obese or are overweight. Individuals suffering from Type 2 diabetes are also at a higher risk of developing fatty liver. Accumulation of fat is often connected to resistance to insulin which is the main cause of development of type 2 diabetes.

Other factors that are associated with the development of the condition are consumption of alcohol in excessive quantities, high levels of triglyceride fat cells in the body, a high level of cholesterol, high blood pressure patients taking long-term medicines for the condition, taking higher than usual and/or recommended dosage of some over the counter medicines like Tylenol etc. The risk is also heightened during pregnancy. Fatty liver might also affect individuals experiencing malnutrition. The condition of metabolic syndrome is also associated with the development of fatty liver.

Symptoms
Beginning stage of fatty liver disease generally shows no symptoms. Mild cases of fatty liver are mostly asymptomatic. Fatigue and abdominal discomfort might be experienced by the individual. This condition is usually uncovered during routine check-ups and physical examination. The liver might become enlarged which is detected by a physical examination.

Some people might experience vague symptoms such as fatigue even with little or moderate physical exertion, wanting to rest because of the feeling of discomfort, heaviness and fullness in the abdomen mostly in the upper right corner etc. Sometimes applying pressure might result in pain in the liver area. Liver inflammation might cause signs like confusion, pain in the abdomen, loss of weight, a poor appetite, weakness and fatigue etc.

If left unchecked and untreated, the fatty liver might transform into cirrhosis which is a serious and life-threatening condition. Symptoms of this condition include easy bleeding tendency, confusion, enlargement of the abdomen, fluid in the abdomen, symptoms of jaundice like dark coloured urine, yellow colour of the skin start appearing, inability of blood to clot, fine tremors of the fingers, poor memory and concentration, distending of veins in hands and legs, nauseavomiting, loss of appetite, giddiness etc.

Causes
Most often the fatty liver disease occurs in people who indulge in heavy drinking and their alcohol intake is higher. Though, it might occur in people without any drinking problems.

There are various causes other than alcohol for the occurrence of fatty liver disease. These include metabolic syndromes which lead to an imbalance in the metabolic capacity in the body like glycogen storage diseases, acute fatty liver of pregnancy, abetalipoproteinemia, Weber-Christian disease etc. Other conditions like diabetes, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, Wolman’s disease, Galactosemia, Wilson’s disease and infections like tuberculosis and malaria are also known to be causes of fatty liver disease.

Various nutritional causes like obesity, malnutrition, sudden weight loss, gastric bypass, total parenteral nutrition, refeeding syndrome, jejunal diverticulosis with overgrowth of bacteria, jejunoileal bypass etc. are also some of the factors aiding in the development of the fatty liver disease.

Certain drugs like Valproic acids used in epilepsy, Sedatives, Anti-retroviral drugs, corticosteroids, methotrexate, Vitamin A overdose, Tamoxifen which is used in the treatment of breast cancer, medications like amiodarone and diltiazem which are used in treatment of heart conditions like high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats environmental hepatotoxins like phosphorous and mushroom poisoning are also some causes of fatty liver disease. Inflammatory bowel diseasehepatitis C particularly genotype 3, HIVCeliac disease and alpha 1- antitrypsin deficiency can also be the cause of the development of a fatty liver.

Diagnosis
Most often the diagnosis of fatty liver is incidental. Most of the individuals suffering from this condition are asymptomatic and the disease is uncovered through incidental abnormal tests like liver function tests or hepatomegaly done for other medical conditions that are unrelated. There is no particular test that can show whether the accumulation of fats in the liver is because of alcohol use or other factors. Thus, the doctor will inquire about the alcohol consumption habits of the individual to establish the reasons. This information helps the physician in determining whether the condition is ALD or NAFLD.

Various tests can be used by the healthcare practitioner to diagnose the disease. Some of the tests used are-

Physical Examination: In case of inflammation of the liver, the doctor can detect it by the examination of the abdomen for any enlargement of the liver. The doctor needs to be informed if the patient is experiencing fatigue, loss of appetite etc. The doctor also enquires about the alcohol history, medications and the history of supplement usage.

Blood tests: Blood tests might reveal high levels of liver enzymes in routine tests. Abnormal liver enzymes level in the blood give a deeper understanding of the cause of the disease as well as is an identifier of the problem. Liver function tests also provide an understanding of the efficiency of the treatment and the improvement that can be expected. But, this test does not fully confirm the diagnosis. Further analysis of the situation is necessary.

Imaging studies: Ultrasounds can also be conducted to diagnose the problem of fatty liver. It is a painless and a non-invasive test and can most often detect the condition accurately. The fat in the liver shows as a white patch on the ultrasound image.

Computed Tomography scan also knows as CT scan can also be performed as it can measure the organs and the inflammation accurately through the use of X-Rays. MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging can also be used to scan the internal organs. But these tests cannot confirm whether the individual has a simple fatty liver or NASH. Another kind of imaging study is a FibroScan, which helps in determining liver density and the fat tissues and normal tissues areas.

Liver Biopsy: In liver biopsy is performed, a needle is inserted into the liver for removal of tissue for examination. Anesthetics are given to the patient to relieve the pain. Through a liver biopsy, the doctor can certify of the disease and also know the cause of the condition.

Treatment-
There is no set method of treatment for fatty liver. Undergoing treatment for the underlying cause of the problem can help reverse the changes that have happened in the liver. Reducing the risk factors is often recommended. Some of the most common recommendations that are prescribed are:

Controlling cholesterol levels: Reducing the number of saturated fats in the diet can be a healthy approach which can help control and reverse the situation. Also, medications that lower cholesterol levels are also prescribed which can be used along with exercise and regular workouts to reduce and reverse fatty liver.

Exercise and Weight loss programs: The objective of these programs should be to lower the body mass index of the patient by around two units in comparison to the existing BMI. Aerobics is an effective way to burn off excess fat in the body. In order to reap long-term benefits, dedication and sustenance matter more than the intensity of the workout.

Controlling Diabetes: Lifestyle changes are required to move towards a healthy body and control diabetes. Management of sugar levels in the body can be done by taking proper medication. Controlling diabetes can stop the disease from advancing to the more stage of cirrhosis or failure of the liver.

Avoiding harmful substances: Substances like alcohol, certain drugs and fatty junk foods should be avoided to prevent the condition from advancing. Certain medications which can cause complications should also be substituted by consulting with a healthcare practitioner.

 

Prevention
Protecting the liver from harmful substances is the most important way to avoid the occurrence of fatty liver. The reduction in alcohol consumption is the most important method to eliminate the risk of fatty liver. Smoking should also be reduced as it leads to various biochemical and hemodynamic changes which can cause liver damage.

A proper check should be kept on the weight. A healthy routine of exercising and a healthy balanced diet should be followed to maintain a healthy weight. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to prevent fatty liver. It is found in various natural sources like fish oils, walnuts and flaxseed oils. Leading a healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy body.

What Is GBS Syndrome?

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
What Is GBS Syndrome?

GBS Syndrome
This is a rare condition that occurs due to the damage was done to the peripheral nervous system by the immune system and it results in severe weakness of the muscles. The immune system for some unknown reasons attack the healthy nerves of the body and lead to this condition. In most cases, people notice general weakness and numbness in the affected area. However, in extreme cases, it can even lead to paralysis. The sad thing is that there is no cure for this condition and it is also not clear as to what causes this condition. But it is possible to control the symptoms in many cases and many patients show significant improvement after getting the treatment at the right time.

 

Types of GBS Syndrome
-  The AIDP
type usually begins affecting the lower regions of the body and gradually spreads to the other regions and leads to complete paralysis.

-  The MFS type begins affecting the eyes and it causes paralysis of this region.

-  The AMAN and the AMSAN type also affect other regions of the body and they need medical treatment at the right time to control the symptoms.

 

Symptoms of GBS Syndrome
-  The most obvious symptom of this condition is the tingling sensation that can be felt in the legs and this usually starts spreading to the upper regions in quick time. You should be watchful about such symptoms and immediately seek medical treatment.

-  In other cases, it can even affect the face and arms region and later spread to other nearby regions.

-  It causes general weakness in the affected region and this can slowly develop into paralysis at a later stage.

-  People suffering from such condition will have difficulty in moving the affected regions whether it is hands, legs or face.

-  The pain caused by such symptoms will also be as severe as the muscles of the affected region can develop cramps.

-  When the lower region of the body gets affected, people lose control over the bowel function and it can also become difficult to control the bladder in a natural way.

-  Apart from that, most people suffering from this condition also complain about breathing difficulty and it can also lead to changes in blood pressure and increased heart rate.

-  Most people develop weakness at the early stage itself and this can be noticed within a few weeks after this condition starts affecting the body. The problem with this condition is that it can spread at a quick pace and you need to be very careful when you notice any symptoms of this condition.

-  Remember that the success rate of treatment depends on how early you approach your doctor during this condition and this needs emergency medical treatment in most cases.

Causes of GBS Syndrome
-  It is not yet established as to what causes this condition. However, most people experience symptoms of GBS syndrome after they have had an infection of the digestive tract. It can usually take a few days or weeks to show symptoms after such infection.

-  In the same manner, even infection of the respiratory system can lead to this condition in many individuals.

-  This condition usually affects male adults even though it can affect anyone. You need to be careful about the initial symptoms as this can progress very quickly and lead to paralysis.

-  You should be extra careful if you recently had an attack of Zika virus or Hepatitis virus. Even other forms of virus attacks can trigger this condition in many people.

-  In rare cases, the after-effects of some surgery and even some vaccinations can trigger GBS syndrome.

Diagnosis of GBS Syndrome
-  Your doctor needs some experience to identify this condition in the early stages as the symptoms are not specific to this condition. In most cases, you will notice that these are common symptoms of neurological disorders and many people can get confused with the symptoms. In other cases, people may not visit the doctors in the early stages as they confuse the numbness and tingling sensation for general weakness and this can further lead to spreading of the symptoms to other regions of the body.

-  When you first visit your doctor with the symptoms, you will have to undergo a physical examination and this will help the doctors to get some clarity about the condition. After this, several tests will be done to check the intensity of the condition in your body.

-  The first step begins with collecting the fluids from the spinal column. This is done from the lower back region and it will help the doctors to determine the GBS syndrome condition in the body. People suffering from this condition will show significant changes in the fluid composition from this region and this can clearly indicate the condition.

-  Apart from this, the electromyography method may also be used to study the activity of the nerves in the affected region. In this method, the electrodes are inserted through thin needles into the affected muscles and this will give complete information about the nervous activity in this region. When any abnormal activity is reported, it can be concluded that the nervous system in that region is damaged due to some conditions and further treatment can be started to reduce the symptoms.

-  In other cases, it may not be possible to insert the electrodes into the muscles and external shock is given to the skin surface to notice the response of nerves in that region. Whenever shock is given to the skin surface, the nerves in that region respond in the appropriate manner and pass signals to the brain. When there is any delay or lack of response in this situation, it indicates that the nerves in that region are damaged and it needs further treatment. There is no need to worry about the shock as it will be very mild and it will not hurt the patients in any manner.

Prevention of GBS Syndrome
As the exact cause for this condition is not known, it becomes difficult to prevent this condition. However, it is usually noticed that this results soon after a viral attack and this has got some connection with various infections. Even though these infections may not cause GBS syndrome, they may trigger this condition due to unknown reasons. The best thing you can do in this situation is to maintain your overall health condition in proper order and try to avoid any form of viral infection. If you are already suffering from any form of viral infection, be very careful about the symptoms of this condition as they can spread quickly once they start affecting the nervous system. You should also be aware of the fact that treating this condition becomes easy when you begin them in the early stages and this increases the chances of recovery in quick time. You will also be able to reduce the severity of symptoms by beginning early treatment.

Treatment for GBS Syndrome
-  There is no specific treatment for this condition and you can only prevent the symptoms from progressing further. Apart from that, timely treatment can also reduce the intensity of the problem and make it easy for the person to lead a normal life.

-  During plasmapheresis treatment, the plasma cells are separated from the blood and then injected into the body. This can boost immunity and avoid further complications. In certain cases, when the antibodies are overreacting to some condition and causing GBS syndrome, removing plasma of such antibodies will reduce the symptoms to a large extent.

-  When healthy antibodies from the blood donated by a healthy person are injected in large doses to the affected person, it can reduce the symptoms and slow down the antibodies that are causing this damage to the nervous system.

-  Apart from that, treatment is also given to reduce other symptoms like pain that can be very severe in this condition. However, the use of painkillers is restricted to a small duration as this can have some long-term side effects.

-  In the same manner, when the condition has caused paralysis, treatment may be required to avoid blood clots that can cause complications at a later stage.

-  Physiotherapy and other recovery therapy may be used to improve the muscle strength and this will also help the person to have some movement during paralysis.

-  Such therapies can drastically improve muscle strength and it will help in speedy recovery during paralysis.

-  Note that this condition takes time to slow down even after giving proper treatment and many patients see positive results only after a few months. In rare cases, the person affected with this condition may need treatment for several years before achieving complete recovery.

-  Even after complete recovery, there are chances that it can relapse at a later stage and you need to be very careful about the symptoms after recovery. If you notice any symptoms that are not normal, make sure to reach out to your doctor and get a thorough diagnosis to rule out further complications.

Complications of GBS Syndrome
-  There are several complications of this condition and it can even relapse in many cases. Most people complain about weakness or numbness in the affected area even after recovery.

-  If the condition has already led to paralysis, it can show some effects even at a later stage after treatment is given and it can cause muscle weakness in the affected region.

-  People suffering from this condition experience difficulty in breathing and this can affect the overall health condition of the person.

-  When it has affected the lower region of the body, the bladder and bowel function can get affected and this can continue even after recovery for many days.

-  It can even lead to heart problems in the future due to the improper functioning of the nervous system. It can cause irregular heartbeats and it can also affect the blood pressure in the body.

-  This condition also causes severe pain in the affected region and this needs to be treated with temporary medication to ease the symptoms.

-  In case of this condition causing paralysis, people also suffer from blood clots due to a lack of movement of the affected body parts. Treatment is needed to counter this problem as this can further lead to other complications in the long run.

 

Myths about GBS Syndrome
-  It does not spread
 
Many people think that this condition only affects certain regions of the body. However, it is not true and it only begins in certain regions and gradually spreads to other parts of the body. When proper treatment is not given in a timely manner, it can lead to paralysis and even cause other complications in the long run.

-  Complete recovery is not possible
It is possible to recover completely from this condition even though there is no specific cure for this condition. Many people notice a significant improvement when symptoms are reduced and they will gradually recover within a few months after getting good treatment. In rare cases, it may relapse and even then, it can be handled with further treatment.

-  It can be fatal
It does not result in fatal consequences in most cases and you can get complete relief when timely treatment is provided to reduce the symptoms. Only when treatment is not given and the condition is not properly diagnosed, it can lead to paralysis and other complications. In rare cases, it leads to complete paralysis and this also may not lead to fatal consequences.

Conclusion
This condition can be handled effectively when you notice the symptoms in the early stages. You need to be very careful about the symptoms of this condition especially after you have suffered a viral infection as this can trigger the condition in several individuals. As soon as you notice any tingling sensation or general weakness and numbness that starts spreading to other regions, you should be alarmed and visit your doctor. Your doctor will conduct a thorough diagnosis and ascertain the condition in your body. With proper treatment, recovery is possible and you need some patience in this regard as it can take a few months in most cases.

Janu Basti For Knee Joint Pain!

Diploma In Traditional Siddha, B.H.M.S
Sexologist, Bilaspur
Janu Basti For Knee Joint Pain!

The knee joint is called Janu Sandhi in Sanskrit; hence the name Janu Basti is given to the procedure done on knee joints. In this, the knee joint is bathed with warm medicated oil or freshly prepared herbal decoction. Depending on the condition it can be practiced over both the knee joints or on one knee joint. Knee joints are considered as sandhi Marma in Ayurveda (joint type of vital areas) which measure about three fingers (three anguli pramana). So the Janu vasti is specialized knee therapy or massage which rejuvenate the Janu marma.

Treatment Method:

  • The person is made to lie on his back on the massage table (Droni).
  • Reservoir made of black gram dough is built upon the Knee Joint. The dough ring should be such that it covers the knee joint.
  • After ensuring the ring is leakproof, the lukewarm medicated oil or herbal decoction is slowly poured into it. When that cools down, it is squeezed out with cotton gauze and the procedure is repeated.
  • At the end of the procedure, the ring is removed and the affected area may be gently massaged The person is then made to take rest for a short while.
  • Duration of treatment: 30  to 45 minutes

Benefits:

  • Pacifies aggravated Vata dosha in the knee region
  • Restores the lubricating fluid in the joint and maintain integrity of the structures involved in the joint.
  • Removes stiffness and pain in Knee joint
  • Protects knee joints from age-related changes
  • Increases blood circulation; thus strengthens and nourishes the knee joints
  • Improves the mobility of the knee joints (knee flexion and knee extension)

It is indicated in the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis of knee joints
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthrosis of knee joints
  • Chronic pain of the knee joint.
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Status Of Women In India!

Ph. D - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
Status Of Women In India!

India has a long and ancient tradition of allowing women status equal to that of men. Indeed, women have enjoyed, if anything a more exalted position in society as optimized by her role as a mother. But centuries of foreign domination distorted these social values and women came to be more and more ostracized. Attempts by women to regain their rightful position in society were met by crimes and atrocities committed against them as men enjoyed their role of commanding superior position.

Crimes against women is crime against the nation”, was not understood properly when the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi made this statement years ago, but the alarming increases in the incidence of bride burning, kidnapping, rape, custodial rapechild marriage and even Sati prove beyond doubt that where women are not given proper respect and place in society, it could never become a strong nation. The Constitution and the laws of the country agree that women are equal in all aspect and all walks of life. There is, however, a difference in “Kathni “and “Karni”. We plan more but implement less.

During the past decades the country has made some progress in promoting the interest of women but still, there is a wide gap in the opportunities and facilities available to the women which need to be bridged up. The bridge has widened due to rapid industrialization and modernization. The individualization approach has affected the premier institution of socialization i.e. Joint Family. This has severely hit the status of women and added to her social problems as the lifestyles have changed. The women in the society are being meted out with the status of a subordinate person in the family, in the community and in the country.

For bringing the women on the equal platform with men, Govt. of India adopted various welfare programs to arouse social awakening provide respite to women in distress and provide them with enough opportunities for social and economic rehabilitation. The residential, as well as non-residential programs for the welfare of a woman,  have been introduced for the last decades as women are still facing hardships and living a low life. There is a need to assess where we went wrong? Some of the causes are:

  1. Society is male-dominated. The man is not accepting woman equal in everyday life. The superiority complex in the male is so still deep routed and damaging that it is eating the basic concept and strength of equality in our society.
  2. It is not only the male who is to be blamed for the mental agony of the problems of the woman. There is a feeling that a woman is the biggest enemy of a woman. The moment a woman switches to the role of the mother-in-law from mother, the ego conflicts and adjustment problems start. It is the woman who makes the life of her very own sex unbearable and creates such situations that the woman sacrifices her life.
  3. Although decades have passed, we have not been able to provide enough educational and vocational training opportunities to women to bring them on equal footing with the man. Whenever needs of family demand, a woman has to sacrifice her education, training or career to devote time to family or look after the domestic matters. The stresses on the woman are affecting their normal day-to-day life which leads to conflicts, ego problems and adjustment.
  4. It is the woman who has to leave home when circumstances are compelling and appalling and seek shelter either in the institution or in the parental home. Counselling and reconciliation efforts during the short period of stay in the institution are not enough. The moment the woman goes back to her family she is filled with the emotional insecurity of what will be her life as:
  • The man has accepted the woman back under family pressures and social pressure.
  • The man starts reacting towards the woman’s independence and having brought insult by coming forward.
  • After a few weeks or months of peaceful life, the problem will start surfacing again.

The follow-up task becomes difficult as enough staff is not available for undertaking so much of caseload.

In our society, young girls and women often suffer due to their ignorance, reposing trust and easy affection with contacts and friends. They are subject the abuse and breach of trust. Our society is not open enough to accept their folly once committed and attaches a stigma to the women. This has been one of the hurdles in the rehabilitation of the women in distress. A woman who has gone astray or has fallen from accepted norms of society is always looked upon with suspicion and mistrust. We have not been able to generate awareness conducive to the overall development of the women. In fact, over-dose of publicity and propaganda has created an anti-feeling in the society (which is male-dominated).

  1. Misuse of the provisions of law has further affected the welfare of the woman in distress. The facility of legal aid has become ineffective in some of the cases due to delay in delivery of justice system. Matters like separation allowance, divorce, and abetment also get delayed. Thus, women do not get satisfaction and relief from the suffering of the strains of mental agony. Women have to take shelter in a short stay home or respite homes and in some cases be separated from her children. This is all a trauma which she has to undergo. As the institutional set up is not warm enough, the women are not fully loved, cared and emotionally secure. The distress of the women continues.
  2. There is a need of providing the women with enough opportunities for economic self-sufficiency as the cost of living has gone up.  The social counsellingemotional understanding, vocational training along with proper boarding lodging, medical care facilities should be linked with suitable employment. There is a need to change in the attitudes of men and women towards their responsibilities of inducing the women in the mainstream of society.

There is also dire need to bring back the system of healthy family life, with moral values so that the pride and dignity of women are maintained. Taking away of the family system is enhancing the problems of the women as it will take years to bring social change in the society with the help of Mass Media and Awareness Programs.

 

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