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The risk of rabies reduces by about 50% by just washing of wounds and application of antiseptics.
The maximum benefit of the wound washing is obtained when the fresh wound is cleaned immediately. It is important to remove saliva containing rabies virus at the site of bite by physical or chemical means. This can be done by prompt and gentle thorough washing with ordinary soap or detergent and flushing the wound with running tap water for at least 15 minutes.
Washing of the wound must be done as long as the wound is raw irrespective of the time elapsed since the exposure. Care must be taken not to disturb the scab, if formed.
After washing with water and soap, disinfectants like Povidone Iodine or Surgical Spirit must be applied.
In extraneous circumstances, other alcoholic (>40%) preparations like Rum, Whisky or aftershave lotion may be applied on the wound. If soap or antiviral agent is not available, the wound should be thoroughly washed with water.
Is there cure for allergies! Like food allergies, dust allergies. Or do I have take allergy medicine lifelong? Any side effects of continuous taking of medicine?
Common Myths about Allergy and Asthma
Allergy and asthma are very common in India and the Asian subcontinent. Allergies have a significant impact on quality of life.
Myth 1 Allergy-related diseases are uncommon
Reality: Incidence of allergy-related diseases have doubled in the past few decades.
1 in 3 people suffers allergies at some time in their life.
1 in 10 people are suffering from Asthma.
1 in 100 has life threatening allergy known as anaphylaxis.
Myth 2 Allergies are harmless
Reality: Allergies negatively impact the quality of life for example tiredness, irritability, poor quality of sleep, poor scholastic performance in children.
Allergies to food, drugs and insect sting can cause a severe systemic reaction that can lead to death.
Myth 3 Moving to another place can cure Allergies
Reality: Moving away from the source of allergen may improve your allergy symptoms. But these allergy symptoms reappear after some time as allergic peoples prone to develop new allergies.
Myth 4 All Children grow out of their Asthma
Reality: Asthma can persist; some children have asthma symptoms that improve or disappear during adolescence, whereas other will worsen. Severe or severe asthma tend to remain much the same as an adult.
Myth 5 Allergy drugs are dangerous and make you drowsy
Reality: Non-drowsy antihistamines are readily available, rarely make people drowsy.
Myth 6 Damp houses are just as healthy as dry houses
Reality: Damp houses have higher mould content than dry homes and indoor mould is a common cause of perennial allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis as well as asthma.
Myth 7 Colours and preservatives are a common cause of asthma
Reality: preservatives like sodium metabisulfite (220,221,222) in wine,dried fruits,vinegar,grapes and some fruit salad can worsen,but do not cause asthma. Inhalation of small amount sulphur dioxide may cause a reflex contraction of your airways. Monosodium glutamate may trigger asthma in some people ,but researchers have shown that it is relatively a rare problem