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Arsenic Test

Arsenic Test

Arsenic is a chemical that occurs in many minerals. It exists in several nontoxic and toxic forms. When exposed to arsenic, its level in the blood is enhanced for a short while. As time passes, it disappears into the tissues due to its affinity towards tissue proteins. Its half-life in blood is 4–6 hours after exposure. Extreme levels indicate significant exposure; however, it can be detected only at once after exposure. In 2-day-old blood specimens, arsenic levels cannot be detected. Some symptoms that follow acute arsenic poisoning are nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, hemolysis, hypotension, headache, diarrhea, mental status changes, fever and seizures.

Patient preparation: do not consume seafood for 48 hours before the collection of the blood sample. Specimen preparation: the area is cleaned carefully before drawing blood from the vein. 4ml (minimum volume 2ml) of blood is drawn from the patient and collected in a sterile test tube. Worksite sample collection is not preferred to prevent false-positive results. The stability of the specimen lasts for 10 days when left at room temperature or refrigerated. However, a frozen or clotted specimen is not acceptable.

Arsenic blood test aids in detecting acute arsenic poisoning.

Inductively coupled plasma/mass spectroscopy is the preferred methodology for arsenic blood test. It is used for monitoring the level of blood arsenic. The normal value for both men and women of all age groups is 0–12 ng/ml. If it is higher than the normal value (>12 ng/ml), it shows a significant exposure.

LimitationsShort half-life in blood
Specimen
Whole blood
Volume
2 mL
Container
Royal blue-top (EDTA) tube.
Type Gender Age-Group Value
Arsenic
Unisex
All age groups
> 12ng/ml
Average price range of the test is between Rs.1500 to Rs.6300 depending on the factors of city, quality and availablity.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am having stool from last 10 days. I got admitted to hospital for three days. When ever I eat or drink something there pain in stomach. I feel like puking.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, DNHE, P.G. Diploma in Panchkarma, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Hapur
Take only fresh, light ,homemade food. Consume boiled water. Take ORS water or lemon water in good amount. You can take banana, khichdi, moong dal etc. Bilvadi powder or avleh is good for you. Avoid spicy oily and junk food.

I am feeling not healthy. Sometime I feel fever in our body after half an hour we feel no fever. Mouth taste is also change we want nothing to eat. Sometime feel very tired and 24 hours my legs pain and one leg is swelling also.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I am feeling not healthy. Sometime I feel fever in our body after half an hour we feel no fever. Mouth taste is also ...
Take the basic tests like CBC, MP, ESR. And then consult for homoeoapthic treatment for permanent and safe treatment. You may take homoeoapthic medicine Arsenic Alb 30 1 dose.

My daughter is 3.5 years and has mild loose Motions (3 visits so far) should I give her enterogermina oral suspension one vial? Will it stop right after?

BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Acute diarrhea is a disorder which leads to a person passing a number of watery stools. It may be accompanied by cramping pain in the abdomen and at times fever too. Food and water-borne bacteria, parasites and viruses cause such problems. Rapid loss of water in the form of watery stool can cause a situation known as dehydration which can disrupt the normal functioning of the body. Along with it, the essential salts (electrolytes) of the body are also lost. While the oral rehydration salts and fluids significantly reduce fatalities from dehydration, they do not treat the underlying infection that is causing diarrhoea. Homeopathic medicines Veratrum Album, Arsenic Album, Podophyllum lead the homeopathic table for treating diarrhoeas and provide quick relief to patients by eliminating the infection. You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance and permanent cure without any side effects
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Hi Sir and Madam, request you to please suggest medicine for food poisoning and dehydration.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Hi Sir and Madam, request you to please suggest medicine for food poisoning and dehydration.
You may take homoeopathic medicine Arsenic Alb 30 tds for 2 days... And for dehydration start Electral Powder(ORS) and don't take glucose...

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Homeopathy For Bronchial Asthma!

BHMS, Certificate in Sex Education & Parenthood, PG Dip (Preventive & Promotive Healthcare), Dip in LSM (Prescribing Exercises), Dip in LSM (Metabolic Disroders & Nutrition), Dip in Occupational health & industrial hygiene., MBA (Healthcare), Certificate in Good Clinical Practice, Dip in Healthcare Quality, Core Competency In Lifestyle Medicine
Homeopath, Jamshedpur
Homeopathy For Bronchial Asthma!

Asthma is a disease that intermittently affects the lungs. When it strikes, the lungs become inflamed and the airways narrow. The sufferer’s chest tightens, breathing becomes difficult or wheezy, and a persistent cough may develop – especially at night.

Asthma can be triggered by allergies or have its onset from a stressful period of life such as an infection, a grief, or even the birth of a baby. Thousands die from asthma each year. It is a serious disease that is increasing in frequency.

For children and adults alike, the struggle to breathe during an asthma attack can be a frightening experience. While conventional medications relieve many of the symptoms of asthma, they cannot cure it. With homoeopathy, it is a different story.

Causes:

  • Daily use of Paracetamol
  • Vaccines
  • Daily use of antibiotics
  • Caesarean sections
  • Asthma in family

Asthma is usually triggered by:

  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Exercise
  • Polluted or Poor air
  • Cold Air
  • Emotional Stress
  • Allergies

Homeopathy Treatment for Asthma-

When it comes to the treatment of Asthma, Homeopathy is much better at treating asthma. It is in stark contrast to allopathy, where inhalers and steroids are used to suppress inflammation. Homeopathic medicines do not aim at just reducing inflammation. They also intend to cure the basic cause of the recurrent inflammation. This way, not only the symptoms of asthma are treated but the incidence of asthmatic attacks is completely eliminated.

I have had patients coming to me who had been using inhalers or steroids for decades. They could not live without them. With a couple of months of Homeopathic treatment, they are able to live a disease free and medicine-free life. It is worthwhile to mention here that all Homeopathic remedies are natural and do not contain any chemicals. That is why these purely natural homeopathic remedies do not have any side effects at all. Some common homeopathic remedies for asthma include:

  1. Natrum Sulph: This homeopathic remedy is best for children who are suffering from asthma. Also, if asthma worsens due to humid weather, and symptoms such as wheezing or coughs are present, Natrum Sulph can be an excellent remedy.
  2. Arsenic Album: If your asthmatic attacks occur mostly in the night, and you feel extremely restless, Arsenic Album can prove to be very helpful. It is helpful for both chronic (long-term symptoms) and acute (short-term symptoms) asthma.
  3. Kali Bichrome: Asthma attacks that occur during night and in winters are best treated with Kali Bichrome. The remedy is also used to treat asthma combined with acute bronchitis (infection-induced inflammation of the airways).
  4. Nux Vomica: Heaviness and fullness in stomach, especially after a meal, associated with breathing difficulties is treated with Nux vomica.

Other than these four remedies, some homeopathic remedies focus on other symptoms, such as:

NOTE: These remedies are extremely active and it is best to consult a homeopath before self-medicating. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Homeopathic Treatment For Hairfall!

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Homeopathic Treatment For Hairfall!

The main causes of hair falling in younger age are- chronic diseases, improper way of having diet, excessive burden on the mind, severe fever, hormones disorders or hereditary hair fall.

Homoeopathic medicines in hair problems

1. Selenium:- cold natured patient suffers from hair fall of eyebrows, moustache and genitals
2. Fluoric acid:- the hot natured patient suffers from hairs fall.
3. Acid phos:- provides relief if the patient suffers from grey hair in early age or hair fall due to worry.
4. Mezereum:- if symptoms like- dandruff in the head, hair dryness, layers on the skull like chalk, constant itching in the head, etc. 
5. Nitric acid:- the patient suffers from purulent pimples in the head with hairs fall due to which, he is not able to touch his head by his hands.
6. Kali-carb:- in the conditions of hair fall with dryness in the head. All hair problems end by taking this medicine.

7. Syphilinum:- hairs fall stops within few days if correct potency is taken.
8. Antherum:- if the patient suffers from hairs falling of beard
9. Lycopodium:- lycopodium is considered as very effective medicine if any one suffers from hairs fall; grey hair.
10. Thuja:- if the patient suffers from hair fall due to dryness in the head and scabby dandruff, using the mother tincture of thuja is very beneficial.
11. Ustilago:- if the patient suffers from following symptoms like- hairs falling in early age and stop growing of hairs again after falling once, etc,
12. Phosphorus and calcarea phos:- in symptoms like- hairs falling in bunches as one bunch of hair falls from one portion of the head and after that another bunch of hair falls again, etc.
13. Natrum muriaticum & sepia:- if a woman suffers from hairs falling during her pregnancy.
14. Arsenic:- if the patient’s hair falls due to weak hair root and he suffers from head dryness, skin dryness, etc, 

Homoeopathic treatment cures hairfall completely if correct potency is choosen. No side effects.

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Hair Related Problems - Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Diploma in Gastroenterology, Diploma In Pulmonary Medicine , MSCP, BHMS, SVD( skin and veneral diseases)
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Hair Related Problems - Homeopathic Remedies For It!

A beautiful mane with a healthy scalp and shiny hair is something each one of us desire. However, given the multiple factors that affect its health including diet, lifestyle and environment, this desire remains a dream for many. There are good and bad sides to it. The bad thing is that hair problems, dandruff, itching, graying and hair loss are here to stay. The good news is that there are simple, easily available ways and methods that can be effectively used to control these problems.

Homeopathy believes that most health issues have an underlying, deep seated issue and treating that can help in getting rid of the symptoms:

  1. Alopecia (Hair loss): Some people can have generalized hair loss, while some could have patches of balding areas develop on the head. Where other remedies have failed, some people have had successful hair regrowth with homeopathic medications like silicea, kalium carbonicum, lycopodium, Natrum muriaticum, Pulsatilla pratensis, Borax, Cinchona officinalis, and various other products are used effectively to improve hair growth.
  2. Dandruff: There is flaking of the scalp, and people with oily skin have a higher incidence of having dandruff. Other reasons include hormonal imbalance, poor scalp/hair health, emotional stress and poor quality hair products. Kali sulphuricum is used for profusely oily, white scaly dandruff. Thuja is used in people with white scaly flaking. If there is associated hair loss, phosphorus is used. Natrum muriaticum, Sulphur, Carboneum sulphuratum, Lycopodium, Mezereum, Ammonium muriaticum, Arsenic album, Calcarea, Medorrhinum, Heracleum sphondylium and Kali carbonicum are also used based on associated symptoms.
  3. Graying of hair: Various reasons for graying include stress, environmental exposure, hair products, poor diet and of course genetic. Gray hair can be treated using various homeopathic preparations depending on the associated symptoms, which might point to the likely root of the problem. Phosphoric acid is used when there is associated grief. Lycopodium is used when there is only partial graying in some areas. In anaemic or weak patients, Natrum mur is used. If digestive symptoms are also present, silicea is used.
  4. Scalp psoriasis (know more about Psoriasis problem): If there is a burning sensation associated with the infection, Sulphur is used. In people with excessive scratching, calcarea is used. Graphites provide relief where there is significant dryness and itching. In people with associated gastric or urinary symptoms, lycopodium is effective. If the psoriasis is worsening in cold weather, sepia is an option. (learn more about Infection on Scalp)

As is evident, these hair problems and interlinked and the agents used in treatment can be used in more than one condition. Self-medication should best be avoided. The presenting symptoms have an underlying cause, and it is best that a detailed discussion with the doctor on the symptoms is done before getting these medicines prescribed. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Homeopath.

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Homeopathic Medicines for Treatment of Lichen Planus

PGDM In Cosmetology, Trichology & Weight Managmen, MD, BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Homeopathic Medicines for Treatment of Lichen Planus

Let us start with a brief introduction about homeopathy. We know about the regular treatments and drugs that focus on curing the diseases directly. However, homeopathy is an alternative to regular medicine. The science of homeopathy is based on the principle that the substances which induce symptoms in healthy individuals are the ones that would help cure the same symptoms of a person who is sick. This medical science was introduced by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. Another principle of homeopathy is that the least amount of medication should be required to evoke the healing response in a body. Normal medications have been well known to cause numerous side effects, but homeopathy, on the other hand, puts the efforts to prevent the formation of any sort of side effect altogether.

Lichen Planus-

This is an immune system-triggered skin disorder. The most common symptoms of this disorder are:

  1. Occurrence of purple-coloured bumps with flat tops takes place on the skin or genitals.

  2. These bumps develop and also spread in a span of a few months.

  3. The rashes are itchy.

  4. Lacy white rashes occur in the mouth.

  5. Scabby blisters and thin white lines appear over these rashes.

Causes-

The exact reason of this disorder is not known. However, it is believed that this develops when the immune system wrongly attacks the mucous membrane or the skin. This disorder can also be genetic. However, it is not infectious. Also another reason for the cause of this disorder may be due to exposure to certain chemicals which act like allergens such as gold, diuretics, certain dyes, arsenic, antibiotics etc.

Homeopathic Treatment To Cure Lichen Planus-

Homeopathy offers research-proven and highly effective treatment for Lichen Planus which has been scientifically documented. Contrary to the conventional treatment, which is governed by the use of cortisone, homeopathic treatment is amazingly curative, safe and longer lasting.

The homeopathic treatment for Lichen Planus is based on the individual case study of the patient's disease, its cause, its spread, the area affected, the genetic tendency, mindset, etc. The treatment plans thus designed is addressed towards correcting the immune system, in turn treating Lichen Planus from within. Homeopathic Clinics and our online treatment platform for our global patients.

  1. Borax - This is suited when blisters appear in the mouth.

  2. Arsenicum album - This can be provided when the rashes are very itchy and blisters form after scratching.

  3. Sulphur - This can be recommended to individuals with dry, scaly and unhealthy skin. Skin ailments in these skin types are usually associated with a lot of itching and burning. This particular remedy is best suited for weak individuals who are extremely sensitive to high temperatures, individuals who are mostly irritated and depressed.

  4. Apis - This is suitable when burning and swelling of the rashes occur. These also cure the prickly heat rashes.

  5. Nat. Mur - In case of dry eruptions occurring on the bends of the joints and on the margins of hairy scalps, this remedy can be useful. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a homeopath.

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Smoking - How Quitting It Is Good For Your Heart?

MBBS, DM - Cardiology, MD
Cardiologist, Hyderabad
Smoking - How Quitting It Is Good For Your Heart?

If you are concerned about the health of your heart, one of the primary and most important things to do is quit smoking. Avoiding and abstaining from smoking will heal the nicotine damage caused to your heart. This will enable you to lead a long and healthy life. Here are the reasons why you should quit smoking for the sake of your heart:

  1. Reduced risk of heart attack: The benefits of not smoking start hours after you quit, and the heart rate and blood pressure get normalised slowly. By quitting smoking, your chances of having a heart attack are reduced by 50%.
  2. In case of women, quitting smoking has special benefits: Women generally have a smaller body frame than men, and the harmful effects of smoking on a woman’s heart are considered to be more dangerous and concentrated. Female smokers under the age of sixty are more likely to experience a condition known as cholesterol plaque erosion, which is a fatal blood vessel condition. Women smokers are likely (seven times more than men) to develop heart complications due to smoking.
  3. When you quit smoking, your heart is no longer exposed to harmful chemicals: Cigarette smoke contains toxins such as arsenic, formaldehyde and benzene. The chemical substances may be hazardous to the blood vessels in your body, and the heart muscles get damaged. Once you quit smoking, these chemicals will no longer enter your body, making your heart healthier.
  4. Quitting smoking benefits other people as well: When children and people are exposed to tobacco smoke, their chances of having plaque in their heart’s arteries are enhanced. This may cause a stroke.
  5. Quitting smoking reduces the chances of getting hospitalised: A smoker may be at the risk for getting hospitalised because of several conditions such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, much more than a non-smoker. After quitting smoking, the chances of being hospitalised decrease within five years.
  6. Quitting smoking lowers the risk of having atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a blood vessel disease which is caused due to inflammations all over the body. Because of this, the arteries may stiffen and thicken. Smokers face the risk of acquiring this condition three times more than non-smokers.

You can quit smoking most effectively by combining behavioural support along with prescribed medication. People using this type of multi-treatment are likely to become successful at quitting smoking. You should consult a specialist who is certified in tobacco treatment, who will provide you with a plan. It will include counselling, medicines and a nicotine replacement therapy. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Cardiologist.

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