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Viral Fever - The Best Way It Can Be Treated!

Dr. Anil Mehta 87% (670 ratings)
MBBS, DNB (General Medicine)
General Physician, Delhi
Viral Fever - The Best Way It Can Be Treated!

Viral fever refers to a wide range of conditions caused by viral infections of the body. These infections lead to an elevation of body temperature, along with a variety of other symptoms such as headaches, body aches, chills and skin rashes. Viral fever can affect people of all age groups and may even be highly contagious if it is not contained and treated.

What causes viral fever?

Viral fever is caused by the infestation of viruses that spread through various avenues. These viruses enter the body and multiply at a specific site, leading to an infection that manifests itself as the symptoms of fever. This fever may be chronic or acute, depending on the nature of the infection and can easily spread from one person to another.

Some of the ways in which viral fever spreads are as follows:

  1. Aerial transmission (coughing and sneezing).

  2. Sexual transmission.

  3. Consumption of contaminated food and water.

  4. Contact with contaminated surfaces.

  5. Contact with infected animals.

The symptoms of viral fever begin to show after an incubation period during which the virus multiplies within the body. The nature and duration of the illness varies from case to case. The most common symptoms of viral fever that accompany high body temperatures include the following:

How is viral fever treated?

A case of viral fever can be quite easily treated if there is an absence of complications. For this, the illness simply needs to be diagnosed early. The use of antibiotics and steroids for treatment is advised against unless the infections have escalated beyond a certain extent. Some of the ways to treat viral fever are:

  • Prescription of antiviral medication

  • Adequate bed rest

  • Ample fluid intake

  • Administration of nasal decongestants

In most cases, the illness gets treated within the span of a few days. However, if the symptoms persist any longer, it is advisable to consult a specialist to check for underlying problems or complications.

Sinusitis - How Panchkarma Can Help Cure It?

Dr. Soonrita Taneja 90% (127 ratings)
MD - Kayachikitsa, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Sinusitis - How Panchkarma Can Help Cure It?

Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, is defined as an inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the paranasal sinuses. Sinusitis can be caused by infectionallergiesair pollution, or structural problems in the nose.

Signs & Symptoms 

  • Headache/facial pain or pressure of a dull, constant, or aching sort over the affected sinuses is common with both acute and chronic stages of sinusitis. This pain is typically localized to the involved sinus and may worsen when the affected person bends over or when lying down. Pain often starts on one side of the head and progresses to both sides.

  • Acute sinusitis may be accompanied by thick nasal discharge that is usually green in color and may contain pus (purulent) and/or blood.

  •  Often a localized headache or toothache is present.

  • Fever may be accompanied.

  • Sore throat and cough may be there.

  • Halitosis (bad breath) may be there in certain cases.

  • Poor sense of smell in certain cases or there may be complete loss of smell.

According to Ayurveda ,the disesase has kapha vata dosha dominance.The treatment principle incorporates increasing the immunity of the paient and treat the underying pathology with medicines and panchakarma.

  • Avoid the cause ie dust,allergens,sour and cold food items,damp conditions.

  • Oral medicines to balance the aggravated doshas.

  • Panchakarma procedures-Primarily nasyam has wonderful role in treating the disease. Nasyam is a process wherein herbal oils and medicated ghrits are administered in the nostrils. Since nose is the gateway to the head, it is believed that this therapy is highly effective in curing a number of diseases related to the head. The therapy cleanses and opens the channels of the head, thereby improving the process of oxygenation which has a direct influence on the functioning of the brain. In this process, the imbalanced doshas are removed through the nasal openings.In certain cases vamana and basti karma are also given.

  • Rasayana for improving the immunity of the patient so that the disease doesn’t reccur.

All these procedures act in totality and in maximum cases patient gets good relief and can maintain themselves without medicine after the course.

Some Home Remedies 

  • Roast one teaspoon cumin seeds and crush them. Add one tablespoon honey to it and mix well. Consume this every day.

  • Add one teaspoon fenugreek seeds in four cups of water. Boil the mixture till the water level reduces to half. Strain the liquid. Drink four cups of this liquid every day. This helps in relieving fever and eliminating toxins.

  • Boil one glass of water with 8-10 basil leaves, 8-10 crushed powder of pepper, 15-20 grams of sugar candy, small piece of crushed ginger. Boil this till it reduces to half. Strain the mixture through a sieve and consume this warm two times a day.

  • Take the fumes of turmeric, clove and carom (ajwain).

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Planning To Spend Too Much Time Watching IPL - Know Why You Should Not!

Dr. Garima Sharma 91% (436 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Planning To Spend Too Much Time Watching IPL - Know Why You Should Not!

Once again it's the time of the year that most people have been eagerly waiting for. And why not? After all, it is the beginning of the 11th IPL season in the country. IPL is one of the series of tournaments which the cricket lovers look forward to every year, as it is a game which binds people of all races together.

However, as much as it is the most awaited season in India, it also has a number of health issues attached to it. Yes, it is correct - too much IPL watching can be harmful. Wondering how?

Devoting too much time to IPL reduces the time for physical activity and exercise and increases stress & anxiety. Following are a list of negative effects of watching too much IPL.

  1. Sitting for long durations: Sitting for long durations in front of the TV can definitely advertise for a cricket wound. But this is something one should not be proud of, considering it is worst for the health. Some of the health risks associated with sitting for long durations at a stretch are back and spinal issues, slower metabolism, chronic pain, reduced good cholesterol, increased risk of heart problems.

  2. Escaping from the reality: Once people sit in front of the TV to watch the IPL match, they forget everything else around them. This can lead to strained relationships, loss of communication and eventually lead to stress and frustration.

  3. Depression and stress: When the team which the people support does not win, fans often tend to take the stress and get depressed. In India, cricket is not just a game but a religion which people follow very diligently. When their favorite player does not score a good number of runs or when a very experienced player misses a catch, even then the audience gets really low. It is very important for the people to have a sporting spirit and treat cricket like a game and not something to feel depressed about.

  4. Increased risk of accidents: People often go so mad over cricket matches that they listen to cricket news even while driving. Listening to news is good, however getting anxious and agitated upon hearing it is not a very wise thing to do, especially while driving as it can increase the risk of road accidents.

  5. Unhealthy eating: It is a common practice that most people binge eat while watching television and IPL season fever is like an icing on the cake. Further, most of the items consumed during this time are either rich in salt, sugar or other artificial ingredients, which are certainly harmful to your body. Moreover, when people eat while watching television they tend to ignore the portion size of the meal, which is a major cause of overeating.

It's not that one should not enjoy a good game, however, the idea is to strike a balance and spend equal time on all activities. Enjoy the IPL season!

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Homeopathic Remedies For Bed Sores!

Homeopath, Faridabad
Homeopathic Remedies For Bed Sores!

When a person who is suffering from a long-standing illness or some severe form of injury, he or she has to spend a lot of time confined to the bed whether at home or at the hospital. This can give rise to a condition called bed sores which can lead to a heightened sense of immobility and pain when it comes to certain limbs and parts of the body that were active in the past, leading to damage of the tissue of that area.

Also, this condition is mostly seen in ageing people who are confined to their beds. These sores can show up as damage that is accorded to the skin tissue which has not been moved or used for a very long time. There may also be a lack of moisture which can lead to the appearance of such sores. Homeopathy is an effective method of dealing with such bed sores. Let us find out more about these medicines.

  1. Arnica: This medicine is usually prescribed when the skin bearing the sores turns bluish or black in colour, owing to a complete lack of moisture. Also, in such cases, the dried blood that may have come from the sores will lead to such a colour on the skin around the same. Itching may also be felt in many such cases, and this medicine can gradually decrease the itching as well as the sores.
  2. Apis Mellifica: This medicine is best used when the sores have a red or pink hue, with a bright look which means that the sores are relatively new. The patients may also feel a burning sensation on the spot where the sore may have erupted. This kind of a sensation will get even worse during the warm weather or when the bed is excessively warm. The patient may also want to keep these portions uncovered under such conditions.
  3. Carbo Veg: This is another widely used homoeopathic medicine for many kinds of conditions, especially those that have to do with the skin of the patient. When these bed sores feel cold and have an excessive amount of sweat as well, this medicine may be prescribed. The sores may also appear bluish and they may itch excessively. The bluish tint of the sores may come from the improper oxidisation of the blood in the region, which can be treated with the help of this medicine.
  4. Pyrogen: This medicine is usually prescribed in very severe cases when the sores are badly infected and even considered as poisonous. This may enter from the blood before spreading to the rest of the body. The other symptoms include cold and sweaty skin, as well as increased pulse rate and high fever with constant shivering.

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

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Dengue Fever - 6 Ways You Can Protect Yourself!

Dr. Kishore Sabbu 89% (378 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MD Internal Medicine
General Physician, Visakhapatnam
Dengue Fever - 6 Ways You Can Protect Yourself!

Dengue fever is a disease caused by mosquitoes which mostly occurs in tropical climates. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a type of dengue fever that may lead to decrease in blood pressure and severe bleeding. Dengue may lead to death if the symptoms of this disease are not treated at the right time. The symptoms of this disease are high fever, muscle ache, pain in the eyes, pain in the abdomen and nausea. It may also lead to respiratory problems such as breathing difficulties. Presence of blood in the stool and blood spots around the skin are some other symptoms of dengue.

The symptoms of this disease start after 5 - 9 days after being bitten by the mosquito. The disease usually lasts about 7-8 days. In case the symptoms worsen, the disease may become life threatening. 

The various methods you can employ to protect yourself from dengue are:

  1. Maintain cleanliness around your surroundings: Make sure you keep your surroundings clean so that mosquito infestations do not occur. Keep your surroundings clean and dry as mosquitoes thrive in moist and humid surroundings.
  2. Mosquito repellents: Spray mosquito repellents to keep your home free from mosquitoes. Spray them keeping the room locked to make it more effective. There are multiple types of repellents available such as liquid or gas repellents.
  3. Clothes: You should preferably wear full sleeved clothes so that your skin is not exposed. It provides additional protection from mosquito bites.
  4. Mosquito nets: Use mosquito nets to protect yourself from mosquitoes when you go to sleep at night. They also provide protection from other insects that may cause infections. 
  5. Don't store waste: Don't store your waste products for long durations as they may turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Clean it regularly and make sure to keep the area dry.
  6. Using natural remedies: You may use natural remedies such as burning camphor as it repels mosquitoes. Take camphor and burn it for 20 minutes in a closed room to get rid of the mosquitoes.

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

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Viral Fever - Know The Most Common Symptoms!

Dr. Nazma Parveen 94% (429 ratings)
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Kolkata
Viral Fever - Know The Most Common Symptoms!

Viral fever refers to a wide range of conditions caused by viral infections of the body. These infections lead to an elevation of body temperature, along with a variety of other symptoms such as headaches, body aches, chills and skin rashes. Viral fever can affect people of all age groups and may even be highly contagious if it is not contained and treated.

What causes viral fever?

Viral fever is caused by the infestation of viruses that spread through various avenues. These viruses enter the body and multiply at a specific site, leading to an infection that manifests itself as the symptoms of fever. This fever may be chronic or acute, depending on the nature of the infection and can easily spread from one person to another.

Some of the ways in which viral fever spreads are as follows:

  1. Aerial transmission (coughing and sneezing).

  2. Sexual transmission.

  3. Consumption of contaminated food and water.

  4. Contact with contaminated surfaces.

  5. Contact with infected animals.

The symptoms of viral fever begin to show after an incubation period during which the virus multiplies within the body. The nature and duration of the illness varies from case to case. The most common symptoms of viral fever that accompany high body temperatures include the following:

How is viral fever treated?

A case of viral fever can be quite easily treated if there is an absence of complications. For this, the illness simply needs to be diagnosed early. The use of antibiotics and steroids for treatment is advised against unless the infections have escalated beyond a certain extent. Some of the ways to treat viral fever are:

  • Prescription of antiviral medication

  • Adequate bed rest

  • Ample fluid intake

  • Administration of nasal decongestants

In most cases, the illness gets treated within the span of a few days. 

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

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Pomegranate A Day Keeps A Doctor A Bay

Dt. Aastha 91% (345 ratings)
BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Pomegranate A Day Keeps A Doctor A Bay

A bacterial infection that affects urethra or the tube that transports urine from the bladder is called urinary tract infection (UTI). As the infection worsens it soon reaches the bladder causing pain, burning sensation, fever and sometimes, discharge of blood with urine. 
One such fluid can be pomegranate juice which is loaded with antioxidants. When it comes to relieving the symptoms of UTI, pomegranate juice can be the best remedy.

So, why Pomegranate?

Pomegranate is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants that play a vital role in preventing bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary bladder. While vitamin C boosts the immune system to fight the bacterial infections, antioxidants help flushing out the toxins from the body. Besides this, the strengthening of immune system provides a quick recovery from UTI.

How to Use it?

To keep UTIs at bay, eat a bowl of pomegranate daily, including at night after dinner. Drinking pomegranate juice regularly can relieve the symptoms and you see effective results in no time.

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Fever: When Should You Worry?

Dr. Pravin Patel Vijay Patel 89% (150 ratings)
MD - Medicine , MBBS
General Physician, Vadodara
Fever: When Should You Worry?

Fever is not a disease! It's a known fact that normal human body temperature is 98.6 F (37 C). If temperature goes beyond that, then it's called fever. But one must not worry every time if there is a rise in the temperature. 

Why?
The reason is that immune system is designed to raise temperature as a defence mechanism if there is any attack by a foreign body (such as bacteria). So body temperature may fluctuate between 97 and 100.4. But there is no need to worry.

When to Consider Checking?
Routine check up is unnecessary. You may consider to check when:

  • You feel the warmth while you touch
  • You feel very tired, dizzy and lose appetite
  • You feel nauseated, see rashes on the body, experience loose motion, sore throat, muscle pain, headache, etc.

Is it Time to Worry?
Normally, fever is not dangerous. However, if you see the following conditions, then it's time to worry and call a doctor. 

  • If the body temperature is more than 103 F 
  • If fever lasts for more than five days
  • If you feel difficulty in breathing
  • If there is severe vomiting or diarrhoea
  • If you feel stiffness in the neck and have headache
  • If you feel excessively sleepy and lethargic
  • If you see redness in skin, rashes or blood in stool.

If the condition worsens, it is time to rush to a hospital. There could be following:

  1. Meningitis: It's life-threatening and highly transmissible in case of bacterial infection. A combination of a fever, extreme headache and stiffness in the neck is an indication that you must rush to the emergency department of a hospital near you.
  2. Difficulty in breathing or chest pain along with fever should prompt you to call for emergency medical assistance.
  3. If someone has fever along with blood in stool, urine or mucus, it's one of the reasons to seek for emergency medical help.
  4. If one has fever and is quite disturbed or puzzled unnecessarily, then the person should be taken to the emergency department.
  5. A person with low immune responses (such as one who is suffering from cancer or AIDS) needs doctor's help in case of fever development.
  6. Hyperthermia: It's a condition of very high fever, i.e., more than 104 F. The person seems to be confused and may not respond to verbal stimuli or commands. It's time for medical emergency.

What should You Do?
For mild fever, even home remedy can help. Aspirin shouldn't be the first choice and an absolute no for individuals less than 18 years. Other drugs that people usually tend to consume are ibuprofen or acetaminophen. One should also drink plenty of water. In case of a heat stroke, body needs to be cooled.

Other severe causes such as viral infection should lead you to a doctor.
 

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5 Homeopathic Medicines To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis!

Dr. Alok Kumar 92% (757 ratings)
BHMS, VLIR Belgium, Canadian Academy Of Homeopathy
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
5 Homeopathic Medicines To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis!

Are you suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and looking for an effective treatment? You can choose homeopathic treatment as it is natural and is free from any side effect. Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of autoimmune disease, which causes inflammation of the joints. The inflammation can be chronic and does not subside on its own. It leads to destruction of your joint tissues. Here are some top homeopathic medicines, which are used for treating rheumatoid arthritis:

  1. Causticum: This is one of the primary homeopathic medicines used to treat rheumatoid arthritis when there are joint deformities. The patient weakens over time and the muscles lose strength eventually. The patient feels extremely restless during the night and the restlessness is associated mostly with the legs. Contractions in the tendons likely result in deformities and intense pain. The pain is tearing in nature. Due to weakness of the forearm muscles, the patient may not have a firm grip on anything. The pain usually improves by keeping the affected the area warm.
  2. Caulophyllum: This is an effective medicine for rheumatoid arthritis and is commonly used for women. It is used when small joints are affected more, compared to the larger joints in the limbs. This medicine is mostly used to treat arthritis of fingers of your hands and feet. The pain keeps on changing positions all the time within a small span of time. At one moment, you may feel it on your right hand, and soon after it may affect your left hand. Gradually, it shifts towards the feet as well.
  3. Colchicum: This homeopathic medicine is usually required during chronic stages of rheumatoid arthritis. It affects several tissues such as periosteum, synovial membranes and other muscle tissues. The inflamed parts turn red, become hot and swollen. The pain is expected to worsen during the evening and night. The fingertips may feel numb and you may feel some joint stiffness as well. A feverish feeling is also likely.
  4. Ledum Pal: This medicine is used in the cases of rheumatoid arthritis where the rheumatoid starts in the feet and travels upwards spreading to the upper joints of the body. The patient feels cold, but still cannot bear any amount of warmth. The small joints present in the feet are commonly affected. Swelling in the toes and ankles is a common symptom.
  5. Bryonia: This is an excellent homeopathic medicine for rheumatoid arthritis. It is used when all the joints and joint membranes are swollen and affected. The pain experienced is unbearable and increases with motion. The inflamed joints become red and swollen.

To know the best homeopathic remedy which is ideal for treating your rheumatoid arthritis, you should consult a homeopathic doctor.

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Things You Must Ask Your Doctor!

Dr. Sandhya Mishra 89% (141 ratings)
MBBS, MS -Gynaecologist
IVF Specialist, Varanasi
Things You Must Ask Your Doctor!

Going through pregnancy is an experience, which is truly unique and is one that an average woman goes through only a few times over the course of her life. Having said that, it is such a complex process that it is only expected that there are questions, which occur to a woman over the course of those nine eventful months, which need answers to. A qualified doctor is the right person to ask these questions to, but what exactly are the questions which need to be asked? Here is short list of a few of them.

What medicines should a woman make use of if she feels unwell during pregnancy?
Over the course of pregnancy, a woman is likely to feel ill due to a variety of issues. It could be a very bad case of heartburn or just a headache. A woman must ask her doctor about the right medicines for the issues. These medicines should be over-the-counter so that she can get them without needing a prescription and can take them without having to wait for an appointment. Generally, the doctor would provide a list of medicines to take in various scenarios. For example, in case there is fever with a headache, the doctor may prescribe Tylenol. Similarly, a fibre supplement may be advised in the case of constipation.

What should be the target weight and how fast should a woman gain it?
Considering that during pregnancy, a second and developing body needs to be nourished, the food requirements of a mother-to-be are much higher than an average woman. What this effectively means is that over the course of a few months, a woman may need to gain some weight in order to provide enough nutrition for the baby, without having her own levels of the same drop off a cliff! If a woman is underweight, this means that up to 40 pounds may need to be gained.

What are the exercises required to have an easy and smooth pregnancy?
It is to be kept in mind that gaining weight really does not mean that exercise is to be cut off. As a matter of fact, if a pregnant woman stays active to a reasonable level over her course of pregnancy, it is much better for both the mother as well as the baby. Also, the chances of water retention or anxiety are much less. Isn’t it worth to spend time exercising and avoid spending unnecessary time worrying on issues related to pregnancy?

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

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