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What To Do When You Get A Fever?

Dr. Pratik Savaj 87% (15 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Medicine, Fellowship In Infectious Disease, FNB - Infectious Diseases
General Physician, Surat
What To Do When You Get A Fever?

The fever itself isn’t a disease but a symptom of a disease. It is generally caused when the immune system heats itself to fight the infections that enter our body. One of the most common reasons a person catches a fever is due to Influenza or the common cold.

Though fever is a common symptom, it can aggravate very quickly if not taken care of properly. This article will educate patients how to take care of themselves if they have a fever. The first and foremost step of taking care is to go to a doctor and get a proper diagnosis.

Upon a proper diagnosis, one can determine the kind of fever they are having. If someone has a fever due to diseases like Malaria then the course of action will be quite different. However, following are the common steps for most of the fevers:

Do’s: While Having a Fever

● The first step is to keep a proper check of the temperature every 2 hours. For that, it is advisable to keep a thermometer handy. For better accuracy, it is better to carry a digital one.
● The next step is to keep the patient hydrated as fever usually leads to loss of appetite. This can cause dehydration and loss of nutrients.
● Drinking water isn’t enough to battle dehydration, which is why the patient will need to take the ORS solution every 15 minutes.
● If the temperature rises, one should soak a cloth in cool water and put it on the forehead for a few minutes.
● If the temperature keeps rising, the patient should take Paracetamol only.
● Get a blood check by calling a local pathology technician and subsequently send the report to the doctor to get a proper diagnosis.

Don'ts: While Having a Fever

● Don’t take an Antibiotic unless the doctor prescribes it.
● The fever may cause temporary body pain and stiffness; don’t take Ibuprofen and other painkillers to get rid of it.
● Don’t take any kind of NSAIDS without doctor’s supervision.
● Don’t take any kind of dairy products or junk food.
● Don’t starve because of the loss of appetite.
● Don’t agitate by doing any kind of household work or exercise.
● Don’t sleep with the air conditioning on.
● Avoid drinking and smoking while having a fever.
● If the doctor prescribed antibiotics, don’t quit halfway. It is important that one must complete the course of antibiotics.
● Don’t take a bath while having a fever; it is better to clean the body with a soaked cloth or sponge.

Conclusion:

Though fever is a fairly common disease, the treatment can go haywire if the usage of certain medicines isn’t done properly. Following the above instructions will help to take care of when someone has a fever and will help to get better. However, if the fever isn’t going down after 2-3 days, one should see a doctor immediately.

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Why Is Coconut Oil Good For Body?

Dr. Bijut Hazarika 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Medicine
General Physician, Guwahati
Why Is Coconut Oil Good For Body?

When you just came to the conclusion that olive oil is healthy for your health, suddenly, you may have read another study result that says that coconut oil is best for your health. No doubt, you are puzzled and confused which one to take. In this article, we will try to give you some idea of the healthy aspects of coconut oil and olive oil and some hard facts about them.

Let’s find them out.

1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
119 Calories 116 Calories
14 (g) Total Fat  14 (g) Total Fat
1 (g) Saturated Fat  12 (g) Saturated Fat
9.8 (g) Monosaturated Fat  0.8 (g) Monosaturated Fat
1.4 (g) Polysaturated Fat 0.2 (g) Polysaturated Fat    
0 (mg) Cholesterol 0 (mg) Cholesterol

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodness of Coconut Oil - The Saturated Fats

  1. Acts as an Antioxidant and Reduces Oxidative Stress: Virgin coconut oil consists of some antioxidants, like polyphenols and flavonoids. In the process of oxidative stress, the blood vessels in our body and heart get affected that leads to heart attack. These antioxidants keep us safe from such heart ailments.
  2. HighTemperature Resistant: It means that, if you cook in high temperature in coconut oil, you won’t get your food smoked. Coconut oil is a saturated fat, and it is high temperature resistant.
  3. Reduces Hunger: It keeps you away from those irritating hunger pangs when you consume foods cooked in coconut oil.
  4. Improves metabolic rate: Coconut oil increases metabolic rate that ultimately helps to reduce our waist size.

Goodness of Olive Oil - The Monounsaturated Fats

  1. Heart Friendly Fat: Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats. The American Heart Association has certified these fats as a heart friendly fat.
  2. Lowers LDL Cholesterol: Olive oil helps in lowering the low density cholesterol level that is known as bad cholesterol in our body.
  3. Some Essential Substances Present in It: Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and polyphenolic compounds. These two components are antioxidants that help in reducing the systemic inflammation level in our body.

Now the point is: Which Oil Is Better for Your Health?

The Verdict
So, from the table and discussion, it is clear that both coconut and olive oil are good for our health. But none of them are miracle fats. You need to consume both oils in small amounts. For cooking foods that need high temperature, like roasting, stir frying, you can use coconut oil as it has high temperature resistance. On the other hand, for simple cooking, use olive oil. But don’t use extra virgin olive oil for cooking, as heat at higher levels can destroy the Vitamin E and Polyphenol compounds in the Olive Oil.

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E. Coli Infection - Symptoms, Causes And Treatment!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 90% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata
E. Coli Infection - Symptoms, Causes And Treatment!

E. Coli infection: symptoms, causes, and treatment

  • Escherichia coli (e. Coli) is a bacterium commonly found in the gut of warm-blooded organisms.
  • Most strains of e. Coli are not harmful but are part of the healthful bacterial flora in the human gut. However, some types can cause illness in humans, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and sometimes vomiting.
  • Colio157: h7 is one of the strains, and producesa toxin known as shiga. It is one of the most powerful toxins, and it can cause an intestinal infection.
  • Some 265, 000 shiga toxin-producing e. Coli (stec) infections occur each year in the united states (u. S.). Around 36 percent of these are probably caused by e. Coli o157: h7. When a foodborne outbreak occurs, it usually involves a shiga toxin-producing e. Coli.
  • Most people recover within 6 to 8 days, but it can be life-threatening in infants and people with a weakened immune system.
  • Some other types of e. Coli infection can lead to urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, pneumonia, and other illnesses like meningitis.


Fast facts on E. Coli-

  • Here are some key points about e. Coli. More information is in the main article.
  • E. Coli refers to a wide range of bacteria that can cause various diseases, including pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and diarrhea. Most strains of e. Coli are harmless to humans. Some strains of e. Coli infection can include nausea, vomiting, and fever. In susceptible individuals, certain types of e. Coli infection can lead to kidney failurefollowing hygiene rules helps prevent its spread


Symptoms-

  • Coli infects the intestine and causes symptoms that range from non-presenting to severe.
  • Symptoms of infection with e. Coli 0157 typically appear 3 to 4 days after being exposed to the bacteria. However, symptoms may appear as early as 24 hours or as late as 1 week l


These can include:

  • Abdominal pain or severe abdominal cramping, often starting suddenlywatery diarrhea, beginning a few hours after the pain beginsbright red bloody stools around a day later, resulting from the toxin’s damage to the intestinesnausea and, in some cases, vomitingin some cases, fever, usually below 101 degrees fahrenheitfatigue, resulting from dehydration and the loss of fluids and electrolytes
  • Some people have no noticeable symptoms, but they can spread the infection to others.


Treatment-

  • There is no cure for e. Coli o157: h7. It has to resolve itself. Antibiotics are not advised. They may increase the risk of hus.
  • Patients should get plenty of rest and drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration.
  • Over-the-counter (otc) medications for diarrhea are not recommended, as they can slow down the digestive system, undermining the body’s ability to eliminate the toxins efficiently.
  • Urine infection
  • Colibacteria are a common causeof urine infections, for example, cystitis. The exit of the urinary tract is near the anus, and so the bacteria can spread from the gi tract to the urinary tract.
  • Wiping from front to back can help reduce the risk.


Causes-

  • Most strains of e. Coli are harmless, but some produce a toxin that makes humans sick.
  • The group of e. Coli that includes 0157: h7 produces a potent toxin called shiga. This toxin can harmthe lining of the small intestine.


Humans can become infected by:

  • Swallowing contaminated water: tap water in the us is treated and contains chlorine, but some e. Coli outbreaks have been caused by contaminated municipal water supplies.
  • Private wells can be a source of infection, as can some lakes and swimming pools.
  • Travelers to places where water may be untreated should be careful when drinking water, using ice or eating vegetables washed in water of uncertain origin.
  • Swallowing contaminated food: possible sources include undercooked ground beef, unpasteurized milk, juice, cider, or cheese, alfalfa sprouts or raw vegetables.
  • Infected people who work in restaurants and do not wash their hands properly after going to the toilet can spread the infection to customers and other members of staff.
  • Person-to-person contact: good hand hygiene is important in stopping the spread of infection.
  • Contact with animals: bacteria can spread in farms, petting zoos, and fairs.


Risk factors-

  • Some people who are more likely to be affected by e. Coli– related illness.
  • People with a weakened immune system are more prone to complications. This includes patients with aids, those taking immunosuppressive medications, and people receiving chemotherapy.
  • Patients with decreased stomach acid, either due to stomach surgery or medicines that lower stomach acid, have a higher risk of infection.
  • Young children and older people have a higher risk of developing serious illness and complications.


Complications-

  • Most people make a full recovery within a week.
  • However, around 10 percent of people are at risk of developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (hus). These are mostly young children and older people.
  • Hus is characterized by hemolysis, or a breakup of red blood cells. This can cause anemia, a low platelet count, and kidney failure.
  • Platelets, the blood cells responsible for blood clotting, clump together within the small blood vessels of the kidneys, resulting in reduced blood flow, or ischemia.
  • This can eventually lead to kidney failure. Decreased platelets increase the risk of bleeding problems.
  • Patients with these clots can also develop central nervous system (cns) problems that affect the brain and spinal cord.
  • This can lead to seizures, paralysis, brain swelling, and coma. It is fatal in 3 to 5 percent of cases.
  • Acute kidney failure among infants and young children is usually caused by hus.
  • Hus usually starts about 5 to 8 days after the onset of diarrhea. It is a medical emergency, and requires hospital treatment.


Diagnosis-

  • Drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration is crucial during an e. Coli infection
  • The doctor will identify the signs, ask about symptoms, and send a stool sample to a lab for analysis.
  • The sample must be taken within 48 hours after the bloody diarrhea starts.


Prevention-
Some tips can help prevent infection with e. Coli and other pathogens.
These include:

  • Cooking meat well, especially ground meatdrinking pasteurized milk, apple juice, and cider, rather than unpasteurizedwashing vegetables, especially leafy green onesensuring that cutlery and crockery are thoroughly washed with warm, soapy waterstoring meat and non-meat foods separately, and using separate cutting boardsfollowing good hand-hygiene practices
  • Good hand hygiene involves washing hands thoroughly with warm water and soap regularly, and especially after using the bathroom, after changing diapers, before and after preparing foods, and after touching animals

Ways To Improve Immune System Of Babies!

Dr. Satyen K Hemrajani 88% (14 ratings)
DNB ( Neonatology), MD ( Pediatrics), MBBS
Pediatrician, Jaipur
Ways To Improve Immune System Of Babies!

 The ways to improve immune system of our kids so that they do not succumb too often to cold, cough, loose motions , and repeated fever is to follow  these simple  steps:

  1. Make kids eat more vegetables and fruits
  2. Breastfeed to be done at least till 2 years and exclusive breastfeeds for  6 months. Early skin to skin contact of mother and baby also helps in building healthy gut microbes in the infant which help in long term immunity.
  3. Avoid Passive smoking.
  4. Help them sleep early and for long hours.
  5. Do regular exercise with kids by increasing outdoor activities and morning walk in gardens.
  6. Make the kids understand about cleanliness and especially hand hygiene should be emphasized upon. Hand washing should be routinely practiced before eating food and mouth rinsing after food for oral hygiene.
  7. Do not self medicate with antibiotics in cases of mild cold and cough or fever.
  8. Vaccinate kids at the right time to help them build immunity against common illness.

Keeping them away from emotional stress and making them happy also helps in building kids immunity.

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Febrile Seizure - Its Treatments!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Febrile Seizure - Its Treatments!

What is Febrile Seizure?

A febrile seizure is a convulsion in young children. It is triggered by a fever. Fortunately, febrile seizures aren’t as dangerous as they may look. They’re usually harmless and typically don’t indicate a long-term or ongoing problem.

Symptoms of Febrile Seizure-

  • Have a fever higher than 100.4 F (38.0 C)
  • A child often loses consciousness
  • Shake or jerk the arms and legs on both sides of the body
  • Your child may also vomit and foam at the mouth
  • Roll his or her eyes back in the head

Causes of Febrile Seizure-

  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Post-immunization seizures

Risk factors of Febrile Seizure-

  • Children who are between 6 months and 5 years of age
  • Family history

 Diagnosis of Febrile Seizure-

Diagnosis of febrile seizure involves the following tests:

  • A physical exam
  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • A lumbar puncture
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)

Precautions & Prevention of Febrile Seizure-

Monitor your child’s temperature. At the first indication of fever, give proper medication to prevent a seizure.

Treatment of Febrile Seizure

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Febrile Seizure
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Febrile Seizure
  • Psychotherapy Treatment of Febrile Seizure
  • Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Febrile Seizure
  • Surgical Treatment of Febrile Seizure
  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Febrile Seizure
  • Other Treatment of Febrile Seizure

Treatment of Febrile Seizure-

Homeopathic Treatment of Febrile Seizure-

Homeopathy relieves fever and seizures. Homeopathy can prove life saving. It treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some of the homeopathic medicines for febrile seizure are:

  • Belladona
  • Ferr P
  • Cicuta
  • Nux V
  • Stram

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Febrile Seizure-

Medicines such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can only lower fevers in children to prevent seizures.

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Bronchiolitis - Its Treatment In Homeopathy!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 90% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata
Bronchiolitis - Its Treatment In Homeopathy!

Bronchiolitis, Is a common lung infection in young children and infants. It causes inflammation and congestion in the small airways (bronchioles) of the lung. Bronchiolitis is almost always caused by a virus. Typically, the peak time for bronchiolitis is during the winter months.

Bronchiolitis starts out with symptoms similar to those of a common cold but then progresses to coughing, wheezing and sometimes difficulty breathing. Symptoms of bronchiolitis can last for several days to weeks, even a month.
For the first few days, the signs and symptoms of bronchiolitis are similar to those of a cold:

  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Slight fever (not always present)

Bronchiolitis occurs when a virus infects the bronchioles, which are the smallest airways in your lungs. The infection makes the bronchioles swell and become inflamed. Mucus collects in these airways, which makes it difficult for air to flow freely in and out of the lungs.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv). Rsv is a common virus that infects just about every child by the age of 2. Outbreaks of the rsv infection occur every winter. Bronchiolitis can also be caused by other viruses, including those that cause the flu or the common cold. Infants can be reinfected with rsv because at least two strains exist.

The viruses that cause bronchiolitis are easily spread. You can contract them through droplets in the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks. You can also get them by touching shared objects — such as utensils, towels or toys — and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Risk factors- Infants younger than 3 months of age are at greatest risk of getting bronchiolitis because their lungs and immune systems aren't yet fully developed.

Other factors that are associated with an increased risk of bronchiolitis in infants, or more severe illness due to bronchiolitis, include:

  • Premature birth
  • An underlying heart or lung condition
  • A depressed immune system
  • Exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Never having been breast-fed — breast-fed babies receive immune benefits from the mother
  • Contact with multiple children, such as in a child care setting
  • Living in a crowded environment
  • Having siblings who attend school or child care and bring home the infection

Prevention
Limit contact with people who have a fever or cold. If your child is a newborn, especially a premature newborn, avoid exposure to people with colds in the first two months of life.
Clean and disinfect surfaces. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people frequently touch, such as toys and doorknobs. This is especially important if a family member is sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Then throw away the tissue and wash your hands or use alcohol hand sanitizer.
Use your own drinking glass. Don't share glasses with others, especially if someone in your family is ill.
Wash hands often. Frequently wash your own hands and those of your child. Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy for yourself and your child when you're away from home.
Breast-feed. Respiratory infections are significantly less common in breast-fed babies.

Homoeopathic medicines.

  • Aconitum napellus - aconite will often prevent the development of a thorough bronchitis. Aconite is prescribed in bronchitis to the onset of the affection. It is caused by as a result of checked perspiration, exposure to cold, drafts or dry, cold winds. The complaint starts with a coryza, frequent sneezing. Chilliness, restless sleep, full, hard pulse, and the characteristic mental condition like anxiety and restlessness

Arsenic album is one of the best homeopathic medicines for symptoms that include a feeling of weakness along with other signs of bronchitis. Extreme wheezing and cough increase after nighttime and makes it difficult for the person to sleep. Along with extreme weakness, restlessness may also occur. The patient feels parched and frequently drinks little quantities of water.

  • Bryonia alba -bryonia alba is the top homeopathic medicine for treating bronchitis, and is mainly used when the cough is dry. Mucus if present is very difficult to cough out and may be rust coloured. Bryonia alba can also prove very useful for treatment of severe chest pains during coughing. The patient usually feels relieved by taking rest and gets worse on motion. The patient may show an increased thirst for large quantities of water.

 

  • Phosphorus -phosphorus is another very beneficial homeopathic medicine for patients of bronchitis. The patient mainly has a hard and dry cough. The cough is renewed by laughing and talking. Cold air usually worsens the cough. Excessive heat in chest could be another accompanying symptom. The patient at times complains of tightness, heaviness and oppression of chest, along with chest pains. The mucus when expectorated may be blood-stained. The patient may also have a craving for cold drinks, ice cream and juices.

 

  • Antimonium tart - antimonium tart is a very effective natural remedy for bronchitis that is mainly prescribed when the bronchial tubes are overloaded with mucus. The mucus rattles in the chest. The mucus is not coughed out with ease and if it does cough out, the quantity is meager. Homeopathic medicine antimonium tart is of great help in emptying the bronchial tubes by aiding the expectoration of the mucus present in bronchial tubes. The respiratory troubles after exposure to damp places frequently call for use of this natural homeopathic remedy.

 

  • Spongia -the cases of bronchitis that can be treated wonderfully with homeopathic medicine spongia are the ones presenting with dry cough and complete dryness of air passages. There is a total absence of any mucus rales in chest. Mainly warm drinks provide relief to the patient. The patient also at times complains of chest oppression, weakness and difficulty in breathing.

 

  • Ipecac -ipecac is the top homeopathic remedy for bronchitis with a constant cough and rattling of mucus in chest. Even constant coughing does not seem to help in expelling the mucus from bronchi. Ipecac helps in expelling the mucus out with the least effort. An important feature for using this homeopathic medicine in bronchitis is vomiting with coughing providing some relief to the patient.


Mercurius -merc. Is another effective remedy for bronchitis. There is roughness and soreness from the fauces down through the middle of the chest. The cough is dry, raw and concussive which is very exhausting. The sputum is watery, saliva-like, or yellow and muco-purulent. There is fever and alternation of hills and heat, desire for cold drinks, which aggravate the cough. And pasty sweat without relief.

Belladonna, rhus toxicodendron 30-belladonna and rhus tox are important homeopathic remedies for bronchitis when it is accompanied with fever. Belladona is the top natural homeopathic remedy for fever when extreme heat in body is present with bronchitis. There is usually an absence of thirst. Homeopathic medicine rhus tox is prescribed when utmost body aches accompany fever in bronchitis

Kali carb - kali carb is the best homeopathic choice when the whole chest is very sore, sensitive and painful. There is extreme coldness in chest along with pains. Bending forward may bring a slight relief from chest pain.

Sulphur -sulphur is effective for chronic bronchitis. Catarrh of the bronchial mucous membranes is accompanied with loud rales, a persistent, profuse, thick, muco-purulent expectoration and attended by suffocative attacks. Cough with rattling of mucus in the chest, expectoration loose, worse after bathing and in the morning.

Hepar sulph is one of the best homeopathic medicines for bronchitis where a person experiences increased sensitivity to cold. Chilly air and exposure to the cold in any form is impossible to be tolerated by the patient. It energizes cough quickly. Hepar sulph cures situations where even if a single part of the body is exposed to the cold like a hand or a foot, cough begins immediately.
Don’t use any homeopathic remedies without any prescription.

Top First-Aid Homeopathic Remedies

Dr. Anil K. Vangani 88% (10 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Jaipur
Top First-Aid Homeopathic Remedies

If you are looking for effective first-aid remedies, you can opt for homeopathy. A first-aid kit should be a part of every household, containing medicines which serve a variety of medical conditions. For putting up a first-aid homeopathic kit, you need to add around 10 homeopathic medicines to start with as homeopathy is an ideal branch of medicine, which is efficient for a lot of first-aid purposes.

Here is a list of the top first-aid medicines, which should be a part of your homeopathic kit:

  1. Arnica- Arnica is the best homeopathic medicine in case of all types of injuries and shocks. It helps in moving blood back into the blood vessels. This medicine is ideal for every injury or pain-related first-aid. It is good for curing strains and sprains, and also essential in case of jet lag and extreme exhaustion.

  2. Aconite- This medicine is used in cases of sudden emotions and intense anxiety. It is effective for all kinds of health issues, which occur after being exposed to cold, windy, and dry weather conditions. This is an ideal first-aid remedy for cough, cold, fever, and chill. Aconite is also used during a panic attack.

  3. Apis- This homeopathic medicine is used in cases of swelling, redness, and heating of the skin along with stinging pain. It is commonly used in case of insect bites and bee stings. It also serves as an emergency medicine in the cases of anaphylactic shock.

  4. Argentum Nitricum- This medicine is an important first-aid remedy, which should be taken in case of anxiety, tension, and fear before some event. It is used when palpitations, diarrhea, burping, and stomach distention are experienced.

  5. Arsenicum Album- This homeopathic first-aid medicine is used in cases of food poisoning accompanied by diarrhea and vomiting. A person tends to feel cold, and is usually afraid of being alone.

  6. Belladonna- Belladonna is a popular homeopathic medicine, which is used in the case of fever. A person’s skin becomes hot and red, the pupils get dilated, and a throbbing pain is experienced. It is an effective first-aid remedy for mild sunstrokes and intense, throbbing headaches.

  7. Bellis Perennis- This medicine is specifically used where there is a bruising of soft tissues such as the breast tissue, and other internal organs. The medicine is effective after a fatal injury or blow. It is a good remedy for internal bruising, following a hysterectomy.

It is important for you to consult a homeopathic practitioner or go through several homeopathic books for coming up with an ideal homeopathic first-aid kit, covering all the important medicines.

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Sweating While Sleeping - What Causes It?

Dr. Vikram Gidwani 92% (61 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Chittorgarh
Sweating While Sleeping - What Causes It?

Sweating during warm weather is very common, but if a person wakes up from bed soaked in sweat, it is not a pleasant feeling. It does not allow for a sound sleep, and may not always be related to warm weather.

There is no serious underlying medical issue, but it is always advisable to see a doctor to get this corrected. The following are some common reasons that could lead to night sweats.

  1. Menopause: The hot flashes that are so popularly associated with menopause is one of the main reasons for night sweats. The presenting factors (woman, age and other symptoms) should help arrive at this diagnosis. Hormonal levels can be checked to confirm if required. Even puberty and pregnancy can cause night sweats, due to hormonal level alterations.
  2. Infections: Most infections present with fever and night sweats are very common. Tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, influenza and even HIV can cause night sweats and hamper a person’s sleep. Most infections cause an increase in temperature, which is worse at night.
  3. Obstructive sleep apnea: The walls of the windpipe get narrowed, and the person might have short periods where the breathing just stops. These people are three times more likely to develop night sweats.
  4. Hypoglycemia: One of the most common symptoms of low blood sugar is night sweat. When the sugar drop happens during the time the person is sleeping, it is very common for the person to wake up soaked in sweat.
  5. Cancer: For some cancers, night sweats are one of the first warning signs. These cancers include lymphoma, and presence of symptoms like unexplained weight loss, fatigue, etc. should be addressed to rule out the possibility of cancer.
  6. Side effect of medications: Antidepressants, psychiatric drugs, anti-pyretic drugs, anti-virals, steroids, anti-diabetic medications, hormones, etc. can lead to night sweats. Suspected cases of night sweats should have their medications reviewed to see if any drug is causing the night sweats.
  7. Gastro-esophageal reflux disease: GERD, as it is popularly known, can cause night sweats in addition to heartburn. They would also have other symptoms of indigestion, which will help in identifying the problem.
  8. Neurologic disorders: Stroke, neuropathy and anxiety disorders can cause night sweats and would require psychotherapy in addition to medications.
  9. Idiopathic: And despite all these possible reasons, if there is no identifiable reason, it is known as idiopathic hyperhidrosis (increased sweating). The person produces too much sweat without any known underlying cause and can even wake up at night soaked in sweat.

Management: Identifying the underlying cause is the first step in treatment. It may require hormonal corrections, changing or withdrawing the causative medications, treating associated conditions, etc., as the case may be.

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Stomach Problems - It's Preventions!

Gautam Clinic Pvt Ltd 90% (7827 ratings)
Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
Stomach Problems - It's Preventions!

If you are one of the many people who suffer from stomach and digestive problems, you are probably looking for relief – whether it’s from a short-term issue like diarrhea or vomiting, or from a chronic illness such as Crohn’s disease. Fortunately, digestive health can be improved with diet and lifestyle changes, and medical treatment is available for more serious issues. Improve your stomach problems with changes you can make yourself and by seeking appropriate care.

Cope with having diarrhea. Stay hydrated by drinking water, juice, and broth throughout the day. Get plenty of rest by staying home from work or school and staying in bed. Try over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medicines like Pepto-Bismol or Immodium A-D to help relieve symptoms. Follow a clear liquid diet of water, broth, juice, and sports drinks until you can handle solid food, then introduce the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast).

  • Avoid fatty foods, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners.
  • Many cases of diarrhea are caused by viruses and will pass in a couple of days. It may also be the result of foodborne illness, which is far more common than you might think.
  • If your symptoms get worse or don’t resolve after 48 hours, see your doctor — you may need antibiotics or other medications.

Ease nausea and vomiting with a gentle diet. Stay hydrated — like with diarrhea, dehydration is the biggest risk when you’re sick with vomiting. Follow the same guidelines as for when you have diarrhea. If you can eat without vomiting, eat small amounts of bland foods like toast, crackers, and Jell-O. Once you can keep these down, add rice, cereal, and fruit to your diet. Increase what you eat slowly as your illness improves.

  • If you’re too nauseated to drink anything, try sucking on ice chips to get small amounts of fluids.
  • When you do drink liquids, try to have them at room temperature. Avoid cold or hot drinks.
  • Don’t eat spicy or fatty foods, which can further irritate your stomach.
  • Let your stomach calm down after vomiting by waiting for 30 – 60 minutes afterward to eat or drink anything. Don’t try heavy solid foods until at least six hours after you last vomited.
  • If your stomach upset is from motion sickness, try a medication like Dramamine before traveling.

Seek medical care if you become dehydrated. If you have diarrhea or vomiting that lasts over 24 hours, or you cannot keep any liquids down for over 12 hours, see your doctor right away. Seek emergency care if you have any signs or symptoms of dehydration, such as:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Dry mouth or skin
  • Dark urine, or producing little or no urine
  • Weakness, dizzinessfatigue, lightheadedness

See your doctor if you have pain or a high fever. Signs that your stomach problems necessitate medical care include a fever of 102°F (39°C) or higher, or moderate to severe stomach, rectal, or chest pain. If you have blood in your stool or vomit, or your stool is black and tarry, see your doctor right away.

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Homeopathy Myths Exposed!

Dr. Mallikarjun C Balikai 85% (10 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hubli-Dharwad
Homeopathy Myths Exposed!

Homeopathy is a widely accepted alternative system of medicine which was discovered in the late 18th century. Homeopathy believes in the philosophy that the mind, emotions and the body are integrated together. On the basis of this philosophy, a homeopath provides remedies which can suit best to the physical and psychological conditions of a patient. Homeopathic remedies are certainly not very high dose. Its main purpose is to recognise and discard the cause behind the condition.

People hold many misconceptions about homeopathy. Following are some of the myths of homeopathy:

1.        Homeopathic remedies work slowly: Many people believe that homeopathic remedies cure your medical condition very slowly. Fact is that it works very fast on diseases like cold, fever, etc. When the symptoms are chronic then only working process is slow. This is because at chronic condition the body takes little time to cure from insides. It is advisable to start the homeopathic remedies as soon as any symptom is seen.

2.        Remedies are prescribed by doctors with no formal training: Many people believe that homeopathic remedies are prescribed simply on the basis of the visible symptoms and no diagnosis is done. Fact is that these remedies are prescribed by qualified medical professionals graduated from homeopathy medical colleges. They diagnose your medical condition before prescribing you any remedy.

3.        Homeopathic remedies are not scientific: Many people consider homeopathic remedies to be unscientific. However, the bases behind homeopathy are pharmacological and clinical data. Vast studies and researches have been conducted on homeopathic remedies and treatment. 

4.        Strict dietary restriction is to be followed at the time of homeopathic treatment: Many people believe that they have to control their eating habits while undergoing homeopathic treatment. Fact is that for some patients, ingredients like garlic, onion, alcohol, coffee, tobacco etc. are to be avoided during the tenure of treatment. This is simply because these ingredients interfere with the homeopathic treatment. 

5.        Homeopathy can cure any disorder: Some people have a strong believe that homeopathic remedies can cure any disorder or any medical condition. Fact is that this remedy is completely ineffective in case of dental issues or any condition where surgery is the only remedy.
 

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