Thursday, 11 January 2018

Stay Safe In The Smog

The thick, cloying chocking blanket of smog that has engulfed the city of Delhi is a concern that will not disappear in the wind. There is more than just the environment at stake. Most people fail to understand that while they take global warming and air pollution lightly, it is one subject that everyone should have focused on hard and worked out solutions long before. Blame games aside, it is important to know that this man made environmental disaster is here and wreaking havoc on our ecosystem and our body. It is time to face the music and clear up the human mess. In the mean time, it is important to keep yourself safe and protect your body from the ill effects of smog. Here are a few tips that will come handy while we deal with smog. 

1)  Avoid outdoor activities
All those who loved exercising out of their homes need to cut it down. Stay at home and try indoor exercises or yoga. However, avoid anything that makes you breathe hard. The air outside is harmful to the lungs and should not be breathed.

2) Invest in a good mask
Given the pitiful condition of air, it is pertinent to invest in a good air mask for you and your family. Surgical and comfort masks just won't do, buy a get a respirator that is rated N95/N99/FFP3 or is 'NIOSH Approved' that filters out more than 95% of particles (larger than 0.3 microns) 

3) Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water to keep yourself well hydrated. Also, consume lots of fruits and vegetable juices. Avoid any thing artificially flavored. Natural will do just fine. 

4) Important tips for people with respiratory issues
This is a frustrating time for people with asthma, emphysema and other lung ailments. Anyone battling the aforementioned aliments should keep their medications with them all the time. They should always have their inhalers with them wherever they go. 

5) Keep the children safe
Children are more susceptible to health issues so it is pertinent that they are informed of the risk. Do not let them play outside the home or schools. Limit any amount of time they have to be outside the home. Ensure that they wear their masks all the time. 

6) A good air purifier
Quality of air inside your homes and offices can be just as bad as outside it.  Invest is a good air purifier for cleaning the indoor air. Running it for a few hours a day will keep the air clean. 

7) Don't ignore any health issues
Prepare an allergy kit and keep medications for any signs of respiratory issues. Do not ignore any symptoms especially if you have a family member, friend or a co-worker with respiratory illness. It is better to be prepared than panic. 

9) Indoor garden
An indoor air is a great way to cleanse your home and office. Natural air purifiers like Aloe Vera and Spider Plant get rid of pollutants and are soothing to the eyes. 

10) Eat right
Eat healthy food that is rich in vitamin C. fruits like lemons, melons, grapes, papaya, kiwis help fight smog-related airborne toxins. Among vegetables, include peas, cauliflower, cabbage, okra, red bell peppers, and broccoli in your daily diet.

11) Clothing
Wear loose, light and comfortable clothing. Dress according to the season, but wear something that will help your body breathe easy. 

12) Avoid indoor air pollution
Stop smoking indoor. Avoid using candles, fireplaces or gas stoves if possible. Stop using vacuum cleaner because vacuuming swirls up particles inside your home and adds to the indoor pollution.

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Preparing For A Doctor's Appointment

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A doctor’s appointment need not be a gargantuan task; it can be as simple as any other daily activity if you plan well ahead. An annual physical check up should be a part of your health regime and you should take every aspect of it seriously. Your health and your doctor’s ability to treat you and help you stay healthy depend on it.  There are a few key things your doctor needs you to know before you venture out for your check up, knowing and following these points will make your heck up easier on you and your doctor.

1)      Be Punctual

Time is important to both you and your doctor. You may have all day, but your doctor has quite a few patients. Ensure that you are on time for Your Appointments. Make sure you reach your doctor’s clinic on time or before time.

2)      Medical History

You must know your medical history, but sometimes it’s good to know your family’s as well. A lot of diseases and health issues are hereditary. If you know your family’s health history, it will help you greatly. This is particularly important if you aren’t visiting your family physician.

3)      Medical Records

Bring your medical records so that your doctor has a complete record of your medical history. These records help doctors keep a track of your health and the medicines you have taken, the procedures you have undergone and stay updated on your allergies as well.

4)      Ask And You Shall Receive

Ensure that you have your questions ready and ask for the medicines that you need. Any information no matter how unimportant you think regarding your health has no use during your checkup.

5)      Stick To Your Problems

Talk about you, your health issues, and your concerns. Don’t try to attach issues of your family members during your consultations. Stick to the reason that you are there for. Your doctor can treat you based on your examination not the others that you seek help for.

6)      Time Managements

Keep it short and crisp. Do not waste your doctor’s time on silly issues. No matter how friendly you and your doctor might be, there are other patients waiting for help. Ensure that you are ready for the visit in all ways. Your medical records, test reports and other details should be ready so your doctor can save yours and their time.

7)      A Good Patient Is Patient, Patient

Patience is a virtue. You will need to be patient with the appointment, check up, taking the medicines and waiting for your results. A good patient must be patient while waiting for the result of their procedures or medical reports.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Things Your Doctor Wants You To Know

Your doctor is not a miracle worker. Your doctor is a hard working professional whose aim is to help you live a better life. But it won’t be possible without your co-operation in more than one way. Here are a few things that your doctor wants you to know. Following and understanding these details will make life easier for both you and your doctor.

1)      Develop continuity

Changing doctors now and then will not help you get better. A second opinion is always good, but it is advisable to stick to one doctor and develop continuously. This doctor will understand your history better and will be better equipped to handle your problems.

2)      Respect

Your doctor is a professional offering highly valued service. It is pertinent to not only respect them as a professional but also respect their work. This basically means being on your best behavior and extending the courtesy and respecting their time and efforts. Respect their time and efforts. Turn up for your appointments, inform ahead if you are unable to do so.

3)      Ask questions

It is important to ask questions. Don’t just accept what your doctor tells you to do, ask questions, voice your concerns and clear your doubts. No question is too insignificant or stupid when it comes to your health.

4)      Take your medicines

Your doctor has prescribed your medication for a reason. Feeling better is not an indicator of good health. To ensure that the antibiotic work and complete the course. Completing the course increases the efficacy of the medication.

5)      Be honest

Do not lie to your doctor. No matter how insignificant or embarrassing you think your problem might be, try and be completely honest with your doctor about your situation. They rely on your statements a lot more than you think.

6)      Avoid internet fueled self-diagnosis

The internet is wonderful for information, but using this information for self-diagnosis and self-medication based on information availed from the internet. It is best to consult your doctor. Do not try to overrule your doctor’s opinion based on what you have learned from the internet.

7)      Bias

Men or women, gender is inane when it comes in a doctor’s skill. Skilled professional no matter who they are will treat you well, irrespective of their gender. Look for a doctor who has the right certification, experience, good reviews and expertise. It is these factors that matter, not their nationality, religion, caste or gender.

8)      Doctors have a personal life

Doctors are humans and just like you they have a personal life, a family and friends. Remember that they too have a home to go to, make sure that you don’t leave things to the last moments for them. Emergencies can’t be helped everyone known that but to expect your doctor at your beck and call is wrong.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Bad Health Habits Other Than

There things people do to themselves that lead to their own dwindling life span. People often forget that doctors exist for a reason. Their medical degrees are meant to be taken seriously and they do in fact hold superiority that no online site, old wives tales or quacks could tell you. People often take advice from websites or people without thinking twice. But here is the thing, what works for them may not work for you. It’s easy to declare that human body is the same, but be aware that no two people are alike. Everyone has a different immune system; everyone has a different lifestyle and different routine. There are many habits like sedentary lifestyle, smoking, drinking, drugs and junk food which are considered bad. But worse than those are a few that we have cultivated innocently. Here are a few of those habits that we need to actively avoid. 

1)    Self Diagnosis

Self diagnosis is something that we are all guilty of. What may be as simple as a headache would be blown out of proportion by the time you are done googling about it. Most people simply Google their symptoms and decide for themselves what is wrong with them .They will go so far enough to argue with their doctor about their conditions based on the information they found online. This is a bad habit that people need to break. Your doctor knows better than the Google. His diagnosis is based on personal examination not programmed information.

2)    Self Medication

What usually follows self diagnosis's self medication. Unfortunately most of the medicines available over the counter are unregulated. Some of these medicines like combiflam have been found to be substandard. However they continue to be freely sold and people don’t need prescriptions to buy them. This kind of self medication is dangerous. The best person to prescribe medicines for you is your doctor who will do it based on his knowledge and experience. You are less likely to face any health issues or side effects when you consume medicines prescribe by the doctor.

3)    Home Remedies

Home remedies and old wives tales are for those who are too stingy to visit their doctors or just plain lazy. Most of your old wives tales are simply useless. Home remedies have a little more success in this area. However for these normally fix your problem temporarily for longer term solution you need a proper diagnosis from your doctor and must take proper medicines. 

4)    Lying to your doctor

There is a saying that goes ‘Never lie to your lawyer and doctor’. When your well being is in question, this saying stands true. Most people lie to their doctors as there are either afraid of medicines or they are simply embarrassed. Being afraid of medicines won’t solve your problems and being embarrassed doesn’t help your situation at all. There is nothing to be embarrassed; your doctor has already seen it all.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Understand The Use And Misuse Of Anti Biotic

The last few years have seen an overwhelming rise of people not only self diagnosing but also self medicating. Over the counter pills are a boon for those who don’t have time to go to a doctor for a mild headache or body pain, but for infections that need a trip to the doctor, people rely on over the counter anti biotic. The pill popping has gotten so bad that most medications don’t really work on people. The habit of choosing self diagnosis over visiting doctor and unrestricted use of anti biotic has resulted in serious health crisis. Antibiotics are losing their efficacy against the bacteria that cause infections in humans due to over use of anti biotic. The germs are dwelling resistance to most anti biotic are they are constantly exposed to their medication and it unregulated quantity. The dosage of their medications and their quantity has led to decline in efficiency of these medications.
Germs that inhabit our body and invade our body have the power to mutate. Through mutation and selection, germs can develop defense mechanisms against antibiotics. They can develop enzymes that would render the anti biotic inactive. They also constantly reproduce and quite fast this results in a huge number of anti biotic resistant germs rendering medication ineffective. So what can an individual do? Well the answer is adopting a healthy lifestyle, eating right, staying healthy and staying clean. A hygienic environment, healthy diet and exercise should go along way. People should avoid using antibiotics for common coughs and colds, and avoid doctors who freely prescribe antibiotics to people. It is important to get vaccinated and educate oneself about the various issues surrounding antibiotics. The habit of popping pills for all ailments must stop.
It’s easy to use a quick fix to repair things temporarily, but it hurts your body in the long run. What is essential is to remember is that your body needs long term pans. Lead a healthy lifestyle. Have annual checks ups, live by the saying, Prevention is better than cure.