Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Food items – Various nuts, sea food, drinks, eggs, milk, wheat etc.
Clothing items like wool can cause skin allergy
Dust, pollens, dander can cause skin and chest allergy
Sunlight can cause skin allergy
Tics and mites
Allergy to various medicines like penicillins, sulfa drugs.
Various cosmetics and chemicals
The allergen (listed above) triggers the immune response and presents as various forms like in skin, eyes, chest etc. Usually a person can outgrow various allergies over few years. But rarely they can persist.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008
A study of dentists and parents of school-age children, by toothpaste company Sensodyne, found that 53% of five-year-olds had tooth erosion.
Experts are suggesting that acid in food and drink can make tooth enamel soft and using a toothbrush straight after eating can scratch the surface of the teeth and wear them down.
Professor Jimmy Steele of the School of Dental Sciences at the University of Newcastle, analysed the study, and he says children should avoid brushing immediately after consuming acidic food or drinks as this is when the enamel is at its softest.
He says adult teeth generally start to appear when children are six yearsold and need to last a lifetime, so protection from an early age is vital; he says children should be encouraged to drink acid drinks with a straw placed towards the back of the mouth away from teeth.
While the main cause of acid erosion is drinks, fizzy ones are not the only culprits as those containing fruit are also high in acid.
According to the research, even eating an orange and sucking out the juice from segments is bad for erosion.
The research found that 93 per cent of parents are not aware of which types of food and drink contain acid and 58% say their children smother food in sauces or dressings, not realising this is a major cause of acid erosion.
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Friday, October 10, 2008
Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) CEO John Rogerson said "People need to consider the risks involved in consuming these drinks. The research suggests you are more likely to end up in hospital or be assaulted if you drink these products. "
"Combining alcohol and energy drinks is just plain dangerous. People might think they are drinking alcoholic energy drinks responsibly, but if they choose to then drive they are at particular risk, because they may feel more sober than they really are."
The Australian Drug Foundation backed a public warning from The Hon. Tony Robinson, Minister for Consumer Affairs, that alcoholic energy drinks may be more intoxicating than consumers expect.
"The Australian Drug Foundation is pleased that the Victorian Government recognises the potential risks that alcoholic energy drinks can pose and we now need to work together to ensure the message gets to those most at risk."
In most cases, the caffeine content in alcoholic energy drinks is far greater than non-alcoholic energy drinks. The table below shows the caffeine content per serving size of some popular alcoholic energy drinks * and soft drinks:
Beverage (250 ml) - Caffeine content
Coca-Cola - 48.75 mg
Elevate * - 96.6mg
HI NRG * - 60mg
Naughty Boy * - 80mg
Pepsi - 40 mg
Pulse * - 44mg
Red Bull - 80 mg
'V' - 78 m
Mr. Rogerson also implored all alcohol companies to actually cease the production of alcoholic energy drinks.
"What we would ideally like is for all alcohol companies to act responsibly and voluntarily withdraw the production of alcoholic energy drinks"
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
Some common causes of breast changes are
* Fibrocystic breast condition - lumpiness, thickening and swelling, often associated with a woman's period
* Cysts - fluid-filled lumps
* Fibroadenomas - solid, round, rubbery lumps that move easily when pushed, occurring most in younger women
* Intraductal papillomas - growths similar to warts near the nipple
* Blocked or clogged milk ducts
* Milk production when a woman is not breastfeeding
One out of eight women are at risk of developing breast cancer over their lifetime. Monthly breast self exam is one part of total breast care that includes annual physical exams and mammograms after age 40. Between 33 and 50 percent of all women experience benign breast disease or another benign breast disease. If you discover a lump in one breast, check the other breast. If both breasts feel the same, the lumpiness is probably normal. You should, however, mention it to your doctor at your next visit.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The bones along with the muscles form the framework over which the rest of the body is supported. Your bones help you move, give you shape and support your body. However we need to be aware that they are living tissues that rebuild constantly throughout your life. During childhood and your teens, your body adds new bone faster than it removes old bone. After about age 20, you can lose bone faster than you make bone. To have strong bones when you are young, and to prevent bone loss when you are older, you need to get enough calcium, vitamin D and exercise.
There are many kinds of bone problems:
* Osteoporosis makes your bones weak and more likely to break
* Rickets – Due to Vitamin D deficiency in kids
* Osteogenesis imperfecta makes your bones brittle
* Paget's disease of bone makes them weak
* Bone disease can make bones easy to break
* Bones can also develop cancer
* Spine disease due to degtenerative changes, poor posture etc. may lead to neurological problems including paralysis
* Infections in the bone like osteomylelitis can be very difficult to treat.
* Other bone diseases are caused by poor nutrition, genetic factors or problems with the rate of bone growth or rebuilding
It is important that you are evaluated by an orthopedician so that appropriate tests can be done and treatment given for all types of bone diseases.
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Monday, September 1, 2008
The first step in managing chronic abdominal pain is determining the nature, causes, and development of any abnormal condition, and the mechanism of pain. For optimal management, pain must be assessed from biological, social, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral perspectives.
Here are the common factors that influence abdominal pain …
Anxiety and depression
Anxious feelings are common and often occur in every one of us, but they may cause emotional and physical distress. Physical symptoms of anxiety include increased muscle tension, which can worsen symptoms of irritable bowel disease.
Pain is minimized by distraction and increased by attention. When we spend time involved in activities, attention is drawn away from pain symptoms. But a lack of activity increases self-awareness and tends to focus attention on pain. Also, inactivity not only leads to general de-conditioning, but also to weakening of the abdominal muscles, which contributes to poor posture and increases pressure on the joints.
Cognitive and emotional factors
How a person understands and interprets pain can influence suffering.
Chemical dependence, including narcotics, tranquilizer addictions, and alcoholism, are important contributors to chronic pain. Not only does chemical dependence increase pain symptoms, but it also can produce cravings, muscle spasms, and other symptoms that are experienced as pain.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
If you're an average adult, every day you lose more than 10 cups (close to 2.5 liters) of water simply by sweating, breathing and eliminating waste. You also lose electrolytes — minerals such as sodium, potassium and calcium that maintain the balance of fluids in your body. Normally, you can replenish what you've lost through the foods and liquids you consume, even when you're active.
- Lack of adequate water intake, because you're sick or busy, or because you lack access to potable water when you're traveling, hiking or camping, mouth sores, uncosciousness etc.
- increased losses due to Diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating in hot and humid conditions, fever, diabetes due to increased urination, excessive respiration like in pneumonia, burns, etc.
- Renal failure, addison’s disease and other similar conditions too can lead to increased urination thus leading to dehydration.
- Certain medications — diuretics, antihistamines, blood pressure medications and some psychiatric drugs — as well as alcohol also can lead to dehydration, generally because they cause you to urinate or perspire more than normal.
As the patient becomes more dehydrated - irrespective of the cause - symptoms include: weight loss (2-3 pounds per day), dryness of the mouth, decreased production of saliva, impaired swallowing, shrinkage of tissue, dry/wrinkled skin, headache, raised pulse, shrunken eyes, and fever. As dehydration and salt loss progresses, blood output from the heart decreases, while sweating may cease entirely. Body temperature then rises precipitously. If urination falls too low in response to the dehydrated condition of the body, the kidney becomes unable to excrete toxic waste products. The combined effect of high temperature, reduced blood output and kidney malfunction is irreversible shock and death. Typically this occurs in previously healthy adults after a water loss of about 12-15 liters (3-3.75 gallons), but may occur much more quickly in the very young or very old.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The common causes of hair loss include:-
- A stress like surgery, severe illness etc. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary. This is also known as Telogen Effluvium.
- Hormonal problems like low thyroid, elevated testosterone, and diabetes and PCOS (Polycystic Ovaria Syndrome) can lead to hair loss.
- Several inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, seborrhea, and psoriasis, cause patches of hair loss with red and scaly skin underneath. Fungal scalp infections (also called ringworm) and bacterial infections of the hair roots (folliculitis) can also cause similar problems.
- Tight hairbands can cause local trauma & thinning simply by breaking off the hairs at their base. Some chemical hair treatments damage the follicles or the hair itself. Insects that attack the hair (like lice or scabies) can cause hair loss either by directly breaking the hair or by causing the person to scratch, which in turn damages the hair.
- In male- and female-pattern baldness, the time of growth shortens, and the hairs are not as thick or sturdy. With each growth cycle, the hairs become rooted more superficially and more easily fall out. Heredity likely plays a key role.
- Having inadequate protein or iron in your diet or poor nourishment in other ways can cause you to experience hair loss. Fad diets, crash diets and certain illnesses, such as eating disorders, can cause poor nutrition.
- Certain drugs used to treat gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure may cause hair loss in some people. Taking birth control pills also may result in hair loss for some women.
- Psychological problems may lead to a condition called Trichotillomania in which people pull out their hair, leading to hair loss.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
What are Benefits of Breastfeeding?
- Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants. A mother's milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein that is needed for a baby's growth and development.
- Most babies find it easier to digest breast milk than they do formula.
There is some evidence that children who are breast-fed are less likely to be obese when they are grown up.
- There is also growing evidence that babies who are breast fed are less likely to develop diabetes and heart disease in later life.
- Many mothers also get emotional benefits from breastfeeding because of the closeness of this interaction with the baby and from the satisfaction of helping to nourish their babies.
Breastfeeding can help a mother to bond with her baby. Physical contact is important to newborns and can help them feel more secure, warm and comforted.
- Some of the nutrients in breast milk also help protect an infant against some common childhood illnesses and infections, such as diarrhoea, middle ear infections, and certain lung infections.
Are there cases in which it is better not to breastfeed?
- A woman with certain health conditions, such as HIV or active tuberculosis, should not breastfeed because she risks giving the infection to her infant through her breast milk.
- Women who actively use drugs or do not control their alcohol intake, or who have a history of these situations, may also be advised not to breastfeed.
- Certain medicines, including some mood stabilizers and migraine medicines, can also pass through the breast milk and cause harm to the infant.
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Monday, July 28, 2008
A lot of men today who suffer from hair loss are usually so intent on finding a solution, they will try almost anything. It's not that they are looking for some fountain of youth. They are just tired of hair loss making them look ten to fifteen years older than they really are, and they are committed to doing something decisive and positive about it.
Baldness and hair loss are not always inevitable, and the amount and rate of loss can often be diminished with the correct treatment. Some men have areas on the scalp that are very sensitive to the male sex hormones that circulate in men's blood. The hormones make the hair follicles - from which hair grows - shrink. Eventually, they become so small that they cannot replace lost hairs. The follicles are still alive, but are no longer able to perform their task.
Treatment for Hair Loss
There are various solutions for baldness available but only some of them work appreciably in reducing hair loss or controlling baldness. Baldness is generally regarded as natural, and not a disease. So if a person decides they wish to try to get their hair back, they will probably have to pay for the lengthy, expensive procedure themselves.
To solution to solving such a physical problem is to consult a doctor and follow the advice with the prescribed medication.
Finasteride (Propecia) is a medicine taken in tablet form that partially blocks the effects of the male hormones (an 'anti-androgen'). It is used in a higher dose to reduce the size of the prostate gland in men with benign prostatic hypertrophy. Propecia has been shown to halt further hair loss and promote re-growth of scalp hair in approximately 80 per cent of patients after three to six months. Treatment must be continued to sustain the improvement in hair growth.
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Monday, July 14, 2008
A sore throat (also known as pharyngitis or tonsillitis) is a disease primarily located in the area around the tonsils. It can be caused by both a virus and a bacteria. A sore throat is partly a disease in itself and partly an effect of other diseases such as flu and glandular fever.The disease is normally seen in children and young people but it can occur at any age. The characteristics of the disease are throat pain and trouble swallowing. If the disease is due to bacteria it can be treated with antibiotics. Usually there are no complications.
What are the signs of a sore throat?
Breathing through the mouth (can cause drying and irritation of the throat)Common coldViral pharyngitisInfluenzaStrep throat (caused by streptococcal bacteria)Infectious mononucleosisFish, chicken bone, or other foreign substance stuck in the throat. (For emergency actions, see choking child or adult or CPR.)Endotracheal intubation (tube insertion)Surgery such as tonsillectomy and adenoidectomySore throat caused by bacteriaBacterial causes of sore throat or tonsillitis can require further attention from parents and pediatricians. Streptococcus, or strep, is the most frequently found bacterial cause of sore throat. This germ requires an antibiotic for rapid treatment. Antibiotics do not lower the body's immune system or make it "lazy." On the contrary, antibiotics enable the normal, healthy immune system to kill bacteria (like strep) more rapidly and effectively.
Treatment For Sore Throat
Viral pharyngitis: Treat symptomatically with hydration, decongestants, saline nasal spray, analgesics, and restStrep pharyngitis: Appropriate antibiotics (e.g., penicillin, erythromycin) and symptomatic treatment with analgesicsMononucleosis: Symptomatic treatment with analgesics; limit contact sports if splenomegaly is present –Hospitalization in patients with encephalitis, airway compromise, or dehydration due to nausea/vomiting secondary to hepatitisAllergic pharyngitis: Antihistamines, nasal steroidsForeign body: Protect airway; removal by ENT doctorGERD: H2 blockers (e.g., ranitidine) or proton pump inhibitors (e.g., omeprazole), elevate head of bed, weight loss, small meals
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Sunday, July 6, 2008
However in most children it has been shown that there is no significant decrease in the number of Upper respiratory infections (URI) after undergoing tonsillectomies (Sept 11, 2004, BMJ).
Only those children who get a documented (seen by a doctor, preferably)attack of URI of 6-7 times in 1 year, or 5 episodes per year for 2consecutive years, or 3 episodes per year for 3 consecutive years shouldprobably be taken up for tonsillectomy.
Among other reasons for tonsillectomies would be extremely large tonsils interfering with sleep (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea) detected by snoring, irregular sleep, daytime sleepiness, and mouth breathing. Also if a child has very severe URI's with long lasting symptoms tonsillectomy may be undertaken sooner.
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Thursday, June 19, 2008
Most parents are very anxious about their kid’s milestones, and would like them to achieve walking, talking sitting etc. as soon as possible, even though there is no scientific basis for this.To this end many parents want to know if putting their child in a 'walker' will help make the child walk faster.I feel that there are a few disadvantages to using a walker and these must be kept in mind before the use of walker is decided upon.
Children using walker actually walk 'later'. This is because their inherent need to move quickly from on e place to another is satisfied by using a walker; also while in a walker a child is not really walking he/she is just sitting and cruising around. This leads to the use of calf muscles, rather than the hip muscles which are needed to walk, thereby delaying walking.Another issue with a walker is safety; a child in a walker is very likely to trip on even a small bump on the floor (like the edge a carpet, uneven floor etc.). Also fall from a staircase is likely to result in worse injuries if the child is in a walker.
The reason why most parents use a walker is to see the child move around and generally feel independent; children love it for the same reason;Another important feedback mothers give is that it helps them to do other household chores like cooking etc. because they know the child will not be sitting on the floor, putting various undesirable things in their mouth, catching a cold by sitting on the cold floor etc.All things considered my advice is that if you have not bought a walker... don't buy one. Consider buying a push-toy where the child stands with the support of the toy and pushes it, this is not only more physiological (natural) but also avoids the problems associated with the walker. If you have already bought one and your child is happy in it, let it be but be careful especially if you have stairs around the house. If you want to keep your child busy and safe while you are doing house work, consider buying a play pen wherein you can put all the toys so that the child can play and remain safe!
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Monday, May 26, 2008
Let us first begin by asking the basic question:
Why Choose A Pediatrician To Care For Your Child?
The role of a pediatrician involves all of the following:
- Screening and evaluating babies and children for appropriate growth and development, and assessing abnormalities and disabilities, if any.
- Vaccination of babies and children, and advice about specific diseaseprevention.Advice on feeding, diet, food supplements, and other nutrition concerns.
- Assessing illnesses and treating them, including admission to hospitalisation for serious diseases. Coordination of care for children receiving treatment from different specialists, and responsibility for the child's overall health.
- Health education for the family.
Pediatricians have the most comprehensive medical trainingto respond to these needs.
How Are Pediatricians Trained?
A Pediatrician is a 'qualified' Child Specialist. In India this means that after doing his basic MBBS (5 years) a pediatrician has to undergo an additional training (for 2-3 years, on-the-job training) in dealing exclusively with children. This residency training prepares pediatricians to help meet the needs of healthy children in such areas as normal growth, development, nutrition and behavior. After completing the training an exam needs to be passed to become a Pediatrician. A normal physician has less pediatric training than pediatricians, and may not be able to provide the same quality of care to a child as a pediatrician. Some pediatricians have additional subspecialty training beyond residency.In the next part we will discuss the 'ideal qualities' to look for in a pediatrician!
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Saturday, May 17, 2008
- Young adolescents (11-12 years of age)
- Adolescents at high school entry or 15 years of age (whichever comes first) for those who have not previously been vaccinated
- All college freshmen living in dormitories
- Other groups at high risk such as those with underlying medical conditions or travelers to areas with high rates of meningococcal disease
The recommendations will help prevent meningococcal disease, a potentially fatal bacterial infection. Although rare, meningococcal disease is dangerous because the disease progresses rapidly, and within hours of the onset of symptoms it may cause permanent disability or death.
Meningococcal disease is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in U.S. toddlers, adolescents and young adults. Symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, nausea, vomiting and exhaustion, and a rash may appear. Lifestyle factors thought to contribute to the disease include direct contact with an infected person, e.g., exchanging saliva, often through kissing; crowded living conditions, e.g., dormitories; and active or passive smoking. Vaccination is the best method of preventing meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal infections can be treated with drugs such as penicillin. "Still," says AAP President Carol Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, "about one in every ten people who get the disease dies from it, and many others are affected for life. That is why preventing the disease through use of meningococcal vaccine is important for the high-risk groups."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) determined that establishing the target age at 11 years may give lasting immunity through college. Studies have determined that the disease peaks in 16- to 18-year-olds, supporting vaccination of 15-year-olds.
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Sunday, May 11, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
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Use a steamer with a closed top- this way there is a negligible chance of the child getting burnt in case of a spill.
Do not force the child to take steam, it is invariably preferable to try and earn their co-operation than to try and force them.
Keep the steamer near the bedside (on the floor) with the steam jet directed towards the child's face while they are sleeping.
For a smaller child (upto 6-8 months), keeping the baby in your lap while you take steam with a blanket/ cloth covering your face and the child is useful. Remember not to put the baby's face very close to the steam as there skin is very sensitive.
For an older child another option is to switch on the hot and cold water in the bathroom to create a sauna like effect and get the child inside and play with him/ tell him a story etc.
Keeping the steamer on in the bedroom is not very effective for giving steam as the room size is likely to be large. However this technique can be used in addition to the ones described (to reduce the dryness) above especially when you are using a heater/ warm air blower in the room.
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Thursday, February 21, 2008
Labels: Online Doctor Advice, Depression causes and treatment
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Make sure your baby is sucking the right way. If the sucking hurts, your baby's mouth may not be positioned correctly.Let your nipples air dry between feedings. Let the milk dry on your nipples.Offer your baby the less sore of your two nipples first. Your baby's sucking may be less vigorous after the first few minutes.Change nursing positions.If possible, position any cracked or tender part of your breast at the corner of your baby's mouth, so that it gets less pressure during feeding.Wash your nipples daily with warm water. Don't use soap or lotion that may contain alcohol, which can dry the skin. Avoid bra pads lined with plastic.Express milk until your let-down reflex occurs. This will help make your milk more available so your baby sucks less hard.Breast feed often to prevent engorgement. Engorgement can make it hard for your baby to latch on.For more information on breastfeeding check charak clinic and get the medical consultation online at http://www.simplyanswer.com/ .
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