Hello, Winter! Here comes the most pleasing and soothing weather that everyone looks forward after being troubled from hot burning summer! But, one common problem that all age group people experience badly is the skin damage. Do you agree with this fact? Although the season is cold and lovable, you may also need to think about certain measures to handle the upcoming skin problems due to over chillness in the atmosphere. If you really want to look beautiful with healthy skin, then finding the right solution is imperative. It is now time to go an extra mile to keep your skin protected from dryness and itch and pay enough attention. As a measure to help you become aware of protecting your skin from worst consequences of winter, you should understand its causes and the remedies. Why skin becomes dry in winter? When the weather turns frightful outside, it creates an impact on your skin too. The main reason for the dry winter skin is the lack of moisture in the skin, which as a result tightens the skin cells and weakens the protective barrier. Regardless of the age groups, everyone gets a rosy glow on the cheeks. At the same time, we also experience a sort of uncomfortable dryness in the skin on face, hands, and feet. For some people, this condition may worsen with extreme dry feeling, causing cracks, eczema, and flak. Some of the common symptoms you can notice as a result of winter skin damage are: ● Dry skin ● Flaky in appearance ● Uneven and grey skin If you find your skin worsening, then try to consult your doctor for quick remedy and prevent serious skin and health impacts. Tips to Prevent Winter Skin Damage There are ample ways which you can follow to prevent skin damage, especially during winter. One of the most common and popular remedies people follow to treat skin damage in winter is moisturized. It is obvious that during winter, skin loses moisture at a faster rate, which leads to weakening of the top protective layers. To feel comfortable, you can apply moisturizing lotion, which will also help to keep the skin healthy. To get better results apply moisturizer soon after you take a shower and before bed. You can consult your dermatologist if your skin is sensitive for the recommendation of a safe to use and quality moisturizer. Here follow additional skin care methods: Exfoliate: Next, to moisturizing your skin, you can try the exfoliating method, which can remove dead skin cells from the surface and help your skin to look less flaky and dry. However, it is recommended to use exfoliator formulated with fruit acids, which contains more antioxidants. Hydrate: Daily hydration is very important the moment winter begun. Try to drink more water you can. You can also take more fruits and vegetables as a measure of hydration. The best way to start with is to drink lukewarm water with few drops of fresh lemon juice in the morning. This lemon water can gain you Vitamin C, which is essential for skin health. Avoid hot shower: It is obvious that hot shower on freezing winter days will make you feel comfort, but not for your skin. Perhaps, it is good you can take a lukewarm shower to avoid irritation and maintain moisture on your skin. Olive oil: Rich in antioxidants, olive oil works as an excellent moisturizer and skin protector. It is also rich in Vitamin A and E, which helps in neutralizing the oxidizing effect that causes damage to skin collagen and wrinkles while help in good blood circulation in the dermis. You can also use oils like almond oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil as an alternative to olive oil. Before you apply the oil, try to slightly warm up to get a better result and prevent winter skin damage. In addition to the above-said skin care methods, you can also use castor oil, aloe vera gel and other natural products for better results. It is, however, recommended to consult your dermatologist to use safe skin care product, especially, to prevent winter damages.Read more
Have you experienced the jerk in your knee while getting up from your chair in the office or did you find it difficult to bend down and pick up things from the floor? There are many such little pains here and there in the joints across the body that gives sometimes mild and other times severe pain. For elders, the conditions are every grave because of their long sitting positions and less activity. Even the young generation is becoming a victim of joints pains due to long sitting hours in the office and less physical activity. There are a number of other contributing factors too, the understanding of which can make us aware and avoid such troubling physical inabilities. Joint Pains due to Long Sitting Hours - A Kind of Psoriatic Arthritis One of the common conditions that people experience due to sitting for long hours is Psoriatic Arthritis. This may cause stiffness and pain in your joints. In the initial stage, it can be controlled with a little exercising, yoga, hot pads, ice packs etc, however, if is pain is persistent, never attempt to reduce the pain yourself, as it may lead to other consequences. It is recommended to consult your doctor for its proper diagnosis and treatment. There are multiple diagnostic approaches available to establish the main cause of such knee pain and give appropriate treatment. By addressing the exact cause and initiating the right treatment, the severance of the diseases can be reduced or stopped. Causes of Joint Pain after sitting Long Hours Here are some of the major causes of joint pain after sitting for long hours:Read more
- ● This condition may be caused due to damage in the joint due to arthritis. Arthritis is further categorized into Osteoarthritis, caused due to wear and tear to joints, which is very common with aging factors, and Rheumatoid arthritis, which is caused due to dysfunction of the immune system resulting in damages to joints.
- ● Osteomyelitis, which is an infection in the bone causing joint pain after sitting for long hours. This may result in septic arthritis which refers to the infection of joint space.
- ● Other conditions like tears, tendons, rupture of cartilage and ligaments can also cause knee pain
- ● Gout, a disorder in which the crystals are built up in the knee and joints can cause joint pain.
- ● Tumors in bone joints is a severe condition that can also result in joint pains
- ● Increase in age
- ● Smoking / alcohol
- ● Family history
- ● Improper diet
- ● Too much of physical strain and others
- ● Change your sitting posture at least once in 30 minutes
- ● Try to go for a small walk in between your work hours to relax your legs, hip, neck and shoulder
- ● Try to stretch your body doing some physical exercise that may relax your entire body
- ● Remember, stiffness is one of the main problems causing such joint pain, therefore you may need to follow flexibility improvement tips.
Many of us think that keeping blood pressure and sugar in control, getting a routine heart check-up, and getting tested for normal hemoglobin levels is just enough to live a healthy life, without giving much of thought on how is our liver doing! Everything you eat or drink has to pass through your liver, so it is crucial to keep it healthy so that it can perform its functions rightly. Are you aware how much does a normal human liver measure? It measures around 7 cm in women and 10.5 cm in men, but the most interesting fact is that it is still the largest and the heaviest gland of the human body. Amazing! Isn’t it? There are more interesting and surprising details about this vital organ of the body in this blog. Quick facts about liver There are certain things that one should know about a healthy human liver: ● The liver is located in the upper right portion of the stomach just under the ribs, and so it cannot be felt with hands. ● It consists of a left and a right lobe, while is connected with two large blood vessels – the portal vein and the hepatic artery. A gallbladder is found in the liver along with some parts of pancreas and intestines. ● The liver's primary function is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. It also metabolizes drugs and detoxifies the chemicals found in the blood. As it does this, it produces a dark green to a yellowish-brown fluid called ‘bile’ that ends up back in the intestines. ● The liver also generates proteins that are essential for blood clotting and other functions. ● A normal liver has the capability to regenerate itself and so many a times there are no remarkable symptoms of a malfunctioning liver. ● In the case of severe or chronic liver diseases, there may be serious interruptions in the normal liver functioning and the diseased liver can lose the capability of regeneration and eventually lead to liver failure. ● The branch of medicine which deals with the prevention, diagnosis and management of liver disease in called Hepatology. Many times, the liver disease could also affect stomach and intestines then experts from both the Hepatology and Gastroenterology look into the case. Why is Liver a vital organ? Given below are the functions of the liver that makes it a vital organ of our body: ● Clears bilirubin which can turn the skin and eyes yellow on accumulation clearing the blood of drugs and other harmful substances ● Converts harmful ammonia to urea. Urea is one of the by-products of protein metabolism which is excreted in through the urine ● Processes hemoglobin for using its iron content as the liver stores up the iron ● Produces bile, which is an important fluid that carries away the waste and breaks down the fats in the small intestine during digestion process ● Produces certain proteins for plasma of blood ● Produces cholesterol and some special proteins that help in carrying out fats all through the body ● Regulates the clotting of blood ● Resists infections by producing immune factors and removes bacteria from the bloodstream ● Stores and releases glucose as and when needed How to keep a healthy liver? There are several things you can do to protect your liver and keep it healthy: ● Eat on the anti-inflammatory foods such as bitter tasting foods, leafy green vegetables, fresh herbs, high antioxidants, apple cider vinegar, green tea, etc. ● Use natural liver boosting supplements like milk thistle, dandelion root, holy basil, etc. ● Reduce stress. ● Exercise more and keep your body active. ● Include a liver panel test in your routine check-ups. ● In case you have any digestive disorder for a noticeable period or any other unusual symptom like darker spots on the skin of leg or hands, consult your doctor, as it may indicate any liver condition. It won’t be wrong to say that the liver is actually the ‘lever’ of our body. So, for living a healthy long life, it is very important to ensure all the organs of the body are performing well, without forgetting about the liver!Read more
Heart diseases sound scary and too many heart-related terms sound confusing. Many times you won’t be able to differentiate how a heart condition is different from another. One similar condition is coronary heart disease, that too, in patients with heart disease. It is important to understand what is this condition and what can be done to live with it and prevent it. Coronary heart disease is a disease which causes maximum death in patients suffering from heart disease. So, if a person is already having some heart disease and becomes a victim of CHD, then the situation needs to be taken seriously. There are various reasons for this ailment like high blood pressure and cholesterol. But Diabetologists in India have come to a conclusion that diabetes and cholesterol are also a prime reason for Coronary heart disease (CHD). What is Coronary heart disease? Coronary arteries are artethe blood flow resulting in angina or heart attack. Angina is a condition where you feel acute chest pain or a squeezing and pressure sensation in the chest. Coronary heart disease weakens the heart muscles due to which heart could not pump enough blood to the body. Even though cardiac muscles are considered quite strong muscles, once they start weakening because of CHD, it leads to Arrhythmias or heart attack. Lack of oxygen in blood flowing in the body results in heart attack and irregular rate or rhythm of heartbeat called arrhythmias. Causes of Coronary heart disease. High blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol, diabetes and past heart disease are major reasons for coronary heart disease. The plaque which accumulates in the coronary artery is made of atheroma, which is obtained from cholesterol content in the body. Diabetologists in India had done a survey to conclude that rate of diabetic patients is increasing rapidly, resulting in increased chances of coronary heart disease in patients. Unhealthy lifestyle, improper diet and lack of exercise are the major factors for such ailments. Precaution for Coronary heart disease. -CHD (Coronary heart disease) is a condition of heart which might take a time to cure. Hence, it’s good to take precautions and avoid such condition. -Keep your blood pressure in check; high blood pressure can lead to improper pumping of blood leading to arrhythmias. This can further complicate the heart condition. -Cholesterol is the prime factor for coronary heart disease; atheroma found in cholesterol creates plaque which accumulates in arteries and chokes it. It's important to avoid high cholesterol food. -Proper exercise would burn the fat in your body, which avoids accumulation of plaque in arteries. Apart from this, exercise also helps in a healthy working of your heart. Patients with heart disease need to understand that they are prone to too many heart-related fatal ailments. It is the change in lifestyle and medical intervention on time that can make them live a healthier life ahead. Regular checkups, an active daily routine, avoidance of harmful food habits play a crucial role in maintaining their health. Not only a regular heart check, but they also need to monitor other health issues they encounter. A little cautiousness, a little alertness, and a little proactive approach towards the health can make them live a normal and healthy life. ries which pump oxygen-filled blood to all parts of the body. Fatty deposits in the body get accumulated in coronary arteries and create a waxy substance called plaque. This waxy substance or plaque keeps on accumulating in coronary arteries, thereby narrowing it's path creating a condition called atherosclerosis. In atherosclerosis, the plaque keeps hardening and narrows the path of coronary arteries choking the flow of oxygen-rich blood. In worst case scenario, the plaque might rupture and make a blood clot in coronary artery stopping the blood flow resulting in angina or heart attack. Angina is a condition where you feel acute chest pain or a squeezing and pressure sensation in the chest. Coronary heart disease weakens the heart muscles due to which heart could not pump enough blood to the body. Even though cardiac muscles are considered quite strong muscles, once they start weakening because of CHD, it leads to Arrhythmias or heart attack. Lack of oxygen in blood flowing in the body results in heart attack and irregular rate or rhythm of heartbeat called arrhythmias. Causes of Coronary heart disease. High blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol, diabetes and past heart disease are major reasons for coronary heart disease. The plaque which accumulates in the coronary artery is made of atheroma, which is obtained from cholesterol content in the body. Diabetologists in India had done a survey to conclude that rate of diabetic patients is increasing rapidly, resulting in increased chances of coronary heart disease in patients. Unhealthy lifestyle, improper diet and lack of exercise are the major factors for such ailments. Precaution for Coronary heart disease. -CHD (Coronary heart disease) is a condition of heart which might take a time to cure. Hence, it’s good to take precautions and avoid such condition. -Keep your blood pressure in check; high blood pressure can lead to improper pumping of blood leading to arrhythmias. This can further complicate the heart condition. -Cholesterol is the prime factor for coronary heart disease; atheroma found in cholesterol creates plaque which accumulates in arteries and chokes it. It's important to avoid high cholesterol food. -Proper exercise would burn the fat in your body, which avoids accumulation of plaque in arteries. Apart from this, exercise also helps in a healthy working of your heart. Patients with heart disease need to understand that they are prone to too many heart-related fatal ailments. It is the change in lifestyle and medical intervention on time that can make them live a healthier life ahead. Regular checkups, an active daily routine, avoidance of harmful food habits play a crucial role in maintaining their health. Not only a regular heart check, but they also need to monitor other health issues they encounter.Read more
At 7 in the morning, you wake up with your same lazy attitude thinking it's just another day of your life, which doesn't really matter to you. Then you have a high calorie and less healthy breakfast which you assume would help survive the day. It’s true; it will help you survive the day, but your life? Then you take a cab for your nearby office; you might have saved time, but a proper exercise would have helped in proper working of your systems, thereby keeping your blood pressure in check. Then as the work pressure increases, you gulp down gallons of coffee. The caffeine increases the adrenaline in your blood, which shoots up your blood pressure. Then finally with super heavy dinner, you go to sleep. That's how your weekdays are, as far as weekends are concerned, you hope that your liver stays strong. That's how your and our life goes, instead of living life to the fullest, we all are trying to survive each day at a time. Gradually inviting high blood pressure to be a part of our lives. Correlation between blood pressure and heart disease. High blood pressure also affects the working of your heart. As we know the heart, blood, blood cells, blood vessels, etc. are all dependent on each other. It brings us to a conclusion that high blood pressure affects the heart in a negative way. If you are suffering from high blood pressure issues, your heart needs to put up an extra effort to pump blood to all part of your body. This extra effort makes your heart thicker and stiffer, which adversely affect your health. This extra effort at times leads to a condition where your heart is not pumping blood because of which irregular fluid increase in your body, resulting in a heart failure. High blood pressure could also result in ischemic heart disease and atherosclerosis. How blood pressure leads to hypertensive heart failure? We don't realize that what adverse affects our lifestyle has on our body. By the time we realize this fact, we are too late. Blood pressure is something that is tough to be kept in control. High blood pressure is a state where your blood cells exert pressure on you blood vessels, causing them to burst which might result in death. There are various reasons for high blood pressure like cholesterol and working in high stressful conditions. The heart is made of strong cardiac muscles, yet it's important not to let it wear down. High blood pressure leads to heart failure which does not mean that heart stops working. It's just that rate of blood pumping gets weaker. This leads to a condition where blood doesn't reach its chambers effectively. It increases pressure on the heart and could not deliver oxygen adequately. Hypertension attacks are common in today's generation, and they are quite unpredictable too. Going by the old saying precaution is better than cure, it's high time you look into your lifestyle. How to keep blood pressure in check? There is an old saying, “if you want to cut a huge tree, weaken its root.” Same thing goes here, keep your blood pressure in check. In the beginning, you can see what your life is; it's good, but you can make it much better.Read more
- --Turn towards a low calorie yet heavy diet for breakfast; a fresh juice would rejuvenate you.
- --Take a walk towards your office, it would be a good exercise and would keep your heart rate optimum.
- --Instead of coffee, hear music to release stress; it's safe and healthy too.
- --Have a light healthy dinner. The night is the time when your body rests, so it's better that you should give your digestive system some rest too.
- --Late night parties could be fun, but surely not good for health. Proper rest is required for proper functioning of your heart.
Winter Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Prevention When the temperature goes down, or it had been a few days when you had last seen the sun, do not think that you can give few days off to your sunscreen. Even in the chilly winters and cloudy days, the harmful Ultraviolet rays are everywhere around you. What’s more? They can penetrate through the dark clouds and hit your skin and can raise chances of Skin cancer. So, even in the winters, you cannot go loose on protecting your skin from the sun. What does statistics have to say? Studies have been conducted and various research have been carried out to understand what happens with the skin in winters and who are at more risk of skin damage: Out of all the skin cancers, approximately 90% are caused by overexposure to the harmful UV radiation. Winter sports’ enthusiasts are at a greater risk of sun-induced skin damage and potential skin cancer. Even on cloudy days, winter sports addicts are at higher risk of skin damage – that is because up to 80% of the sun's harmful Ultraviolet rays can easily penetrate the clouds. Snowboarders and skiers mostly forget to put sunscreen and are more likely to catch windburn and frostbite than sunburn. How to protect skin during winters? There are few tips to prevent skin from the bad effects of the winter. Guard your skin on cloudy days Even if there is no sun out, you should not miss on applying a good sunscreen on your skin. As per a renowned Oncologist Chon, a good sunscreen can dramatically reduce the risk of skin cancer. While going out, wrap your face with scarf or stole and carry an umbrella with you. Maintain good sunscreen habits Applying sunscreen while going out should be your habit. You can follow the below year-round sunscreen tips: Use a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 which is effective in broad spectrum blocking both Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays and is waterproof as well. If you have dry skin, put sunscreen half an hour before going outdoors. Apply it all over the face, hands, ears and arms. While applying on sensitive areas, use the sunscreen with zinc oxide. Both snow and chilly winds can throw away any sunscreen protection used and hence reduce its effectiveness, therefore, it is strongly recommended to re-apply it at least after every two hours. Reapply the sunscreen lotion after sweating or swimming. Enjoy the sun safely To completely protect your skin in the winter, take little extra care: Use a lip balm with SPF 30. Wear long-sleeved jacket, gloves and hat. Wear wrap-around goggles or sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Try to be in the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is right above the head and the rays are the strongest in this duration. If you feel anything unusual or you fear any symptoms of skin cancer, see an Oncologist without delay. How to find the best sunscreen that suits your skin? Confused which sunscreen is the best for you? Below are some quick tips to get you through: Identify your skin type – normal, dry, oily Be informed of any allergy that you may have Choose a sunscreen with SPF more than 15 Go for a water-resistant sunscreen You can always seek help from a dermatologist So be careful with your skin during winters. Don’t let winters to trick with your skin; a little awareness and a lot of alertness can prevent your skin from the bad, very bad Skin cancer!Read more
Life is full of uncertainties and in its lap comes joy and sorrow together. We can embrace anything except for the loss of life that happens suddenly due to mishaps stealing the spirit of a family forever. One such dread comes with cardiac arrest which is short, fierce, and sometimes powerful enough to take the life of the victim. You would have heard of a sudden death of someone that did not give enough time to seek treatment or do something and later that was discovered as a cardiac arrest. According to cardiologists, if someone can identify the risk factors, symptoms, and act quickly to seek treatment immediately, the life can be saved. Keep yourself informed of what cardiac arrest is about and what all can be done to prevent it. What is a Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a health condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly altering the flow of blood to other body parts. It is the effect of an electrical malfunction resulting in irregular heart rhythms, also known as arrhythmia. If not addressed and treated immediately, it may lead to sudden cardiac death. Symptoms of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest The symptoms are witnessed suddenly without any warning and are drastic. Mostly they include sudden collapse, no pulse, no breathing, and loss of consciousness. In some of the cases, these severe symptoms are accompanied with prior signs of chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, palpitations, and vomiting. Is there any link between SCA and heart attack? Yes, a person recovering from a heart attack or a heart attack survivor is at a greater risk of SCA. There are many heart conditions responsible for a SCA and heart attack is one of the most common reasons.Read more
“Time is Life” in Sudden Cardiac ArrestTime-to-treatment is very crucial in determining the chances of survival of an SCA patient. In most of the cases, the patient goes not receive life-saving defibrillation within the time which initially leads to brain death and then gradually to permanent death. The patient should receive treatment within first 4 to 6 minutes to survive. What Can You Do in a SCA Emergency?
- Identify the symptoms and act quickly. The emergency arises without any warning making the victim unconscious, unresponsive, collapsing, and not breathing properly.
- Call the emergency number immediately.
- Don’t waste a single minute. Start doing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) as soon as possible. Conduct CPR with your hands compressing the chest of the patient in the middle. Do it hard and fast approximately 100 times in a minute. It can prove to be a lifesaver.
- Try to carry the patient immediately to a hospital while continuing the hand CPR.
- Try to help with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). This automated device can be used by non-medical people as well to save the life of a victim. These devices are installed in public places, airports, corporate houses, shopping malls, stadiums, gyms, hotels, schools, and other organizations.
- Embrace a healthy lifestyle: Maintain proper body weight, do physical activity, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking.
- Manage and monitor your health condition: If you had a heart attack or if you are suffering from conditions like diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, you need to be watchful and get yourself treated as soon as possible.
- Family history: Go for regular checkups if you have a family history of coronary heart disease.