Bacteria invade the teeth through a cavity, a crack or a loose dental filling. The pulp of the tooth becomes infected and if neglected, the bacteria will eventually destroy the pulp. The infection can travel through the root canal into Continue reading What is tooth decay?
It is a childhood illness caused by a virus. It causes fever, headache, muscle aches and exhaustion. Swelling of the salivary glands, specially below the ear and jaw, is common. In rare causes it can cause deafness, infection of the Continue reading What is mumps?
When your life is going through a major change it can be very helpful to talk to someone outside your immediate circle of family and friends. A counsellor is there to listen to you, to provide support and to help Continue reading What is counselling?
He can use a walking stick. He can wear rubber-soled shoes. Keep floors free of clutter. Make sure that rooms and stairs are well-lit and stairs have railings. Fix grab bars on bathroom walls near toilet and showers. Keep a Continue reading My 77-year-old grandfather is prone to falling down. How can I reduce the risk of his falling?
It could be scabies, which is caused by a bloodsucking parasite that lives in the webbing of fingers, groin, navel, armpits and buttock cleft. The bites cause itching and rash. Apply an anti-scabies lotion from neck to toe for three Continue reading I have itching all over my body especially at night. What could be the reason?
Protect yourself by minimizing contact with mosquitoes. Use insecticide treated bed nets and apply mosquito repellents to exposed areas of the body. Eliminate mosquito breeding sites get rid of empty tins, old tyres, coconut shells or any other container in Continue reading What measures can be taken to prevent malaria?
The following steps can help your father to control snoring: Lose weight, specially around the midriff. Exercise regularly. Sleep on his side so the tongue does not fall back. Avoid alcohol and sleeping tablets. Clear his nasal passages. Snoring can Continue reading My father snores a lot. How can he control it?
Pacemakers are battery operated electronic devices which give an electric impulse to the heart. They are used to treat an irregularly beating heart, slow heart, heart block etc. The pacemaker consists of a pulse generator (with a lithium battery and Continue reading What are pacemakers?
Kangaroo Mother Care or KMC is a special way of caring for low birth weight babies (1800gms-2500gms) who are otherwise stable. It fosters their health and well being by enabling temperature control, breast feeding, infection prevention and bonding. In KMC, Continue reading What is Kangaroo Mother Care?
It is a form of treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen (normal air contains 21% oxygen) at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. Thus a higher amount of oxygen dissolves in the blood and more oxygen reaches different parts Continue reading What is Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment?