Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Nipah Virus (NiV Infection)

Nipah virus infection is an emerging disease that was identified in 1998 in Malaysia and Singapore, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Human infection with Nipah virus in India and Bangladesh is linked with drinking raw date sap contaminated by fruit bats and contact with bats. It can also spread through infected bats, pigs, or humans.

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Disorientation
  • Mental confusion
  • Coma
  • Potentially death
  • After exposure and incubation periods of 5-14 days , illness presents with high fever and headache followed by other symptoms.

While there is no vaccines at present against the Nipah virus. 

Prevention from Nipah virus
1. Don't eat partly consumed fruits.
2. Be careful of eating fruits especially season fruits. Wash it thoroughly.
3. Maintain distance with an infected person and .sanitize and wash hands and clothes afterwards.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Amazing benefits of cashew nuts and their effects on teeth and body.

Cashew is one of the popular ingredient in sweet and curry in India.  It is high in calories and other nutrients.  100 grams of nuts provides 553 calories.

Prevents cancer - Studies have shown that cashew can reduce the risk of colon  cancer. Their high content of copper has the power to eliminate free radicals and they are also good source of petrochemicals and antioxidants that protects from heart  diseases and cancer.

Good for healthy heart - They are rich in heart friendly mono unsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids lowers the harmful LDL cholesterol and increases the good HDL cholesterol in blood.

Good for skin - It also contains manganese, potassium, copper, iron,
zinc and selenium.

Protects the eye - Cashew contains zea xanthin which is a antioxidant pigment which protects eyes from harmful UV rays.

Helps in weight loss - Cashew nuts  contains less fat compared to peanuts, walnuts and almonds. They are dense in energy and high in dietary fiber which in turn manages weight gain.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Why it is important to brush your teeth in night than in morning?

Most of the people wake up every morning and first thing they do is brush their teeth.  Is it sufficient to teeth brushing in morning to keep mouth and teeth healthy? And is it important to brush teeth in night?

My answer is YES. It is very important to brush your teeth in night before going too s sleep. 

Here are few things that teeth brushing in night does. 

1. Reduces bacterial growth
The saliva in the mouth plays a important role in reducing bacterial growth. During sleep,  we have decreased saliva production.  The bacterial in mouth multiples vastly and attacks gums and teeth.  Therefore teeth brushing at night reduces the bacterial growth. 

2. Reduces acid build up
Acid produced by bacteria causes teeth decay.  While teeth brushing in night,  fluoride present in toothpaste stimulates saliva secretion.  Thus prevented from tooth decay.  

3. Reduces the decay of food particles
After you have dinner,  rinsing is not enough.  Food particles that get dislodge on tooth surface get rotten overnight and gives bad smell.  So it is important to clean all the food particles before going too sleep.  

No matter how much time out might take or how lazy you feel in night,  brushing teeth at night is as important as brushing in morning. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lump on lips, may be mucocele

Sometimes patients complain about a small boil or lump on lips that bleeds sometimes. It is called mococele. It is usually harmless, but may cause a patient discomfort, pain, and difficulty speaking and eating. It is a cyst like lesion that contains mucus and usually occurs on the lower lips, cheeks or floor of the mouth. It occurs wherever mucus glands are present. In most cases, it is not a true cyst because it is not lined by epithelium. It is caused by escape of mucus into the connective tissue when an salivary duct is traumatized. Therefore, the mucocele is lined by fibrous and granulation tissue. 

 Treatment - Some mococele does not require surgical treatment. Large and painful mococele are removed by a scalpel or laser. 

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