7 Tips to protect your lungs during the cold winter months

The winter months aren’t always full of cheer as the cold and dry conditions can make it difficult on your lungs. Sometimes the weather is frigid and cold and it can be hard to catch your breath. In nasty weather such as this, the cold weather and your respiratory system don’t mix well.

7 Tips to protect your lungs during the cold winter monthsAfter a scorching summer and a wearisome monsoon, winter has arrived. The nights are getting longer, and the New Year excitement is at peak, but for many people the winter season does not bode well. Cold weather can quickly flare up the symptoms and make you more susceptible to illness. It majorly impacts your respiratory […]

Don’t give decongestants to children for colds, warn experts

Some experts say children under twelve shouldn’t be given decongestants. Decongestants used to treat symptoms of the common cold are largely ineffective and should mostly be avoided, a new study says

Don’t give decongestants to children for colds, warn expertsFor children under age 12, decongestants might ease the common cold symptoms of a blocked or running nose, but these medications may not be safe for this age group, according to a research review. For adults, there’s little evidence that decongestants help with congestion, one of the most bothersome cold symptoms. For kids, there is […]

Here’s how to manage a sore throat and prevent infections

Sore throats can be painful and annoying. Fortunately, most sore throats are caused by a minor illness and go away without medical treatment. The best way to prevent sore throats is to avoid the germs that cause them and practice good hygiene. If a sore throat is persistent, you must see a doctor

Here’s how to manage a sore throat and prevent infectionsThe last two months of 2017 brought along cold winds and the city experienced the chills, a sure sign that winter was here. Although the festive season has ended and the New Year has begun, Mumbai has also experienced a shift in temperature conditions; it remains a fluctuating weather timetable. Due to the impact of […]

7 common sinusitis myths you shouldn’t believe in

You might have heard that sinus surgery often fails, or that you need an antibiotic if your mucus is yellow. Here we separate fact from misconceptions

7 common sinusitis myths you shouldn’t believe inIf you are familiar with the sometimes debilitating symptoms of sinusitis, you might know a thing or two about the condition. Or do you? There are a couple of myths that even die-hard sufferers who’ve seen it all still tend to believe. Sinusitis is contagious Sinusitis itself is not contagious, but if you catch a […]

Common cold: Why are some people more susceptible than others?

Whether you catch a cold this winter or make it through the season scot-free may depend in part on how many ‘stressors’ your nose and airway passages encounter, a new study suggests

Common cold: Why are some people more susceptible than others?The research looked at two defence mechanisms that cells in a person’s airway use to protect themselves from threats: one that protects against viruses like the common cold virus and another that protects against ‘oxidative stress.’ This form of cell damage is triggered by viruses and other irritants, such as cigarette smoke or pollen. The […]

7 health benefits of garlic

The body-strengthening effects of garlic are thought to be due to its active ingredient allicin. This is what gives garlic its distinctive taste and smell. Whether you take your garlic powdered, salted, or minced or in supplement form, you can reap the surprising benefits of this multipurpose herb for optimal health

7 health benefits of garlicGarlic does more than just invigorate your palate and ward off vampires; it’s also a smelly super food health aid. The spice is a highly nutritious vegetable with very few calories, containing trace amounts of other nutrients that contribute to its universal status of a powerful, beneficial healer. The natural medicinal ingredient, both as a […]

Have scientists found a cure for the common cold?

Scientists in the UK have developed a new molecule that prevents viruses responsible for the sickness from replicating inside human cells - and if further testing confirms the compound is safe, we could be looking at the unthinkable: a cure

Have scientists found a cure for the common cold?UK scientists believe they may have found a way to combat the common cold. Rather than attacking the virus itself, which comes in hundreds of versions, the treatment targets the human host. It blocks a key protein in the body’s cells that cold viruses normally hijack to self-replicate and spread. This should stop any cold […]

Mumbaikars feel the ‘heat’

As the heat wave grips Mumbai, on Sunday a maximum temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius was recorded in the city. Since, the mercury is rising in the city; health conditions like cold, cough, viral, sore throat and so on can give Mumbaikars a tough time. So, experts advise appropriate care to keep these health issues at bay

Mumbaikars feel the ‘heat’On Sunday, the maximum temperatures recorded by IMD Santacruz observatory were 37.6 degrees Celsius, which was 5.5 degrees Celsius above normal. And by IMD Colaba observatory: 36.5 degrees Celsius, 6 degrees Celsius above normal.  As per the experts, it is essential to take charge of health by taking the necessary precautions. “Since, the temperature has […]

Here’s how to get rid of a blocked nose

Although a cold can pass quickly, typically in just five to 10 days, a blocked nose is a major factor that contributes to us feeling under the weather

Here’s how to get rid of a blocked noseA blocked nose is primarily caused by inflamed nasal passages, according to GP Dr Roger Henderson. The body’s immune system – its natural defences – attempts to fight off the cold or flu virus by targeting the inflamed areas. While antibodies attack the virus, blood vessels around the nasal passage begin to swell up, causing […]

Dip in temperature: Cold and cough grip Mumbaikars

The unpredictable weather, chilly winds, incessant smog in the city, along with multiple mixes of weather conditions are surely making us all to feel dryness in our throat and many respiratory conditions. My Medical Mantra speaks to experts in Mumbai to see what can be done to stay away from the harmful effects of such iffy weather

Dip in temperature: Cold and cough grip Mumbaikars‘Adrak wali tea’ and ‘hot coffees’ are currently our best friends. And trust us; it’s not only for you! The winter is all out and in full swing, bringing along with it some unpredictable weather and respiratory problems. During winters, the body temperature usually drops as the environment cools. At the same time, the body […]