Lung disease: Signs and symptoms to watch out for

Lung disease: Signs and symptoms to watch out forLung disease can affect the ability to breathe, potentially causing short-term or long-term damage to our overall health. Estimates by the American Lung Association suggested more than 35 million Americans have a preventable chronic lung disease. The category of lung disease includes a number of conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive […]

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 […]

Use honey to treat a cough instead of antibiotics, advise health experts

Doctors are to be told to promote honey and over-the-counter remedies as the go-to treatment for coughs rather than antibiotics. They will be told not to offer the drugs in most cases and to instead encourage patients to use self-care products, under new draft guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice)

Use honey to treat a cough instead of antibiotics, advise health expertsHoney and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend. Antibiotics should rarely be prescribed by doctors for coughs because in most cases they do little to improve symptoms, health officials say. Most of the time a cough will improve on its own within two to […]

6 effective home remedies for instant relief from cough

In order to treat cough most effectively, you need to first find out if it’s dry cough or productive cough. However, before you reach out for pills, try these six effective home remedies for cough that might help you feel better

6 effective home remedies for instant relief from coughWho doesn’t love a slight nip in the air? (Sniff, sniff) Or a chilly breeze? (Cough, cough). We get it, definitely not someone who’s been suffering from a sudden flu attack. Even a little cough can bring your life to a standstill but know that the changing weather is not the only reason for your […]

Is honey a strong antidote to cough?

Study finds drinking tea or warm lemon water mixed with honey is a time-honoured way to soothe a sore throat. But honey alone may be an effective cough suppressant, too

Is honey a strong antidote to cough?Drinking tea or warm lemon water mixed with honey is a time-honoured way to soothe a sore throat. But honey alone may be an effective cough suppressant, too. In one study, children age 2 and older with upper respiratory tract infections were given up to 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) of honey at bedtime. The honey […]

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 […]

What the colour of your phlegm says about your health

The body is a mucus-making machine, producing about 1 to 1.5 litres of phlegm every day, even when you’re healthy

What the colour of your phlegm says about your healthIt’s not uncommon when you develop a hacking cough from deep down in your lungs to cough up a gel-like substance known as phlegm, or sputum. While you may think nothing of it, simply associating it with your sickness, the colour of the mucus can tell you some things about the pathogens invading your body. […]

Woman breaks rib due to severe bout of whooping coughing

The 66-year-old, from Massachusetts, went to her doctor suffering pain in her right side when her cough wouldn't subside

Woman breaks rib due to severe bout of whooping coughingLaughing so hard your sides split is one thing, but one woman has actually coughed so hard she broke a rib. When the 66-year-old woman, from the US state of Massachusetts, who has not been named in the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, first went to see her doctor, it was […]

Mumbaikars beware! Slipping air quality can lead to health hazards

Since Monday, Mumbai’s air quality has been dipping. As per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Mumbai has poor air quality. As per doctors, this can invite a plethora of health problems

Mumbaikars beware! Slipping air quality can lead to health hazardsSince Monday, the air quality in the city continued to be in ‘poor’ category. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the Air Quality status of Mumbai is alarming. Andheri, Juhu, Bandra, Parel and Navi Mumbai had poor Air Quality Index (AQI). Colaba had severe AQI while Worli, Bhandup […]

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 […]