Understanding Herpes Simplex Virus along with its symptoms and risk factors

Dr Smriti Naswa Singh, a Consultant Dermatologist & Cosmetic Dermatologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares her insights about the Herpes Virus and how one can prevent it from happening

Understanding Herpes Simplex Virus along with its symptoms and risk factorsHerpes is a viral contagion caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)-1 and Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) -2 are the two types of virus that cause this infection. While HSV-1 is common and results in sores near the mouth, HSV-2 infection results in sores near the genital and rectal areas. HSV-1 is […]

Know about what causes ‘viral infections’ and how to prevent them

While we all love to get drenched in the first rains of the season and enjoy the lovely weather, we must also take due care to remain healthy and keep ourselves safe from the increased prevalence of viral infections these days

Know about what causes ‘viral infections’ and how to prevent themThe number of viruses and the infections they cause is truly increasing. They cause diseases ranging from the common cold, sore throat, skin infections, allergies, diarrhoea to dengue fever and meningitis. What does ‘viral fever’ mean? Diseases caused by viruses ranging from the common cold, flu spread quickly and widely among people when there is […]

‘Stomach flu’ vaccine prevents type 1 diabetes in children, study finds  

Scientists have discovered that the rotavirus vaccine reduces the likelihood of children being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Rotavirus causes a severe gastrointestinal illness characterised by diarrhoea and dehydration. It is rarely fatal in developed countries but can be deathly in low-income countries

‘Stomach flu’ vaccine prevents type 1 diabetes in children, study finds  The authors of the current study looked at almost 1.5 million insurance records of American children born after 2001, who were followed for periods ranging from 1 to 16.5 years, depending on their year of birth and registration with the insurance firm. Among completely immunised children, the risk of type 1 diabetes went down by […]

Doctors stumped by woman’s peculiar rashes, diagnose a rare disease

Doctors were unable to see the cause behind deteriorating condition of 47-year-old woman who was on ventilator for seven days. But the peculiar rashes on palms and soles made doctors to put suspicion about rickettsia

Doctors stumped by woman’s peculiar rashes, diagnose a rare diseaseHigh fever, body pain, low plate late count, low haemoglobin and rashes all over her body were the symptoms that she was experiencing. But the peculiar rashes on her palms and soles made doctors question whether she was suffering from a condition known as suspicion about rickettsia. Her condition was deteriorating with every passing day […]

Mumbai: BMC and state govt launches largest vaccination against measles and rubella

In Mumbai and Maharashtra, this campaign will be launched on November 27, 2018. During this campaign, 30 lakhs children will be vaccinated in Mumbai

Mumbai: BMC and state govt launches largest vaccination against measles and rubellaThe Government of India has set a goal to eliminate measles and control rubella syndrome by the year 2020. India launched one of the world’s largest vaccination campaign against measles-rubella on February 05, 2017. Till date, the campaign is completed in 28 states and more than 13 crore children (between 9 months and 15 years […]

Impact of viral infections on diabetics

Dr Tejal Lathia, a consultant endocrinologist at Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi shares how viral fever can have an impact on diabetes

Impact of viral infections on diabeticsThere is an intricate relationship between the viruses and diabetes. A virus is a microscopic organism, which leads to commonly occurring diseases like cold, cough, diarrhoea, and also, diseases like dengue as well. Viral infections are common in young children and the elderly. There are very few medicines that work in viral infections. Diabetes mellitus […]

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 […]

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: Do not self-medicate, warn doctors

It is important that the patients understand, that chemists are not allowed to dispense medications like antibiotics, pain relief medications, anxiolytics etc. without a doctor’s prescription. The reason is that chemists may have an understanding of the drug and its actions, but lack the clinical skills and lack understanding of the effects of a particular drug on the body

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: Do not self-medicate, warn doctorsWith the winter approaching, self-medication becomes a major concern for doctors. Often it is the friendly chemist, friend or patient themselves who suggest self-medicating based on the common symptoms. Needless to say it is completely inappropriate to take medications without a proper medical consultation. For one, most of the winter illness are mild illness, caused […]

Mumbai hospital treats rare co-infection of TB and Hantavirus; gets published in Journal

Hantaviruses are a group of antigenically distinct viruses carried out in rodents and insectivores. In India, it is quite uncommon. Doctors say though being rare, the virus, in real terms can be life-threatening. It generally leads to pulmonary ailments that can be very lethal to health

Mumbai hospital treats rare co-infection of TB and Hantavirus; gets published in JournalAs the winter season is ready to set foot in the city, fever, cough and cold are the commonest complaints you get these days. And, when all of this is accompanied with a family history of having Tuberculosis (TB), everything seems to be like a clear diagnosis. That’s what a nine-year-old from Mumbai approached the […]

This winter, keep influenza at bay

Influenza cases peak in winter and just after the monsoon. At times, the flu can be deadly. Experts advise quick medical attention to prevent it

This winter, keep influenza at baySeasonal influenza is characterised by a sudden onset of high fever, cough), headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise (feeling unwell), sore throat and runny nose. Dr Pratit Samdani, General Physician from Jaslok Hospital said, “It is a very common communicable disease which affects young, elderly, diabetics, those who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung […]