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Asthma - A common lung disorder

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What is Asthma?

Bronchi are the are the airways in the respiratory tract that transfer air from wind pipe to lungs. Asthama is which disorder in which inflammation causes the bronchi to swell and narrow the airways, creating breathing difficulties. These might range from mild to life-threatening.
 

Causes

  1. Exposure to tobacco or wood smoke
  2. Breathing polluted air
  3. Inhaling certain perfumes or cleaning products
  4. Breathing common allergy-causing substances like molds, dust, or animal dander
  5. An upper respiratory infection, such as a cold, flu, sinusitis, or bronchitis
  6. Exposure to cold or/and dry weather
  7. Emotional excitement or stress
  8. Physical exertion or exercise
  9. Reflux of stomach acid known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD,
  10. Menstruation: In some, not all, women, asthma symptoms are closely tied to the menstrual cycle.

 

Symptoms

  1. Chest tightness
  2. Coughing
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Wheezing
 

Home Remedies

 
Clove
 
  • Take 5-6 cloves and boil them in Half a glass of water for 5 minutes
  • Strain this and mix a tsp of honey to it
  • Consume twice a day to get the best results
 
Mustard Oil
 
 
  • Take 1 tbsp of mustard oil and heat it
  • Add a pinch of camphor to it and mix thoroughly
  • Massage it on the chest to feel the warmth and get quick relief
 
Ginger
 
  • Mix equal proportions of ginger juice, pomegranate and honey thoroughly. Consume this twice a day
  • Soak 2 tsp of dried fenugreek seeds(methi seeds) in 1tbsp each of ginger juice and honey, overnight. Consume this in the morning before breakfast.
Coffee
 
 
  • Caffeine in coffee is a bronchodilator which releases the spasms caused in the lungs/airways. It helps clear the airways thus, relieving the ill effects of Asthma. Black coffee is preferred over the coffee with milk since it acts faster. 
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What is anxiety?

A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.

Causes

  1. Stress in a personal relationship, work, school/college.
  2. Trauma from events such as abuse, victimization, or the death of a loved one
  3. Stress about finances and money
  4. Stress from a natural disaster
  5. Lack of oxygen in high altitude areas

Emotional anxiety symptoms

  1. Excessive worry about the past, present or future

  2. Difficulty concentrating and remembering things

  3. Feeling apprehensive and powerless

  4. A sense of impending panic, danger or doom

  5. Mind racing, finding it hard to think


Physical anxiety symptoms
 

  1. Breathing rapidly or shortness of breath

  2. Increased heart rate

  3. Sweating

  4. Trembling

  5. Feeling tired or weak

  6. Dizziness

  7. Choking

  8. Dry mouth

  9. Stomach or chest pain

  10. Diarrhea

  11. Muscle tension and headaches

  12. Difficulty sleeping and nightmares

 

Home Remedies 

 

Chamomile tea

 

- Boil 250 ml of water and switch off the flame

- Dip 1 chamomile tea bag or 1 tbsp of dried Chamomile flowers

- Allow the tea bag to soak in the water for 5-7 minutes and strain the water

- Add half a tsp of honey to enhance the taste

 

Honey and lemon juice

 

- Mix 1 tsp of lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon of honey

- To this add 1/2 tsp of grated ginger

- Consume this mixture thrice a day

 

Epsom salt bath

 

- Add 1 cup of Epsom salt in a tub of hot water

- Soak yourself into it to be instantly relieved

- The magnesium sulfate present in Epsom salt helps reduce anxiety

 

Rosemary 

 

- Boil 1 cup of water

- To this add 1-2 tsp of Rosemary

- Strain the water and consume it twice a day

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Bed-wetting in children is the unintentional (involuntary) discharge of urine during the night. 

Causes

A small bladder - The child's bladder may not be developed enough to hold urine produced during the night and a full bladder may not wake the child. This happens when the nerves that control the bladder are slow to mature.

Hormonal imbalance - During childhood, some kids don't produce enough anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) to slow nighttime urine production.

Stressful events - Events like having a new younger sibling, starting a new school, or sleeping away from home may trigger bed-wetting.

Urinary tract infection - A UTI can sometimes cause bed wetting, which persists only until the infection prevails.

Sleep apnea - Sometimes bed-wetting is a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the child's breathing is interrupted during sleep — often due to inflamed or enlarged tonsils or adenoids.

Diabetes - For a child who's usually dry at night, bed-wetting may be the first sign of diabetes. 

Chronic constipation - The same muscles are used to control urine and stool elimination. When constipation is long term, these muscles can become dysfunctional and contribute to bed-wetting at night.

Symptoms

  1. Wetting during the day
  2. Frequency, urgency, or burning on urination
  3. Straining, dribbling, or other unusual symptoms with urination
  4. Cloudy or pinkish urine or blood stains on underpants
  5. Inability to control bowel movements
  6. Constipation
  7. Other signs and symptoms may include snoring, frequent ear and sinus infections, sore throat, or daytime drowsiness.

Home Remedies

 
Olive oil
  • Heat some olive oil and rub it on the lower abdomen of the child.
  • The heating effect of the olive oil will help develop better bladder control
Fennel seeds
  • To a glass of warm milk, add 1 tsp of fennel seed powder
  • Add 1 spoon of sugar to it (Can add 2 if needed)
  • Give this to the child before he/she goes to bed
Cinnamon
 
  • Cinnamon can be rightly called as the wonder bark due to various health benefits.
  • Make the child chew half an inch of cinnamon bark every day. 
  • If not, cinnamon powder mixed with sugar can be sprinkled on his favorite sandwich/toast/muffin 
 
Gooseberries
 
  • Extract the pulp of gooseberries and sprinkle some pepper powder on it.
  • Make the child consume this before going to bed
  • Simply mix some gooseberry powder in a glass of milk and give to your child before going to bed
 
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common cold

The common cold is a minor illness, which happens because of the virus. With more than 200 types of  virus around, the common cold keeps adding to the misery. Due to the common cold, many people are forced to stay back home. It is also quite contagious. On the whole, research shows that Americans have 1 billion colds a year.

 

Symptoms

Common cold symptoms include-

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Nose block
  • Headaches
  • Light fever
  • Body ache
  • Feeling of being unwell
  • Irritability
  • Rashes in some cases

 

Causes 

As mentioned above, common cold is caused because of viruses. One of the most common types around has to be the rhinovirus, which is responsible for about 10% to 40% of colds. Besides this, coronavirus is the major cause of about 20% of cases. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and parainfluenza virus lead to about 10% of colds each. 

 

Home Remedies

 

The common cold is not really serious but it does create havoc. You feel symptoms of being tired and fatigued along with nose block, constant sneezing, etc. Here are some simple remedies for dealing with this-

 

Inhale steam

mustard oil

For this remedy, you can either use a professional steamer or even heat water over a big pot or pan on the gas. Just make sure that the water is boiling hot. You would also need a big towel to cover your face and prevent steam from escaping.

    •    Take a steamer or pan of hot water. Cover head with the towel. Inhale this steam and exhale deeply.

    •    To this steam add a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil. You can also add any other essential oil. These oils sooth the inflated nasal passage and clear mucus.

    •    You can also run a hot shower in the bathroom. Then inhale the steam.

    •    Right after inhaling steam, blow your nose. This will get rid of mucus.

 

Mustard Oil

nasal spray

A common and yet easily available home remedy for common cold is mustard oil.

    •    Heat mustard oil. When bearable temperature apply on nose, neck and back.

    •    Apply this oil on feet and massage. Cover with socks. This improves breathability.

    •    Burn some garlic cloves in mustard oil. Strain and use this oil for massaging.

    •    You can also inhale the steam of the burning mustard oil.

 

Nasal Spray

nasal spray

You can easily buy a salt or saline water nasal spray in the market. You can make it at home using-

    •    Mixing 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt with 1 teaspoon baking soda.

    •    Place this liquid in an airtight container.

    •    Now add one teaspoon of this mixture to 8 ounces of lukewarm boiled or distilled water.

    •    Use a few drops of this water inside the nasal passage

    •    Put head back in an upward tilt. This allows the nasal drop to reach the back of your nasal passage.

 

Vitamin C

orange

Having a lot of vitamin C is recommended as home remedy for common cold.

    •    Eat more of oranges, sweet lime and even grapefruit. 

    •    Take out a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Drink twice a day.

    •    Avoid the packaged ones.

    •    You can also mix honey, lemon juice with warm water. Drink this 2-3 times.

 

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What are bruises?

The area of discoloured skin on the body due to injuries caused by a blow or impact rupturing underlying blood vessels. 

Causes 

  1. In people who exercise rigorously such as athletes and weightlifters the bruises appear commonly. These are caused due to the wear and tear of blood vessels under the skin which is microscopic. 
  2. Sometimes a bleeding disorder could be the main reason for unexplained bruises that occur easily or for no apparent reason may indicate a bleeding disorder. If frequent nosebleeds or bleeding gums are seen, it is the time to see your physician.
  3. Age could be another reason since, with age the skin gets thinner and the underlying blood vessel more fragile.

Symptoms 

  1. A fresh bruise will appear reddish and will turn blue/green/dark purple the next day
  2. It is painful for the first few days and gets normal later with the fading color. It usually lasts for about a week or two.
  3. Bruises may itch as they heal.
  4. The risk of infection is minimal since the skin is not cut and exposed.
  5. Repeated bruising of an area can leave permanent yellowish-brown staining from iron depositing in the skin.

Home Remedies

 

Honey

Honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties that aid in a quicker healing of bruises. It also keeps the area moisturized. ​

  • Take some honey and apply on the bruise.
  • You can also mix 1 spoon of honey with 1 spoon of apple cider vinegar. Wipe the bruise clean.
  • Crush a garlic pod. Mix to 1 spoon of honey. Apply on the bruise and let it stay.

 

Ice/ cold compress

Both ice and cold compress prevent the bruised area from swelling up.

  • Take an ice cub and cover in a muslin cloth. Just clean the area with some disinfectant first. Now apply the ice cube all over the area.
  • You can also chill a towel or wet tissue in the freezer. Now clean the area and compress using the same.
  • Mix some cold water with a few drops of rose water. Clean the wound 2-3 times a day using this mixture.

 

Essential Oils

You can also make a home-made disinfectant at home by mixing essential oils. However, do remember to dilute these oils when using for children.

  • Take 5 drops of calendula oil, 2 drops of fennel oil, 1 drop of cypress oil and 4 spoons of grapeseed oil. Mix together and apply on affected area.
  • Take 8-10 drops of tea tree oil with 10 drops of chamomile and lavender oil each. Dilute and use to clean infected area.

 

Orange

Oranges are used in various forms to heal and treat bruises since they are rich in vitamin C.

  • Take some fresh orange juice and apply on the bruise. Let it dry and then wash off.
  • You can also take dried and powdered peel of oranges. Add a bit of honey or rose water to this. Apply on the bruise.
  • Mix a spoon of orange juice with honey. Apply on the infected area.
  • You can also mix egg white with orange juice and apply to get rid of scars faster
  • Eating oranges is also recommended as a home remedy for bruises.
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