Dangers of using earbuds

What are the effects of using earbuds?

Using earbuds, or Q-tips to clean the ear is an extremely common practice. Despite being told not to use them to clean the ears, people still continue to do so because it hasn’t caused them any harm until now. What people do not realize is that by using earbuds to clean their ears, they tend to push the ear wax deeper into the ear canal.

Ear wax is basically wax with dead skin from the outer ear. It could either be wet or dry, genetically. Ear wax is present in the ear to serve a purpose of protecting the inner ear, i.e. the sensitive part of the ear from any kind of damage. Additionally, it prevents the ear from becoming dry and also prevents dirt and germs from entering the inner ear, saving it from infections and irritation.

Inserting anything from a pin, finger to even a cotton bud or Q-tip in the ear puts one at the risk of developing irritation in the ear as it pushes the ear wax further deep into the ear canal. Most people use ear buds to clean their ears because it is convenient and saves them the effort of going to a specialist. This is a very dangerous practice and can even cause hearing loss because the eardrum is extremely sensitive and can be ruptured even with the slightest pressure from an earbud.

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FAQ’s about allergies

An allergy or an allergic reaction is an abnormally high sensitivity to certain substances. In most cases they are mere botherations, however, in some cases, an allergy can be really confusing due to its variations. There are different kinds of allergies, namely;

  • Food allergy
  • Dust allergy
  • Drug allergy

If you have any kind of allergies, you are bound to have questions about them. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about allergies to help you know more about them.

  1. What is an allergy?

An allergy is the body’s response to a particular substance to which it becomes extremely sensitive. These responses can be as minute as itching, pale skin and can be as fatal as vomiting, diarrhea or worse, death.

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Get the shot for Chickenpox

One of the most common infectious disease in the UAE, Chickenpox is a viral disease, caused by the Varicella virus causing itchy red blisters/spots all over the body. The condition is contagious in nature and can spread from person to person through a cough, saliva, contact with an infected person and sneezing. It causes itchy rashes and spots all over the body in addition to flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox is an extremely common disease that most people are aware of, this is also a reason why there are many myths and misconceptions about it.

  • Despite its commonality, one of the most common myths about chicken pox is that once an individual contracts chicken pox, they become immune to the condition.

This is true in most cases and most often people who have had the disease once, do not contract it again. This is because when an individual contracts chickenpox, the body develops antibodies called immunoglobulins that fight off the chickenpox virus later in life. In some cases, however, individuals do not produce antibodies to such a protective level and may contract the disease again.

  • Another frequently misunderstood thought is that chicken pox is a condition that is harmless when caused in childhood. Moreover, it is also considered that children should be exposed to chicken pox in early childhood in order to avoid complications during adulthood.

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Asthma: Myths and Facts

Asthma is a chronic lung condition in which the airways are inflamed, causing an inability to breathe normally. It is a condition which can be easily misunderstood, despite the extensiveness of the condition.

This is probably due to the very common symptoms such as cough, sneezing, wheezing, etc. These symptoms can apply to any disease or none at all hence making it easily disregarded and commonly misunderstood. The WHO states that 235 million people worldwide suffer from Asthma and as per recent statistics 1 in 6 people in the UAE suffer from the condition. Despite its wide prevalence, there a number of myths that surround the condition, a few of them being;

Myth: People with Asthma should avoid engaging in physical activities.

The goal for any person with or without Asthma is to lead a normal, healthy life – including regular exercise.

The ultimate goal of treating any health condition is ensuring that one leads a healthy and normal life. If your asthma is well managed with medications and kept under control there is no harm in exercising or engaging in sports. However, it is vital to control a person’s asthma and make sure they follow the instructions set by their doctor to take medications. Consult with a specialist to know what works for you as they will be able to advise you on the best possible practice.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia

What is trigeminal neuralgia? 

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a neurological condition that causes sudden and severe pain in parts of the face. Sensations from the face are carried by the trigeminal nerve to the brain.

                                                                                      

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