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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Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

  1. What is diabetic nephrology and other complications?

Diabetic Nephropathy is a complication that occurs in diabetic patients which leads to permanent damage of blood vessels and cells of the kidney. This can occur for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes mellitus. Upto 40 % of diabetic individuals can develop diabetic nephropathy. Diabetic nephropathy progress in stages 1 to 5. When the individual reaches stage 5 then he has to undergo renal replacement therapy (Dialysis or transplantation). The usual complications that occur with nephropathy include swelling in the feet, eyes and face. Persistent itching over the body, disturbed sleep, reduced urine volume, lack of appetite with vomiting suggest retention of toxic chemicals in the body due to kidney damage.  (more…)

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Blood Donation

Tattoos and Blood Donation

Can people with tattoos donate blood?

Yes, people who have undergone body art procedures (tattoos) or have body piercings can surely donate blood but only after a specific period of time and once you meet certain established regulations. As per the World Health Organization guidelines, one is eligible to donate blood only after a year of getting a tattoo. Blood donation regulations for individuals with tattoos differ across different geographic locations. In the UAE, one will have to wait for 12 months to donate blood after being tattooed. The donated blood always undergoes further testing in order to rule out possibilities of any blood borne illness or infections.

Why people with tattoos less than a year old are not permitted to donate blood?

Healthcare facilities deny blood donation to those whose tattoos are less than a year old in order to make sure that the tattoo has had enough time to heal. Although getting a tattoo is not legally fined or punishable in the UAE, it is still not widely accepted because it is considered self-harm religiously. It is important to get a tattoo from a legally authorized place since because otherwise it can put you at the risk of contracting illness. The tools, needles that the parlor uses may not be sterilized and can cause various skin diseases and severe blood borne diseases like, Hepatitis and even HIV.

A waiting period will allow the tattoo to heal completely as any reactions would occur within the first 6 months. The blood you donate is used to treat chronically ill patients and requires to be well tested and free of infections. (more…)

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