Battling The Weather Change And Flu

While the UAE residents are still battling slight chills, we are soon setting into the onset of summers. The change in weather conditions has brought a bout of illness, with many residents still complaining of common cold symptoms like a cough, joint pains, fever, runny nose, and sore throat.

This is definitely not anything out of the ordinary and will continue to persist until mid-March when the weather is expected to change completely. One of the commonly asked questions now is ‘why do people fall sick even though the weather is changing from cold to hot?’ The reason for this is that the sudden fluctuations in temperature cannot be tolerated by the body and this hot cold exposure is causing a disturbance. Transitional changes causing variations in the weather is the most vulnerable time since the weather aids spread of infections. Not to deny how people in UAE are always traveling and bringing in and out a lot of newly emerging infections and the problem of antibiotic resistance associated with it.

This season witnessed a great increase in the number of people visiting Doctors complaining of flu, respiratory infections, asthma and allergic exacerbations and even influenza cases. Despite a serious increase in patients, this is rather normal and expected, as significant changes in the weather do leave people prone to various infections.

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Understanding Vitamin Supplements

What are some common myths and misunderstandings when it comes to taking vitamins? Alternately, what are some things we must definitely keep in mind?

The most common misconception when it comes to vitamins is that they boost your metabolism. People believe they get additional nutrition or power upon intake of vitamin supplements. Various products may claim different things, however, they do not guarantee better immunity or health. Vitamins and supplements are only good when consumed as prescribed by a specialist in the specified amounts. It is necessary to buy vitamins upon consultation with a specialist and basis their recommendation. Do not go by the marketing gimmicks and reviews of a product and consume it, if not required. Vitamins are required for metabolism, but only in appropriate quantities. An overdose of vitamins can cause hypervitaminosis and lack of it can cause a deficiency.

There are various ways in which we can get additional vitamins – pill form, drink form, as patches, as IV drips. Which is most effective, according to you (other than directly through healthy food).

Apart from vitamins absorbed by the body directly through the food that we consume, the recommended and widely used means of vitamin intake is through pills. Since there is a vitamin deficiency in the body, any intake of vitamin will be absorbed, however, pills are better absorbed. IV patches are not a very convenient mode of vitamin intake for patients. Moreover, patches are still being studied hence the medicine absorption is highly questionable.

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What is Botox?

Botox is a purified protein derived from the process of bacterial fermentation. It has been used in cosmetic dermatology for the last 40 years. It is extremely safe and effective for facial enhancement especially of the upper face. Many people have the misconception that botox is a toxin and hence, harmful to the body. However, Botox has been used in many medical conditions like muscle spasticity, strabismus, migraine at much higher doses and has been found to be extremely safe. The product has been used in the market for the last 40 years in the form of millions of injections, and it has a high satisfaction rate

Indications

In today’s hectic lifestyle with added stress and pollution, wrinkles start appearing on the face at a very early age. On the upper face, these take the shape of Forehead lines, Frown lines and Crows Feet. The horizontal lines on the forehead are called worry lines which give a very tired and anxious look to the face. Frown lines appear between the eyebrows and give an angry look, while crows feet appear on the side of the eyes and give an aged look. All these three conditions can be treated effectively by the use of Botox. The procedure is tailored to suit the requirement of the individual patients.

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Parent’s guide to oral hygiene in children

Oral hygiene in children is as important as their overall health. Teaching children dental hygiene at a very young age is an investment that will reap great benefits in the future. In order to do that, ensure that you as parents set a good example and follow good oral hygiene yourselves. Moreover, there is no need to wait until your child develops all teeth and grows older in order to ensure good oral hygiene. Your baby’s tooth can get decayed as early as they appear, if not taken good care of.

Healthy oral practices are best instilled when your child is young. As challenging as it may be to teach your child to maintain healthy oral habits, try and make learning fun and engaging. A few tips to encourage dental hygiene in kids are;

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Your baby’s first visit to the dentist

“When should I take my baby to the dentist?” is often one of the most common questions asked by parents. Most parents are often surprised when told that it is recommended to take their child to visit a dentist by the time their first tooth appears. As parents, it is important to understand that babies can develop cavities on their tooth as early as when they develop their first tooth.

As per the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first visit to the dentist should be by his/her first birthday. The first dental visit is more for the parents than the child, as parents are then made aware that good dental hygiene is not limited to prevention of cavities. It is during this visit that parents learn about various oral health practices crucial to ensure their child’s dental hygiene. Parents are made aware that;

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