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Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test At Home In Singapore

Do you need a PCR test before your travel? Do you prefer to do it at home due to the COVID-19 spread in Singapore?

MaNaDr, a Telemedicine application, can help you conduct the Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test in order to meet the requirements of your transiting airport or travel destination right in the comfort of your home.

Get a PDT test at the convenience of your own house
Get a PDT test at the convenience of your own house.

What is the Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test?

The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, this COVID-19 test, also known as a molecular test, detects the virus’s genetic material using a laboratory technique known as polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A fluid sample is obtained by inserting a long nasal swab (nasopharyngeal swab) into your nostril and removing fluid from the back of your nose.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries and regions require you to take a COVID-19 Pre-Departure Test (PDT) and present a valid negative result before you are allowed to transit or enter. Countries, regions that require a PDT usually only accept a PCR test and the test must be performed in a recognized, or accredited clinic, medical facility, or laboratory.

Advantages of Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Swab Test at home

Time-saving & Convenient

There is no need to call clinics or hospitals and book an appointment for a PCR test in the middle of the day when its staff or you are both busy.

All you need to do is to book in with your preferred date and time, and our team will come to you to perform the test.

Stop the spread of infection

Using an at-home Pre-Departure PCR swab test from MaNaDr can help reduce the spread of infection, especially Coronavirus. You can stay at home, avoid crowded waiting rooms, and keep your germs to yourself.

Authorized by MOH

Our home swab test service is approved by the Singapore Ministry Of Health.

HAS-approved laboratories

How can MaNaDr help you?

We only deploy qualified swabbers

All swab services are administered by our team of certified swabbers. On top of that, our team of swabbers is also specially trained by our qualified doctors

We’ll take care of everything for you

Our swabbers will come to your house with the necessary personal protective equipment and PCR test kits.

All you have to do is sit back and wait to be tested.

Deliver result within 24hours

We will notify you of the results of your COVID-19 test within 24 hours and send you the results memo via your email address. You are advised to print this for easy reference while traveling.

The PCR COVID-19 Swab Test at home process

Step 1

Go to MaNashop, search ‘PDT Home Swab’ and purchase the swab package.

Step 2

Wait for our response. We will respond to you as soon as possible. Our customer support office will contact you for more information.

Step 3

Swabber will arrange a time to visit your house. The swab will be conducted at your house with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission. Each swab test will take approximately 15-30 minutes.

Step 4

You will receive the result of your swab test on your mobile phone within 24 hours.

What you should know

  • Your PCR swab test should be performed 48 to 72 hours before your flight, depending on the requirements of your destination country.
  • According to MOH COVID -19 guidelines, the minimum age for a swab test is 13 years old.
  • Do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes before swabbing.
  • Check to see if you or your loved ones are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, coughing, breathing difficulties, or fatigue.
  • During the swab, only a maximum of four people may be present.
  • Swabbing should be done in a well-ventilated area.
  • At all times, keep a safe distance of one meter.
  • While the results are being processed, practice self-quarantine at home.
a PDT COVID-19 PCR Swab Test done in the comfort of your home
Have peace of mind with a PDT COVID-19 PCR Swab Test done in the comfort of your home or anywhere in Singapore.

Top questions about Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Test at home

How long will the PCR swab tests take?

The swab test will take 15 minutes. Please keep in mind that our staff will spend 5 minutes verifying some of your personal information, such as your name and ID/passport number, before performing the swab test at your home.

Where do I find the testing requirements for my destination?

The timeframe for taking the test varies and depends on the country’s entry requirements. You can learn more about the testing requirements for each country by visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.

What do I need to prepare for the day of my test?

On the day of your test, please have ready:

  • Identity card and passport
  • Flight details

You are advised to reduce contact with other individuals before the swab test results are released.

What is the cost of Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Test at home?

It costs $168 Nett per pax.

There will be no consultation fees or additional charges for this service unless a doctor’s consultation is required for other acute conditions or a medication prescription is issued.

What happens after the COVID-19 PCR swab test

It takes 15 minutes to complete the COVID-19 PCR Swab Test. To reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19 before the swab test results are available, you should limit your contact with other people.

A results memo will be emailed to you within 24 hours, and you are advised to print this for reference during your travel.

What happens if my COVID-19 PCR test result is positive?

If the COVID-19 PCR Swab Test result is positive, we will be unable to issue a memo for your travel.

Immediate action:

  • You should immediately self-isolate from other household members in a separate room, preferably with an attached bathroom. Do not interact with anyone.
  • Do not leave your house. There is no need to go to the hospital or call 995.
  • Stay calm and monitor your health.
  • Please visit the website https://www.covid.gov.sg/ to find out what you should do next.

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Tips To Lower Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

High blood sugar levels occur when your body doesn’t make enough or effectively use insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood glucose. High blood sugar is associated with diabetes.

Let us help to lower blood sugar levels naturally and effectively with few useful tips

Exercise regularly

Exercise helps to lower blood sugar levels
Regular exercise helps your muscles use glucose for energy and muscle contraction, which will lower your blood sugar levels

Regular exercise doesn’t just help you keep your weight in check, it also increases insulin sensitivity. It also helps your muscles use glucose for energy and muscle contraction, which will lower your overall levels.

Drink water and stay hydrated

Drinking water regularly helps rehydrate the blood, lower blood sugar levels, and could reduce diabetes risk

Keep in mind that water and other non-caloric beverages are best. Sugar-sweetened drinks raise blood glucose, drive weight gain, and increase diabetes risk

Keep an eye on your carb intake

Eating too many carbohydrates can cause blood sugar levels to go up.

Portion control is the best way to monitor your carb intake and therefore reduce blood sugar levels.

There are several ways you can help yourself control portion sizes and stop yourself from overeating: Using smaller plates, checking food labels for serving sizes, and keeping a food journal are all effective ways of reducing portion sizes. Eating slowly is also an established way to reduce the amount you eat.

Fill up on fiber

Fiber is another nutrient you’ll want to keep an eye on for blood sugar management, but in this case, the more the better! It can help stabilize your blood sugars. It also plays a role in weight management and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease

Vegetables, fruits are high in fiber can help stabilize your blood sugars.
Vegetables, fruits that are high in fiber can help stabilize your blood sugars.

Foods that are high in fiber include:

The recommended daily intake of fiber is about 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. That’s about 14 grams for every 1,000 calories

Get a handle on stress

Stress can affect your blood sugar levels. When you’re stressed, insulin levels fall, certain hormones rise, and more glucose is released from the liver. Exercises and relaxation methods like yoga and mindfulness-based stress reduction may also help correct insulin secretion problems in chronic diabetes

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Reference: CDC US, Center for disease control and prevention, Diabetes Basics

Healthline, 15 Easy Ways to Lower Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

Everyday Health, 10 Tips to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally

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5 Reasons You MUST Moisturize Your Skin

Our skin is the body’s largest organ and requires regular attention to stay young, blemish-free and healthy. Daily moisturizing is vital for healthy skin, yet some think of it as an aesthetically-inclined habit. Here is the reason why MaNaDr thinks you must moisturize your skin. 

Moisturizing helps your skin stay young

The most sensitive areas of your skin – the face, ears, neck, and chest – replace themselves more often than any other area on your skin. This daily loss of skin cells leaves these areas vulnerable to dryness and the elements – in fact, they are the highest-risk areas for skin cancer. Moisturizing can help give your sensitive skin the boost it needs to repair itself and stay healthy.

Moisturizing can reduce the appearance of other blemishes

Freshly moisturized skin has a healthy sheen, which can even out any existing blemishes. Some moisturizers have some tint or self-tanner that can work with any skin tone.

Moisturizing reduces the chances of skin problems

Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin can help maintain its balance. When skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems like acne start to pop up. According to dermatologist Dr. Ted Lain, if your skin tends to be oily, you should look for lotions instead of creams, and try to find a moisturizer with exfoliant ingredients. If your skin tends to be dry, look for a cream – they tend to have a higher oil content.

Moisturizing fights wrinkles. 

That plump, firm feeling in your face after moisturizing isn’t an illusion. According to the British Journal of Dermatology, people with properly moisturized skin accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.

It’s the perfect end to a hot shower.

A hot shower feels great and invigorating, but it strips the moisture right out of your skin. Taking just a minute to put on some moisturizer will make sure your skin isn’t only clean, but protected from the stresses of the day and feeling great.

Make sure you’re choosing a moisturizer that works for your skin. Here are some of Manadr’s recommendations:

Yasai Facial Spa cream- natural Spa treatment at home
C E Ferulic 30ML + Skin Ceuticals H.A Intensifier + Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5
MaNaSkin Daily Moisturising Cream

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Common Fertility Myths You Should Know

There are a lot of myths related to getting pregnant, and even well-meaning friends and fellow moms can perpetuate misconceptions

Here are some common infertility myths and what you really need to know.

Myth 1: Infertility is almost always a woman’s problem.

Fact: When there’s an identifiable cause of infertility, about half the time men contribute to the problem, according to Resolve, a national infertility organization. Resolve explains that a male factor is responsible in about 35 percent of infertile couples, and male and female factors together contribute to the problem in another 20 percent.

Asian man shouting at his Wife. He thinks that infertility is her problems
Infertility is not always a woman’s problem.

Myth 2: Women don’t start to lose their fertility until their late 30s or early 40s.

Fact: According to a report in the journal Human Reproduction, a woman’s fertility starts to decline at age 27, although this isn’t clinically significant. Most women of this age can still get pregnant, of course, but it might take a few more months of trying. But by the time a woman reaches 35, her chances of getting pregnant during any particular attempt are about half of what they were between the ages of 19 and 26.

Myth 3: Just Relax and You’ll Get Pregnant Right Away.

Fact:  Infertility has to do with your reproductive system, not your nervous system so relaxation alone won’t help anyone become a parent.

Infertile couples should schedule a doctor’s appointment. One or both partners may have a correctable medical condition that stands in the way of conception.

Sad parent complaining holding a pregnancy test
Infertility has to do with your reproductive system, so relaxation alone won’t help anyone become a parent.

Myth 4: A man’s fertility doesn’t change with age.

Fact: While some men can father children into their 80s or 90s, male fertility isn’t age-proof. As reported in Human Reproduction, a man’s fertility usually begins to dip after about age 35. The decline is generally slow and gradual, but it can speed up dramatically if a man develops a condition that hampers sperm production (such as an infection in the genital tract).

Myth 5: People who have been pregnant before won’t face fertility issues

Fertility issues don’t just impact first-timers. Even if a couple already has a child or children, they can experience difficulty in getting pregnant later. This is called secondary infertility.

 

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Reference: HealthDay, Top Infertility Myths

Healthline,  7 Popular Infertility Myths, Debunked by Experts

Myths About Your Eyes and Vision

Your eyesight is one of your most critical senses: we perceive 80 percent of what we see with our eyes. By preserving your eyes, you can lower your chances of becoming blind or losing your eyesight, as well as stay on top of any growing eye illnesses like cataracts and glaucoma. Here are some myths about eyes and vision that can help you know more about them.

1. Carrots help to improve your vision

Fact: A healthy diet is essential in maintaining good vision. One of the first food items that probably comes to mind when you think about improving your vision is carrots. The fact is that Carrots are high in vitamin A and eating carrots will provide you with a small amount of vitamin A needed for good vision. However, some studies suggest that eating too many carrots won’t help your eyesight. When you have enough beta-carotene in your body, it will not be converted into Vitamin A. The body naturally responds against excessive production of Vitamin A to prevent the toxic levels buildup of the substance.

2. Reading in the dark will damage your eyesight

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Fact: According to Optometrist, while reading in the dark might strain your eyes and give you a headache, It will not weaken your eyesight.
Most people can experience some decline in their vision as they age. Research shows that it is family history above all else that determines to what extent your vision will weaken. Some eye conditions are hereditary that includes:

  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Optic atrophy

Therefore, It’s important for you to learn eye conditions that your parents or grandparents had can help you take precautions.

3. Children With Crossed Eyes Can Be Treated

Fact: While children cannot outgrow strabismus (the medical term for crossed eyes) on their own, it can be repaired more readily at a younger age with the right help and can help prevent “lazy eye” (amblyopia). That is why it is critical to have your child’s eyes examined at a young age, first as an infant and then again by the age of two.

4. It Is Harmful to Your Eyes to Look Directly at the Sun.

Fact: Staring at the sun can not only give you a headache and distort your vision temporarily, but it can also harm your retina (the back of your eye) permanently. Any amount of time spent in the sun increases the cumulative effects of UV radiation on your eyes. Macular degeneration, solar retinitis, cataracts, pterygia, and corneal dystrophies have all been linked to UV exposure. Midday and during a solar eclipse are the most harmful times to look at the sun. The sun’s brightness is obscured, but the harmful invisible rays that permanently damage your eyes are not.

5. Artificial sweeteners cause your eyes to become more sensitive to light.

Fact: Artificial sweeteners, such as cyclamates, might make your eyes more sensitive to light. Other conditions can also cause your eyes to become more sensitive to light. Antibiotics, oral contraceptives, blood pressure meds, diuretics, and diabetic treatments are among them.

6. Sitting too close to the television can cause vision problems

Fiction: Sitting too near to the television can give you a headache, but it won’t hurt your eyesight. This may be done by children, especially those who are nearsighted, in order to see the TV more clearly. It’s possible that they’ll need glasses.

7. There Isn’t Anything You Can Do to Avoid Vision Loss

Fiction: You should consult your doctor as soon as you notice symptoms such as impaired vision, eye pain, flashes of light, or the abrupt appearance of floaters in your vision. There are treatments that can rectify, stop, or at least slowdown vision loss if identified early enough, depending on the reason.

8. Using a Nightlight in Your Child’s Room Will Contribute to Nearsightedness

Fiction: It has been suggested that using a nightlight in your child’s room can cause nearsightedness, however, there isn’t enough evidence to back this up. When your baby is awake, keeping a nightlight on in their room may really help them learn to focus and develop key eye coordination abilities.

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How To Improve Eyesight: Healthy Vision Tips

It’s easy to take your eyesight for granted – until something happens to threaten it. This throws vision’s importance into sharp relief. Learn how to improve eyesight today.

How to improve your eyesight

1. Eat well

Good eyesight starts with the foods you eat. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems as macular degeneration and cataracts can prevent macular degeneration.

How to improve your eyesight
Balanced nutrition can help improve your eyesight
  • Carrots, red peppers, broccoli, spinach, strawberries, sweet potato, citrus;
  • Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish;
  • Eggs, nuts, beans, and other nonmeat protein sources;
  • Oysters and pork.

2. Wear the protective glasses

UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration. The right glasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

It’s important that you protect your eyes with appropriate eyewear when you’re going outside, working in your garden, or doing a science experiment in school. Eyewear can reduce the risk of chemicals, dust, sharp objects entering your eyes.

How to improve eyesight

Learn how to clean your glasses and how to store them when you’re not wearing them.

3. Don’t stare at a computer or phone screen

Looking at your phone or computer screen for too long can cause

  • Eyestrain
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble focusing at a distance
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain

You can apply the 20-20-20 rule to improve your eyesight. That means every 20 minutes, you should stop staring at your computer and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

 

4. Quit smoking now

Smoking has a bad influence on your lungs and your heart, not to mention your hair, skin, teeth, and about every other body part. And, Eyes is not an exemption.

Smoking raises the risk of getting cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration

However, the good news is that your eyes, lungs, heart, and other body parts can start to recover from years of tobacco-induced harm within the first hours of quitting.

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And the longer you can avoid cigarettes, the more your blood vessels will benefit and inflammation will ease off throughout your eyes and the rest of you.

5. Be aware of your family’s eye health history

Some eye conditions are hereditary that includes:

  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Optic atrophy

Therefore, It’s important for you to learn eye conditions that your parents or grandparents had can help you take precautions.

6. Keep the germs away

It’s also super important to wash your hands and disinfect your contact lenses. Remember to wash your hands before putting them close to your eyes, especially if you’re putting in or taking out contact lenses.

You should also replace your contact lenses as advised by the manufacturer or your doctor. Germs in your contact lenses can lead to bacterial infections of the eyes.

7. Have your eyes checked regularly

Eye exams can also find diseases, like glaucoma, that have no symptoms.

More than 50 per cent of sight loss is preventable, so getting your eyes tested can help prevent, or limit, the damage caused by certain eye conditions.

Regular eye examinations are important because:

  • Good eyesight can enhance the quality of day-to-day life
  • they will help detect certain eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, which could lead to sight loss
  • poor vision could be a risk for falls

A comprehensive eye exam might include:

  • Talking about your personal and family medical history
  • Lifestyle and Vision Environment Assessment
  • Eye Refraction (For eyeglasses prescription)
  • Contact Lens Fitting & Aftercare (For contact lenses prescription)
  • Retinal Screening (Recommended for ages 40 and above)
  • Glaucoma Screening (Recommended for ages 40 and above)

You can get your eyes-check at home with MaNaDr and Vision Direct Club

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Home-Based Eye Screening (Source: Vision Direct Club)

You might also need other tests.

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How to book a clinic visit

How to book a clinic visit

Step 1: Open the MaNaDr For Patient app and go to the homepage.

Step 2: Here at the Homepage, you can click on the “Clinic” button to book a clinic visit with our doctor

Step 3: At the right bottom corner, press the “ + New Clinic visit” button to request a new clinic visit

Step 4: Select a clinic you want to visit:

If this is the first time you book a clinic visit on MaNaDr, click “Find a Provider”

If you have booked before, you can tap on the button “ Find a Provider” or choose from our trusted doctors that we recommend below

If you want to find your own doctor, search for his name and select if you want to visit him

When you finish choosing your own doctor, you will see the booking with him

Choose the clinic which is near you or you want to visit, select type of visit and set date & time for your booking

Step 5: Then you need to fill in Clinic Visit Details: Reason for Consult and Payment Method

Step 6: Read Terms & Conditions and Emergency Disclaimer carefully and confirm your booking

Step 7: Add to your calendar to make sure that you will never miss it then you can finish your booking

Breastfeeding and Antibiotics: What Every Mother Should Know

You may be concerned about the safety of an antibiotic if you’ve been prescribed one while breastfeeding. Will the medication can be transmitted through breast milk? Is it safe for your baby?

Continue reading to find out the answers to your questions.

What are antibiotics?

Antibiotics are medications that aid in the treatment of bacterial infections. They do this by either killing the bacteria or preventing them from replicating or reproducing.

Because they do not kill viruses, they should be used only if you have a confirmed bacterial infection.

When you’re sick, it’s best to let your body fight the infection on its own so that your immunity can build. This, however, is not always possible. If your infection isn’t improving, talk to your doctor about antibiotics.

Is it safe for a breastfeeding mom to take antibiotics?

Antibiotics are generally safe for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

The Academy of American Pediatrics (AAP) explains that “Antibiotics are one of the most common medications mothers are prescribed, and all pass to some degree into milk. In general, if the antibiotic would be administered directly to a premature infant or a neonate, then it is safe for the mother to take during breastfeeding.”

Also, according to Mayo Clinic, almost any drug that is present in your blood will transfer to some extent into your breast milk. Most medications work at low concentrations and ‘pose no real risk to most infants’

However, there are certain antibiotics, just a few, that can cause problems because they can be transmitted through breast milk and affect the baby’s bone growth, tooth development, and may worsen jaundice. As a result, any medication you use, including antibiotics, should be discussed with your child’s pediatrician. They can assist you in selecting an antibiotic that is safe for both you and your breastfeeding baby.

What should every breastfeeding mother be aware of when taking antibiotics?

Antibiotics work by killing bacteria in your body, both harmful bacteria and “good” bacteria that keep you healthy. As a result, antibiotics can create a number of uncomfortable situations for both of you and your babies.

Poop might change

If you have to take antibiotics while breastfeeding your baby, you may notice that he or she has runny poop. The poop’s color may also change to green. This, however, does not require treatment and resolves itself as soon as you stop taking antibiotics.

Temperament may change

When you take antibiotics while nursing, your baby may become a bit more unsettled and exhibit colic-like symptoms. You do not need to stop breastfeeding or cease the antibiotic course.

Stomach may be upset

Antibiotics may alter the density of natural bacterial flora in the small intestine, resulting in diarrhea. Keep in mind, however, that this is usually brief and non-harmful. It’s also important to remember that breastmilk can help heal your baby’s gut and re-establish a healthy balance of gut bacteria, so it’s important to keep breastfeeding.

Development of thrush is possible

Thrush can affect both you and your baby. Thrush is a fungal infection caused by the yeast Candida albicans. The treatment for this condition includes antifungal medications for both mom and baby. When taking an antibiotic, you can also take a probiotic to keep your gut bacteria happy and balanced.

How can you protect your baby from the risks of antibiotics?

Certain precautions can be taken to protect your baby from the side effects of antibiotics while nursing:

  • When possible, use antibiotic ointments and creams instead of oral medications. This will prevent the drugs from passing into the breastmilk.
  • Take antibiotics that are suitable for infants. You should talk to your doctor about it.
  • You can take the antibiotic immediately after breastfeeding to allow for a longer period of time between consumption and the next feeding session.

What you should discuss with your doctor?

When you are prescribed antibiotics by your doctor, you should discuss the following topics with him or her:

  • Inform your doctor that you are breastfeeding.
  • If you are taking any other medications, inform your doctor because when certain antibiotics are combined with other medications, they can create compounds that are harmful to the baby.
  • It is critical to tell your doctor about your baby’s health and age.
  • If there are any alternatives to antibiotics for your condition, discuss them with your doctor. Your doctor may advise you to use antibiotic ointments and creams instead of oral medication.
  • Ask your doctor about any side effects your child may experience if you take it so you can be prepared if this occurs.

What if your baby has a reaction?

When you’re taking medication, including antibiotics, keep an eye on your baby for changes in eating or sleeping habits, fussiness, or a rash. If you notice any changes, notify your doctor right away.

Never, ever self-medicate, not even for the most minor medical condition. Before taking any antibiotics while nursing, consult your doctor to ensure that the drug is safe for the baby.

Where can you find more information on medications and breastfeeding?

Another resource for you to consult is contacting a doctor online on MaNaDr app.

MaNaDr  is best known as the healthcare ecosystem, which provides:

  • A trusted healthcare platform for each patient for life; and
  • A revolutionary healthcare business platform for doctors, practice and providers, etc.

Using MaNaDr, you can also consult a doctor online or make an online appointment booking for your clinic visit if you need any help or have any concerns about antibiotics consuming

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Reference: Healthline, Verrywellfamily, CDC

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Food Allergy: What You Need to Know

Food allergy is relatively common throughout the world. They are most common during childhood, and many children outgrow them before reaching adulthood.

Although allergic reactions are frequently mild, they can be fatal. Let learn more about this condition by reading our article.

What is Food Allergy?

Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs shortly after consuming a specific food. The severity of food allergies ranges from mild symptoms like hives and lip swelling to severe, life-threatening symptoms like anaphylaxis.

Most food allergies develop in childhood and, in most cases, children outgrow them, though this is not always the case. Adults can develop food allergies, but this is uncommon.

Symptoms

Food allergy symptoms usually appear within a few minutes to two hours of eating the offending food. Symptoms may be delayed for several hours in rare cases.

Food allergies can affect multiple parts of the body at the same time. The following are the most common food allergy signs and symptoms:

  • Itching or tingling in the mouth.
  • Itching and hives.
  • Lip, face, tongue, throat, other parts of the body swelling.
  • Wheezing, nasal congestion, or breathing difficulties.
  • Pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or fainting.
Although allergic reactions are frequently mild, they can be fatal.

Common Foods that Cause Allergy

Food allergy occurs when the immune system incorrectly treats proteins in food as a threat.

Almost any food can cause an allergic reaction, but certain foods are responsible for the majority of food allergies.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 8 foods as major food allergens:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soybean

They are accounted for 90 percent of food allergies and serious allergic reactions in the U.S.

Photo: FDA

Food Allergy Vs Food Intolerance

Many people who believe they have a food allergy actually have a food intolerance because the signs and symptoms are similar in some cases. However, it is not the same.

Unlike allergies, which are only caused by proteins, food intolerance can be caused by proteins, chemicals, or carbohydrates in foods. It may also be caused by a lack of enzymes or compromised intestinal permeability.

They were most likely suffering from other unpleasant symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, or bloating.

Read more about Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance here.

Is there a cure for Food Allergy?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for food allergies as well as there are no medications that can prevent reactions.

The only sure way to avoid an allergic reaction is to avoid known food allergens in your diet.

Treatments

The simplest and most effective way to avoid a reaction is to avoid problematic foods.

Avoid making drastic dietary changes, such as eliminating dairy products, without first consulting your doctor.

Medication for emergencies

The following medications are helpful in the event of an allergic reaction:

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are medicines often used to relieve the symptoms of a mild or moderate allergic reaction.

They also come in several different forms – including tablets, capsules, liquids, syrups, creams, lotions, gels, eye drops, and nasal sprays.

Epinephrine (adrenaline)

Adrenaline is an effective treatment for more severe allergic symptoms, such as anaphylaxis.

People who have had severe allergic reactions should always carry an epinephrine auto-injector, such as an EpiPen, EpiPen Jr., Twinject, or Auvi-Q.

When need to see a doctor

If you think you or your child may have a food allergy, it is critical that you seek a professional diagnosis from your doctor. If necessary, they will refer you to an allergy clinic.

Many parents mistakenly believe their child has a food allergy when their symptoms are caused by something entirely different.

If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Airway constriction makes breathing difficult.
  • Shock accompanied by a significant drop in blood pressure.
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness.

About MaNaDr

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  • A trusted healthcare platform for each patient for life; and
  • A revolutionary healthcare business platform for doctors, practice and providers, etc.

Using MaNaDr, you can also consult a doctor online or make an online appointment booking for your clinic visit if you are showing any symptoms or having any concerns about food allergy.

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Reference: FDA, NHS, Medical News Today.

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How to book an online consult with doctors

How to book a consultation with online doctors

Step 1 Open the MaNaDr For Patient app and go to the homepage.

Step 2 Here at the Homepage, you can click on the “Teleconsult” button to book a consultation

Step 3 At the right bottom corner, press the “ + New Consult” button to request a new consult

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If you had consultations with us before, you can

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  • You can click on the button “ Find a Provider” to find your doctor by his name, clinics, ..etc;

  • We also list all your trusted doctors in this view, and you can choose one of the doctors to request a teleconsult.

 

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What conditions can be treated by a doctor online

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Hepatitis B: Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

Hepatitis B is a very common disease throughout the world. It is a viral infection that attacks the liver, causing both acute and chronic diseases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that in 2019, 296 million people had chronic hepatitis B infection, with 1.5 million new infections each year. Let’s find out more about this disease.

hepatitis B
In 2019, hepatitis B resulted in an estimated 820,000 deaths.

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV is one of five types of viral hepatitis, the others are hepatitis A, C, D, and E.

This condition is a significant global health issue. It can lead to chronic infection and increase the risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Symptoms

When first infected, the majority of people do not exhibit any symptoms. They typically appear one to six months after contracting the virus.

If you do have symptoms, they could be as follows:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Fever with dark urine
  • Joint pain
  • Appetite loss
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Weakness and exhaustion
  • Your skin and the whites of your eyes are turning yellow.

Acute hepatitis can cause acute liver failure, which can lead to death. Long-term complications of HBV infections include advanced liver diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, which have a high morbidity and mortality rate.

Causes and Trasmission  

Hepatitis B infection is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The virus spreads from person to person via blood, sperm, or other bodily fluids. Even if you are not sick, you can spread the HBV virus.

Although the virus is found in saliva, it is not transmitted through:

  • Sharing eating utensils
  • Kissing
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Breastfeeding
  • Food and water
  • Insect bites

Possible methods of transmission include:

  • Direct contact with infected blood
  • Transmission from mother to baby during birth
  • Spread by needlestick injury, tattooing, piercing, and exposure to infected blood and body fluids
  • Oral, vaginal, and anal sex
  • Using a razor or other personal item contaminated with infected fluid.

HBV virus can live outside the body for at least seven days. During this time, the virus can still cause infection if it enters the body of someone who has not been immunized.

 Is Hepatitis B curable?

There is no cure for hepatitis B, but with proper management, those infected with the virus can expect to live a normal life if it is detected early.

If chronic HBV starts causing permanent liver damage, a liver transplant may improve long-term survival.

Who is more prone to Hepatitis B?

Although anyone can get hepatitis B, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the following people are at a higher risk:

  • Infected infants born to infected mothers.
  • Individuals who inject drugs or share needles, syringes, and other drug-related equipment.
  • Sexual partners of people infected with hepatitis B.
  • Males who have sex with males.
  • Workers in health care and public safety who are exposed to blood on the job.
  • Patients undergoing hemodialysis.

Tips to prevent Hepatitis B

Get vaccination

One of the most effective ways to prevent hepatitis B is to use the vaccine. It is usually divided into three doses over the course of six months.

Vaccines are safe, available, and effective to prevent hepatitis B.

The CDC recommends that the following groups should get vaccinated:

  • Infants should receive their first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine at birth, and the series should be completed by 6–18 months of age.
  • Children and adolescents under the age of 19 who have not yet received the vaccine should be immunized.

And the adults listed below should get vaccinated

  • Whose sex partners have HBV virus.
  • Persons who are sexually active but are not in a long term
  • Men who have sexual contact with other men
  • Those living with someone infected with the HBV virus
  • Health care and public safety workers at risk for exposure to blood or body fluids
  • People with chronic liver disease, kidney disease on dialysis, HIV infection, infection with hepatitis C, or diabetes.

Get HbsAb test

If you already have got the vaccine, it’s also critical to have your HBsAb tested at least once a year because the amount of antibodies gradually decreases over time. This test determines the presence and quantity of HBV antibodies in your blood to determine your level of immunity to the virus.

The test should not be confused with the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) or hepatitis B core antibody (HBcAb) tests, which are used to determine if you have HBV infection.

Healthy lifestyles

Aside from vaccination, there are a few other easy ways to help stop the spread of HBV virus:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after any potential exposure to blood
  • Use condoms with sexual partners
  • Do not share personal care items that might have blood on them (razors, toothbrushes)
  • Make sure new, sterile needles are used for ear or body piercing, tattoos, and acupuncture.

Get health check-up regularly

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About us

MaNaDr  is best known as the healthcare ecosystem, which provides:

  • A trusted healthcare platform for each patient for life; and
  • A revolutionary healthcare business platform for doctors, practice and providers, etc.

Using MaNaDr, you can also consult a doctor online or make an online appointment booking for your clinic visit if you don’t know how to have any concerns about hepatitis B

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Reference: CDC, Healthline, Medical News Today, WHO, Stanford Healthcare.

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Insomnia: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Insomnia: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that regularly affects millions of people worldwide. The cost of all those who have this condition for an extended period of time is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus. Over time, they can develop your risk of mental health problems as well as overall health issues.

Let’s find out more about this condition.

What is Insomnia?

Adults, depending on their age, require at least 7–9 hours of sleep per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Insomnia is a type of sleep disorder. It is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Hard to fall asleep
  • Wake up during the night.
  • Wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep

Types of Insomnia

There are two types of insomnia: short-term insomnia and long-term insomnia:

Short-term insomnia typically lasts a few days or weeks and is frequently triggered by stress.

Long-term insomnia occurs when sleep problems occur at least three times per week for three months or longer.

What Are Common Causes of Insomnia?

Stress

Stress can cause a profound reaction in the body that interferes with quality sleep. Work, school, and social relationships can all trigger this stress response.

Irregular sleep schedules

Did you know your body has its own biological clock? This clock tells your body when it’s time to perform daily tasks such as sleeping and eating. In reality, many people have sleep schedules that cause their biological clock rhythm to be misaligned.

Two well-known examples are jet lag and shift work.

Jet lag disturbs sleep because a person’s body can’t adjust to a rapid change in time zone.

Shift work requires a person to work through the night and sleep during the day.

Unhealthy habits

Working late, playing video games, or using other electronic devices just before bed can interfere with your sleep cycle.

Napping late in the afternoon can disrupt your sleep cycle and make it difficult to fall asleep at night.

Eating too much late in the evening may cause you to feel physically uncomfortable while lying down. Many people also have heartburn, which is the backflow of acid and food from the stomach into the esophagus after eating and can keep you awake.

Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol

Drinking coffee, tea, cola, and other caffeinated beverages in the late afternoon or evening can keep you awake at night. Nicotine in tobacco products is another stimulant that can interfere with sleep.

Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but it prevents deeper stages of sleep and often causes awakening in the middle of the night

Medical conditions

The following medications, according to the American Association of Retired Persons, can cause insomnia:

  • corticosteroids
  • statins
  • alpha-blockers
  • beta-blockers
  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI, antidepressants
  • angiotensin converting enzyme, or ACE, inhibitors
  • angiotensin II receptor-blockers, or ARBs
  • cholinesterase inhibitors
  • nonsedating H1 agonists
  • a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin

What Happens if You Have Insomnia?

Insomnia can increase your risk of mental health problems as well as overall health issues. Below are some issues that may occur if a person has insomnia.

Increased the risk of mental condition

These include:

  • Mood change
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion and Frustration

Increased the risk of medical condition

These include:

Alzheimer’s disease, which is a progressive brain condition that gradually impairs thinking and memory.

Heart disease: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), consistently getting fewer than 7 hours of sleep each night can cause blood pressure to remain higher for longer. High blood pressure is one of the leading risks for heart disease and stroke.

Type 2 diabetes: Diabetes is a type of metabolic condition characterized by elevated blood glucose levels. Some studies show that getting enough good sleep may help people improve blood sugar control.

Weak immune system: One 2015 review investigated the relationship between the immune system and sleep.

Impaired memory. Lack of sleep can impair your ability to think, remember and process information.

Affect your appearance

It can cause premature wrinkling and dark circles under the eyes over time.

A lack of sleep has also been linked to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Cortisol has the ability to degrade collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth.

How to Treat Insomnia

Keep a consistent wake-up

Every day, including weekends and holidays, get up at the same time. Wake up at the same time every day, including weekends or days off. Sleeping in on the weekend makes waking up earlier on Monday much more difficult.

Put away electronic devices before bedtime

Remove the electronic devices from the bedroom and stop using them for at least an hour or so before bedtime.

Get regular exercise

Avoid working out close to bedtime because it may make it difficult to fall asleep. Experts recommend exercising at least 3 to 4 hours before going to bed.

Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol late in the day

Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants that can keep you awake. Alcohol can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night, reducing the quality of your sleep.

Doing mindfulness meditation

According to Harvard Health Publishing, mindfulness meditation entails focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present moment without becoming preoccupied with the past or the future.

It assists you in breaking the train of your everyday thoughts in order to elicit the relaxation response and fall asleep quickly.

The process is quite simple:

Step 1: Select a calming focal point. Your breath, a short prayer, a positive word (such as “relax” or “peace”), or a phrase (such as “I am relaxed”) are all good examples. If you choose a sound, repeat it silently or aloud as you inhale or exhale.

Step 2: Let go and relax.

Thoughts may enter the mind, simply take a deep breath and gently return your attention to your chosen focus.

If you do wake up in the middle of the night, avoid looking at the clock.

Because when looking at the clock, you will begin mental calculations, such as how long it has been since you’ve been in bed and what you will do the next day. And before you know it, a long time has passed, reducing your sleep time.

Sleep medication

If lifestyle changes aren’t working, talk to your doctor about sleep medications. Your doctor will investigate the underlying causes and may recommend sleep medication. They will also advise you on how long you should take it.

Sleeping pills should not be used on a long-term basis.

About us

MaNaDr  is best known as the healthcare ecosystem, which provides:

  • A trusted healthcare platform for each patient for life; and
  • A revolutionary healthcare business platform for doctors, practice and providers, etc.

Using MaNaDr, you can also consult a doctor online or make an online appointment booking for your clinic visit if you don’t know how to cure your insomnia condition or have any concerns about it.

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Reference: Harvard Health Publishing, CDC, Celevelandclinic, Medical News Today

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Diarrhea: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Diarrhea is one of the most common medical problems. Diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Let’s learn more information about this disease.

What’s Diarrhea

Diarrhea is distinguished by unusually loose or watery stools. It can occur alone or in conjunction with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or weight loss. It can range from a minor, transient condition to a potentially fatal one.

This condition usually lasts a few days, but if it lasts for several weeks, it may indicate that you have another problem, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or a more serious disorder.

What causes Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be brought on by a variety of factors. The following are the most common causes of this condition:

Infection

The following are the three types of infections that cause diarrhoeal disease:

  • Viral infections, including norovirus and rotavirus.
  • Bacterial infections include Salmonella and E. coli.
  • Parasitic infections.

The infection might enter the body through contaminated food or water.

washing hand to prevent E. coli infection
E. coli infections are linked to poor hygiene.

Side Effect of Medication

Many medications have the potential to cause diarrhea. Consult your healthcare provider if you believe your medication is causing your diarrhoeal disease.

Food Intolerances and Allergies

An allergy to certain foods, such as dairy, soy, eggs, or seafood, can sometimes cause diarrhea. Diarrhea is frequently chronic in these cases.

Digestive Disorders

Diarrhea can be a symptom of a more serious health problem, such as a digestive system disorder. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis are examples of these.

Other causes

The diarrhoeal disease can also be transmitted from person to person, which is exacerbated by poor personal hygiene. When food is prepared or stored in unsanitary conditions, it is another major cause of diarrhea. Domestic water storage and handling that is unsafe is another major risk factor.

Polluted water fish and seafood may also contribute to the disease.

Symptoms of Diarrhea

Depending on the causes, you may experience a variety of symptoms. You may experience all or just a few of these symptoms. The loose or watery stool is the most common symptom of diarrhea.

Diarrhea can range from a minor, transient condition to a potentially fatal one.

Mild diarrhea

Other mild diarrhea symptoms include:

  • Bloating or abdominal cramps.
  • A strong and pressing need for a bowel movement.
  • Vomiting (upset stomach).

Severe diarrhea

If you have severe diarrhea, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Fever.
  • Loss of weight.
  • Dehydration.
  • Extremely painful.
  • Vomiting.
  • Blood.

This condition can result in serious complications. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and seek medical attention.

Diarrhea in Baby

According to the World Health Organization, diarrhoeal disease is the second leading cause of death in children under the age of five, killing approximately 525,000 children each year.

If your child has diarrhea, you should be extra cautious. Dehydration caused by this medical problem is dangerous and can happen quickly in young children.

Severe dehydration is potentially fatal. Over-the-counter medications are not recommended for treating children, so consult your doctor.

Diarrhea in infants under 3 months old should be treated immediately by a doctor.

How to Treat Diarrhea at Home

Diarrhea can be extremely uncomfortable, but most people can treat it effectively with rest and home remedies.

Rehydrating

Diarrhea causes a fluid deficit, including a lack of water. As a result, the body loses electrolytes like sodium and chloride.

It is critical to restoring fluids in order to aid recovery. A person may become dehydrated if this is not done.

The first step in rehydrating is to drink water.

Consuming Oral Rehydration Solution (ORESOL) or a homemade solution of 1 teaspoon of salt and 4 teaspoons of sugar mixed into 1liter of water aids the body’s rehydration more effectively than water alone.

Other beverages may also be beneficial. Fruit juices, for example, can help rehydrate the body while also replenishing potassium and sodium.

Avoid drinking anything that will aggravate the digestive tract even more, such as:

  • caffeinated beverages.
  • carbonated beverages containing alcohol.
  • drinks that are extremely hot.

Eat a B.R.A.T. Diet

Stick to low-fiber “BRAT” foods that will help firm up your stool. These include:

  • bananas
  • rice (white)
  • applesauce
  • toast

These foods are easy to digest and can help you absorb water better to stay hydrated.

Try Ginger

Ginger in food, tea, and supplements has been used for thousands of years to help stomach problems.

Food to avoid

It can help to avoid foods that could irritate or put pressure on the gastrointestinal tract, such as:

  • high-fat foods
  • greasy foods
  • spicy foods

Stay away from dairy, except for yogurt, which contains good bacteria for your gut

Over-the-counter drugs

If your symptoms are not severe, several over-the-counter medications can help with acute diarrhea under the supervision of your doctor. Over-the-counter medications commonly used include:

  • Subsalicylate of bismuth (Pepto-Bismol and Kaopectate)
  • loperamide (Imodium) While these medications can alleviate diarrhea symptoms, they do not address the underlying cause.

If you experience diarrhea for more than 14 days, you should not use these medications without first consulting your doctor.

Teleconsult a doctor

MaNaDr  is best known as the healthcare ecosystem, which provides:

  • A trusted healthcare platform for each patient for life; and
  • A revolutionary healthcare business platform for doctors, practice and providers, etc.

Using MaNaDr, you can also consult a doctor online or make an online appointment booking for your clinic visit if you are showing any symptoms or having any concerns about diarrhea.

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Reference: Mayoclinic, CDC, Celevelandclinic, Medical News Today, Healthline.

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GERD: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Many people suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is a very common and unpleasant condition. This article covers information about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of GERD.

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If GERD is left untreated, it can sometimes cause serious complications.

What is GERD?

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as chronic acid reflux) is a condition in which acid-containing contents from your stomach flow back into the tube that connects your mouth and stomach on a regular basis (esophagus).
The acid in the esophagus causes heartburn and other symptoms, as well as possible tissue damage.

Symptoms

Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. Heartburn is a burning sensation felt behind the breastbone. It worsens when the person lies down or bends over, and it also worsens after eating food.

However, some people have GERD without experiencing heartburn. Instead, they have chest pain, hoarseness in the morning, or difficulty swallowing. You may feel as if you have food stuck in your throat, as if you are choking, or as if your throat is constricted.

A dry cough and bad breath can also be caused by GERD.

Causes of GERD

If you have acid reflux/heartburn more than twice a week for several weeks, take heartburn medications and antacids on a regular basis, and your symptoms persist, you may have GERD.

Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (valve) does not function correctly. Normally, after food enters your stomach, this valve closes tightly. If it relaxes when it shouldn’t, the contents of your stomach rise back up into your esophagus.

If your lower esophageal sphincter (valve) isn’t working correctly, the contents of your stomach will rise back up into your esophagus.

Factors that can lead  to this include:

  • Overweight or obese because there is too much pressure on the abdomen
  • Some pregnant women also experience heartburn almost daily because of this increased pressure on the abdomen.
  • Taking certain medications, including some asthma medications, calcium channel blockers, antihistamines, sedatives, and antidepressants.
  • Smoking, and being exposed to second-hand smoke
  • Particular types of food (for example, dairy, spicy or fried foods) Eating habits (for example, eating too fast, or too early, too  late  before bed)

GERD complications

GERD is not a life-threatening or dangerous condition. However, long-term GERD can lead to more serious health issues such as:

Esophagitis

Esophagitis is the irritation and inflammation the stomach acid causes in the lining of the esophagus.

This is a condition in which the esophagus becomes inflamed. Esophagitis can cause esophageal ulcers, heartburn, chest pain, bleeding, and swallowing difficulties.

Esophageal stricture

This condition causes the esophagus to narrow, making swallowing difficult.

Barrett’s esophagus

The cells that line the esophagus can transform into cells that line the intestine. This can progress to cancer.

Respiratory issues

It is possible to breathe stomach acid into the lungs, which can result in a variety of symptoms such as chest congestion, hoarseness, asthma, chest pain, and pneumonia.

Some Ways to Ease GERD Symptoms at Home

Avoid food triggers

Write down what you’ve eaten and when your heartburn symptoms occur so you can pinpoint which foods are your triggers and avoid them.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) state that common food triggers for GERD include:

  • chocolate
  • alcoholic drinks
  • acidic foods such as citrus fruits
  • coffee and other caffeine sources
  • spicy foods
  • fried or fatty foods.

Watch your meals

During the meals: Eat slowly, have smaller meals more frequently rather than a bigger ones.

You should have the main meal at lunchtime and a lighter meal at dinnertime.

It’s also a good idea to eat dinner at least 2 or 3 hours before bedtime, rather than right before bed. The body will have more time to digest the food this way.

Furthermore, you should try to concentrate on eating during meals and avoid using your phone or watching television while eating.

After eating

Because gravity helps control reflux, keeping an upright posture for several hours after a meal can help prevent heartburn.

If your symptoms tend to occur when sleeping, try elevating the head while sleeping.

After a meal, you should not engage in any physical activity. This may cause the abdominal muscles to contract, forcing food back up into the esophagus and resulting in heartburn.

Quit smoking

According to a 2016 study, there is a link between smoking and GERD symptoms.

The researchers looked at the impact of quitting smoking on people with GERD who were already smokers. They discovered that it significantly reduced symptoms.

As a result, if you smoke, try to quit.

Lose extra weight

Obesity and being overweight put pressure on the abdomen, causing GERD symptoms. As a result, you should lose weight by following a diet and exercise plan to shed extra pounds.

Loosen your belt

Remove your skin-tight jeans. Tight clothing puts additional strain on the abdomen which can lead to heartburn.

Teleconsult a doctor

MaNaDr  is best known as the healthcare ecosystem, which provides:

  • A trusted healthcare platform for each patient for life; and
  • A revolutionary healthcare business platform for doctors, practice and providers, etc.

Using MaNaDr, you can also consult a doctor online or make an online appointment booking for your clinic visit if you are showing any symptoms or having any concerns about gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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Reference: Mayoclinic, CDC, Celevelandclinic, Medical News Today

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