Posts Tagged ‘cough’

Do cough syrups really work?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

food_240_02aprCough syrups are slowly making their way from their hallowed presence in the medicine cabinet to just another means of intoxication (Rupa Gulab’s chick-lit Girl Alone pitched the cough syrup bottle as the protagonist’s constant companion through health and sickness.) Doctors around the world are shying away from prescribing the once-revolutionary drug as innumerable studies have been unable to prove their efficacy, with many even likening their effect to placebos. Of course, in India, they remain the general practitioner’s favourite and can even be bought over the counter without a prescription.

Do cough syrups work? Most linctuses contain active ingredients in combinations — antihistamines, decongestants, expectorants, suppressants and antipyretics — that are prescribed for different kinds of cough. Swaraj Mishra, ENT consultant at Moolchand Medcity in New Delhi, explains, “The type of cough syrup advised differs from patient to patient. For instance, both Benadryl and Corex, the most popular brands available in the market, work on completely different principles and have different functions; one is an expectorant while the other is a suppressant, but people assume them to be the same and buy them anyway.”


Dr.Prabhakar Shetty on asthma and more

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

With a masters in respiratory medicine and specialised training in Inteventional Bronchoscopy, Dr.Prabhakar Shetty deals with complicated bronchoscopy procedures.

His special field of interests includes asthama, sleep medicine, non-Invasive ventilation and airway diseases.

Dr.Shetty answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

sir i have pain in middle chest since last 6 month it arise more whenever i turn ,bent, age is 27 year,what should do me pls. suggest me thanks.
The pain u r describing seems more muscular so maybe simple analgesics like Paracetamol and avoiding lifting heavy weights will help..get your Vit d3 levels checked and consult a doctor if ur pain still persisits


Persistent cough could signal lung cancer

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

A new lung cancer campaign has warned that persistent cough, which has lasted for three weeks or more, could be a symptom of the fatal disease.

The ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign is aimed at reducing the number of deaths from lung cancer and especially targets people over the age of 50, because they are most vulnerable, the BBC reported.

Other symptoms of the condition include:

1. A cough that has got worse or changes
2. Repeated chest infections
3. Coughing up blood
4. Breathlessness
5. Feeling more tired than usual for some time
6. Losing weight for no obvious reason
7. An ache or pain in your chest or shoulder that has lasted some time

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the message from this campaign is clear – if you have a persistent cough, go and see your doctor.


Natural wonder – Honey

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Did you know honey is an effective natural skin moisturiser? Read on to find out more about the benefits of this sweet food.

A natural sweetener made by bees using nectar from flowers, honey,  is used in many medical traditions to treat varied ailments; and is  confirmed to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

Honey and its nutrients:

Honey is a mixture of sugars and other compounds. It contains mainly  carbohydrates: fructose and glucose; in addition to sucrose, maltose  and other complex carbohydrates. Honey also contains tiny amounts of several compounds that function as antioxidants. However, the specific composition of any batch of honey depends on the flowers available to the bees that produced the honey.


Asthma: All about the under-diagnosed disease

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children, but adults have asthma, too. Asthma causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but you will have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs.

In most cases, we don’t know what causes asthma, and we don’t know how to cure it. We know that if someone in your family has asthma, you are also more likely to have it.

You can control your asthma by knowing the warning signs of an attack, staying away from things that trigger an attack, and following the advice of your doctor or other medical professional. When you control your asthma:

you won’t have symptoms such as wheezing or coughing,
you’ll sleep better,
you won’t miss work or school,
you can take part in all physical activities, and
you won’t have to go to the hospital.


How healthy is the tulsi?

Monday, February 6th, 2012

The Holy basil/tulsi is light to digest and dries tissue secretions. Tulsi tastes hot and bitter. It can penetrate deep tissues and has anti-helmenthic properties. Due to these properties it normalizes kapha and vata. Leaves, flowers, seeds and roots of tulsi are used in ayurvedic preparations.

The tulsi tea is an interesting concoction of the leaves of tulsi and other spices.

Regular consumption of tulsi tea helps to detoxify the skin. This herbal drink helps to prevent acne eruption, dark circles, flaring up of psoriasis, allergic rashes and other skin infections.

Tulsi tea is an effective home remedy to relieve constipation, indigestion and it acts as an appetizer.

It reduces inflammation of joints in conditions like arthritis and gout. It reduces blood sugar and blood cholesterol. Thus it is helpful in conditions like diabetes.


Foods to be eaten during winter to prevent cold

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Do cold winter days make you hungry? Here’s a list of foods that will warm you up and keep you cheerful and healthy this season.

Vitamin: Low temperature will accelerate the metabolism of vitamins, so you should supplement it in foods promptly. Vitamin A could enhance the body’s ability to prevent cold; B vitamins are beneficial to the normal metabolism; vitamin C could improve the adaption ability to cold; vitamin E could improve blood circulation and prevent hormone imbalance.

The foods that are rich in vitamin A are carrots and pumpkin; fresh rice, noodles and coarse grains are rich in B vitamins; fresh vegetables and fruits are rich in vitamin C; sunflower seeds, nuts, black sesame and soyabean products are abundant in vitamin E.

Healthy carrot recipes


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