Everything you need to know about COVID-19

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Last Updated December 20th, 2021

What is the full form of COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the abbreviated name for Coronavirus Disease 2019.

Where did COVID-19 originate?

The disease originated in Wuhan’s city, the capital of the Hubei Province in the Republic of China. In December 2019, Wuhan’s people started reporting severe and bizarre cases of pneumonia of unknown causes. Later it was found that the infection was caused due to a new mutated form of coronavirus and was named the “2019 novel coronavirus” or 2019-nCoV).

How did COVID-19 get its name?

It was found that people who suffered from the novel coronavirus had acute respiratory distress, and the disease was later renamed as “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2”. It was found to be the genetic mutation of the original SARS pandemic that occurred in 2003.

Later, on February 11, 2020, WHO and ICTV (International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses) officially renamed the disease to COVID-19 following the guidelines as directed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

The global impact of COVID-19

The impending crisis of COVID-19 has afflicted the entire world, claimed millions of lives, disrupted businesses, and has caused an economic downturn over the past few months. The pandemic is growing exponentially in almost all parts of the world. To stop the spread of this highly communicable virus, countries have imposed lockdowns and quarantines that have restricted inter-country and city travels and forced many companies to adapt to remote working from their homes’ safety. The education sector has perhaps taken the worst hit, and schools and colleges have been closed down to protect young students from the virus. Scientists worldwide are working tenaciously to find a breakthrough in developing a vaccine and cure for the COVID-19 disease.

Transmission of COVID-19:

How does it spread?

The virus spreads mainly respiratory droplets or direct contact with an infected person. When an infected person sneezes, coughs, or touches an object or a surface like a tabletop, bus handles, or doorknobs, these fomites get transmitted. If a healthy person touches these surfaces and then touches their nose, eyes, or mouth without washing their hands, these fomites can get transmitted to their body.

Covid-19 is spread through aerosol droplets of the virus, direct contact with an infected person or fomites

What is an aerosol transmission?

It has been found that small infected droplets of the virus can remain suspended in the air (aerosols) for a long period of time. This may happen, especially in crowded places like bus-stands, railway stations, or hospitals where many patients are treated for the disease. Patients treated in hospitals, visitors, doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff may get infected if they do not wear proper protective outfits or are not following the safety protocols.

What is the incubation period of COVID-19?

The incubation period is the time between exposure to the virus and the appearance of the symptoms. The symptoms generally appear between 1 to 14 days of infection.

Can COVID-19 spread through food?

At present, there is no clear evidence that the virus can spread through foods. Fresh fruits should be thoroughly washed before consumption. Food cooked over 70 degrees Celsius will automatically kill the virus.

Can the virus spread from asymptomatic patients?

Yes, asymptomatic patients are carriers of the virus and can spread the disease.

Symptoms of COVID-19

General symptoms

The general symptoms are quite similar to common cold and fever. Here are some easy signs to detect:

Main symptoms of Covid-19 are dry cough, fever, runny nose and sore throat.
  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Loss of smell and taste

Day-to-day symptoms of COVID-19

Day 1

The patient may experience high temperature, tiredness, muscle pains, and dry coughs. Before the onset of these symptoms, some patients may experience nausea and diarrhea.

Day 5

Some patients generally older people may experience difficulty in breathing or chest pain.

Day 7

If the symptoms get worse, the patients are admitted to the hospital.

Day 8

Some patients may develop ARDS or acute respiratory distress syndrome where fluid gets accumulated in the lungs.

Day 9

The patient may be transferred to the ICU and be put under a ventilator to relieve the breathing problems. Patients may also experience loss of smell, taste, or appetite.

Day 17

Most of the patients generally recover from the disease and are discharged from the hospital.

Symptoms in kids

  • Most children experience flu-like symptoms. High temperature is less common in children
  • Common cold symptoms like runny nose, sore throat, cough, etc.
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting

COVID-19 diagnosis

If a person is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, he/she must consult a doctor immediately. The doctor will ask for his/her travel history and with whom they have been in contact during the last 14 days. Based on the findings, the doctor will ask the person to go for COVID-19 tests.

How is the Covid-19 testing done?

Testing for the COVID-19 disease is only done if you show certain specific signs and symptoms related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The tests are done under the guidelines as directed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are mainly two tests:

Covid-19 infection testing by swabbing samples from nose and throat

Molecular test

The molecular test, also known as the PCR or polymerase chain reaction test, is a laboratory test used to detect the virus’s genetic components. The test collects a throat or nasal swab sample from the person. The results may be available immediately or sent to a laboratory and may take a few days. However, the test claims 100% accuracy but may miss out on certain infections.

Antigen test

The antigen test is a rapid test used to detect certain proteins found in the nasal and throat fluid samples. This test is beneficial for testing large numbers of people and gives accurate results. However, these tests can often give false-negative results. So, doctors often recommend a secondary molecular test to confirm the diagnosis.

What time does it take to get the test results?

The time it takes to get the COVID-19 test results depends on where you live and whether there is a high demand in the number of tests performed. Generally, you can get the test results within a few hours, but it may take a week to get the results.

Treatment and recovery

Currently, there are no available treatments for COVID-19 disease. Supportive treatment is offered to treat the symptoms of the disease.

Elderly covid-19 patient quarantined in hospital, treated by doctors in PPE

What is the recovery time for COVID-19?

Generally, people with mild symptoms recover within two weeks. However, recovery may take longer for people in critical condition and may take 3 to 6 weeks or even longer.

Recovery at home for Covid-19

If you have tested COVID-19 positive but with mild symptoms that do not require hospitalization, your doctor will send you home for recovery under supportive care. Here are the safety measures for recovery at home:

  • Contact and inform your health care provider that you have been tested positive and follow their treatment guidelines
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids like hot tea or coffee, soups, and fresh fruit juices
  • Take over-the-counter medications as directed by your health practitioner
  • Monitor your temperature and symptoms regularly and inform your healthcare provider in case of an emergency
  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school or college, and avoid public spaces
  • Take ample rest at home. If you are living alone, ask a friend, relative, or neighbor to provide you basic supplies like groceries, medications, et cetera
  • Open windows and take fresh air as much as possible
  • Read good books, watch television, listen to music, and try to be positive during this time

What are the precautions during recovery?

  • Do not use public transport and keep yourself six-feet away from other people
  • Live in a separate room. Use a separate bathroom, towels, bedding, and utensils for eating. Keep your doors locked and ask your family members to keep a distance from you at home
  • Wear a facemask around people at home and in public places
  • Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing with a tissue paper or with your elbow. Throw the tissue paper immediately into a dustbin
  • Wash hands at regular intervals with soap for at least 20 seconds or more. Hand sanitizers should be alcohol-based with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands before eating, preparing food, after coughing or sneezing, and using the washroom
  • Refrain from touching pet animals at home as this can spread the disease
  • Clean the surfaces you touch at home regularly like tabletops, phones, laptops, bathroom surfaces, doorknobs, toilets
  • Wear disposable gloves and throw them immediately into a separate dustbin after use. Wash hands with clean soap water after you remove the gloves
  • If you are visiting a doctor, inform him/her an hour before to take safety measures at the dispensary

Isolation and quarantine

There is a difference between isolation and quarantine. In the former case, a person is isolated if he/she has tested positive for COVID-19 and may take up to 14 days or more until the symptoms subside, and the test result comes negative. A person is quarantined if he/she has returned from international or national travel from a different country, state, or city. A person can also be quarantined if he/she has come in close contact with an infected person at home or in a public place. During isolation or quarantine, you must follow all the safety protocols directed by your physician and keep yourself and others safe.

Woman with covid-19 mask checking temperature fever

Waste disposal during COVID-19:

If you are in self-isolation or quarantine, take proper precautionary measures to dispose of your wastes. Use a separate dustbin at home. Throw your tissue papers and disposable gloves immediately after use into the dustbin. Always keep the dustbin lid closed to avoid the spread. Before disposing of, tie the garbage bag tightly to avoid spilling any waste materials.

Coping with COVID-19

The global pandemic of Covid-19 has been catastrophic and has inculcated deep fear and concern among us. As a safety measure, countries have introduced certain restrictions such as lockdown, quarantine, and home-isolation to control the spread. This has impacted the daily routines of our lives. Schools and colleges have been closed. Children and students are now attending home schools or remote online classes. The pandemic shock has induced a global recession and has resulted in job losses and severe unemployment worldwide. Coping with COVID-19 has been challenging, and there has been a serious concern of mental health conditions among people. Here are some mental health issues to look for during the pandemic.

  • Constant fear of getting infected from the virus, especially those working in public healthcare
  • Fear of losing jobs
  • Stigma and fear of being socially excluded from being infected.
  • Stress and anxiety to live in isolation and separated from loved ones
  • Loneliness among older people living alone with other medical conditions
  • Fear for parents who are living alone due to the lockdown
  • Depression and anxiety related to isolation and stress
  • Frustration and helplessness
  • Sleep disorders

Mental Health and COVID-19

The looming fear of uncertainty, financial losses, death of loved ones, constant news from media, and isolation can trigger mental trauma and emotional distress, especially among people with a previous history of mental illnesses. Here are a group of people who are more vulnerable to medical stress related to the pandemic.

  • Individuals with a history of mental illnesses and trauma
  • Healthcare providers and frontline workers like hospital staff and public safety workers. Shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment) kits, long work hours, the health risk of loved ones, and continuous exposure to the infection may cause mental stress and trauma
  • Children and young adults
  • People who have lost their jobs during the pandemic
  • Low-paid workers like laborers and domestic workers with no employment in the pandemic
  • Aged people and people with chronic medical conditions
  • Working mothers who have to stay home and juggle with their work, children, and home chores
  • People facing domestic abuse at home

Fear and anxiety coping strategies

It is perfectly normal to feel sad, anxious, stressed out, and disconnected during these challenging times. Staying connected with loved ones and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help to cope with these situations and keep you safe during the pandemic. Here are a few strategies to cope with mental stress during COVID-19.

Woman suffering from mental health problems, anxiety due to covid-19 isolation
  • Understand the significance of lockdown and stay motivated during this time and keep yourself and your family safe
  • Stay connected with friends, loved ones, and office colleagues. Support friends and family members who are living alone and help them cope with the fears of isolation. Support friends and students who are studying or working abroad through video calls and chats
  • Follow a healthy routine at home. Eat healthy food. Keep your house clean and clutter-free. Do some physical exercises at home like stretching or free-hand exercises
  • Ground yourself with some light meditation or yoga and keep your mind calm during these hard times
  • Develop a new hobby like cooking, gardening, learning a new language, painting, or even reading a new book
  • Take good care of children at home. Make them feel comfortable, help them with their studies, spend time with them, and support them emotionally
  • Help the elderly at home. Make them feel safe and provide them emotional support
  • Avoid watching too much news on social media or television. Follow news from credible sources and avoid rumors and misinformation
  • Take good care of yourself. Pamper yourself with a pedicure or a fruit facial. Drink plenty of water and sleep well
  • Help your neighbors in need. Volunteer for community service programs and help people in need by donating clothes or cooking meals, etc
  • Do not get overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. Avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, or substance abuse
  • Lastly do not shy away from seeking professional help from a licensed medical practitioner

Prevention

Prevention measures and safety precautions

Here are a few healthy practices you may practice to keep yourself and your family safe during the pandemic.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you are at a public place use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol
  • Do not touch your mouth and nose without washing your hands with soap and water
  • Cover your mouth with your elbow while coughing or sneezing. Distance yourself at least 6 feet away from people in a public place.
  • Do not go to public places. Avoid using public transport
  • Wear a mask in a public place. Do not touch your mask and wash it thoroughly with warm soapy water. If you are using a disposable mask, throw it in a dustbin immediately after use
  • Keep your house clean. Use a disinfectant to clean the surfaces, doorknobs, phones, etc. Clean toilets and kitchen surfaces regularly.
  • If you have an infected person at home, keep him/her in a separate room. Wash their clothes, bedding, and utensils separately. Use hand gloves while washing. Wash your hands thoroughly after removing the hand gloves

Best Practices

  • Wash hands with soap water several times a day
  • If you are at a public place or at work use a hand sanitizer and rub it along all the surfaces of your hand until it becomes dry
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth, and nose
  • Wear a mask or a cloth face covering all the time at work
  • Eat your meal separately while at work
  • Cover your face while sneezing or coughing
  • Clean laptops and mobiles with a disinfectant at home
  • Leave your work shoes outside
  • Always stay 6 feet away from coworkers at the office
  • If you are experiencing a sore throat, coughing, or mild fever, stay home until your symptoms relieve
  • If your symptoms worsen and you have persistent coughing with difficulty in breathing consult a doctor immediately
  • Stay up-to-date with all the relevant information from trusted sources

Places where you can get COVID-19

Many places are opening up for businesses and offices are resuming normal work. Here are some places that have the highest risk of contamination and should be avoided.

  • Public transport like buses, trains, airplanes, metro stations, etc.
  • Public recreation places like bars, restaurants, theatres, malls, concert halls, etc
  • Beaches, community swimming pools, and sports clubs
  • Religious places with large gatherings like temples, mosques, churches, etc
  • Beauty salons and barbershops
  • Large indoor and outdoor gatherings like marriage functions or birthday parties
  • Crowded workplaces like factories

Vaccine

Prominent vaccine candidates around the world

According to the latest reports of the World Health Organization (WHO), around 8 candidates have been found to be safe to undergo vaccine trials for COVID-19, and another 110 candidates are being prepared for trial and are under various phases of development.

Timeline of vaccine

The average timeline for the development of the vaccine may be between 1 to 1.5 years.

Tips and advice from the WHO

Top myths to avoid regarding COVID-19:

  • Not all people die from COVID-19. If you have tested positive, do not panic. Most people have mild to moderate signs and symptoms and recover fully from the disease under proper care
  • Thermal scanners do not detect COVID-19. They are used to detect fever
  • Do not treat yourself from over-the-counter medicines. Consult a doctor first
  • Do not wear a mask all the time especially when you are exercising or at home. It can cause breathing problems and can be infectious
  • COVID-19 is a virus and not a bacterium. Antibiotics are used to treat the symptoms and not the disease
  • Drinking alcohol or adding pepper in your meals cannot kill the virus.
  • Houseflies do not transmit the disease
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants in your body. They cannot kill the virus and can be hazardous
  • Do not expose yourself to very high temperatures or sunny weather. Hot weather cannot kill the virus

Protective measures

  • Avoid touching your face and wash your hands frequently with soap water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing. Maintain at least a distance of 1 meter in public places
  • Wear a mask if you are exhibiting symptoms of coughing, sneezing, or a fever
  • Elderly people and those who are suffering from other diseases should stay at home and eat nutritious food. Keep the stalk of essential medications at home
  • Pregnant and new mothers should take good care of their health and their newborn child. Wear a mask while breastfeeding and wash hands repeatedly to avoid infection
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle and avoid tobacco or alcohol use
  • At work try videoconferencing and avoid face-to-face meetings. Keep a distance of 1 meter at work. Always wear a mask at work

 

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Oil of Oregano: The one-stop essential oil you’ve been looking for Are you plagued by a weak immune system? High body inflammation accompanied by pain and infections? Why not…
How to scrub away stress and fatigue with an Epsom salt bath? Epsom salt is a popular home remedy for many skin ailments. Though there is a lack of scientific…
passion fruit juice
Passion fruit: How one exotic fruit can help you fight infections and cancer! Passion fruit: Why does this exotic fruit have such an enticing name? And how can it protect you…
EEG
Electroencephalogram – EEG EEG or electroencephalogram is a diagnostic tool used to access the functioning of neurons and brain activity to…
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Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
Squid-ink-spaghetti
Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
Squid-ink-spaghetti
Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
Stye : The best natural home remedies to ease the pain Styes developing inside the eyelid tend to be more painful whereas external styes are less painful and ooze…
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Aspartame – Hidden truths about this storm in a teacup Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, has gone under the scanner on several occasions for allegedly doing more harm than…
Isagenix diet weight loss
How are BMI and BMR different and what do these numbers mean? BMI and BMR are two important metrics that provide a clear picture of your body's metabolism and also…
free psa test
Free PSA Test The free PSA test is used to detect the level or percentage of free PSA in the body…
dance health benefits
5 unbelievable effects of dance on your overall health! You enjoy dancing, but did you know what else it does to your body? Dancing is not only…
Bubble Tea: Bubbling with nutrition or a hidden sugar mine? The tapioca pearls present in the tea looks like bubbles and hence the name bubble tea became popular.…
Quinine: How gin and tonic came to be known as a potent health elixir The discovery of quinine-containing tree bark is sometimes considered the most serendipitous medical discovery of the 17th century.
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Blood in your stool Know the reason for blood in your stool, toilet bowl or tissue and the important steps to take…
Is bronchitis contagious? And how to prevent this infection? It is acute bronchitis that is contagious which means you can contract it from another person or you…
Muscle relaxers: Think twice before popping prescription drugs for muscle pain The market is brimming with OTC muscle relaxers. But these come with a host side-effects. Find out the…
GM Diet: The fastest way to lose weight or yet another hoax diet? General Motors started this trend of extreme dieting for 7 straight days to ensure its employees were able…
Dragon Fruit – Blessing from Nature’s Basket Dragon fruit is packed with nutrients but low on calories. It is the dream food that can help…
These are the top foods to increase your hemoglobin count It is important to add iron-rich foods into your diet in order to increase hemoglobin. Deficiency of hemoglobin could…
liver detox facts
7 liver detox facts and why ignoring these could kill you! Are you taking care of this organ that handles over 500 different vital functions in your body? Your…
Cayenne: The remarkable benefits of these red hot chili peppers These may make you rush for a glass of water, but cayenne pepper is actually a healthy additive…
phenytoin test
Phenytoin test Phenytoin is a drug that is administered mainly to epilepsy patients. The phenytoin blood test measures the level…
waterchestnut
Water Chestnuts: The tastiest ways to include this healthy tuber in your diet Water chestnut is not a nut after all. It is a tuber (much like the potatoes) growing close…
Surgery or home-remedy; what is the right way to treat a burn The treatment of a burn injury depends on its severity. You can save a life by offering the…
Sputum test Sputum test is a commonly used diagnostic tool that is used to examine the presence of pathogens in…
LFT-test
Liver Function Test – LFT LFT or Liver Function Test is a blood test used to determine the levels of hepatic enzymes which…
ASTtest-liver
AST- Aspartate Aminotransferase Test AST test is a blood test that is used to measure the level of a particular liver enzyme…
lp-pla2
LP-PLA2 Test The LP-PLA2 test is a test which is carried out to assess the levels of Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2…
Pescatarian Diet 101: What are the inherent health advantages of this diet? People opt to become a pescatarian in order to enrich their bodies with the essential health benefits that…
shiitake mushrooms healthy
What are Shiitake Mushrooms and why should you eat them? Shiitake Mushrooms are well known for their smoky and robust taste. However, did you know they are replete…
Low fat diets
A complete list of low-fat diets and how to follow them Low-fat diets help you lose weight in a healthy way, but it works only with regular exercise and…
Piaget stages: Do they accurately describe the way the human brain develops?  A common assumption was that children are less competent thinkers as compared to adults, but this was refuted…
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Gallbladder surgery :Tips on post-operative care and diet What to eat post a gallbladder surgery? What are the key things to avoid if you had a…
free thyroxine ft4
Free thyroxine test (FT4) The FT4 or free thyroxine test is used to detect the level of free thyroxine of FT4 thyroid…
L-theanine attention
L-Theanine: Better sleep, higher focus, and many other benefits Did you know that L-theanine found in green tea can make you sleep better and be focused at…
immunoglobulin M
Immunoglobulin M Test Immunoglobulin M is the largest and the first produced antibody which helps in the prevention or fighting of…
HSV-IgM test
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)-IgM Test The HSV-IgM class antibody is produced by the body a few days after an initial HSV infection and…
blood ketone test
Blood Ketone (D3HB) Test The Blood Ketone Test measures and monitors the levels of ketone in the blood which is usually performed…
Hymenoplasty
Hymenoplasty Read on to find out all about hymenoplasty, the procedure, post-surgery care, the risks, and the benefits.
hidden causes obesity
8 hidden causes of obesity you probably didn’t know! Did you know that around 2 billion people worldwide are either overweight or obese? Are you too a…
Hepatitis A virus infected liver
Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Total Blood test to look for IgM antibodies to know if you are infected with Hepatitis A virus (HAV),…
smelling-salts-benefits
The actual science behind smelling salts and how it helps in injury recovery Most smelling salts are a mixture of ammonium carbonate and some perfumes which are sniffed by an individual…
amylase test
Amylase Test Amylase test is done by checking the level of this protein in the blood sample and also in…
BRAT Diet: What is the right way to follow this diarrhea-relieving diet? BRAT diet, a simple diet consisting of just bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast, can help you combat the…
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Arthritis Profile Arthritis profile is a panel of primarily blood tests used to detect the presence of arthritis or check…
sodium chloride
Halotherapy: How inhaling salt can work wonders for your body Halotherapy is quickly gaining popularity amongst those with respiratory diseases. It has shown promise in its treatment.
Diabetes blood test
Diabetic Profile The diabetic profile is a set of tests used for testing and monitoring the various kinds of Diabetes…
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DHEA: Now get unbelievable age defiance with this wonder hormone! DHEA is known popularly as the age-defying hormone. This supplement is widely used to slow down aging and…
vdrl test syphilis
VDRL Test The VDRL test is a blood test that is used to diagnose sexually transmitted or venereal diseases, primarily…
colposcopy
Colposcopy Colposcopy is a simple, quick and non- invasive diagnostic tool to look closely inside the vulva, vagina, and…
free testosterone test
Free testosterone Free Testosterone Test measures and monitors the level of the free testosterone in the blood. Less than 4%…
Propolis: Yet another amazing gift by the bees to the humans Bee propolis is yet another generous gift by the bees bestowed on the human race. They utilize substances…
liver biopsy procedure
Liver Biopsy Liver biopsy or hepatic biopsy is a diagnostic tool that collects a sample of live tissue from the…
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Hysteroscopy Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive tool to help specialists view the uterus to diagnose and even treat several…
Astaxanthin: Why experts believe it could be 550x more potent than vitamin E! What is astaxanthin and why is this new supplement on the block touted as the most powerful antioxidant…
carrageenan seaweed
Carrageenan: How a simple seaweed extract could better your gut health & immunity Eat more ice cream to prevent cold and flu? –With carrageenan you get one simple seaweed extract that…
Hydroquinone: Is it the best topical treatment for hyperpigmentation? Darkening of the skin due to high melanin levels is called hyperpigmentation.  Hydroquinone interferes with melanin production thus treating…
Salt dangers
Sodium chloride: The wonders and dangers of the simple table salt Sodium chloride is a salt containing sodium and chlorine ions at a 1:1 ratio. It is edible and…
dandelion weight loss
Caralluma Fimbriata: How to eat this cactus to lose weight Caralluma fimbriata is a miracle cactus that can be safely consumed by most for losing weight and boosting…
Urologist: When should you visit one and why? A urologist can treat not only genitourinary problems of both men and women but also can treat various…
6 arguments in favour of glucosamine and where can you find it Studies have shown that glucosamine works by preventing the breakdown of cartilage of the joints. This is usually…
Psyllium Husk: More than just an effective natural laxative Psyllium husk, or isabgol, is a popular natural laxative . But did you in addition to regulating bowels,…
Miracle extract from the root of maca: 10 ways it can help you! Maca root has been used for years in herbal medicine. Today scientific research is unearthing fresh evidence in…
Lauric Acid: 8 health benefits you can derive from coconuts Appropriate use of saturated fats containing lauric acid can provide you numerous health benefits. This is the main…
kshar sutra
Kshar sutra treatment for piles, fissures and fistula Read to know the benefits and side effects of kshar sutra to treat anal piles, fissures, and fistula…
Cordyceps: How the Caterpillar fungus works as a proven cancer-shield Strange as it may sound, but cordyceps or "caterpillar fungus", a fungus variety native to the Himalayas may…
GGt test
GGT – Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test GGT or gammaglutamyl transferase test is a liver function test that is used to detect the extent of…
green poop causes
Green poop : What are the reasons and how can you correct it Ever sneak a peek down the toilet only to shockingly find green poop? Why does our poop turn…
hYdroxycut pills
Hydroxycut: How safe are these so-called weight loss supplements? Hydroxycut is a blend of several different ingredients formulated to promote weight loss; powered by a key weight…
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10 fantastic Superfoods you need to include in your diet from today! What exactly are superfoods and how do they battle diseases? From losing weight to looking ravishing- these superfoods…
thyroid_scan
Thyroid Scan Thyroid scan is a diagnostic procedure that aims to view the thyroid gland and detect any growths or…
creatinine
Creatinine Test The level of creatinine in the blood is a significant indicator of the health of your kidneys. This…
Pelvic_ultrasound
Pelvic Ultrasound Pelvic ultrasound is a process where sound waves are used to create image of your pelvic region organs…
Mood swings
The real reasons for your mood swings and how to overcome them Are you prone to heated moods frequently? Do you also feel bouts of depressive feeling creeping up on…
Find all the instant ways to get rid of blackheads Blackheads - Not only are they aesthetically unappealing but if left untreated these can cause bacterial overgrowth on…
Did you know drinking alkaline water could be the healthier choice for you? Ever wondered how safe is your drinking water in terms of pH? Recent studies have revealed that Alkaline…
Ultrasound
Abdominal Ultrasound An abdominal ultrasound is used to visualize the organs inside your abdominal cavity including the liver, spleen, gall…
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CrossFit: Now get the perfectly sculpted body with this explosive gym routine CrossFit is a fitness regimen that makes use of high-intensity exercises in a shorter period to achieve muscle…
Is it possible to achieve full body detox with Master Cleanse? Master cleanse is a diet consisting of a lemonade based beverage, a salt water drink and a herbal…
Optavia diet
The features of an Optavia diet The Optavia diet endorses pre-packaged meals and snacks called "fuelings" that are tasty, low in calorie, and incorporates…
Tart Cherry: The healthiest excuse for taking that second serving of pie Tart cherry has been traditionally used in delectable desserts such as pies. Recent studies have revealed that its…
Hot cups for detox? Read all about the ancient technique of cupping Did you know inverted hot cups on your back can squeeze out and eject toxins from your body?…
carbamazepine
Carbamazepine / Tegretol test The carbamazepine is a drug that is used to treat epilepsy and the carbamazepine test is performed to…
Bromelain: 11 reasons why you should start adding pineapple to your pizza! If you didn't love pineapples already, here are some of the top health benefits that bromelain can bring…
Electric toothbrush vs manual toothbrush: Who wins the dental war? Manual brushes are ideal for kids as it is important to start slowly unlike the electric brushes which…
Chlorella: Therapeutic powers of the billion-year-old algae now within your reach Chlorella - A billion year old nutrient-rich algae that can potentially ward off cancers and high cholesterol; the…
How to correctly perform nasal irrigation using a Neti Pot? Neti pot has been a part of Ayurveda since centuries. This ancient tool is extremely effective in treating…
leptospira Igm test
Leptospira-IgM Test A Leptospira-IgM test is a blood test which is carried out to detect anti-Leptospira IgM antibody. Leptospirosis is…
Coffee Enema: Turn your favorite morning beverage into a powerful colon cleanser The wonders of coffee are not just limited to waking you up every morning. You can now use…
Helicobacter pylori IGA
Helicobacter Pylori – IgA Test The H.pylori IgA test is a blood test used to identify the level of IgA antigen in the…
Milk Thistle skin
Milk Thistle: Find possible cures for fatal diseases in these purple blooms Milk thistle is well-known for treating liver conditions. However, did you know that it comes with a plethora…
sleep deprivation
Don’t let your sleep deficit grow into memory loss or heart attack Why is sleep important for us? How could sleep deprivation harm you? We bet you didn't know about…
piles fissure fistula
Allopathy vs homeopathy vs ayurveda treatment for piles, fissures, and fistula Read to know the best form of treatment among allopathy, homeopathy,or ayurveda for piles, fissures, and fistula
myelogram
Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
cytomegalovirus igm test
Cytomegalo Virus (CMV) – IgM Test The CMV antibodies include both IgM and IgG antibodies which are the immune system's response to a CMV…
glucose-tolerance
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test – GTT Glucose tolerance test (or Oral GTT) is used to detect the onset of diabetes or prediabetes conditions. It…
The right way to prepare Alfalfa sprouts at home Alfalfa or lusan ghas is not just a nutritious animal fodder. This flavonoid-rich herb has some amazing health…
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Ovulation – facts to know about ovulation Learn how and when ovulation occurs, demystify common misconceptions, identify symptoms, methods of detection and right period for…

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