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What Is Tennis Elbow? Here’s How You Can Treat Tennis Elbow Naturally

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Tennis elbow is a painful condition that generally affects the athletes, especially those that use their arms frequently and in repetitive ways, like tennis players and golfers. The common name for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis. The pain is generally around the elbow and forearm due to some injury. This causes damage to the joints around the elbow and forearm, and can also impact your ability to move your wrists or hands normally. The condition is caused by inflammation around the elbow, which causes stiffness, swelling, severe joint pain and trouble moving the arm normally. Tennis elbow can be caused by a repetitive activity or no rest between workouts.

Top 7 home remedies for tennis elbow:

1. Physiotherapy: Visiting a physiotherapist would also be an option if your tennis elbow is causing more severe or persistent pain. Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals who use a variety of methods to restore movement to injured areas of the body. Your physiotherapist may use manual therapy techniques, such as massage with essential oil, some exercises and manipulation, to relieve pain and stiffness, and encourage blood flow to your arm. This will help keep your arm smobile and strengthen your forearm muscles.

 

2. Ice pack: Ice has the ability to act as an anti-inflammatory agent. You can place a pack of ice over the elbow for at least fifteen minutes to get instant relief from pain and reduce swelling of tendons in the elbow. Do this at least four to five times a day for better results.

3. Compression: Compression is the simplest and the most effective remedy to treat tennis elbow. You can wrap elastic bandage around the elbow to give comforting support to the joints and reduce swelling as well. But make sure you do not tie the bandage for too long as it will lead to blood clot.

4. Rest: Adequate rest is essential in order to cure a tennis elbow. When activities like painting, tennis, golf and throwing are performed repeatedly, movement may become all the more troublesome. Therefore, it is advisable for tennis elbow patients to keep taking a break between intervals whenever they feel the stress and do not exert.

5. Acupuncture: This is a holistic health technique helps reduce pain by stimulating specific points on the body through the insertion of very thin, practically-painless needles. Patients receiving acupuncture treatments usually suffer from less pain, including fewer muscle aches and pain, osteoarthritis symptoms, and chronic headaches.

6. Massage: Other than icing the painful tennis elbow, certain essential oils can also help improve your condition and relieve pain. Essential oil works by improving the blood circulation. In order to use the essential oils, mix several drops of one oil above with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and apply the mixture to painful areas topically four times daily. Some of the essential oils are eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil and rose oil.

7. Healthy diet: Nutritious diet is extremely important if you have a tennis elbow. In order to keep the inflammation levels low, avoid processed foods like added sugar, high-sodium foods (which increase water retention), foods high in saturated and refined fats, alcohol and processed grains. Try eating anti-inflammatory foods that help your body repair damaged tissue. These include all types of vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, berries, citrus fruits, melon and oranges, high-potassium and magnesium foods, including coconut water, avocados, sweet potatoes and bananas, bone broth, which contains collagen to improve tissue health.


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Hepatitis A Causes and Symptoms

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Generally speaking, hepatitis A is more common in parts of the planet that are developing. It’s for the fact that sanitation and food handling practices are by and large poor. However, medical experts say that living in developed countries can also put you at risk of having hepatitis A, but it’s really a rare occurrence.

Just like what’s mentioned earlier, hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus or HAV. It can be spread around by someone who has hepatitis A because he or she is a carrier of the virus behind it. It is said that a person with hepatitis A is most infectious about 2 weeks before he or she begins to experience signs and symptoms.

Here are some of the ways that hepatitis A is spread around:

 

Consumption of food that is prepared by a person who has hepatitis A. This is most especially true if he or she has not properly washed his or her hands.

Drinking of water that is contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.

Intake of raw or undercooked seafood obtained from contaminated water.

Close contact with someone who has hepatitis A. This includes having sexual intercourse with an infected person, especially when the rectal or anal area has been touched with the fingers, mouth or tongue.

Using illegal drugs, especially when paraphernalia contaminated with the hepatitis A virus are used.

Symptoms

Medical experts say that it may take a while before the various signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A show up. They say that someone may experience them about 4 weeks after getting infected. It’s even possible for someone with hepatitis A to not experience any sign and symptom at all.

Some of the initial signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include:

Tiredness and malaise
Achy muscles and joints
Pain in the upper right section of the abdomen
Loss of appetite
Mild fever
Headaches
Sore throat
Diarrhea or constipation
Hives or raised rash that’s itchy

These initial signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A can last anywhere from a few days only to a couple of weeks. Afterwards, as the infection of the liver progresses, the following may be experienced by the individual:

Jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin as well as the whites of the eyes (sclera)

Pale colored stools
Dark colored urine
Skin itching

Tenderness and swelling of the upper right section of the abdomen

Although it rarely happens, hepatitis A can cause liver failure. When such develops, the person who is infected may experience severe vomiting, frequent bruising, bleeding of the nose and gums, drowsiness and confusion.

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Busting myths around blood donation

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As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

Contrary to the myth about blood donations making a person weak or anaemic, the body replenishes the lost blood in a matter of a few days, say experts.

“A healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets, so there is no question of becoming weak, much less anaemic. It is a myth and should not deter people from donating blood,” says Dr RK Singal, chairman, internal medicine department, BLK super-speciality Hospital.

 

The donors can give either whole blood or specific blood components, as there is sophisticated equipment available these days that extract relevant components from blood and the rest of the blood can be transfused back to the donor.

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

About 65% of India’s population is young and if this section donates blood regularly, chances of the country facing blood shortage will be remote. Hence, there is all the more reason for people, especially youngsters, to come forward and be regular blood donors.

How to prepare

Have enough fruit juice and water in the night and morning before you donate

Have a full meal 3 hours before donation; never on an empty stomach

Have some rest for about 10-15 minutes after donation

Have some snacks or a juice with high sugar content after donation

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Erectile dysfunction’s connection with lifestyle

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By Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal

healthy-lifestyle-can-reverse-effects-of-hypertensionAll over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED).

All over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED). From my research, I have found a strong link between ED and stress. Other major causes include smoking, drinking, diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. My advice to these patients is — do not get even more stressed over this situation. Instead, focus on taking the right medication and making some changes to your lifestyle, so you can once again enjoy a satisfactory sexual life.

 

DIAGNOSIS OF ED

We normally diagnose ED and its underlying causes by asking the patient a few questions about his medical and sexual history. This is sometimes done by sharing a questionnaire with the patient. The questions that we ask are designed to help us understand the cause of ED in the particular patient.

We also do a physical exam, ask for certain blood tests to rule out other medical conditions responsible for erectile dysfunction, and recommend imaging tests (if required) to determine whether the person is physically able to have an erection or not.

SHORT-TERM SOLUTION, LONG-TERM CURE

Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol levels) can cause ED. In these cases, ED can be reversed once the patient starts treatment.

In my experience, many men suffer from ED because of work stress, family pressure and anxiety. So, changes in lifestyle with regular exercise, yoga, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and proper counselling help in treating ED. Along with this, medicines for ED are usually prescribed for about 3 to 6 months by which time lifestyle changes start to take effect and the patient is physically and mentally healthier, which helps resolve the problem.

An estimated 16% to 25% of men experience ED at some point in their lives. I would urge them not to be embarrassed about it. Seek medical help from a urologist or andrologist; get the necessary advice/medication; and go on to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling sexual life.

The author of this article is Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal, head, andrology, department of urology sciences, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, Saket

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