Thursday, August 13, 2009

Swine Flu - Home remedies

While this flu is increasing and sometime people are panicing due to its daily casualities, there are few things which one can start doing at home to avoid impact. And not only this, you will have a long term effect to increase your immunity which will help you getting ill from other diseases as well.

1. Tulsi (Basil in english) increases immunity. You can eat few leaves everyday, better in morning and wash it before eating. It works great for throat and lung problems which are main organs, first affected by cold.

2. A stick of Giloi (approx 12 inch long) can be blied with Tulsi for 15-20 minutes. Add black pepper and sendha rock or black salt, or Misri according to taste. Drink this while still warm. Giloi powder is also available under Hamdard company brand.

3. Take two pods of raw garlic in the morning. To be swallowed daily with lukewarm water. Garlic too strengthens immunity like the earlier measures mentioned.

4. Drink lukewarm milk mixed with one spoon turmeric every night.

5. Drink two spoon of Aloe Vera gel with water every morning.

6. Daily excercise for 30 min. Include some of Prayanam yoga postures to it.

7. Have citrus fruits, particularly Vitamin C rich Amla.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Swine Flu- Prevention and latest news

Punehas become biggest city hit by swine flu in India. As of now already 8 people are consumed by this virus while counter is still not stopped. This is a sensitive topic where prevention could mean saving a life as well. I got this from one of my friend and it seems like useful, though it bears no authentication but info here makes sense - Some other ongoing news and links are available at site - And if you are interested in history of this flu, you can read wikipedia -

Main care which one can take is -
1. Keep clean - regularly wash hands. Cover your mouth when sneezing. Use disinfectants to clear your work area and home, if possible two times a day.
2. Avoid crowd - Railway station, bus station, malls, market are few places you should avoid. Only go there if it is urgent and use mask when going. As this is a hot topic, people get together to discuss latest news. Please avoid it as it is another mean to spread it more.
3. Be healthy - Eat properly cooked and healthy food. avoid junk for some time. Do regular excercise. If you are not regular, your 30 min daily could increase your immunity which can save your life.
H1N1 Testing Procedure at the Hospital
1. First you will have to meet the Doctor informing him/her that you have come for H1N1 test.
2. After that you will have to register at the OPD of the Hospital
3. The Hospital guards will be your best friend while you are at the facility and will guide you through the registration and Lab Procedures
4. Typically the doctor will ask you to get a chest X Ray and Blood test done
5. When you go for the X Ray center make sure that you breathe in when the X Ray is performed, the technician may forget to tell you this and your X Ray may not be of any use and you will have to wait for another day.
6. Get your Chest X Ray done before 1:30 pm as the X Ray center closes after that
7. The Blood collection and testing center is adjacent to the OPD and you may have to go there and give your blood sample. Do not forget to ask the Technician the time when you can collect the report.
8. After you have given your blood sample and got you chest X Ray done, the doctor will advise you to go and wait in the Swine Flu Isolation Ward.
9. In the mean time if you are hungry, you are free to go and have food.
10. After you go back to the Swine Flu Isolation Ward, a Intern will take the details mentioned in the ‘Information that you need to keep handy’ from you, he/she will check your BP, Heart Beat, Weight and other relevant medical details.
11. In case your Blood report has not come to the Isolation Ward and the ward is under staffed, you will have to go and collect your report from the Lab, make sure you reach the Lab before 4 pm.
12. Around 3:30 pm the Doctor will come to the Isolation ward and check your reports and will examine you for the Flu Symptoms
13. In case you have some of the Flu Symptoms you will be given a mask immediately and your swab sample will be sent to National Institute for Communicable Diseases, New Delhi or the National Institute of Virology, Pune.
14. Depending on the severity of your symptoms you may be allowed to go home or you may be isolated at the Quarantine facility
15. If your tests are normal you will be allowed to go home and you can heave a sigh of relief that you did not contact the Virus.

As I am living in pune, below are map location of hospitals which you should check-in in case of infection -

Naidu Hospital Pune

NIV, Pune

I hope it will soon be over and everone will be safe again. Amen.