#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Self-Prescribed Antibiotics For Ear Pain

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Q: What will happen if I take amoxicillin without the prescription of my doctor? I take it because my ear is aching and I do not know why and now I feel dizzy. I thought it would ease the pain that I am feeling right now. Please reply

A: Hi! I am quite convinced that this is a serious matter with that crying face J

First, please go and see your doctor. Why would you take amoxicillin without knowing whether the pain is due to an infection or not? There are so many different causes of ear pain and I’ll give you a small list below:

Ear pain with fever can be due to ear infections or a cold. For more on ear infections and colds, please click on the links: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2016/10/18/daily-health-tips-ear-infections/ and https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/08/08/having-a-cold-heres-your-survival-tool-kit/

Ear pain with pain when swallowing can be due to sore throat and tonsillitis. For more…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Nasal Polyp or Allergy?

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Q: Good evening Doc, please I want to ask what other way can you use to  cure nasal polyp and what is the correlation with  allergies?

A: A nasal polyp is a painless small growth in the nostrils with a stalk protruding from a surface. Though harmless, they can keep growing and block the nose if left untreated. Patients typically use the terms ‘stuffy nose’, ‘blocked nose’ or nasal congestion to describe this condition because of the obstruction (blockage) to the flow of air, in and out of the nose. It is not clear what causes this but it is thought that having asthma, allergy to air-borne fungi and a drug reaction to aspirin could predispose one to it.

Stuffy nose is the same description that patients with allergy use to describe their situation. In this condition, an individual’s immune system reacts in an exaggerated manner to certain foods or…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Am I Pregnant Or Not?

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Q: Hey Doctor, I hope you are fine. I went to visit my hubby in November, then we had unprotected sex for 2 months. In February, I started to feel something funny about my body. When I get up, my pressure goes up and I have back pain. I thought it was nothing. In my tummy I could feel something beating fast. In March, I started vomiting whenever I ate chicken. In addition, I have green lines on my chest and my hands. My boobs got big and hurt. My periods didn’t stop but only going for 3 days now – weak blood. Now I am ugly. I have pimples and my tummy is too big. Yesterday, I went to a doctor. He touched my tummy and he said he can ‘hear’ the baby’s head but the time he touched it, it hurt. So, he sent me to scan and …

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Daily Health Tips: Is It Okay To Cover My Baby With An Electric Blanket?

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Q: Hi Dr Ketch,is the electric blanket safe for my 4months old baby?

A: Congratulations on your new bundle of joy 😀
No, the electric blanket is not ideal for your baby because of the risk of over-heating burn or even a burn. So, please don’t use it. Focus more on dressing baby warmly, avoiding clothes with long strings that may pose a strangulation risk. Whatever you do, make sure baby’s head and face are not covered. If you can get a baby sleeping bag, that would be perfect.

Now, I’ll give you some extra tips to help you and baby sleep comfortably…tonight 😀

During night time feedings, keep lights low. Night lights stop you and baby from coming fully awake and so you can go back to sleep after the feed…effortlessly.

Commit to sleep and make it a priority in your life. The advice frequently given to new mothers…

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Daily Health Tips: How To Reduce Your Intake Of Saturated Fats

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It’s a weekend again and a number of us will be visiting some fast food restaurants for snacks or quick eats. The problem is with the quantity of saturated fats in some of these foods. A diet rich in saturated fats is associated with heart disease. Unfortunately, this fat is super abundant in a lot of the fast foods we love and crave.

Here are some tips to help you reduce your intake of saturated fats:
 Eat more white meat eg chicken and fish. Choose the healthier cuts of chicken like the breast as opposed to the wings and drum sticks
 Choose low fat dairy products: Full cream dairy is rich in saturated fat and so from the age of 2 years, children should be switched to skimmed variety or 1 or 2% milk
 Remove the skin from chicken and trim off fats from it during preparation:…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Body Itch

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Q: Good morning doc. I have been having this body itching for the past two months and I have taken drugs but it would go and come back again. The itching occur mostly in the evening, what could be the cause and what should I take to stop it?

A: Body itching can be caused by different conditions including:

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Daily Health Tips: How Can I Protect Myself From The Germs I Am Exposed To At Work?

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Q: Hello Dr, my job is waste collection. I work with ministry of environment. What can I take to prevent infections from the constant inhaling of the waste I am exposed to?

A: Thanks for writing in. This is a very important question given that you are exposed to these conditions on a daily basis. This also important for the rest of us as we go about cleaning our environment especially over the weekends.

To start off, ensure that you are dressed appropriately with the right long sleeved overalls. These overalls are usually reflective and if they are not be sure to ask for a reflective vest. This makes you visible to other drivers and even the driver of your own garbage truck. Accidents have been known to occur where a person collecting waste is run over by their own duty truck! Ensure that you also wear gloves and heavy…

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Daily Health Tips: Copious Vaginal Discharge

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Q: Please doctor, I have vaginal discharge and I do notice that when I wear panties in the morning, before 10 seconds I already have discharge on my panties. After that, I start perceiving the odour from my body. Please, what drug can I take to stop this?

A: Vaginal discharge is quite common in females especially in sexually active females, though it can also occur in people who are not sexually active. It can be rather disturbing if associated with symptoms like itching, sores in the genital area and bad odor.

There are different causes of discharge and many organisms responsible for vaginal discharge (bacterial, fungal and protozoan), and the offending organism/cause will determine the treatment.

Some causes include poor hygienic practices, use of harsh chemicals to wash the genital area, use of tampons and pads for long periods without change, insertion of herbs or other objects into the…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Can I Use Hair Removal Cream On My Chest?

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Q: Hello Dr, how are you doing, thanks for all the educative advice. Please I want to know if HAIR REMOVAL CREAM is advisable for removing hair on my chest.?

A: Hair removal cream also known as depilatory creams contain chemicals like thioglycolic acid (responsible for that strong and pungent odour associated with these creams) that break down the protein (Keratin) in hair. This leads to weakening and dissolution of the hair making it easy to be scraped away from the skin’s surface.

This product is usually used with great caution as keratin is also found in the top layer of the skin and if the cream is left on for too long, the chemical in it starts working on the skin leading to chemical burns and blisters. So be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, strictly and test the cream on a small patch of skin on the arm…

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Daily Health Tips: My Friend’s Snoring Is Destroying Her Relationship!

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Q: Good evening doctor I have a friend that snores badly and this is about causing a serious problem in her relationship could there be away out for her?

A: When we sleep, our muscles relax. This includes the tissues in the airways (throat). Snoring occurs as air passes through the airways that are partially obstructed by relaxed tissues. As the air flows, these tissues vibrate and we hear the sound described as snoring.

Occasional snorers are mainly problematic to their partners (who may or may not put up with it) but habitual snorers impede sleep for their partners and the quality of their own sleep is markedly reduced. As a result, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches and not feeling quite rested after sleeping may be normal symptoms for both parties.

Causes of snoring include alcohol consumption (due to relaxation of throat muscles), being overweight (due to narrowing of the airways…

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