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Airplane Ear (Ear Barotrauma)

Airplane Ear (Ear Barotrauma)

    • Imbalance in ear and environmental air pressure causes stress on the eardrum.
    • Common during airplane ascent and descent.
    • Also known as ear barotrauma, barotitis media, or aerotitis media.

Self-Care Solutions and tips to avoid Airplane Ear:

    • Yawning, swallowing, or chewing gum can alleviate symptoms.
    • Employ the Valsalva maneuver (blowing gently with nostrils pinched and closed mouth) to equalize pressure.
    • Stay awake during takeoffs and landings for self-care techniques.
    • Avoid flying with colds, sinus infections, congestion, or ear issues.
    • Use nasal spray for congestion but avoid overuse.
    • Take allergy medication before the flight if needed.
    • Consider filtered earplugs for gradual pressure equalization

Consult a Doctor for Severe Cases: Seek medical attention for severe airplane ear symptoms.











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General Surgery – If Foot Ulcers are left untreated, it could get infected, leading to complications like amputations

Common underlying causes of diabetic foot complications include:

    • Inadequate glycemic control
    • Presence of calluses
    • Foot deformities
    • Inadequate foot care practices
    • Wearing ill-fitting footwear
    • Underlying peripheral neuropathy
    • Poor blood circulation
    • Dry skin

Approximately 60% of individuals with diabetes will eventually develop neuropathy, which can progress and lead to the formation of foot ulcers.

Visit our General Surgeon and get your foot ulcer treated.









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Understanding and Recognizing Absence Seizures in Children

  • Absence seizures in children can go unnoticed because they are very short.
  • A child’s learning ability might start to decline, and adults may not realize it’s due to seizures.
  • Teachers could say the child has difficulty paying attention or is frequently daydreaming.
  • These seizures are often so brief that they are hard to spot at first.
  • It’s essential for parents and teachers to be aware of these signs and seek medical advice if they suspect a problem.











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When Emotions Take a Toll on Your Heart: Unraveling Broken Heart Syndrome

Broken Heart Syndrome, a heart condition often triggered by intense emotions or stressful situations, can also arise from severe illnesses or surgery. Thankfully, it’s usually temporary, although some individuals may experience lingering discomfort even after their heart has healed.

Symptoms of Broken Heart Syndrome can closely resemble those of a heart attack, including sudden chest pain and breathlessness. However, it’s important to note that Broken Heart Syndrome affects only a portion of the heart, briefly interrupting its normal blood-pumping function. Interestingly, at times, the heart may contract more forcefully during this condition.

Treatment for Broken Heart Syndrome typically involves the use of medications to manage its symptoms.

This condition may also go by various names, including Stress Cardiomyopathy, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, Recurrent Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, and Apical Ballooning Syndrome.

Symptoms of Broken Heart Syndrome may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

The exact cause of this syndrome remains unclear, but it is believed that a surge in stress hormones, like adrenaline, could temporarily harm the heart in some individuals. Whether these hormones directly affect the heart or if other factors are involved remains a subject of ongoing research. Temporary constriction of the heart’s large or small arteries may also contribute to the condition, along with potential changes in the heart muscle structure.

Broken Heart Syndrome often follows intense emotional or physical events, such as sudden illness (like asthma attacks or COVID-19 infection), major surgery, fractures, the loss of a loved one, or emotionally charged arguments. In rare cases, certain drugs, including emergency medications for severe allergic reactions or asthma, some anxiety treatments, nasal decongestants, and illicit stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine, have been associated with this condition. It’s crucial to inform your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter ones, and discuss potential risks and side effects when starting a new medication.

Notably, Broken Heart Syndrome differs from a heart attack, as it doesn’t result from a complete or near-complete blockage of a heart artery. Instead, it involves a temporary reduction in blood flow through the heart arteries.

When to Seek Medical Attention: Any persistent chest pain warrants immediate medical attention, as it could be indicative of a heart attack. If you experience new or unexplained chest pain, a very rapid or irregular heartbeats, or shortness of breath, don’t hesitate to contact emergency services promptly. Your heart health is of utmost importance.






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