Causes and Treatment of Insomnia

Insomnia is the situation where a person feels restless in sleep due to many problems. Due to insomnia the person lacks the ability to sleep. This problem may exists at any age, but it affects mostly the older age people.

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Causes of Insomnia
Following are the major causes for Insomnia:

1. Stress: Stress is due to the tension exerted by particular condition in person’s life that make him feel depress. This stress may affect your body in many ways such as it may leads to improper sleep, high or low blood circulation and may also lead to head ache or other such conditions.

2. Certain Medicine: There is certain medicine or tablets that may directly affect your sleep by making you restless. These medicine or tablets do not only affect your sleep but your whole body in some or the other way which is harmful for your body.

3.    Late Night Sleep: Certain reasons like night shift at work place or late night studies which may leads to improper sleep, that results in the generation of insomnia.

4.    Improper Diet: Improper diet is another reason for this disorder. Taking dinner late at night and then going to bed is also responsible for this disorder.

5.    Drugs & Alcohol Usage: Usage of drugs and alcohol at nights, in access amount regularly can also generate the effects of insomnia. Alcohol is a sedative that may help you fall asleep, but it prevents deeper stages of sleep and often causes you to awaken in the middle of the night.

 Treatment for Insomnia

1. Meditation: Meditation is the best way to get relief from stress or depression. A person feels relaxed and stress free through meditation. Also try to keep your mind busy in some interesting tasks that may refresh your mind and body to get relief from stress.

2. Take Proper Diet: Take proper diet at proper time, in the evening, to avoid this disorder. Taking heavy dinner at night discomforts you so, avoid heavy diner at night to keep your body fit and healthy. Include fruit juice, cholesterol free food in your diet.

3. Avoid Alcohol & Drugs: Avoid over drinking of alcohol regularly as this not only ruining your sleep but also ruining your health in many ways. So it’s better to avoid it to keep yourself happy & healthy.

4. Visit Doctor: If you’re facing the problem of insomnia since a long time then it’s better to go for the medical treatment before the problem turns to much serious. Visiting Aok Emergency Room, an Urgent care clinic in Houston may help you to treat your problem or you can also contact directly at 281 542 3998.

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Knee Pains and Injuries

Knee pain is a common symptom in people of all ages. There are many reasons behind causes of knee pains. Management of knee pain can be done with the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for those diagnosed symptoms.

Causes of Knee Pains:
Generally, there are different causes for knee pains in the young and the older person. In older people, there is higher incidence of chronic knee pain, generally at the knee cap. Gout and arthritis are the most common diseases cause knee pain.
1.Sports and Injuries: The most common cause of knee pain is an injury to the knee. It can be causes by exercise, sports, falling and getting struck by something.
2.Arthritis and Gout: These are the inflammatory diseases of the body. They onset at mid age or old age and can happen to men and women both. Arthritis and gout both can cause knee joint pain. In fact, chronic pain and discomfort in doing daily activities like walking; sitting and cycling are the first signs of arthritis.
3.Pain in front of the knee: This type of pain is generally caused by excess pressure on the knee like extra body weight or due to pounding caused by running.
4.Pain at the sides of the knee: Pain aside the knee and up towards the thighs is a lateral pain caused by overuse of the Iliotibial band. This is a band of tissue running from the knee to the hip along the side. It is most often caused by endurance sports like running.
5.Tingling or Burning pain: This knee pain can also be caused by a pinched nerve. Even in injuries, compression forces can pinch blood vessels and cause distortions that could lead to nerves getting pinched. These nerves than radiate pain sensation all along the nerve fibers.

Treatment of Knee pain
Following are the treatment for the knee pain that one can follow to get relief from:
1.When your knee first get injured, the best treatment is to take rest, use ice therapy method because it help reducing pain, swelling, speeds up the healing and prevents further injury.
2.Try to follow the entire knee strengthening exercise such as wall squat, heel raises, lauge, and bridge.
3.Perform leg stretching after the exercise to get the muscles stretched to the maximum.
4.Use the muscle strengthening supplements and fruit extract to keep your muscles healthy.
5.Go for acupuncture or acupressure treatment as they give much relief in such pains.
6.If your injury is severe and the pain doesn’t subside, your doctor may suggest injecting medications directly into your knee joint. This will also give you relief from pain to much extent.
7.Knee braces serve to support and protect the knee which helps in reducing pain, inflammation and aid healing.
8.Include outdoor games & sports in your daily and weekly routine to make your muscles healthy.
9.Try to avoid the food that contains much amount of starch as this may be dangerous for your knees bones and muscles.
10.Go for the weekly checkup if you are following some medication for your knee pain.

As sometimes knee pains become unbearable it is better to seek the medical treatment by visiting the AOK Emergency Room Houston or can directly call at 281 542 3998 for proper suggestions.

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Some Helpful Tips in Emergency Care by AOK Emergency Room

“Emergency” defines itself as an urgent situation. Anyone on this globe does not know when we get into such condition. Listed below are some helpful tips that can be remembered in an emergency condition.

1.    Heart Attacks: Most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Immediately call 911 or your emergency response number so an ambulance can be sent for you. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive – up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car.

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Some common symptoms of heart attacks are:
a.    Chest discomfort
b.    Uncomfortable pressure in the chest
c.    Squeezing
d.    Shortness of breath
e.    Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

2.    Strokes: Strokes are life & death emergencies – every second counts. A Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is a “warning stroke” or “mini-stroke” that produces stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. Recognizing and treating TIAs may reduce the risk of a major stroke. The usual TIA symptoms are same as those of stroke, only temporary. The short duration of these symptoms and lack of permanent brain injury is the main difference between TIA and a stroke. If one or more signs are present, then don’t delay:

a.    Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
b.    Sudden confusion, trouble in speaking or understanding
c.    Problem in one or both eyes
d.    Difficulty in walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
e.    Severe headache with no known cause

3.    Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of the water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Elder people, having high blood pressure and those working in a hot environment are more prone to heat exhaustion.

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Some common symptoms of heat exhaustion are:
a.    Heavy sweating
b.    Extreme weakness or fatigue
c.    Dizziness, confusion, nausea
d.    Muscle cramps
e.    Slightly elevated body temperature
f.    Fast and shallow breathing

4.    Concussion: Most people with a concussion recover quickly, but some can have the symptoms lasts for days, weeks or longer. Recovery may be slow in adults, young children and teens.

Symptoms of concussion usually fall into four categories:
Thinking/Remembering/Physical emotional/Mood sleep

Difficulty in thinking Headache fuzzy or blur vision Irritability Sleeping more than usual
Feeling slowed down Nausea, vomiting, dizziness Sadness Sleeping less than usual
Difficulty in concentrating Sensitivity to noise or  light More emotional Trouble falling asleep
Difficulty in remembering new information Feeling tired, no energy Nervousness or anxiety  

If you find any of the above signs and symptoms for heart attacks, strokes, heat exhaustion or concussion, then don’t wait to call 911 or your nearest emergency room to get the proper treatment on time, without any delay. Always remember, in life & death emergencies – “every second counts”.

Know more about the different types of diseases, their causes, symptoms and cure at http://aokemergencyroom.com/blog/.

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Learning more about Psoriasis – for a Healthy Lifestyle

Approximately 7.5 million people in the United States are affected by a condition called psoriasis which is an autoimmune disease that requires treatment by a doctor.

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CAUSES OF PSORIASIS
The cause of this condition may be a mystery, but researchers believe genetics are involved and flare-ups can be triggered by stress, sunburn, and certain medications. Having to deal with a long-term disease that flares up unexpectedly is terrible, but knowing the possible effects of psoriasis will help you be better prepared to handle flare-ups and perhaps prevent different health issues.

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS OF PSORIASIS
The signs and symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the type you have. Some common signs for Plaque Psoriasis — the most common type of psoriasis — include:

  1. Plaques of red, inflamed skin often covered with loose, silver-colored scales. These plaques may be itchy and painful and sometimes crack and bleed. In severe cases, the plaques will grow and merge into one another, covering large areas.
  2. Disorders of the fingernails and toenails, including discoloration and pitting of the nails. The nails may also begin to crumble or detach from the nail bed.
  3. Scaly plaques on the scalp.
  4. Small areas of bleeding where the involved skin is scratched.

Approximately one of every twenty psoriasis sufferers is affected by stiff, painful joints which are known as psoriatic arthritis. Typically, only the toes and fingers are affected and nail changes occur. In rare, severe cases this type of arthritis affects the joints of the spine. The earlier the psoriatic arthritis diagnosed by a doctor or a board certified physician, the better to deal with it. Early diagnosis helps limit or prevent damage to joints which occur in the disease’s late stages.

TREATMENT OF PSORIASIS

(a) Scalp psoriasis affects approximately 50% of the people with this condition. This type ranges from mild, dandruff scaling to crusty plaques which spread to your neck and forehead. Scalp psoriasis is very itchy, and medicated shampoo may help.

(b) Nail changes are also caused by this condition. Changes include alterations in shape and color, pitting (holes), thickening, and nail separation from your nail bed. Keeping nails short and protecting them with gloves may help.

(c) Having psoriasis is stressful and may cause anxiety and depression. If psoriasis has you feeling down or overwhelmed, speak with a doctor or mental health professional. Working with them will help you get proper treatment and will help you deal with the emotional effects of having psoriasis.

If psoriasis is suspected even without exhibiting the classic signs and symptoms, seek urgent care immediately, you can make a call (281)542-3998 for 24 Hour Emergency Care in Houston.

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Knowing Viral Infection & It’s Treatment

A virus is a germ that is smaller than bacteria. Viruses are encapsulated by a protective coating so they are more difficult to kill than bacteria. Viral infections can cause illnesses as minor as the common cold and as severe as AIDS.

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TYPES OF VIRAL INFECTION

  • The Flu
  • Viral Pneumonia
  • RSV
  • Croup
  • Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis)
  • Chickenpox

FLU:
Influenza, commonly shortened to “flu,” is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses. Flu appears most frequently in winter and early spring.

Viral Pneumonia:
Viral pneumonia is a pneumonia caused by a virus. Viruses are one of the two major causes of pneumonia, the other being bacteria; less common causes are fungi and parasites. Viruses are the most common cause of pneumonia in children, while in adults bacteria are a more common cause.

RSV:
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages, is a major cause of respiratory illness in young children.

Croup:
Croup is a disease caused by a virus, bacteria, allergies, and inhaled irritants that leads to swelling in the airways and problems breathing. A child may have stridor; a high-pitched sound usually heard when the child breathes in (inspiration).

Stomach Flu:
It is a viral infection that affects the stomach and small intestine. The illness is usually brief, lasting 1 to 3 days. Stomach flu is caused by a different virus than the Influenza viruses which affect the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). Learn about respiratory tract flu here.

Chickenpox:
Chickenpox (varicella) is a common illness that causes an itchy rash and red spots or blisters (pox) all over the body. It is most common in children, but most people will get chickenpox at some point in their lives if they have not had the chickenpox vaccine.

Treatment for Viral Infection:
The viral infection caused due to any of the virus can be treated if we follow certain points as described above:

  1. Drink plenty of water and other fluid that gives you energy.
  2. Eat protein vitamin mineral rich food and avoid oily food.
  3. Eat fruits that your dietician suggests you in your viral fever.
  4. Avoid working and take rest with good sleep.
  5. Follow the proper medication given by the doctor to get quick relief from viral fever

If viral fever or infection is suspected even without exhibiting the classic signs and symptoms, seek urgent care immediately, you can make a call (281)542-3998 for 24 Hour Emergency Care in Houston.

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Have a Wonderful Summer – And Drink Responsibly

ar133202477862374Drinking alcohol in moderation is always the best advice. However, now that the summer is upon us and barbeques and parties are in full swing, the urge and opportunity to binge drink is everywhere. Binge drinking is a main cause of alcohol poisoning. It occurs when a person has consumed a toxic amount of alcohol over a short period of time. It has been estimated that approximately 50,000 cases are reported annually. College students, chronic alcoholics, and young children are at a high risk. It can be life threatening and usually requires urgent medical attention.

Symptoms include:

– Confusion
– Vomiting
Seizures
– Slow or Irregular Breathing
– Blue-tinged or Pale Skin
– Hypothermia
– Unconsciousness

Alcohol is absorbed quickly in the body unlike food which can take hours to digest. Most alcohol is processed by the liver. It takes approximately one hour for the liver to process the alcohol in one drink. The rate at which the liver can process alcohol varies greatly from person to person. A number of factors will increase the risk of poisoning such as age, gender, size, weight, overall health & tolerance level and food consumption.

If alcohol poisoning is suspected, even without exhibiting the classic signs and symptoms, seek urgent care immediately. An unconscious person is at risk of dying and should never be left alone; in this situation you can make a call (281)542-3998 for 24 Hour Emergency Care in Houston.

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When Should Your Child Go to the ER or to the Pediatrician?

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When Should Your Child Go to the ER?

When your child gets hurt or sick, do you take them directly to an emergency room without a second thought? Although it is understandable that you want to ensure your child is fine, sometimes it’s more appropriate to see the pediatrician instead.

How will you know the sign or injuries of emergency? First, ask the pediatricians opinion for when to go emergency room. Then brush up on the following reasons can help you assess your child’s health and make a decision to go to the ER.

Conditions that needs “Emergency care”-

  • Poison – If your child has ingested any household cleaning products or excessive amounts of medication
  • Bleeding – Persistent bleeding that won’t stop after direct pressure has been applied.
  • Deep laceration – A large cut on the head, chest or abdomen.
  • Persistent pain – Severe pain that continues to get worse.
  • Concussion – A bump on the head that leads to vomiting, confusion, headache, dizziness or numbness.
  • Trouble Breathing – Shallow breathes, very fast breaths or if the lips are turning blue.
  • Fever – Persistent fever that is 103 degrees or higher. Also if the fever is low grade but last longer than a week.

Visit the Pediatrician

Below you can review different instances in which you can visit the pediatrician first instead of going directly to the emergency room.

  • Bump on the Head – Not all bumps on the head lead to a concussion. If your child gets up and stops crying after some attention then they don’t need to go to the emergency room.
  • Fever – A low grade fever that lasts up to a few days.
  • Vomiting – Children will get sick so as long as you keep them hydrated and they don’t throw up for more than 24 hours.
  • Split lip – If the bleeding stops after your child drinks cold water or eats some ice.
  • Rash – A rash that does not cause your child to have breathing problems.

The broad certified Pediatrician and nurses at AOK Emergency Room Houston takes care of your child & provide you the proper diagnosis & treatment to get well soon.

If your child is suspect of these problems don’t wait for anything, just call (281)542-3998 for 24 hour emergency care in Houston and take a good advice and proper treatment.

 

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