Monsoon: Rain and Diseases

Monsoon brings with it welcome relief from the heat, and leaves behind a host of illnesses and diseases, some of which can be life threatening. Children are the most susceptible to these diseases. Here is how to keep yourself and your family safe this monsoon season.  


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Joint pain due to Arthritis


Joint pain is quite common these days and most of us learn to live with it. Unless the pain progresses to a level that it becomes unbearable, people avoid visiting a doctor and getting themselves diagnosed.

This can lead to severe consequences, if your joint pain is due to a serious condition like arthritis. This is usually a common reason why people suffer from joint pain. ‘There are different forms of arthritis and the most common one is osteoarthritis which is prevalent mainly in adults over the age of 60 years,’ says Dr Abha Shroff, chief pathologist and director at Disha Pathology Labs, Mumbai. Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilaginous lining of the bones is slowly lost leading severe joint pain. With early diagnosis you can treat the condition well. Continue reading Joint pain due to Arthritis

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

Is a blood test used to check for thyroid gland problems.

TSH causes the thyroid gland to make two hormones: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). T3 and T4 help control your body’s metabolism.

Why It Is Done

  • To determine if the thyroid gland is working properly. An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can cause symptoms such as weight gain, tiredness, dry skin, constipation, a feeling of being too cold, or frequent menstrual periods. An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can cause symptoms such as weight loss, rapid heart rate, nervousness, diarrhea, a feeling of being too hot, or irregular menstrual periods.
  • Find the cause of an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). TSH levels can help determine whether hypothyroidism is due to a damaged thyroid gland or some other cause (such as a problem with the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus).
  • To keep track of treatment with thyroid replacement medicine for people who have hypothyroidism.
  • To monitor the thyroid gland function in people who are being treated for hyperthyroidism. This treatment may include antithyroid medicine, surgery, or radiation therapy.
  • Double-check the diagnosis of an underactive thyroid gland in a newborn (congenital hypothyroidism).
  • Diagnose and monitor female infertility problems.

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