Have healthy breasts with these tips.

One of the most visible parts of a woman’s body is her breasts. Not only are the breasts visible, but they provide a sense of womanhood,  enhances her beauty, they serve as a source of pleasure during sexual intimacy and my personal favourite which is that the woman’s breast provides the most healthy form of nutrition for her baby. For these reasons, it is very important for us to take very good care of our breasts.

Ways to Keep your breast healthy! 

  1. Be breast aware:  You need to know your own breasts. Being breast aware means you know everything about your breasts. How it feels, how it looks, the size of both breasts and how it looks. This can only be done if you periodically check and examine your breasts. Breast awareness is very necessary to keeping your breast healthy since you are able to identify early any changes that may occur.  Also being breast awareness means you know about breast cancer and what to look out for with regards to the signs and symptoms.
  2. You need to maintain a healthy weight : Studies have shown that being overweight during adulthood especially after menopause  increases a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Therefore it is healthier to keep a normal weight as you grow older to reduce your chances of breast cancer.
  3. Exercise! Hit the road with some brisk walking, or skip a rope every now and then. You can also join a gym or try some yoga at home. All these can serve as good exercise that can keep your breast healthy.
  4. No / Less Alcohol intake : Too much Alcohol use can also increase your risk of breast cancer. It us advisable to reduce alcohol use more importantly after menopause.
  5. Know your Family health history: Some cancers have genetic predisposition. Breast cancer is one of such. Which means if a biological family member (eg. Mother, sister, aunt, etc.) has experienced breast cancer, there is an increased risk for you. By knowing this about your family’s medical history you can properly take care of yourself by adopting a healthier lifestyle to prevent it.
  6. Taking oral contraceptives: Some oral contraceptives can increase your risk of acquiring breast cancer.  If you intend to use any, make sure to read about it or ask questions when next you’re at the family planning office.
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A 19-year-old girl had a baby and experienced post partum anaemia (anaemia after having a baby) and was brought to the emergency department. She was HIV positive.

Upon talking with her she disclosed that, She had been infected with the HIV disease at birth since both parents were HIV positive. She has lived with the condition all her life and she has been taking her drugs.

Asking about the father of the baby, she revealed that he did not know her HIV status. I asked why she wouldn’t inform him, but chose to have unprotected sex with the man and subsequently have a baby with him. But she refused to say anything and kept quite.

 

Now here’s the kicker. ..

1. There are more young people living with HIV and other STD  than you may think.

2. Unprotected sex is costly so use a condom. It is way cheaper!

3. HIV doesn’t have a look anymore.  People living with HIV look healthy and strong just like others without the condition.  So stop looking out for unhealthy and emaciated individuals. You will make a mistake.

4. Stick to one partner and be committed to each other. That’s the only way to protect yourselves.

5. Always undergo a screening test of HIV before engaging in unprotected sex in a relationship.  Love has everything to do with it. Love protects so protect each other.

HIV is very real so live your life with healthy sexual practices.

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Information you should know before leaving the hospital as a patient.

I have come across a number of patients in the form of friends, family, and strangers who visit the hospital when sick to seek care but leave afterwards only to have no idea what, why, and how they are sick. Most people leave the hospital/ doctor’s office knowing nothing about the condition they are in.  It is important to have the following information as a patient before leaving the hospital.

  • The medical condition: There has been countless times I’ve heard people tell me “I don’t know”; after they have been to the hospital and I ask “what did the doctor say your condition is?”. Then the other question follows, “you didn’t ask?” And they mostly reply, “the doctor didn’t tell me”.  As a patient it is your duty to be curious about what is making you unwell. You ask and be told what your condition is. And for the doctors, it is your responsibility to inform your patient about his/her illness. Always know your medical condition before leaving  the hospital.
  • The cause: People get sick due many reasons. Knowing what made you sick is one step ahead of preventing a reoccurrence. Medical conditions are triggered by different factors. You need to know what you are doing or are not doing that is causing you to get sick.
  • The tests /investigations:  Medical tests or investigations help doctors in understanding and  deciding the type of condition you are having and the kind of management or treatment that you should be given. These tests can be expensive and knowing what exactly is being done for you abdominal what you are paying for helps you to also better understand your condition.
  • The medications: As a patient you should know the medications you have been given. It’s just about the name, but also what the medication does and why you are being given that. You should not just take your prescription and purchase the medications without a proper understanding of what and why you need them. Also the side effects of the drug.
  • Your review date: It is not all conditions and all patients who are asked to come for review. But if you are to come for review,  you should know when (date and time).

Let’s change the habit of visiting the hospital and returning home clueless about the what, why and how of our conditions. Be informed about your health.

Be interested, be educated and be on top of tour care.

First aid after dog bite: Prevent rabies with this 3 steps

After a dog bite, most people do not  know what to do. But knowing and doing the right thing after a dog bite can really be life saving for you. After you experience a dog bite, follow these steps to greatly reduce your risk of getting infected with rabies.

1. Wash the affected area with soap under running water for 10 minutes. This is according to the a world health organisation.  When there is no tap, get a bowl of water and let someone pour on you while you wash with the soap.

2. Wash the area with 70% alcohol /ethanol, or you can use povidine iodine.  (Do not apply anything else on it. )

3. Immediately seek care in a health facility.

Follow these 3 steps and protect yourself.

How to protect yourself from common cold.

Protect yourself from Common cold

Ghana is generally cold this time of the year. This means the amount of people experiencing common cold has also increased. But you can follow these tips to reduce your risk of catching a cold.

1. Wash your hands regularly:  Practice regular handwashing with soap under running water. Washing your hands reduces your chance of getting the cold because the virus doesn’t stay on your hands.

2. Avoid sharing some personal objects: Don’t share things like cups and towels with others especially if they have cold.

3. Cover up: Try wearing clothes that do not expose you too much especially your chest area. Add a scarf, or wear a jacket in the morning so that you can easily remove them later when you feel warm.

4. Use a hand sanitizer : Carry with you a hand sanitizer for when you cannot wash your hands. Use it frequently.

5. Avoid shaking hands and hugging people with cold: Cold is contagious so staying a distance between yourself and someone with cold is a smart and healthy thing to do.

6. Stop touching your eyes and nose: Touching your eyes and nose with unwashed hands could introduce the rhino virus  (causes cold) into your system. Don’t do it.

7. Stay healthy : A compromised immune system increases your risk of getting cold. It is important to eat healthy, sleep well, exercise and stay healthy for a strong immune system.

 

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How to stay hydrated in the cold weather and why its necessary.

How many times have you drunk water today? …..I’m guessing once or twice.  But on a hot and sunny day you would have drunk water like 5 to 6 times by now.

I know how you feel. The weather is cold and you don’t really feel thirsty.  But you still need to drink water. Here’s why…

Even though you’re not sweating which I love, you may be experiencing more urination than usual. You see, there are different ways the body loses fluid and one of them is through sweat. The other is through urination. By peeing more,  you are losing fluid which should be replaced through hydration. Now that you know why, let’s learn how.

Water becomes less appealing to most people during cold weather. But you can change that and get hydrated through these tips;

  • Carry water to work. By taking your own water to work, you are constantly reminded of it and you are more likely to drink than if you had to go and buy.
  • Put lemons in the water.You can add flavour to your water by putting lemons in them. This changes the taste and makes it more appealing to drink.
  • Squeeze some fruits.  Fruits like oranges, pineapple, water melon, coconut all have huge water content. You can drink these alternatively and you will still stay hydrated and healthy.
  • Take in sips: Taking in gulps of water might be difficult, so why don’t you take in small sips regularly?

Dehydration can have serious consequences on your health.  Let’s stay hydrated in this beautiful season.

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You only get two: these practices hurt your eyes.

Our eyes are two of the most important parts of our body that cannot be played with or taken for granted. Healthy eyes are an asset you should not compromise because it does not only make you see the beauty in the world, but adds to your physical presence as a person.

But sometimes, not knowing the effect of what you are doing can cause you to negatively affect the quality of health of your God-given eyes. In this post, you can learn about some common practices you may not know but have been affecting your eyes….

  • Eating unhealthy foods: Have you heard of the saying; “you are what you eat?” well, its true. Eating unhealthy foods, like high cholesterol diets can have negative impact on your eyes indirectly. High cholesterol diets promote weight gain and obesity is a risk factor for conditions like hypertension and diabetes which can lead to eye conditions like glaucoma or diabetic eye disease. It is important to eat foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients like fruits and vegetables for a healthy set of eyes.
  • Smoking: People who smoke are at a risk of the dry eye syndrome, cataract, and glaucoma. Smoking hurts your eyes in many ways that can lead to vision loss later in life. Also secondary smokers (people who live with or stay with others while they smoke and inhale the smoke) are also at risk. Smoking does not only hurt your eyes but other parts of your body including lungs and heart.
  • Not getting enough sleep: Sleep is good. Sleep relaxes the whole body including your eyes. It is healthy for an adult to get at least 7- 9 hours of sleep everyday. Sleeping less continuously puts pressure on your eyes and affects its quality of health. Some effects of sleeplessness are eye strain, dryness and eye irritation.
  • Not wearing sunglasses: Sunglasses are seen by many to be just an accessory to look good. Although this may be true, its health benefit cannot be over emphasized. Wearing of sunglasses should be a must especially in Africa where there is a lot of sunny days. Protecting your eyes against the sun with glasses is not only cool but smart. Sun rays are not only known for affecting the skin, but are also known for affecting the eyes. So what do you say? The next time you have to step into the sun, make sure you are looking cool and protected with your sunglasses.

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First 3 things to do when someone has burns.

In any emergency situation people begin to panic and sometimes it leads to doing the wrong things. But knowing exactly what to do in the face of emergency can be life saving. ..

When you or someone gets burns…

1. Cool the burnt area under running water. Where the tap is not flowing, you can fetch water and poor directly until the hand for 10 minutes.

2. Cover the affected area with a clean film, plastic bag or wet gauze. The reason for the film or plastic is because people who experience burns loose a lot of fluid which can lead to dehydration.

Be careful not to cover it too tightly.

3. It’s time for the hospital!  Now that you’ve completed step one and two,  you need to report to the hospital.

 

* What has been your experience with burns? Share yours with me.

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