August 7, 2020 by Community Manager 0 Comments

Iron Status Profile (AKA: Fe Tests, Iron Indices)

You need iron to make red blood cells. Iron is also an important part of hemoglobin, a protein in your blood that helps carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body.

Uses of Iron Status Profile;

  • To evaluate your body’s current level of iron.
  • To help diagnose iron deficiency or iron overload.
  • Iron tests evaluate the amount of iron in the body by measuring several substances in the blood.

Need to get tested, if you have;

Symptoms of low iron:

Symptoms of high iron:

Other related Iron tests;

  • Serum iron test—It measures the level of iron in the liquid portion of the blood.
  • Transferrin test— It directly measures the level of transferrin in the blood. Transferrin is the protein that transports iron around in the body.
  • TIBC (total iron-binding capacity)It measures the total amount of iron that can be bound by proteins in the blood.
  • UIBC (unsaturated iron-binding capacity)The UIBC test determines the reserve capacity of transferrin, i.e., the portion of transferrin that has not yet been saturated with iron. UIBC also reflects transferrin levels.
  • Transferrin saturation— a calculation that reflects the percentage of transferrin that is saturated with iron (100 x serum iron/TIBC).
  • Serum ferritinIt reflects the amount of stored iron in the body.
  • Absorbing too much iron over time can lead to the progressive buildup of iron compounds in organs and may eventually cause their dysfunction and failure. 

‘Ask Gogodoc About’ is an educational series providing information on various symptoms, pains, and disorders. (*intended for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please reach out to book an online GP consultation with a Gogodoc GP.) Talk to a doctor online at a time that suits you from home with a phone or video appointment. You can easily book an appointment with GP.

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July 31, 2020 by Community Manager 0 Comments

Biochemistry (24 Parameters) without Glucose & Hematology Profile

This is a series of blood tests used to figure out functional capacity of several critical organs and systems, such as Kidneys and liver.

Usually this test is followed by a complete blood count (CBC).

The panel of 24 bio-chemistry tests, full blood count and ESR gives a health care provider the important information about the prevailing status of a person’s health.

Some of the sicknesses that are diagnosed are;

  • Infection/ Inflammation
  • Bleedings
  • Clotting disorders
  • Metabolism
  • Health of the kidneys and liver
  • Measures the electrolytes and acid/base balance
  • Levels of blood glucose
  • Levels of blood proteins

Ask Gogodoc About’ is an educational series providing information on various symptoms, pains, and disorders. (*intended for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please reach out to book an online GP consultation with a Gogodoc GP.) Talk to a doctor online at a time that suits you from home with a phone or video appointment. You can easily book an appointment with GP.

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July 31, 2020 by Community Manager 0 Comments

Bites-human, dog, insect, other animals: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatments

If a dog bite pierces a person’s skin, bacteria from the animal’s mouth can get into the body, which can cause an infection.

Symptoms:

Symptoms of a dog bite infection can include:

  • Swelling and redness around the wound
  • Pain that lasts longer than 24 hours
  • Drainage from the wound
  • Difficulty moving the affected part of the body
  • A warm feeling around the wound

Signs that the infection may have spread to other parts of the body include:

Prevention:

To help prevent infection from a dog bite, people should wash the wound as soon as possible. People can treat minor wounds by:

  • Washing the wound with soap and warm water, making sure to clean the area thoroughly
  • Running the wound under lukewarm water to flush out bacteria
  • Applying antibiotic cream to the wound and then wrapping a clean bandage around it

People should deal with deeper, more serious wounds by:

  • pressing a dry, clean cloth firmly against the wound to stop the bleeding
  • seeking medical attention straight away
  • calling 911 or getting emergency help if the bleeding is uncontrollable or the person feels faint.

Treatment:

People may be able to use at-home treatments to prevent a dog bite from becoming infected. Cleaning minor wounds immediately is often sufficient. However, people should see a doctor for more serious wounds.

A doctor may use a syringe to apply water and a cleaning solution to the wound. Doing this helps flush out bacteria from the wound. The doctor may then prescribe antibiotics to fight off any bacteria that have entered the body and prevent infection.

A doctor will also be able to examine the wound to look for any damage to structures in the body, such as nerves or bones.

If the person has not had a tetanus vaccine in the last 5 years, they may need to have one to reduce the risk of tetanus.

In cases of severe or facial wounds, people may need stitches to close the wound. If the person does not know the dog’s history of rabies vaccination, they will need a post exposure rabies vaccine to protect them from the possibility of rabies.

‘Ask Gogodoc About’ is an educational series providing information on various symptoms, pains, and disorders. (*intended for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please reach out to book an online GP consultation with a Gogodoc GP.) Talk to a doctor online at a time that suits you from home with a phone or video appointment. You can easily book an appointment with GP.

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July 31, 2020 by Community Manager 0 Comments

Well Man Profile + HbA1c Profile

This test is particularly useful because it gives an implication of how often you’ve had abnormally high blood glucose levels over the previous 3 months.

People who have diabetes need this test regularly to see if their levels are staying within the range.

This test diagnoses diabetes and checks your control for those who are already, known to have diabetes.

  • A high level of glucose is known as Diabetes.
  • A low level of glucose is known as Hypoglycemia.

Blood test can be an important element in inspecting your health conditions. But always remember, diagnosing a medical condition or starting treatments should always be in consulting a doctor, where your symptoms and examinations can be performed.

Ask Gogodoc About’ is an educational series providing information on various symptoms, pains, and disorders. (*intended for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please reach out to book an online GP consultation with a Gogodoc GP.) Talk to a doctor online at a time that suits you from home with a phone or video appointment. You can easily book an appointment with GP.

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July 30, 2020 by Community Manager 0 Comments

Eczema: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

What is Eczema?

This is a condition where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked and rough. Swelling may occur sometimes. It’s sometimes called “the itch that rashes” because the itching usually comes first. Normally, this is considered as a condition which makes your skin inflamed or irritated.

Causes of eczema:

Yet, the real cause for eczema is unknown. It is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma. Some of the eczema causes are;

  • Dry skin
  • Irritants
  • Stress
  • Environmental factors
  • Climate and sweating
  • Infection
  • Allergies

Symptoms of eczema:

Some of it’s symptoms are;

  • Areas of swelling
  • Oozing or crusting
  • Very bad itching
  • Dark colored patches of skin
  • Rough, leathery/ scaly patches of skin
  • Inflamed skin
  • Dry, sensitive skin

Treatments of eczema:

Initially, there is no cure for eczema, but there are treatments, where symptoms can be managed. Some of the treatments are;

  • Using OTC/ Prescribed products
  • Bathing
  • Moisturizing when skin gets too dried
  • Prescription medications
  • Phototherapy
  • Complementary and alternative therapies

‘Ask Gogodoc About’ is an educational series providing information on various symptoms, pains, and disorders. (*intended for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please reach out to book an online GP consultation with a Gogodoc GP.) Talk to a doctor online at a time that suits you from home with a phone or video appointment. You can easily book an appointment with GP.

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July 28, 2020 by Community Manager 0 Comments

General Well Person Profile – substituting Glucose with HbA1c

The HbA1c test is an important blood test that gives a good implication of how well your diabetes is being controlled.

The HbA1c levels should be measured regularly by anyone who has diabetes and also if they are of risk of developing it.

High HbA1c level increases the risk of complication such as retinopathy (damage to the blood vessels supplying the retina) and kidney disease.

Limitations of HbA1c test includes;

  • People with Anemia, as they may not have sufficient hemoglobin for the test to be accurate.
  • Pregnancy/Uncommon form of hemoglobin can also return in inaccuracy HbA1c
  • Having higher blood sugar levels

HbA1c occurs when hemoglobin, the oxygen- carrying protein in the blood cells, becomes bounded with glucose in the bloodstream. The bonding with glucose is called glycation.

Higher the persons blood glucose levels have been, the higher the number of red blood cells that will have become glycated, and therefore the higher HbA1c level they will have.

‘Ask Gogodoc About’ is an educational series providing information on various symptoms, pains, and disorders. (*intended for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please reach out to book an online GP consultation with a Gogodoc GP.) Talk to a doctor online at a time that suits you from home with a phone or video appointment. You can easily book an appointment with GP.

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July 27, 2020 by Community Manager 0 Comments

Dry lips: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Cracked, peeling or chapped lips are commonly termed as dry lips. Dry lips are a sign that your hydration levels are low. Having dry lips are commonly a sign of problems in the digestive tract. Lips are more prone to drying out than other parts of the body.

Causes of dry lips:

Those who have dry skin specially experience dry lips. Some of its causes are.

  • Weather
  • Dehydration
  • Lip licking
  • Infections
  • Allergies
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Certain medications

Symptoms of dry lips:

Some of the symptoms of dry lips are;

  • Dryness
  • Cracks
  • Scales
  • Sores
  • Bleedings
  • Swellings
  • Flaking

Treatments for dry lips:

Lips do not contain oil glands like other parts of the skin. Therefore, it’s more liable to drying and becoming chapped. Some of the treatments are;

  • Use a good lip balm
  • Exfoliate the lips
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use a humidifier
  • Avoid smoking

‘Ask Gogodoc About’ is an educational series providing information on various symptoms, pains, and disorders. (*intended for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please reach out to book an online GP consultation with a Gogodoc GP.) Talk to a doctor online at a time that suits you from home with a phone or video appointment. You can easily book an appointment with GP.

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July 24, 2020 by Community Manager 0 Comments

Ear problems: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

What are ear problems?

Ear problems are showed up in many ways, one of the most common ear problem is hearing loss, ENT treats for patients who are mainly suffering from hearing loss.

Other ear problems are; ear infections, Meniere’s disease, Tinnitus, Ear barotrauma

Ear infections are the most common illness in infants and young children.

Tinnitus is the roaring in your ears.

Meniere’s disease results of fluid problems in your ear. You may experience dizziness.

Ear barotrauma is an injury that happens to your ears because of changes in air/water pressure.

Causes of ear problems:

  • Smoking
  • Colds
  • Allergies
  • Excess mucus
  • Change sin air pressure
  • Infected / swollen adenoids
  • Sinus infections

Symptoms of ear problems:

  • Hearing loss
  • Fussiness in infants
  • Pain/ Discomfort inside the ear
  • Feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Pus like ear drainage

These symptoms might come and go. It may occur in one or both the ears. Infection in both the ears are more severe.

Treatments for ear problems:

  • A warm or cold compress, may help ear pain
  • Tea tree oil ear drops to be used
  • Taking OTC/ Prescribed ear drops to relieve pain
  • Taking OTC decongestants

‘Ask Gogodoc About’ is an educational series providing information on various symptoms, pains, and disorders. (*intended for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please reach out to book an online GP consultation with a Gogodoc GP.) Talk to a doctor online at a time that suits you from home with a phone or video appointment. You can easily book an appointment with GP.

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July 22, 2020 by Community Manager 0 Comments

Biochemistry (16 Parameters) without Glucose & Hematology Profile

The biochemistry profile is used as a broad screening tool to check out organ function and to examine for conditions such as diabetes, kidney, and liver disease.

This test can also be used to check for conditions like; hypertension, for those who are taking medications on kidney or liver-related side effects.

This is a series of blood tests used to figure out the functional capacity of several critical organs and systems, such as Kidney and liver.

Usually, this test is followed by a complete blood count (CBC).

The panel of 24 biochemistry tests, full blood count and ESR give a health care provider the important information about the prevailing status of a person’s health.

 

Ask Gogodoc About’ is an educational series providing information on various symptoms, pains, and disorders. (*intended for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please reach out to book an online GP consultation with a Gogodoc GP.) Talk to a doctor online at a time that suits you from home with a phone or video appointment. You can easily book an appointment with GP.

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July 21, 2020 by Community Manager 0 Comments

Full Blood Count Profile

What is a Full blood count (Hematology) Profile?

 

This test which is also known as a Complete blood count is used to get information about the cells in a person’s blood.

It also measures the concentration of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets in the blood. Also, the FBC is also performed on those who are healthy as a part of the check-up and is used to check disorders and abnormalities of the blood.

FBC diagnoses conditions such as;

  • Anemia
  • Leukemia
  • Inflammations
  • Bleeding disorders/ cancer
  • Varieties of diseases
  • Conditions that affect blood cells

What is being measured?

  • Red blood cells
  • White blood cells
  • Hemoglobin
  • Hematocrit
  • Platelets

Red blood cells- This is involved in transferring hemoglobin throughout the body, to the tissues, where it delivers oxygen, and to the lungs, where it releases carbon dioxide and is oxygenated again.

High RBC is known as Polycythemia, as this is a type of blood cancer.

Low RBC is known as Anemia and can cause feelings like fatigue and weaknesses.

 

White blood cells- This is involved in inflammation and the immune response.

High WBC is known as Leukocytosis which is caused by infections, disorders in inflammatory and states of physiological stress.

Low WBC is known as Leukopenia, while people are more responsive to infection.

Platelets- They help your body form clots to stop bleeding.

A high platelet count is known as Thrombocytosis, it occurs in states of inflammation or trauma.

A low platelet count is known as Thrombocytopenia, people with this may experience external bleeding such as nose bleeding/ bleeding gums.

‘Ask Gogodoc About’ is an educational series providing information on various symptoms, pains, and disorders. (*intended for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms, please reach out to book an online GP consultation with a Gogodoc GP.) Talk to a doctor online at a time that suits you from home with a phone or video appointment. You can easily book an appointment with GP.

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