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GETTING PREGNANT WITH PCOS

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   PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in females, 5% – 10% of women between the age of 15 and 44, (during the years you can have children), have PCOS. Most women find out that they have PCOS in their 20s and 30s when they have problems getting pregnant, but PCOS can happen to anyone at any age after puberty. The prevalence of infertility in women with PCOS varies between 70% and 80%. It also responsible for approximately 25-30% of infertility in females.

    Most women will be able to conceive with a combination of fertility drugs and lifestyle change. While some women with PCOS will need IVF, a lot of people can get pregnant using lower-tech fertility drugs or treatments. Many women with PCOS struggle with Obesity and this is because PCOS affects how your body produces insulin which can lead to weight gain.

One of the main reasons why most women with PCOS do not get pregnant is because they do not ovulate regularly. Also, women with PCOS who are overweight are more likely to experience severe Anovulation – a situation where the ovaries do not release an oocyte during a menstrual cycle, which therefore causes Ovulation not to take place.

Diet Tips for Women with PCOS to Aid Fertility

  1. Include more protein and greens in your meals.
  2. Eat a bigger breakfast and a smaller dinner.
  3. When you eat carbohydrates, make them complex carbs like beans and whole grains.
  4. If you eat sweets or high carb food, combine them with healthy fats like Avocado, Olive oil, Nuts, or proteins to slow down the sugar spike.
  5. Avoid processed foods such as bagels, white rice, and low-fiber cereals which can cause insulin to spike.
  6. Eat regularly from time to time as not eating food is not the solution.
  7. Consume less of dairy products.

MEDICATIONS

People with PCOS sometimes need medications to treat it and also to help them conceive.

1. METFORMIN.

Metformin is a diabetic drug that is used by women with PCOS. It helps by improving insulin sensitivity in the body, it also helps to promote weight loss, restart regular menstrual cycles, improve the effectiveness of some fertility drugs, and reduce the rate of miscarriage.

2.           CLOMID

This is one of the most commonly used fertility drugs and also the most commonly used treatment for women with PCOS. Clomid helps a lot of women conceive but it is not always successful for some because they develop Clomid resistance and this is when Clomid does not trigger ovulation as expect

3.         LETROZOLE

Doctors may consider the use of Letrozole if other fertility drugs do not work. Letrozole is a cancer medication drug but it can be used as a fertility drug. Studies have found out that it may be more effective than Clomid at stimulating ovulation in women with PCOS.

4.       GONADOTROPINS

They are fertility medications given by injection that contain follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) alone or combined with luteinizing hormone (LH). it works directly on the ovaries to make multiple follicles (cyst containing eggs)

5.  FERTILITY PROCEDURES (IVF- in vitro fertilization)

IVF involves using injectable fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries so that they produce good and mature eggs. The eggs are now removed from the ovaries (EGG RETRIEVAL). The eggs are now placed together with sperm and the sperm fertilizes some of the eggs. After the fertilized eggs have had about 5 days to divide and grow, one or two are transferred into the uterus (embryo transfer). After two weeks, your doctor will ask for a pregnancy test to see if the process was a success or not.

WILL YOU NEED AN EGG DONOR?

PCOS does not mean you automatically need an egg donor unless there are additional fertility issues like repeated failed IVF cycles or when you’re close to menopause.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PCOS AND FERTILITY

  1. Do not underestimate diet and lifestyle
  2. Getting pregnant with PCOS requires a first understanding of how it is linked with fertility.
  3. Know when fertility treatments are needed for PCOS infertility.
  4. Understand what fertility treatments can not do for PCOS
  5. Be an informed fertility patient if you need treatment.
  6. Implement a PCOS fertility diet no matter which path you choose.
  7. Make exercise part of your weekly routine.
  8. Implement stress management techniques.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS and are trying to get pregnant, it is recommended that you speak to a doctor. This would assist you in finding the most effective treatment options, including fertility-boosting medications and high-tech modalities.

You can get started by today by talking to a licensed doctor online with Tremendoc.

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Tremendoc Completes 35,000 Telemedicine consultations in first half of 2020

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the nature of events that followed, triggered a global increase in demand for Telemedicine consultations. As more people are confined to their homes, it has become increasingly necessary to find innovative ways to access basic needs without having to move from place to place.

Global health guidelines have also advised patients to connect with their healthcare providers virtually before having an in-person visit, in order to limit exposure of patients and medical staff to the coronavirus. These factors have prompted a corresponding increase in telemedicine consultations worldwide.

In Nigeria, Telemedicine adoption has also seen a similar increase. One stand out example of this is Tremendoc Limited, Nigeria’s leading telemedicine platform. Tremendoc completed a milestone 35,000 telemedicine consultations as at June 2020 on its mobile app; an unprecedented feat in an industry still very much in its early stages globally.

“Today, on behalf of Tremendoc Limited, I celebrate the fulfillment of a major milestone”, Jay Chikezie, Founder/CEO of Tremendoc wrote in a Linkedin article.

“As we celebrate this major milestone, we are thankful for the thousands of customers who entrust us with their most valuable possession— their lives. We recognize the immense responsibility that comes with that trust, and it is amazing to witness the frontline role Tremendoc is playing in the advancement of telemedicine in Nigeria.” – Jay expressed further.

The Tremendoc app connects patients to a pool of 200+ licensed doctors, using video call, audio conference, and chat features.

The adoption of Telemedicine consultation could very well contribute to providing improved access to quality healthcare, and Tremendoc is leading this innovative charge in Nigeria.

The company’s focus is geared towards ensuring that every Nigerian has timely access to quality healthcare, when and wherever they need it. Following successful partnerships with industry giants such as Sterling Bank, Axa Mansard and UBA, Tremendoc is quickly revolutionizing healthcare delivery across Nigeria.

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6 common misconceptions about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

This might be probably the first time you’ve seen the abbreviation PCOS, and you just might be wondering what it means. Well, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that causes an enlargement in the ovaries, with small cysts on the outer edges. It is common among women in their reproductive ages, and affects about 1 in 10 women worldwide, but is more prevalent in African and Black American women.

The cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome isn’t well understood but may involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Symptoms include menstrual irregularity, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity. This particular medical condition as others has its myths – these tales are not necessarily true but are widely regarded by some people as fact.

Some of these misconceptions include:

The only treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is birth control pills 

birth control pills for PCOS

Women that have been diagnosed with this condition most times are afraid of not being able to conceive. Although it is the number one cause of infertility, this is not to say that it is a straight-up sentence to infertility. PCOS affects ovulation and leads to irregular menstruation, which makes it harder for women to get pregnant. But does not completely rule it out.

You can’t get pregnant with PCOS 

Hormonal birth control is a common way doctors treat the menstrual irregularities that come with the condition. But a person’s treatment will largely depend on her situation. If you want to get pregnant, you certainly won’t go on a birth control pill. Also, it is not the only way to treat PCOS, and it is not advised for all women. Women should learn to address their hormonal health more holistically with lifestyle measures, like reducing stress and eating an anti-inflammatory diet.

PCOS is a sign of Obesity

Not all obese or overweight women have PCOS, obesity can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and many other health conditions. Obesity, like PCOS, can also be hereditary. However, it won’t be a bad idea to get tested for PCOS if you feel overweight. 

Every woman with excess hair has PCOS 

While having excess hair is one of the common symptoms of the condition, it is not a certain indicator that a woman has PCOS. One of the reasons women may have excess hair is Cushing syndrome – which occurs when a woman is exposed to high levels of the hormone, cortisol (your body’s main stress hormone). Cushing syndrome can be triggered by your adrenal glands making too much cortisol, or from taking medications such as prednisone over a long period.

Women with irregular menstrual circle have PCOS 

Not all women with irregular menstrual circle have PCOS. There are a variety of other medical conditions that could contribute to irregular menstruation. An irregular menstrual cycle is a symptom of PCOS, but should not be a tag for PCOS. You should take necessary precautions by consulting your doctor or getting a test to confirm if you have it. Do not base your facts on assumptions.

You don’t have to worry about it if you’re not looking to get pregnant 

PCOS does not just affect a woman’s fertility; it can also impact her long-term wellness. It has been linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, sleep apnea, depression and anxiety, and endometrial cancer. So, even if you are not looking to get pregnant, it is definitely not a condition you should overlook.

PCOS can be self-diagnosed based on symptoms

PCOS has similar symptoms with other health conditions. It is also easy to mistake it for diabetes or other hormonal imbalance issues. Hence, you cannot be sure if you have it unless you get tested. 

It also is not a cause for panic. When it is discovered on time and treated in combination with healthy lifestyle choices, you have little to worry about.

However, it is not well known, hence, it is easy for people who lack adequate knowledge to spread false information about it. If you notice any symptoms of PCOS, it’s best you speak with a licensed doctor first to get a professional medical opinion on what next steps to take.

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10 Reasons coffee is good and bad for your health

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You might start off some workdays with a cup of coffee to add that extra kick to your step, while on other days you might have some coffee to stay focused all night and meet a pressing deadline. Regardless of the purpose, coffee is commonly used by professionals and entrepreneurs alike to stay active and energized. What most people have failed to acknowledge, however, is that while coffee can be quite helpful, it is not without its downsides.

Due to the fact that the main active compound in coffee is the stimulant caffeine, it becomes dangerous when it’s taken excessively and could lead to a series of complications in the human system.

Here are 10 reasons coffee could be good or bad for your health

What are the health benefits of coffee?

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Coffee can boost your physical performance. 

Have a cup of black coffee about an hour before workout and your performance can improve by 11-12%. Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in your blood. Adrenaline is your body’s “fight or flight” hormone which helps you to prepare for physical exertion.

Coffee may help you lose weight.

Coffee contains magnesium and potassium, which helps the human body use insulin, regulating blood sugar levels, and reducing your craving for sugary treats and snacks. 

Coffee helps you focus and stay alert. 

Moderate caffeine intake, helps you focus and improves your mental alertness. Caffeine is a known stimulant. In your brain, it blocks the function of an inhibitory neurotransmitter (brain hormone) called adenosine. By blocking adenosine, caffeine increases activity in your brain and releases other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine. This reduces tiredness and makes you feel more aler

Coffee lowers the risk of death.

Studies have shown that coffee drinker’s overall risk of premature death is 25% lower than those who don’t drink coffee. Studies have also shown that coffee drinks are less prone to suicide, liver diseases and type 2 diabetes.

Coffee reduces the risk of cancers.

One study has shown that coffee may decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer in men by 20 %, and endometrial cancer in women by 25 %.     

What are the negative side effects of taking coffee?

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Bad coffee can be toxic.

Bad quality coffee can have a lot of impurities in it, which can cause headaches. This can happen if your coffee is made from beans that have been over ripped or otherwise ruined. If you invest and buy high quality, specialty coffee you don’t have to worry about this.

Too much Coffee can be lethal to your health

Yes, if you drink 80-100 cups (23 liters) in a short session. This dose is lethal and will amount in 10-13 grams of caffeine within your body. Before you reach this point, however, you’ll be vomiting most of it out since 23 liters of any liquid is a lot.

Coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness.

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When coffee is taken excessively it can lead to insomnia (the inability to sleep). Consuming too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness, anxiety, heart palpitations, and even exacerbated panic attacks.

If coffee reduces your sleep quality, try quitting coffee late in the day, such as after 2:00 p.m.

It can easily lead to addiction.

When people consume caffeine regularly, they become tolerant to it. It either stops working as it did, or a larger dose is needed to produce the same effects.

When people abstain from caffeine, they get withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, exhaustion, brain fog, and irritability. This can last for a few days.

Tolerance and withdrawal are the hallmarks of physical addiction.

Coffee may increase frequency in Urination

frequent urination due to excess coffee

You may have noticed that you need to urinate frequently when you drink more coffee than usual.

Due to caffeine’s stimulatory effect on the bladder, increased urination is a common side effect of high coffee intake.  

How to Maximize Health Benefits of coffee

There are a few steps you can take to increase the health benefits of coffee to your body. They include;

  • Not adding a lot of sugar
  • Brew coffee with a paper filter. Unfiltered coffee, such as from a Turkish or French press, contains cafestol, a substance that can increase cholesterol levels.
  • Most importantly do not drink excessive amounts of coffee

If you notice any unusual changes in your health and suspect it might be due to your coffee consumption, speak with a licensed doctor first to get a professional opinion on how to limit your coffee intake.

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5 COMMON SKINCARE MYTHS YOU SHOULDN’T BELEIVE

Not everyone can relate to having “perfect skin.”

Many people rely on cosmetic products to cover-up as many spots and breakouts as possible, and that’s perfectly normal. On your journey to achieving that dream glow, it is understandable if you search the internet for skincare routines.

However, this exposes you to so much unverified information and could lead you to develop skincare routines that seem to be the perfect solution for your skin, but may end up not having no effect at all, or a negative effect.

Let’s help you rethink what you believe a perfect skincare routine is.

Here are 5 common skincare myths that you should definitely not believe;

1. Expensive products work best

Ever heard people say expensive products are the best for your skin? Things like “if it is so cheap, how can it be effective?” So many people equate high cost to high quality, and that isn’t always true. The fact is that it all depends on your skin type. It doesn’t matter if the product is expensive or not.

While expensive products are very well branded and packaged, some affordable, natural products can be more effective. It does not matter how expensive the product is, rather, the trick is knowing and understanding your skin type and working with products that are best for you. Do not allow anyone to sell you an overpriced product based on that false ideology.

2. Acne is a result of infrequent face washing

Some people also claim that you get acne from not washing your face. Although this is not entirely out of place, infrequent face washing is not a primary cause of acne. It’s more of a way to help deal with acne. Acne has a variety of causes. It can be triggered when it’s a woman’s time of the month,  as a reaction to particular foods or skin-care products, pregnancy, hormonal changes, bacterial or fungal infections. Definitely not from not washing your face.

3. Applying Make-up makes you Age Faster

There is no proof that wearing make-up, no matter how often, will make anyone age faster. Fun fact – there are so many makeup products that nourish and protect your skin. However, if you do not wash off make-up properly before bed, you’re leaving not just the makeup, but the dirt, oil, and toxins your skin has collected over the course of the day. It’s not the makeup, it’s just bad hygiene habits.

4. The harder you scrub or exfoliate the better

While the phrase, “no pain, no gain” is relevant when it comes to exercise, it doesn’t quite apply in the context of exfoliating your skin. You do not have to hurt or be in pain to have perfect skin. Doing so would only cause a lot of damage to your skin. Be kind to your skin and exfoliate once or twice a week. Exfoliating too often robs your skin of its natural nutrients and makes your skin more susceptible to infections.

5. When it burns, it’s working

Like the last point, this is also wrong in so many ways. Here’s a personal experience – There was once a time I was among the lot that believed this myth, and I always left skincare products on my face for longer-than-normal, thinking they would work better. Until the faithful day when I left this particular face lotion on for a very long period, even with the burning sensation I felt. The next day I was shedding skin.

A burning sensation is simply a warning notice, a sign of your skin crying for help. Pay attention to your skin and wash any product off your face with warm water as soon as you notice a burning sensation.

Try your possible best not to believe everything you see on the internet, so you do not fall prey to fabricated tales that most times are not entirely true, or are misconstrued.

There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to skincare routines. Be patient, and learn what works best for your skin.

Finally, skin irritations could be a result of a variety of factors, ranging from cosmetics to food, and even medication. When you notice such, it’s best you speak with a doctor immediately, and receive professional advice before making any decisions, instead of looking for answers online.

You can now do this easily with Tremendoc – the mobile application that helps you connect instantly with a licensed doctor through video call and audio call, right from your phone. So you no longer have to panic on those mornings when you wake up and notice a random break out. There will always be a doctor available to help you on Tremendoc. Click here, to get the app now.

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Antibiotics: Abuse, Side Effects, and Resistance

Antibiotics are one of the numerous categories of prescription drugs, commonly misused in this part of the world. 
A 2019 study showed that only 68.3% of adults in Nigeria used antibiotics following a doctor’s prescription.
It was also found that only 42% of Nigerian adults complete their prescribed antibiotic regimen.

The Corona Virus pandemic has contributed further to this vice, as there have been widespread reports of panic buying and hoarding of all sorts of prescription medication (antibiotics inclusive) since the pandemic started.  It is also no secret that many people have recently resulted to self-diagnosis at the slightest sign of a sore throat or fever.

What are Antibiotics?

Antibiotics are drugs used to slow down the growth of bacteria and treat bacterial infections, by stopping them from reproducing or destroying them completely. Antibiotics cannot be used to treat viral infections like flu, most coughs, and COVID-19.

It is important to note that, as much as antibiotics fight bacteria, they may also harms us slowly in ways we don’t even notice. Shocking right? “How could something so helpful be harmful at the same time?” you might ask.

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Well here’s a thought – While some bacteria can cause infections, most species are harmless or perform beneficial functions, such as aiding digestion. These beneficial bugs are called commensal bacteria – one of the most important functions of commensal bacteria is boosting the immune system. This is a major reason why excessive use of antibiotics can be harmful to the human body.

Ever heard of the hygiene hypothesis?

Well, this is a theory that states “in early childhood, exposure to particular microorganisms such as; Gut flora, and Helminth parasites can protect against allergic diseases by contributing to the development of the human immune system”. What this simply means is that early exposure of bacteria to the human system will give the white blood cells a fighting chance against that bacteria.

Interesting isn’t it?

Now consider what happens when antibiotics are abused, and these bacteria that could help the immune system, are eradicated completely.

Antibiotic Resistance

Excessive use of antibiotics helps certain harmful bacteria develop higher resistance, and reduces the potency of the drugs in fighting against them. This occurrence is called antibiotic resistance.

The result of this occurrence is that these drugs that would normally kill or inhibit the growth of such bacteria, no longer work effectively.

Medical professionals believe that the growing number of bacterial infections that are developing resistance to antibacterial medication, has largely been caused people overusing antibiotics.

This is not a complete shock however, as Alexander Fleming (the man who discovered the first antibiotic) predicted this occurrence in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1945, where he said:

“Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily under-dose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug, make them resistant.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. It results in longer hospital stays, increased health costs and higher mortality.

Additional research by WHO has shown that a growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and salmonellosis, are becoming harder to treat, as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.

Antibiotic resistance is natural and can affect anyone, regardless of age or location. However, the abuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.

Side Effects of Antibiotics:

As with many other drugs, there are side effects that can occur when using antibiotics. They include:

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • rash
  • upset stomach
  • with certain antibiotics or prolonged use, fungal infections of the mouth, digestive tract, and vagina

Other less common side effects include:

  • formation of kidney stones, when taking sulphonamides
  • abnormal blood clotting, when taking some cephalosporins)
  • sensitivity to sunlight, when taking tetracyclines
  • blood disorders, when taking trimethoprim
  • deafness, when taking erythromycin and the aminoglycosides

Need a second opinion on some antibiotics, or any medication at all?

You can talk to a licensed doctor right now using the Tremendoc mobile application, and get professional advice on dosage and any other concerns you might have.

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How To Cope with Stress Effectively – 6 Expert Tips

Your phone is ringing nonstop. Your inbox is overflowing mails. You’re 45 minutes late for a deadline and your boss is knocking on your door, asking how your latest project is going. It seems impossible to cope with all the stress.

These are some examples of acute stress, which may not last beyond your workday. However, if your life feels like this every day, you may be experiencing long term or chronic stress. 
This kind of stress can be potentially harmful to your health if you do not find ways to cope with it properly.

Major stressors include money troubles, job issues, relationship conflicts, and major life changes, such as the loss of a loved one. Smaller stressors, such as long daily commutes and rushed mornings, can also add up over time.

Here are 6 simple ways you can effectively cope with stress better:

1. Exercise

exercise often to cope with stress

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to cope with stress. Physical activities such as walking or jogging — that involve repetitive movements of large muscle groups can be particularly stress relieving.
Regular exercise can help lower stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins and improving your sleep and self-image.

2. Reduce your caffeine intake

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Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety, although people have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate.
If you notice that caffeine makes you jittery or anxious, consider cutting back.

3. Write it down

Write down the things that stress you out

One way to cope with stress is to write things down. While recording what you’re stressed about is one approach, another is jotting down what you’re grateful for.
Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life.

4. Chew Gum

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According to several studies, chewing gum may help you relax. It may also promote wellbeing and reduce stress. One possible explanation is that chewing gum promotes blood flow to your brain.
Additionally, one recent study found that stress relief was greatest when people chewed more strongly.

5. Learn to Avoid Procrastination

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Another way to take control of your stress is to stay on top of your priorities and stop procrastinating. Procrastination can lead you to act reactively, leaving you scrambling to catch up. This can cause stress, which negatively affects your health and sleep quality.
Work on the things that need to get done today and give yourself chunks of uninterrupted time, as switching between tasks or multitasking can be stressful itself.

6. Take a deep breath

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Mental stress activates your sympathetic nervous system, signaling your body to go into “fight-or-flight” mode. During this reaction, stress hormones are released and you experience physical symptoms such as a faster heartbeat, quicker breathing, and constricted blood vessels.
Deep breathing exercises can help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response.

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. In the short term, acute stress can give you the motivation you need to power through a tough situation or meet a pressing deadline. However, long-term (chronic) stress can negatively affect your health.
If you feel run down, or like your health might be negatively affected by stress, you can speak with any of a licensed doctor on the Tremendoc app and receive professional advice on the appropriate steps to take, to minimize the effect of stress on your health

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Could Telemedicine Help Manage Health Anxiety?

What is health anxiety?

Health anxiety is an obsessive, irrational worry that you have a serious medical condition. Many people with this condition find it difficult to live normal lives or function normally due to their preexisting fears. Bodily functions like breathing and heartbeat, or physical oddities and discomfort like rashes, headaches or lightheadedness, can trigger them to worry excessively and create more elaborate problems that frankly do not exist.

People with health anxiety tend to worry about specific organs (the heart, or brain), or diseases they heard of or read about. For example “Covid-19 is infecting people all over the world, it’s only a matter of time till infects me.”

The severity of health anxiety may fluctuate, and increase with age or during stressful life events.

Anxiety is a Protective Mechanism

Anxiety is a protective mechanism and scanning the body for an illness seems like the right thing to do to protect ourselves. However, when we are preoccupied with something, we tend to notice it even more normal. For example, when you are looking to purchase a new car, you tend to suddenly pay extra attention to every car on the road that catches your eye, when previously, you wouldn’t have even looked twice. Looking for symptoms makes you notice subtle sensations you might otherwise ignore.   When you become preoccupied with bodily sensations, those sensations become amplified and last longer.

To further understand what living with health anxiety is like, imagine the alarm at your front door went off every time someone randomly walks past. The door alarm would be misinterpreting passersby as visitors. This is similar to what happens with health anxiety. The person’s mind constantly interprets sensations that could be seen as normal, to be potentially life threatening

Types of health anxiety

There are two kinds of health anxiety:

  • Illness anxiety disorder: this occurs when the person has no physical symptoms
  • Somatic symptom disorder: this particularly occurs when the person has symptoms that are perceived as distressing to them or if they have multiple symptoms

Causes and contributing factors

Experts are yet to pin point the exact cause of health anxiety, however, it has been observed that the following factors contribute:

  • Poor knowledge of diseases and body sensations
  • Being around family or friends who worry a lot about their health or your health
  • Past experiences dealing with serious illnesses in childhood. The trauma from such experience may cause people to worry about something similar reoccurring in adulthood.
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Warning signs of health anxiety

Health anxiety is typically characterized by preoccupation with the idea that you are seriously ill, based on normal body sensations (such as a noisy stomach) or minor signs (such as a minor rash). Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Checking the body for a disease over and over
  • Dodging doctor’s appointments to avoid diagnosis with a serious illness
  • Avoiding people, places or activities for fear of health risks
  • Constantly talking about your health and possible illnesses
  • Frequently searching the internet for causes of symptoms or possible illnesses
  • Worrying excessively about a specific medical condition or your risk of developing a medical condition because it runs in your family    

Who’s At Risk?

Health anxiety disorder often starts during early adulthood and could get progressively worse with age. In older people, the common fear is potential loss of memory. Other risk factors are:

  • Childhood abuse
  • Having a worrying personality
  • Going through a stressful period in life

How Can Telemedicine Help?

With telemedicine, people with health anxiety can access care instantly through video call, audio call text or email, and receive reassurance from medical professionals. This provides them a more helpful alternative to searching online for their symptoms. If the worries still persist despite constant reassurance (which often happens), it would be necessary for such a person to see a clinical psychologist and begin cognitive-behavioral therapy, which has proven to be the most effective treatment.

Luckily, mental health support is also available via telemedicine platforms. Due to the fact that people living with health anxiety, tend to avoid conventional hospital visits, online therapy would be the ideal medium to provide necessary support to them.

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Lockdown messing up your sleep pattern? Try these 5 Tips

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The coronavirus pandemic has cast the entire world, into a very uncertain and unfamiliar situation. Countless countries, are on lock down, economies are stagnant or moving at snails pace, and many people live in fear for themselves and their loved ones. As people are mostly worried about how soon a vaccine will be found, it’s understandable that the importance of a healthy sleep pattern might be overlooked by certain people.  

However, while we adjust to what is becoming the new normal, and try to remain healthy in a time of COVID-19, prioritizing sleeping properly can be of immense good. 

Sleep is an integral part of physical health and effective functioning of the immune system. It’s also an important component of emotional wellness and mental health, helping to manage stress, depression, and anxiety. 

Whether you’ve had sleeping problems before COVID-19 or if they’ve only come on recently, there are concrete steps that you can take to improve your sleep pattern during this global pandemic. 

1. Reserve Your Bed For Sleep

This means that working-from-home shouldn’t be working-from-bed. It also means avoiding bringing a laptop into bed to watch a movie or series. These habits condition the body into a state where it no longer recognizes your bed as the primary location for sleep, hence, adversely affecting your sleep pattern.

2. Set Your Schedule and Routine

Establishing a routine can facilitate a sense of normalcy even in abnormal times. It’s easier for your mind and body to acclimate to a consistent sleep schedule. When your sleep schedule is irregular, your body finds it a lot more difficult to fall asleep at the appropriate time.

3. Stay Active

It’s easy to overlook exercise with everything happening in the world, but regular daily activity has numerous important benefits, including improving your sleep.

4. Watch What You Eat and Drink

Keeping a healthy diet can promote good sleep. In particular, be cautious with the intake of alcohol and caffeine, especially later in the day, as both can disrupt the quantity and quality of your sleep.

5. Contact Your Doctor if Necessary

If you seem to be having prolonged trouble sleeping. We advise that you reach out to a doctor on Tremendoc, Nigeria’s top telemedicine app, and get a professional diagnosis on what could be hindering your sleep. Click here, to get the app for free now

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6 Tips to Stay Healthy While you Work From Home

With the sudden shift to remote work, home office is the new normal for many workers across Nigeria. However, making the adjustment to working at home can be more challenging than many believe.

Here are some tips to help you make the make a healthy adjustment:

1. “Deskercise”

This is a great way to take a break between ultra-focused work sessions.

There are no co-workers to get up and speak to, much less a break room to stand around. And sitting down for hours on end is bad for your circulation, digestion, and back. So, stand up! Run in place, or get down for some crunches or push-ups. Working your abs can help prevent back pain.

2. Regularly Sanitize Frequently Touched Surfaces and Gadgets

While you work from home, it’s important to ensure you take preventive measures against COVID-19. This includes sanitizing your workspace, computer, and mobile phone. As the virus could easily rest on these surfaces and gadgets.

3. Stay Positive

Without a boss over your shoulder or co-workers sitting nearby, it’s easy to feel like you’re in your own little world. To counter the feeling of working alone, its important that you stay in regular contact with your team members and share any work challenges you face, with the appropriate colleague. It’s also great to keep a positive mindset by acknowledging your achievements (no matter how little).

4. Take Care Of Your Eyes

When you spend all day in front of screens, your eyes (and more) can suffer for it: dryness, headaches, even a stiff neck or shoulders. Take your eyes off your screen every 20 minutes and stare at a focal point at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

5.    Plan For Breaks.

It seems counter-intuitive, but when you take a short break from working, research shows you’ll be more productive when you’re back on the clock. Taking a lunch break is perfectly okay. You could use this time to clear your head, get something to eat, or even take a short walk.

6. Ensure You Have an Active Telemedicine Plan

The restriction of movement has greatly emphasized the need for telemedicine. Working from home could potentially trigger a few health conditions, ranging from body pains to constant headaches. Having an active telemedicine plan on a platform like Tremendoc means that you have a licensed doctor available on your phone anytime. And this could potentially save you from interrupting your workflow and making a long trip to the hospital. Download now, to get started