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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

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 sleep 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 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.

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

3. Stay Active

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

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The Stage-By-Stage Symptoms Of The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The story of Cooner Reed, one of the first British citizens to contract Covid-19 gives a reasonable insight into how the Covid-19 virus develops.

Cooner Reed is an english teacher who lived in Wuhan, China, where Covid-19 was first discovered. At the early stage of his illness, during the last days of November 2019, he noticed his first symptom which was the common cold, but thought it was just that and did not take it seriously. He also experienced coughs, sniffles and pain behind his eyes.

Cooner was not aware he had been infected, but his symptoms only got worse from then, and this became a severe problem for him. So he visited a healthcare centre and was tested positive. He didn’t panic and then immediately commenced treatment.

With time, Cooner was able to recover from the virus by eating healthy and exercising. This helped in building his immune system. And today Cooner is free from COVID-19.

Here is a stage-by-stage breakdown of the development of his Covid-19 symptoms:     

  1. The first stage is the incubation stage, which takes around 1-14 days. During this stage, most people do not show any symptoms and feel perfectly fine, but might still be able to transmit the virus to other people.
  2. The second stage is where symptoms finally begin to show and it is very similar to the common cold. Like the word, it’s common, so most people don’t read much meaning into it, and carry on business as usual. But that should not be the mindset or way of approach. It’s the riskiest stage because the virus can spread easily, through droplets from sneezing and coughing. According to Cooner he experienced cough, eye pain, ear pain and sniffles, during this stage. “The problem with COVID 19 is, you get better before you get worse at every stage” Cooner explained.  So the signs of one stage start to disappear before the next one occurs.
  3. “The third stage feels like a really bad flu,” he continued. The ear pain increases, the cough becomes recurrent, which makes your voice fade, there would also be physical and mental weakness.
  4. The fourth stage which is the most painful, comes with Pneumonia. Cooner said he started to experience difficulty in breathing almost like he was breathing from one lung. He also had chest aches and a high fever. 

It is however very important to know that not everyone would show the same symptoms around the same period.

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Curbing COVID-19: Sterling Bank partners with Tremendoc to provide Telemedicine services to all their customers

We’re glad to announce that we have partnered with Sterling Bank Nigeria, to provide Telemedicine services to all their customers using our platform.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sterling bank is providing all Sterling bank account holders with instant access to licensed physicians for 60 days. This initiative is facilitated using the Tremendoc mobile application.

Tremendoc and Sterling bank share the same vision to provide quality healthcare to every Nigerian and this partnership is further proof of the fact.

“Its the season to be safe and Your One Customer Bank is taking it one step further by making doctors available to you anytime and anywhere” announced Sterling Bank, via their official Instagram account.

Telemedicine has proven to be a very practical tool globally in addressing patient needs since the #COVID19 outbreak. It can also be used to keep the worried people calm and away from clinical care, while steering the most at risk to the proper treatment.

The great thing about the Tremendoc app is that, by using their phone, patients will be able to get guidance about whether they need to be seen or tested, instead of showing up unannounced at the emergency room or doctor’s office and risking exposure.

“Two key advantages of telemedicine are speed and convenience. Patients can access physicians 24/7 without an appointment or physical trip to the doctor. Credit to Sterling bank for recognizing the need for this service, especially during this time of uncertainty in Nigeria.” said Jay Chikezie, Founder/CEO Tremendoc Limited.

See below for the steps to access this initiative:

Could this partnership signal the beginning a turning point for the way healthcare services are delivered in Nigeria? We certainly think so!

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9 Golden Rules to Reduce the Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease

World Kidney Day continues to raise awareness of the increasing burden of kidney diseases worldwide, as well as strive for kidney health for everyone, everywhere. This year, the campaign highlights the importance of preventive interventions to avert the onset and progression of kidney disease.

Here are 9 golden rules to follow in order to reduce the risk of contracting chronic kidney disease:

  1. Keep fit and stay active through frequent exercise
  2. Eat a healthy diet
  3. Check and control your blood sugar
  4. Check and control your blood pressure
  5. Ensure you consume adequate fluids daily
  6. Avoid smoking
  7. Avoid taking over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory/pain killer pills, regularly
  8. Get your kidney function checked if you have one of the high risk factors, which include; diabetes, obesity and hypertension
  9. Call a licensed doctor on Tremendoc if you have any concerns related to your kidney.

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Pioneer Women In Healthcare: Dr. Elizabeth Abimbola Awoliyi

Elizabeth Abimbola Awoliyi, MBE, OFR, was the first female physician to practice in Nigeria. She was also the first West African woman to earn a license of Royal Surgeon in Dublin. In 1938, Elizabeth Awoliyi became the second West African woman to qualify as an orthodox-medicine trained physician after Agnes Yewande Savage who graduated from medical school in 1929. She was the second president of the National Council of Women’s Societies of Nigeria from 1964 until her death in 1971.

She earned her medical degree in 1938 from the University of Dublin, Cafreys College. She graduated from Dublin with first class honors, including a medal in Medicine and distinction in Anatomy. She became the first West African woman to be awarded a licentiate of Royal Surgeon in Dublin. She was a member of the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology and a Diplomate of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.


Elizabeth Awoliyi was the pioneer president of the Lagos branch of the National Council of Women Societies and a member of the national committee of the organization. As a member, she contributed to various policies and activities of the women’s organization. She negotiated for the gift of a national headquarters located at Tafawa Balewa Square and was a consultant to the organization’s family planning clinic which later became the planned parenthood federation of Nigeria


During her life time, She was awarded the following honours
• Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
• Iya Abiye of Lagos
• Iyalaje of Oyo Empire
• Nigerian National Honor – Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

Dr Awoliyi passed away on the 14th of September 1971 at age 62. A memorial hospital was built in her honour in the late 1970s. The Dr. Abimbola Awoliyi Memorial Hospital is currently located in Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Buying Masks might only worsen the Corona Virus Outbreak

Contrary to popular opinion, not having a mask does not necessarily put you at any increased risk of contracting the corona virus. This is primarily because they are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching the disease. However, if health care providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!

A shortage of masks, gloves, and other protective gear “is putting lives at risk from the new corona virus and other infectious diseases” warned the World Health Organization (WHO). A frightened public has been buying up masks and other equipment, leaving limited supplies for health care workers who need the gear the most.

The best way to protect against the virus is to wash hands regularly, and for those who are feeling ill to seek professional medical help and stay home.

Health officials around the world have been imploring the public to stop buying masks if they are healthy or not caring for someone who is ill. Medical professionals need a large supply of the masks because they are in direct contact with infected patients and must change their masks repeatedly.

There are limits to how a mask can protect you from being infected, the most important thing everyone can do is wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face and observe very precise hygiene. A person is more likely to get infected by touching contaminated surfaces than from a droplet traveling through the air.
There is no role for these masks in the community. They need to be prioritized for health care professionals that as part of their job are taking care of individuals.

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TOP 7 CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) MYTHS DEBUNKED

As the novel corona virus, and panic about the coronavirus, continues to spread around the world, so too are bogus claims, conspiracy theories and misinformation about the disease.

Here are 7 of the top myths about the virus and their corresponding facts:

MYTH: Popular malaria drug chloroquine has been proven to cure the corona virus

FACT: Contrary to popular social media reports, no health authorities have certified Chloroquine as a cure for coronavirus. Popular news outlets recently reported that the medicine which has been in the market for many years, has proven effective in treating COVID-19 and shows positive clinical effects. It is essential to note the phrase “clinical effects” does not necessarily indicate a definite cure; but rather a potential solution to the virus.

MYTH: The Corona virus is man-made

FACT: The Corona virus is not man made. As the coronavirus outbreak turned into a full-fledged public health crisis, a fringe theory about the virus’ origins started to take hold on the internet: that the virus didn’t come from nature, but had instead been created in a lab. Scientists in both China and the West have widely dismissed these theories. Experts are still trying to figure out the exact source of the virus, but research indicates that it likely originated in bats and was transmitted to an intermediate host before jumping to people.

MYTH: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the corona virus

FACT: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.

MYTH: thermal scanners can detect people infected with the corona virus

FACT: Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection. However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.

MYTH: eating garlic can help prevent infection with the corona virus

FACT: Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the corona virus.

MYTH: regularly rinsing your nose with salt solution can help prevent infection with the corona virus

FACT: There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with salt solution has protected people from infection with the corona virus.  There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with salt solution can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, it has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.

MYTH: Doctors cannot give advice on the corona virus if they aren’t specialists

FACT: All board certified doctors can give credible advice regarding symptoms, prevention and treatment of the corona virus.

You can speak to board certified doctors on the Tremendoc mobile app, through instant messaging, video and audio call, if you have any questions regarding the corona virus and receive immediate feedback.

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The Corona Virus: Origin, Syptoms & Prevention

What Is The Corona Virus?

According to the world health organization, Corona-virus (coV) are various kinds of virus that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as; middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS-coV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-coV). And also novel corona-virus which has not yet been identified in humans. Corona-virus are zoonotic by nature, which means they are transmitted between animals and people

Since the first discovery of Corona-virus in Wuhan china, on the 31st of December 2019. The virus has killed more than 2800 people and has infected 83,000 worldwide.

Corona Virus In Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.  

The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.   

The Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Health has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly. The multi-sectorial Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

How COVID-19  Spreads

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes .

What are the symptoms of The COVID-19?

Signs and symptoms of Corona-virus may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and can include:

  • sneezing
  • runny nose
  • fatigue
  • cough
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • exacerbated asthma

Preventing and Treating COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent this illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Call your doctor if you…

Develop any of the above symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known or suspected to have COVID-19

OR

Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

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