Codeine Addiction

CODEINE ABUSE & ADDICTION SIGNS, EFFECTS & SYMPTOMS

With the recent revelations and reports on the wide spread culture of Codeine abuse in Nigeria, we decided to touch on the topic.

Codeine is a short acting narcotic prescribed by physicians most often used for the treatment of pain relief . Codeine can be highly addictive and provides users with an overall calm and feelings of pleasure (HIGH)
Signs & Symptoms of Codeine abuse manifest in different ways (Physical, Behavioural , and Mood). They include:

Euphoria

Drowsiness & Diziness

Increase in amount of time sleeping
Decreased appetite
Nausea and Vomiting

Hypotension (low blood pressure )

Heart seizures

Anxiety , Mood swings, Depression
Prescription forgery etc.

The effects of Codeine abuse could be long-term damaging and fatal. It can result in mental health issues such as Anxiety & Bipolar disorders, Schizophrenia. Etc.

 

 

Treating Burn Injuries

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TRUE STORY 
Nonso was a brilliant young boy who finished primary being just 10 years old. His parents, especially his mother was excited, she couldn’t believe that her ‘small baby’ was going to secondary school.
She was scared of sending him to boarding house, because she knew that in boarding schools things could go wrong anytime…(SHE IS A VERY REALISTIC PERSON EVERYONE SAYS SO)….she has immense faith in GOD’S PROTECTION TOO
She was very particular about the choice of school. …She decided that the school sick bay of whichever school NONSO goes to must be managed by HEALTHSTEAD ..  She has heard a lot about them….
….   She just felt they had a good network of medical experts 24/7..whenever a school pupil fell into harms way… During d search for a BOARDING SCHOOL for her NONSO….She spelt it out to d principals and even inspected d sick bay….
She wasnt a DOCTOR ,neither a nurse…she just knew d importance of having prompt expert medicare…every second might  just count on d long run . She heard that HEALTHSTEAD provided COMPETENT QUALIFIED DOCTORS..to their affiliated schools…. She eventually got a school …..and its SICKBAY is MANAGED BY HEALTHSTEAD…SHE WOULD LATER THANK GOD FOR THAT DECISION…
So off NONSO was packed to school….

During preparations for 3rd term exams, Nonso was strolling back from class one evening after , and felt the need to pee. He spotted a fence and decided to answer the call of nature there. He rested against the wall and began to ease himself. But Unknown to him there was a naked wire sticking out from an electric transformer just on the other side of the fence. As he began easing himself, his urine made contact with the naked wire. Due to the salt contained in urine being a conductor of electricity , current trickled up and this poor young man suffered 2nd degree burns around his genitals and pelvic region.

Then replace dose paragraphs with these….

He was imnediately rushed to the school sick bay ,where a  Medical Doctor posted there by HEALTHSTEAD …did the following…

(1)immediately informed HEALTHSTEAD HQ  ..and thereby setting into motion ..machineries that would involve getting the TRAUMA SURGEON,BURNS\PLASTIC SURGEON AND UROLOGIST..on HEALTHSTEAD BOARD to make immediate  dash to the nearest HEALTHSTEAD AFFILIATED HOSPITAL..where the boy would be taken to.

*HEALTHSTEAD HQ Sends  an Ambulance to the school with a MOTORCYCLE RIDER BLARING SIREN (HEALTHSTEAD IS AFFILIATED TO FRSC and is  VOLUNTEER CORPORATE FRSC  MARSHAL) To Help with d traffic.
*A CODE is sent to the hospital allowing the unhindered treatment of the Child,this CODE puts priority on ACCESS TO PROMPT EMMERGENCY AND NOT MONEY FIRST BEFORE TREATMENT.
(2)-The young boy was given
analgesic injection—cos he was in so much pains….
-The burn wound was assessed and details and images sent to the medical
team..waiting in hospt
-wound was rinsed with copious amount of water(as it was covered with sand,he fell to d ground writhing in pains (with Zip still undone) during the incidence.
-rinsed further with NORMAL SALINE 0.9%
-topical SILVER SUPHADIAZINE  was used on the burns site to prevent microbacterial in the air from infecting the wound.

-the external urethra meatus  was examined and secured to prevent urethral strictures from forming during wound healing.

NB:ALL THE ABOVE TOOK JUST 10MINUTES

(3)At this time the ambulance had arrived and taken NONSO TO the hospt…where he was managed.
What would have been the fate of this young man if not for the presence of medical personnel on school premises.

Contact Healthstead Today.

7 Signs of Infertility in Women

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  • YOU HAVE ALWAYS HAD IRREGULAR PERIODS: Now do not make peace with this sort of situation! . If your periods do not follow the stipulated 21 or 35 days cycle, you need to be wary. Because if nothing else, irregular periods indicate that you are not ovulating every month. This is among the sure-short signs of infertility in women, though such condition can be treated provided you raise the alarm earlier on. You need to ovulate regularly to get pregnant. Statistics show that irregular ovulation is the primary cause of female infertility. There are treatments to cure this condition, and if you intend to get pregnant in the future, initiate now.

 

  • YOUR PERIODS HAVE SUDDENLY STOPPED: Now, if you are not a menopausal woman, and also not under any medication to delay or temporary stop your periods, be very concerned. Your periods in such situation shouldn’t naturally stop, for stopped periods mean no ovulation, and if you are not going to ovulate, you shall not get pregnant. Ovulation is crucial to pregnancy, and halted periods are among the clear signs of infertility in women. Immediately consult your gynecologist, and start on the requisite medication. Of course, there is treatment for stopped periods.

 

  • YOUR PERIODS ARE VERY HEAVY: the flow of the vaginal blood should be moderate, anything above that, which normally keeps you in bed, is a cause of concern. Heavy periods are an indicator of no ovulation because the release of the egg from the ovaries triggers the production of the hormone progesterone which is responsible for giving you healthy periods. Now when you don’t ovulate, the lack of this progesterone leads to extremely heavy menstrual blood flow. This is a definite hindrance in your pregnancy plans. Notice this trend in your periods for a few months, and if they are consistently heavy, you need to see your doctor at once

 

  • PAIN DURING SEX: either your periods are very painful, or you experience pain every time you have an intercourse, these can be veritable signs of infertility in women. Have you noticed blood in your urine or you have terrible rectal pain, all these are conditions of ENDOMETRIOSIS. Stats show that about 7 Million women in the USA suffer from this condition. And of them about 40 percent turn out to be infertile, because you have an extremely difficult time trying to get pregnant. ENDOMETRIOSIS can be treated and hence observe your body and don’t feel shy to talk to your doctor.

 

  • GROWTH OF UNWANTED DARK HAIR ON YOUR FACE: If you notice a sprouting of thick, coarse body hair on odd parts of your body, this could be an indicator of PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS is generally a condition in which a woman’s sex hormones, progesterone and estrogen, are way off, which often leads to the formation of cysts, though benign, in the ovaries. PCOS have a bearing on a hoard of things such the functioning of your heart, your menses, and most importantly, your fertility. There are several factors responsible for PCOS such as the overproduction of the male sex hormone, androgen, and genetic conditions among others. But PCOS are among the important signs of infertility in women, so without losing time get yourself checked.

 

  • YOU ARE LOSING EXCESSIVE HAIR ON A DAILY BASIS: Well, now hair loss is not definite indicator of infertility in women. There are several environmental and internal factors that can be attributed to hair loss, and infertility being one of them. An unchecked thyroid could be a reason for hair thinning or hair loss, as are anemia, autoimmune diseases and psoriasis. But again an important cause of sudden hair or abnormal hair thinning is undiagnosed PCOS. Observe your body closely, if your hair loss is grave and sudden, fix an appointment with your gynecologist, for it is going to affect your chances of getting pregnant in future.

 

  • POOR SEX DRIVE: Either you are having extremely painful sex or you have genuinely lost interest in sex, both are conditions that need some mulling over. Stress, depression can often be the cause of a plummeted sec drive, and not to mention, there are a host of medical conditions contributing to the same including infertility. If you are not going to have natural, health sex, you are not going to conceive your baby. So, don’t leave it off as just another phase. A drastic drop in sex drive can never be normal and be informed, you need to consult your doctor about this. There are superb treatments to get it back up and running.

 

WE SINCERELY HOPE YOU ARE NOT SUFFERING FROM ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS, AND EVEN IF YOU ARE, THERE IS NO NEED TO PANIC, ALL THESE CONDITIONS WHILE THEY ARE SIGNS OF INFERTILITY IN WOMEN, CAN WELL BE TREATED IF YOU ATTEND TO THEM SOON ENOUGH.

AQUILA CLINIC & FERTILITY IN CONJUNCTION WITH LIFEBRIDGE MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS CENTRE (NO. 15A YAWURI STREET, BEHIND RITA LORI HOTEL, GARKI 2, ABUJA) NOW OFFERS PRE – MARRIAGE FERTILITY ASSESSMENT (@ DISCOUNT) FOR INTENDING COUPLES. AVAIL YOURSELF THIS OPPORTUNITY.

7 Signs of Infertility in Men

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  • PAIN AND SWELLING IN YOUR TESTICLES: Always check the health of your testicles whether there is a certain tension, swelling or even a lump, because this could be an indicator of VARICOCELE. This condition relates to the enlargement of the testicle veins, like varicose vein, leading to a lowered sperm count and subsequently hampering the delivery of sperms. If your pain is to acute, consult your doctor. There are surgeries in order to fix the clumped veins. By ignoring this you are cutting down on your chances of becoming a DADDY.

 

  • POOR SENSE OF SMELL: Now, this may not be a foolproof indicator of infertility, but surely one of the signs of infertility in men. Usually this condition relates to a disorder that is passed down genetically called KALLMAN’S SYNDROME, an extremely rare disorder in which your puberty never took off, or you are still in your puberty phase despite your years. As a result of this condition, you are totally immune to smells, and you cannot discern one smell from the other. This usually leads to the malfunction of the testicles and erectile dysfunction, and of course lowered sex drive. If you have had this condition for the longest time you can remember, and not because you recently caught a cold, visit your doctor.

 

  • DIFFICULTY IN EJACULATION: This is a rather common sign of infertility in men, and it is referred to as EJACULATION DISORDER. In this condition, either you ejaculate in fits and starts, or very low amount of sperms come out when you do, and is a grave cause of concern if being a parent is your priority. Sometimes retrograde ejaculation could be a cause for this great difficulty in ejaculation because this condition draws the semen backwards to the bladder rather than out of it. Some medicines are responsible for giving you this condition, while it can also be a neural problem, either way, you shouldn’t have difficulty ejaculating.

 

  • LOW SPERM COUNT: Low sperm count is among the sure-shot signs of infertility in men because if the sperms are not sufficient it will not help the egg to fertilize into a n embryo. You can’t ascertain this at home, but if you have been having unprotected sex for about a year and still trying to have a baby, then you are suggested to take a test to ensure your sperm count isn’t poor. Typically any lesser than 15million sperm per milliliter of semen is a low sperm count. It ideally should hover between 20 and 150million sperm per milliliter of semen. There are several factors that can be attributed to a lowered sperm count such as chemical exposure, an imbalance of hormones and infection in the testicles. Sooner you see your doctor, the better

 

  • YOUR TESTICLES ARE SMALLER THAN USUAL: This is again a very rare condition, also called the KILNEFELTER’s SYNDROME, sometimes, even genetic, when you are born with smaller testicles. Small testicles cause insufficient production of sperms needed for the fertilization of the egg. Predominantly, during puberty they are too tiny for the production of testosterone. This condition should be treated in your teen years, or you will have to seek help of a genetic expert in infertility.

 

  • LOW SEX DRIVE: Of course you could be too tired on days to have sex, and we are not calling that low sex drive. But in general, if you do not have the urge to have sex, or even initiate sex with your partner, you have a cause for concern here. This is among the definite signs of infertility in men. If your testicles are not producing enough testosterone to stimulate you enough to have an intercourse, you need to fix an appointment with your doctors. You cannot father a child if you are slowly going off sex. Get this checked before it is too late.

 

  • YOU ARE GROWING BREASTS: Gynecomastia results in a swelling in the breast tissues in men due to an imbalance in the sex hormones, androgen and testosterone. This leads to an enlargement in the breasts. If you have noticed your breasts growing and that too disproportionately, you could be suffering from the condition which will prevent you from having a baby. It is a major cause of male infertility, but it can be corrected provided you seek help at the right time.

 

IF YOU HAVE NOTICED ANY OF THESE SIGNS OF INFERTILITY IN MEN, VISIT YOUR DOCTOR, BABY OR NO BABY, IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO GET SUCH SYMPTOMS CORRECTED AND STAY HEALTHY.

 

AQUILA CLINIC & FERTILITY IN CONJUNCTION WITH LIFEBRIDGE MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS CENTRE (NO. 15A YAWURI STREET, BEHIND RITA LORI HOTEL, GARKI 2, ABUJA) NOW OFFERS PRE – MARRIAGE FERTILITY ASSESSMENT (@ DISCOUNT) FOR INTENDING COUPLES. AVAIL YOURSELF THIS OPPORTUNITY.

 

Antibiotics Abuse

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NOVEMBER 13TH -19TH, 2017 is the World Health Organization’s ANTIBIOTICS AWARENESS WEEK. With the theme “Seek Advice From a Qualified Healthcare Professional Before Taking Antibiotics”
In that spirit, we want to sensitize Nigerians about ANTIBIOTICS ABUSE. Commonly abused antibiotics include; Tetracycline, flagyl and others.

Note that Antibiotics do not treat viral infections like cold and flu.

Antibiotics abuse can cause ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE  (AMR).

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others.

Hope we have learnt not to ever misuse or abuse Antibiotics.