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The Ear Phone Menace

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Dr. Ajay George Akkara
MBBS, MS, DLO Specialist ENT NMC Medical Centre Ajman, Rashidiya 1


If humans were to transform to androids the first addition would probably be the ear phones.  Ear phones have become ubiquitous. What started as a device for hearing music has metamorphosed into a fully-fledged extension of the mobile phones into the ear. We see people around us using a range of in-the-ear devices like ear phones (ear buds), head phones, Bluetooth devices. This wide usage has brought with it many ear diseases.

One of the common possibilities is infection of the external ear. The good quality ear phones usually do not have rough edges and are made to fit the contours of the ear canal. But the cheaper ones might damage the canal and lead to infection. There are studies which say that using an ear phone for more than 30 minutes leads to multiple fold increase in bacteria in the ear. Sometimes the ear phones are comfortable to begin with but become ragged with usage and then lead to injur…

Self-Ear Cleaning

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Dr. Ajay George Akkara

MBBS, MS, DLO Specialist ENT NMC Medical Centre Ajman, Rashidiya 1

Many patients come to me with injuries sustained while cleaning their ears on their own. Many patients also ask me whether ear has to be cleaned at home. So, in this blog, I will explain about why we do not need to clean our ears on our own, and what are the problems which can happen if we do so.


As you can see in the picture above the ear canal is an approximately 2.5 cm long canal staring from the pinna going inwards. It is closed at the other end by the ear drum. It is lined by skin. The skin of the canal secretes the substance which we call as wax. The skin of the ear canal is unique in the body in the sense that it cleans itself by growing outwards. Hence a normal person need not clean the inner part of the ear canal routinely. Problems of self-cleaning the ear: ·It is done blindly and you might end up damaging your ear, especially the ear drum. ·Someone might touch your hand accidently while you a…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Dr. Jitheesh N V
MBBS, D-Ortho, MCh Orth (UK) Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon Sunny Al Nahda Medical Centre LLC, Al Nahda
http://www.drsunny.ae/single-doctor.php?doctorId=133
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system – which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks the joints. This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints (the synovium) to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the joints.  If inflammation goes unchecked, it can damage cartilage, the elastic tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint, as well as the bones themselves. Over time, there is loss of cartilage, and the joint spacing between bones can become smaller. Joints can become loose, unstable, painful and lose their mobility. Joint deformity also can occur Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the joints of the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. …

Cervical Cancer

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Dr Saji Shamsudeen MBBCh, DOWH (Ireland) Arab Board (Obs & Gynae)
Specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Sunny Al Nahda Medical Centre, Al Nahda
http://www.drsunny.ae/single-doctor.php?doctorId=567
Introduction Cervical cancer is the 3rd most common cancer affecting the women worldwide and it is one among those few cancers that can be screened even before the cancer has develop (Precancerous stage). Hence it can provide almost 100% cure if detected and treated at the precancerous stage.
Causes
The most common almost 99% cause factor for the cervical cancer are 13 high risk Human Papilloma Virus(HPV) namely 16,18 (cos 70% of cancer/ precancerous lesions)
Risk Factors
·Early first sexual intercourse ·Multiple sexual partners ·Use of tobacco ·Suppressed Immune System (example: HIV infected individuals are at high risk of getting HPV infection and are infected by a boarder range of HPV type) Symptoms
·Irregular, Intermenstrual ·Abnormal vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse ·Pain in the lowe…