World autoimmune arthritis day aims at bringing awareness about the arthritic diseases. Neglecting the symptoms may lead to chronic arthritis whereas timely diagnosis can help in prevention and management of the disease. Take your doctor’s advice to combat the problem.
E.Coli or Escherichia coli is a type of bacteria that lives in the digestive tract of human beings and almost everyone has got it in their intestines. While most of the e.coli bacteria are harmless, a few of them cause serious health issues and may severely effect urinary system and digestive system.
Which type of E.Coli causes Intestinal Infection?
E.Coli 157:H7 is a strain of bacteria that causes intestinal infection and lead to diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Those with less immunity have greater chances of catching the infection and aged people, infants, and pregnant women are at risk of the disease.
Causes of E. Coli Gut Infection:
E. Coli infection in digestive tract is caused by contaminated food or water. It can also infect meat during processing and if such meat is eaten without proper cooking, it spreads the infection. Consuming raw milk or dairy products that are not labeled as pasteurized may communicate the infection. Human or animal feces contaminated with E. Coli, if passes into public water bodies may transmit the bacteria with swallowing of water or washing of hands in such water.
Symptoms of intestinal infection due to E. Coli
Symptoms of E. Coli stomach infection are sometimes noticeable while many times they are dormant and become prominent only at a later stage. Usually, the symptoms appear after 3 to 4 days of contact with E. Coli and children show the symptoms more prominently than the adults. The major symptoms include:
- Stomach cramps
- Bloody diarrhea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weakness and dehydration
Cleanliness and hygiene are the best ways to prevent E. Coli infection. A few things you can do to stay away from such infections are listed below:
- Always cook the vegetables properly and cook meat at high boiling temperature.
- Wash fruits and vegetables with hot water and prefer peeling the skin before eating.
- Start cooking only after washing your hands with soap water.
- Use only pasteurized products and treated drinking water.
- After toilet, do not forget to wash your hands with soap water.
- Keep washing your hands frequently and after changing diapers, must wash your hands.
Gastrointestinal infection leads to stomach pain and dehydration which can be serious and life threatening. Persistent problem can also cause other medical conditions that may affect other organs of the body. So, it is advisable to consult a gastroenterologist if you witness any of the below symptoms:
- Diarrhea that continues for more than two days for children and four days for adults
- Continued fever with diarrhea
- Bloody stools and consistent abdominal pain
- Continued vomiting for more than 12 hours
Every disease has got a cure only if the treatment starts on time. In this digital world, when access to healthcare is possible online, anyone should get treated and be healthy. If you are doubtful about having an E.coli infection, find your nearest gastroenterologist and go for consultation to get treated.
On World Hypertension Day, let’s generate awareness on high BP and the disease burden it causes. Continued hypertension may lead to stroke & heart attack. Control high BP. Limit your alcohol intake, smoking, weight gain, and unhealthy lifestyle.
Digitization in healthcare has taken the healthcare industry in India to a new level where it is more accessible, more affordable, and more connected. The new model formed by association of different entities of the industry through digital media has given it the shape of an ecosystem which appears quite sustainable owing to the increased level of interaction between the users and various service providers as well as among the different service providers. Considering the symbiotic growth of every element of the health care system and the advantages to the users or patients, more and more people are becoming the part of this ecosystem where providers are delivering convenient services and users are availing them with greater accessibility.
Emerging Relationships in Healthcare Ecosystem
The industry is increasingly witnessing growth of healthy relationship among different elements of the system, some of which are listed below:
Provider-Diagnostics-Pharmacies network: This trio forms the core of healthcare industry and are the most demanded services. The real-time exchange of data among them helps in accuracy and error free delivery of services to the users while minimizing the repetitive visits to doctor’s clinics. Pharmacies are well integrated in digital health care where they can get to know the exact prescriptions and can explain the same to the patients. Similarly, requirements from diagnostics and doctors reach directly to the pharmacies online which reduces their response time and help in making the system more efficient. Also, the diagnostic reports are shared digitally to the doctors who take appropriate action without any lapse of time.
Service provider-payer relationship: The digital sharing and exchange of data has resulted in increased communication and strengthening relationship between the payers or insurers focused on users’ wellness. Now, the care teams from providers and insurers work towards understanding the exact needs of the patients and provide them customized services.
Employer-payer relationship: Employees, these days, are more aware of their medical rights and can compare the features offered by different providers. Employers in turn are also concerned about offering the best healthcare solutions to their employees and look for the best offers from the payers. This, in turn, is encouraging a healthy employer-payer relationship who together try to design customized solutions for the employees with maximum benefits.
User-multi point relationship: Users are the main entity of healthcare ecosystem who interact with all the other major elements of the system. The digitization in healthcare ecosystem is nurturing smooth and increased interaction of users with doctors, clinics, pharmacies, diagnostic centers, insurers, home-healthcare providers and others. The prescription can easily be shared across different providers, diagnostics can share reports with doctors online, and pharmacies can also interact with users, doctors, and diagnostics. This has led to increased accuracy and efficiency in the delivery of services. Also, now the users can seek more affordable care by easy online comparisons and bookings.
The e-healthcare ecosystem is ready to assimilate other passive participants also in its network like the healthcare equipment and devices manufacturers, companies manufacturing health cards, yoga and meditation centers and others. A rich assembly of all these healthcare providers and service seekers is going to enhance user experience as well as the standards of healthcare industry in India.