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Healthcare services on MediBuddy

Look around you and there’s no dearth for the number of hospitals, medical centres and clinics you’ll find for every imaginable medical need. But when you think about walking into one for a consultation, the very choice around you can leave you baffled.  

Who would be the most reliable choice? What about hygiene conditions for lab tests? Does the physician have sufficient experience? Is the hospital close enough for follow-ups? These are among the first few questions that will pop into mind. But what if you could walk into your appointment with all the information you need?

The MediBuddy platform brings together health and wellness services well-aligned with your medical needs. Whether it is outpatient appointments or inpatient procedures that need careful planning, MediBuddy eases the process of making the right choice.

New Year Wellness Goals With MediBuddy

The New Year is always a great time to plan for the year ahead. But do you find it difficult to keep health resolutions? Not when you have the MediBuddy e-Calendar to motivate you every day, all year long! The calendar helps you understand your body’s needs and has new wellness goals set out for you every month. Want to know more? You can download the MediBuddy e-Calendar right here.

Once you identify your health objectives, the next place to look should be the MediBuddy website. From easy access to your health benefits to a range of health services for your everyday wellness, you’ll find all you need in the website. Find below a quick guide to healthcare services available on MediBuddy.

What are the services available on MediBuddy?

As you embark on a New Year, no matter what your health goals, we’ve got you covered:

Health Check: Select health check packages, compare and choose between packages to find one that exactly meets your needs.

Medicines: Your family’s medicine needs can be diverse. If you find yourself rushing over to the pharmacy frequently for everyone’s needs, how about a simpler way of bringing home your medicines? You can now order medicines through MediBuddy – with great discounts!

Consultations: Find a specialist close to you from a curated network and schedule an appointment at your convenience. Sounds too good to be true? Try it on MediBuddy!

Home Health Care: Need physiotherapy sessions but just can’t find the time to make it for hospital appointments? Bring the therapist home. Get medical care at home when you or a loved one needs it!

Dental: A wide catalogue of dental experts who specialize in various areas of oral healthcare – find the right dental specialist for your needs, nearest to you, with MediBuddy!

Hospitalization: MediBuddy gives you unprecedented visibility into the indicative cost of care across network hospitals in India to help you plan for inpatient procedures.

Tele Consultation:  Been meaning to talk to a nutritionist to plan your diet? Or have a nagging question about symptoms you are experiencing? Talk to a physician who can guide you. Yes, talk over phone!

Second Opinion: Diagnosis left you feeling queasy? Stop second-guessing and worrying yourself endlessly, get a second opinion to gain a clearer perspective.

Genome Study: Choose from an exhaustive list of packages to understand your health better, right from the DNA level!

Healthcare and wellness needs are based on individual needs and
preferences. Avail discounts on a range of health checks, dental
procedures and medicines when you book through MediBuddy.

Root Canal Treatment

Do You Really Need to Fear a Root Canal Procedure?

Root Canal Treatment

If you are someone who shudders at the mere idea of a getting a dental cleaning done, a root canal may seem like a must-avoid procedure. On the contrary, the root canal is in itself a fairly pain-free dental procedure; rather it’s the symptoms that lead to the procedure that are painful. Here’s all that you need to know about a root canal and why you should never fear them!

What is a root canal procedure?

The dental pulp is the soft area in the centre of the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. A root canal treatment is needed when the dental pulp is infected or damaged. The treatment includes removing the pulp, cleaning and sealing the inside of the tooth.

After a tooth has emerged from the gums, the solitary function of a tooth’s nerve is to help sense heat or cold. In other words, the functioning of a tooth is not affected by the loss of a nerve.  While a root canal procedure aims to save the tooth from decay or damage, the nerve can be removed if infected or damaged.

Refusing to treat dental decay or damage can lead to abscess formation or spread of infection resulting in pain and loss of teeth.

Look out for these symptoms

Here are a few symptoms that could indicate you need dental attention:

  • Immense toothache while eating or drinking
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold beverages or food
  • Swelling in the gums around the tooth
  • Discoloration of the tooth

 

Root canal treatment process

Root canal treatment cannot be undertaken in one sitting. It requires a first appointment with a dental specialist to identify the extent of the damage. The dentist will typically recommend an X-ray to assess the infection and to study the layout of your teeth, gums and bones.  

During the next sitting when the root canal procedure is undertaken, a local anaesthetic will be administered to ease pain or discomfort. The procedure will also entail drilling an access hole in the tooth, followed by cleaning out and removing the damaged pulp and nerves. After the tooth receives a thorough cleaning, it will be sealed.

The next session will be a few days or a week after the procedure as your teeth and gums need time to recover. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat infections too. A temporary filling could be placed in the tooth to keep the site free of food substances and particles between appointments. Measurements are taken for a permanent filling, which will be fitted during the final sitting.

Although a simple, routine procedure, a root canal can still lead to complications if executed poorly. Finding the right dental specialist is key to effective treatment.

Source:
An Overview of Root Canals – WebMD

Know Your Body Better With the MediBuddy e-Calendar

MediBuddy Health and Wellness e-Calendar

Health and wellness goals are often tough to achieve. You can blame it on a demanding career, time lost in traffic, or simply a lack of time at the end of a long day. But here’s a thought – what if you could manage to fit them into everyday living by simply understanding your body’s needs?

Begin this New Year then with a promise to understand what every part of your body needs to function well or better. Wellness goals will then become routine everyday activities or habits, falling into your schedule, helping you make healthier choices along the way.

Your Health and Wellness Calendar

We love to spread health and good cheer! So here we’ve charted out what you need to know every month to stay healthy all year. The MediBuddy e-Calendar offers you tips on healthy living and encourages you to read more about every part of you, top-to-toe!

Right from January all the way till December, you get to read and understand more about how you can boost your heart health, ensure bone health, be savvy about sexual health, keep your digestive system strong, and so much more!

We’ve got the ball rolling, now it’s your turn to keep it going.
Download the MediBuddy e-Calendar and keep track of your health all
year long. Wish you a bright and healthy New Year! Stay well!

Leprosy is Curable: There’s More to Know About Its Cause and Cure

Leprosy Cause and Cure

A disease that has been dreaded for centuries, leprosy has plenty of stigmas attached to it. The treatment for the disease has, however, evolved impressively, making it a treatable condition today. Know more about the disease to overcome prejudices and to have a clear understanding of transmission, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

What Causes Leprosy?

Also known as Hansen’s disease, it is caused by a slow-growing bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae). Given that it multiplies slowly, the average incubation period is between 3-5 years. There are cases when symptoms have surfaced within a year, while in other cases it has taken as long as 20 years to occur.

The mode of transmission is through close and repeated contact with nose or mouth fluids from someone with untreated leprosy. Children are more susceptible to contract the bacteria than adults.

Signs and Symptoms of Leprosy

Leprosy affects the skin and the peripheral nerves that are located near the brain and spinal cord. It can also affect other parts of the body, such as the kidneys, eyes, tissue inside the nose, and male reproductive organs.

The chief symptom is the disfiguring, pale-coloured skin sores. It includes lumps that do not go away even after weeks or months.

Types of Leprosy

Treatment depends on the type of leprosy:

  1. Tuberculoid: The mildest among the three types, people infected often have only one or a few patches of skin sores. The affected spot can feel numb owing to nerve damage underneath. This form is less contagious than others.
  2. Lepromatous: More severe than tuberculoid, this type typically exhibits widespread skin rashes and lumps, accompanied by muscle weakness and numbness. It is more widespread in the body and is also far more contagious.
  3. Borderline: In this type, those affected exhibit symptoms of both tuberculoid and lepromatous forms.

 

Diagnosis and Treatment

The bottom line – leprosy can be cured. 16 million people with leprosy have been cured in the last two decades. WHO (World Health Organization) provides free treatment for leprosy, liaising with local government and health centres. The treatment plan depends on the type of leprosy. Antibiotics are used to treat the infection, while anti-inflammatory drugs are used to control nerve pain and damage.  

Since the advent of effective treatment and the number of those affected has
greatly subsided, leprosy is no longer seen as a devastating disease. However,
if it is not diagnosed and treated on time, it can cause extensive damage.Have
any concerns? Talk to an expert!