Many people in the world, if they experience some kind of health problem or any type of pain, they don’t go the doctor’s office immediately! They just sit, take their laptop and ask solution for their health problems online. And the most common and famous “answerer” to all their questions, including the health related is Google. A Google experts shared with us the top 8 health related questions, that people asked Google for this, 2015, year.
So, here are the top 8 questions you searched on Google for this year, along with answers from doctors and medical experts:
Is bronchitis contagious?
Answer: Yes and No
Bronchitis, which can be acute and chronic, is a chest cold that occurs when the bronchial tubes get irritated and inflamed, producing mucus that makes you cough. It may or may not be the result of a bacterial infection, which makes this question a difficult one to answer. For the most part, bacterial bronchitis and airway inflammation are not contagious per se. Often, however, the precipitant for a bout of bronchitis is a viral infection of the upper airway—frequently called a cold—and these, of course, are contagious. In other words, patients should think of acute bronchitis as more a symptom of an illness rather than an illness itself. Generally, bronchitis is a complication of an infection involving the upper respiratory tract. That infection is usually viral, and contagious. The complication of the infection, bronchitis, is not contagious.
Let me say this in the simplest way possible – cold is contagious, and it can lead to airway inflammation and bronchitis.
Is pneumonia contagious?
Pneumonia is an infection that causes the lung’s air sacs to fill up with fluid. These fluids usually are bacterial, and if you come in contact with someone suffering from bacterial pneumonia, it’s possible for that bacterium to be transmitted to you. There are also strains of pneumonia that are viral rather than bacterial, and those are even more contagious. Pneumonia is not spread nearly as readily as viral infections of the upper airway. And you should also know that it also stops being contagious when coughing stops, usually soon after the initiation of appropriate antibiotics.
How much water should I drink?
Answer: About 8 cups of water every day
Well, there is no universal answer to this frequently asked question, because when it comes to drinking water, it all depends from many different factors, such as: how much you weight, are you physically active throughout the day, do you have temperature or you are breastfeeding. When it comes to staying healthy and hydrated, though, nothing beats a plain-old glass of water. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t drink less than 8 cups of water every day. Make sure you stay hydrated! Another important thing to remember is that water isn’t the only way to meet your hydration need. Vegetables, fruit, and unsweetened beverages also count.
What is Lupus?
Answer: chronic autoimmune disease
Selena Gomez announced this year that she is suffering from this chronic autoimmune disease, so it’s possible that she made this health condition and term very famous. Lupus, short for systemic lupus erythematosus, is a chronic autoimmune disease. Depending on its severity, the disease can impact the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, nervous system, and blood cells. Lupus is notoriously difficult to diagnose and is often confused with rheumatoid arthritis. One reason for this is that the symptoms vary widely from patient to patient and can include headaches, fatigue, joint pain, fever, and rashes. This disease is incurable!
How far along am I?
Answer: It’s varies
Without consulting your gynecologist, it’s very difficult to tell how long you are pregnant. If a woman has a regular period, then the day of her last period is the most reliable method for knowing how far along she is. For women who don’t have regular menstrual cycles, though, that kind of dating will be off. Thankfully, physicians today have more accurate methods for determining how far along a pregnancy is. The primary instrument we use now is an ultrasound to look at fetus development. In the first six weeks of pregnancy, you can also get a human chorionic gonadotropin blood test that measures the level of the pregnancy hormone in your blood. If you’re wrong, your OB could incorrectly calculate your due date. And if it appears that you’re ‘late’ for that date nine months later, your doctor may induce the pregnancy prematurely without realizing it.
When do I ovulate?
Answer: Once a month, usually in the middle of that cycle
In women of reproductive age, ovulation happens when an egg is released from the ovaries into the fallopian tubes, where it can be fertilized by sperm. For women with regular menstrual cycles, one of the easiest ways to monitor ovulation is by tracking your period. If you have a period once a month, you’re ovulating once a month. And the time of ovulation is usually in the middle of that cycle, approximately two weeks after the day of your last period. The average menstrual cycle is between 25 and 35 days, but if you have longer intervals between periods—say, every two months—that means you’re only ovulating once every two months, too. If that’s the case for you, an at-home ovulation test can help you pinpoint exactly when ovulation occurs. These tests typically have strips that can detect hormonal changes in the urine one to two days before ovulation. They can help you get a pretty reliable handle on the one or two days in your cycle that you’re going to be ovulating, which is especially helpful if you’re trying to get pregnant. Or these days can be “dangerous”, if you don’t want to get pregnant!
What is gluten?
Answer: protein found in wheat
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye. Interest in gluten-free diets continued to increase, because more and more people opted for gluten-free alternatives. If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, cutting gluten out of your diet is critical, since it can damage your intestines and trigger other health issues. But experts agree that eliminating gluten isn’t necessary for most people. A diet without gluten can be very healthy, or it can be junk food. And in fact, there are plenty of reasons to keep eating whole grains, which are a great source of fiber and can help aid digestion, control weight, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
How long does the flu last?
Answer: 3 to 4 days
When you’re suffering from the seasonal flu, the only thing you can think about is getting better very quickly. So when can you hope to see relief from symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, and fatigue? But the typical course of the flu is seven to ten days. While you’re waiting for the virus to pass, prevent it from getting worse by drinking plenty of fluids, washing hands frequently, and eating vitamin D-fortified foods like orange juice and yogurt.
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