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A sore and itchy throat could mean more than just a cold or allergies. The Doctors explain other possible causes of these symptoms.
Face Your Fears
From a phobia of needles to a fear of swallowing pills, The Doctors help the medicine go down easier.
Trypanophobia is a fear of needles, which can range from a mild phobia, to a fear so severe, sufferers refuse to have vital medical procedures performed. The majority of needle-phobic people have a parent, sibling or child with the condition, and many inherit what’s called a vasovagal reflex in response to fear; when they see a needle or get a shot, it triggers the vagus nerve, widens the blood vessels, drops blood pressure and can lead to fainting.
Courtney says she’s been afraid of needles since the seventh grade; however, she was recently told she has a small cavity that needs filling and can no longer avoid seeing the dentist.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman soothes Courtney’s fears with a new product called Dental Vibe, a hand-held device designed to reduce the pain and fear of dental injections by stimulating the sensory nerves at the injection site. See how it works!
Monique says she has difficulty swallowing pills, as she’s afraid the pill will get stuck in her throat and not go down properly. One study found that as many as 40 percent of Americans have experienced difficulty swallowing pills.
Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Andrew Ordon suggests taking a few sips of water to moisten the throat before taking your pill. Then, take a deep breath before placing the tablet in your mouth, to help suppress gag reflexes. While standing, drink a full glass of room-temperature water to swallow the pill. You may try tilting your head back when swallowing; however, capsules float, so be sure to tilt your head slightly forward and float it to the back of your mouth when taking this form of medication. Remain upright for 30 minutes after swallowing any type of pill.
Keep Your Eyes Open
They say eyes are the window to the soul, but they’re also the window to your health! From foreign objects to sties, learn how to get unwanted things out of your eyes.
• Small toy stuck in your child’s nose? Learn the safest way to get it out.
We all feel sad or down from time to time, which is a normal part of life. But occasional feelings of unhappiness are different from the chronic illness of depression. Psychiatrist and Pfizer's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall joins E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork to discuss depression, a serious and common disorder that affects approximately 15 million Americans.
“Depression strikes women twice as often as men,” Dr. Lewis-Hall says. “And it’s a disease that can strike anyone at any age.”
Symptoms of depression may be:
• Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
• Sleeping more during the day and having trouble sleeping at night.
• A loss of interest in activities.
• Feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
• A lack of energy.
• Difficulty concentrating on daily tasks.
• Weight gain.
• Thoughts of suicide.
These symptoms are unique to each individual and it’s important for friends and family to be observant of behavioral changes in their loved ones. If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from depression, don’t be afraid to discuss it with a doctor. For more information how to talk to you doctor about depression, visit HealthierWorld.com.