Rational Use of NSAIDs

Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most used and abused drugs in the world today (annually about 20,000 tonnes of Aspirin is consumed in United States alone). Pain and fever being the most common complaints, these drugs naturally are in great demand and doctors have no hesitation to…

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Approach to Chikungunya

Dr. B. Srinivas Kakkilaya, Consultant Physician, Mangalore Dr. M. Chakrapani, Prof. of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College,Mangalore Dr. B. Shantaram Baliga, Professor of Paediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore Chikungunya epidemic has now spread to most parts of Dakshina Kannada District and a few deaths have also been reported. Added to this,…

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Bathing in Fever

A common question most patients with fever ask us is whether they can have their regular bath. If we say Yes, eyebrows are raised, seeking confirmation. It appears that there exists a lot of confusion about bathing in the presence of a febrile illness. Fever, as everyone knows, is the…

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Rational Use of Antimicrobials

Antimicrobials are considered as the greatest discovery of the twentieth century. In the pre-antibiotic era, infectious diseases accounted for significant morbidity and mortality and invasive medical procedures were fraught with the risk of infection. All this changed with the use of antimicrobial agents. But the miracle seems to be short…

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Rational Approach to Fever

Fever is a symptom of more than 300 diseases, a manifestation of man’s protest against the insults and intrusions to his system. “There are ‘specialists’ for the heart, the brain, the nerves, the kidneys etc. But why is there no one for fever?” – Conversation between two patients, overheard by…

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Algorithm for Fever Management

Algorithm for The Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Febrile Disorders (Novel H1N1, Respiratory Infections, Chikungunya, Dengue, Leptospirosis, Malaria and Hepatitis) Dr. B. Srinivas Kakkilaya, Consultant Physician, Mangalore With Inputs From: Dr. M. Chakrapani, Prof. of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore; Dr. Ashok Bhat, Assoc. Prof. of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College,…

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