21 Dec Dr. Google: 2015’s most common health questions and their answers!
It is natural for people to worry about their health and, nowadays, Google is often the first port of call for anyone with a health related query. Even though we risk needlessly scaring ourselves by what we read, few of us can resist consulting Dr Google.
So what was on most people’s mind this year? And what was the answer they received? Read on… Dr Google will see you now:
1. Is bronchitis contagious?
There are two types of bronchitis – either acute or chronic bronchitis. Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways in your lungs, usually caused by a virus. It is, therefore, contagious.
However, chronic bronchitis is a persistent inflammatory disease of the lungs’ airways, typically caused by smoking. This would not be contagious.
2. Is pneumonia contagious?
Pneumonia, like bronchitis, is a condition that affects the lungs. Typically it’s the result of an infection caused by the inhalation of various forms of bacteria. If bacteria are to blame for the infection, the pneumonia would be contagious if inhaled by another person.
However, other forms of pneumonia are caused by chemicals. Such cases are not contagious.
3. How much water should I drink?
Dr Google would do well to refer you to our great blog on the health benefits of water. The answer: 3 litres a day.
4. How many calories should I eat?
A good question that, in truth, varies depending on the amount of energy you will exert during a given day. If you are sat a desk then your body will need less energy than if you’re climbing a mountain! Your age, sex and size all play a role too. Pretty logical stuff.
As a rule of thumb: men should consume 2500kcal and women 2000kcal.
5. How far along am I?
Your due date can be estimated from the first day of your last menstrual period or from your 12 week scan. If calculating from your last menstrual period, then add one year, subtract 3 months, then add 7 days. It should give you a decent idea of your baby’s due date.
So from calorie counting to giving birth there was a lot on the world’s mind during 2015! Google can provide us with interesting information but, if you have any health concerns, we think you’re always better off consulting the knowledge and experience of your doctor.
Be well London!