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im hvng red dry patches on my left arm…..could it be psoriasis? What are its symptoms and tell its treatments also.
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Answered by
Dr. Abhishek De
We advise you to consult a dermatologist as without seeing it's very difficult to comment. Assuming its psoriasis...psoriasis brings red, itchy, dry patches topped by silvery scales on your skin. It has various forms with respective symptoms. Plaque psoriasis, for example, the most common type, has raised dry red lesions covered with whitish-silver scales. These plaques may ache, swell or itch and usually emerge on knees, elbows, scalp and back; though they may appear anywhere. Skin inflammation and exfoliation over maximum body surface accompanies plaque psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis, on the other hand, involves tiny, drop-shaped red-pink lesions cropping on large stretches of the body like torso, arms, legs, and scalp. Pustular psoriasis has pus-filled raised bumps surrounded by tender red skin. The condition can affect different parts of the body. Depending on the type, acuteness and affected areas, your doctor will determine a treatment. First-line therapies involve topical applications like corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, emollients, steroids, coal tar, calcineurin inhibitors and dithranol. However, if the symptoms are too adverse, phototherapy may come into the picture involving rectification with UV light. In the severest cases, systemic treatments (oral or injected drugs working throughout the body) are the last resort. Various treatments are teamed with one another in most cases. We suggest you consult a dermatologist for accurate diagnosis and treatment of your skin issue.

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I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Im concerned about my wellbeing and want to know possible treatment options.
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Answered by
Dr. Monish De
The common treatments for breast cancer are: • Surgery: Surgery involves taking out the tumor through an operation known as lumpectomy. The infected section of the breast is removed. A mastectomy, however, involves removing the entire breast. The patient should discuss the pros and cons of each procedure with her doctor. • Radiation: Cancer cells are eradicated using high-energy waves. Women under age 70 combine radiation with lumpectomy to destroy leftover cancer cells after surgery. Doctors recommend this procedure if the cancer spreads throughout the body. Earlier, women required daily radiation for many days. But being administered the same total amount of radiation over a shorter timespan works equally well and carries less chances of side effects. Speak to your doctor about the possibility of shorter therapies like: • Chemotherapy: At the time of chemotherapy, the patient is given drugs through an IV or as pills. People get chemotherapy to kill off existing cancer cells. Doctors even prescribe it before surgery to reduce the size of the tumors. Remember, chemotherapy is great against cancer-ridden cells but can affect healthy cells in an adverse way. • Hormone Therapy: The growth of cancer cells depends on progesterone and oestrogen hormone. These hormones can be blocked by hormone therapy. • Targeted Therapy: Targeted therapy helps the patient fight cellular changes leading to cancer. The drugs block certain proteins and have fewer side-effects.

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wt diet is good for pregnant women doctor? My daughter-in-law is 4 months pregnant, she is 34 in age. This is her 2nd baby. Wt foods will give her nutrition, i mean what foods will be nice for her and baby health?
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Answered by
Dr. Archana Sinha
A baby’s nourishment comes from what the mother eats during her pregnancy. Nutrients that expectant mothers should include in their diet for baby’s growth and development are calcium, iron, protein and folic acid. Folate or folic acid is found as Vitamin B in foods and plays a key role in preventing birth defects in the brain and spinal cord of the baby. Natural sources of folic acid are green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, fortified cereals (breakfast cereals enriched with vitamins and minerals), and beans. Calcium and vitamin D are two more minerals essential for building the baby’s teeth and bones. If calcium falls short, it is drawn from the mother's bones. Vitamin D is found in dairy products, whereas cheese, milk, yogurt and leafy greens are sources of calcium. Iron is another nutrient needed to meet the increasing demand for blood to supply oxygen to the baby. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, a condition characterized by the shortage of healthy red blood cells in the blood that can cause fatigue, pale skin and high risk to infections. Consume vitamin C at the same time when having iron-rich foods to increase iron absorption in the body. Natural sources of iron are fish, peas, dried beans and iron-fortified cereals. You can have orange juice or lemon for Vitamin C. Lastly, protein is important for the development of the baby’s organs like the brain and heart. Its natural sources include fish, eggs, nuts, peas and dried beans.

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