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acne scar cream
Suffer from acne scar on face for long. Have tried different remedies, no results. Please recommend good acne scar cream.
Dr. Imran Wali
If you wish to know what cream is good for acne scars, the most reliable option are creams containing Retinol. This is the purest form of Vitamin A and suits all skin types. It’s great for people who suffer from superficial scars and clogged pores. Retinol encourages the building and shedding process, resulting in smooth, even skin with reduced marks and pigmentation spots. Also, it’s good to use a gentle moisturizer containing SPF. For your beauty regimen, choose skincare products containing Niacinamide, which reduces uneven skin tone and pigmentation scarring. Please consult a dermatologist for best results.
im hvng red dry patches on my left arm…..could it be psoriasis? What are its symptoms and tell its treatments also.
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.
causes of hair (more)
I am Aman. 27 year old. I am currently working and have lots of stress. But my hair is slowly falling. I notice lot of stray hairs every time I comb my hair. Is this normal? What are the causes of hair loss in men?
Dr. Abhishek De
Hair loss can normally be traced back to problems in your family tree, but other reasons exist as well. They include: • Genetics: The genes you received from your parents could be the cause of male pattern baldness. Due to hormonal changes, your hair follicles shrink, and you slowly start going bald. It begins when your hairline starts thinning above your crown and temples. Depending on the family history, you may experience male pattern baldness since your teens. Not only does your hair become thinner, but it gets shorter, finer, and softer as well. • Medical Reasons: Hair loss could indicate an underlying condition like thyroid or anemia. A low protein or iron-deficit diet may also cause thinning hair. • Shock or Stress: Excessive or sudden weight loss, surgery, emotional or physical shock may also cause hair loss for several months. • Infections: Ringworms often cause scaly patches or bald spots on your scalp. Treatment is required to make your hair grow back.
eczema cream for (more)
Hv eczema on my eyelids, it not only weighs heavy on my eyes but irritates like hell. Can eczema face creams work for the eyes as well? Or should I look for specific eye products?
Dr. Abhishek De
Like all eczema, eye eczema (whether on eyelids or around the eyes) needs constant moisturizing to curb itching and dryness. Multiple OTC and prescription moisturizers are available. Your eye make-ups; nail paints can also lead to eyelid eczema. Also eye drops can cause eyelid eczema. Fragrance-free, paraben-free and chemical-free products will be the safest bet for the overly sensitive skin around the eyes. However, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids to combat inflammation. Hydrocortisone is an OTC drug useful for redness and itching. But, remember to go for steroids if prescribed as these can cause thinning of the skin. Alternatively, your doctor can prescribe calcineurin inhibitors that also cut down inflammation and work best for facial eczema, including on eyelids. While regular facial eczema creams will work for eyelid eczema, it is best you find a cream formulated specially for eyes.
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causes for (more)
What are the causes and symptoms for erectile dysfunction? Im Hvng trouble getting its straight these days, my age 32.
Dr. Vaibhav Lunkad
You need not worry if you’re periodically being unable to achieve erection. However, if it’s a continuous problem, there could be serious underlying issues. The signs of ED include difficulty achieving erection any time or each time you desire intercourse, difficulty sustaining erection long enough to have intercourse and diminished libido or sexual drive. Its causes include a variety of physical, psychological or a combination of both factors. Health conditions (heart disorders, high BP, high cholesterol, overweight or obesity, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Parkinson's disease, Peyronie's disease, metabolic syndrome, atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, sleep troubles, etc.), certain prescription medications (antidepressants, appetite suppressants, drugs for BP, etc.), prostate cancer treatments if these cause injuries, bladder cancer surgery, spinal cord or pelvic area injuries, substance abuse, etc. are among the physical triggers. Whereas, stress, anxiety, depression, other mental health issues, fearing sexual failure, poor self-esteem or relationship issues (due to bad communication, stress or other reasons) are the potential psychological causes of ED.
Me having premature ejaculation from long. I believe in Ayurveda a lot. Pls tell me Ayurvedic natural solutions/remedies. 48 age.
Dr. Syed Danish Ali
You can have amla which is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C. It pacifies imbalanced pitta dosha in the body and restores its natural functioning. As a cooling agent, it curbs body heat and acid release in the stomach. In Ayurveda, premature ejaculation is seen as emerging from vitiation of pitta dosha and excessive heat accumulation in our system.
prevention of (more)
is prevention of infertility in males & females bodiezz possible? Can we take steps in advance to avoid being barren? i n my husband want a child afrtrr 1-2 years, but not now, but we keep reading in news how these days so many things can cause infertility in couples.....so wanted ur tips on prevention of ds problem know..m 32 n husabnd is 34. thnkyou.
Dr. Archana Sinha
Being over or underweight increases the risk of ovulation disorders in females. Caffeine intake must be restricted as well. Maintain strict personal hygiene standards and go for annual check-ups to a gynecologist if you have an active sex life. Likewise, men are also advised to avoid exposure to heavy metals, toxins and pesticides. Maintain a healthy body weight and get sufficient sleep. A couple interested in having a baby is advised to manage their daily stress better. Also, quit smoking and avoid alcohol and drugs completely. Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases is equally important.
my friend was premature ejaculation patient……he tried some exercise which has been able to help him a lot….he told me tht its some exercise of a different style in which d wife also is involeved….pls suggest to me such an exercise that couples do together to treat premature ejaculation..me Rahul 35, wife, Smita, 32.
Dr. Syed Danish Ali
The pause and squeeze method is an effective technique to stop premature ejaculation. Both the partners need to perform it together. Masturbate or make your spouse masturbate you until you feel the urge to ejaculate. Stop right there and ask your wife to squeeze the glans of your penis for 10 to 20 seconds. Then, relax the penis for 30 seconds before resuming masturbation. Repeat the process multiple times before you ejaculate eventually.
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breast cancer (more)
I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Im concerned about my wellbeing and want to know possible treatment options.
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.
Female 39. My friend said that menopause affects older women. How I know if I have? What are its symptoms?
Dr. Sankar Das Mahapatra
Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. If you’ve gone a year without periods, suffice to say you’ve entered this phase. This natural biological process generally occurs in 40 and 50 year olds. It is accompanied by symptoms like vaginal dryness, night sweats, hot flashes, irregular periods, chills, sleep problems, loss of breast fullness, weight gain and reduced metabolism, mood changes, and dry skin and thinning hair. These physical symptoms may disrupt a patient’s sleep, affect her emotional health, or lower her energy. Keep in mind that the symptoms of menstrual change are different for all women. Women who are nearing the age of menopause are likely to experience some sort of menstrual irregularities before they end.
polycystic ovary (more)
my name karanveer. submiting question for my elder sister who is now said by doctor for PCOS. my family have no idea about this disease. please help by telling the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome?
Dr. Madhu Gupta
Some of the common symptoms associated with PCOS are: • Weight Gain: Nearly half of all PCOS patients gain weight and find it hard to manage obesity problems. • Fatigue: A lot of PCOS-afflicted individuals tend to feel fatigued and suffer from low energy levels. Other issues like poor sleep may cause this sensation of fatigue. • Hirsutism: Unwanted growth of excess hair may occur on the arms, chest, back, toes, thumbs, abdomen, and face. PCOS-related hirsutism could stem from hormonal problems connected to androgens. • Hair Loss: Middle-aged PCOS patients often report thinning of the hair on their head. • Mood Swings: PCOS increases the possibility of mood swings, anxiety, and depression. • Infertility: PCOS is one of the major causes of female infertility. But not every PCOS patient reports the same problems. While a few women require fertility treatments, others still retain the ability to conceive the natural way. • Pelvic Pain: Pelvic pain can sometimes occur during periods, followed by heavy bleeding. It could also occur at times when the woman isn’t on her periods.
ovarian cyst (more)
Hi, my name is Smita. Age 33. Recently I have been experiencing some health issues, my friend who is a doctor said that he suspects ovarian cyst. Can you please tell me if that is the case? What are the symptoms of this problem?
Dr. Sankar Das Mahapatra
In many cases, ovarian cysts do not manifest any physical symptoms and women fail to realize they have this condition. But symptoms may gradually appear, especially if the cyst continues to grow in size. Some of the common symptoms associated with ovarian cysts include painful bowel movements, breast tenderness, pain in thigh and lower back region, painful intercourse, abdominal swelling or bloating, painful bowel movements, nausea and vomiting, and pelvic pain before or at the time of the patient’s menstrual cycle. If the condition of the cyst is severe, you need immediate treatment. Some of the symptoms to watch out for include fever, rapid breathing, dizziness or faintness, and sharp or severe pelvic pain.
Diet, Fitness & Wellness
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keto diet plan (more)
what is this new thing calld ‘KETO’ diet plan? what is it for? Cn it help me in weight loss?
Mrs. Bhaswati Banerjee
Ketogenic diets are focused on the combination of 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs every day. You tend to shed calories in a keto diet through higher protein and decreased carbs intake. As the body converts protein and fat into carbs, we tend to burn additional calories. Keto diet actively suppresses hunger hormones like ghrelin and leptin so that we feel satiated for longer. They boost metabolism and fuel utilization by bettering insulin sensitivity. Sugar conversion into fat is curbed and fat burning through physical activities goes up in keto diets.
teach me a good healing meditation please..i have often heard about this thing..its nice..how to do it? Age mine 43.
As a beginner, you can try this healing meditation technique. Find yourself an open wide space. It could be your garden or terrace. If you live near a water body like a beach, it would be great to practice meditation in natural surroundings. You need not necessarily sit down, as in traditional meditation. Instead, stand and raise your arms sideways, feeling the bright sun overhead. Bask in the sunlight and let it massage your body, especially the areas that you think need healing. You can do a gentle massage in circular motions to release strain and tension. Feel the earth with your feet and connect with it. Now rub your hands before the heart chakra – the chest’s center at the heart level – and contemplate. During this introspection process, pay attention to the parts that need to be healed or any circumstances in life that distress you. Ponder over the problems until you resolve them. Now take a few deep breaths chanting "Om" and keep your mind completely still. Finally, banish all thoughts and focus on your feet. Meditate for a while and then go home with mental peace attained from this exercise.
pregnancy yoga (more)
doctor my wife is 8 months pregnant..pls tell us yoga poses for pregnancy to practice for her health n babys.
Dr. Shipra Kumari (PT)
Yoga is a great way to cope with the challenges of pregnancy. As your wife is approaching the delivery time, you can safely make her practice poses like warrior I, bridge pose, cobbler’s pose, corpse pose and child’s pose. Child’s pose promotes focus on the breath and makes a good resting position in between labor contractions. Corpse pose improves your vitality, helping ward off fatigue during pregnancy. Warrior I restores spinal health and helps create space for the expanding uterus. Cobbler’s pose is good for the reproductive system and helps open up the pelvis to enable fast and struggle-free labor.
diet and (more)
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?
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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Please doctor give me tips to help me prevent constipation in pregnancy. I'm pregnant from last 3 months, 27 age.
Dr. Archana Sinha
Constipation in pregnancy can be prevented by eating a fibrous diet. Eat as much fruits, veggies, whole grains, bran, etc. as you can. You should also be drinking plenty of fluids including water. High fiber diet and increased fluid intake help get things going out easily. Exercises should be regular too in your daily routine, whether you walk, swim or cycle as these stimulate the bowels. Go for natural sources of iron.
indian diet chart (more)
I'm both diabetic and a high cholesterol patient. Can you suggest Indian vegetarian foods (nothing non-veg) for my diet chart?
Dr. Kamal Kumar Sarkar
You can have lots of non-starchy veggies rich in fiber and phytonutrients. Examples: beans, beets, turnips, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, garlic, green onions, mushrooms, onions, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc. A high amount of soluble fiber is also found in many fruits and whole grains like oats, apples, strawberries, grapefruit, lemons, barley, peas, lentils, rice bran, etc. Soluble fiber helps control blood sugar as well as LDL or bad cholesterol. Also, you need to opt for foods containing monounsaturated fats like peanut butter/oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, apricots, guavas, avocadoes, olive oil, walnuts, etc. over those containing saturated fats like full-fat dairy, red meats or trans fats like cookies, muffins, pies, cakes, pizza, coffee creamer, fried foods, etc.
home remedies for (more)
My son is just 3 years old but has lots of allergy problems which cause a lot of health trouble. I want him to feel better and not suffer so much. What are some effective home remedies for treating allergies in toddlers and kids?
Dr. Pavitra Chakravarty
A wide range of home remedies are available for alleviating allergic symptoms and providing relief to the child. Some proven ones include: • Saline Solution: This remedy is great for treating upper respiratory allergies and flushing out any allergens caught up in the nasal cavity. It also helps reduce inflammation symptoms. • Hot Shower: Sneezing in children occurs due to dustborne allergens. Giving the kid a warm shower can wash the allergens right off the body. • Apple Cider Vinegar: Kids might not enjoy the taste of this home remedy but it does alleviate symptoms. The solution should be consumed thrice a day. • Eye Wash: Children complaining of watery eyes and itchiness should splash cool water for relief.
high fiber foods (more)
some1 told me tht high fiber foods r gud In constipation..cn u say examples f this? Im not doing it regularly..just 1-2-3 times a week..like that.....pls list few good fiber items that will help fight this constipation..
Dr. Jayanta Datta
Fiber is found plentifully in fruits (berries, apples, bananas, mango and guava), veggies (squash, carrots, broccoli and spinach), whole grains (oats, barley, etc.), nuts, seeds (chia, flax, pumpkin and sesame), legumes (beans, chickpeas and peas), potatoes with skin, and rice/wheat bran. Have fruits and veggies with skin. Legumes and citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, and grapefruit) are particularly effective in boosting the growth of colonic flora that adds bulk to stool and keeps intestines healthy.
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how to deal with (more)
My daughter 22 has diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. And we parents have no idea to handle problem. Please tell me how to deal with anxiety disorder so I bring relief to her?
Miss. Prashakha Solanki
Social anxiety is a problem that makes people feel mortified in public, out of fear of embarrassment. And social pain is worse than physical pain because patients keep on reliving it again and again with greater intensity. Dealing with social anxiety is not the easiest thing in the world, but it is not impossible. They must confront their emotions head-on and identify them to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Premeditation is also helpful as is reappraisal. The more the patient tweaks the narrative, the more his/her feelings change and some of the stress gets relieved.
yoga poses for ocd
My wife Hina has OCD. she usually deals well with the problem but sometimes it causes trouble to us. She is only 31 years old and leads healthy lifestyle. Now, i read somewhere that yoga can help. So i want to ask if there are any helpful yoga poses for ocd?
Dr. Shipra Kumari (PT)
Many useful yoga poses can treat OCD. These need to be practiced daily for slowing the patient’s racing mind. Each posture needs to be maintained for a minimum of 3 to 5 minutes to avail the maximum benefits. The three most effective yoga poses are: • Legs up on the Wall: Patients should keep their back on the floor and raise their legs. A bolster may be used under the hips to keep them elevated. Try playing some nature sounds or relaxing music. Keeping the legs elevated above the heart helps reduce stress and tension. • Child’s pose: The patient must allow their body to completely lie still on the mat without holding any tension in the muscles. Each breath should make them melt deeper. This pose brings peacefulness. • Seated Forward Bend: This pose is useful for relieving mild depression and anxiety, and also works wonders on headaches.
social anxiety (more)
My name is Mina. Mother of 2 children. But my oldest 17is diagnosed with , social anxiety. We will give treatment with doctor but I want to know how to provide support for social anxiety so it is easier for daughter. Help needed.
Dr. Pavitra Chakravarty
Any family member diagnosed with social anxiety disorder will experience various challenges. A supportive network of family and friends will yield better treatment results and make the recovery process smoother. The first thing you need to do is brush up on your knowledge of social anxiety disorder. The more you learn about the symptoms and effective treatments, the more you can put your daughter’s mind at ease. Also, do not enable the patient. Do not attempt to help her avoid anxiety-provoking situations. If the patient is unsure about receiving treatment, listen to her concerns. Gently encourage her to get the necessary treatment, and help her complete the treatment process if it has already begun. Maintain a fixed routine and be sure to praise small accomplishments.
causes of ocd
My name Achintya. when we marry, my dear wife normal. but after some year, she become very strange and act unnatural. i get worried and see doctor and discussions later, she saying problem is OCD. i having no idea of problem and only want Malini to feel well. What are causes?
Dr. Subrata Saha
While the precise reason behind OCD development is unknown, there are lots of interesting theories surrounding the development of OCD. They include: • OCD possibly occurs due to hereditary and genetic factors. • Compulsions are usually learned behaviors. These behaviors turn habitual and repetitive when associated with the relief from anxiety. • Distorted beliefs maintain and reinforce symptoms connected with OCD. • Structural, functional, and chemical abnormalities in the brain are the reason. The combination of different factors triggers the manifestation of OCD symptoms. The underlying reasons might be further affected by hormonal changes, personality traits, and stressful events.