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Dr. Sreenivas

BHMS

Homeopath, Bangalore

18 Years Experience
Dr. Sreenivas BHMS Homeopath, Bangalore
18 Years Experience
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Fight Against Skin Changes After Menopause

MBBS, MD-Skin,VD & Leprosy, Hair Transplant Surgeon
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Fight Against Skin Changes After Menopause

Every woman endures menopause, by the time she reaches middle age. It comes with a lot of complications and skin changes are also not spared. It is vital to know how to fight the skin changes of menopause to take right actions at the right time.

Changes experienced: Major problems faced are hormonal changes and their declines. Ultimately, ovarian activity slows down decreasing in B-Estradiol levels. This leads to hot flashes or warmth feel under the skin, especially on face and profuse sweating. The overall experience leads to decrease in the production of estrogen and progesterone, leading to skin changes.

  1. Oily Skin: Testosterone production is prominent that stimulates sebaceous glands to secrete thicker sebum making skin appear oily.
  2. Facial Hair: Some women show development of facial hair, especially on chin.
  3. Sagging Skin and Wrinkles: Decrease in estrogen leads to fat redistribution. This results in skin sagging on face, neck, hands and arms.
  4. Elastosis: Lower estrogen levels lead to decrease in collagen and elastin in the skin dermis. UV rays destroy collagen resulting in elastosis.
  5. Thinning Epidermis: This leads to trans-epidermal water loss and dry skin.
  6. Hyperpigmentation / Age Spots: Melanin production is tampered after menopause, which causes hyperpigmentation. 

How to fight against It:
Here are some tips on how to fight the skin changes of menopause.

  1. With age, skin becomes dry. Right cleanser with a creamy formula is a solution for dry skin. 
  2. Use heavier cream to moisten your skin. Avoid hot, long showers.
  3. Skin protection from sunlight is a must. Choose a sunscreen that is from a broad-spectrum SPF30 or higher and use it regularly.
  4. Due to hormonal changes, wrinkles appear, and hence you need to apply moisturizer on face, jawline and neck regularly. Use skin-care products meant to act against fine lines and sagging.
  5. Face, hands and chest usually get affected with age spots. Use sunscreen every day. Those who are already affected with spots, use exfoliating products. These products help to shed dead skin cells. Toners may also help.
  6. Apply moisturiser on hands too and wear gloves while doing household or yard work.
  7. Eat foods with antioxidants such as brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.
  8. Soy, which is rich in isoflavones, acts like estrogen in the body.
  9. Stress tends to make skin drier. Yoga, meditation, etc. helps to relax.
  10. Do exercise regularly to tone your muscles.
  11. Sleep well: Beauty sleep is most essential to regenerate your cells. Sleep prevents dark circles under eyes. Around 8 to 9 hours of sleep is recommended.

Now you know how to fight the skin changes of menopause. Follow the tips and then age will be just a number.

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I am 26 yr old. I have a very oily scalp. I need to wash it daily otherwise the next day the scalp gets greasy. The oily greasy look pulls down my confidence level, because of which I wash my hair daily. These days I am experiencing too much of itching.

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
I am 26 yr old. I have a very oily scalp. I need to wash it daily otherwise the next day the scalp gets greasy. The o...
Hello,you can take homoeopathic medicine Nat Mur 30 (4 drops in little water) twice a day for 15 days and revert.
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I am 23 years old my height is 5 feet 3 inches. Is there any medicine to increase height at least 1 inches.

BHMS
Homeopath, Ahmedabad
I am 23 years old my height is 5 feet 3 inches. Is there any medicine to increase height at least 1 inches.
dear lybrate user, at this age increasing process slows down, but still chances are there as there is possibility of some growth also, take homeopathic treatment from our center along with stretching exercises you will surely get benefited.
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I am 26 years old male! I am having a tan on my face and on my hands. Can you please suggest me how to remove the tan and prevent further tanning?(i mean prescribe me the best sun screen and tan removal creams)

Diploma in Medical Cosmetology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
I am 26 years old male! I am having a tan on my face and on my hands. Can you please suggest me how to remove the tan...
Hemanth ! Your increased Sun Exposure is the commonest reason behind Tanning. You can use La Shield Lite Sun screen daily. Apply it 1/2 Hr before going out and if you are in the sun for more than 4 Hrs, re apply the sun screen again. For the existing tan to reduce, I recommend you to see a Medical Cosmetologist Doctor, who will examine you and give you the right kind of treatment.
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How to destroy my baby. My wife is 7 days pregnant. I & wife not interested to baby now. .please help me. Please said better medicine name , which did not problem next pregnancy.

DGO, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
How to destroy my baby. My wife is 7 days pregnant. I & wife not interested to baby now. .please help me. Please said...
Hello. If you want to terminate the pregnancy with medicines, please go and visit a gynaecologist. Do not take medicines on your own. You are safe under the supervision of a gynaecologist.
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Hello doctor I want to ask questions about labour pain and delivery Actually am in my seventh month now and I stay alone with my husband and this is my first baby so I do not have any idea regarding this. When should I go to hospital and what will be the symptoms. Due to some personal reasons any elders can not help us. So will I be able to take care of myself and baby after 9 months.

MBBS, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Gynaecologist, Jamshedpur
Hello doctor I want to ask questions about labour pain and delivery
Actually am in my seventh month now and I stay al...
U need to visit once in every month now and twice in a month thereafter or as per years docs advice. Be alert abt years baby's movement. Take rest .good food .sleep and iron calcium supplementation. Labour pain starts over a period of 4_7 days in most of the cases. If there is blood discharge. Pain or leaking of water meet years doc .do not stay at home after years date thinking that pain will come in a day or two.
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How can we keep aur face clean? My face is full of red spots and few pimples. Can you suggest me some ways so that I can maintain my skin in summer and winter time both?

BHMS
Homeopath,
How can we keep aur face clean? My face is full of red spots and few pimples. Can you suggest me some ways so that I ...
Dear lybrate user, pimples/ acne vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory skin disease which develops due to blocking of the hair follicles in skin. These blockages occur due to 4 abnormal processes: 1) excess sebum production due to androgens 2) excessive deposition of the protein keratin leading to comedone formation 3) infection of propionibacterium acnes (p. Acnes) bacteria on the hair follicles 4) local release of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the skin. In order to stop the formation of pimples the aforesaid four causes should be terminated. Now the bitter truth is neither can you stop the overproduction of androgen or keratin protein nor can you stop the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals because all these processes takes place internally in your skin. However you can stop the accumulation of p. Acnes bacteria on your skin by preventing your skin from getting oily. Always keep a handkerchief with you whenever you go outside. You should wipe off the slightest amount of sweat from your face as soon as you perspire on entering your room from outside wash your face with an oil-free, non-moisturizing face wash. Take a low carbohydrate diet. Do some exercise daily. Drink a lots of water to avoid constipation. Avoid pricking the pimples or popping the sebum as it may lead to black pigmentation & permanent scar formation. You can also take homoeopathic calcarea phos 200, 5 drops, thrice daily, in empty stomach also you can apply homoeopathic mother tincture berberis aquifolium q on the dark spots on your skin which are produced after the resolution of the pimples.
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Im feeling stomach upset also with dysentery. Please suggest me a medicine and diet to cure this infection.

BHMS
Homeopath, Raebareli
Im feeling stomach upset also with dysentery. Please suggest me a medicine and diet to cure this infection.
Please take merc sol 30 - thrice daily for next 3 days. Take curd-rice and bland diet. Also take water-boiled (let it cool at room temperature and then take).
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I have a knee pain last 2 years, I had many ointment several times but no relief . Please advice me what should I do for it.

BPTh/BPT, MPTh/MPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
I have a knee pain last 2 years, I had many ointment several times but no relief . Please advice me what should I do ...
Advice. Avoid sitting cross legged. Avoid squatting- quadriceps exercises- lie straight, make a towel role and put it under the knee, press the keen against the role, hold it for 20 secs. Repeat 20 times twice a day. This will help relieve some pain. Core strengthening exercise- straight leg raised with toes turned outward, repeat 10 times, twice a day. Hams stretching- lie straight, take the leg up, pull the feet towards yourself, with a elastic tube or normal belt. Repeat 10 times, twice a day. Sports taping- stretch the tape from both ends and apply on the affected area contrast fomentation (hot and cold).
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When I swallow my saliva in my throat is paining a lot it is from 3 days can you tell me the reason? And tablet for this?

MBBS, MS - ENT
Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) Specialist, Delhi
When I swallow my saliva in my throat is paining a lot it is from 3 days can you tell me the reason? And tablet for t...
Your throat infection should be treated with warm salt water gargles thrice a day and paracetamol tablets thrice a day for about 3 days. Seek an ent consultation if this does not help.
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My height is 5'3" and weight is 51 kg .Is my height and weight ok. I look so thin. Shud I increase weight?

Dietitian/Nutritionist
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
My height is 5'3" and weight is 51 kg .Is my height and weight ok. I look so thin. Shud I increase weight?
According your height your weight should be 60kgs so increase 3 to4 Kgs because you are a girl after marriage you will gain weight automatically so 55kg weight is perfect for you and now your weight is 51kg. To gain 3 to 4 kg is not big deal. Enjoy Frz.
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I am suffering from fever, I went to doctor and doctor give me medicine for this disease but I don't relief now what I do? Please give me a suggestion.

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
General Physician, Bangalore
I am suffering from fever, I went to doctor and doctor give me medicine for this disease but I don't relief now what ...
Sir, Since how many days do you have fever What medicines did you use. As a first aid, I advice you to take tab dolo 650 mg for fever Do you have any body aches, headache, back ache, eye pain, skin rashes, joint pains. How is your stools and urine Contact me for any clarification and advice.
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Actually my wife is getting back pain 2 times in a weak. What she need to take care off. And normally why this problem will come in a early age. May I have any suggestions to to reduce the pain.

BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Mumbai
Actually my wife is getting back pain 2 times in a weak. What she need to take care off. And normally why this proble...
Hi I can understand your problem. # relax & stay positive. # take hot and cold foementation. # learn posture care exercise. # use lumber support. # take break every 20 minutes. # do strengthening exercise of back and core muscles not all back pains are same.
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Sir, I am very slim. How I gain weight .Sir please do not recommend me non- vegetarian diet. Sir please refer either ayurvedic or unani or any medicament which have least side effect.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
Sir, I am very slim. How I gain weight .Sir please do not recommend me non- vegetarian diet.
Sir please refer either ...
Hi Your B.M.I is 20.7 which means you are in the normal category of weight.Each body is different. You should not compare with others. Aim is to be strong and fit and not to look bulky like body builders. To gain some weight, you need to eat healthy. Have lot of fruits and fruit juices. Eat lot of nuts like almonds, cashew peanuts. Drink full cream milk, curd, cheese, paneer. Go in for more dals, rajma, kabuli chana. Avoid junk food and colas. Avoid fried foods. Eat healthy Go for regular walks and do yoga. Don't take unnecessary medicines. Every medicine has side effects. Dont look for instant solutions. Aim to be healthy and fit. Dont worry too much about looks. Be confident of yourself as you are.
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I am 28 year old working in private bank .where I had work under pressure every time. At the time of having sex with my gf I don't know why I feel so weak as well as I am not able to no her happy .please guide me what to do.

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Ayurveda, Patiala
I am 28 year old working in private bank .where I had work under pressure every time. At the time of having sex with ...
Kindly take vasantakusumakar rasa of dhutpapeshwara premium gold, 1 tab, twice a day, with 2 tsf of ashwagandharishta in half a glass of warm water, 15 mins after meals. Take musli paka, 1 tsf in a glass of warm milk, empty stomach, twice a day. Make it 1 and a half tsf after first week, twice a day. Make sure your take sleep for 7 to 8 hrs at night regularly. Avoid smoking or alcohol, excess tea, spicy food in your diet. Continue the regime for 1 month. Good luck.
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Hello Dr. I'm 27 male my GF is facing twice periods problem may I know what is the problem why so is happening?

MBBS
General Physician, Faridabad
Hello Dr. I'm 27 male my GF is facing twice periods problem may I know what is the problem why so is happening?
get u/s lower abd done, back with report, so that i can help or consult gynaecologisy, it will help.
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How to quit smoking

Diploma in Family Medicine, M.Sc - Psychotherapy
Sexologist, Pune

Source: Helpguide.org

Whether you’re a teen smoker or a lifetime pack–a–day smoker, quitting can be tough. But the more you learn about your options and prepare for quitting, the easier the process will be. With the right game plan tailored to your needs, you can break the addiction, manage your cravings, and join the millions of people who have kicked the habit for good.

Why quitting smoking can seem so hard

Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. The nicotine from cigarettes provides a temporary, and addictive, high. Eliminating that regular fix of nicotine will cause your body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Because of nicotine’s “feel good” effect on the brain, you may also have become accustomed to smoking as a way of coping with stress, depression, anxiety, or even boredom.

At the same time, the act of smoking is ingrained as a daily ritual. It may be an automatic response for you to smoke a cigarette with your morning coffee, while taking a break from work or school, or during your commute home at the end of a long day. Perhaps friends, family members, and colleagues smoke, and it has become part of the way you relate with them.

To successfully quit smoking, you’ll need to address both the addiction and the habits and routines that go along with it.

Your Personal Stop Smoking Plan

While some smokers successfully quit by going cold turkey, most people do better with a plan to keep themselves on track. A good plan addresses both the short–term challenge of quitting smoking and the long–term challenge of preventing relapse. It should also be tailored to your specific needs and smoking habits.

Questions to ask yourself

Take the time to think of what kind of smoker you are, which moments of your life call for a cigarette, and why. This will help you to identify which tips, techniques or therapies may be most beneficial for you.

  • Do you feel the need to smoke at every meal?
  • Are you more of a social smoker?
  • Is it a very bad addiction (more than a pack a day)? Or would a simple nicotine patch do the job?
  • Do you reach for cigarettes when you're feeling stressed or down?
  • Are there certain activities, places, or people you associate with smoking?
  • Is your cigarette smoking linked to other addictions, such as alcohol or gambling?
  • Are you open to hypnotherapy and/or acupuncture?
  • Are you someone who is open to talking about your addiction with a therapist or counselor?
  • Are you interested in getting into a fitness program?

Start your stop smoking plan with START

S = Set a quit date.

Choose a date within the next 2 weeks, so you have enough time to prepare without losing your motivation to quit. If you mainly smoke at work, quit on the weekend, so you have a few days to adjust to the change.

T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.

Let your friends and family in on your plan to quit smoking and tell them you need their support and encouragement to stop. Look for a quit buddy who wants to stop smoking as well. You can help each other get through the rough times.

A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while quitting.

Most people who begin smoking again do so within the first 3 months. You can help yourself make it through by preparing ahead for common challenges, such as nicotine withdrawal and cigarette cravings.

R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.

Throw away all of your cigarettes (no emergency pack!), lighters, ashtrays, and matches. Wash your clothes and freshen up anything that smells like smoke. Shampoo your car, clean your drapes and carpet, and steam your furniture.

T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

Your doctor can prescribe medication to help with withdrawal and suggest other alternatives. If you can't see a doctor, you can get many products over the counter at your local pharmacy or grocery store, including the nicotine patch, nicotine lozenges, and nicotine gum.

How to quit smoking: Identify your smoking triggers

One of the best things you can do to help yourself quit is to identify the things that make you want to smoke, including specific situations, activities, feelings, and people.

Keep a craving journal

A craving journal can help you zero in on your patterns and triggers. For a week or so leading up to your quit date, keep a log of your smoking. Note the moments in each day when you crave a cigarette:

  • What time was it?
  • How intense was the craving (on a scale of 1-10)?
  • What were you doing?
  • Who were you with?
  • How were you feeling?
  • How did you feel after smoking?

Do you smoke to relieve unpleasant or overwhelming feelings?

Managing unpleasant feelings such as stress, depression, loneliness, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common reasons why adults smoke. When you have a bad day, it can seem like cigarettes are your only friend. As much comfort as cigarettes provide, though, it's important to remember that there are healthier (and more effective) ways to keep unpleasant feelings in check. These may include exercising, meditating, using sensory relaxation strategies, and practicing simple breathing exercises.

For many people, an important aspect of quitting smoking is to find alternate ways to handle these difficult feelings without smoking. Even when cigarettes are no longer a part of your life, the painful and unpleasant feelings that may have prompted you to smoke in the past will still remain. So, it's worth spending some time thinking about the different ways you intend to deal with stressful situations and the daily irritations that would normally have you reaching for a cigarette.

Tips for avoiding common smoking triggers

  • Alcohol. Many people have a habit of smoking when they drink. TIP: switch to non-alcoholic drinks or drink only in places where smoking inside is prohibited. Alternatively, try snacking on nuts and chips, or chewing on a straw or cocktail stick.
  • Other smokers. When friends, family, and co-workers smoke around you, it is doubly difficult to quit or avoid relapse. TIP: Your social circles need to know that you are changing your habits so talk about your decision to quit. Let them know they won't be able to smoke when you're in the car with them or taking a coffee break together. In your workplace, don't take all your coffee breaks with smokers only, do something else instead, or find non-smokers to have your breaks with.
  • End of a meal. For some smokers, ending a meal means lighting up, and the prospect of giving that up may appear daunting. TIP: replace that moment after a meal with something such as a piece of fruit, a (healthy) dessert, a square of chocolate, or a stick of gum.

How to quit smoking: Coping with nicotine withdrawal symptoms

Once you stop smoking, you will experience a number of physical symptoms as your body withdraws from nicotine. Nicotine withdrawal begins quickly, usually starting within thirty minutes to an hour of the last cigarette and peaking about 2 to 3 days later. Withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days to several weeks and differ from person to person.

Common nicotine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Cigarette cravings
  • Irritability, frustration, or anger
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Increased appetite
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Increased coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation or upset stomach
  • Depression
  • Decreased heart rate

Unpleasant as these withdrawal symptoms may be, they are only temporary. They will get better in a few weeks as the toxins are flushed from your body. In the meantime, let your friends and family know that you won't be your usual self and ask for their understanding.

Coping with Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

Symptom

Duration

Relief

Craving for cigarette

Most intense during first week but can linger for months

Wait out the urge; distract yourself; take a brisk walk.

Irritability, impatience

Two to four weeks

Exercise; take hot baths; use relaxation techniques; avoid caffeine.

Insomnia

Two to four weeks

Avoid caffeine after 6 p.m.; use relaxation techniques; exercise; plan activities (such as reading) when sleep is difficult.

Fatigue

Two to four weeks

Take naps; do not push yourself.

Lack of concentration

A few weeks

Reduce workload; avoid stress.

Hunger

Several weeks or longer

Drink water or low-calorie drinks; eat low-calorie snacks.

Coughing, dry throat, nasal drip

Several weeks

Drink plenty of fluids; use cough drops.

Constipation, gas

One to two weeks

Drink plenty of fluids; add fiber to diet; exercise.

Adapted with permission from Overcoming Addiction: Paths Toward Recovery, a special health report from Harvard Health Publications.

How to quit smoking: Manage cigarette cravings

Avoiding smoking triggers will help reduce the urge to smoke, but you can't avoid cravings entirely. But cigarette cravings don't last long, so if you're tempted to light up, remember that the craving will pass and try to wait it out. It also helps to be prepared in advance. Having a plan to cope with cravings will help keep you from giving in.

  • Distract yourself. Do the dishes, turn on the TV, take a shower, or call a friend. The activity doesn't matter as long as it gets your mind off of smoking.
  • Remind yourself why you quit. Focus on your reasons for quitting, including the health benefits, improved appearance, money you're saving, and enhanced self-esteem.
  • Get out of a tempting situation. Where you are or what you're doing may be triggering the craving. If so, a change of scenery can make all the difference.
  • Reward yourself. Reinforce your victories. Whenever you triumph over a craving, give yourself a reward to keep yourself motivated.

Coping with Cigarette Cravings in the Moment

Find an oral substitute

Keep other things around to pop in your mouth when cravings hit. Good choices include mints, hard candy, carrot or celery sticks, gum, and sunflower seeds.

Keep your mind busy

Read a book or magazine, listen to some music you love, do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, or play an online game.

Keep your hands busy

Squeeze balls, pencils, or paper clips are good substitutes to satisfy that need for tactile stimulation.

Brush your teeth

The just–brushed, clean feeling can help get rid of cigarette cravings.

Drink water

Slowly drink a large, cold glass of water. Not only will it help the craving pass, but staying hydrated helps minimize the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

Light something else

Instead of lighting a cigarette, light a candle or some incense.

Get active

Go for a walk, do some jumping jacks or pushups, try some yoga stretches, or run around the block.

Try to relax

Do something that calms you down, such as taking a warm bath, meditating, reading a book, or practicing deep breathing exercises.

Preventing weight gain after you’ve stopped smoking

Weight gain is a common concern when quitting smoking. Some people even use it as a reason not to quit. While it's true that many smokers put on weight within six months of stopping smoking, the gain is usually small—about 5 pounds on average—and that initial gain decreases over time. It’s also important to remember that carrying a few extra pounds for a few months won’t hurt your heart as much as smoking will. Of course, gaining weight is NOT inevitable when you quit smoking.

Smoking acts as an appetite suppressant. It also dampens your sense of smell and taste. So after you quit, your appetite will likely increase and food will seem more appealing. Weight gain can also happen if you replace the oral gratification of smoking with eating, especially if you turn to unhealthy comfort foods. So it's important to find other, healthy ways to deal with stress and other unpleasant feelings rather than mindless, emotional eating.

  • Nurture yourself. Instead of turning to cigarettes or food when you feel stressed, anxious, or depressed, learn new ways to soothe yourself.
  • Eat healthy, varied meals. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit your fat intake. Seek out low-fat options that look appetizing to you and you will actually eat. Avoid alcohol, sugary sodas, and other high-calorie drinks.
  • Drink lots of water. Drinking lots of water—at least six to eight 8 oz. glasses—will help you feel full and keep you from eating when you're not hungry. Water will also help flush toxins from your body.
  • Take a walk. Walking is a great form of exercise. Not only will it help you burn calories and keep the weight off, but it will also help alleviate feelings of stress and frustration that accompany smoking withdrawal.
  • Snack on low-calorie or calorie-free foods. Good choices include sugar-free gum, carrot and celery sticks, sliced bell peppers or jicama, or sugar-free hard candies.

Medication and therapy to help you quit smoking

There are many different methods that have successfully helped people to quit smoking, including:

  • Quitting smoking cold turkey.
  • Systematically decreasing the number of cigarettes you smoke.
  • Reducing your intake of nicotine gradually over time.
  • Using nicotine replacement therapy or non-nicotine medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
  • Utilizing nicotine support groups.
  • Trying hypnosis, acupuncture, or counseling using cognitive behavioral techniques.

You may be successful with the first method you try. More likely, you’ll have to try a number of different methods or a combination of treatments to find the ones that work best for you.

Medications to help you stop smoking

Smoking cessation medications can ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings, and are most effective when used as part of a comprehensive stop smoking program monitored by your physician. Talk to your doctor about your options and whether an anti-smoking medication is right for you. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved options are:

Nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine replacement therapy involves "replacing" cigarettes with other nicotine substitutes, such as nicotine gum or a nicotine patch. It works by delivering small and steady doses of nicotine into the body to relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms without the tars and poisonous gases found in cigarettes. This type of treatment helps smokers focus on breaking their psychological addiction and makes it easier to concentrate on learning new behaviors and coping skills.

Non-nicotine medication. These medications help you stop smoking by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms without the use of nicotine. Medications such as bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix) are intended for short-term use only.

Alternative therapies to help you stop smoking

There are several things you can do to stop smoking that don’t involve nicotine replacement therapy or prescription medications: Ask your doctor for a referral or see Resources and References below for help finding qualified professionals in each area.

  • Hypnosis A popular option that has produced good results. Forget anything you may have seen from stage hypnotists, hypnosis works by getting you into a deeply relaxed state where you are open to suggestions that strengthen your resolve to quit smoking and increase your negative feelings toward cigarettes.
  • Acupuncture One of the oldest known medical techniques, acupuncture is believed to work by triggering the release of endorphins (natural pain relievers) that allow the body to relax. As a smoking cessation aid, acupuncture can be helpful in managing smoking withdrawal symptoms.
  • Behavioral Therapy Nicotine addiction is related to the habitual behaviors (the “rituals”) involved in smoking. Behavior therapy focuses on learning new coping skills and breaking those habits.
  • Motivational Therapies Self-help books and websites can provide a number of ways to motivate yourself to quit smoking. One well known example is calculating the monetary savings. Some people have been able to find the motivation to quit just by calculating how much money they will save. It may be enough to pay for a summer vacation.

Smokeless or spit tobacco is NOT a healthy alternative to smoking

Smokeless tobacco, otherwise known as spit tobacco, is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. It contains the same addictive chemical, nicotine, contained in cigarettes. In fact, the amount of nicotine absorbed from smokeless tobacco can be 3 to 4 times the amount delivered by a cigarette.

What to do if you slip or relapse

Most people try to quit smoking several times before they kick the habit for good, so don't beat yourself up if you start smoking again. Turn the relapse into a rebound by learning from your mistake. Analyze what happened right before you started smoking again, identify the triggers or trouble spots you ran into, and make a new stop-smoking plan that eliminates them.

It's also important to emphasize the difference between a slip and a relapse. If you slip up and smoke a cigarette, it doesn't mean that you can't get back on the wagon. You can choose to learn from the slip and let it motivate you to try harder or you can use it as an excuse to go back to your smoking habit. But the choice is yours. A slip doesn't have to turn into a full-blown relapse.

I started smoking again, now what?

Having a small setback doesn’t mean you’re a smoker again. Most people try to quit smoking several times before they kick the habit for good. Identify the triggers or trouble spots you ran into and learn from your mistakes.  

  • You’re not a failure if you slip up. It doesn't mean you can't quit for good.
  • Don’t let a slip become a mudslide. Throw out the rest of the pack. It's important to get back on the non-smoking track now.
  • Look back at your quit log and feel good about the time you went without smoking.
  • Find the trigger. Exactly what was it that made you smoke again? Decide how you will cope with that issue the next time it comes up.
  • Learn from your experience. What has been most helpful? What didn’t work? 
  • Are you using a medicine to help you quit? Call your doctor if you start smoking again. Some medicines cannot be used if you are smoking at the same time.
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Hello, Me any my wife planning for a baby if we get intimate. She had very bad pain in her stomach lower side.

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Gynaecologist, Agra
Hello,
Me any my wife planning for a baby if we get intimate. She had very bad pain in her stomach lower side.
Hi lybrate-user! it seems that your wife is having pelvic inflammatory disease. She should get it treated urgently, else it may lead to tubal blockage. Consult privately for treatment & prescription.
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Dr. I am a male weighing 93 kg height 5 ft 9 inch, suffering from high blood pressure which varies between 90-100 lower reading to 140-155 higher reading from past 1 year. I am taking baba ramdev mukta vati from 1 year but the readings of BP are same, 1. What other medicine should I go for. 2. Can I do high intensity exercise like rope skipping, weight lifting? 3 any health check ups, I should try. 4. Any other suggestions.

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Cardiologist, Chandigarh
Dr. I am a male weighing 93 kg height 5 ft 9 inch, suffering from high blood pressure which varies between 90-100 low...
Hi, First you should keep track of bp and you should measure resting bp of atleast 10 min. Have low salt diet and regular exercises. You should get one ecg, renal function test, lipid profile, sugar tested. You shouldn't begin high intensity exercises abruptly rather you gradually increase your exercise and if tolerated then can gradually go up. I think if bp is high then medicine must be taken, I usually give Telmisartan to my patients in clinic.
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As I am taking antidepressant Buprion 300 at morning n resque ls at night which can't be change N know I hv very less sex /no deiser. Bt as tried to masturbate then no sperm cm out. My age is 42 but thin like 30 age some one suggest me to take Dabur Tentex Forte 2 tables a day is it OK pls suggest. If yess till how much time is to be taken or to discontinue or is any better than this Plshelp.

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Homeopath, Patna
As I am taking antidepressant Buprion 300 at morning n resque ls at night which can't be change
N know I hv very less...
Hi, try to get rid of your present medication gradually, adopting natural way to relax your mental condition. * go for meditation to nourish your brain cells to reduce your depression, naturally. * take, plenty of water to eliminate toxins. * don' t skip your meal, it should be on time and easily digestible. * take, apples, carrots, cheese, milk, almonds, walnuts, spinach. * take homoeo medicines: @ ignatia 30-6 pills, thrice, orally. @ kali phos 6x-4 tabs, thrice. Take, care.
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