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Dr. Vasantha Kumar is a renowned General Surgeon in Nanganallur, Chennai. She is currently associated with Sri Venkateswara C M Hospital in Nanganallur, Chennai. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Vasantha Kumar on Lybrate.com.

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I have dull and darkness skin problem due to sunlight. My color totally change due to sunlight. To remove this blackish skin I want a solution.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
I have dull and darkness skin problem due to sunlight. My color totally change due to sunlight. To remove this blacki...
Hello, skin,Tenning ,dryness of skin, & wrinkles cause due to irregular life style,insomnia.junk food,stress,anxiety but taking d natural recourse will ,carry away the tresses making your skin sebum free and soothing. * Tk, plenty of water free from contaminants to eliminate toxins &'regulate your metabolism to absorb protein, vitamins,minerals, energy & other important substance, essential to upkeep ,repair & energise the body, hydrating your skin. * Go, for meditation to reduce your stress and to nourish your cells,tissues and whole body to allow your skin to b fresh,non oily & glowing. * Tk your meal easily digestible,non-oily,non-irritant,simple,on time. * Tk,apples,cheese,carrots,papaya,rajama,soyabeen,spinach,almond,walnuts to enjoy wellness . Tk homoe medicines: @ Berb.Aqua Q-10 drops,thrice with little water.y @ Echinecea Q- 20 drops,with 20 drops of water,apply locally.twice. * ensure sound sleep at least for 7/8 hrs in d night. * Avoid,junk food,caffiene,dust,scorching sun,fried,spicy intake, cookies,pizza & burger. Your feedback will highly b appreciated for further,follow up . Tk,care
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Sandalwood , turmeric powder, besan humew kaise pta lgega ki khraab h ki nhi nd kitniw der baad khrab hote h ye sbhi and sandlwood ka side effect to ni hota? Sandlwood lgane se baal to nhi face pr? Nd side effects to ni hote?

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Sandalwood , turmeric powder, besan humew kaise pta lgega ki khraab h ki nhi nd kitniw der baad khrab hote h ye sbhi ...
Agar in cheeso main se baas aati ho ya fir kide makhode ho toh samjna hai ki yeh karab ho gayi hai and sandalwood powder ko face par laga sakhte hai.
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Homoeopathic Management in Gynecological Disorders

BHMS, Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Homeopath, Lucknow
Homoeopathic Management in Gynecological Disorders

Homoeopathy for Women’s Health: Homoeopathy can offer good health to women in all stage of their Lives from infancy through old age. It is beneficial for the full range of emotional, mental and physical problems that a woman is likely to experience, and can help her through the transitional and developmental milestones of her life.

During the teen years homoeopathy can helps with the hormonal changes of puberty and the acne that often appears at this time, but primarily it can assist with the emotional upheavals, which frequently occur as little girls make the transition to womanhood.

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Later in life when a woman gets pregnant, or has a hard time conceiving (homoeopathy can helps with problems of infertility), it can assist with difficulties frequently encountered, such as morning sickness and depression. By treating the mother during pregnancy and making her as healthy as she can be, we can insure that the baby will be born healthy and free of inherited diseases. By treating throughout pregnancy, we also assist the mother to go through childbirth safely and joyfully.

The homoeopathy healing art is beneficial in helping women overcome the effects of hormonal shock to the system,  can occur after a difficult birth ,abortion, hysterectomy, and the use of birth control pills.

Homoeopathy for Women’s Health:

Homoeopathy can be used to treat many common physical and emotional symptoms associated with menstrual cycles, hormone imbalances, and pre-menstrual syndrome. Because of its emphasis on treating the whole patient on a physical, mental and emotional level, it is ideally suited for homoeopathic remedies w+ by stimulating the body’s healing system to regain a sense of balance, problems involving hormonal imbalances respond well to homoeopathic treatment.


 

 Benefits of homoeopathic treatment for women:

Homoeopathic remedies are completely non-toxic and without side-effects. Hence, they can safely be ingested during pregnancy when other types of medicines cannot be freely prescribed. Further, when the mother is homeopathically treated during pregnancy, the foetus is also being treated. Since treatment is constitutional and nct symptomatic, both mother and child will be healthier, ensuring an Easier pregnancy and delivery.

Ideally, both parents should be treated before the baby is conceived as remedies act very deeply, right down to the genetic level. For example, a woman who has two children with cleft lips will be able to have a Third normal child if given the correct homoeopathic treatment before conceiving the child.

Regarding post-partum depression, much misery can be alleviated by homoeopathic treatment; remedies work quickly and effectively in cases.

Homoeopathy offers a safe and effective solution to the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause compared to HRT which has been found to cause many side effects ranging from nausea and varicose veins to strokes and cancer.

Many women suffer to the personality. Further, many women suffer from low-esteem in our male dominant world. Homoeopathic treatment strengthens the life force and enables the woman to have a stronger sense of self. The patient becomes more stable emotionally, more confident and independent. In many cases, there can be a dramatic change for the better.

 

What conditions can be treated-

Almost any affliction! Many examples are listed under categories below. The rest of page will highlight several conditions through remedy descriptions.

  • Physical- anemia, chloasma (skin pigmentation), chronic fatigue, constipation, cystitis, genital warts, gestational diabetes, growths, hemorrhage, herpes, hot flashes, IBS, incontinence, insufficient, breast milk, mastitis, morning sickness, osteoporosis, piles, PM, poor libido, prolapsed, recovery from surgery, tendency to miscarriage, thrush, thyroid imbalance, vaginal infections, varicose veins.

  • Emotional- anger, disappointed love, fright, guilt, grief, irritability, mood swings, post-traumatic stress disorder (eg after sexual abuse), weepiness.

  • Mental- anxiety, depression, eating disorders, fears eg of flying, having a deformed baby, low confidence, obsessive- compulsive behavior, pessimism, post- partum depression, sleep disturbances, stage fright, timidity.

 

Premenstrual Syndrome: When treating a patient for PMS ( pre-menstrual syndrome), the homoeopathic practitioner will select the most appropriate remedy that covers the range of symptoms experienced. These include fluid retention , breast tenderness, headaches, irritability, weepiness, mood swings.

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  • Homoeopathic treatment is also effective in treating problems associated with menstruation- heavy bleeding, prolonged periods, painful periods, absent periods, etc. It is quite common for women who have experienced debilitating menstrual cramps for many years to have pain- free menstrual cycles after treatment.

  • Homeopathy is commonly used to treat uterine fibroids, and homeopathic treatment may prevent the need for a hysterectomy.

  • Symptoms of menopause also respond to homeopathy- hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings. See the section on homeopathy during menopause for more information.

  • Homeopathy can also be used to treat infertility conditions. Homeopathy can also help couples conceive even when there is no know medical reason for the infertility.

  • The range of conditions that may be treated with homeopathy is very wide, and includes cystitis, migraines, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, depression, insomnia, eczema, hay fever, bladder infections, gallstones or kidney stones, respiratory ailments etc.

  • In addition, homeopathic treatment is safe and effective pregnancy. It can help with symptoms of morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, and hemorrhoids.

  • Increasing numbers of women are making use of homeopathy during labour and childbirth, and homeopathic treatment can be very helpful after delivery, or during breast- feeding

  • Homeopathy is truly a friend to women. It is a comprehensive system of medicine which is able to meet the needs to people in all facets of their lives, and through all of life’s transitions. By strengthening the immune system and helping to balance the mind and the emotions, homeopathy can help women achieve the higher purposes of their lives, and feel their very best.

  • Homeopathy is ideal for those looking for a safe and natural, as well as complete system of medicine, especially those wanting to take more responsibility for their own health. Homeopathy can be used to treat most illnesses- whether chronic, acute, or first aid.

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I have a problem of pimple and my skin is oily and I frequently take medicine so can you help me with this?

M.D (HOMEOPATHY), MBA (Healthcare)
Homeopath, Gulbarga
I have a problem of pimple and my skin is oily and I frequently take medicine so can you help me with this?
●Acne is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. •Acne commonly occurs during puberty. •Acne is not dangerous, but can leave skin scars. •Types of pimples include whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, nobules, cysts. •Approximately three-quarters of 11 to 30 year-olds will get acne at some time. •Acne can affect people of all races and all ages. •Experts believe the primary cause is a rise in androgen levels (hormone). •Treatment for acne may depend on how severe and persistent it is. However'Pimples G' is effective homeopathic medicine and Lotion to be taken 4 to 5 months regularly for good results. Please take a photograph before you use this product. So that you can compare it after 3 to 4 months of usage to see the result. •Acne can be affected by the menstrual cycle, anxiety and stress, hot and humid climates, oil based makeup, greasy hair and pimple squeezing. Revert back after few days of using Pimple G medicines and lotion. Take care.
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I have acne problem from about a month, and my face is getting even more damaged. I'm using an oriflame tea tree cleanser and toner and vicco turmeric face cream in night. My skin type is oily.

Master in Psychology, MD - Ayurveda, Dems, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda,
I have acne problem from about a month, and my face is getting even more damaged. I'm using an oriflame tea tree clea...
Pimples are common for oily skin prrsons. You need to detoxify your blood to get better results by the treatment. Ayurveda medicines are known for their detoxification properties and skin beauty remedies. You should avoid spicy oily n fried food. You should drink plenty of water daily. You should wear cotton clothes. Take proper sleep at night. You may consult privately for ayurveda treatment for oily skin and pimples.
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Actually we have just shifted from Delhi to Kolkata and my wife has developed some black dark spots on her forehead and near eyes side area. She had applied suncros cream but no effect. My wife is worried as it now seems that it is not sunburn. Can you help in this.

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jammu
Actually we have just shifted from Delhi to Kolkata and my wife has developed some black dark spots on her forehead a...
It may b a fungal infection.start applying cream clocip B.ask her to take tablet fluka 150 .one tablet every weak for 8 weaks
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Having dark circles around my eyes and black patches. Is there a way to remove them? Looking for ayurvedic or homeopathic medicine.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Having dark circles around my eyes and black patches. Is there a way to remove them? Looking for ayurvedic or homeopa...
Hello, Common reasons for dark circle are aging, genetics, nutritional deficiency (of vitamin A, C, K, E), sleep deprivation, worm-infestation, anemia, smoking & drinking, dehydration, sun exposure, allergies, stress/ tension and hormonal changes. Dark circles are linked to anemia, and liver diseases. So, in case of dark circles which are there due to some underlying cause can be get rid rid of once the causative factor is rectified. But the dark circles which are inherited from our genes can't be removed completely, to some extent can make slightly better. Diet and Management: Always take a balanced diet rich in green leafy vegetable, dairy products and all types of fruits to keep your body healthy. It is advisable to have at least 10-12 glasses of water and include fresh fruit daily. It is also advisable to restrict the intake of caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee, alcohol and other caffeinated drinks as it aggravates dehydration. Take enough of 6-8 hrs. Of sleep. Avoid taking stress/ tension. Do daily exercising regularly as it increases oxygen carrying capacity of the cells and tissues. Medication: Take homoeopathic medicines – Schwabe's Cina 1M/ one dose at night for 10 days; Alfaalfa Tonic and Five Phos. - both twice daily for 20 days. Revert me there after.
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Do indulging in sex activities or doing sex 3 to 4 times in a day leads to down in colour of the skin.Please tell.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Do indulging in sex activities or doing sex 3 to 4 times in a day leads to down in colour of the skin.Please tell.
Hello, if you are excessively indulge in the sex activities then it will lead to weakness, exhaustion and tiredness, your energy level will become low and you will look dull. There will not be any effect on the complexion of skin. Thanks.
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I use skin lite cream for a long time but now my skin burn mostly my lip side area is so black in burn please help me. And suggest some proper treatment.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Karnal
I use skin lite cream for a long time but now my skin burn mostly my lip side area is so black in burn please help me...
The cream you used was having steroid because of which your skin became sensitive to sun light. Now start using a good quality sun block of SPF 50 or above 20 min before going in sun. Besides that apply a paste of besan and curds on face in evening and wash with lukewarm water for atleast a month. If you are lucky and your deeper layers of skin haven't got involved, your condition will improve in a month. .All the best.
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What Causes Prickly Heat Rash and How to Prevent It?

DNB (Dermatology), Fellowship in Skin & Lasers, MBBS, Masters of Dermatology (M.Derm)
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
What Causes Prickly Heat Rash and How to Prevent It?

The small, red itchy spots that appear on your skin during the hot summer months or after contact with hot temperatures are known as prickly heat, and cover areas of your body such as the neck, back, face, thighs and chest.

So, what causes this form of skin rash?
Prickly heat typically occurs when you sweat excessively, such as usually in a hot and humid environment. The heavy sweating along with the bacteria present on the skin and the dead skin cells causes the blocking of sweat glands. This results in the buildup of sweat underneath your skin and the characteristic bumps that you see. When these bumps burst open to release the sweat that is buildup within, it causes a prickly sensation, giving it its name.
Certain factors can also increase your chances of contracting prickly heat like:

  • Being obese or overweight
  • Sitting too close to a fire or heater
  • Being dormant due to illness
  • Wearing too much clothing

How to prevent it?
Heat rashes usually clear up on its own if the affected spot is kept clean and dry. However there are certain things that you can do to prevent it and these are:
1. Staying away from excessive heat and humidity - Heat and humidity are the main causes of heat rash. They cause you to sweat more alongside a worsening of your rash. Sitting in a shade or keeping yourself hydrated is the best way to prevent prickly heat rash from occurring.

2. Selecting the right clothes - Wearing cotton clothing in hot temperatures is one of the best ways to keep heat rash at bay.  Cotton being a natural fiber doesn't trap the heat, compared to nylon and polyester fabrics.

3. Keeping the skin hydrated - Keeping your skin cool by sitting under the fan or in an air-conditioned room is another way of preventing itchy skin rash from occurring.

4. Avoid strenuous physical activity - Keeping yourself away from the strenuous physical activity of any kind can help in preventing excessive sweating. If you have to indulge in strenuous workouts, keeping yourself hydrated is a must to avoid instances of dehydration.

'Consult'.

Related Tip: How Homeopathy Addresses All Kinds of SKIN Allergies??

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I hv dull medium complexion but my lips r dark . It highlights nd looks odd . Please suggest any cream or tips or any homeopathy medicine !

BHMS
Homeopath, Ahmedabad
I hv dull medium complexion but my lips r dark . It highlights nd looks odd . Please suggest any cream or tips or any...
Dear lybrate-user, including complexion there are many other factors like haemoglobin responsible complexion. Homoeopathy should surely help you but rather than asking for medication, go through proper consultation so that medicine according to your constitution, tailor made remedy will be prescribed and shall help you holisticaly, faster, without any side efffects.
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I have white spots on my body start from the back side neck to my hip and also now on my face from 2 months. What should I do.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I have white spots on my body start from the back side neck to my hip and also now on my face from 2 months.
What sho...
White spots on can occur due to a number of reasons, of which conditions can be mild or severe. The condition can be mild or severe, and generally covers the majority of the skin on a particular area of the body. They may also cause irritation or itching. The occurrence of whites on the face can be extremely distressing. People affected with this problem should obtain medical advice to diagnose what is causing the condition and the suitable treatment. Causes of White Spots White spots on the face occur for various reasons. Understanding some of these reasons may be beneficial in treating the condition. Furthermore, understanding the cause can also help people avoid certain circumstances that increase the risk. 1. Tinea Versicolor This is a chronic fungal infection of the skin. Also known as pityriasisversicolor, this fungus causes discolored patches on the skin as it interferes with the normal pigmentation. The color of the patches may be darker or lighter than the surrounding skin and most often, affects the back and trunk of adolescent males. Exposure to sunlight, hot, humid weather, oily skin and excessive sweating may aggravate the condition. 2. Vitiligo This is a skin condition that results in the loss of melanocyte pigmentation of the skin. This results in white patches that feel as if it is part of the skin. The cause of vitiligo is unclear although it is believed to be an autoimmune disease. However, mild trauma to any area of the skin including the face can also result in the development of vitiligo. Vitiligo can affect the face, hands and feet, elbows and genital area. 3. Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis White spots on the face may also be due to Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis, a skin condition resulting in 2 to 5 mm flat, white spots commonly found on the shins and forearms. This skin condition mostly affects fair skinned people, although it may occur in dark skinned individuals too. The white spots may occur more commonly in people over the age of 40. 4. Pityriasis Alba This skin condition is common in children aged 6 to 12. It is a rash that appears on the face, neck and arms, and is not easily differentiated between normal skin. The rash may be covered with skin flakes resembling light dust. The cause of Pityriasis Alba is not known and is often considered as a form of eczema. This condition is often mistaken with vitiligo. However, while vitiligo has a distinct border, Pityriasis Alba does not. Treatments for White Spots on Face The medical treatment for white spots depends entirely on the root cause that underlies the condition. There are certain things that you can try to accelerate the process of treatment . Some of these mentioned treatments are professional while others are home remedies. Home Remedies .  For treating vitiligo, consumption of ginger juice is recommended as it promotes blood flow. neem seed oil applied to the affected area will also bring beneficial results.  Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis may not require treatment as it is harmless. However, topical steroids and retinoids may help treat the condition.  Treatment for Pityriasis Alba may not be necessary although the application of a moisturizer or hydrocortisone creams may help the disappearance of these patches.  Washing the face with mild soaps and exfoliating the skin at least twice a week with a honey, rice, turmeric and sandalwood powder paste can treat Tinea Versicolor. So identify your problem of white spots with the help of your local doctor so that appropriate treatment is given or send me your picture depicting those white spot along with the complete hitory of your spots,so that I am clear in making a diagnosis.
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Hello Dr. m suffering from dark circles under my eyes they look so weird on my face should I go for laser treatment or any other treatment is there for these ugly dark circles pls reply thank you.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello Dr. m suffering from dark circles under my eyes they look so weird on my face should I go for laser treatment o...
Hello, Common reasons for dark circle are aging, genetics, nutritional deficiency (of vitamin A, C, K, E), sleep deprivation, worm-infestation, anemia, smoking & drinking, dehydration, sun exposure, allergies, stress/ tension and hormonal changes. Dark circles are linked to anemia, and liver diseases. So, in case of dark circles which are there due to some underlying cause can be get rid rid of once the causative factor is rectified. But the dark circles which are inherited from our genes can't be removed completely, to some extent can make slightly better. Diet and Management: Always take a balanced diet rich in green leafy vegetable, dairy products and all types of fruits to keep your body healthy. It is advisable to have at least 10-12 glasses of water and include fresh fruit daily. It is also advisable to restrict the intake of caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee, alcohol and other caffeinated drinks as it aggravates dehydration. Take enough of 6-8 hrs. Of sleep. Avoid taking stress/ tension. Do daily exercising regularly as it increases oxygen carrying capacity of the cells and tissues. Medication: Take homoeopathic medicines – Schwabe's Cina 1M/ one dose at night for 10 days; Alfaalfa Tonic and Five Phos. - both twice daily for 20 days. Revert me there after.
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I have pimples in my face and black spot too. I used some types of medicine but it didn't work. I am so tired to recover my face. Please help me.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Valsad
I have pimples in my face and black spot too. I used some types of medicine but it didn't work. I am so tired to reco...
Use acnovin + evenshade cream mixed twice a day. Take acnovin caps. 1+1+1. Take trifala tabs with warm water. 2+2+2 don't take junk, oily, nonveg. Food. Do pranayam and suryanamaskar daily twice a day. Pranayam is always good for any skin problems. Wash your face 5 time's a day.
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I am feeling lean and weak my skin is also becoming thin my bones and muscles are not developing what type of disease is this what should I do ?

PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine Services (PGDEMS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
I am feeling lean and weak my skin is also becoming thin my bones and muscles are not developing what type of disease...
Hi to increase weight you should improve your digestive system...by digesting your indigested food with the help of remedy and medicines will ultimately increase your appetite and digestive system...take chitrakadi vati after meal...Take ashwagandha churna with water twice a day..Take banana milk shake... Drink lots of milk and eat lots of milk products.. Like butter...ghee...
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Dr. I love dimples and I love the most when its on me. Dr. do you how can I get this. Through simple and natural therapy.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), PG Dip Panchakarma, PG Dip Ksharsutra for piles,pilonidal sinus and fistula management , Post Graduate Diploma In Hospital Administration (PGDHA), Certificate in Diabetes update
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Dr. I love dimples and I love the most when its on me. Dr. do you how can I get this. Through simple and natural ther...
Thanks for expecting Healthier fitness solutions with Ayurved, dimples on cheeks can be created by plastic surgery only or those can be natural
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I have one problem on my face its a Tanning I am so irritating with this pls help me I wanna go out from this problem my face so dark after I came in home from outdoor.

MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
I have one problem on my face its a Tanning I am so irritating with this pls help me I wanna go out from this problem...
Please Apply elovera spf lotion regularly before going in sunlight Take Lohasav 10 ml twice a day for 3 months Mahamnjishtadi kadha 20 ml twice a day for 3 months Reconsult if needed
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Dear doctor I have a dark skin and I want. To use a first time melacare cream Dear doctor is it safe or not? And how much time I can use it? Any side effect?

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Dear doctor I have a dark skin and I want. To use a first time melacare cream Dear doctor is it safe or not? And how ...
Hii dear...This cream is a combination of hydroquinone, tretinoin, and steroid. It is a skin lightening medication used for hyperpigmentation, it has lot of side effects when used on normal skin. Long term use of steroids can cause infections, acneiform eruption, atrophy, etc. Long term use of hydroquinone can cause exogenous ochronosis. Kindly avoid such creams for skin lightening. It must only be used for hyperpigmentation when indicated.
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I have fungal infection on my hands and foot and I can say ringworm infection and I am taking the homeopathic medicine is it helpful for me?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Amritsar
I have fungal infection on my hands and foot and I can say ringworm infection and I am taking the homeopathic medicin...
A course of oral and topical antifungal medicine eg, fluconazole or terbinafine is required to cure one of this disease. You might not be taking proper dosage of medicine or may be applying wrong creams over it. Some creams contain multiple ingredients and may infact worsen the condition, due to large number of side effects. Remember to wear loose cotton clothing specially when at home. Avoid hot humid climate, keep the affected area dry and avoid synthetic innerwear. If any other family members are affected, they must also be adequately treated to prevent recurrence. Get your blood sugar levels tested.
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TCA - Trichloroacetic Acid Peel

MBBS, DHMS-Harvard, Masters in Clinical Dermatology
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
TCA - Trichloroacetic Acid Peel

A Form of Resurfacing: The TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel is one of the oldest forms of skin resurfacing. Skin resurfacing refers to use of an agent or device to remove layers of skin, thereby allowing newer, refreshed skin to grow in its place. Dermabrasion and lasers are also used for skin resurfacing. Chemical peels such as TCA and phenol have been around for many years and have a long track record of success.

A TCA peel can be used as a mild, medium, or deep chemical formulation; this relates to the depth of penetration of the acid. The depth of penetration correlates to the percentage of TCA in the solution. In my hands, a medium depth TCA peel (35%) is usually used. Prior to application of the TCA, I use a light chemical peel known as the Jessner's peel, which is salicylic acid based. This cleans epidermal cells down to the layer of the stratum corneum, allowing the TCA to penetrate more deeply and more evenly.

Safety: Is a TCA peel safe. The answer is yes if used by an experienced Physician; it is a serious treatment and requires a practitioner with superb training and experience. TCA penetrates the skin via a process known as coagulative necrosis; it can only penetrate to a specified depth based on its concentration. The key is to make sure the peel is formulated correctly. Most Facial Plastic Surgeons will have a Pharmacist who formulates the peel in a consistent, specified fashion.

Downtime: Much less downtime than a CO2 laser treatment, but more downtime than a Dermabrasion or a Portrait Plasma Skin Regeneration (PSR); there is a week of initial recovery followed by moderate redness for 4 weeks or so. However, since TCA is relatively inexpensive to formulate, it gives a great result for less patient cost than most of the other treatments mentioned.

Conclusion: TCA chemical peel is a treatment I have always used in my practice as part of the armementarium of skin resurfacing, and something I will probably continue to use based on the consistency of results, acceptable downtime, and cost factors involved.

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