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6 Most Common Habits That Are Actually Killing You!

Dr. L.K. Tripathi 89% (384 ratings)
Ayurveda, Noida  •  19 years experience
6 Most Common Habits That Are Actually Killing You!

As an adult, you would be easily able to identify bad habits that may cause health issues. But what about the habits those appear to be innocent on the surface? Did you know that they can lead you to the grave early? It is not always possible to keep up with all that’s good for health particularly when the medical advice tends to alter. So, here is a list of some bad habits that are characteristics of modern life.

  1. Eating at the desk: You will be stunned to know that your work station comprises of a greater number of germs when compared to the toilet seat! This makes it the worst choice for dining. Besides these germs and bacteria, spending the time of eating at the working desk can lengthen the time during which you are physically inactive.
  2. Cleaning your teeth with toothpick: Many of us have the habit of removing food particles from the teeth with the help of toothpicks. But toothpicks may damage the teeth while making you susceptible to gum problems and other dental ailments.
  3. Cleaning your ears too much: Cleaning the ears rapidly and randomly can tear off the delicate ear drums and could even prove fatal if you do it wrong. Hence it is good to stay away from excessive cleaning of the ears.
  4. Plucking the hair in the nose: The habit of plucking those tiny, unwanted short hairs in the nose may be bad for you. When you pluck the hair of the nose, you also disrupt and tear away the skin around the hair. This lets the bacteria to find the way to your body which could pave the way for a host of health challenges.
  5. Watching television for long hours: Studies have reported that watching television for a long time can actually kill you. Your habit of watching back-to-back episodes of any television series can be detrimental to your health. This would increase your risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs. This means if you watch television for about 5 hours of video every day can increase your risk of dying about 5 years earlier.
  6. Eating while watching TV: Another bad habit is snacking while watching tv since nutritionists say that watching television while eating can pose a serious risk to your health. This is also because people tend to munch on high-calorie foods while watching tv and it has numerous unwanted side effects. This would cause an excessive weight gain as people tend to get distracted while viewing television without being aware of what they have eaten.

Be careful about such habits and get rid of them as early as possible to lead a happy and healthy life. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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All About Common Ear Infections!

Dr. U. Sanjay 86% (13 ratings)
ENT Specialist, Chennai  •  24 years experience
All About Common Ear Infections!

The most common ear infections happen because of bacterial or viral growth in the middle ear, the part which lies just behind the ear drum. Middle-ear infections can be very painful and children are most commonly affected. Most of these infections are caused transmission through the Eustachian tube, which connects the ear and the throat, causing the build-up of fluids and swelling. Here is a guide to the most common forms of ear infections and their symptoms, ranging from the acute to the chronic.

Acute infections have intense symptoms but can be cured with time and treatment. They generally last for shorter durations.

In Chronic cases of infections, the patient complains of recurrent symptoms multiple times. Chronic ear infections have the potential of causing permanent damage to the ear.

Symptoms reported by most patients with Ear infections:

  1. Pain in the ear (Mild to severe): This is caused due to increased pressure owing to the blockage of the Eustachian tube. The collection of fluid inside the ear would increase the intensity of pain in most cases. Children will keep tugging at their ear and most likely be cranky.
  2. Redness and swelling of the eardrum: Both of these are inevitable accompanying symptoms in case of any infection in the body.
  3. Oozing of the fluids: The blockage leads to the fluid being released from the ear by a perforation that develops ear drum, which can be watery, thick yellow or mixed with blood depending on the severity and type of infection.
  4. Fever
  5. Difficulty in sleeping.
  6. In some cases when the infection spreads, difficulty in balancing the body is experienced as body balance is maintained by ears.
  7. The patient might also experience increased irritability.
  8. Ear infections can also cause a hearing problem if the condition continues to go untreated.

Ear infections should be promptly dealt with to prevent long-term damages. So here is what should be done when you have ear pain symptoms.

  1. Consult an ENT who will prescribe pain medication as the first line of treatment.
  2. After the necessary tests are done, antibiotics are prescribed in most cases by the doctor. Other medications for palliative treatment (to ease the symptoms) are administered. However, in a few rare cases, the infection might be because of non-bacterial causes in which antibiotics might not cure the state.
  3. In case the problem keeps recurring, one must visit the doctor again and get further tests and treatment done. Treating nasal infections plays a very important part in preventing ear infections

As prevention is always better than cure, care should be taken to avoid all chances of carrying the infection to your ear. Maintain cleanliness in and around, especially in the case of children. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ent Specialist.

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Should Your Diet Change With Season?

Dr. Tulika Bakshi Sinha 89% (40 ratings)
Bachelor In Clinical Nutrition and Dieteics, Master in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune  •  4 years experience
Should Your Diet Change With Season?

Do the frequent changes in the season really affect your body and food habits?

A big YES!

Selection of appropriate food according to seasonal change is very important for staying healthy. In modern times, most fresh fruits and veggies are available round the year, however, the nutritional content is much less in the non-seasonal fruits and vegetables. An update of your eating habits consistently is a must to stimulate energy level of your body.

Here are some key dietary behaviors that must be considered while choosing the perfect diet plan for different seasons-

- Cherish the novelty of Spring

In spring, the green leafy vegetables with their fresh, tender leaves represent the arrival of the new season. These must be added to your menu that must include such lettuce, parsley, spinach, basil and fruits like strawberries, apricot, blueberries, peaches, and cherries etc. Try to consume less amount of salt in this season.

- Take Delight in the cool squash of Summer

Due to excessive heat in the summers, it is recommended to adhere to the watery, cool and light diet. Include seasonal fruits like watermelon, plums, melons, cherries, vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumber, mint etc in your regular diet. Restore your energy with cool, refreshing drinks such as fresh juices, coconut water, milk shakes etc. Drink lots and lots of water during the summers.

- Relish the freshness of Raindrops

The Monsoon season comes with lots of lip smacking food items. In this season, many people face dyspepsia problems so pick up foods that are easily digestible. Avoid consumption of watery foods, heavy meals, meat and fish. Eat gram flour, brown rice, barley, corn, oats, garlic, ginger, turmeric, yogurt and fruits like pomegranate and apple.

- Savor the crisp sunshine of Autumn

Consumption of warm harvest food products is appropriate for this season. Veggies like onion, fenugreek, garlic, pumpkin and fruits such as banana, pears, apple, cranberries work well in this season. Spices, nuts and seasonings like cinnamon, mustard seeds, walnuts, and peppercorns are a must in the autumn months.

- Enjoy the warmness of Winter season

As soon as the cold winter seeps in, you must eat warm nutritional foods. In the winter months, the guiding principle is that the foods that are slow to grow are more warming than the ones that grow rather quickly. This means you can take foods like lamb, fish and chicken and root vegetables like onion, garlic, potato and carrots. You can also take sesame, corn, fenugreek and milk products that are good sources of nutrition. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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PCOS - How It Can Turn Into A Nightmare?

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Guwahati  •  24 years experience
PCOS - How It Can Turn Into A Nightmare?
Women with PCOS suffer from Infertility. True or false? Take this quiz to know more.
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My aunt is 64 year old and she is suffering from gall bladder cancer from 6 months and cancer is in fourth stage. It can be treat or not. Please give reply. We have all ready return from AIIMS delhi. But not relief.

MS, DNB (Surgical Oncology)
Oncologist, Jodhpur  •  4 years experience
My aunt is 64 year old and she is suffering from gall bladder cancer from 6 months and cancer is in fourth stage. It ...
Hello Stage 4 gall bladder cancer is incurable. If patient is fit than one can give palliative chemotherapy. The intent of this treatment is reduce the suffering. Good luck.
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I am very confused bcz some Dr. and hakims say that due to masturbation penis become weak and veins of penis pressed it may be the cause of impotency What is the right concept please tell me.

Diploma in Diabetology, Pregnancy & Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Prevention in Diabetes ,Thyroid
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar  •  5 years experience
I am very confused bcz some Dr. and hakims say that due to masturbation penis become weak and veins of penis pressed ...
Daily masturbation is definitely harmful. It can cause erectile dysfunction, early discharge, sperms count and size problem of penis and body weakness. So I will advise you to do not more than twice weekly.
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I am suffering Very high depression and fobia last 15 years treatment are running but problem is standing so what I do?

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore  •  46 years experience
I am suffering Very high depression and fobia last 15 years treatment are running but problem is standing so what I do?
I hope you are combining medication with some counseling. This is extremely important and you will experience additional benefits and will learn some coping skills and techniques which will carry you in good stead. In the meantime please do the following sincerely because you could resolve the problem better with good cooperation: Have a good night sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber, nuts, avocado, exercise regularly, eat dark chocolate, do Yoga meditation exercises, etc. I suggest you do the opposite of what this depression makes you feel like doing (actually, not doing): you will need to fight this condition. You must become active; stay upright during the daylight time; meet people; never sleep during the day, wake up by 6 am every day, play some active games, especially contact games, do physical exercises, talk to people and join some social clubs, attend Yoga classes etc. Watch sitcoms on TV or comedies and cheer yourself up. Go for excursions in groups, for outings, camps, conferences, and religious conventions. Get a pet dog and spend time training it, exercising it and relating to it. Expose yourself to some sunlight every day, at least, 30 minutes but not in the scorching heat. Whatever happens, please incorporate these three important adaptations in your life: always be responsible, be respectful, and be functional. If you did these three, lots of things will go well in life. Please pray and have faith in God to alleviate your sufferings. Don’t wait for others to help. Use your own motivation, which might be at its lowest, but persevere and win this battle. Above all to be really happy, you need to live in love and for love. Learn all about emotions and how to handle them and that will get you out of the depression rather easily and quickly. A counselor is there only to facilitate you, all the hard word must come from you, and your cooperation with that person is very critical for your success. Be positive every day and learn to be contented with what you have. Do some left brain exercises: it is the happy brain. Here are a few suggestions: shut your left nostril and breathe, move your eyes from right to left and vice versa for at least half a minute at a time, and do calisthenic exercises with some form of counting, regularly. Whatever happens please cooperate with the therapy and do not discontinue until the condition is completely resolved.
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Green coffee is useful in weight reduce or not and any side effect of using this.

PGDD, RD, Bachelor of Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai  •  21 years experience
Green coffee is useful in weight reduce or not and any side effect of using this.
Hi. Thanks for the query. Remember always that no food works in isolation. Green coffee may help boost metabolism maybe by a mere 5% but exclusively depending on green coffee wont help weight loss. Your diet and exercise is always going to be the most important to lose weight. Some people are genetically not able to metabolize caffeine so be cautious to not have more than 2 cups a day if you do or you may land up with some cardiac issue.
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How Homeopathy Helps Treat Skin Allergies?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Near Malabar hospital ,main road ,olavakkode Palakkad  •  11 years experience
How Homeopathy Helps Treat Skin Allergies?

Skin allergens such as immune system disorders, medicines, food, and infections can trigger an immune system response that characterizes in the form of a skin allergy. Although skin allergies such as bumps, itchy rashes, red patches and other conditions are commonly seen, identifying their cause isn't as straightforward sometimes.

Homeopathy identifies and treats the root cause of the allergy with oral medication instead of superficial medicines such as topical creams and treatments. To treat a skin allergy or problem, homeopathy keeps in mind the sufferer, not just the allergy or skin.

Common skin allergies can be effectively treated with suitable homeopathic treatments as listed below.

EczemaAlso known as dermatitis, it affects children more than adults. Characterized by the red, itchy and irritated skin, an infection may cause the development of fluid oozing bumps. Eczema of the scalp affecting children can be treated with Calcarea Carb whereas Rhus-Tox (Toxicodendron) is used to treat red, itchy and swollen eruptions caused by eczema.

Urticaria - Better known as hives, this condition is caused by the inflammation of the skin due to leakage of blood vessels. Those who suffer from itchy, swollen bumps or thickened skin as in the case of chronic urticaria, can be treated with Arsenicum. Hives with heavy menstruation may be treated with Belladona, while Urtica urens is better suited to hives of gastric origin.

PsoriasisIt is characterized by red, itchy patches of skin covered with silvery scales. Plaque, guttate and pustular psoriasis are differentiated on the basis of location, appearance and severity. For guttate psoriasis, where the plaques are rounded and flakey, Arsenicum iodatum and Arsenicum album can be used while sulphur and graphites are also commonly prescribed.

Hii My name is ankit I'm 19 years old Still I'm not able to grow facial hairs. Plzz suggest me what should I do,

Acupressurist, Chandigarh  •  19 years experience
Hii My name is ankit
I'm 19 years old
Still I'm not able to grow facial hairs.
Plzz suggest me what should I do,
Dear Lybrate User Put down the razor. Shaving won't make your hair grow back thicker. 2. Reduce stress and get enough sleep and exercise. 3. Eat plenty of protein and drink lots of water. 4. Try some topical home remedies, such as eucalyptus oil. 5. Consider medicinal help, such as testosterone therapy.
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In My All Body there are a small rashes. And all time itching. I can't understand what can I do. Can you Tell me any medicine name.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai  •  8 years experience
In My All Body there are a small rashes. And all time itching. I can't understand what can I do. Can you Tell me any ...
You are probably suffering from what Dermatologist call urticaria. Common causes are food allergy, infection or drugs taken for some condition. It presents with itching resulting in formation of red rashes which we call hives or wheals. Although in most cases cause remains unknown in spite of a thorough search. It can be symptomatically treated with medicines so that you do not get any new hives. The treatment should be prolonged until it resolves which usually takes 1 to 6 months. Please contact me through online consult option for further details and treatment.,
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My whole body is itching all over red bumps skin is red fleshy .pimples r rising .Plz doctors suggest any home remedy.

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Bangalore  •  6 years experience
My whole body is itching all over red bumps skin is red fleshy .pimples r rising .Plz doctors suggest any home remedy.
Avoid fried food, cold items, very much spicy food, Prefer vegetarian diet, and avoid potato, brinjal, drumsticks Don't expose to too much cold or too hot Intake of plenty of water,
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I am 24. Having severe acne allover my face specially chin area. It gets aggravated n becomes more inflamed n red by intake of dairy and sugar. I have had antibiotic (doxy100 mg. Topical acnetoin (clindamycin+nicotinamide. Dint hlp. Bt actually made it worse. Acne became hard n persistent. Skin also became dull. So m thinking to switch over vit supplements. Vit A, C,D3, my dermatologist dsnt advocate dis decisn. He tells me to take Accutane. Bt I hv read a lot of harmful effects of asthma. Please help. Shall I take vit supplements in litl high dosage?

Dermatologist, Kochi  •  6 years experience
I am 24. Having severe acne allover my face specially chin area. It gets aggravated n becomes more inflamed n red by ...
Just vitamin supplements will not help. Avoid food with high glycemic index like dairy products, nuts,chocolates etc. You may require more than 1 modality of treatment. If its severe and resistant isotretinoin may have to be started. This has to be supplemented by topicals and peels. Your dermatologist will advise a treatment plan after proper evaluation. Make sure you stick to it. It may take sometime.
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Penis Size Tricks: Creating the Illusion of a Bigger Penis!

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, New Delhi  •  16 years experience
Penis Size Tricks: Creating the Illusion of a Bigger Penis!
  • Despite overwhelming evidence that penis size is not the main factor in sexual satisfaction, most men fret over the size of their member and wish that they had a bigger penis to display. Their penis health may be superb, they may have no complaints from their partners, they may even be on the larger side of average - yet many still strive for that elusive bigger penis goal.
  • Wanting a bigger penis is not in and of itself a bad thing. It may indicate that a man takes a great deal of pride in his penis and its appearance and would just like to add to its impression. The problem occurs when the desire for a larger penis size prevents a man from appreciating the endowment he currently has.
  • Actually increasing penis size is not really an option; however, for some men there are tricks they can try that make the penis appear bigger.


Guys are really hairy down below, and for many it's a source of masculine pride. Manscaping - or shaving the hair on and around the crotch - has become more popular in recent years, but it's still not practiced by all guys. Men who want to make their prize package appear an even bigger prize should consider it. Manscaping the area allows the penis to stand out more and gives the illusion that it is (even) larger than it actually is.

Get fit

This is no secret: obesity is a problem in America (and in many other countries around the world). Lots of men could stand to lose a few pounds, which would make them feel better, give them more energy and resilience - and maybe make their members appear a little longer.

When a guy loses that rubber tire, the fat that has accumulated in the crotch also diminishes. This often reveals a little bit more of the penis - perhaps a half inch or so - which had previously been hidden underneath the layer of fat. So the penis isn't actually longer than it was before, but more of it is visible. Also, when the frame around the penis is smaller, it helps create the visual illusion that the penis is bigger. So it's a win-win situation when a guy goes from overweight to fit.

Watch skin tones

Many men have skin that reacts strongly to sunlight, making exposed skin a significantly deeper shade than skin that is kept covered. This means that many men have a very distinct tan line around the mid-section. This two-tone effect tends to visually diminish penis size, so working to safely achieve a more consistent skin tone throughout the body may be of benefit to the man wishing to present a bigger penis.

Warm it up

The penis responds well to warmth and not so well to the cold. Many guys have discovered that it pays to wrap the penis in a washcloth that has been soaked in warm water. When the gentle heat reaches the penis, it helps the blood vessels to expand slightly, creating a somewhat larger appearance for presentation purposes.

Men in search of a bigger penis should remember that penis size is not the be-all end-all of sexual matters. Penis health is also crucial, so men really need to use a superior penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven mild and safe for skin). With blood flow important for penile health, the chosen crème must contain L-arginine, an amino acid which facilitates the expansion of blood vessels in the penis. In addition, men need to make sure the penis gets topical vitamin C from this crème as well. Vitamin C contributes to proper blood flow, while simultaneously contributing to collagen production, which supports penile skin elasticity. With a good penis health crème, a man is in better shape for his social encounters.

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