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Water Deficiency - Are You Suffering From It?

Dr. Neha Gupta 90% (64 ratings)
Infectious Disease Fellowship, M.B.B.S, M.D. (Medicine)
Internal Medicine Specialist,  •  14 yrs exp
Water Deficiency - Are You Suffering From It?

Water is the life giving source of the planet and we would do well to remember to have our daily dose of at least seven to eight glasses of water. Besides its many health benefits, water is also a great partner to have in the weight loss process.

Here are the 4 symptoms which show that you are suffering from water deficiency:

  1. You experience frequent headaches - Headaches are often caused by dehydration when the pressure from your blood vessels falls. Dehydration makes it tough for your heart to pump enough oxygen to the brain. Drinking sufficient amount of water ensures the flow of oxygen in your body.
  2. You have constipated bowel movements - Water is one of the top natural remedies for constipation or troubled bowel movements. If your fluid intake is low, you're likely to have stomach, gastric and bowel problems. The digestive system depends on water to help food move through both the intestines. It checks the functions of the digestive tract, while also keeping it flexible and clean.
  3. The colour of your urine is dark - The colour of your urine indicates your health. The lesser the water you drink, the darker is the colour of your pee. If your urine is pale yellow, you drink a sufficient amount of water. If it's dark yellow and concentrated, it's a sign for you to refill on water. Also, if you haven't urinated for more than two hours, you should immediately gulp 2 glasses of water.
  4. You feel dizzy and fatigued - Lack of water can often lead to laziness and restlessness. It may also cause a rapid change in your blood pressure. Low or high blood pressures are stimulants of fatigue. Water gives you instant energy that wakes up your whole system, thus making you feel revitalised.
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Healthy Skin - How To Maintain It?

Dr. Sheela Nataraj 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, DDVL, Fellowship In Medical Cosmetology & Aesthetics
Dermatologist, Bangalore  •  14 yrs exp
Healthy Skin - How To Maintain It?

A healthy skin can slow down the aging process and prevent skin problems. Diet and exercise are key factors that keep the skin healthy. A healthy skin also has aesthetic benefits apart from being disease resistant.

6 ways to keep your skin healthy are:

1. Regular exercise and Hydration: Regular cardio exercises such as jogging and swimming pump the blood that conveys nutrients and oxygen to the skin. Exercise causes loss of water in the body which needs to be replenished. Water keeps the skin healthy and prevents skin problems such as acne and dry skin.

2. Sun protection: Constant exposure to sun rays can cause a host of skin problems such as skin cancer, wrinkles and age spots. The main culprits are the ultraviolet rays of the sun which can cause damage to the skin when it is exposed. Using sunscreen and protective clothing can help protect the skin against UV rays.

3. Intake of antioxidants: Exposure to sun, pollution and other environmental factors give rise to free radicals in the skin. These free radicals damage cells in the skin by oxidation. Foods rich in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables can limit the damage caused by free radicals.

4. Stress management: Stress can trigger skin sensitivity which causes it to be acne prone. Thus managing stress is beneficial for maintaining a healthy skin.

5. Smoking: Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the skin that deliver oxygen and nutrients. Hence, it should be avoided to stay clear of these problems.

6. Collagen supplements: These collagen supplements, especially in peptide form, considerably reduce wrinkles and will keep your skin firm and resilient.

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Why An Anti-Bacterial Hand Wash May Be More Dangerous Than Soap?

Dr. Debasish Pal 88% (110 ratings)
General Physician, Kolkata  •  38 yrs exp
Why An Anti-Bacterial Hand Wash May Be More Dangerous Than Soap?

It has been observed that roughly 3 out of 4 antibacterial bars and soaps contain triclosan which is a certain type of drug previously used in hospital premises. The usage of triclosan in other products like hand wash and gels is yet to be verified and proven safe. Due to lack of proper evaluation, there have been a number of instances where antibacterial soap has done more harm than good. Here are a few reasons why you must reconsider using antibacterial soap: 

1. It creates bacterial resistance
Triclosan is closely associated with a number of health issues, bacterial resistance being the chief among them. Repeated usage of antibacterial soap can promote the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria. It might effectively terminate regular bacteria but it is basically useless against the resistant bacteria. The bacteria resistant formula present in these hand washes might cause complications in the long run.

2. It can potentially disrupt endocrine functions
Triclosan has a close resemblance to the thyroid hormone and hence can tip off its receptor sites. This occurrence can lead to major complications like artificially induced early puberty, fertility issues, obesity and sometimes even cancer. Hence it can be said that antibacterial soaps should be avoided in order to prevent such far reaching side effects.

3. It can cause serious health problems in children
Triclosan present in certain hand wash can adversely affect the development of the immune system in children. At a growing age, children develop natural resistance to certain diseases. Prolonged use of antibacterial hand wash and soap can diminish their exposure to bacteria and obstruct the proper development of their immune system. Therefore it is safer to use normal soaps instead which are as effective and do not contain triclosan.

4. It is extremely harmful for the environment
Prolonged and regular usage of hand wash containing triclosan would in turn increase the amount of this drug that gets flushed through the drainage. Triclosan is generally left untreated in the sewage treatment plants which later enters the water bodies and disrupts the food chain since it primarily affects the growth of algae.

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Sexual Health - How to Improve your Sex Performance?

Sexologist, Mumbai  •  24 yrs exp
Sexual Health - How to Improve your Sex Performance?
Onions and garlic are great for your intimate life. True or false? Take this quiz to know more.
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Mujhe cancer hai kya karun 3 mahine se parshan hun kharcha bohot aayega treatment ka paise bhi nahi hai.

MD - Radiotherapy
Oncologist, Vadodara  •  4 yrs exp
If you are from Delhi many Delhi Government Hospitals were providing free treatment for cancer when I was working there in 2014. Delhi sarkari Hospital mein Shayad cancer treatment muft milta hain krupaya janch Lein.
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I use to take alcohol daily I want to live it but with out alcohol I don't get sleep and some people say's if I live alcohol in will get some problems in my body is that true how should I overcome from this problem.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore  •  47 yrs exp
Even if you take alcohol daily, it depends on he amount and the effect it has on you. What they are talking about is called withdrawal syndrome i.e. There will be an adverse reaction due to the cessation of alcohol. It does not matter when you feel like drinking, as long as you need your drink. This could lead to increased tolerance levels so that over time you will need to drink more to get the same or greater effect. You need to identify why you need to drink, and go back into your childhood to find out other influences on your personality that makes you prone to addiction. Meet with an addiction counselor and work with them to sort out this drive. Your already display the classic tendency to first obsess about it and then compulsively feel driven to meet that need. The simplest thing to do is to do some other interesting activity during the evening times. Meet your oral need with some other non-intoxicating drink like soups, juices, and sodas with lime, etc. If you think that you will find it very difficult, then admit yourself to a hospital and go for de-addiction: which normally lasts for about two weeks. Then follow that up with addiction counseling from a professional for at least three years to completely get rid of the habit. If this is also not enough, then admit yourself into a de-addiction center and stay there for at least 6 months and after that attend counseling with a professional. There are medicines that help with the drinking just to ease the initial craving. Ultimately, it is your will power and the support that you receive from the medical fraternity and your close and dear ones. You must also learn to substitute and deal with the oral need, a rigid value system, the script issue, and of course look at all the genetic factors to plan a strategy not to get into what is called ‘cross addictions’ i.e. Another form of addiction that may appear alright but is in fact as bad as the primary addiction. The center or hospital and the counselor will advise and guide you on several measures and precautions you will need to take to stay with your resolve. Even after the rehabilitation you must attend AA meetings and continue this support for a long time. Your family will also need to attend some sessions and go for Al-anon meetings for their co-dependency issues. You cannot be treated in isolation because the family has gotten used to your drinking and have made some unhealthy adaptations to somehow cope. Make a serious plan with the family and whoever else’s support you can get and act on it fast. As a combination these two therapies (counseling and rehabilitation) will aid in dealing with the addiction. It will however take a long time to completely come off of the enslavement.
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There is an sudden development of mole like structure (reddish black) on my skin on head. Some times it itches. Whether it is due to scalp or some other problem.

BHMS, Diploma in Dermatology
Sexologist, Hyderabad  •  12 yrs exp
Ensure your skin is clean and freshly washed. Wrap the ice cube in a washcloth. You should never apply ice directly to your skin. Place the wrapped ice directly upon your breakout and hold for a minute. Give your skin a five-minute break, then reapply as needed for an additional minute.
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Boost Your Immunity To Prevent Melanoma

Dermatologist, Delhi  •  16 yrs exp
Boost Your Immunity To Prevent Melanoma

Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that is caused due to many reasons. This condition mainly indicates a severe malfunction of the melanocytes or the melanin producing cells of the body. These cells are responsible for giving you your skin colour, tone and complexion. Usually, a person suffering from melanoma will have many normal and irregular moles as well as melanoma in the eye and digestive tracts too. So, what are the causes of this condition? Read on to find out.

  1. Skin Cell Development: The general process of skin renewal includes the rise of new skin cells to the surface in a routine and continuous manner. This skin cell development can get hindered due to a number of reasons like DNA damage. When this happens, the dead skin cells accumulate instead of falling off to make space for the new cells, and this can cause a mass of cancerous cells to form.
  2. Fair Complexion: Having an excessively fair skin tone may point towards lack of melanin or pigment in the skin. This erodes the protection that one naturally gets when exposed to the harmful Ultraviolet rays of the sun. This can increase the risk of contracting melanoma. Also, people with freckles, red or blonde hair, and even blue eyes can fall prey to this condition.
  3. Location: Your geographic location also matters to a great extent when it comes to this disease. People living closer to the equator have reported increased cases of this disease due to over exposure to Ultraviolet rays. The direct and harsh rays of the Sun can also lead to this condition.
  4. History: When you have a history of sunburns or if you are particularly susceptible to them, then you may end up with melanoma. Blistering sunburns and too many moles can also lead to this condition. Dysplastic nevi or many unusual modes with irregular shape, size and colour also indicate an increased risk of falling prey to melanoma. Also, if you have had a family history of this disease, then there are chances of contracting the same, as you may have inherited the carrier gene too.
  5. Immune System: Much like many other diseases and cancers, this condition also greatly depends on the state of your immune system. Patients who have recently recovered from organ transplants, other such procedures,  and diseases can find themselves at the weak end of their immunity, which makes them susceptible to such kinds of cancer.

Melanoma should be treated in a proper way by a specialist from the Oncology department. 

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Can I take stramonium 200 4 drops daily for 2-3 months or not. I have mental problem and my symptoms matches with it. So will this cause any side effect or not.

Homeopath, Kalyani  •  4 yrs exp
Can I take stramonium 200 4 drops daily for 2-3 months or not. I have mental problem and my symptoms matches with it....
No. You cannot. You can suffer from Drug over doses after taking this medicine. Kindly visit to a Good Homeopath for solution. You can also consult me here privately for getting some treatment. Thanks.
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I am 21 years old but my weight is as low as 43 kg. What should I do to increase my weight?

Homeopath, Hyderabad  •  7 yrs exp
I am 21 years old but my weight is as low as 43 kg. What should I do to increase my weight?
Tips to gain weight: Don't drink water before meals. This can fill your stomach and make it harder to get in enough calories. Eat more often. Drink milk. Try weight gainer shakes. Use bigger plates. Add cream to your coffee. Take creatine. Get quality sleep.
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Is black and blue stains inside cheeks is pigmentation of oral mucosa? please advice what medicines to be taken for black and blue stains on left interior part of my cheeks. With no itching and pain?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Dermatology, DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Mumbai  •  20 yrs exp
Is black and blue stains inside cheeks is pigmentation of oral mucosa? please advice what medicines to be taken for b...
No medications will work. Only laser can be tried. Consult a medical centre that has lasers for pigmentary lesions liko Pico dec and nanosec 1064 lasers.
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Is it ok to take finasteride for male pattern baldness? My dermatologist prescribed me finasteride 1 mg (Curzifin). I am a bit scared knowing about its side effects.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna  •  31 yrs exp
Is it ok to take finasteride for male pattern baldness?
My dermatologist prescribed me finasteride 1 mg (Curzifin).
Hi, Lybrate user, I being a homoeopath can suggest you some recourse in homoeopathy ,please. Go for meditation to reduce your stress to nourish hair follicles. Tk, plenty of water  to moisten your  scalp to check dandruff, inorder to condition hair follicles. Gastric disorder, triggers hair loss, hence, tk,  easily digestible diet on time to check gastric disorder ,avoiding  sweets, suggery items, fried and oily food. Tk, apples, carrots, tomatoes, protein, grams, beans, nuts, soy milk, walnuts, flaxseed, fish. Avoid, junkfood,  alcohol & nicotine, scorching Sun & dust. Tk, homoeopathic medicine:@ Jabornady Q-20 drops with olive oil,  apply on scalp. You may opt 'hair vitelizer' package to ascertain a better result Tk, care.
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Hair Transplant - Understanding The Procedures!

MS - General Surgery, MBBS
General Surgeon, Mumbai  •  14 yrs exp
Hair Transplant - Understanding The Procedures!

Many men and women suffer from baldness these days and in order to conceal it, look for options available in the market. Though there are many temporary solutions, the most permanent solution is hair transplantation. 

What is Hair Transplantation?
Hair transplantation is broadly achieved by removing grafts/follicles from the back of the head which are more resistant to hormonal changes and placing them in areas of scanty growth or baldness. There are two methods to remove the grafts – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

In FUT method, a strip of scalp is cut out from the back of the head and is dissected into individual grafts.

FUE method of hair transplantation involves taking the individual follicular units/grafts from the back of the head one by one by cutting around it through a tiny specialised machine and removing them. The process is tedious and takes a few hours but is painless after a few numbing injections are given.

The rest of the procedure remains the same in both techniques. Tiny sites are created using very fine blades and needles in the balding areas after numbing them again with local anaesthetic injections. These grafts are then inserted in the sites on the front of the head or wherever there is hair loss

Advantages of FUT method

  1. Larger areas of baldness can be covered in fewer sittings.
  2. The recovery time is much quicker with the patient often returning to work the next day itself.
  3. The resection rate (the grafts that get cut whilst removing) may be lesser providing superior results. However, the resection rate depends on the skill of the surgeon and his/her staff.

Advantages of FUE method

  1. As this method of hair transplantation does not involve taking an entire strip of scalp from the back of the head like in strip surgery, there are no cuts or stitches.
  2. There is no linear scar.

Both methods involve surgery hence a proper consultation with the surgeon is required who can explain the procedure and its advantages and disadvantages. It takes several hours to perform the surgery and implant hence it is important to block the day out completely and be mentally prepared for it. Most surgeons will want to shave the entire head before embarking on the procedure so make sure that you factor that in.

Post surgery care
It is important to follow post surgery instructions and take good care of the grafts. Swelling of the scalp, face is common for a few days. You will be on antibiotics, steroids, painkillers for a few days and will be asked to use Minoxidil and or Finasteride.

The grafts are wetted with saline repeatedly for a few days after the transplant. Hair is washed with a diluted shampoo the next day in a specific manner without disturbing the grafts. They will eventually fall out after two weeks and the new growth will be seen anywhere between three to six months. In FUT method, post-op wound care of the scar is important and the sutures are removed after a week. 

Who should opt for FUT method?

  1. People who have larger areas of baldness. 
  2. People who would like to get the procedure done in a single sitting.

Who should go in for FUE method?

  1. Suitable for people who have smaller areas of baldness.
  2. People who want to wear shorter hair styles.
  3. People with active lifestyles like sportsmen, etc.
  4. Women with smaller areas of baldness.
  5. People who prefer less invasive procedures and don’t want cuts, stitches on the scalp.
  6. Those who want faster recovery.