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I am suffering from the problem of bad breath. I brush twice a day properly for 2 minutes. I use a tongue scraper in the morning and sometimes even do listerine. But after like half an hour or so my mouth starts to stink and I feel a little warm in my chest area. What should I do? Can you prescribe me some medicines or something.

Dr. Isha Malhotra 94% (4350 ratings)
Dentist, Gurgaon
I am suffering from the problem of bad breath. I brush twice a day properly for 2 minutes. I use a tongue scraper in ...
Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. How Does What You Eat Affect Breath? Basically, all the food eaten begins to be broken down in your mouth. If you eat foods with strong odors (such as garlic or onions), brushing and flossing -- even mouthwash -- merely covers up the odor temporarily. The odor will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body. Why Do Poor Habits Cause Bad Breath? If you don't brush and floss teeth daily, food particles can remain in your mouth, promoting bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. This causes bad breath. Antibacterial mouth rinses also can help reduce bacteria. In addition, odor-causing bacteria and food particles can cause bad breath if dentures are not properly cleaned. Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products also can cause bad breath, stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods, and irritate your gums. What Health Problems Are Associated With Bad Breath? Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be a warning sign of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. Bacteria cause the formation of toxins to form, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone. Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental caries (cavities). The medical condition dry mouth (also called xerostomia) also can cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralize acids produced by plaque, and wash away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be a side effect of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth. Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems. What Can I Do to Prevent Bad Breath? Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you: Practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush teeth after you eat (keep a toothbrush at work or school to brush after lunch). Don't forget to brush the tongue, too. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months or after an illness. Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food particles and plaque between teeth once a day. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash twice a day. Dentures should be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before being placed in your mouth the next morning. See your dentist regularly -- at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and will be able to detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor. Stop smoking and chewing tobacco-based products. Ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit. Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria. Gums and mints containing xylitol are best. Keep a log of the foods you eat. If you think they may be causing bad breath, bring the log to your dentist to review. Similarly, make a list of the medications you take. Some drugs may play a role in creating mouth odors. Who Treats Bad Breath? In most cases, your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy and the odor is not of oral origin, you may be referred to your family doctor or to a specialist to determine the odor source and treatment plan. If the odor is due to gum disease, for example, your dentist can either treat the disease or refer you to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating gum conditions. What Products Can I Use to Eliminate Bad Breath? An antiseptic mouthwash can help eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath. Ask your dentist about which product is best for you. You might have deposit on teeth kindly get it cleaned by dentist.
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Drinking Hot Water Vs Cold Water: Should You Mind Water's Temperature?

Dr. Ankur Singhal 92% (1068 ratings)
Master in Psychology, MD - Ayurveda, Dems, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Drinking Hot Water Vs Cold Water: Should You Mind Water's Temperature?
Benefits of drinking hot water Vs Cold Water

Water is essential for the body and it is impossible for a person to stay healthy for too long without adequate water. Most people chose to drink cold water as it gives a feeling of quenching thirst faster. Hot or warm water though is not really preferred. A comparative analysis shows that the temperature of the water we drink impacts our body.


1. Quenches thirst instantly.
2. Cools down the body immediately if body heat is unbearable (in fever or after workout)
3. Neutralize the pain caused by acidity, gas.

1. Causes severe constipation by cooling down the digestive tract and by neutralizing body heat used for digestion
2. Cools the down body causing a sudden drop in blood pressure
3. Causes the respiratory and digestive tract to contact, this may cause breathing and digestion problems


1. Improves digestion and cleans the intestine and digestive tract effectively
2. Hot water eliminates toxins from the body facilitating better health
3. It relieves constipation and enables better bowel movements
4. Provides necessary heat in the body that regulates body temperature causing better circulation of blood
5. Helps in reducing weight

1. Injects unwanted heat in the body
2. Excess heat leads to fever and fatigue
3. Doesn't quench thirst easily

From a health perspective, hot water intake is better than drinking cold water. Cold water harms far more than it benefits while hot water’s drawbacks can be easily controlled by limiting consumption and limiting the temperature of water. Drinking warm or lukewarm water is ideal and only cool (not cold) water must be consumed for quenching thirst instantly.

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Hair Detox

Dt. Aastha 91% (284 ratings)
BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Hair Detox

One way to ensure your hair grows long and healthy is to go a step further than shampooing by doing a scalp detox treatment. At times we forget that our scalp is living and breathing, and the hair strands are dead. We spend so much time, energy, and products on the hair on our head and neglect the reason why we have it in the first place; it grows from the scalp.

How to detox your scalp:

A scalp detox treatment includes massaging in a mask to exfoliate the scalp, which unclogs your pores of dead skin and removes toxins from the hair follicles, roots, and oil glands.

For a simple at home DIY scalp mask recipe, you will need:

1. 1 teaspoon of baking soda

2. 2 tablespoons of olive oil

3. 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

To prevent dry hair and scalp, this mask treatment is for a deep clarifying cleanse and should not be used more than once a month.

Step 1: Mix all ingredients in a small container

Step 2: Part your hair in small sections and apply the mask down each part on the scalp

Step 3: Massage the mask into the scalp in a gentle circular motion

Step 4: Cover your hair and scalp with a shower cap for 10 -15 minutes

Step 5: Shampoo and conditioner your hair as normal.

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She feels eye pressure ,nerve problem, unable to concentrate, memory loss, mind weakness.

Dr. G.R. Agrawal 97% (19222 ratings)
DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
She feels eye pressure ,nerve problem, unable to concentrate, memory loss, mind weakness.
Hello, She should follow underlying natural norms to feel well. Tk, plenty of water to hydrate her body eliminating toxins. Go for meditation to reduce her pressure to calm nerves inorder to restore concentration. Her diet be easily digestible on time rich in vit' A' to check gastric disorder that triggers eyes pressure, often. Tk, homoeopathic medicine:@ Kali phos 6x- 4 granules, thrice, dly. @ Anacardium 30-5 drops, thrice, dly. Avoid, junkfood, alcohol and Nicotine, please. Tk, care..
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Hi, doctor I'm having prickly heat on my face during summer season, can I use calosoft to cure the prickly heat?

Dr. Susanta Kumar Meher 90% (60 ratings)
Dermatologist, Sambalpur
Hi, doctor I'm having prickly heat on my face during summer season, can I use calosoft to cure the prickly heat?
You can use calosoft to get relieve from prickly heat as it is a soothing agent. Stay on cooler environment you will not get this type of lesions.
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Obese Women Tend to Suffer from PCOD - Ayurveda Has The Answers!

Dr. Harshita Sethi 91% (165 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Obese Women Tend to Suffer from PCOD - Ayurveda Has The Answers!

PCOD stands for polycystic ovarian disease and it is a disorder associated with women of middle age or younger. There is a sense that the condition is being reported increasingly in the past few years. The appearance of multiple cysts on ovaries which leads to the menstrual cycle being disturbed, more or less describes this gynaecological disorder. The immediate fallout of PCOD is that it can result in infertility and that causes more anxiety among married women. Unfortunately, such anxiety can worsen their chances of conceiving. They must subject themselves to proper diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms and Diagnosis
A typical PCOD patient may suffer from an enlarged ovary and therefore it produces excess of androgen and estrogenic hormones. Experienced gynaecologists usually understand the condition through interaction with the patient and after listening to the medical history, particularly relating to their menstrual cycle. The incidence of the condition in obese women is more frequent and the excess levels of androgen etc. as described above will also leave a few symptoms. Blood tests or pelvic exam is conducted by the doctor to confirm the phrase of PCOD.

Treatment for PCOD
Under Ayurveda, the PCOD condition is seen as an imbalance in the rasa and rakta dhatus. The multiple layers of cysts are also explained as the accumulation of impurities and toxins in the system. The predominant underlying cause and therefore the treatment under Ayurveda relates to the food consumed and lifestyle adopted by the affected women.

From the food intake perspective, the advice is to switch to low-fat milk and drink only boiled milk.The PCOD affected women should consume fruits, preferably the lighter varieties which can be easily digested and have less sugar content, such as apples, oranges, etc. Besides these a kind of vegan diet with an abundance of green vegetables and whole grains is also recommended.

Advised Lifestyle Changes
Ayurveda also combines instructions on certain simple changes being brought about in the normal lifestyle of PCOD patients, which can be applicable to others also. One is to avoid stress and reduce the levels of anxiety. While remaining active, excessive physical strain must be completely avoided. Women diagnosed with PCOD must strictly refrain from consuming alcohol and smoking and drug intake should also be fully avoided. These can have a direct impact on the menstrual cycle.

Whenever a women diagnosed with PCOD has been found to have excess body weight, the doctor may put them through a simultaneous weight loss programme, without harming the physical condition of the woman in any manner. Once the PCOD condition is treated and the ovary is restored to its original form, the woman can pursue a separate line of treatment for ovulation and pregnancy where such intentions exist.

Ayurvedic Panchkarma therapy including Abhyangam, Shiridhara and Basti Chikitsa is very effective. Ayurvedic medicine to restore hormonal imbalances is better substitute. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Sexual Dysfunction & Ayurvedic Ways Of Treating It!

Dr. Anupam Malaviya 90% (850 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Sultanpur
Sexual Dysfunction & Ayurvedic Ways Of Treating It!

For a man, nothing can be more frustrating and depressing than the inability to hold on to the erections for long enough to indulge in a sexual activity. Some medical conditions that can wreak havoc giving rise to a sexual dysfunction include Diabetes, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, Stress, Obesity, to name a few. While a lot of medications and conventional treatments are available, Ayurveda works the best in dealing with the conditions of erectile dysfunction or sexual dysfunction.

Treating Sexual Dysfunction through Ayurveda
Ayurveda believes that the sexual dysfunction in males can be of tour types-

  • Dhajabhangaja Klaibya: A condition characterized by an erection that does not last long enough for an intercourse to take place.
  • Bijopaghataja and Shukra Kshayaja Klaibya: In both these conditions, the erection is there. However, there may be a dip in the production of the semen as well as the quality of the sperm may go for a toss. As a result, the sperm fails to reach to the ova to facilitate the fertilization process.
  • Jaraja Klaibya: Here, the erectile dysfunction may be triggered by old age.

One of the main factors responsible for the erectile dysfunction, as per Ayurveda is an imbalance of the three doshas. There is also vitiation of the wind energy or the Vata Dosha.

  • One of the therapies that can work wonders to treat the condition of a sexual or erectile dysfunction is the Vajikarana Therapy.
  • The therapy involves the use of various of Ayurvedic herbs and solutions to stimulate or arouse the sexual desire (aphrodisiac) and is fit for people of all age groups.
  • For the Vajikarana therapy, a person should have a strong willpower and self-control.
  • The detoxification in the case of Vajikarana therapy is achieved through a series of steps that includes
    • Vamana: Use of an Ayurvedic emetic formulation to eliminate the Ama or toxins through vomiting.
    • Oleation: Massaging the body using Ayurvedic oil,  and medicines, oil baths, and profuse sweating of the body.
    • Virechana: Elimination the toxins through the fecal matter using Ayurvedic and herbal laxatives.
  • In addition to the medication, the person undergoing the therapy should also be careful with their diet and lifestyle habits.
  • During the therapy, one should opt for a light diet. Avoid processed, spicy or fast foods. Constipation and indigestion can trigger further aggravation of the Vata Dosha. Thus, it is best to refrain from foods such as brinjal, peas, to name a few.
  • Consume more of ghee (the pure one), milk and dairy products, almonds, cashew nuts, avocados, bananas, watermelon, asparagus, dry ginger, garlic, coconut water, (all of which are known to give the libido a much-needed boost).
  • The use of tobacco and alcoholic drinks and beverages should be given up for the good.
  • Yoga and meditation, especially the Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) can work wonders in the case of an erectile dysfunction.
  • A daily sleep of about 6-8 hours is a must. Don't overstress yourself (physically, mentally or emotionally).

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

I had my wisdom tooth removed 2 days back and started smoking after about 12-14 hrs later is it ok doc.

Dr. Rahul Gupta 91% (247 ratings)
I had my wisdom tooth removed 2 days back and started smoking after about 12-14 hrs later is it ok doc.
That is opposite of okay. It's 100% wrong. It can lead to many complications which can be completely be avoided by not smoking for atles 4-5 days.
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I am having excessive sweating in my Palms (Hyperhidrosis). It interferes with my daily studying as it feels me uncomfortable. I haven't visited any physician yet. What should I do? Should I visit a doctor. What should be your advice about this condition.

Arjun Kumar Basu 86% (37 ratings)
General Physician, Pune
Dear lybrate-user, If this is Hyperhidrosis BOTOX is the only option for maximal result. Otherwise you can use a roll on antiperspirant to reduce it. But excessive sweating might be associated with other physiological disorders. I would recomend you to go for a online private consult with me.
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I am 23 years old male and I am very thin, short height hair are easily pluckable and wrinkle on face while laughing can you suggest the treatment.

Dr. Rashmi Shukla 91% (4802 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Alternate Medicine
Homeopath, Nagpur
I am 23 years old male and I am very thin, short height hair are easily pluckable and wrinkle on face while laughing ...
If you want to gain weight, then I would recommend you a easy diet plan, Do some exercise also, it will help you to gain weight. No needs to take any supplement. Diet Plan: 1. MORNING: banana shake (2 bananas and 1 glass of milk) sprouts Brown Bread with 2 eggs Or paneer stuffed paratha 2. LUNCH: 1 soup bowl of dal 1 small size bowl of green veg 1 small plate of rice 3 to 4 phulka paneer 100 to 150 gm in day time 3. LATE AFTERNOON: 1 fruit and coffee with 4 cookies 4. DINNER: 1 soup bowl of dal 1 small size of bowl green veg 3 to 4 phulka paneer 100 to 150 gm 5. LATE NIGHT: 1 glass of milk improves your water intake. If you want to know more or any medicinal treatment for that, then you can contact us.
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