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Chest Tablet

Chest Tablet

Manufacturer: Micro Labs Ltd
Medicine composition: Paracetamol, Phenylpropanolamine, Cetirizine
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Chest Tablet, classified as a mild analgesic, is used to treat fever and is the most commonly used pain reliever. It is used to relieve pain in case of a backache, a headache, arthritis and a toothache. It reduces pain in the body caused due to fever. It is often given to patients who suffer from cancer or have undergone surgery, to help them cope up with the pain. Chest Tablet is normally administered orally or rectally, it is also available for intravenous administration.

Chest Tablet does not have any serious side effects. It is safe to use this medicine during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, in rare cases skin rashes may occur accompanied by nausea, stomach pain, and loss of appetite. You should stop using Chest Tablet if you experience an allergic reaction to it or notice any other serious symptoms like dark urine, clay-colored stools or jaundice. Overdosing may result in liver failure.

You should not take Chest Tablet if ?

  • You are allergic to Chest Tablet
  • You are suffering from a serious liver disorder.
  • You normally consume more than 3 alcohol beverages per day or have a history of alcoholism.

There are several drugs that may interact with Chest Tablet. Inform your doctor about all the other medications that you take including vitamins, minerals, prescribed drugs, over the counter drugs and herbal products. For adults Chest Tablet the general dose for fever and pain is 325-650 mg tablets once in every 4 to 6 hours or 1000mg tablets once in every 6 to 8 hours. It is advised to be guided by the doctor?s prescription and never to exceed the prescribed dosage.

Fever
Chest Tablet is used to provide temporary relief from fever without treating the underlying cause.
Headache
Chest Tablet is used to relieve acute headaches including migraine.
Muscle Pain
Chest Tablet is used to relieve mild to moderate pain in the muscles.
Menstrual Cramps
Chest Tablet is used to relieve pain and cramping associated with menstrual cycle in women.
Post Immunization Pyrexia
Chest Tablet is used in the treatment of pain and fever that sets in after one has taken vaccinations.
Arthritis
Chest Tablet is used to relieve joint pain including mild to moderate pain in arthritis.
Allergy
Chest Tablet is not recommended if you have a known allergy to this medicine.
Analgesic Nephropathy (Kidney Disease)
Chest Tablet is not recommended if you suffer from impaired kidney function due to excessive usage of painkillers or otherwise.
Liver Disease
Chest Tablet is metabolised by the liver and is not recommended if you suffer from impaired liver function.
In addition to its intended effect, Chest Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Nausea or Vomiting Moderate Common
Chest Tablet can cause nausea and vomiting along with other symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhoea, dry mouth etc.
Fever Moderate Common
Chest Tablet can cause low to moderate fever with or without chills.
Allergic skin reaction Moderate Less Common
Chest Tablet can cause red spots on skin, rashes, hives and itching.
Gastric / Mouth Ulcer Moderate Less Common
Chest Tablet can cause discolouration of urine along with sudden decrease in amount.
Anemia Moderate Rare
Chest Tablet can cause anemia like symptoms in some patients.
Fatigue Minor Less Common
Chest Tablet can cause tiredness and weakness with pain and twitching of the muscle.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Major Rare
Chest Tablet can cause this rare but potentially fatal allergic reaction of the skin that requires immediate treatment.
How long is the duration of effect?
The effect lasts for an average of 4-6 hours.
What is the onset of action?
The effect of Paracetamol (primary constituent of Chest Tablet) can be observed within an hour of oral administration. When given in the form of an intravenous injection, the pain-relieving action starts in 5-10 minutes. For fever reduction, the time taken is about 30 minutes.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medicine is not known to cause any harm to the fetus. But the evidence is inadequate and it should be used only when necessary after consulting a doctor. Oral administration of the medicine should be preferred over intravenous route.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medicine is safe to use during breastfeeding. It is advised to consult your doctor before taking this medicine. Any incidence of rashes on skin or diarrhea in the infant should be reported.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Chest Tablet, and hence can be used as its substitute.
Missed Dose instructions
Chest Tablet is usually taken as and when required. If the medicine is taken on a regular basis, then the missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. You should not take the missed dose if it is time for taking the next scheduled dose.
Overdose instructions
Chest Tablet overdosage could cause harmful effects to the body. Early symptoms are loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain while late symptoms include yellowing of skin and eye, severe abdominal pain and dark color urine.
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Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Alcoholism Major
This medicine should be given with extreme caution if you are a chronic alcoholic. Usage of alcohol should be avoided and any symptoms like nausea, fever, rashes, darkened urine should be reported to the doctor on priority.
Liver Disease Major
Chest Tablet should be given with extreme caution to if you are suffering from impaired liver functioning disease. Symptoms like nausea, fever, rashes, darkened urine should be reported to the doctor on priority. Clinical monitoring of liver function should be done at regular intervals.
Interaction with Alcohol
N/A Major
You should avoid consuming alcohol while taking this medicine. Symptoms like fever, chills, rashes, joint pain and swelling, excessive weakness, nausea should be immediately reported to the doctor.
Interaction with Lab Test
5-HIAA Urine Test Moderate
You may get a false-positive result for this test if you take Chest Tablet.
Interaction with Food
Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Carbamazepine Moderate
Chest Tablet should not be taken with Carbamazepine. Usage of either of the drugs should be reported to the doctor. Any symptoms like fever, chills, joint pain, skin rash, loss of appetite should be reported promptly.
Phenytoin Moderate
Chest Tablet should not be taken with Phenytoin. Usage of either of the drugs should be reported to the doctor. Any symptoms like fever, chills, joint pain, skin rash, loss of appetite should be reported promptly.
Sodium Nitrite Major
Chest Tablet should not be taken while on Sodium Nitrite. Symptoms like discoloration of skin, rashes, headache, dizziness, increased heartbeat should be promptly reported to the doctor.
Leflunomide Major
Chest Tablet should not be taken while on leflunomide. Usage of either of the drug should be reported to the doctor. Symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, yellowing of skin should be promptly reported.
Prilocaine Major
Chest Tablet should not be taken while on Prilocaine. Symptoms like discoloration of skin, rashes, headache, dizziness, increased heartbeat should be promptly reported to the doctor.

Popular Questions & Answers

Pain on the left side chest bone. Just pain like on the left chest bone or near chest.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Pain on the left side chest bone. Just pain like on the left chest bone or near chest.
Hello, You might be suffering from gastric disorder. Tk, plenty of water to hydrate your body. Go for meditation to reduce your pressure nourishing your digestive system to check gastric disorder. Your diet be easily digestible on time. Tk, homoeopathic medicine:@.Ranunculus balb 200-6 pills, thrice. @ China 200-6 pills, thrice. Ensure sound sleep. For 6/7 hours. Avoid, junkfood, alcohol & nicotine. Tk, care.

Sir mere chest ke upper side me kabhi left kabhi right me kabi center me pain hota hai breath release karne time. Pls mujhe koi free n cheap solutions de please.

BHMS, MBA (Healthcare)
Homeopath, Dehradun
Sir mere chest ke upper side me kabhi left kabhi right me kabi center me pain hota hai breath release karne time. Pls...
Apko jo pain hai wo gastric ka Ho Sakta hai ye apko note Karna padega ki jab ap kuch oily ya fatty food lete hai tab apko ye problem Jada to Nani hoti if so then you can change your diet or agar apko lagta hai ki gastric se hi hai to ap homeopathic medicine chelidonium Q 20 drops in 50 drops of water din me 3 bar le sakte hai ya to ki najdiki doctor se apna checkup karwa le.
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Dr. I have problem of social anxiety disorder can you help me please give me your answer I have got no help from any Dr. Actually mene MBA bhi chod di h qki muje jb presentation deni hoti thi to dhadkn tej, chehra laal, or grmi aa jati h ye sbb 2 logo k saamne ho jata h muje iske alava bhi bhuut broblems aa rhi please m consult krna chahta hu kisi achhe Dr. Se jo ilaaj kr ske please help me dr.

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, PG diploma in child guidance and family therapy
Psychologist, Delhi
Dr. I have problem of social anxiety disorder can you help me please give me your answer I have got no help from any ...
Hello lybrate-user. You can consult to any Psychologist of Your near by area r side by side go for regular counselling session. Meanwhile I can suggest to some tips for overcome pls try. The only way out is through. It sounds counter-intuitive, but as someone who has dealt with social anxiety, I've found this statement to be true. It's natural to avoid anxiety or to deny its existence all together, but recovery comes in accepting it. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, relaxation and wellness, I've been able to address my anxiety head-on this past year. While I'm not sure it can ever be completely "cured" a holistic approach can certainly help manage and reduce it. Here's my advice: 1. Educate yourself: Learn the physiological causes and effects of anxiety. Your symptoms/feelings stem from your fears, your thoughts, and your body's own fight-or-flight response (an antiquated alarm system left over from our cavemen ancestors). Though the adrenaline rush is uncomfortable, these feelings are not harmful by themselves and cannot be sustained for very long either. So, though your heart may be racing, that's okay. You're safe and in no real danger. Think about this: If you've had an anxiety attack, you've likely already experienced the worst your body can feel. Don't be bluffed by physical feelings. 2. Relax & take care of yourself: Learn to recognize when you're feeling anxious and take the necessary steps to relax and take care of yourself (this includes identifying common triggers like alcohol, sleep, and caffeine). To reduce anxiety in the moment, try deep belly breathing or mindfulness meditation. Both of these help calm the adrenal response. To relieve more long-term tension, try progressive muscle relaxation or vigorous exercise. The main idea is to acquire tools to calm yourself whenever anxiety strikes, so you can more easily cope.  Think about this: Your body is a machine like any other. If you take care of it, it'll take care of you. 3. Question your thoughts: Learn to judge your thoughts critically instead of accepting them as facts. Your thoughts, more than anything, affect how you feel and ultimately your perspective of the world. People with anxiety often have an intensely negative view. They overestimate the likelihood of something bad happening, exaggerate the consequences, and underestimate their ability to cope. So check your thoughts. What evidence do you have? What are the odds of this happening? What would a friend say to you? Think about this: Just because you think something does not make it true. You're not a fortune teller, a mind-reader or the center of the universe. Try to see things in a more balanced way and you'll feel better. 4. Behave courageously: Learn to face your anxiety despite the fear. This is obviously the hardest part, but it's also the way out. Anxiety has a way of chipping away at self-esteem. It'll make you think you can't do THIS or you can't do THAT. It's easy to get stuck in this cycle of fear. But you can face your fears a little each day, and eventually, work toward your bigger goals. It doesn't matter how small the initial steps are. Instead of dread, try being curious in these new scenarios and use your coping skills. It's not about being free of anxiety in these early moments, but enduring despite the anxious feelings. This is how real change happens.  By taking small steps each day, you can rebuild your confidence. You're a lot stronger than you think you are. Don't let anxiety dictate your life. Thank You All The Best.
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I am having fungal infection on my upper body, there are so many marks on chest due this issue and it is keep growing.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
I am having fungal infection on my upper body, there are so many marks on chest due this issue and it is keep growing.
Use clear gel at night. Fungal infection or ring worm. Common in the skin folds. Sweaty areas. Seen as itchy, red or black spots mostly circular shape. Avoid sweating, exchange of clothes and soap. Treatment depends on the severity and location of the fungal infection. So do direct online consultation by sending photos or meet me in my clinic for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Emphysema - Diagnosis and Management

MD, DNB, Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (DTCD), MBBS
Pulmonologist, Delhi
Emphysema - Diagnosis and Management

 

Emphysema is a breathing disorder that has no cure and worsens with time. The symptoms of emphysema - a feeling of tightness in the chest, persistent cough, wheezing and breathlessness – are caused due to destroyed or impaired functioning of lung tissue.

Diagnosing Emphysema
A thorough physical examination which would include weight and blood pressure checks would be performed. The doctor would also listen to the heartbeat to determine if it sounds strange or different.

In addition to checking for the signs and symptoms of emphysema, a physical examination would also help the doctor in determining the following:

  • Whether the fingertips are rounded. This condition is also known as “clubbing”.
  • Whether you have a rounded or “barrel chest” which is caused by lungs that are larger than normal.
  • If the lips have a blue tinge also known as cyanosis, which is a sign of low levels of oxygen in the blood.
  • Signs of malnutrition as in advanced cases of emphysema the muscles slowly waste away.

Tests For Emphysema
A doctor would recommend additional tests to confirm his diagnosis of this lung condition. Some of the tests are:

  • Pulmonary Function Tests or PFTs and spirometry tests would be advised to measure the volume and capacity of the lungs.
  • A chest X-ray is useful to diagnose advanced emphysema as the lungs appear larger than normal in patients with this condition.
  • A CT scan of the chest will show the air sacs or alveoli have been destroyed.
  • The blood test report of patients with emphysema would show a high amount of red blood cells. The production of red blood cells in the body increases due to the reduced levels of oxygen.
  • A pulse oximetry test also known as an oxygen saturation test could be done to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. A monitor would be attached to the patient’s forehead, finger or earlobe to carry out this test.
  • An arterial blood gas test is usually performed on patients as their condition worsens. It measures the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood.
  • An electrocardiogram or ECG might be advised to rule out condition such as heart disease as a cause of shortness of breath.

Management and Treatment
There is no known cure for emphysema and the condition can worsen with time. Treatment will slow the speed of decline and will depend on the severity of the condition when diagnosed. Some treatment options are:

  1. Quit smoking to protect your lungs.
  2. Bronchodilator medications used to treat asthma are useful in relaxing the muscles around the airways.
  3. Anti-inflammatory medications reduce inflammation around the airways.
  4. Oxygen therapy is recommended to patients when they are not able to breathe enough oxygen from the air.
  5. In some severe cases, lung volume reduction surgery might be advised to relieve pressure on the muscles required for breathing and to improve the elasticity of the lungs.

Keeping your home clean and free of dust and pollutants will help to prevent respiratory infections and disorders such as emphysema. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Benefits Of Vitamin D

BAMS, Msc-Psychoneurobics, Diploma in Counseling and Spiritual Health
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Benefits Of Vitamin D

15 Facts About Vitamin D:

Vitamin d prevents osteoporosis, Depression, Prostate cancer, Breast cancer

Vitamin d is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. 

That's probably because it's free.
Your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin!

Drug companies can't sell you sunlight, so there's no promotion of its health benefits.

 So here's an overview taken from an interview between mike adams and dr. Michael holick.

? 1. Vitamin d is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight. 

? 2. The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin d in your skin) cannot penetrate glass. 
So you don't generate vitamin d when sitting in your car or home. 

? 3. It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin d from your diet. sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin d in your own body. 

? 4. A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin d fortified milk each day just to get minimum levels of vitamin d into their diet. 

? 5. The further you live from the equator, the longer exposure you need to the sun in order to generate vitamin d. Canada, the uk and most u. S. States are far from the equator. 

? 6. People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 - 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin d. 
That's why prostate cancer is epidemic among black men -- it's a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency. 

? 7. Sufficient levels of vitamin d are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin d, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless. 

? 8. Chronic vitamin d deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin d supplementation and sunlight exposure to rebuild the body's bones and nervous system. 

? 9. Even weak sunscreens (spf=8) block your body's ability to generate vitamin d by 95%. This is how sunscreen products actually cause disease -by creating a critical vitamin deficiency in the body. 

? 10. It is impossible to generate too much vitamin d in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs. 

? 11. If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum (chest/breast bone), you may be suffering from chronic vitamin d deficiency right now. 

? 12. Vitamin d is" activated" in your body by your kidneys and liver before it can be used. 

? 13. Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body's ability to activate circulating vitamin d. 

? 14. The sunscreen industry doesn't want you to know that your body actually needs sunlight exposure because that realization would mean lower sales of sunscreen products. 

? 15. Even though vitamin d is one of the most powerful healing chemicals in your body, your body makes it absolutely free. No prescription required. 

Other powerful antioxidants with this ability include: 
Super fruits like pomegranates (pom wonderful juice), 
Acai, blueberries, etc. 

Diseases and conditions cause by vitamin d deficiency:

? Osteoporosis is commonly caused by a lack of vitamin d, which greatly impairs calcium absorption. 

? Rickets" is the name of a bone-wasting disease caused by vitamin d deficiency. 

? Vitamin d deficiency may exacerbate type 2 diabetes and impair insulin production in the pancreas.
 
? Obesity impairs vitamin d utilization in the body, meaning obese people need twice as much vitamin d. 

? Vitamin d is used around the world to treat psoriasis(a chronic skin disease).
 
? Vitamin d deficiency can cause Schizophrenia. 

? Seasonal affective disorder is caused by a melatonin imbalance initiated by lack of exposure to sunlight. 

? Chronic vitamin d deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains. 

? Your risk of developing serious diseases like diabetes and cancer is reduced 50% - 80% through simple, sensible exposure to natural sunlight 2-3 times each week. 

? Infants who receive vitamin d supplementation (2000 units daily) have an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty years. 

 
 Shocking vitamin d deficiency statistics:

¶ 32% of doctors and med school students are vitamin d deficient. 
¶ 40% of the u. S. Population is vitamin d deficient. 
¶ 42% of african american women of childbearing age are deficient in vitamin d. 
¶ 48% of young girls (9-11 years old) are vitamin d deficient. 
¶ up to 60% of all hospital patients are vitamin d deficient. 6
¶ 76% of pregnant mothers are severely vitamin d deficient, causing widespread vitamin d deficiencies in their unborn children, which predisposes them to type 1 diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia later in life. 81% of the children born to these mothers were deficient. 
¶ up to 80% of nursing home patients are Vitamin d deficient?

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Symptoms, Types and Treatment For Atrial Fibrillation

MD - Cardiology, PG Diploma In Clinical Cardoology
Cardiologist, Rudrapur
Symptoms, Types and Treatment For Atrial Fibrillation

We all know about the heartbeat, which is produced by the opening and closing of the valves in the heart, which in turn controls our blood flow. There is a regular pattern to this beat, and when, due to various reasons, it becomes irregular, it is known as arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation, known shortly as AFib, is one of the common types of arrhythmia.

Why AFib: The heart has an electrical impulse system, which controls the opening/closing of its valves. Due to various changes, be it lifestyle, dietary, or regular wear and tear, this electrical system is affected and so the valves do not function properly. This leads to altered rhythm, and when it happens on the right side of the heart, in the valves between the two atria, it is known as atrial fibrillation.

Signs and Symptoms: It is not something which shows up as soon as the onset happens. It is a gradual condition, and many people with AFib may go for months with no symptoms. There could be general symptoms like fatigue and headaches. Gradually, more symptoms like heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, occasional chest pain, or fainting set in. It is usually when workup for some other disease is being done.

Monitoring the pulse or heartbeat is one of the best ways to keep a check on the condition.

Types: There are different forms of it – paroxysmal, persistent, and permanent. In the first one, there are brief bursts of AFib lasting less than 7 days. With gradual progression, symptoms are more frequent and last longer, converting into persistent AFib, which lasts longer than 7 days. If the condition is longstanding and the doctor (as well as the patient) have decided not to treat it, it is permanent AFib.

Risk Factors: The chances of developing AFib increase with family history, age, obesity, smoking, hyperthyroidism, chronic lung diseases, and sleep apnea.

Living with AFib: It is a longstanding condition, and the following precautions are necessary, which are generally heart-healthy.

  1. Quit Smoking: In addition to the multiple benefits of quitting, managing AFib is one.

  2. Diet Changes: Change to a heart-healthy diet with whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, increased fish oils, reduced fat, reduced salt and sugar etc.

  3. Work It Out: Get into an exercise regimen. Discuss with your doctor to identify and agree on the type and level of exercise. This helps manage weight and stress, both essential for controlling AFib.

  4. Manage Alcohol Consumption: Avoid excess consumption of alcoholic beverages. Avoid them completely if they trigger symptoms.

If you have the risk factors for AFib, implementing these changes earlier than the onset of symptoms can help delay progress and reduce severity of the symptoms. Consult an Expert & get answers to your questions!

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Shortness Of Breath - 4 Most Common Reasons Of It!

MBBS, MD -Pulmonary Medicine-Tuberculosis ,Respiratory Disease Medicine , Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (DTCD), European Diploma in Respiratory Medicine
Pulmonologist, Delhi
Shortness Of Breath - 4 Most Common Reasons Of It!

Shortness of breath, medically known as dyspnea, is the sensation of tightening of chest accompanied by a feeling of suffocation. Most of us would have experienced this while doing intensive exercise, while in extreme temperature or high altitude to a certain extent. But when the breathlessness is severe, it is due to a lung or heart ailment. The lungs and the heart play the most important role in transporting oxygen to our tissues and removes carbon dioxide. And so, any kind of problem in either of the organs can affect our breathing.

Causes:
Numerous underlying conditions can lead to a shortness of breath. An insight into the most common causes are enumerated below.

  1. Asthma: One of the common reason for shortness of breath is asthma. It is a serious condition in which the passage of air becomes narrow and swells up and produces extra mucus. This can result in shortness of breath, triggers wheezing, coughing and also makes breathing difficult. It cannot be cured but the symptoms can be controlled, and it is also necessary to consult with the doctor to track the symptoms and adjust the treatment.
  2. Carbon monoxide poisoningAnother leading cause of shortness of breath is carbon monoxide poisoning. It is caused when carbon monoxide builds up in our blood stream. When there is excessive carbon monoxide in the surrounding air, our body replaces the oxygen in our red blood cells or RBCs with the carbon monoxide in the air. Appliances that are improperly ventilated and engines, especially in a sealed or tightly enclosed space might allow carbon monoxide to accumulate in our blood stream to a dangerous level.
  3. A hiatal herniaThis is caused when part of our stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm. Our diaphragm usually has a small opening through which our esophagus or food pipe passes and connects the stomach. The stomach pushes up through this opening in case of a hiatal hernia and results in shortness of breath. In most of the cases it can be cured by medications, but in some situations, surgery is required.
  4. Pulmonary embolism: It is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. In 95% of the cases of pulmonary embolism, it is caused due to blood clots that travel to the lungs from the legs or some other parts of the body. As the clot blocks the flow of blood to the lungs, it can also be life threatening besides causing a shortage of breath.

Apart from these conditions, others such as bronchitis, pneumonia, lung cancer, COPD, arrhythmia, hypertension, and many other lung and heart ailments can result in shortness of breath and can lead to dire consequences in certain cases. Thus, it becomes paramount to consult a pulmonologist when you frequently experience such breathing difficulty.

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Chemical Peels - What Should You Know?

M Derm, DNB (Dermatology & Venereology) , MBBS
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Chemical Peels - What Should You Know?

For most people, a beautiful looking, healthy, glowing, youthful skin is indeed a matter of pride. Unfortunately, quite a few factors (scars, aging) play the spoilsport. The damage, however, can still be controlled and reversed, all thanks to the chemical peels. The chemical peels have indeed been a revelation making a healthy looking rejuvenated and youthful skin very much a reality.

As the name suggests, a chemical is used in this procedure that penetrates into the skin layer (middle, outer, or both the layers) thereby removing the damaged skin (replaced by new healthy skin). The chemical peel addresses a plethora of skin problems such as visible signs of skin aging (wrinkles, sagginess, fine lines), acne scars, hyperpigmentation, Crow's feet (also called as Laugh Lines), Melasma (patchy brown or gray-brown skin discoloration appearing on the face), skin damage due to exposure to sun rays. A person can undergo a chemical peel on the face, hands and the neck.

Types of Chemical Peels
There are essentially three different types of chemical peels each taking care of specific skin problems.

  1. Deep chemical peel: This procedure plays a significant role in treating freckles, age spots, scars (often shallow), or even mild lines. Used only on the face, the chemical used in this peel is phenol or Trichloroacetic acid. The chemical used exfoliates and penetrates deep into the dermal layer (middle layer) of the skin, thereby removing the damaged and dead skin.
  2. Medium peel: This type of chemical peel takes care of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, freckles, skin discoloration (a milder discoloration), actinic keratosis, or extremely rough skin (the skin appears and feels much smoother after the chemical peel). The Glycolic Peel falls under this group. Thus, the chemical used here is either Trichloroacetic acid or Glycolic acid. The chemical, in this case, exfoliates the outer as well as the dermal skin layer to get rid of the damaged skin.
  3. Lunchtime or superficial peel: The superficial peel is often used to rejuvenate the skin on the hands, neck, face or chest. It also deals with rough skin and also mild skin discoloration with elan. The chemical used in this type of peel is usually Alpha-hydroxy acid. This acid exfoliates only the epidermal layer (outer layer) of the skin.

Who should avoid the chemical peel?
The chemical peel is a big No for

  • People with dermatological problems such as dermatitis, psoriasis, or eczema.
  • Pregnant and lactating women.
  • Those having used the drug Accutane at least six months before the chemical peel or those having used any acid based skin lightening products 48 hours before the procedure

Risks

  • With the use of acid, expecting a burning sensation or redness(around the treated area) is normal.
  • In the case of a medium or deep chemical peel, there may even be blister formation (takes around a week or two to heal).
  • A person is also expected to avoid exposure to sun rays for quite a few months following the chemical peel. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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