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Dr. Karan Thakkar - General Physician, Navi Mumbai

Dr. Karan Thakkar

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MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS

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Dr. Karan Thakkar is one of the best General Physicians in Rabale - NaviMumbai, Navi Mumbai. He has over 8 years of experience as a General Physician. He is a qualified MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS. You can consult Dr. Karan Thakkar at The Family Medicine Clinic in Rabale - NaviMumbai, Navi Mumbai. Save your time and book an appointment online with Dr. Karan Thakkar on Lybrate.com.

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MD - Pharmacology - J J Hospital - 2013
ECFMG certified - USMLE - 2012
MBBS - Sion Hospital - 2008
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Intern at Sion Hospital
JJ ahospital at Resident Doctor
Ghansoli Urban Health Post- NMMC at Medical Officer
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Lymph node swelling in the neck/ arm pit/ groin - should you be worried?

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Lymph node swelling in the neck/ arm pit/ groin - should you be worried?

Lymph channels and lymph nodes are body's drainage system in a way. In a case of any infection/ inflammation in some part of the body, the draining lymph nodes in that region swell up. They usually return back to their normal size in 1-2 weeks.

Please contact your doctor if:

1. Lymph node swelling is present for more than 3 weeks.

2. There is ulceration of overlying skin or drainage of pus.

3. You have experienced weight loss of more than 10%.

4. You are having fever which may be accompanied by night sweats.

5. You have a past history of tuberculosis.

6. Your age is more than 40-50 years.

Some causes of lymph node swelling:

1. Local bacterial infection

2. Tuberculosis

3. Cancer

4. Hiv

The last two are rare causes but it is important to rule them out early by proper medical consultation and biopsy if required.

Relation Between Central Obesity and Cardiovascular Mortality in People of Normal Weight

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Relation Between Central Obesity and Cardiovascular Mortality in People of Normal Weight
Researchers have found that central obesity is a risk factor for mortality even among individuals with normal body mass index. The results also suggest that waist to hip ratio might be a better marker than bmi for mortality risk. As noted by the authors, bmi is a measure of both lean and fat mass, whereas whr is associated with visceral fat accumulation, which has a stronger association with adverse metabolic profile than does bmi alone.
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Sir, I am 51, male suffering from chronic problem and constipation. Kindly advice me about diet which can ease my problem and have free motion daily without side effects.

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Sir, I am 51, male suffering from chronic problem and constipation. Kindly advice me about diet which can ease my pro...
You should have plenty if water every day - up to 5-6 liters per day at least. Eat more fruits and vegetables. You may try to eat boiled or sprouted moong.
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Effective way of using online medical consultation

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Effective way of using online medical consultation
Dear ladies and gentlemen,

In this modern age of it revolution virtually everything has become possible online, including medical consultation. Like a coin has two sides, there are pros and cons for online medical consultation. If used appropriately and judiciously it can definitely improve healthcare outreach.

Medicine is science and art. It requires years of training and experience to become a good doctor. Diagnosis requires knowledge of not only the disease but also of a lot of other personal, familial, environmental information related to the patient. Hence, whenever asking for a medical opinion online please be sure to describe your problem in detail and include information about the following:
1. Age, gender, weight and height
2. Marital status, occupation
3. Brief family history - any deaths, high blood pressure/diabetes/tb/ asthma
4. Personal history including diet (veg/non-veg), sleep, addictions, bladder-bowel problems, etc.
5. Medical history - any current or past diseases, past surgeries or hospital admissions, any medications, any allergies (this is very important).
6. Current medical problem description: time since problem started, how did it start, is continuous or episodic, what makes it better or worse, location, relation to time of day, nature of the problem (for eg. Pain - dull or sharp or electric current like), any treatment taken or reports conducted, how does it affect your daily work and life and other relevant details.

Also, please make it a point to answer all the questions asked by the doctor and follow up. By doing this you will be able to derive optimum benefit of online consulting.

Wish everyone a healthy life!
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Sir, From 2 days when I watch t. V. And work to computer then suddenly water is coming from my eyes and my eyes become red, what should I do please tell me ?

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Dear, avoid watching t. V/ working on computer for prolonged periods of time. Also, don't forget to blink regularly. Your symptoms can be explained by eye strain and dry eyes. Meanwhile you can use moisol eye drops. 2 drops 3 times a day at least for 10 days.
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Many of us today have jobs which require extended periods of sitting

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Many of us today have jobs which require extended periods of sitting. Is it good for us? Definitely not.

Research has shown that sitting for prolonged durations has many dangerous effects on our body in the long term.

1) On your back -
The problem: sitting for long hours can cause muscle aches and pains. It can also lead to abnormal bending of your spine which may make one more prone to have long term back pain.
The solution: keep your back straight and maintain proper posture.

2) On your weight -
The problem: according to a recent research, people who say they watch television frequently are 40 per cent less likely to exercise than non-tv watchers.
The solution: get up and get moving.

3) On your brain
The problem: researchers recently found that prolonged session of watching tv before going to bed makes it harder to fall asleep, reduces sleep, and makes one groggy the next day, even after clocking eight hours of sleep. The reason is that the blue light which the television emits, inhibits the release of melatonin, a hormone that helps you go to sleep.
The solution: limit your tv viewing to two hours after work.

4) On your lungs
The problem: among the many health hazards it causes, sitting for long hours can also shrink your lung capacity by a third, so you get less oxygen, which causes a decrease in mental focus the second you sit on the couch.
The solution: sit on a chair with a pillow behind your lower back. It is a position that helps open your lungs.

5) On your heart
The problem: An international study found out that on an average, every single hour of television watching after 25 reduces life expectancy by close to 22 minutes.
The solution: researchers have discovered little mortality risk for people who watch less than an hour a day. Pick a show that's a real brain numbing deal, so you're more likely to need time between episodes.
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MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
This health tip is those who consume alcohol (whiskey, vodka, rum, beer, wine etc.)

Those who don't consume alcohol please continue the the healthy habit of avoiding alcohol.

Those who do consume alcohol, please try to avoid it, if you cannot do that, at least follow the below mentioned steps to minimize the damage:

1. All forms of alcohol are super high on calories, especially beer. One can of beer has as many calories as one serving of biryani. So, avoid beer and mixing alcohol with soft drinks and juices. Instead, have neat or with water/soda.

2. Don't consume more than 1.5 to 2 pegs (60ml) in a day.

3. Keep a gap of at least 2-3 days in between two drinking sessions to let your liver recover from the alcohol induced damage.

4. Have small amounts of alcohol empty stomach. This is in contrast to what others say. When had empty stomach, alcohol is absorbed faster and better. Thus, small amount of alcohol will give you the effect. But never have large amounts (more than 60ml) empty stomach or it can lead to serious problems.

4. Avoid binge drinking, that is drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short time. For example, if a person only has alcohol on weekends but drinks more than 2-3 pegs at a time, it can be dangerous, especially for the pancreas. Instead of binge drinking once a week, it is better to have 1.5 pegs thrice a week.

5. If you drink frequently and heavily, consume Cap 2B12 twice a day for a month and then continue taking one capsule once a day.

6. Alcohol dehydrates and draws vitamins and minerals out of your body. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

7. Have no more than one drink per hour. "One drink" means one 360ml beer (5%), one 150ml glass of wine, or one 45 ml of 40% alcohol, per hour.

8. Don't drink and drive.
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When I get angry my heart rate and pulse rate increases. What should I do to stop it?

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
When I get angry my heart rate and pulse rate increases. What should I do to stop it?
As the other doctor has said it is a physiological and normal process. but you can control your anger and how your body reacts to it. try to recognise the things that get you angry and imagine one such situation in your mind and tell yourself to calm down and that you will not get angry. there are many other ways of dealing with anger . meditation and relaxation techniques are some of them.
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Dear sir, I am 60 year old male. I am facing the erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation problems. Kindly suggest me the tests for the above problems and please advice me what should I do? regards.

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Dear sir, I am 60 year old male. I am facing the erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation problems. Kindly sugg...
Dear, in a large number of cases of erectile dysfunction there co exist cardiovascular disease. So, I suggest you undergo a screening for that. If you already have high blood pressure or diabetes, proper treatment and selection of medicines is very important because some medication themselves cause ed.
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MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Keep blood sugar control tight and add years to your life

Keeping blood sugar levels under good control for many years can reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, heart failure or amputation by about 17 percent among type 2 diabetics, a key study has revealed.

A long-term target hba1c average of about 7-8 was found beneficial.

Hemoglobin a1c (hba1c) test gives the average blood sugar status of last 3 months.

For anyone with type 2 diabetes, a growing body of research supports the idea of taking four medications to help their hearts: metformin to control blood sugar, a statin to control cholesterol and other blood lipids, a blood pressure medication and aspirin.

This quartet of drugs, combined with proper diet and exercise, and quitting of smoking, could help millions of people stave off heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and amputations.

The results were reported in the new england journal of medicine.
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MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
How many hours should you sleep?

A new study offers the perfect amount of time to sleep in order to rest healthy.

According to today, a study done by the american academy of sleep medicine and the sleep research society says that sleeping 7 hours a night is the healthy amount.

If someone sleeps more than 9 or 10 hours and still does not feel refreshed, they should go and see a doctor.

He study finds that" people who regularly get less than 7 hours of sleep experience many health problems, including weight gain, hypertension, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.

Sleep deprivation can also cause people to feel less alert and experience confused thinking and mood swings"

Sleep well to live well. This is not a matter of opinion. There is strong science behind it.

I have pain in legs after taking bath in cold water. Sometimes in hot too. What is its cause? what should I do?

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
I have pain in legs after taking bath in cold water. Sometimes in hot too. What is its cause? what should I do?
Dear, could you please describe your pain is it a dull aching pain or a sharp shooting pain? is it also associated with pale and cool skin of your feet followed by increased redness and warm feet? do you also have such problems in your hands? when else do you get pain in your legs is there any swelling? you have shiny skin on your feet and legs with absent or decrease hair? what relieve the pain? also kindly mention if you have any medical or surgical history, your age, height, weight any allergies? pain in hands and legs after exposure to cold could be as a result of raynauds phenomenon.
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My mother is actually suffering from sugar and have pain in back. She have high sugar.

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
My mother is actually suffering from sugar and have pain in back. She have high sugar.
Dear,first of all we need to see that hey sugar under control then we need to find out the cause of her back pain please describe the pain is it doll making or sharp shooting? does it also go anywhere else other than the back? is it associated with tingling or numbness of the feet? is it associated with any problems of passing urine or passing stools? what causes the pain or increases the pain and what relieves it? depending on your answers the different causes could be: muscular pain, spinal disc disease, vitamin d deficiency, etc.
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I am 52 years and have shoulder pain and light chest pain since one week. Any advice please.

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
I am 52 years and have shoulder pain and light chest pain since one week. Any advice please.
Could you describe the chest pain : Location? Is it sharp localized or heaviness with pressure. Does it also go to the shoulder, jaw or back. Do you have any burning in chest or regurgitation of food. Do you also have breathlessness? When do you get pain. What relieves the pain. It is very important to rule out chest pain due to heart problem by answering the above questions and by doing an ECG. Bone and joint problems can wait. Also, do you have history of any heart disease, diabetes, increased cholesterol, family history of any of these diseases. Do you smoke,drink or use tobacco? What is/was your occupation?
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Hello doctor, greetings. I am 29 year old male. I am having problem of motions after breakfast. I also went to toilet morning 6.30 to 7.00. But after my breakfast also I am going to toilet again. Is this any serios problem? thanks in advance.

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Dear, There could be a number of reasons for your problem: 1. Mal-absorption diarrhea 2. Lactose intolerance 3. Infection 4. Nervous diarrhea Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a diagnosis we can consider if we rule out all other possible causes. To help you better, please give the following information: Height and weight History of medical diseases or surgical procedures Any addictions Diet - Veg/Non-veg Milk consumption Allergies Any lab reports done recently Occupation Any recent stressors Also describe you symptoms: Frequency of stool Volume and quantity of stools Time of occurrence?night or day Duration of symptoms Nature of stools ?Presence of blood or mucous ?Consistency of stool ?Presence of fat or undigested foods ?Color of stools Drug history Travel history Recent food history Associated gastrointestinal symptoms ?Pain, nausea, vomiting, jaundice Systemic symptoms ?Fever, chills, weight loss, anorexia, arthritis
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MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Seven tips to help you sleep better.

1. Stick to a sleep schedule
Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. Being consistent reinforces your body's sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night. But if you don't fall asleep within about 15 minutes, get up and do something relaxing. Go back to bed when you're tired. Don?t agonize over falling asleep, you might find it even tougher to nod off.

2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink
Don't go to bed either hungry or stuffed. Your discomfort might keep you up. Also limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive middle-of-the-night trips to the toilet. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality sleep. And even though alcohol might make you feel sleepy at first, it can disrupt sleep later in the night.

3. Create a bedtime ritual
Do the same things each night to tell your body it's time to wind down. This might include taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, or listening to soothing music ? preferably with the lights dimmed.

4. Get comfortable
Create a room that's ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your

5. Limit daytime naps
Long daytime naps can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you choose to nap during the day, limit yourself to about 10 to 30 minutes and make it during the mid-afternoon.

6. Include physical activity in your daily routine
Regular physical activity can promote better sleep, helping you to fall asleep faster and to enjoy deeper sleep. But don?t exercise too close to bedtime, or you might be too energized to fall asleep.

7. Manage stress
To help restore peace, consider healthy ways to manage stress. Start with the basics, such as getting organized, setting priorities and delegating tasks. Give yourself permission to take a break when you need one. Share a good laugh with an old friend.

Know when to contact your doctor
Nearly everyone has an occasional sleepless night ? but if you often have trouble sleeping, contact your doctor. Identifying and treating any underlying causes can help you get the better sleep you deserve.

This article was published on the Mayo Clinic website.
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Disrupted sleep can make you obese

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Disrupted sleep can make you obese:

A bad night's sleep can affect our ability to perform daily chores, leading to excessive food intake in both kids and adults, researchers from University of Nebraska-Lincoln have found.

After a disrupted sleep, the hormone controlling appetite is affected, emotional stress is greater and more food is desired to compensate for lack of energy and impulsive behaviour.

All of these factors affect the amount of food that you will consume in a day.

Food intake is driven by biological, emotional, cognitive and environmental factors.

Disrupted sleep could lead to long-term chronic health damage in both adults and children.

It is important for people to be aware so that if they are suffering from lack of sleep, they can take greater care to consider the quality and quantity of food that they are consuming.

The paper was published in the Journal of Health Psychology.
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I don't know if I am allergic to something. I am suffering from kinda dry cough from past 6 months. I have tried natural remedies and consulted couple of doctors but still I have the same problem. I want some advise from the doctors if I have to consult a good ent specialist. I feel something is itchy in my throat.

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
In addition to the tests mentioned in the previous response, also get a sputum test for AFB (I realise that you mentioned dry cough but there are ways to induce sputum and if available the first sputum sample after waking up in the morning is best ) The possible causes could be allergic cough, Pulmonary eosinophilia, TB, Asthma, GERD etc.
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MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Snoring ? The Not So Silent Killer

A good night sleep is important for good health and longevity. How many hours of sleep should one have? - this question has been answered numerous times. The ?quantity? of sleep is mostly what is talked about. What about the ?quality? of sleep? Quality of sleep is equally important. One of the common factors adversely affecting the quality of sleep is ?sleep apnea?. Let us see what that is.

People snore because there is an obstruction to breathing while asleep. This leads to a drop in the oxygen levels in the blood during sleep. There is a decrease in supply of oxygen to the vital organs like the brain, heart and lungs. Over a period of time this results in damage at the cellular level in various organs leading to pulmonary hypertension, i.E, increase in blood pressure in the lungs, systemic hypertension and increased chances of death from heart attacks and strokes, besides a number of other problems like diminished concentration, tiredness and fatigue and a general feeling of ill health.

There have been some cases where the blood pressure has been normalized by managing the sleep apnea without anti hypertensive drugs. We came across the case of a 22 year old male, normal weight, no history of smoking, tobacco or alcohol consumption, suffering from hypertension. On further review of his case, we came across the possibility of him suffering from sleep apnea. We advised him to alter his sleeping position. After about 3 months, his blood pressure had normalized. Having said that, I would like to emphasize that by no means should any individual stop his/her medicines and such decisions are better left to doctors after adequate review.

You should be concerned if you have/ are one or more of the below:
1. Snore
2. Are overweight/ obese
3. Suffer from hypertension.
4. Hypertension occurring in young individuals
5. Case of hypertension not responding to standard medicines at standard doses.
6. Systemic hypertension with pulmonary hypertension
7. Feel tired/drowsy/have difficulty in concentrating even after a full night sleep.


The treatment of sleep apnea could be surgical or non surgical depending on the degree and the cause of sleep apnea and obstruction. Mild cases may be treated by a simple sleep position alteration and others might require CPAP ventilation during sleep (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). So the options for treatment are:
1. CPAP ventilation
2. Sleep position alteration
3. Oral orthotic devices
4. Surgery

What can you do if you snore:
1. Avoid alcohol, sedative drugs and drugs that depress respiration, at or near bed time.
2. One of the following sleeping positions might help relieve the airway obstruction and thereby take care of the sleep apnea ? sleeping on ones side or sleeping with the head end of the bed at an angle of 30- 40o from the horizontal.
3. Shed some pounds and get in shape.
4. Consult a doctor and tell him about your snoring and concern about sleep apnea.
5. Get a polysomnography done (better to get it done after proper evaluation from a doctor).
6. Try to maintain a regular sleeping schedule.


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I am a 34 year old male. I am continuously having lethargic days. I am tired almost all the time. My night sleep is also very disturbed.

MD - Pharmacology, ECFMG certified , MBBS
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
I am a 34 year old male. I am continuously having lethargic days. I am tired almost all the time. My night sleep is a...
Do you snore? You can ask your wife or any person who sleeps in the same room about it. Your depression could also be responsible. In that case, you may need adjustment of your medication. Since when are you taking Lamez 100 ? Please give a detailed medical history.
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