Some Health Quaries & Answers

CORNY REMEDY :-

Q: My husband and I both have corns on our feet. His corns fell off after he applied corn caps. Mine did not even though I used the same caps. The caps keep falling off instead.


A: If the corn caps worked for your husband, trying the same brand makes sense. For self-treatment to be successful, the foot has to be dry when you apply the caps. Also, do not walk barefoot even in the house. When you have a bath, tie your leg in a plastic bag so that the caps do not get wet. You need to leave them on as long as possible.

Even though the lesions appear similar, in your case the diagnosis may be something else like warts. If they are still present after three months of self-treatment with corn plasters, consult a dermatologist and consider having them surgically removed.

HIS  FACE WAS PARALYZED :-

Q: My uncle was travelling in a car sitting next to the window. After he reached home he found that he could not move the right side of his face, or even close the eye. Is this a stroke?


A: This sounds more like “Bell’s palsy” than a stroke. It is an isolated paralysis of the facial nerve. It is common in persons between 15-60 years of age and in diabetics. It occurs because the facial nerve passes through a narrow bony canal in the ear before its branches enter the facial muscles. Exposure to cold can cause the nerve to swell up. It then becomes compressed. The pressure causes the paralysis. This can also occur as a result of an infection with the Herpes Simplex virus.

Treatment is with antiviral agents, steroids and physiotherapy. Recovery is usually complete.

POTTY TRAINING

Q: My six-year-old son has no control over his bowel movement. His pants and underwear are constantly soiled because part of the motion leaks out. It is not diarrhoea. This happens in school too, and it is becoming a problem.


A: If your son had control of his motion initially and has now lost it, he probably suffers from a condition called “encopresis”. It occurs when the child does not go to the toilet when he feels the urge. This results in chronic constipation. Once the rectum is full of impacted stools, liquid motion from above can leak out of the anus causing this problem.

Treatment of encopresis focuses on clearing the colon of retained, impacted stool and encouraging healthy bowel movement. This means training your son to go to the toilet as soon as the urge to defecate occurs. Also, try to send him to the toilet every day at a fixed time.

The diet should contain dietary fibre in the form of four to five helpings of fruits or vegetables a day.

DARK PATCHES

Q: I developed dark patches on my arms and legs. I went to one of the clinics advertised on television and they diagnosed macular amyloidosis (I don’t know what that is) and advised laser treatment. I am a bit nervous about this.

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A: Macular amyloidosis is a skin condition in which itchy lesions appear as flat dusky-brown or greyish spots that may eventually form patches of darkened skin. It is found symmetrically distributed over the upper back between the shoulder blades, on the chest, sometimes on the arms, and rarely on the legs.

The diagnosis has to be made after a biopsy. All dark patches are not macular amyloidosis (yours seem non-itchy) nor do they require expensive treatment like laser therapy. Go to a dermatologist, confirm the diagnosis and then start treatment. Usually anti histamines and topical steroids are tried initially. Do not believe everything said in advertisements on television.

CURE  FOR  PCOS

Q: My daughter has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Each time the doctor puts her on tablets, and she is alright for a few months. As soon as the treatment is discontinued, her periods become irregular.


A: PCOS occurs because of an inherited abnormal gene for food metabolism. As a result the sufferer tends to become obese, develop acne and have irregular periods. The gene will always be present. The tendency to manifest the gene can be controlled if —

* Your daughter jogs 40 minutes a day

* She maintains her BMI at 23 (BMI is weight divided by height in metre squared).

Pills or exercise — the choice is hers.

ATTEMPTED  RAPE

Q: A relative tried to rape me during my childhood. Now I have abdominal pain all the time. I think I have an infection.


A: Since you are worried, and with reason, test your blood for VDRL, HIV and HbAg. Also, do an ultrasound of the abdomen and pelvis. If all these are normal, you have nothing to worry about.

Move on with your life and forget the past. Almost 95 per cent women face unwelcome unwanted sexual advances at some time in their life. Take lessons in karate, Kung Fu or some other martial art. It will make you more confident and ensure nothing like that happens again.

Source: The Telegraph ( Kolkata, India)

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