Wrinkle on face
Q. I feel that my face is sagging and developing wrinkles. I think face-lifts are expensive and the side effects of Botox are frightening. Is there anything else I can do?
A . A recent scientific study has shown that facial exercises can delay sagging of the cheeks, reduce wrinkles and make you look up to three years younger. The exercises are available on the Internet and also taught as part of yoga. The face has muscles too, so like exercise gives your body overall fitness, your face can also get “fitter”.
Fight flu :
Q. My neighbor died of pneumonia after flu and I am scared.
A. The flu season started in September and is expected to continue till March. This year the strain is quite virulent. The flu vaccine, which needs to be taken every year, offers some degree of protection and also reduces the virulence of attacks. Antibiotics do not help in flu unless there is secondary infection. The antiviral oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu) reduces the severity of symptoms and the duration of illness by 2-3 days. It has to be started within 48 hours of infection. It has side effects like nausea and vomiting. Recovery can be hastened with rest, with the head end of the bed elevated, steam inhalations, gargling and hydration with plenty of liquids.
Q. My eyes are suddenly red, itchy, puffed and watery. I find light disturbing.
A. Red eye can be caused by viruses, bacteria or irritants such as shampoos, dirt and smoke. The diagnosis is made clinically. Soothing eye drops are usually all that is needed unless the infection is bacterial when antibiotic drops and ointment may be needed. The condition is very infectious, so wash your hands frequently.
Resources: The Telegraph ( India, Kolkata)