The body's immune response to a foreign substance (allergen) that is otherwise not harmful to you is called allergy. The most common allergens are pollen, drugs, food, and mold. Allergic conditions include hay fever, atopic dermatitis, food allergies, asthma, and anaphylaxis.

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Is there anything to be worried in pregnancy test reports?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 weeks pregnant. I have done the following tests: CBC with PS, ESR (Westergren's method) and routine urine examination. Also, I have tested for a GCT single sample after taking 75 g of glucose and TSH. Recently, I have got Mcdonald stitch. My current medication is Folvite, Pixit, E...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have normocytic and normochromic anemia (attachment removed to protect patient identity), so you need to take Iron tablets regularly.The ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) can be high due to an allergic skin reaction or even presence of helminths, which may be ...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have pain in penis for a week after rough masturbation?

Query: Hi doctor, Seven days ago, I masturbated roughly and afterwards, I noticed my penis/genitals area in pain (burning sensation) around this area for seven days now. I also have noticed my groin/butt area gets really warm from sitting. I have noticed my urethra tip is red as well from seven days. I do ...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Subhash Pandya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This could also be an allergic manifestation. Since there are no urinary symptoms, urethritis is less likely. Is there any itching? Did you use any lubricating gel? Did you change any soap or detergent? Doxy covers chlamydia and other organisms for ureth...  Read Full »

I have a blocked, itching and running nose. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 22-year-old male. My height is 5 feet 6 inches, and my weight is around 60 kg. I have had a problem with my nose for the past two years. Currently, I am not taking any medicine. I have a blocked and runny nose at the same time. Whenever I eat food or go in the wind of a fan or AC...  Read Full »

Dr. Yogesh Kumar Sehrawat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have an allergy to external allergens like dust, pollens, powder, perfume, etc. All these trigger an inflammatory reaction that produces temporary blockage in the nose and respiratory tract, along with secretion, which tries to clear the allergens from the body i...  Read Full »

There are cracks in urinary meatus on erection. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor, I feel like my urinary meatus has changed over a longer period of time. It is sometimes red and irritated and I know this sounds weird but I think it has gotten longer. More specifically, in my opinion, there are cracks or tears that get especially visible when I have an erection. Kind...  Read Full »

Dr. Shahil Khant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Relax and do not worry. I have seen images sent by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As per me, the size of meatus is absolutely normal. Yes, in some images it appears dry and red with cracks. I think dryness is because of an allergic reaction to ...  Read Full »

Why does my kid get frequent colds?

Query: Hi doctor,My 4-year-old daughter is frequently suffering from colds. In turn, she develops a bacterial infection. In the last three months, she has had six bacterial infections. Her doctor gives her antibiotic medicines. She has a chronic cough now, and Budecort was suggested for three months for As...  Read Full »

Dr. Samreen A Urooj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through in detail regarding your daughter's problem. According to me, the reason for her frequent chest congestion and repeated cough is not her bacterial infection. It is because her allergy level is high. Although you do not have any asthmatic in the family...  Read Full »

I have itchy spots that are not clearing with treatment. Please take a look.

Query: Hello doctor, I have red itchy spots on chest, stomach, shoulder and a few on shins and itchy arms. I am being treated by my GP for a fungal infection. However, after two months of treatment it does not seem to be clearing and indeed the itching is worse. I have a further appointment with her next w...  Read Full »

Dr. Mansuri Uzzaif Usmangani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There can be many reasons for itchy red spots. I have viewed the files (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This does not seem like a fungal infection. This seems to be like an allergy to something which can be soap, plants, insect bite, etc. You are app...  Read Full »

What can be done to relieve blocked nose at night?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 73-year-old male. Due to nostril blockages at night, my sleep is limited to around two hours at a time. I then turn over and the other nostril blocks and get around two hours of sleep. I use an inhaler which works for a short while. Please advise what I can do. I usually get aro...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for your query. I understand your concerns. The nasal block is a common issue, and it is usually due to allergy and increase in the winter season. Also, there is Aspirin-induced nasal block and it should be excluded. I suggest Physiomer nasal spray before be...  Read Full »

I got a sore on my lips after sex. Is it related to HIV virus?

Query: Hello doctor,I had sex with my fiancee 14 days back without protection and it was her third day of period. Three days after having sex, I got a sore on my lips. I am confused that it happened because of cold or is it something else and from that time continuously, I have a sludge kind of cold. Pleas...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The lip outer layer is slightly red. It does not seem to be due to cold. It may be due to allergy. For the allergy, you can apply lip balm. I suggest taking tablet Recofast plus (Paraceta...  Read Full »

What causes persistent chest congestion?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5 years old. He is dealing with continuous chest congestion and coughing with change in season. Doctor suggested Foracort 100 for two to three months with two shots in the morning and two at night after using nebulization Levolin 1.25 mg and Budecort 1 mg in the past for ches...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First off all I would suggest you to carry out chest x-ray and complete blood count to rule out lung infection like bronchitis. Foracort is a combination of Budesonide, a corticosteroid and anti-inflammatory and Formoterol, a long-acting bronchodilator, used to...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment for a blocked nose due to an allergy.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a blocked nose. I have consulted a doctor and he told I am suffering from allergy and it is incurable. I am worried. Please guide me.  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concern. A blocked nose can be from an infection of upper respiratory tract also. If you have a fever and throat pain along with the blocked nose, then it is due to some infection. Allergy also caus...  Read Full »

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