Cigarette smoking can result in a lot of adverse effects on your health. It can result in vision problems, damage the lungs, cause infertility, deep vein thrombosis, erectile dysfunction, premature aging, and can increase the risk of heart attack and angina, diabetes, and cancer.
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Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a sore throat and ear pain. I have lots of lumps in the back of my throat. I had Amoxicillin and gastro-resistant tablets. I have a previous history of GERD. I am terrified that I have throat cancer. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are having posterior pharyngeal wall hypertrophy. This is due to chronic post-nasal drip. Do you feel some difficulty while swallowing? What medicines have you been taking so far? Do you have a history of smoking? Please follow up with the required information to sug... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37 year old male. I am suffering from polycythemia for the last two years. My Hb is 19.17 and HCT is 51.9. The doctors informed me that it is all due to smoking. Is there any serious problem with me? What will you suggest? Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chronic smoking can lead to heart failure, chronic lung disease, etc., and hence, polycythemia occurs. It is called secondary polycythemia. With the treatment, the prognosis is good in secondary polycythemia. But, polycythemia can occur as primary polycythemia as well, an... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I have been very worried about my health lately. I would like to preface this by saying that I have been experiencing anxiety off late and I have a suspicion that some of these symptoms could be related to that. I am currently weaning off of Prednisone, which I have been taking for an all... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. I want to clarify details regarding who advised you to start Prednisone, and for how long have you been on it as this a drug which suppresses your immunity and causes a secondary infection. Care should be take... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor,Part of my tongue seems to have lost some papillae. I have attached some pictures. Is this something to worry about? I take Nexium 40 mg daily. Kindly give your opinion. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the images attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The tongue will definitely be affected by tobacco usage or by drinking wine (alcohol consumption in any form will have an impact). Also, Nexium (Esomeprazole) 40 mg is used f... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor,I am very scared at the moment and looking for someone who may understand best what I am going through. I have been sober for a week now, after having gone through a pretty intense binge for ten days. This landed me in the hospital. I went to a mental health facility for six days and ha... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. However, it is impossible for me to conclusively establish whether it is neuropathy or anxiety, but the available description suggests anxiety. My opinion is based on the facts such as: 1) Peripheral neuropathy de... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 56 years old and weighs around 58 kg. She is having chest symptoms while walking fast and also has a cold. Her heartbeat is also little high. I got her ECG done, can you please tell if anything is wrong with the ECG? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the ECG result attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it is normal without changes. Her heart rate is also normal, and normal heart rate is 60 to 90 bpm. When you say chest symptom, do you mean chest pain? Is it accompanied b... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, My mother has vesicoureteral reflux, which was diagnosed 20 years ago. At that time, her left kidney was functioning 27 % and her right kidney 72 %. She is getting tired and she is a heavy drinker and smoker. Should I be concerned for her? She does not want to see a doctor. Is her cond... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is strongly advised that your mother gets a kidney function tests like serum creatinine, blood urea, and nitrogen. She should at least try to reduce her smoking and drinking, as it would further contribute to the worsening of the kidney function. If possible, she shoul... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male, who weighs 78 kg and is 180 cm tall. I do not consume alcohol, but smoke two cigarettes per day. Since the past few years, I feel my heartbeats are very strong. I can feel my heartbeat all the time. I have consulted three cardiologists already for this problem. ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are feeling your heartbeats because of your enlarged and thickened heart. Thickening of the heart is typically seen in athletes. The heart size increases to cope with the increased stress, it is called as physiological cardiac hypertrophy. As a result, the heart ... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor,About a month ago, I felt pain in the back of my calves when I stood up and walked. Over the past month, this pain (stinging and about level two) goes to the front of my calves, front and back of my thighs, sometimes reaching all the way to my buttocks and lower back. My regular doctor is ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry for the problem you are facing. Let me try and proceed towards the condition, if possible, by asking you few questions. 1) Is the pain unilateral or bilateral that is in one or both limbs involved? 2) Is the pain occurs after walking a certain distance be... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, My nine-old daughter is having a bad hacking cough for a week. She has asthma and a slight heart murmur. She has a habit of smoking for two years. She is spitting a lot of phlegm. She is using inhalers. What to do? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your daughter has a habit of smoking at an early state. She needs to stop it to have relief from cough. No one should smoke inside her room or close to her. Please mention whether she gets cough frequently during night time. Please mention... Read Full »
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