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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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Please explain the odd in my chest x-ray and liver scan report.

Query: Hi doctor, I am done with my chest x-ray. But, I am worried and I do not want to wait a week for my doctor's opinion. So, I have attached it. Please convey your opinion. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your chest x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The lung fields are clear. There is no abnormal fluid collection in the chest cavity. The heart and rib cage are also normal. In conclusion, your chest x-ray is normal as visualize...  Read Full »

My fiance is under bipolar treatment and has the habit of smoking. Is this dangerous?

Query: Hello doctor, My fiance is suffering from bipolar disorder, and he is in treatment for the same for the past six months. He had the habit of smoking and drinking. In between, he had taken some drugs also. He was in the hospital for 45 days. Now he has medicine, but he started smoking again. Is this...  Read Full »

Dr. Anil Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bipolar disorder and drug abuse are very closely related and are often present together. The reason is that in the phase of mania, patients are involved in pleasure seeking activities and using drugs is one of them. On the other hand, in the depressive phase, patients ...  Read Full »

My friend had trouble breathing for two weeks due to water in her lungs. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My friend had trouble breathing for two weeks and when she visited the local hospital it was discovered that she had water in her lungs. She did smoke cigarettes before being diagnosed with water in her lungs, and she has received pills for the same. Today she had an appointment with ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern The water in the lungs can be due to infection, or cardiac reasons. Ideally, the water in the lungs (pleural fluid) should be treated unless it naturally resolves on its own. Take the prescribed medication as advised to remove the water...  Read Full »

I have an increased hemoglobin count. Is it due to smoking cigarettes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a hemoglobin count of 17.8 gm/dl in my last blood test and I had 17.2, 15, and 14.4 gm/dl in my previous test results. I smoked two cigarettes per day for the last three months but I stopped smoking a month before. What condition is mine? I do not have any symptoms. Kindly su...  Read Full »

Dr. Ighodalo Nathan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your question. I presume you are referring to hemoglobin by Hb. Your blood hemoglobin is mildly elevated at 17.2 mg/dl. This most likely occurred because of your recent history of cigarette smoking for three months. I must commend you for stopping...  Read Full »

My mother is having vesicoureteral reflux. Is it a life-threatening condition?

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 »

Dr. Kulkarni Rahul Suresh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is strongly advised that your mothergets 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 shou...  Read Full »

What can be done to heal the prolonged throat infection associated with the breathing difficulty I have?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42 year old male. I had a seizure episode about 15 years ago and skin tuberculosis, for which I was hospitalized and treated. I was not on any kind of medications until a year later. But during that period, I was unable to concentrate on my sales job. I could not speak fluently ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rathee Rahul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, I can understand your concern. Here are the facts and the solution for your queries: Firstly, you seem to be taking too many medicines since too long, which is not a good thing because every medicine has its side effects. You are suffering from allergic bronchi...  Read Full »

I have a habit of smoking and have slight pain while swallowing food in my lower throat. Is there a possibility of cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am getting slight pain while swallowing food in my lower throat. I smoke half a cigarette a day. When I started, I used to smoke 5 or 6 in a day for a year. Later I quit smoking but started again after a year. Now for a year, I have been smoking half or one cigarette a day. I smoke w...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. The quantum of cigarettes you must have smoked throughout in your life till now is quite alarming and significant for your age. Although it is unlikely that you have cancer at your age, we can never rule it out compl...  Read Full »

Is leukoplakia curable?

Query: Hello doctor, My father went to a dentist as he had white patches in his gums and mouth. The dentist told that it is an oral leukoplakia. He asked him to stop smoking immediately. It is a serious condition which can turn into cancer. He advised stopping smoking for three months. After that, he can s...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Leukoplakia is a premalignant lesion. This means that it is not cancer yet and can be reversed. And hence there is no need to worry about staging. If your father stops smoking, it should regress with time. And later if required, some medication can be given to furthe...  Read Full »

I have raised white lines in my mouth that I can scrape. Is it leukoplakia?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to the ENT for a sore throat. He ended up saying I have leukoplakia. It is mainly in the gap where I am missing the tooth. He said it was in other areas around my lower gum but it pretty much wiped off of there. I then went to my dentist who said it was not leukoplakia. I then went...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is not at all a type of leukoplakia as seen in the picture. But, if you are a smoker, then I would recommend you stop smoking. It seems to be just hyperkeratinization of the oral mucosa which ca...  Read Full »

I have a hard lump in my mouth. Do I require biopsy?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a hard lump in my mouth since yesterday. There is very little pain, but I am freaking out about this because I used to chew tobacco and smoke for three years but clean since last one year. So, please, can you confirm if I require a biopsy?  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern since it is a hard lump. But, since you are saying that it is just one day old, it cannot be a chronic problem. Any form of oral cancer or precancerous condition takes some time to show. I would like to ask a few questions. Are you sure it j...  Read Full »

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