Hereditary Diseases

Hereditary diseases are diseases that are inherited genetically. They are passed from one generation to another through their defective genes and run in families. Cancer, stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, dementia, and diabetes are some diseases that can be inherited.

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Is there a way to prevent little moles from coming all over my body?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old girl and I am starting to notice little moles all over my body. Nothing unusual or worrisome. My mother and grandmother are also covered in moles so I guess I should have expected it. My question is, is there a way that I can prevent them from coming in or at least ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These are not moles. These are called dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN). It a genetic condition, runs in families. These have to be removed individually. Options are: Radiofrequency caute...  Read Full »

Can I have G6PD deficiency if my siblings have it?

Query: Hi,I am a very fit person with a healthy lifestyle. All my brothers and sisters have had hereditary G6PD since birth. I have never been tested. I have no allergies or any issues. But if this condition is genetic, do I have it too?   Read Full »


Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. G6PD (Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency) test is indicated in newborn infants with jaundice. The test is not mandatory for all newborns. G6PD deficient people may develop a particular type of anemia called hemo...  Read Full »

Can Biotin help my 36-year-old husband cure hereditary baldness?

Query: Hello, My 36-year-old husband weighs around 77 kgs and has a height of 5 ' 8 ". He is not under any medications and does not have any other complaints. However, he is suffering from androgenic alopecia and hereditary baldness. He is only on the medication Finasteride. Can Biotin help with hair growt...  Read Full »


Dr. Barve Vaibhav Saidas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are right; Biotin can help in hair growth. I have the following suggestions for your husband- 1. He must eat a protein-rich natural diet. 2. He can take cap Follihair (Biotin, Iron, l-cysteine, Manganese, Copper, Selenium, L-lysine, Zi...  Read Full »

Which disease can cause a child to suddenly lose the ability to walk?

Query: Dear doctor, My father-in-law had a son. He grew up like a normal child till the age of around 10 to 12 years. Suddenly, he was diseased and he was not able to walk properly and after some days, he completely lost power in both the legs and permanently lost his ability to walk. Could you tell me wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is likely that he could be suffering from one of the types of muscular dystrophy. It is most of the time, X-chromosome linked. Usually, the male children get affected and the females are carriers. For further queries, post a detailed history and ask a doctor online...  Read Full »

I have keratoconus in both eyes. Kindly advise on my planning for pregnancy.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27 years old. I got my eyes checked recently and came to know that I am suffering from keratoconus. Both my eyes are damaged. I got my right eye treated and left yet to be done. I have done research on keratoconus and came to know that the cause of this disorder is unknown, but ...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Keratoconus is a genetic disease, and it depends on both the parents. As you did not show any inheritance, there may be chances that your kids will not show it. Moreover, your husband does not have it, so you are on a safer side. But there is...  Read Full »

Should I get my heart checked as a heart attack runs in my family?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old female. My father who is 65 years old has suffered from two very severe heart attacks, one recently and another two years back. His father and brother both died in their 50s from heart attacks. Is heart attack genetic? Should my son and I get tested?  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, heart attack has a genetic component coupled with environmental elements like lifestyle, etc. Your chance of acquiring it depends on both of your parents. Likewise, your son acquiring it depends on you and your husband. But you are at an increased risk, so you...  Read Full »

I married my first cousin. Will my child be affected genetically?

Query: Hi doctor, I have married my first cousin, daughter of my maternal uncle. I would like to know, will there be any genetic issue with our future kid. What are the things we need to take care off? Do we need to take any test? Could you please give some guidance on this. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Megha Tuli Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your situation. Genetic disorders are more likely in such marriages. I am not trying to scare you but if there is any familial disease in your family it would be good to get it checked in early pregnancy. Any autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, any ...  Read Full »

Is polydactyly hereditary?

Query: Hello doctor,My 55 years old father has six fingers in the right hand. He has an extra finger near the thumb. My sister and I have five fingers on each hand. What are the chances that my sister's child will have six fingers in a hand? Will they have any other abnormality? Could there be any other po...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. Polydactyly (extra finger), is usually autosomal dominant but it could be autosomal recessive in some cases. Normally, half of the progeny from the affected parent has polydactyly. But in your case, since both the son and daughter did not have an ex...  Read Full »

How to increase head size?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old girl, and I am 5.7 feet tall. My head circumference is 53 cm and only 6 inches long. As you probably understand from those facts that my head is extremely small. Compared to my body my head looks tiny. It also looks small when compared to other girls who are my age...  Read Full »


Dr. Swaraj Waddankeri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have few questions for you as follows. At what age did you start getting your period? Have you ever had any hormonal evaluation? Do anyone in your family (mother, sister, or aunts) have a similar problem? Revert with more information to an endocrinologist online --&g...  Read Full »

Can vitiligo be passed on to children and grandchildren?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a doubt regarding vitiligo condition. My father-in-law has vitiligo and he is 60 years old now. He has 2 sons and 1 daughter. Daughter is married and having two kids. None of the above have this condition. Is there any chance of getting vitiligo to his sons or to his grandchildre...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you are concerned. There is a definitive genetic component in vitiligo and if someone is affected by it, he is more likely to transmit it to his kids than a person who does not have it. There are 4 to 5 times more chances of getting vitiligo than ge...  Read Full »

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