Applying hot water with the help of a cloth, sponge, or rubber bag on any part of the body is called hot fomentation. The heat from the hot water helps in improving the blood circulation in the area of its application, which makes the muscles in that area relax and soothe.
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Could you tell me the underlying cause for sciatica?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been recently diagnosed with sciatica. I have some difficulty in walking. I am having Tramadol and Paracetamol for pain relief but they are not helping much. Could you tell me the underlying cause? Will I require a walking aid? Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com. As you must be aware by now, sciatica is a term used when a person experiences radiating leg pain due to some pressure on the nerves. Assessment will include intensity of back pain, intensity of leg pain, the distance you walk without any requirement of analgesic and deta... Read Full »
How to treat left shoulder pain and arm pain in a diabetic patient?
Query: Hello doctor, My mom is a diabetic for the past 10 years. She takes Glimidib MV2 SR and insulin Insuman Comb 25. Yesterday, she did sugar levels before breakfast it is 294 and post it is 334. She has been having pain in the left shoulder and the arm, since March 2020. We have been in consultation w... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I have seen the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I have treated many such patients with adhesive capsulitis and cervical spondylitis. I would like to suggest initial management for your mother and she will require a good follow up of the... Read Full »
I have a sudden formation of a painful, burning bump or swelling in my second toe. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a sudden formation of a painful, burning bump or swelling in my second toe on my left foot that has lasted for a day. I am attaching pictures of it. Kindly suggest. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the pictures attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), swelling is present in the left foot's second toe. You have mentioned the duration of the swelling in the left toe, which is one day only. Are you taking any antibiotics for the swelli... Read Full »
I have pain in my lower back in the lumbar region, and it feels comfortable to use a pillow beneath the feet. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, I have had pain in my lower back in the lumbar region for the past six months. I have severe pain during sleep. It feels comfortable to use a pillow beneath my feet. I do physiotherapy exercises at home, but I did not do them regularly, and in the last few weeks, I performed exercises in ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you follow the following instructions to relieve your lower back pain: 1. Avoid lifting heavy objects. 2. Avoid arching your back. Instead, bend your knees to pick something from the floor. 3. Avoid sitting for long hours. 4. Avoid two-wheeler rides. 5... Read Full »
How does spondylolisthesis affect pregnancy?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old dance fitness instructor. I came to know that I have grade 2 spondylolisthesis of L5-S1. I do not experience severe pain. But, in the case of heavy jerk or periods, it pains in the lower back. I have reduced my activity since I know the issue. Also, I am on regular thy... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your spondylolisthesis will not cause any significant problems for childbirth except pain. The pain that you experience will be slightly more as compared to normal individuals.Do not worry. Please do all heavy activities like dancing under utmost care, but do not lift hea... Read Full »
Why do I have knee pain after wearing high heels?
Query: Hi doctor, I have pain in my knees and around the ankles, since the last two weeks. It all started when I walked around in high-heeled shoes one day. After that, I got my periods and the pain got aggravated. The pain has decreased, but is still quite bad. Also, I recently went to get a Pap test done... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is unfortunate that you are suffering from knee pain and it got aggravated by periods. Any pain already present can get aggravated with menses. The best thing to do now is rest and avoiding straining the same muscles. I suggest you try hot fomentation, analgesi... Read Full »
Why am I having dry eyes after LASIK surgery?
Query: Hi doctor, Seven months ago I had LASIK surgery on my eyes and I still have dry eyes especially after taking a shower everything becomes so dry. My eyes, ears, even nose, and vagina. I went to a dermatologist who prescribed Accutane, Vitamin A for my acne. Then he said that he cannot prescribe it un... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Dry eyes after LASIK surgery are a common side-effect, more so if you have had dry eyes before surgery. You can continue using your moisturizing eye drops for three to five times, it will not cause you any harm. The dryness in your eyes will reduce overtime. In addition... Read Full »
My tongue and lip are numb nine hours after a tooth was removed. What to do?
Query: Hello doctor, I just removed one wisdom tooth on my right side. It has been nine hours and the half of my tongue, lip and teeth are numb. What should I do? Is this permanent? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have been through your query. The numbness you are feeling is because of transient mandibular nerve palsy, which is the most common complication of the inferior alveolar nerve block. So, do not panic. It will be alright within 24 hours. You can put hot sand in a cl... Read Full »
I have a pimple sort of red bump in my vagina. Can I wait for it to go away on its own?
Query: Hello doctor,I have a pimple-like red bump inside my labia minora outside the vaginal opening. It is scary because my thoughts are roaming around the word cancer, just like any other person. This is the first time I have had a pimple inside the V. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and image (attachments removed to protect patient identity) and I understand your concern. It is simple folliculitis; no need to worry about it. It will go away on its own. You should do some hot fomentation and antibiotics if req... Read Full »
How to manage rheumatoid arthritis until I meet a specialist?
Query: Hello doctor, My primary care physician said that I might have RA. My ESR rate was 27, my CRP was 14.1, and my CCP antibody IgG was 500. What does this mean? I have heard a high CCP result could indicate more aggression in my RA if that is what I have. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, the chances of having RA (rheumatoid arthritis) or developing it are high. Anti-CCP antibodies are associated with RA and may also indicate an aggressive disease. However, there are various prognostic markers. This is only one of them. A high ESR and CRP and an ... Read Full »