The body's defense mechanism to protect you from the harmful effects of infection, injury, or disease is called inflammation. Without an inflammatory response, the damaged tissue will not be able to heal. The symptoms of inflammation are pain, redness, immobility, heat, and swelling.

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I have a swollen elbow which is red and hot. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, My elbow has swollen up a lot over the day and is very red and hot. I have never had anything like this before. It is very painful to bend or even to keep straight. I have taken Xanax occasionally and also had Cialis 10 mg today.  Read Full »

Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do you have any history of trauma? If you have any history of trauma, you might need an x-ray (anteroposterior and lateral view) of the involved elbow. If there is no history of trauma, I suggest you consult a specialist and start the medication mentioned below with th...  Read Full »

My platelet count is high. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you please help me understand my test results? My platelet count is at 1314, and my doctors are unable to give me a specific reason for it.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Let me tell you that you have a high platelet count in your CBC (complete blood count) report. The cause can be primary or secondary reactive. Sometimes following infections, p...  Read Full »

I am unable to open my mouth fully. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a jaw lock on the right side of my face but yesterday I fell and the left side of the jaw is in pain. I cannot eat or open my mouth all the way. Also, my tooth has been pushed down. So, I do not know what to do. I am really upset and I am crying now.  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can be due to a dislocated jaw post trauma or a fracture. So, first, get an X-ray done. Then only the exact cause can be ruled out.You can take painkillers like Ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation.Do cool compresses over the cheek.Regards.  Read Full »

Why are WBC and neutrophils chronically high even if no infection is present?

Query: Hello doctor, My reports show chronically high WBC above 15 and neutrophils above 10 recent CRP of 8.8. No infection can be found, but I was treated with two rounds of antibiotics- Amoxicillin and Clarithromycin. I repeated CBC, and the numbers were higher. My doctor said maybe this was going to be ...  Read Full »

Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Your elevated WBC count and increased percentage of neutrophils are suggestive of an acute bacterial infection or some other acute inflammatory process. Your history of abdominal pain, nausea, and unintended weight loss ...  Read Full »

Does an increased WBC count in my child after an infection suggest cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My son turned one two months ago. He was last sick two months ago for about a week. He had some standard vaccinations and a routine CBC to check for lead level and anemia. The CBC came back with high WBC and high platelets. His pediatrician was not concerned and said it could be from a re...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good to see that you are aware of your child's health. I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Let me give you my opinion. Do not directly conclude it as a malignancy, especially leukemia. In the peripheral smear, no blast cells...  Read Full »

My current cream does not prevent breakouts. Please suggest some cream to prevent acne during summer.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been struggling with acne since puberty. I am 22-year-old now. I use topical gel (2% Erythromycin + 0.05 Isotretinoin) and Azeliec 20% and exfoliate cream with AHA & BHA. I still have breakouts. Summer is here, and it may reach 40 degrees Celcius, and humidity is high. And I am...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case. First, you need to understand acne is often a recurring condition, and you can experience frequent worsening due to stress, hormonal changes, periods, or fast food. Avoid fast food and take plenty of liquids and fresh food, especially in t...  Read Full »

Can smoking aggravate my problems while eruption of the wisdom teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I believe that my wisdom teeth are coming through, but I have other symptoms as listed; I also suspect that my smoking may have caused further problems with my gums.  Read Full »

Dr. Nazima Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have said your wisdom tooth is out. If so, you have a generalized inflammation of the gums or localized gum inflammation near the wisdom teeth. If you have a generalized gum inflammation with mouth ulcers all over your soft mucosa, it is in no way related to wisdom ...  Read Full »

While examining my breast, I found two lumps on my left breast. Could it indicate breast cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I was going through your site articles on breast cancer and read about the breast self-examination. I thought I would give it a try as I am 40 years old now. I examined myself in front of the mirror, and to my astonishment, I could find two small lumps on my left breast. Could they be ...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a very good gesture from your side to examine your breast as you have found two small lumps. I would suggest you get a mammography or an ultrasound of both of your breasts done, and please consult a general surgeon in that contest. These may be inflammatory lum...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for ear and throat pain and the red line on my throat? Could it be throat cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 39 year old female. I used to smoke one pack a day for 19 years, but quit cigarettes three months ago. 10 days ago, I had ear and throat pain on the left side. My lymph node was swollen only on the left side. I went to my GP who prescribed me Amoxicillin 1000 mg two times per day f...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Looking at the photo you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is very clear that you do not have any lesions in the throat which cause a suspicion of malignancy (cancer) to arise. The reddish line you are looking at is nothing but the dil...  Read Full »

My eyelid swelling is getting bigger and red. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old female, and I woke up yesterday with a swollen eyelid. There was discomfort every time I blinked. I tried cold compress yesterday, cleaned it with Systane eyelid wipes, and put some eye drops. But it is still getting worse, especially after waking up today. The swelling...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the description, you might have an external hordeolum, an infection of the root of eyelashes. There is redness, pain, and swelling of the eyelid. I suggest trying 1) Warm compresses. 2) Apply antibiotic ointment along the lid margin. 3) Take systemic antibio...  Read Full »

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