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Quitting Smoking

Smoking results in various chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart problems, stroke, and lung diseases, which results in premature death. All these diseases can be prevented by quitting smoking. Some methods that can help you quit smoking are nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), Varenicline, Bupropion, and E-cigarettes.

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Can I continue my pregnancy even after taking a pill?

Query: Hello doctor, After having intercourse with my husband, I had taken Unwanted 72 within 12 hours of intercourse. But, I missed my periods and got pregnant. Now, my question is will this ECP damage the fetus in any way? I also want to let you know that six months back, I had an abortion as my child wa...  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. Yes, you can continue the pregnancy after taking I-pill as it will not be harmful to your baby. But, yes if you had an abortion within one year, it may affect your health. So, take proper healthy and ...  Read Full »

I am having difficulty taking deep breaths. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old female. I weigh 55 kg, and my height is 168 cm. I have been having difficulty taking a deep breath for over a year now. I got it suddenly one day while riding my bike. It feels like my breath is not completed or like I am missing some air. Some days it does not occu...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am thinking it might be coming from your lungs, or it could be anemia. Have you been a smoker? Do you have a history of childhood asthma? Have you had any breathing test or blood work done recently? Revert with more information to an internal medicine physician onli...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with emphysema. Will quitting smoking help?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a CT scan of the head, neck, and chest. My doctor told me that I have chronic sinus. I already knew these things and had sinus surgery. But, in the report, it was mentioned as mild emphysema. Can that get fixed if I stop smoking? I have been using Advair for years for asthma. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emphysema is a non-reversible change in the lungs. But, yes, the further progression can be controlled by stopping smoking. Now, to know the extent of damage, I would advise you to go for a pulmonary function test (spirometry) that would help you to know the level of da...  Read Full »

Will quitting alcohol and cigarettes improve my blood tests?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from hypertension since few years, and I am currently on medication Telmisartan. I am an alcoholic and smoker, and I smoke approximately 15 cigarettes a day for the last five years. My current CBC report suggests high RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV. Though it reduced slightly ...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I have gone through your attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity).The diagnosis is polycythemia. Polycythemia can be secondary or primary. Secondary polycythemia occurs because of hypoxia, which activates the oxygen sensor and more erythropoietin is...  Read Full »

Kindly provide information about health risks of smoking.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42-year-old female. I have decided to quit smoking for the sake of my health, but I am finding it challenging. Can you provide me with information on the health risks associated with smoking and the benefits of quitting? What are some proven strategies or resources that can help...  Read Full »


Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understood your concern. Firstly, I would like to inform you that smoking can increase the risk of lung cancer and arteriosclerosis. Quitting can prevent these health hazards and potential death. Effective quitting strategies include using chewi...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my high hs-CRP?

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from iron depletion. My iron is low, but ferritin and hemoglobin are normal. My folic acid was 4 about a year ago. I took Folic acid tablets for two months and it is normal now. My vitamin D has improved after taking tablets. My vitamin B12 is also on the lower side. I am ma...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash. H. M.

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Based on your query and after going through your reports (attachments removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows:C-reactive protein (CRP) levels are a bit high indicating mild inflammation. This value is suggestive of high cardiac risk.Your cholesterol, ...  Read Full »

Can the body be accustomed to antihypertensive medications?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is taking Telma AM 80/5. How can it be gradually lowered to AM 40/5? Please advice.  Read Full »


Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Telma AM 80/5 contains Telmisartan 80 mg and Amlodipine 5 mg. It is generally prescribed to treat high blood pressure (BP) or resistant hypertension and control various heart problems. You must understand that blood pressure is a pathophysiological condition that may n...  Read Full »

Advise me on doing sports with an inguinal hernia.

Query: Hello doctor, I need some advice if it is possible. I am a 26-years-old man. My weight is 165.34 pounds with no medical or chirurgical history. I do not take any medications. However, I have been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia of 0.19 inches, which is discoverable in scan and visible only under v...  Read Full »


Dr. Saurabh Raj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The smaller the hernia, the riskier it is. I suggest you to , get operated on as soon as possible, quit smoking, take vitamin C (citrus fruits), wear a hernia supporter, avoid heavy exercise, and I will suggest running rather than plank and abs exercise as it will ag...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

I have excess red blood cells in my body. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have excess red blood cells in my body. Recently, I had blood checkup, and it was 16.9% as per the report. Kindly advice to reduce it. I am 27 years old. I have little chest pain too when I squeeze my chest with a pressure through shoulders.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not very much elevated, but borderline and not a matter of worry. Do you smoke? If yes, then needs to stop it. Do you have any breathing difficulties? For reducing excess red blood cells, we need to find out the cause for it like smoking and needs to stop if any...  Read Full »

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