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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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 »
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 »
I would like to get a proper diagnosis regarding 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 »
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 »
I got my LFT done, and everything is normal except GGTP and SGPT levels. Kindly advice.
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male. My weight is 75 kg and height is 5'11". Two years ago, I was a heavy drinker. But, nowadays I only drink beer once a week for about 6 to 7 pints. My SGOT AND SGPT levels were much higher two years ago. I think they were around 150 to 175. I just got my LFT done b... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The liver function test report looks fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Although slightly elevated liver enzymes could mean slight inflammation, this is well within acceptable limits. There are a few precautions you must observe with complete av... 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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is strongly advised that your mother gets 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 should... Read Full »
How to quit cigarette smoking in three weeks time?
Query: Hi doctor, I want to quit smoking. Is it possible to quit cigarette smoking within three weeks time? What are the side effect after quitting cigarette smoking? Is Nicotex recommended by medical council? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can certainly quit cigarettes within three weeks. Because, smoking habit is more about self-control and determination than anything else. Also, medical council does not recommend any one particular brand or medicine. It recognizes that Nicotex (chewing gum wit... Read Full »
Can Nicotex chewing gum help me quit smoking?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male and a regular smoker. I do smoke 10-15 cigarettes a day and have been smoking like this for almost 10 years now. When I started, I used different brands, from ultra mild to regular bidis. But now, for almost 3 years I am stuck with regular gold flake.Now, I am ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have been a chronic smoker since last 10 years smoking 10-15 cigarettes per day, the body is presently addicted to nicotine and hence if you intend to leave it for a day, the nicotine withdrawal sets in. This may include: Headache. Nausea. Constipation or ... Read Full »
How to fix the dry and flaky skin around my mouth?
Query: Hello doctor, I skin is too oily on my face, but skin around my mouth and nostrils is very dry and flaky. It has also been making a ring form around my mouth. It is of different color from the rest of my skin tone. How can I fix this? Please guide this. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Avoid excessive cleansing of your skin. Use soap or face wash not more than two to three times a day. Plain water can be used to cleanse whenever required. Pat dry your skin after washing it. Keeping your skin moisturized is the key to healthy looking skin. Pick a g... Read Full »
Does intake of Chantix alter a person's memory?
Query: Hi doctor, I started taking Chantix to quit smoking for around three months now. The side effects I noticed were vivid dreams and becoming more withdrawn. Two months back, my girlfriend and I got into a domestic dispute. My honest memory of this incident is that she started verbally abusing me from ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The behavioral disturbances that you had exhibited were unlikely to have been caused by Chantix (Varenicline).It is just that you got disturbed that day and had reacted to the stressful situation. The memories that you have are real time memories and not imagined as you t... Read Full »
If I quit smoking, will my RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV levels come back to normal?
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 erythrop... Read Full »
I have OCD. Will smoking further aggravate it?
Query: Hello doctor, I was suffering from OCD for four years. I had taken medication Fluoxetine and Clomipramine for it. I had recently started smoking one year back and now want to quit. I just want to know that does smoking further harm OCD. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Smoking can affect your OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). First, it can exacerbate the associated anxiety thus worsening OC symptoms. Second, it can affect the blood levels of medicines you are taking for treatment thus affecting their efficacy. The other harms of s... Read Full »