We all know that too much sunlight can darken the skin, increase fine lines and wrinkles, and make our skin age faster. But, sunlight also has some health benefits. Sunlight increases the production of serotonin and improves mood. It is also needed for the synthesis of vitamin D, which keeps the bones strong.

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Does pityriasis rosea cause white patches on the face, which leaves pigmentation after healing?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past one week, I have small white patches on my face and red patches on my neck. It is getting increased day by day. I recently ate papaya (but I used to take it every year, seasonally). I started using a facial moisturizer (Nature's Quest) after six to eight months gap. But I did...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. But there are no attached photographs in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to assess the condition and suggest the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  Read Full »

Kindly help me to parent my 7 months old baby girl.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a mother of a seven months old baby girl. I have a few doubts regarding parenting. She is still only crawling and sitting and not yet standing. We are concerned if we are giving her enough time and place. How long and how many times in a day we should keep her on the ground for her ...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi,Welcome to seems that you are new to parenting and anxious about the health of your baby girl.Seven months old baby crawling and not able to stand is normal. Babies usually stand by around nine months and should be able to walk by around a year.Do not be so aggressive in maintaining...  Read Full »

What is the new mark on my forehead developed last week?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a new mark on my forehead that has developed over the last week or so. It feels a bit crusty and is somewhat sore. But it does not look like a scab or a mole. What can it be?  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your concern can be the following: Polymorphic light eruption (PLE). Seborrhoeic keratosis. I suggest you try using the following: Hydrocortisone cream, once daily at bedtime for a week. Neutrogena sunscreen of SPF 50 during noon. Avoid direct sunlight between 10 to 3 P...  Read Full »

I suffer from anxiety and depression for the last few years. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from anxiety and depression from the last few years. My work causes me fatigue, but I do not have an option. I have very low energy, palpitations, and sexual dysfunction. Sometimes, I get very angry and end up hurting someone. Or, I just leave my job and home and go somewhere...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunadh M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, but you will have to elaborate on your issue for me to give you proper suggestions. Since when do you have this problem? Have you taken any treatment? How is your sleep? Do you often get episodes of palpitations and worry? Do you have any med...  Read Full »

Is a photo test recommended for solar urticaria?

Query: Hi doctor, Eight years ago, my family and I went on a vacation. When my mother got out of one of the outdoor pools, she started feeling a sting on her arms and all of her legs below the knees. She has been to the doctor for this condition and she has gotten numerous ointments. The only ointment that...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you explained that your mother has developed solar urticaria. Here I explain a few other importance of solar urticaria. Intense itching, swelling and rashes develop in sunlight. You can correlate it. Whenever she goes in the sun, she gets these things. If you ...  Read Full »

Why do I have red spots on the back of my hands?

Query: Hi doctor, There are red spots on the back of my hands, close to the thumbs. I do not feel any itching, pain or any other unusual conditions. It is just redness. It is present under the skin and looks like bruising. I do not know if it is caused by sun exposure or something else. I first noticed it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have examined your photographs (attachments removed to protect patient identity) and your history details. From deeper observation, this seems to have been due to coming in contact with some irritant substance which in the presence of ultraviolet radiation from s...  Read Full »

Is it true that you need to expose your face to the sunlight to maintain facial bone structure?

Query: Hi doctor, Is it true that you need to expose your face to the sunlight to maintain facial bone structure? Or is it enough to expose the body and the vitamin D distributes all over? Or does it work only in the specific areas where it is actually being produced?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For the prevention of vitamin D deficiency, you need to expose your body in sunlight early in the morning before 10 AM. The duration of exposure needed is ten minutes daily. It is not necessary to expose particular area of the skin.  Read Full »

How could Vitamin D affect my skin? Please explain.

Query: Hello doctor, How could Vitamin-D affect my skin? Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin whose primary function is to maintain calcium and phosphorus levels in our body. Vitamin D is present in certain foods like eggs, liver, shiitake mushroom. Vitamin D Synthesis also occurs in our body that starts in the skin in the p...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for vitiligo?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering with a skin problem for a long time of four years. They are white patches. I have taken treatment from few doctors. Doctors have asked me to apply some lotion and show sunlight to them. They also gave some blue light therapy but I developed blisters after that. So, t...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have read your query in detail and do understand your concern. I also viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity).  Read Full »

What can cause constant headache from 20 days?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 20 year old female. I have a severe pulsating headache from the past 20 days, dizziness and nausea when exposed to sunlight or bright light, sensitive to harsh sounds, eye pain, and mild ear pain.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Is it half-sided? If yes, it is likely a migraine headache. How frequent is this? If this is too frequent then I suggest starting some medicine on a day to day basis for prevention. Have you tried Paracetamol 650 mg for pain relief? If this is giving relief then yo...  Read Full »

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