Tobacco is prepared from the leaves of the plant Nicotiana. Smoking tobacco affects the heart, liver, and lungs, as the smoke contains carbon monoxide, cyanide, and carcinogens. Smoking and chewing tobacco put an individual at risk for heart attack, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and various cancers.

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What are the first signs of oral cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been very worried about my health lately. I would like to preface this by saying that I have been experiencing anxiety off late and I have a suspicion that some of these symptoms could be related to that. I am currently weaning off of Prednisone, which I have been taking for an all...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I want to clarify details regarding who advised you to start Prednisone, and for how long have you been on it as this a drug which suppresses your immunity and causes a secondary infection. Care should be taken befor...  Read Full »

I have clear white bumps in the corner of the mouth. What could they be?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I have small clear white bumps in the corner of the mouth. It is not hurting. Some are very small. They are more than 20 in number. I am currently taking Vitamin D3 supplements and Iron supplements.   Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your query and understand you are worried about the lesions (bumps) on the corner of your lips. There are many reasons behind this kind of lesion. It is caused mainly by nutrients, dehydration, or a viral infection. The virus is named herpes, and it c...  Read Full »

I developed a few symptoms due to my long-term Gutka chewing habit. Can it be a cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been chewing Gutka for the past ten years. I cannot eat spicy food, and the skin is whitish yellow on both sides of my buccal mucosa. I have taken vitamin B complex capsules, and I use Hexidine mouth wash thrice a week. In addition, there are recurrent sores in the mouth after eati...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It does not seem to be cancer but the condition is called oral submucous fibrosis, which can lead to cancer if not taken care of. So, I suggest you to follow the instructions mentioned below, 1. Stop chewing Gu...  Read Full »

Does regular tobacco use cause sexual problems?

Query: Dear doctor, I am 33 years old. I have no desire for sex. There is no erection in the penis since the last three months. I am a regular tobacco user. Give me advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Duraisamy Palanisamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly quit tobacco immediately. Tobacco usage is one of the causes for sexual dysfunction. You can take capsule Nano-Leo two capsules in the morning and night after food for three months, which is slow acting. After a month, let me know how you feel. If it is not eff...  Read Full »

My 45-year-old aunt behaves weird after too much alcohol consumption and in take of a tobacco-like substance. How to make her overcome this?

Query: Hi doctor, My 45-year-old aunt was doing good a few years back. However, now I find her drinking a lot in the afternoon and at night. I am trying to improve her condition. Also she is using some tobacco-like thing to stay in her mouth, and then she spits after some time, making her behave differentl...  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The first thing I suggest is she should stop smoking and drinking. Then, I suggest she eat a balanced diet with more boiled vegetables and fruits. Also, increase her physical activity. In addition, I suggest getting an LFT (liver function test) done to check her liver con...  Read Full »

What are the causes of white spots around wisdom teeth?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 24-years-old. I noticed white spots and a line around my wisdom teeth approximately three to four months back, getting slightly bigger than before. My dentist advised me to get my right wisdom tooth removed, and I have had a cracked tooth on the same side for almost two years. Ther...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and can understand your concern. After analyzing the images you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's privacy), I suspect the whitish areas might be due to; 1) An impact of the amalgam (silver) filling in the particular ...  Read Full »

Can chewing tobacco cause reduced mouth opening?

Query: Hi doctor, I can barely open my mouth up to three fingers space. Is it bad or normal? I have never noticed this before, only recently I happen to see this. I chew tobacco. Is that causing it? Is it serious?  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your problem is very common amongst regular tobacco chewers. Tobacco, beetle nuts, etc., especially when mixed with limestone, damages the mouth walls on the sides if it is frequently placed. This frequent injury and healing process forms scar tissue of fibroblasts origi...  Read Full »

What are the signs of addiction to Gutka in a 1-year-old?

Query: Hi doctor,My baby is one year old. I doubt whether he is getting addicted to the smell of gutka taken by my relative and he takes care of my baby every day. He is 70 years old. Whenever my baby sees him, he becomes crazy and the baby never wants to come back easily to me. I want to know whether he i...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether your relative is giving gutka to your baby. Please mention the kind of gutka taken by your relative. Baby can get addicted if he tastes it orally. Addiction through smell is difficult. Your baby may feel comfortable due to his normal preferenc...  Read Full »

There is a sore on my tongue which is recurring at the same spot. Is it cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,The lateral edge of my tongue has a sore which is recurring on the same spot from the last six months and it is painless. It gets cured but keeps coming back after some days. I consulted a few ENT doctors. I was given a vitamin tablet, but nothing helped. My uric acid level is 9.2 and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A recurring ulcer at the same site which is getting cured completely in between is a sign of some chronic irritation that might be due to a sharp tooth or tobacco use. As the ulcer gets healed, it means that it is not malignant. But, it would be better to get it examin...  Read Full »

I am experiencing erectile dysfunction. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 47 year old male. Recently, I started experiencing erectile dysfunction, that is, I am unable to hold my erection. It is as if I am losing interest midway. I do not have diabetes or any other illness. I am a non-vegetarian, and I chew tobacco. I am married and have two kids. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have no history of diabetes and hypertension, so no need to worry. Tobacco could be one aggravating factor for your problem and try to reduce the chewing of tobacco. For erectile dysfunction, you can try supplements like L-Arginine and Yohimbine. A lot of brands ar...  Read Full »

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