Helpline
Paediatric

QMy 12-year-old son has been diagnosed with dengue fever. I’m really scared about it. Also, I have a 9-year-old daughter. What can I do to prevent her from getting the infection?

Dengue is a viral illness, which is spread by a typical species of mosquito known as Aedes aegypti. It is one of the most common mosquito-borne diseases in India. Dengue typically causes a high-grade fever, associated with body aches and pains.

Nephrology

QWhat is Haemodialysis? What is its correct frequency?

Haemodialysis is a type of dialysis in which the blood is taken out from the body and cleaned

Andrology

QI have been habitually masturbating since I was 10 years old. I am now 23 years old and feel that due to the abuse, my organ has started to shrink and has also become thinner. Now, what should I do? Please help.

First, get this idea out of your mind that masturbation has anything to do with your present feelings. Please accept that masturbation is a normal and natural phenomenon.

Obesity

QI have a 21-year-old daughter who has stopped eating sweets and milk products in order to reduce her weight. I am worried she will become weak, is such a diet OK for her?

Milk and sweets do contribute to weight gain, as they are very rich in simple carbs. But, in addition to this she should add proteins to her diet,

Mindline

QI am 21 years old, currently 7 months pregnant, expecting in 8 weeks. I am struggling to sleep for the past 2 weeks. The harder I try the more difficult it gets. Occasionally, I bleed from the nose and experience palpitations. Please suggest medications that I could take.

I must suggest that sleep is something that must come naturally and if it doesn’t then there must be a reason for it. And when it gets worse, associated apprehension/anticipation of inability to sleep tends to worsen insomnia (poor sleep). Therefore, as you said, ‘the harder you try the worse it gets’.

Cosmetology

QI am a 21-year-old college going student and have suddenly developed a bald patch on my scalp. None of my family members are bald and this has left me very worried!

You are suffering with Alopecia areata. It is an autoimmune disease where immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles leading to hair fall.

Gynaecology

QI am in the second trimester of my pregnancy and I suffer from severe morning sickness. I feel extreme weakness due to this; can you suggest some treatment?

The reason for morning sickness is not very clear, but the hormonal changes of pregnancy are responsible for it. In fact, the hormone that helps to keep your pregnancy safe is causing the nausea too.