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Question – Answers January Issue

BEAUTY

DOLLY SINGH, proprietor of Dolly’s Exquisite Creations, will answer all your beauty and makeup queries. Contact her at 4445080.
DOLLY SINGH, proprietor of Dolly’s Exquisite Creations, will answer all your beauty and makeup queries. Contact her at 4445080.

My skin gets very dry during winters and the fine lines on my face are pronounced. I am 40 years old and have combination skin. I would appreciate if you could recommend a moisturizer for my skin type and also the type of facial I should have and how often? I am especially concerned about the fine lines and maintaining the elasticity of my skin. – Pratibha

Winter is the season when you see a lot of changes in your skin. This is the time to keep your skin as hydrated as you can. Make sure you use a rich moisturiser that contains Vitamin E as that helps to strengthen the skin and maintain good elasticity. As far as facial is concerned, please come in for our very special Corrective Facial which helps with lifting as well as deep moisturising. We have a special way of doing it where lymphatic drainage is used and a collagen mask is applied at the end to stimulate new cells renewal. For more information please contact me at Dolly’s.


Dr. Veena Shrivastava is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nepal Medical College and Gynaecologist in Nepal International Clinic. Send her your queries at vshrivastava68@gmail.com

GYNAECOLOGY

I am 31 years old and in the past few months am suffering from pain during intercourse. I also get a burning sensation post sex. This usually goes away in 3-4 days. However I am aware that this is not normal. The skin between the anus and vaginal area also feel raw and sometimes bleeds during intercourse.

Please could you tell me what’s happening? I have never had any other gynecological problems besides yeast infections in the past. – Sunita Shrestha

Most probably you are having vaginal infection which is giving you pain during intercourse. It could be a severe form of yeast infection. It will be good, if you go and consult a gynecologist and have proper treatment.

 


HEART HEALTH

I am 36 year old male, a workaholic and adrenaline junkie. How bad is that for my heart? I work almost 13-14 hours a day and unwinding for me is socializing with friends. I rarely have an unplanned day, not even Saturdays. I get about 4-5 hours sleep on average. I drink five days a week and smoke occasionally. I am physically in great condition, don’t exercise but am considering it as I have noticed a rapidly increasing waistline in the past year. My blood pressure is on the higher side 160/100. Is this indicative of a disease? Should I worry?  – Prashant Singh

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Dr Bharat Rawat is MD, DM, FACC, Chief of Cardiology at the Norvic International Hospital. Send your queries related to heart health to drrawat@norvic.wlink.com.np
Yes you should! You have developed High BP and increased weight largely because of faulty life style. I am glad at least you checked your BP and noticed your increasing waist line.

While being so committed to your professional work might do short time good for your career and for your company, it’s also giving you bad perks. You are already developing risk factors for heart disease. You are now getting close to 40 and you need to learn to live a balanced life. If you are good in planning, please plan enough time for mental relaxation and some physical activities. You should also go for abalanced diet. You should decrease calories and animal fats. You should also avoid salt rich food. Most snacks consumed in the evening by us are rich in salt and fat.
Alcohol and partying with friends should not be your regular or only means of relaxation. You should seriously consider physical exercise, reading books, music, Yoga, Pranayama, meditation, Sudarshan Kriya, etc as preferred means of mental relaxation. These activities also help you in decreasing your BP and prevent other illness. Learn to laugh many times a day!

Smoking is a big NO. Stay away from friends who smoke as it increases your risk of getting a heart attack.

I suggest you keep a watch on your BP regularly. You should also check your sugar and lipids level and see a physician. If your BP does not get below 140/90 you will need medicines possibly for life. If you follow these simple tips, you would live longer and healthier and will be able to achieve more even professionally.

By the way, you didn’t mention your marital status. Typically your story is that of a bachelor! Hope you find a caring partner soon. This is the right time to get into healthy living as a New Year gift to yourself.


MENTAL HEALTH

I am a 38 year old single woman and suffer from mild panic attacks since my teenage years. My heart beats faster, I feel dryness in my mouth, nausea and feel extremely low. Sometimes I feel very sad and depressed. I have a normal life otherwise – a loving family and friends, work I enjoy and am financially stable. I have tried to read about this and learnt that it could be a chemical imbalance in my system. Please advise whether I need counseling as these days the frequency has increased. – Namita

Dr. Ajit Kumar Gurung, MD; DPM has been working as a consultant psychiatrist since the last 16 years. He is Psychiatrist Consultant at Norvic International Hospital; Head of Department and Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Department of Psychiatry, Nepal Police Hospital; and Consultant for Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre ‘Ashara’.
Dr. Ajit Kumar Gurung, MD; DPM has been working as a consultant psychiatrist since the last 16 years. He is Psychiatrist Consultant at Norvic International Hospital; Head of Department and Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Department of Psychiatry, Nepal Police Hospital; and Consultant for Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre ‘Ashara’.

According to the symptoms you have mentioned in your query, it is most likely that you are suffering from a mental illness. As per your description, you may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depressive Disorder or a mixed disorder. As you are curious about the chemical imbalance in the body, let me explain in brief about the measures deployed by psychiatrists in treating the symptoms/disease in general. There is a biochemical hypothesis that, in depressive disorder, the level of certain neuro hormones especially Serotonin, is lesser than in healthy individuals. Hence, our treatment with medicines is based on such hypothesis.

It is a well known and universally accepted fact that most of the patients get better with our latest treatments. Since you have not explained your symptoms in detail, I could not assess the severity of your mental disorder. So I suggest you not to be surprised and worried about your illness since most people suffer from some kind of mental illness during their lifetime. I also would like to assure you that most mental illnesses are easily treatable with modern medicines and psychotherapy nowadays. Therefore, please visit a counselor and explain him/her symptoms in detail. If things do not improve with counseling sessions, you are advised to visit a psychiatrist.


AYURVEDA

My daughter is 14 years old and has uneven skin tone on the face with a lot of pimples. I showed her to a dermatologist and was given topical cream for acne. However, although under control while using the cream, the pimples flare up during her periods and when she doesn’t use the cream. I am really concerned about her skin. Does ayurveda offer any help. I want to stop using allopathic medicines as I am uncertain about the long term effects. I have ensured she avoids oily and spicy foods. Please help. – Pramila Dahal

Shweta Upadhyaya is Founder/Owner of Laavanya Luxury Ayurveda: A luxury skin care line based on Ayurvedic principles. She studied classical Ayurveda at Vedika Global in California, USA. For skin care queries you can reach her at shweta@laavanyaluxury.com
Shweta Upadhyaya is Founder/Owner of Laavanya Luxury Ayurveda: A luxury skin care line based on Ayurvedic principles. She studied classical Ayurveda at Vedika Global in California, USA. For skin care queries you can reach her at shweta@laavanyaluxury.com

Everyone dreads acne be it teenagers or elders. The last thing anyone would want to see in the morning is a red breakout on his or her face. Generally acne is caused by unhealthy diet and lifestyle. It gets worse due to grease, dirt or other harsh chemicals accumulated on the skin, squeezing or pinching of acne, hormonal imbalances and strong medication. Psychological factors such as increased stress levels, too much fear, guilt also worsen the condition. One very basic and practical way of balancing the aggravated doshas is to modify your way of life and diet. By listening to your body and treating it well, you are already on your way to ridding the dreadful acne spots. Ayurveda recommends prevention of acne by not eating too oily, spicy food, getting enough sleep, and not over exercising the mind, avoiding fast food and sodas on daily basis.

Here are some home remedies for acne treatment.

  • Paste of dhaniya (coriander) and nutmeg (Jaiphal) for Vata type skin.
  • Paste of turmeric and chandan (for acne that is inflamed and red) for Pitta type skin.
  • Paste of neem and turmeric for Kapha‐Pitta type.
  • Paste of methi seeds, turmeric and neem for Kapha type skin.