Daily Health Tips: My Baby Has Boils

Q: Good morning ma’am! Please I need your help. My 18 months old baby has been having boils for the past 3 weeks. I have given him Augumentin for children on doctor’s prescription. But the boils are still coming out. Recently i noticed he urinates too much. What should I do?

A: A boil, also called a skin abscess, is an infection of a hair follicle deep in the skin. Boils can occur in any part of the body, but most frequently in the armpits, groin, around the vagina/anus areas, around a tooth and at the back. They are often swollen, painful, and after a few days collect as a head of pus and debris (this explains what you noticed) which can rupture on their own when soft or ‘ripe’ or may require a health expert to cut it open and drain it (if it’s quite large).

Boils in the pubic region, can be caused by an ingrown hair (the hair instead of growing upwards, grows inwards into the skin, this may occur following shaving), blocked hair follicles (from sweat, or a damp unclean environment), a sexually transmitted infection (herpes, when it’s just starting) a sign of some other disease like diabetes, or problems with the immune system, poor hygiene (especially during menses for women) and poor nutrition.

As much as you may want to, avoid squeezing or scratching it, allow it rupture on its own. This would help prevent further infection of deeper structures and skin, and also prevent spread to other areas. Apply warm water with a cloth on the boil for about 10-15 minutes, 2-3 times a day. Avoid sharing towels and washcloths with other people and keep the area clean and dry as much as you can. An antibiotic cream or mupirocin cream can also be applied (ask for this in a pharmacy shop). Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if he thinks you need them. Further evaluation may be necessary if you have boils in multiple areas, recurrent boils over several months, a very large boil, or boils on your face and anus.

As for the urination, how much is too much? How many times now compared to how many times before? Discuss this with your baby’s doctor and he will advise on what to do, if any.

Hope this helps.


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Death of a spouse or partner can lead to heart attack or stroke

The grief of losing a spouse or partner affects not just emotional and mental health, but physical health as well. A study published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that losing a spouse or partners boosts heart attack and stroke risk.

Source: Death of a spouse or partner can lead to heart attack or stroke

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For women, sexuality changes with age but doesn’t disappear

Let’s face it, ladies: Sex is a topic you usually discuss behind closed doors with your partner. A research letter reports that women 40 to 65 who place greater importance on sex are more likely to stay sexually active as they age. In other words, if it’s important to you, you’ll keep on doing it.

Source: For women, sexuality changes with age but doesn’t disappear

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Older men: Rethinking a healthy sex life

Older men may want to change how they think about sex, specifically by focusing more on the experience and pleasure of shared intimacy.

Source: Older men: Rethinking a healthy sex life

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Daily Health Tips: Calcified Fibroid

Q: I am 21 weeks pregnant. I went for a scan and the result shows a calcified fibroid mass is evident in the posterior (intramural) segment measuring 42mm * 39mm. Please Dr, explain to me because I don’t understand. Can it be cured without surgery?


A: Fibroids develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus (womb). These growths can range in size from seedlings to big masses. They are differentiated by the sites where they are found: inside the cavity of the womb (sub-mucosal), within the muscle of the uterus (intramural), on the surface of the womb (sub-serosal). Fibroids do not cause infertility per se, but sub-mucosal ones in the cavity of the womb, can take up the place where a baby would have implanted causing infertility. Fibroids can also distort the shape of the ovaries and fallopian tubes causing problems with conception.


Hormones are implicated in the development of fibroids as when women get to menopause with resultant decrease in the level of circulating hormones, estrogen and progesterone, the fibroids shrink. Fibroids are more likely to occur in black women, people who take alcohol, people with a family history, obese people and those who eat a lot of red meat and little vegetables.


Symptoms of fibroids include heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual bleeding, frequent urination as the mass presses on the bladder, feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder, pelvic pressure etc. Pain can also result in fibroids when a fibroid has a stalk and gets twisted or when the fibroid grows so fast that it outgrows its blood supply lead to its ‘death’. When this happens, deposition of calcium crystals is encouraged leading to calcification. If this occurs during menopause, the fibroid regresses/reduces in size (due to the deficiency of estrogen at this time) and the potential for calcification increases. When the fibroid outgrows its blood supply in pregnancy, it leads to a condition known as red degeneration. The fibroid usually turns red and dies. This leads to intense abdominal pains and contractions. Will the pain last forever? Usually it occurs around 12 to 22 weeks of pregnancy and bed rest for a couple of days coupled with pain killers should do the trick. Judicious fluid intake is also advised. The attending obstetrician may give another analgesic (NSAID).

There are a couple of different methods for the treatment of fibroids but only your doctor can confirm which one is suitable to you.


If the fibroids are small and causing no problem (probably discovered incidentally), then your doctor will most likely not institute any treatment other than watchful waiting.


If one is around menopausal age and probably has finished having children, some drugs that mimic the effect of menopause are giving. These deprive the fibroids of nutrient supply and thus they shrink. Other treatment modalities may involve using IUCDs which release hormones that reduce the severity if bleeding and pain medications. With technology advances, there are also non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures that can take care of fibroids. Speak with your gynaecologist for these options. The final options are the tried and tested surgical procedures. One of the surgical procedures, myomectomy, involves removing the fibroids while preserving the healthy tissue of the uterus (womb). You can still get pregnant after this surgical procedure. So, you may want to have a long chat with your doctor to determine what options are available in your location and what applies to you.


Fibroids can co-exist with pregnancy in which case pregnancy may be normal or associated with breech pregnancy, pre-term delivery (delivery of pre-mature babies) etc. However, once a woman registers in a good antenatal center under a good obstetrician, these issues will be anticipated and addressed promptly. Having fibroids does not necessarily mean one cannot have children.

So, have a long chat with your doctor and ensure you are getting the best care available.


All the very best and….hugs!


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Want Healthy Feet? Keep A Healthy Weight – Harvard Health

Being overweight can lead to a host of health problems, from high blood pressure and heart disease to arthritis, gallstones, and sleep apnea. It can also contribute to foot problems in two ways.

First, excess weight contributes to the misery of common structural problems such as heel pain and arthritis. Any foot ailment is more painful the more weight you put on it. Second, excess pounds increase your chances of developing atherosclerosis, poor circulation, and diabetes — all of which can damage your feet.

Never quite thought of it this way, did you? To learn more, please click on this link:


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Saturday Nutrition Quiz

Give three examples of complex carbohydrates?

Why are complex carbohydrates good for you?


Terms and conditions:

The first 3 persons to answer correctly will win our prizes.
Participants must be followers of our blog and/or facebook page.

Only one answer per participant will be accepted.
If a participant provides more than one answer, the first answer will be used.
Edited answers will be disqualified.
Editor’s decision is final.
This challenge lapses by 11.59 pm on Friday, the 28th of October, 2016


So, what are you waiting for?! Best of luck, guys!


Congratulations to our winners!

Last week’s (15th October, 2016) question was different, wasn’t it? And the second question was ‘sorta’ hidden in the instructions. It was difficult to pick winners😀 A lot of people did not see the hidden question. A number who did, did not answer it well L For the record, the complete meal in a drink is Complan!

Anyways, we have to announce our winners and they are:

John Favour (from facebook)

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Chidinma Chukwuemeka Ikeh (from facebook)

Congratulations, guys!

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