Daily Health Tips: Elephantiasis

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Q: Good evening. What’s the drug for elephantiasis? My leg started swelling since and I’ve taken a lot of drugs, both native and English, but no way. Please Dr, help a poor girl like me.
 
A: Elephantiasis is a disease condition in which there is swelling of the limbs, genitals or other body parts making them appear swollen and puffed-up, resembling an elephant. How does this happen? It actually starts with the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes, Culex, Mansonia or Anopheles mosquito) which transmits filarial worms that block the lymphatic system. I see the look of confusion already on your faces! 😀 What’s the lymphatic system, you say 😉
 
Well, the lymphatic system is a network of vessels and glands distributed all over the body. They help to fight infections and drain excess fluids from tissues in the body. When this system is blocked, fluid no longer…

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Daily Health Tips: I Am Very Thin And I Don’t Have Appetite

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Q: I am very thin because I don’t have appetite for food. Please advice
 
A: I reproduce below a previous post I had made on this:
Thanks for writing in. The first thing really, would be to find the cause of the loss of appetite. Some people experience this as a symptom of an underlying disease which can range from thyroid problems, infections to cancers. So, excluding all these is important.
Then what to do?
• Eat smaller and more frequent meals/snacks. Some people naturally, ‘freak out’ when they see a huge bowl of food…how much more someone trying to get back into the grove of food 😀
 
• Limit your fluid intake when you eat and much as it breaks my heart to say so, do not fill up on too many veggies. They keep you full but provide few calories…which you need if your appetite loss…

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Daily Health Tips: Are Crackers Biscuits Good For Weight Loss?

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Q: Happy New Year to you doctor. Wishing you a Glorious 2016. Doctor please, I want to know if cracker biscuit is healthy especially for someone watching her weight.
A: Happy New Year, sweetheart. Great to know that you’re starting the year with a focus on living healthier.
Now, we, sort of, all grew up knowing that Crackers were synonymous with healthy living, right? Well, wrong! I guess this was because then, most crackers were not really sweet and so if they were not sweet, they had to be good for you. Again, we got it all wrong.
 
Not all crackers are created equal. Some are okay and some are not so good. Remember that these crackers contribute towards your calorie intake per day. If you’re going to take this often, you need to commit to reading the labels on the pack. Here’s what to look out for when…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: How Can I Help My Friend Break This Addiction?

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Q: Good morning Doc, sorry for giving a private message. A friend of mine needs help and I wish I can get that from you. She is just getting close to 21 years of age but her problem is inability to restrict sex. She is almost getting to the point of “can’t do without it” this has been crashing her relationships because it makes her cheat not because her lovers doesn’t satisfy her but she finds solace in having sex whenever she is depressed. Any one close to her easily takes advantage of her because she hardly says no especially if she needs it. Please, what help can you get for her? How can she stop this? What should be done? What is actually wrong with her? Thanks as I await your response soon. Good morning

A: Hallos! Thanks for your question and for looking out for your friend.

Sexual…

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Daily Health Tips: Why Is My 6-Month Old Niece Not Talking Properly Yet?

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Q: Good morning, Dr Ketch. Thanks for this platform. It’s really helpful. Please my niece is almost 6 months old and I observed she doesn’t talk like most babies do when they are playing. She tries to by opening her mouth and with body language but just few sounds come out. I don’t know if you understand me? Even when she is laughing so hard, just the opening of mouth at times or talking like someone that wants to stammer. Please is this a problem? Or she is still too young to make these baby’s sounds frequently?
 
Please help thank you.
 
A: Thanks a lot for writing in and I’m happy to hear that this platform is helpful to you 😀
Between the ages of 4 and 6 months, your baby will begin to explore the world of sound. They would usually start with cooing sounds and by…

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Daily Health Tips: How Do I Take Care Of My Skin?

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Q: I’m in Tanzania and I love your TV show I would like you to discuss about how we take care of our skin and body cleanliness?
A: Thanks for being a fan of our show. we love you right back 😀
Happy Boxing day everyone. Trust you had a great celebration yesterday!
 
The weather is pretty dry now and depending on where in the world you are, you’re either dealing with winter or harmattan…but some are actually contending with Summer. That is awesome!
This tip is for the cold, dry air associated with harmattan and winter. How to keep your skin supple during this period?
 
Moisturise, mositurise and moisturise! Long hot showers/baths may sound very tempting but they dry out your skin. Opt for short showers. Immediately after you have a bath/shower (with cold or warm water as opposed to hot water), pat your skin dry…leaving some…

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Daily Health Tips: Secondary Infertility And Fibroids

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Q: Dear Doctor, please can you give me guidance on the issue of (secondary infertility and uterine fibroid impression) as diagnosed. Please, I once had an abortion which was not my intention. After a year, I began to feel something in my lower abdomen but later I discovered it wasn’t pregnancy. I discovered a swelling on the lower part. I’m fed up going from one hospital to another. I need a direction on what to do. Thanks
 
A: Secondary infertility is very common, but not often talked about. Even when women present themselves to the hospital, they don’t come out straight to let the doctor know what actually brought them to hospital, and rather list a series of symptoms most often, unconnected to their primary (main) concerns. Secondary infertility is the inability to become pregnant, or carry a pregnancy to term following the birth of one or more children…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: When Can I Start Trying For Another Baby?

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Q: Hello Doc, how are you doing? Kudos to you for the way you help people with various issues. Please Doc I would need your help in tackling my issue. I gave birth to my 1st child 3 weeks ago and unfortunately we lost her the next day. it was a natural birth…..it was really devastating but I am strong
now. My hubby and I would like to try again and I don’t know how soon we can
begin the process. Thank you ma’am and looking forward to hearing from you. God
bless

A: Condolences on the loss of your baby! I can’t imagine what it must have felt like going through this experience! I’m glad you feel much better and I’m rooting for you! By His grace, you will soon have a precious bundle of joy in your arms J

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Early Pregnancy And Constipation

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Q: Good day Dr. Ketch, I am in my early month of pregnancy and is finding it difficult to pass stool. Please help.

A: Welcome to the land of pregnancy and raging hormones!!! This is going to be an interesting period in your life and your hormones are going to act up in different ways.

Constipation is common in pregnancy and is due to the hormones of pregnancy, which make the muscles of your digestive tract work in a more leisurely manner. This ensures that food stays longer in the tract, more nutrients are absorbed from it (so that more nutrients can go to baby) but also more water is absorbed from it, leaving the poop hard and constipated. The iron-containing pre-natal drugs may also contribute to this but you do have to take them ;D

Tips to help you deal with the constipation include:

• Adding more fruits and…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: ‘Constipation’ in My 3-Week Old Baby

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Q: My baby is 3 weeks old and she has a problem with her stomach. She didn’t go at toilet the whole day and she wants to. Please help

A: You didn’t note whether your baby is being exclusively breastfed or not. If your baby is exclusively breast fed (as he should be from birth to 6 months of age), the baby can sometimes go days without defaecation and is due to the fact that practically all the nutrients in breast milk are completely absorbed during each feed, such that there is little or nothing to excrete. However, it is expected that when baby does poop, the faeces should still be soft in consistency as opposed to hard, dry, pellet-like stool as occurs in constipation. If the stool is hard with exclusive breast feeding (?), please visit your baby’s paediatrician.

Formula fed babies, on the other hand, suffer from constipation…

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