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Dandruff, dry flaky facial skin, smelly feet - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
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how can i help you?
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please proceed with your health query
User :   How does a person reduce flaky facial skin?
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ok
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could describe your symptom in detail?
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what is the exact problem that you are facing with your facial skin?
User :   Yes
User :   My skin is very dry throughout the day
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User :   If i don't shave i start to get irritations
User :   and my skin flakes
User :   If also flakes after shaving
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User :   in order for me to get rid of the flaking entirely i have to sharp shave
User :   My eye brows get very flaky as well
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do you mean to say that the skin is dry and scaly like small peels after you shave or wash your face?
User :   and also get irritated
User :   Yes
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do you have dandruff?
User :   Yes, but i've had it for a few years now
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have you taken any treatment for it?
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is it still affecting you?
User :   Just over the counters
User :   i've been using a wash called Nizorol
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ok
User :   and have been using cortazone afterwards
Doctor :  
that is fine. how often do you use it?
User :   once or 2 times a week
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ok
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i suggest you to use it every alternate day for 4 weeks
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and before you go for a hair wash
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comb your hair and loosen the dandruff on the scalp
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it will allow better penetration of the chemical in the shampoo
User :   i usually losen up the dandruff before i wash my hair
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also oil your hair with a 1:1 mix of almond and sesame oil, atleast twice a week, warm the mixture a little and use it to gently massage the scalp
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use a protective cotton or satin cap for the hair while you sleep such that the dandruff does not fall on the face and cause iritation
User :   ok
User :   I have another query
Doctor :   take regular fruits and vegetable salads approximately twice or thrice a week as convinient. use a teaspoon of olive oil with the vegetable salad
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yes you can proceeed, let me first finish the dry skin flakes query for your face
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coming to the dry flakes on face
User :   Salad is suppose to help with the moisture?
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wash your face with a 'non-soap based' cleanser for face wash twice a day
User :   A face wash differnt from the Nizorol?
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salad with olive oil wil give back the nutrition and the texture of skin will improve
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yes the cleanser is different from that
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also
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after washing your face with the cleanser, do not rub face skin dry, it is delicate, so pat it dry with a soft hand towel.
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and use a 'non-comedogenic' 'non-greasy' moisturizer
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apply it evenly over face with circular motion
User :   Like a face lotion?
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avoid harmful sun rays on face skin directly, if unable to do so, wear a protective suncreen lotion or cream
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yes a face lotion could do, but it should have 'non-comedogenic' 'non-greasy' labels on it
User :   I use sun screen regardless if it's sunny or not
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so follow the instructions as suggested for dandruff and face
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ok
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that is good. i appreciate it
User :   ok
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now coming to your nexrt query
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you can procced with that
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have you followed what I have said uptil now for dandruff and facial skin care?
User :   Yes i have
User :   I have really bad foot odor
Doctor :   ok
User :   i just started to get it with in the last 2 years
User :   i've never had this problem in the past
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ok
User :   The odor it's self is different
User :   It smells acidic in a way
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is it only when you use closed footwear or it is present even with using open footwear?
User :   Both
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do you sweat a lot in the foot/soles?
User :   Just recently within the past year i've started to
User :   But i don't usually sweat
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the usual and most common reason for bad foot odor is zinc deficiency in the body
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and/or bacterail infections on and off
User :   I've tried many things and have not been able to get rid of it
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i will suggest you to follow few of these steps to get rid of them
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what things have you already tried and they have not helped?
User :   Also, the skin in between my toes fall off after showers
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User :   I've tried baby powder
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User :   i've tried to dry my feet after showes and used gold bond powder
User :   i've soaked my feet in warm tea
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ok
User :   i've used foot sprays
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ok
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just list them out what you have already treid so that I dont land up telling you the same things but suggest something diferent
User :   that's about it
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ok
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then we can proceed from here
User :   ok
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i wil suggest you the steps, they may sound very simple but they are effective with proper and strict following
User :   ok
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1) Wash your feet - this sounds simple but yes, wash your feet every day if possible twice a day initially by soaking them in a warm/hot water with some salt and a 10-20 ml of hydrogen peroxide solution in half a bucket of water
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you can put shampoo or a foot cleanser into it tooo
User :   ok
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2) after soaking for about 5-10 minutes, use a soft foot scrubber and foot brush to scrape away dead skin and bacteria adhering to it form the entire feel including in between toes
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this has to be done as the bacterial thrive well on the dead skin cells of the feet along with sweat that gives moisture
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so the soaking and cleaning removes them making the odor causing agents to go away.
User :   ok
Doctor :   3) Use a hand sanitizer to rub on your feet after drying the feet well after scrubbing is done, it will prevent further bacterial growth, use a perfumed one about two to three times a day
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$0 remember to change your socks daily, use always freshly laundered ones, and use white socks than dark colored ones
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use cotton or light woolen absorbent material socks and lightly powder them before putting them on
User :   Yeah, that i do now
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5) when cleaning your feet , remember to clean the toenails and under the nails too
User :   ok
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6) use your deo spray for feet too they seem to help when in emergency and no time
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also make sure your shoes are dry
User :   ok
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put out shoes in sun atleast once a week properly such that all moisture is gone and also sunrays can kill few bacteria so it will also helo you out
User :   ok
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7) if you can afford to, then remove your shoes when at your desk (provided feet are not smelling bad) and at your break time
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last but not the least,..watch what you eat
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Avoid strong-flavored foods like garlic, onions, scallions, and peppers,
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because these substances that give them their powerful flavor and aroma can pass through the bloodstream and eventually concentrate in your sweat.
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and over time lead to smelly feet.
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have you followed what I have said?
User :   I don't really have to worry about that i guess. I don't eat any food with either
User :   Yes i have
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ok
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   I believe you've answered all my questions.
User :   Done
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User :   Thanks so much for your help!
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