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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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User :   I have dark circles around my eyes. The area is a little itchy and puffy. It's also dry, it's also starting to wrinkle . My whole body seems to be dryer than usual. Can you tell me what's wrong? or what to do?

Doctor :   hi
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ok
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i will help you in this
User :   hi
User :   i hope
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i will need to ask a few more questions. can i proceed?
User :   sure
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please provide your age, gender, location, height weight
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how many glassses of water do you take per day?
User :   25 female, fostoria OH, 5'6,135lbs,
User :   ask much as i can
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ok
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usually the most common cause is dehydration and lack of protiens and essential fatty acids
User :   i make fruit and vegetable smoothies ever day
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the recommended daily intake of water per day is about 10-12 glasses per day
User :   it's about 5 cups
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apart from the usual other beverages
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avoid taking tea, caffeine or caffienated drinks as much as possible
User :   i do
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they tend to dehydrate you more over the time
User :   i know
User :   i only drink water and juice every now and then
User :   besided my smoothie
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ok, that is good
Doctor :   is there dry skin and scaling in the area below your eyes?

User :   no
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ok
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how many hours per day do you sleep?
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do tend to stay up late at nights?
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do you watch movies, TV, or work on coomputers for long hours?
User :   I take lots of brakes, usually sleep 6-10 hrs
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do you consume alcohol?
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ok
User :   once every now and then
User :   holidays
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ok
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i suggest you to stop or quit them for timebeing until the problem resolves
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and also get a blood workup done
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with a complete hemogram and a LFT
User :   ok
Doctor :   do you tend to be out in sun?
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do you use sunscreen when going out in sun?
User :   no
User :   yes
Doctor :  
ok
User :   haven't latelly really hasn't been much sun
Doctor :   i recommend that you take these blood tests, and do a few changes in your diet
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include more of vegies and sea foods in your diet
Doctor :   use a teaspoon of olive oil in your veg salad
User :   i eat tons of vegies and fruit some seafood
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sleep atleast 7-8 hours without break
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that is good
User :   yep i use olive oil too
User :   i thought i did change my diet
User :   until symptons got worse
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get a check doen called as 'allergen test' so see if you are allergic to some environmental factors which is could be responsible for this
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how are your menstrual cycles?
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do you get regular periods? is the bleeding more than before?
User :   not normal just swithced contraceptive method
Doctor :   ok
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since when are you using contraceptives?
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and which one do you use?
User :   i use mirena know
User :   now
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have these dark circles problem started after you started using them?
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or were they present from before using contraceptoves?
User :   no it's been months during pregnancy and it's been two months after pregnancy
User :   now getting worse
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ok
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pregnancy does causes dark circles
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but it resolves after delivery within 2-3 months time
User :   it's almost three months now, and looks worse
User :   i don't even want to go outside
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ok
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whai i would sugegst you is to get the above suggested blood work up done
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and get back to me with the reports
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since your diet and other factors are fine
User :   what type of doctor?
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i suspect either a allergic cause or a problem related to blood counts
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you can either go to your PCP or get back to me
User :   i have an apt with dermatologist
User :   can i get that done there?
Doctor :   yes sure you can do this
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follow this link for it.
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Doctor :   click on the speciality
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and the area in which you want the doctor
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and you could fix an appointment
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or take a second opinion or aspecialist opiniion.
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but for that i suggest you keep the blood and allergen work up ready
User :   over the wed?
User :   web
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yes you could discuss the problem with our panel specialists
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you could follow this link for the specialist opinion
User :   ok
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   will i be able to get a transcript of this chat?
Doctor :   yes you can get it
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go to your 'accounts and setting page'
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click on chat history
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you can export this discussion to your mail id
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User :   thanks bye
Doctor :   bye
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