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Sinus problem and effect of smoking - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hello doctor
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you
User :   I am having sinus problems, such as a runny nose, sinus pressure and headache, and a bad cough. Is smoking making it worse? it's been over a week
Doctor :  
yes
Doctor :  
smoking will lower your immunity
Doctor :  
and smoking also causes coughing
User :   well smoking marijuana helps with my sinus headaches but makes my cough worse and feels liek my throat has mucus in it.. but I also have acid reflux
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
since when you are smoking Marijuana
User :   i have regularly for a long time, along with cigarettes.
Doctor :  
ok
User :   i'm 22.. so since about 19?
Doctor :   are you taking any medications?

User :   propecia
User :   for hair loss prevention
Doctor :  
ok
User :   i can feel sense myself slowly getting sicker and unhealthier from the duo, what would you suggest by a means of quitting?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :  
smoking has various affects on your body
User :   I am aware
User :   what are the long term effects of acid reflux by the way?
Doctor :  
so i suggest you to drop the smoking
Doctor :  
it is not easy to stop at a time
Doctor :  
you need to go close
User :   ok well what should I do about my head cold?
Doctor :   i suggest you to take Tab Dolocold

Doctor :  
Or SINAREST 3 times a day for 3 days
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after food
Doctor :   Also i suggest you to get some blood investigations done

User :   why is that?
Doctor :  
to see if you have any infection
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and to see any allergy is there
Doctor :  
You also require a chest X-ray
User :   I dont think you are a qualified doctor. I heard nasal sprays are terrible for you. I think I just have a simple head cold but smoking prolongs recovery time. Do you work for Fox news?
Doctor :   no
Doctor :  
donot get hurried
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
iam trying to find that you have not got your lungs affected due to smoking
Doctor :  
and also it is better you stop the marijuana smoking
Doctor :   which is not good for your health
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and you will end up in many diseases due to this
User :   I smoke cigarettes, they are alot worse than marijuana.
Doctor :  
as i told you you can take the following medications for cold
Doctor :  
what ever it is both are bad for your health
User :   well why is marijuana so bad for me?
User :   I understand the common conception that smoking is bad, but you need to tell me why
Doctor :   marijuana is a drug which causes addiction
User :   not really... I dont do any other drugs and never will.
User :   I dont believe your an actual doctor.
User :   Did I stump you?
Doctor :   is its up to you to belive it ornot

Doctor :  
Marijuan causes impairment in memory
Doctor :   Impaired judgement, Damage to the respiratory, reproductive, and immune systems, Increased risk of cancer
Doctor :  
Loss of concentration and coordination, Psychological dependency
User :   and that leads to addiction?
Doctor :   Chronic marijuana smokers are prey to chest colds, bronchitis, emphysema, and bronchial asthma.
User :   where do you find traces that marijuana has a physically addicting?
Doctor :   it needs to be stopped other wise it may causes physical dependency
Doctor :  
Persistent use will damage lungs and airways and raise the risk of cancer.
User :   based off what? where did u learn this?
Doctor :   also
Doctor :  
it Regular use can delay the onset of puberty in young men and reduce sperm production.
Doctor :   iam a Doctor we learn about all kind of things

User :   where are you qualifications?
Doctor :   I am a qualified and registered medical practitioner. I can send you my degree certificate copy by email. It will be up to you to decide whether you would like to follow our suggestions or not.
User :   well you can send me any degree certiicate
Doctor :   ok fine
User :   that does not impress me because i do not know its really you
Doctor :  
t will be up to you to decide whether you would like to follow our suggestions or not.

User :   you are a doctor but your typing skills are lacking, any doctor would at the least have good grammer
User :   misspelling words, imcomplete sentences
User :   it looks like you copy and paste from wikipedia
Doctor :   it is up to you to believe or not
User :   I'd love to take your suggestions, but I have no way of knowing i'm not talking to a random person who isn't a doctor.
Doctor :  
Random person will not give so many suggestions
User :   random person can search the internet just like you
Doctor :   as i told you it is up to you to believe it or not
User :   what is your name doctor?
Doctor :  
Iam Dr. AAAAAAA and we are located in Bangalore, India
Doctor :   i can understand your worry

Doctor :  
since so many fake things happen through internet
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But trust us we are doctors hers to help the people
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and solve their queries
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?

User :   how come I only have muscus coming out of one of my nostris?
Doctor :   Do you have nose block in the other nostril?
User :   no its just a runny nose out of one nostril.. the left.
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
how is the discharge, is it watery
User :   yes sir
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
What about your cough?
Doctor :  
do you get flem?
User :   sometimes
User :   alot actually
User :   but not when I dont smoke
Doctor :  
what is the color of your flem?
User :   a shade of brown i guess
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
do you have fever?
User :   No
Doctor :  
How about headache
User :   yes
Doctor :  
is it present on one side or both side of the head?
User :   one side
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
i suggest you to do some steam inhalation 3-4 times a day
Doctor :  
to relive the congestion
User :   which is worse for my cold.. smoking cigarettes or marijuana?
Doctor :   I didn't get you
Doctor :  
Both
User :   is one worse than the other?
User :   because marijuana relieves headache
Doctor :   for time being it will relive, later it will increase
Doctor :  
for headache take Paracetamol tablets 650mg
User :   I cant
User :   I have acid reflux
User :   my stomach will churn
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
are you taking any medications for your acidreflux?
User :   I toke prilosec but it came back
Doctor :  
Take an antacid before food and take the paracetamol after food this will not causes acid reflux
User :   antacid eat all my stomach acid and makes in unbareable to eat
User :   brb i need to use bathroom
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
is there any thing else i can help you]
Doctor :   are you there

Doctor :  
are you there
User :   sorry
User :   i am here
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
Kindly proceed
User :   what are long term effects of acid reflux
Doctor :   Long term acid reflux causes ulcer,
Doctor :   are you there
User :   I am here I apologize
User :   what are the symptoms of an ulcer?
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
Ulcer will cause sever stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, burping
User :   I get severe stomach pain, nausea, indigestion and burping
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
you need to take antacid for long time for 4-8 weeks
User :   antacids dont really help
Doctor :  
you need to take for long time for better results
Doctor :  
and also smoking will make your reflux severe
User :   how do i quit smoking
Doctor :  
You need to go to deaddiction centers where they will give medications to stop smoking
User :   no such centers exist in the united states.
Doctor :  
how many cigarettes per day you smoke
User :   15-20
Doctor :   that is quite too much
User :   where can I find a deaddiction center?
Doctor :  
you also can see a psychiatrist
Doctor :  
and ask for the help he will refer you to the concerned persons
User :   do you think my cold and acid reflux will go away if I quit smoking?
Doctor :  
yes
User :   how quickly?
Doctor :  
it depends on how you respond to the medications
User :   I toke prilosec and it destroyed my stomach. I think it gave me an ulcer
Doctor :  
no it will not cause ulcer
Doctor :   are you there

Doctor :  
are you there
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Doctor :   are you there
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