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Ever have one of those questions that you always wanted to ask your doctor, but were scared, embarassed, or even *gasp* ashamed to ask? Well now is your chance!

Why do you pee so much after drinking coffee?
Why DO men have nipples?
Why am I getting white hairs?

Here is your opportunity to ask those embarassing or just inquisitive questions 🙂

Remember, this website isn’t intended for medical advice, my lawyers and insurance company would hate that! It’s intended to answer your silly, interesting, funny, and sometimes embarassing questions!

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Why do I sweat so much?!

I sweat too much, why? and is there something I can do about it?

 Excessive sweating, or Hyperhidrosis, affects 2-3% of Americans! Unfortunately in the majority of patients with this condition, a cause is never identified. There are theories that primary hyperhidrosis is caused by an overactive “sympathetic system”, but no one knows for sure.

But more importantly, what can you do about it? Treatments include over the counter or prescription antiperspirants, iontophoresis, botox, oral anti-cholenergic medications, and even surgery!

Your physician can prescribe several medications, including Aluminium chloride (hexahydrate) solution in a higher concentration than found in OTC antiperspirants.

Surgical options include Iontophoresis, an interesting procedure where a weak electrical current is passed through your affected body part while it is submerged in water. There are also surgeries that sever the nerves that cause sweating in certain parts of the body. Botox injections are also catching on now as a treatment of choice in armpits, but have not made their way into mainstream treatment of hands/feet.

Of course you should always approach your physician about this, and any medical condition, first. There is always a possibility of some underlying nastiness that could be causing your sweating, so always get it checked out!

For more information, visit : http://sweathelp.org

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Why is our urine yellow?

Why is our urine yellow?

Excellent question! Urine is yellow due to chemicals known as urobilins. These come about when bilirubin, another chemical in our body, is broken down. It’s the same chemical that makes people yellow when they have jaundice too.

Now you’re probably wondering : What’s bilirubin? 

Fair enough. Bilirubin is a chemical that is a byproduct of yet another broken down chemical in our bodies : hemoglobin! Yes, the famous component of red blood cells which carry oxygen all around our bodies. So when RBCs get worn down, in roughly 120 days, they have to get degraded.

Now wrap your brain around this : A single RBC has 270 million hemoglobin molecules, and an adult may have roughly 2–3 × 1013 red blood cells at any given time!  That’s a lot of yellow!
Interestingly enough… Alchemists in the “dark ages” thought that there was gold in our urine that turned it yellow. I can’t imagine the length that people must have gone through to try to prove that 🙂

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Which medications/herbals interact with my xxxxx medication?

This is yet another common question that I get asked a lot…

Which of my medications could interact with such-and-such medication?

 

Unfortunately there is no easy answer for this, except for : You should always check!
Usually the pharmacy will run interaction checks for you, but that’s only if you get all of your medications from one pharmacy… and then again, it doesn’t check for herbal supplements etc!

My recommendation to you is to always check ALL of your medications against one another using tools like this :

http://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html

Then of course discuss with your physician any questions you may have afterwards.

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Eek! How do I not get Mono?

How can I avoid getting mono from my roommate??

Hence the common name : Kissing Disease.

You can avoid mono by not sharing glasses, utensils, drinks etc… a good cleaning with soap and water should get rid of any residual viral particles. However, I would recommend using a different set of utensils for the next week or so just to be extra careful, or running yours through the dish washer and putting the dry on high heat if you have that option.

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Will I have a baby boy or a girl?

Our next question is one that I’ve had to answer several times in the past…

Will I have a boy or a girl?

The answer is : You have a 50:50 chance of either one!

Based on genetics, you’ve got two X chromosomes if you’re a woman, and one X and one Y if you are male. Now barring any genetic mutations (XXX, XYY, XXO variants) that means that if you give one gene to your offspring each, then the options are:

X from Mom, X from Dad = XX = girl

X from Mom, Y from Dad = XY = boy

You’re going to get an X from your mom regardless, so it does not influence your sex… but from your dad, you have a 50:50 chance of having either an X or a Y! So that’s what determines your sex.

What we don’t understand is why there are more females in the World than males, it’s just another one of those life mysteries.

Poor wives of King Henry… so many of them were killed because of their inability to give him a male heir! And to think, all this time it was his fault 🙂

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Our first question : Why do I have to pee so badly after drinking coffee?

Interesting question, and thank you for being the first 🙂

The reason why you have an increased need to urinate after drinking coffee is because you have effectively “diuresed” yourself!

Coffee is a diuretic, meaning that it promotes the function of your kidneys to increase the extraction of water from your bloodstream.

So the next time you’re about to have your fifth cup of joe while on that road trip… now you’ll know why you’ve had to make so many pit stops.

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Welcome to Ask Dr.Ismail!

Ever have one of those questions that you always wanted to ask your doctor, but were scared, embarassed, or even *gasp* ashamed to ask? Well now is your chance!

Why do you pee so much after drinking coffee?
Why DO men have nipples?
Why am I getting white hairs?

Here is your opportunity to ask those embarassing or just inquisitive questions 🙂

Remember, this website isn’t intended for medical advice, my lawyers and insurance company would hate that! It’s intended to answer your silly, interesting, funny, and sometimes embarassing questions!

So are you ready to start? Then lets

Welcome!

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