SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Dr. Bob Cassady of the South Bend Clinic joins us weekly on 16 News Now at noon to answer your medical questions.
Question #1 (from Katrina): What can I do for hair growth? My hair has been getting lighter since I started having children.
DR. BOB: The cause of hair loss or thinning can be difficult to diagnose like other skin conditions.
One of the most common causes in women is pregnancy-related hair loss. Typically, this will get better on its own about a year after giving birth.
In addition to this, medications, diseases and skin conditions can cause hair thinning.
Finally, a very common cause in women is age-related hair loss, like the male pattern baldness that men experience.
Treatment is based on the cause, so it’s best to see your doctor to discuss a plan. Some people find limited success for age-related hair loss with Minoxidil, which is the active ingredient in Rogaine products.
Question #2 (from John): I have a balanced diet, but I still don’t feel like I’m getting enough fiber. Should I take supplements?
DR. BOB: The foods we eat are complicated and provide many different things to our bodies.
They contain macronutrients like proteins, fats and carbohydrates. They contain micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.
Fiber is the part of plants that our body cannot digest. It travels through the intestinal tract and is expelled with the stool.
It is an important part of a healthy diet. It helps us have regular, healthy bowel movements and contributes to overall cardiovascular health.
It’s best to get your fiber from the foods you eat, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The goal for most adults is 25-36g of fiber per day.
If you think you’re not getting enough due to constipation or you determine you have less, fiber supplements are easy to take and can be purchased without a prescription.
Question #3 (from Lisa): I get small blisters on the tops of my feet when exposed to the sun. What could it be?
DR. BOB: Skin rashes related to sun exposure can be caused by several problems.
Certain illnesses such as lupus can lead to sun-related rashes. Typically, an illness like this presents with a variety of symptoms such as a rash on the face, joint pain, and sores in the mouth.
It’s also possible to get blisters just from sunburn if you don’t cover that area of skin with sunscreen.
Certain medications can cause your skin to interact with the sun, such as antibiotics like doxycycline.
Finally, skin care products could cause a sun reaction.
If you have any of the other symptoms I mentioned above, it would be good to see your doctor.
If these blisters only occur occasionally and are mild, I recommend wearing SPF 30 on your feet and seeing if the problem resolves.
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