I have a 5-year-old son who is very fond of his pet dog. We are careful about keeping the dog hygienic but I would like to know if there is a risk of any sort due to contact with dogs?
Asthma and other allergies and dog bites are the most common triggers for asthma. If your child develops any kind of allergies, get advice from your doctor and take expert advice before choosing a pet the next time.
Although pet dogs are relatively at low risk of rabies, vaccinating your pet at regular interval is recommended. Not only is the bite of the dogs infected with rabies dangerous, even a scratch or lick on broken skin by infected animal can prove fatal. The chances of transmission of virus from the saliva into the boy through the wounded or broken skin are high.
-Dr Gautam Mittal, Consultant Pediatrician, Columbia Asia Hospital, Patiala
I’m a 28-year-old, married for the last three years. Despite our best efforts my wife is unable to conceive. My doctor says my infertility is related to obesity. Is it true and if yes, what is the solution?
Obesity does influence infertility in males. However, it would be difficult to say with certainty, if your obesity is the only cause for infertility. You would need a complete check up with all investigations to ascertain the exact cause/causes.
–Dr Atul Peters, Director of Minimal Accesses, Metabolic & Bariatric surgeon, Fortis Healthcare, Delhi
My girlfriend and I started our careers at the age of 24. We should take about 7-8 years to reach the positions we want. This will probably delay our marriage plans. Will it become difficult for her to conceive at that age? What are the difficulties she could face? Is egg-freezing an option for us?
I agree with your decision to freeze your eggs, as the hormone levels start to go down after the age of 35. You should plan to have the first baby by the age of 30. According to current studies, the success rate of such a procedure is increasing. However, we do also have a good chance of success rate of such a procedure is increasing. However, we do also have a good chance of success with fresh embryos, which means harvesting fresh eggs and sperm rather than using frozen onec. If you wish to freeze the eggs, that too, is a good option. You now have both options available to you.
Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour, Director & IVF Specialist, SCI Healthcare, Kailash Colony