This week we saw a wide variety of questions come into our community. Women asked about broken ankles, night blindness and discoloration. Our moderators provided resources and answers to these health questions as well as many others. Do you have a health question you need an answer for? Post it to our community, and we promise to respond within 24 hours.
Here are some of our top ASKs in the EmpowHER community this week.
1. What are some symptoms of endometriosis?
A: Endometriosis is a painful disorder of the reproductive system. The endometrium which is the tissue that normally line the uterus, grows outside the uterus and is found in the ovaries, intestines and lining the pelvic area.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with your menstrual period. Although many women experience cramping during their menstrual period, women with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain that's far worse than usual. They also tend to report that the pain has increased over time. Read the full answer here.
2.I am marrying a woman with night blindness. If we have children, will they also have night blindness?
A: Night blindness or nyctalopia is the inability to see well at night or in poor light. It is important to note that it is not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem, usually a retina problem.
It is common for people who are myopic, which is nearsightedness, to have some difficulties with night vision, but this is not due to retinal disease, but rather to optical issues. The causes of night blindness fall into two categories, treatable and non-treatable. Read the full answer here.
3. What causes red and wrinkled fingertips?
A: Wrinkled finger tips are usually a result of hands immersed in water for long periods of time. But there are some other common causes, which are: Lymphedema: This is a medical condition in which there is building up or clogging of fluid in some areas of the fingers. Thyroid Disorder: This is also a common cause of Wrinkled Fingertips or Pruney Fingers. Parasympathetic Nerve Dysfunction: This medical condition is also known to cause Wrinkled Fingertips or Pruney Fingers. Connective Tissue Disorder: Conditions like lupus and scleroderma also tend to cause Wrinkled Fingertips or Pruney Fingers. Read the full answer here.
4. I have some discoloration on my face after receiving radiation treatment. What are some skincare products I can use to solve this problem?
A: In most cases, skin discoloration fades after you finish treatment. One thing to remember is to void harsh soaps that have a lot of fragrance; instead use fragrance-free soaps with moisturizers (such as Dove).
If you're concerned about a change in the color of your skin, talk to your doctor, he/she may be able to recommend a product line or an esthetician. Read the full answer here.