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Does banana and milk kill?

 I LOVE making smoothies from Banana and Milk. However, I read somewhere lately that the combination is dangerous and can kill. Kindly advise me.

— Lola (by SMS)

It is not true that eating Banana and Milk together can kill. According to nutritional experts, Bananas and milk are both rich in a number of important nutrients. They can also be combined and enjoyed as a healthy, post-workout snack to promote muscle growth and enhance recovery.


Self-examination of testicles

I recently saw an advert promoting the need for men to examine their testicles regularly to rule out Testicular cancer. I want to know how serious this case is and what to do to prevent it.

— Okafor (by SMS)

It is estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 men will develop testicular cancer each year. The chance of developing testis cancer is about one in 270. Fortunately, the cure rate is excellent (greater than 95 percent for all men with testis cancer). Some of the signs and symptoms include Lumps, Pain, Swelling, Hardness and Heaviness in one or both testicles. The best way to prevent the condition is through early detection and intervention which can only be possible through self -examination of the testicles. The examination is best done during your bath time.


Pregnant with swollen feet

I am a 35-year-old lady who is 5- month pregnant with my second baby. I recently noticed that whenever I sit for long (about 1 hour) my feet will be swollen.  Kindly let me know what to do about this.

— Judith (by SMS)

Most pregnant women have swollen feet and ankles at some point, and this is perfectly normal. Throughout the day the extra water tends to gather in the lowest parts of the body, especially if the weather is hot or you have been standing a lot. The pressure of your growing womb can also affect the blood flow in your legs. This can cause fluid to build up in your legs, ankles and feet. However, there are times when swelling could indicate something more serious. Contact your midwife, doctor or hospital immediately if the swelling doesn’t go down when you rest.


I cough at night

I have been coughing at night and anytime I lie down for some time. I took some cough mixtures but the cough has not improved. Kindly let me know what to do. I am a 60-year-old businessman.

— Bassey (by SMS)

When you lie down at night, you lose the gravitational advantage that you have while standing during the day. If you have acid reflux, the acid comes back to your throat. A simple measure is to prop yourself up with a pillow before you go to sleep. By doing so, you’re able to combat the acid threatening to irritate your throat and minimize the mucus in your upper airway. It’s also crucial to be compliant with your doctor’s recommendations. If you’re supposed to take allergy or acid reflux medicine, make it a priority to do so. Small changes can go a long way in dodging nighttime coughing.


 Can I still use face mask?

I can see that many people have stopped using facemasks because they claim that Covid-19 is gone. I want to know if it is true and whether Facemasks are still necessary?

 — Junior (by SMS)

Although the incidence of the COVID-19 pandemic has generally reduced, it is not true that it has entirely gone. It is therefore important for people to continue practising preventing habits such as the wearing of Facemasks, Hand washing as well as Physical and Social distancing for some time.  The use of facemasks is advisable when in crowded areas and for those with some underlying medical conditions that can easily be aggravated by the Covid infection.


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