From C-section scars to intimate rashes – Dr Zoe answers your health queries

THE sun is finally out and it feels like summer is on the way. But with warmer temperatures come a host of seasonal health conditions.

From hay fever and heat exhaustion to rashes, sunburn and dehydration, there are lots of ways the changing season can affect you and your family.

Dr Zoe is here to answer your questions every week, from niggling pains to worries you have about your kids and loved ones


Dr Zoe is here to answer your questions every week, from niggling pains to worries you have about your kids and loved onesCredit: Olivia West

So with that in mind, make sure you send over any questions you have about summer health and I will answer as many as I can.

In the meantime, here are this week’s issues answered…

Q) IS it normal for my C-section scar to be numb 12 weeks after birth? No one tells you about this.

a) Yes, it’s normal – and gosh, there’s so much we are not informed of as women before or during pregnancy about what can happen.

Some people might not want to know everything, while others want to know it all. Either way, numbness to the scar at 12 weeks is very normal.

That is because small nerves are severed during surgery and it takes time for them to regrow.

It may take several months to get the sensation back and sometimes that sensation may be different to before.

I am an ambassador for Elastoplast and it does a great product that helps the healing of C-section scars.

It’s called Scar Reducer and while it won’t speed up the healing of the nerves, it has been shown to make scars flatter, softer and lighter, with first visible results within three to four weeks

Q) WHY do you feel worse with a UTI during the evening compared to the daytime?

a) Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms.

These most commonly include discomfort or pain, an increased urgency to pass urine and needing to pee more frequently.

Often, people report a worsening of symptoms at night, which is most likely because urine output is at its lowest at that time.

This means the urine is likely to be more concentrated and this can increase the irritation to the bladder and urethra.

Q) I HAVE had a rash on my scrotum for three years. The tiny pimples are purple to black in colour.

It gets worse when I’m nervous or aroused. Could it be a nervous rash?

a) Your description is consistent with a condition called angiokeratoma of Fordyce.

The pimples are made up of blood vessels that have expanded, or dilated, and become visible on the surface of your skin.

The color of the spots can be red, blue, purple, dark red or bluish-black. They might feel bumpy and rough to the touch.

Angiokeratoma of Fordyce can also appear on the shaft of the penis and around your inner thighs but is most common in the scrotum.

Females can also get these on their vulva.

It becomes more likely as you get older, and roughly one in six men over the age of 70 will have them.

They are benign and do not require treatment.

Q) WHEN it comes to stroke recovery, is there a cut-off point at which things won’t get better? Or can recovery continue to improve for months or years?

a) There is no hard and fast cut off point. For some stroke survivors, improvements continue to be seen years later.

However, the first three months following a stroke are deemed especially important for recovery.

This is when most patients will see the greatest improvement.

That is because the brain is in a state of heightened plasticity, which means it is better able to rewire itself and learn new things.

It is important to remember that no two strokes are the same and each patient will recover over different timelines.

There are many things that influence recovery, including the severity of the stroke, the person’s motivation and access to rehabilitation, carer support, the health of the person before they had the stroke and which part of the brain was affected.

For example, people who learn to walk again tend to do so within about six months. But for those learning to talk again, it can take two years.

Some people fully recover from stroke within a very short amount of time but others are sadly left with lifelong disability. From C-section scars to intimate rashes – Dr Zoe answers your health queries

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