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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
See a pediatrician: First, there is a specific way that a penis must be measured and charts to look at to see what is normal. He needs a general checkup - if a shorter than average penis is the only thing found, then hormone or other metabolic defects are unlikely. Perhaps it is trapped in fat at the base of the penis. Also, a penis can grow unpredictably during puberty. He needs to see a pediatrician to get answers.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Probably not: Allergy to nickel, which is found in most of the products used as posts for earnings and other piercings, is very common. Allergy to copper is much less common, so you will probably be OK.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Imperforate hymen?: If you mean you have never had your first period, this likely means that your hymen has no outlet at all and the blood from your period can't get out. See your gynecologist right away.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
No: Although a parent needs to accompany children under 18 to doctor visits, one exception is for treatment related to sexual activity. The physician is prevented by law from sharing what happens during your visit with anyone without your consent.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Ear infection...: ... is most likely. It could be a middle ear infection or an infection of the ear canal, so you will need to see a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment to get you better quickly.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
See your doctor: The inhaler that you use before sports may be preventing the tightness in your bronchial tubes (asthma) but it will not stop other causes of chest pain. If you are trying so hard that you are breathing way deeper than normal, you may be just over stretching the area where your ribs join the breastbone. Less likely is that there is something with your heart or you need stronger asthma medicine.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Sorry....: Girls reach their final height 1-4 years after their first period and there is no known treatment that will change that. My advice is to concentrate on things that you can improve, like your education, job training, sports, fitness, appearance, etc.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Very unlikely: IF you have had one measles shot, you are 95% sure that you will not get measles and if you have had two (which is what you should have had) you are 99% sure to be protected. Unfortunately, 1% (1 in a hundred) could still get measles but 99 out of a hundred would not.
A female asked:
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
It's not unusual: Girls generally stop growing about a year or two after their first period, generally adding another 1-2 inches. So, if your daughter had her first period more than two years ago, it is normal for her to have pretty much stopped. Another thing to remember is that kids don't grow at a steady rate, but in spurts and stops, so she may be in-between spurts. The height of the parents also plays a role.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Not flu: Influenza (the flu) is a respiratory disease - runny nose and cough with fever and body aches including headache. If it just started and you get the runny nose, fever, and cough with a day, then it might be influenza. However, there are many other viral infections with other symptoms that you could have - most are not as severe as influenza.
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