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A 34-year-old member asked:

please answer! i have an estrogen patch question. can i cut it and use like half or third to save money?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Not recommended: The patch is designed to deliver a constant and predictable amount of hormone. By cutting it, you will ruin the integrity of the patch leading to erratic hormone release and most likely suboptimal dose. If the dose is suboptimal, you might as well not use it at all as it can do more harm than good, especially if you are dealing with a hormone. Talk to your doc. There might be cheaper alternatives.
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Bioidentical might: Some doctors are using bioidentical hormones which are made by a compounding pharmacist for one patient at a time. This may be cheaper than name brand estrogen patches.

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I am terrified of cutting my baby's fingernails, I feel like I might cut her by accident.What should I do?

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File them: Parents often do accidentally cut their babies' skin while cutting the nails. These are minor cuts and will heal quickly. Cutting the nails when baby is asleep or just after a bath is recommended. Make sure you use special baby-sized clippers. If you are still fearful, use a nail file to file the nails down. But they grow quickly, so be sure to file them frequently.
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Why does a healthcare provider tell you to keep your fingernails cut short?

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Germs!: Fingernails are a notorious haven for many types of bacteria that can get trapped underneath them even if someone is careful to wash their hands often. For that reason, doctors advise and often themselves ensure that their fingernails don't grow too long and create opportunity for bacteria to catch a free ride.
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I stopped my estrogen and started my progesterone. Now, I have hot flashes.

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Hot flashes.: You probably have a hormone imbalance. Call your doctor and discuss the balancing of your hormones. This is complex and needs frequent medical visits.
A male asked:

I keep on getting sist tipe absesses in my groins.Its been cut out several times but keep on comming back at a different spot.?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Hidradenitis supp.: You may have a 'cystic skin disease' called hidradenitis suppurativa. It mainly attacks the groin and armpits. Recurrent cysts are the general rule. You should get seen by a dermatologist to get a diagnosis and get the proper treatment (e.g. Oral antibiotics, injections, excisions...) hope you are better soon!

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