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A 31-year-old member asked:

can an artificial joint manifest a reaction or symptoms?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes?: Artificial joints only act as resurfacings for arthritic joints. Therefore, ligaments, muscles, and nerve endings are preserved. So, if the joint is irritated, unstable, or inflammed then the usual response of pain and swelling ensues. So, an artificial joint can become symptomatic like any native joint.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes: They can loosen or even cause the body to "reject" them.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is an allergic reaction?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Overreaction: An allergic reaction is an overreaction of the immune system by an allergic individual to a substance that is normally harmless. Reactions can include runny or stuffy nose (allergic rhinitis) wheezing and cough (asthma) or skin reactions like eczema or hive. ( a severe reaction can lead to difficult breathing, shock and even death in the case of anaphylaxis.).
A 47-year-old member asked about a member:

What is the worst thing that could happen due to an allergic reaction?

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Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greeneanswered
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Anaphylaxis: The most severe reaction that can occur after repeated exposure to something you are allergic to is called anaphylaxis. This rare but sudden condition causes itchy welts (hives), followed by wheezing, shortness of breath, and occasionally, swelling of the tongue or throat. Without treatment, swelling of the tongue or throat can sometimes worsen and block the airway.
Dr. Joel Selter
Dr. Joel Selter commented
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
While anaphylaxis is the most common immediate life threatening hypersensitivity reaction- oftentime to foods, one should be alert to some of the very severe reactions associated with drug hypersensitivity- such as Stevens Johnson, Toxic Epidermal Necrolyis (TEN) as well as DRESS.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the adverse reaction after administering the anti tetanus serum

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends on source: Animal antitetanus serum can cause a multitude of symtoms, called serum sickness. There may include, fever, joint pains, enlarged lymphnodes, kidney damage, rash, weakness, muscle pains etc. Serum from human source usually does not have adverse effects, other than the uncommon complications of blood product transfusion.
A 21-year-old member asked:

My joints crack when I move. Am I at risk for arthritis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not just from noises: Cracking a joint moves the parts of the joint, with the cracking noise coming from cartilage surfaces sliding, from movement of a little air-space from one place in the joint to another, or from some other non-traumatic event. A person with no joint pains before or after cracking a joint is probably not damaging the joint. However, making it a frequent habit has uncertain long-term effects.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can an allergic reaction become life threatening? What should I know if living with someone allergic?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Anaphylaxis: The most dangerous allergic reaction is anaphylaxis. With this type of reaction, the individual will develop a brisk systemic reaction (hives, swelling, breathing problems, passing out) that can rapidly progress and can cause death. The treatment is avoidance of trigger and use of injectable epinephrine.

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