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A 33-year-old female asked:

are there any long term side-effects to laser hair removal? (other than the promise of no more waxing?!) :) cancer/tumour etc?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Difficult to say: At this point in time there are no identified long term risks other than the permanent loss of hair and the associated structures including the sebaceous glands. This may lead to loss of the protective effects of hair and sebum on the treated area.
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Actually, no.: Since laser hair removal uses non-ionizing energy, there is no cancer-inducing radiation, and the actual laser light penetrates no more than a couple of millimeters at hair removal wavelengths. Multiple sessions are necessary since hair follicles are susceptible only in specific growth phases. Hair and a few sebaceous glands are gone, but no problem unless too much energy=burn or blister.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Could a topical steroid applied to the face decrease inflamation in other areas of the body?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Steroids absorbed : Depending on which topical steroid, how much is applied to how much skin area, and for how long there could be enough systematic absorption for effects to other areas. Realize that would also imply greater likelyhood of systemic side effects.
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What kind of bleeding do colon polyps / cancer show?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Occult/hidden: Most of the time there is no visible blood. Testing for bleeding lesions requires testing for occult blood, fecal occult blood test (fbot). There is more than one method. If is recommended that this test be done three times each year on persons over the age of 50, unless they have undergone colonoscopy.
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A 36-year-old female asked:

What causes a hemmorage in the eye following a retnial detatchment surgery.?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Vascular leaks: The retina is very thin, very fragile but richly endowed with blood vessels and it sits on another carpet of blood vessels. Re-attachment surgery has to restructure a detached retina in the presence of all of this vascular richness and fragility and sometimes smaller vessels can leak or even vessels at the site of entry into the eye. This will clear usually with time.
A 30-year-old female asked:

I have a problem with my hair..It falls alot.The doctor told me main problem is low iron..Ive been taking iron pills for months now.No improvement.?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Needs re-eval: Conditions like this are often transient. Doesn't sound like you have proven iron deficiency and in any case you should be back up to normal by now. Sounds like you need to talk to your doc again.
A 36-year-old member asked:

My son is 6 and has been healthy. He started having seizures. He is under medication. Why can this be happening? No head injury or illness.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Seizure disorder: The brain goes through a rather lengthy period of development& growth& continues to remodel itself until the late 20's. A seizure disorder, whether transient & benigh or long term, can emerge at any age & for a variety of reasons. Your dr or neurologist may have a clue for origin after tests, but a large percentage arise from no known reason & are labeled "ideopathic".

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