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A 23-year-old female asked:

previously divalproex caused hair loss, but helped my migraines tremendously, how can i start taking it again and not loose my hair? any other options

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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Several thoughts: Divalproex reportedly has a 6% incidence of hair loss. Topiramate doesn't report hair loss. Other possibilities include Beta Blockers and Tricyclic antidepressants. **Petadolex(butterbur) is a herbal preparation available in the pharmacy without a prescription that can also be effective in preventing migraine.
Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
Hair breakage: from Depakote can often be avoided by use of a selenium based shampoo. Not every one reports that it solves the problem though.

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Yes: Colds tend to precede the onset of an ear infection in children. This is because a cold causes fluid to develop in the middle ear, that at times may get infected by bacteria or viruses. Ways to decrease your baby's risk of ear infections are: 1) avoid smoke exposure, 2) try to limit pacifier use in those prone to ear infections, and 3) avoid having your baby drink milk laying down flat.
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How can I help soothe pain from an ear infection?

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Does my child need to get a shot for repeated ear infections?

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I suffer with chrohns and I have a colostomy and the skin around the stoma burns so bad that it brings tears to my eyes. Do you have any suggestions?

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Thick nasal mucus - I have to blow my nose very hard to get the plug feeling out, it is commonly very thick, white (not clear). Should I be concern?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Thick nasal mucus: Thick nasal mucus can be related to sinusitis, but not necessarily. If you have chronic allergies or recurrent infections you should consult a doctor who can identify if there is an opportunity to improve nasal inflammation with sprays or treat infection with antibiotics. You may benefit from good nasal hygiene as well which involves using salt water rinses to clear mucus and allergens.

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