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A 41-year-old female asked:

received rabies immune globulin & 3 rabies vaccines. 4th shot is in 4 days.just had another possible bat bite.do i need to go to er or am i protected?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Your on your way: You are in the process of becoming protected. I would call the local health department to check on the frequency of local rabies activity before adding to what you have. The primary series is expected to yield 2 years of ongoing protection from the point of completion.

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Both of my older kids had chronic ear infections; does this mean my new baby will, too?

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Not necessarily: Family history - mother's and father's, and sibling's - can suggest a predilection for ear infections, but it is only a tendency, not definite. If there is a family history, monitor closely.
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I'm a man, should I get human papilloma virus vaccine to avoid genital warts and cancer?

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Dr. Michael Klein
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Yes: The vaccine has been approved by the fda for ages 9-26 in men. The biggest advantage of the vaccine is to reduce the spread of the virus to women, which can be aided by reducing the number of men with the virus. Male genital cancer is much rarer than female cervical cancer, so the major benefit is preventing some types of warts an spread to women.
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A 54-year-old female asked:

Sore throat and congestion for 10 days. Congestion almost gone, throat sore am/pm. See dr or wait?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
See a doctor: Upper respiratory infections are usually caused by a virus and they are usually gone after 5-7 days. If symptoms are persisting for over 7 days its time to get an doctor's examination. Sometimes a viral URI will develop a secondary bacterial infection which will be relieved with prescription antibiotics. A doctor can also swab the throat and check for streptoccocal infection.
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A 49-year-old female asked:

4 months ago I had total knee replacements(both) and I still have swelling, burning, sharp needle like pains is this normal? What are the signs if one is allergic to the metal in the knee replacement (both)

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Can be normal: Some pain and swelling can be normal at this stage. May take close to 1 full year for complete resolution with good therapy. Signs of metal allergy include persistent pain and swelling, skin rashes, including hives , and x-ray findings of component loosening. A sample of the metal, provided by the implant company, can be taped to your arm to confirm. Ask your surgeon.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

Is a heating pad or i've better for kidney pain? Er said I had a UTI but i'm not really having bladder problems, it's just my left kidney.

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Dr. Roscoe Nelson
Urology 28 years experience
Neither: If it's a stone not much but medication and passing the stone will help. My condolences.

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