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what's the best ointment for scars?

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Dr. Leonard Grossman
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Early: Early wound care with soap and water washes is needed. Bacitracin ointment is great for the first 5 days. Cacao butter with gentle massage into the scar 4 times daily for the next few months will have great effect of healing. Good luck from nyc.
Dr. Lara Devgan
Plastic Surgery 14 years experience
Depends: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon.

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What are the best precautions to take to avoid contracting new swine flu?

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Regular swine flu: Stay away from people who are sick to avoid getting swine flu. Get vaccinated. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water- often. Use hand sanitizer when this is not available. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes until your hands have been properly cleaned.
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For DVT which foods are best ?

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Regular diet: There are no special foods to eat or foods to avoid but your intake of vitamin k should remain relatively constant.
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What is the best way to stop caffeine without getting the headaches?

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Gradual detox: Slowly reduce caffeine intake over several weeks. This is best accomplished with support from another caffeine addict.
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What is the best hemorhoid treatment?

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Dr. Jason Bodzin
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Short stay bathroom: Hemorrhoids are often caused by straining at he stool for prolonged times. The simple way to get rid of them is to not read magazines or similar activities while on the toilet. 1-2 minutes should be enough. If the hemorrhoids are caused by pregnancy, they should disappear or become asymptomatic after delivery. The main treatment is to avoid straining.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Are blueberries the best fruit to lower cholesterol or is there one better?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Many are good: Almost all fruits are good at reducing your cholesterol: melon, watermelon, oranges, apples (and they keep the doctor away), grapes, bananas, mango, papaya, strawberries, blueberries, but not coconut.

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