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Are there things in my control that make bronchitis more likely?

Are there things in my control that make bronchitis more likely?

Allergy control: Bronchitis and similar illnesses are commonly associated to not well controlled respiratory allergic disease. Swelling and increased secretions secondary to allergy produce bronchitis symptoms which might or might not get secondarily infected. Identifying allergens, reducing exposure to them if present and measures to control allergy symptoms reduce the number of bronchitis episodes. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (the tubes that carry air to ...Read more


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Are there things in my control that make frostbite more likely?

Are there things in my control that make frostbite more likely?

Proper clothing: Avoid extreme temperatures. But if you must be outside wear proper layered clothing and have extra socks available if clothing beamed wet. Emergency supplies and evacuation plan in advance of trip. ...Read more

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Are there things in my control that make drug addiction more likely?

Are there things in my control that make drug addiction more likely?

Triggers for drugs: There are things in your control that make adiction more likely: peer pressure, places you hang out, and things that you do. There are heritable factors that are outside your control, but behavior modification is within your control. ...Read more

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Are there things in my control that make aortic aneurysm more likely?

Are there things in my control that make aortic aneurysm more likely?

Yes: The aorta is the largest artery in the body and is vulnerable to the same factors that cause problems in other arteries. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking all increased the chances of aneurysm formation as does stimulant use (such as cocaine). ...Read more

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Are there things in my control that make chiari malformation more likely?

Are there things in my control that make chiari malformation more likely?

No: A chiari malformation is a congenital malformation where part the cerebellum in the back of the brain lies low and slips through the large opening at the base of the skull. Most patients are born with them, and type 1 is usually asymptomatic. Types 2 and 3 are more severe and often require surgery. An acquired chiari can occur following a lumbar shunt procedure, but this is quite rare. ...Read more

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Are there habits that make bronchiolitis more likely?

Are there habits that make bronchiolitis more likely?

Yes!: Bronchiolitis, a viral infection of the bronchioles (the smallest airways), usually occurs in patients under 2 years old and is most common in babies 3-6 months old. One out of every 9 babies catches it before 1 year old. It's slightly more common in boys, and exposure to secondhand smoke definitely increases the risk. Daycare attendance increases the risk simply by increasing exposure to germs. ...Read more

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Are there lifestyle changes that really make getting rhinitis less likely?

Are there lifestyle changes that really make getting rhinitis less likely?

Not really: If you are genetically predisposed to allergic rhinitis, reducing your exposure to common allergens might help, but the catch-22 is that you won't know which allergens you will react to until you start developing signs of allergic rhinitis. Irritant rhinitis can improve by limiting exposure to irritants such as perfumes and chemicals in your environment; avoid infectious rhinitis with good hygiene. ...Read more

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What are some things that could make birth control less effective?

What are some things that could make birth control less effective?

Decrease BCP's: Antibiotics are the most commly seen drugs that decrease the effectiness of bcp's due to the disturbance of the metabolism of estrogen. Other prime offenders are skipping more than 2 days of pills. ...Read more

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Are there certain things that make getting blocked arteries more likely?

Are there certain things that make getting blocked arteries more likely?

Yes: There are controllable, and uncontrollable factors. The things that you can control are not smoking, watching cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and sugar levels. You cannot control your gender, age and genetics. ...Read more

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Are there certain things that make getting gum disease more likely?

Are there certain things that make getting gum disease more likely?

Yes: Risk factors that increase likelyhood include: smoking, stress, poor oral hygiene, genetic predisposition, suppressed immune system, diabetes, high cholesterol, bacterial transmission through saliva of other contaminated person, familial gum disease, other systemmic inflammatory diseases, etc. ...Read more

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Are there habits that make acne more likely?

Are there habits that make acne more likely?

Bad habits for acne: A habitual diet high in carbs and dairy can affect acne, and make it worse. Picking acne certainly makes scarring more likely. Using lots of make-up can make acne worse as well. ...Read more

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Why are so many people overweight or obese? Is it just poor food and lifestyle choices or is there more to it than that?

Societal obesity.: The high rate of obesity in American society is related to the pervasiveness of rich food options and sedentary lifestyles. As well, our portion sizes tend to be much larger than they should be. And, were a stressed out society, and stress contributes to an increase in adiposity. Then there's genetics, which play a role within families. ...Read more

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Is there anything in particular that can make pneumonia worse? Are there things that should/should not be done?

Is there anything in particular that can make pneumonia worse? Are there things that should/should not be done?

Pneumonia gets worse: Smoking, inadequate rest, improper diagnosis, inadequate or inappropriate antibiotics, failure to check a follow-up chest x -ray to ensure complete resolution of pneumonic infiltrate allow your doctor to help you manage and treat the pneumonia to resolution. ...Read more

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Is there a certain month in pregnancy that women are more likely to smoke?

Is there a certain month in pregnancy that women are more likely to smoke?

Yes: Most pregnant women will stop smoking by the end of their first trimester but resume after at some point after the baby is born. Pregnancy is an excellent me to kick the habit. ...Read more

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Are there habits that make depression more likely?

Are there habits that make depression more likely?

Negative habits: Yes. Things that may contribute to depression include abuse of alcohol, illicit drugs and prescribed medications. Being exposed to prolonged stress , as well as acute tramau, may lead to depression. Bad habits such as poor diet, lack of exercise and poor sleep hygiene are other contributors. Some meds can cause depression, such as beta blockers and steroids. Underlying illnesses may be causes. ...Read more

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