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First time experiencing constipation. Haven't gone regularly for a week now. Going on a trip. No access to doctor. What is the worst that can happen?

First time experiencing constipation. Haven't gone regularly for a week now. Going on a trip. No access to doctor. What is the worst that can happen?

Treat it now : I see this fairly commonly in people who are either traveling or about to. It would be best to try to become more regular now while you are at home. Try otc MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) powder ; titrate to effect. ...Read more

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Overdid it with food and drink this weekend. Early stage gout outbreak, walking is tough. What to do? No access to doctor right now

Overdid it with food and drink this weekend. Early stage gout outbreak, walking is tough.  What to do? No access to doctor right now

SOME OTC may help: A gouty attack can be very painful. Sorry for not being able to get medical help. Make sure you stay well hydrated--no alcohol. Anyhow, we often prescribe a powerful antiinflammatory medication called Indocin (indomethacin) for gouty attack. Motrin/aleve are similar medicines and may provide some relief. The prescription dosage of Motrin =600 or 800mg 3x/day. Aleve =naproxen 500mg 2x/day. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I have access to great doctors now, should I see them before I turn 65 or wait and risk their not taking medicare? Not sick, just need annual exams

If I have access to great doctors now, should I see them before I turn 65 or wait and risk their not taking medicare? Not sick, just need annual exams

Doc decides yearly: Doctors have an opportunity each year to determine medicare participation. However, with the way congress is cutting mc funds, it might be likely that docs may stop taking new mc patient. So it could be smart to get established with one of those good doctors now! ...Read more

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What negative effects will an adult have if they didn't have access to a doctor as a child?

What negative effects will an adult have if they didn't have access to a doctor as a child?

Preventative care: Access to good medical care in childhood should set the groundwork for good health later in life - nutrition, exercise, dental health. Children can also be protected against a number of lethal infections and screened for intoxications like lead poisoning. ...Read more

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Can a doctor access records to a persons medical records, how would they find out if a person has any diagnosis officially not just from them saying?

Can a doctor access records to a persons medical records, how would they find out if a person has any diagnosis officially not just from them saying?

Need permission: You give doctor your written permission to get your medical records from previous doctor visits or hospitalizations. He then can read them for diagnoses and therapies. ...Read more

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I am currently on vacation somewhere that I do not have access to a doctor. I believe i may have a uti. What can I do for the next 6 days

I am currently on vacation somewhere that I do not have access to a doctor. I believe i may have a uti. What can I do for the next 6 days

Urgent care: The only reasonable treatment for active UTI is antibiotics, and you will need to see a doctor for that. There is cranberry juice, the legendary natural UTI cure, but data suggests it does nothing for active infection, and is conflicting whether it helps prevents recurrence. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a urinary tract infection but no access to a doctor?

What to do if I have a urinary tract infection but no access to a doctor?

U shoudl have access: To an emergency room or urgent visit center, or a pharmacy u need to leave a urine sample that can be sent to the lab and the health care provider can get u started on antibiotics beofre the culture is back, many pharmacies have urgent txment areas that are staffed by nurse practioners. ...Read more

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I am working in remote Zambia and have a painful UTI. I don't have access to a doctor/hospital, but do have Cipro (ciprofloxacin) with me. Can you recommend a dose?

I am working in remote Zambia and have a painful UTI. I don't have access to a doctor/hospital, but do have Cipro (ciprofloxacin) with me. Can you recommend a dose?

Treatment with Cipro (ciprofloxacin): For uncomplicated UTIs, 250 mg twice a day for 5 days should do it. For a more serious infection 500 mg twice a day for 7-10 days would be more appropriate ...Read more

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Hi, I've been diagnosed with Esophagitis. I was wondering if spraying Flonase in my esophagus area of my chest would be effective? PS I currently don't have access to a doctor.

Hi, I've been diagnosed with Esophagitis. I was wondering if spraying Flonase in my esophagus area of my chest would be effective?

PS I currently don't have access to a doctor.

No: Just no. I am sorry you do not have health care. It's wrong. Common esophagitis is best managed with over-the-counter anti-acid stuff and it may help to elevate the head of your bed on cinder blocks. ...Read more

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I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?

I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?

Tears : Pink eye typically refers to viral conjunctivitis. It usually affects both eyes and because it is due to a virus, is treated symptomatically with otc preservative-free artificial tears. Problem is that this cannot be self- diagnosed. There are many causes of a red eye, some of which can be quite serious. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can the doctors/nurses access the cranial nerves or other major nerves through the incisive canal/incisive foramen or any other opening in the palate?

Can the doctors/nurses access the cranial nerves or other major nerves through the incisive canal/incisive foramen or any other opening in the palate?

No: The incisively canal is an exit point for the palatial nerve which is a terminal branch of cranial nerve v. It isnt an entry point into the brain or cranial cavity. ...Read more

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I'm currently travelling away from home, don't have access to a trusted doctor and my period's been lasting about a month. It's not heavy but clotting?

I'm currently travelling away from home, don't have access to a trusted doctor and my period's been lasting about a month. It's not heavy but clotting?

Bleeding for 4 weeks: or more is something that should be evaluated. Its cause is most likely hormonal, especially at your young age, but the very remote possibility of a cancer of the uterus or cervix would have to be considered. Pregnancy needs to be excluded. I would think you could contact a gynecologist's office, explain the situation, and be evaluated promptly. This would be the best course. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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My ANA came back positive, but the lab report i got doesn't show the titer. Will my doctor have access to that? It doesn't mean a lot without it right?

See below: You are correct on both counts the positive ANA by itself tells you and the doctor that something is going on but your doctor needs the titer. ...Read more

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If an epileptic lost access to their meds & doctors is there a way (herbal, diet, xanex, ect.) to prevent seizures/relieve post seizure pain/trauma.

 If an epileptic lost access to their meds & doctors is there a way (herbal, diet, xanex, ect.) to prevent seizures/relieve post seizure pain/trauma.

No: An epileptic who is controlled by medication must plan his or her life to never lose access to meds or doctors. For example, if there is a chance of being kidnapped by radical terrorists in a foreign country, then that epileptic should not travel to that foreign country. Everyone gets to choose a way to live that does not endanger themselves or others. ...Read more

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What can I do to regulate my menses at home? No access to medication or doctors. Parents not interested. No depression or stress etc.

What can I do to regulate my menses at home? No access to medication or doctors. Parents not interested. 
No depression or stress etc.

Very little: You don't say how irregular you are or other problems like pain, etc. You don't say why or much really, but there is little you can do beyond good healthy living which may not change this concern. Good rest, diet, exercise, no toxic substances, etc are always good. Best wishes! ...Read more

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If you change medical centres will the new doctors already have access to your medical history and records? Or is there confidentiality?

If you change medical centres will the new doctors already have access to your medical history and records? Or is there confidentiality?

Confidential: If they are part of the same group and on an electronic medical record, they probably have access to your old records. If it is an entirely different group, you have to sign a records release for the new doctor to get your old records. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, i want to ask u about milk.I'm 28 years old from pakistan..Which milk is better for me and easy to access me.Tell me the milk name?

No Endorsement: The doctors here on health tap never endorse products. We can have a debate about whether milk is healthy for adult humans. But we would never tell you which product you should use over another. ...Read more