Doctor insights on:
Are There Any Home Allergy Testing Kits That You Can Buy That Work Just As Docs
Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware. A positive allergy test is not a diagnosis of allergy. There are many false positive tests. A negative allergy does not rule-out allergy - although it makes a diagnosis less likely. The cost of allergy testing is 4-10x more than the fee for seeing the expert. Why not enlist the help of board-certified experts? ...Read more
Allergies can be identified by allergy tests. The best allergy test is a skin test. It is safe and reliable. The next best allergy test is a blood test - less reliable than skin tests but also safe. If we are looking into food allergy then a challenge test is very reliable but ...Read more
Are there any home allergy testing kits that you can buy that work just as good as allergy testing at the doctor's office?
Are there any home allergy testing kits that can be bought that work just as well as allergy testing at docs?
Unfortunately no: It would be nice to have allergy testing that can be done at home. Unfortunately, no reliable test kits are available. The most reliable test is a skin test applied and interpreted by an allergist. Even specific ige blood tests can have "false negative" results. Igg blood tests are essentially useless. ...Read more
How can I find out if OTC cosmetics that I buy at the store actually do what they say? Is there some resource that doctors trust for verifying claims?
Not tested. : A large majority of OTC products are not tested for efficacy nor safety. So we never really know. ...Read more
Are there any other ways to find out you are pregnant besides home test or blood tests at the doctors? I've heard this and wanted to know
Please tell me if there are any natural vaccines that work just as good as the pharmaceutical ones?
Block parties: The only "natural" vaccines were common in the pre vaccine era when mothers gathered their kids for block parties.A known active case would be exposed to all the kids, so they would get it and become immune at a predictable time.The downside was they all risked the complications of the wild disease. There are no herbal or other products that prevent these illnesses. ...Read more
Are there any natural vaccines that work just as good as the pharmaceutical ones? Where can I find them?
Confusing question: The only "natural vaccine" available was the practice of block parties common in the 40's and early 50's.Mothers would arrange for a gathering of all the neighborhood kids when one developed measles, chickenpox or other illnesses. This assures the others would have the illness at a predictable time. Complication rate was unchanged and the practice abandoned when vaccines were developed. ...Read more
I won't be able to get any prenatal pills (obvious teen reasons) but are there any foods that contain the necessary ingredients like the pills?
If you don't have a regular menstrual cycle ; what are other ways to tell that you are ovulating without going to the drug store and buying a kit?
Do you know if there are over-the-counter meds that work just like viagra (sildenafil) in the usa?
Not in the States: Unfortunately for those of us living in States, Viagra (sildenafil) and its competitors are only available here by prescription. To make matters worse, they're only available as more expensive brands, not less expensive generics. There are no equivalent options. Best to avoid online/overseas pharmacies as there's no guarantee that you'll receive real thing. Avoid herbs & dietary supplements too ...Read more
Commercial out saying that clearblue easy pregnant tests with conception indicator are as accurate as an ultrasound. Any truth to this? How can that be?
Diet or surgery: Loosing weight will help for sure, many men store excess weight in the chest. Gynecomastia can be related to abnormal hormones and this needs to be checked.. I diet and exercise do not help then surgery is the answer. Either with liposuction alone or combined with breast tissue removal. Men can also get breast cancer and you should be checked especially if it is on only one side. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Commercial out saying that clearblue easy pregnant tests that tell you how far along you are are as accurate as ultrasound. Is this true? How can that be?
With limitations...: All pregnancy tests measure the presence of a hormone called hcg. A test is positive, if it's present in your urine or blood. You can measure how much of this hormone is there, and use the number to est. How long it has been since ovulation, i.e., to date a pregnancy. But, the number begins to vary quite a bit after about 3 wks, so the test only works for this in the earliest stages. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any home remedies that can help ensure I will not get pregnant other than your average contraceptives?
No: No. I can't stress that enough. If you don't want to get pregnant, use some form of birth control. Condoms + spermicides are your best over the counter option. If you are already doing that, adding withdrawal before ejaculation (pull out before he shoots!) helps too. But, condoms are a must. ...Read more
Chemical peel: This would be a bad idea. Chemical peels occur because the chemical agent (usually an acid) burns and causes necrosis to the epidermis and dermis. This can cause permanent scarring. Chemical peels should only be applied by a doctor that is experienced in the procedures. A dermatologist can give you creams that will cause some exfoliation that you could use at home. ...Read more
FDA has not approved food allergy tests that use a few dried blood spots for measuring IGg. Are they reliable? What's a good way to test for such?
Not particularly: IGG to foods will often be up in people with no food sensitivity and as such is unlikely to provide useful information.On the other hand, an elevated IGE to various foods can signal significant food sensitivity and may warrant caution, this is the immune factor associated with anaphylaxis, the most severe reaction. Various companies offer IGE food panels that correlate with allergist skin testing ...Read more
No: No, none have lasting effects.Get a more detailed answer ›
I choose not to use latisse to grow eyelashes but would like to try an online product. Which ones are safe? There are many online eyelash enhancing products for sale and i would like to purchase one that is safe to use and lives up to its claims. I want
Homeopathic : Homeopathic over the counter or on line products need not show efficacy to be sold---there are no reports that any of these products work but will probably not hurt you--just your pocket book. Latisse (bimatoprost) is the only proven product which will increase the length of your lashes, but will not make you grown more lashes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more