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Preventing Antibiotic Resistance
When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more
Avoid depression: Depression can occur associated with feelings of loss (personal, financial, tragedies, etc.), but often can be due to feelings of helplessness or inadequacies. Some have innate chemical and hereditary susceptibilities. Regular aerobic exercise, social interactions, charitable and community activities, and ongoing hobbies, new interests, and outside contacts all can shield you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tonsillectomy: The tonsils exist to aid in fighting infection. Unfortunately when you have had numerous episodes of infection and this becomes chronic tonsillitis the changes in the tissue now make the tonsils a liability rather than a benefit and they may need to be removed. This would obviously prevent abscess from developing. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more
You bet!: First, if you are under 30, get gardisil, hpv vaccine; if you have never had a sexual relationship, it is very unusual to get cervical cancer, but you should be checked with a pap smear annually. If you have made the choice to have sex, choose partner carefully, practice safe sex (condom from beginning to end) until you want to procreate as well as recreate. Limit partners. Pap annually. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I prevent getting BV again? Is there any supplements to help keep my bacteria balanced out?
MetroGel, boric acid: If you've only had BV once, sit tight for a while; it may not return. If already a recurrent problem or becomes so, discuss two options with your doctor: metronidazole vaginal gel (Metrogel®), convient but expensive; or boric acid vaginal capsules, a bigger hassle (the pharmacy has to prepare them specially) but not so costly. Supplements, probiotics, yogurt, lactobacillus, etc not likely to help. ...Read more
Preventive measures: The usual cause of ear pain from flying is inability to equilibrate pressure across the eardrum. Simple non-medical things to relieve the pressure include pinching your nose and blowing gently and yawning. Also you can spray your nose with Afrin (oxymetazoline) before you get on the plane to make sure that the eustachian tube is open but you have assure that the Afrin (oxymetazoline) gets all the way to the back of your nose. ...Read more
Prevention: 1. Wear underwear that is cotton vice synthetic 2. Avoid wearing underpants when you go to bed at night. 3. Don’t wear tight fitting panties & pantyhose. 4. Use natural tampon/ feminine pads (avoid those which are scented). 5. Avoid douches as well as use of harsh, drying soap on genitalia. 6. Rinse genitalia very well after soaping up. 7. Try wearing pants that fit loosely, not ones that hug the. ...Read more
No: You can not control the amount of fibrocystic breast tissue that you develop. You can control, to a great extent, the symptoms you have from that tissue. It is well known that caffeine will cause the fibrocystic tissue to retain fluid, which will increase breast pain and tenderness in many women. It is also well known that vitamin E will minimize that breast tenderness for the majority of women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PrEP: Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) is now approved for daily use in hiv-negative, high risk people to prevent HIV infection. Examples would be people who are having unprotected sex with multiple partners. This strategy is called prep, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild inability to tolerate vaginal penetration from getting worse?
Stay or get healthy: There are many things that may worsen atrial fibrillation. These include excessive alcohol use, caffeine and being overweight. If any of these apply to you, try to improve them. You should also work with your doctor to ensure you don't have an underlying heart valve problem, coronary artery disease or a thyroid disorder that is causing atrial fibrillation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are some preventative medication options to prevent recurrent UTIs? I would rather not take antibiotics daily. Thanks
Strengthening: Really no such thing as "mild" dislocated shoulder, it either has dilsocated or it has not. The treatment for 1st time dislocation typically is non-op with therapy to restore motion and optimize the strength of the muscles which also help stabilize the shoulder. The exception is the high risk pt (collision athlete) who may need surgery after 1st episode. Recurrent dislocators need surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medication: You might want to try Motrin for a mild cluster headache(200-600 mg) per dose. I have had success in previous patients with Imitrex (sumatriptan) or other migraine specific agents. Prevention is key. Avoid alcohol and smoking. If you wake up with cluster headaches, sleep apnea may be a cause. Consider having a sleep study done to screen for this. ...Read more
You already know!: The only foolproof way to avoid pregnancy is to never have sexual intercourse. A near second best is regular use of good contraception (like birth control pills, an iud, or condom use). There are absolutely no foods or other actions that can really prevent pregnancy, so don't believe anything you might hear or read from untrustworthy sources! ...Read more
Antibiotic resistance is a symptom in which the bacteria infecting a person is resistant to some or all of the antibiotics available. Resistance means that the bacteria cannot be stopped or killed by the antibiotic, or that it takes a lot more antibiotics (big doses) ...Read more
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