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Throat infection: Acute tonsillopharyngitis is infection of the pharynx & tonsils usually manifested as sore throat, fever, difficulty swallowing & swollen neck glands, most likely caused by viruses, sometimes bacteria such strept. & also infectious mononucleosis. Only bacterial infection needs antibiotic treatment, other causes need supportive & symptomatic relieve. ...Read more
Sensitization: I have been asked similar question--see under sensitization--essentially the neurotransmitters in brain change some voltage channels in brain cells to give a different response--so same stimulus get translated differently. ...Read more
Acute vs chronic: Acute pain typically will occur after some type of injury or illness and will usually go away after the injury is healed or the illness resolves. Chronic pain is pain that typically lasts for over 3 months. Examples include the chronic pain from arthritic conditions. Pain that does not go away should always be evaluated by a doctor as it could represent something that is serious. ...Read more
Hmmmm. . .: Feeling guilty when wrongly accused? I don't know, but is it possible some part of you does feel responsible for some kind of wrongdoing? It is easy to imagine feeling angry when wrongly accused, but guilt is usually what we feel when we think we have done a wrong action or hurt someone. There is hope because we can make amends, & do differently. Seeing a therapist may help you figure it out. ...Read more
Yes: Contacts don't come cheap, especially if they are extended wear. But even with thorough cleaning and sterilization, I don't think it is worth the risk of getting reinfected. I would jettison both your contacts, get a new pair, and discard your contact lens box. You can start wearing the contacts once you no longer have the infection. ...Read more
Normalize: Transition to any new living environment is one of lifes biggest stressors, at any age. Losing one's independence is especially hard as we age. Make grandmom's living spce as home like as you can. Familiar pictures, furniture, etc. If she has memory impairment, thsi is most important. Other things that she enjoys should be encouraged (music, etc). ...Read more
Clarification needed: I think you may need to indicate which drug you are referring to, in order obtain an accurate answer. ...Read more
What is accute conjuntivitis? I have accute conjuntivitis and I am curios what it is and how I got it?
Acute: Acute just means that it was sudden in onset, and has not been around for long. This can refer to any medical condition. The opposite of this is chronic, meaning long-lasting. ...Read more
What's the cause for acute acid build up lasting more than 24hrs? What's the best solution for relief?
Few different things: Medications like ibuprofen=Advil, alleve can do it. Foods like spicy food, vinegar, citrus products, tomato based products, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate, eating foods that are hot temperature. Stress will do it too. U can use TUMS or Zantac for immediate relief. If keeps coming back u should avoid the foods listed & medications and take a 14-21 day course of over the counter Prilosec, Nexium (esomeprazole) ...Read more
I am facing acute acidity after 5 to 6 hours of my dinner. Acidity normally felt in the late night mostly.
Gastritis: Avoid spicy food, onion and pickles. Take PPI to lower acidity. If still continues, consult doctor. ...Read more
How old can humans live to be? Why do some people live longer than others, assuming they die of natural causes?
Humans can live to be 100 years old or older. Do a web search for "The Blue Zone" on the internet. These are areas in the world where people consistently live longer than 100 years old. You can see the things they have in common: nutrition, exercise, sleep, etc.
Your diet is very important. Stay away from processed foods. Eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruits with a small amount of meat. ...Read more
Can you give me a brief description or meaning of an acute illness w/ systemic symptoms & examples of these illnesses.
What does this mean? "2mm st segment elevation in leads v1-v4 with reciprocal changes in 2, 3, avf consistent with acute anteroseptal mi? "
ECG: It means the ECG could be caused by a heart attack in front wall of the left ventricle ...Read more
Wonder why your boyfriend always accuses you. Of doing something and you know your not and you he knows your not because your alwas home?
What is wrong with a person who imagines things, thinks people on tv are communicating with him, accuses people of things that never happened?
Paranoid delusions: Your description matches someone who is at least experiencing paranoid delusions, and perhaps has a thought disorder. Multiple conditions could be causing this, and the person needs help from a doctor. Evaluation with primary care physician can be the first step, but most likely consultation with a psychiatrist will also be needed. ...Read more
Husband of 13 yrs doesn't know if he can forgive me for accusing him of cheating in 09, haven't accused since then. Is it worth arguing and staying?
I was hiking, I picked a bulb and it smelled like garlic so I assumed it was wild garlic. Should I eat it? I'm not 100% sure it's garlic. Is it edible?
No: Best to avoid when you do not know. Just enjoy looking at it but don't eat it if you do not for sure know what it is ...Read more
My son and I are traveling so he can see friends he has not seen in a year. They assume we all will meet briefly. I think he is ashamed. What should I do?
Friends: I think its healthy for kids to have variety of friends given the flattening and globalization of our ever connected world today. As long as these friends are providing positive and growing environment vs. Negative one (illegal activity, bullying, etc.) then its perfectly normal. ...Read more
Some hope: I agree with dr. Irizarry's comments with one bit of hope. While there is no promised cure and you are contagious even when there is no outbreak, there was a study showing that daily suppressive therapy for 6 months may provide a "cure". That means that instead of taking antiviral medication only when you have an outbreak, you take a lower dose for 6 mos, then stop, and may not get it again. ...Read more
Many things: Acute means new or sudden onset. Colitis can come from many things: infectious, ischemic, ulcerative, crohn's, etc. Each type of colitis may be treated differently depending on its cause. Needs a complete medical evaluation with their doctor to determine the best coarse of treatment. ...Read more
Unusual but possible: An acute CVA may have precipitated the fall, but if blood vessels are occluded or compressed in the neck, trauma could increase the problem. Trauma may also cause a blood vessel dissection, and direct issues with bleeding in the brain ...Read more
Fluid block in eye: The eye has an internal clear fluid circulation 24/7. This is called the aqueous humor. The iris in certain shaped eyes (usually farsighted) can obstruct the outflow and within 1/2 hour the pressure can skyrocket to dangerous levels. This is an emergency, can be stopped with certain drugs and prevented with laser. See your ophthalmologist immediately if you suspect this condition. ...Read more