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Bring A Boil To A Head
Helps: Appropriate antibiotics will help localize an infection. Hot salt water soaks will also help it come to a head. ...Read more
Can toothpaste help bring a boil to a head along with warm compress? (found the idea on home remedy site)
Warm compresses: A warm compress will increase local blood flow and allow a collection of white blood cells to form. If it persists and does not drain, you may need to see your health provider to have it incised and drained. ...Read more
Usually: This will typically help bring an infection to a head. Just be careful not to over do it. ...Read more
Is it possible to have a CSF leak without a very hard hit to head maybe a bump enough to get symptoms of a concussion wasn't knocked out drip and ear?
Absolutely. See MD.: Your symptoms sound like you may be experiencing a CSF leak. A bump placed at just the critical place with just the critical force may be all that is needed. Please see your doctor for a full H&P, diagnosis, and treatment. If you do have a CSF leak, you may need to be on bedrest with a lumbar drain until your CSF leak heals. Otherwise, surgery may be necessary. Best wishes for a full recovery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: This is a personal choice. There would certainly be no harm. ...Read more
Yes: A mole is just an area of skin that has a high concentration of melanocytes or pigmented cells. Other skin gland such as hair follicles or sweat glands can also be present with the pigmented area. ...Read more
See below: It's best to leave them exposed so they can dry out. ...Read more
I have a pimple like bump with a white head. It seemed to look different with in minutes after taking a shower. Could this be herpes or just a pimple?
Pimple: Where is the bump? Is it full of fluid or is it firm? Does it recur in the same place? Herpes occurs in clusters at point of contact (oral or genital) or along nerves (dermatomal). When you take a shower, you are changing your body temperature temporarily which alters the blood supply & color of the skin. Your bump is most likely an acne comedone (whitehead). Your pcp can help diagnose it better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Saline & bulb syring: Saline "little noses" nasal drops and a blue rubber bulb syringe generally do the trick. For the rare significantly blocked nose, one drop of afrin and wait 20 minutes, then try the saline and bulb syringe. Don't use afrin more than twice a day, and not for more than 3 days. This should be done rarely. If you use it too much it will stuff up the baby's nose. ...Read more
I have a small abrassion from a dog bite does this warrant a visit to the ER cleaned the wound area
It : It depends on where the dog bite is and what your underlying health is like. Dog bites generally do not get infected as often as cat bites which are notorious for causing serious skin and soft tissue infections. Dog bites of the hands especially puncture wounds are more prone to infection and should be seen promptly by a health care provider. This is also true for deep wounds that involve any kind of significant tissue loss or foreign body such as a tooth. Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or immune suppression will increase your risk of infection. Finally, any wound is a risk factor for tetanus and so its important to make sure that your immunization status is up to date. If you do not think you need to go to the er based on the above, its wise to watch the wound closely for signs of infection such as redness, drainage or streaking as well as fever. If present, these should prompt a visit to a health care provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it better for a new resident of a nursing home to have a private room or a roommate to help acclimate?
Talk to the staff: I would discuss this with the staff at the home and her doctor. ...Read more
I have purple bump that appears to be infected. Is there a home remedy to help the pimple come to a head?
Help for bump: using a warm compress for 15-20 min several times a day might help it come to a head. You can take an anti inflammatory such as Motrin OTC as well which may help alleviate some of the pain/swelling. If it gets worse, see a doctor since you may need antibiotic or for it to be drained. Good luck! ...Read more
Do I need to go see a doctor? Have a very hard nickel sized bump on corner of forehead, can't see it. Hurts with pressure, for over a year.
MD for reassurance: This doesn't sound serious, but better safe than sorry. You've had it a year and it worries you. Of course you should see a doctor rather than continuing to wonder and worry. ...Read more
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