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Bug Bite Prevention
I got bit by a mosquito which had white spots on its back. What is the possibility of me getting dengue Or malaria? What are the preventions?
Mosquito: You are probably referring to Aedes albopictus (asian Tiger). These were brought to the US. They bit anytime (and start in the afternoon) -they do transmit equine encephalitis. With regard to dengue/malaria - your risk will depend on whether it is endemic where you live ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I bite my tongue in my sleep. I've tried a mouth guard, but I spit it out during sleep. Any suggestions on prevention?
Mouth guard?: Do you mean a custom made occlusal orthotic, commonly called a night guard, or an over-the-counter drug store item, or a sports mouth guard. Your grinding, clenching, tongue biting may be due to an airway problem or a malocclusion. Please see an Orthodontist to evaluate your occlusion AND your general dentist who may refer you onward. This isn't a DIY project. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I heard a cold/sinus inf. can be prevented or shortened by putting a bit hydrogen peroxide in ears.That dangerous? Effective? How should I apply it?
No: Hydrogen peroxide in the ear canals may be effective for wax removal, however has nothing to do with a cold or sinus infection. The ear drum (tympanic membrane) separates the ear canal from the middle ear and eustachian tube, unless there is a hole in the ear drum. Remember, you can "spray the front window of the house with a hose, the people in the living room won't get wet." ...Read more
Hello, I was wondering if you would chat with me for a bit about my anxiety. Although I have scoliosis, which is my main concern, my GAD has has prevented me from seeing a doctor.
Many docs: Would be happy to help. Consider completing a formal HealthTap Prime consultation. ...Read more
Many risk factors: Risk factors 1 family history 2 hypertenssion 3 hyperlipidemia 4smoking 5atrial fibrilation 6 diabetes mellitus 7obesity 8 lack of physical activities 8alcohol and drug abuse 9anticoagulant meds 10race &old age 11 previous stroke prevention 1stop smoking 2chech up and regular follow ups with the doctor 3 keep blood pressure&cholesterol control 4aspirin over age 50 5 exercise 6avoid obesity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer