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Bug Bite With Tail
My "bite" looks like the one to the left. Initially itched a lot but not now. I got it about 5:30 last night. Now, there is a little red tail ?
Bite: The bite sounds like it is getting infected. ...Read more
A couple of times as of late, my stool comes out with a bit of a 'tail' just at the end. So it's normal size, but thinner at the very end. Problem?
Less worries please: Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) , shape, & caliber are affected by multiple factors (fiber intake, bacterial load, GI transit, fluid secretion, sphincter and rectal tone, etc.) Share a photo with your GI doc for evaluation as warranted. ...Read more
Stepped on (friendly) stray cat's tail & it scratched my foot (small scratch, bled a bit). 12 days later cat still is friendly/normal. Rabies concern?
The cat would be: dead by now if it was rabid, so I don't think you have anything to worry about, and 12 days,assuming it was rabid,you'd be feeling sick by now. ...Read more
I think I have been bitten by something, possibly the nz white tailed spider. Its it sore to touch and red around bite, makes my foot ache and stiff?
Buttock Pain: Without a little more detail, such as the quality of the pain, the appearance of the skin, your history leading up to the onset, and possible other symptoms, it is hard to say. Often a developing infection, such as an abscess, can present this way. So called nerve pain ("sciatica") due to certain back conditions can also be responsible. Other musculo-skeletal conditions are possible.See your md. ...Read more
I have 3 bites that are red, and have "tails" following out. They are all close together. Should I be worried?
Bed bugs: Bedbug bites are difficult to distinguish from other arthropod bites. A linear series of bites found on awakening suggests bedbugs, but does not occur in all cases. The "linear feeding" may occur as a single bedbug probes multiple times looking for a productive capillary or from many bedbugs feeding along a zone of exposed skin. ...Read more
I have been suffering from quite a bit of pain in my right buttock since last Friday after receiving an IM injection there.
Possibilities: Any time the skin is penetrated, there is a chance that infection can develop. We are trained to use care to minimize this risk, but it can still occur sometimes. Assuming the injection was properly placed (the upper-outer quadrant of the buttock) the remaining possibilities include (1) local irritation from the medication itself and (2) infection. Heat and redness indicate infection. ...Read more
What is odd?R U: sure they r mosquito bites?Can u upload picture,with discretion? ...Read more
I have a rash on my left buttock its four small clusters. At first I thought I had been bit by a spider. It's raw and itches I've had it for 4-5 days?
I am having terrible pain in my leg. It starts from my right buttock and travels down into my thigh and a little bit in my lower leg. Sciatica?
I have this flare up on my skin affecting the right side of right buttock it is like little raised bumps that look like mosquito bites it itches bad I have tried anti iitch creams nothing is working?
A few possibilities: If you have been exposed to new substances, this could be plain old contact dermatitis; try to find what might be irritating your skin. Shingles would be a bad case scenario to maybe get checked out. The worst case scenario would be a recurrent rash like that which could represent herpes on your rear end that keep coming on over and over: Valtrex (valacyclovir) would be the treatment for that or the shingles. ...Read more
See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more
There are several organs in our body that seem to have reduced in their presentation over time as no longer necessary to human survival. All developing embyos go thru a tail stage and most then absorb it back. I reviewed this article and think it will help answer your questions.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_vestigiality ...Read more
Rats: Unlikely to cross react, but truly never heard of anyone being allergic to possums and you want them as a pet?! ...Read more
Sitting on a firm chair or any pressure will hurt. Sitting on a rolled up newspaper so there is no pressure on the coccyx will decrease the pain. Less pain at all when standing.
Horsetail tea: There is no documented interaction between the herb horsetail and OCPs, BUT given the list of possible side effects and the lack of long-term safety studies I urge caution. As it is an herbal, there is no guarantee on it's purity or effective concentration. There are reports of horsetail products being contaminated with similar herbs with known toxicity - again I urge caution. ...Read more
Coccydynia!: It's amazing that there's a specialized term even for this. Supposedly caused by having fallen or sat too hard on it, there's an interesting literature. Just for this one, wikipedia is great. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/coccydynia. ...Read more
Knot: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more
See below: Sounds like you have coccydynia or 'tailbone pain'. This can occur with trauma to the tail bone, abnormally positioned coccyx, or poor sitting posture. Try using a good lumbar support to help shift your pelvis forward. This will put the pressure on your ischium. (bottom part of pelvic bone), and will shift the weight off of your coccyx (tailbone). ...Read more