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Can claustrophobia be turned off?

Can claustrophobia be turned off?

CBT: It can be treated, but not likely turned off. Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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Claustrophobia (Definition)

Overwhelmig fear of being in an enclosed area or situation where one ...Read more


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I fainted last year and now feel off balance and eyes unfocused when walking outside. Could this be due to the fall? Or can it be vertigo?

I fainted last year and now feel off balance and eyes unfocused when walking outside. Could this be due to the fall? Or can it be vertigo?

Vertigo, DM: Fainting, unfocused vision, feeling imbalanced can be due to (in order of most common): dehydration, infection (virus: though usually have fever) diabetes, other endocrine or autoimmune condition, vertigo, tumor. See your md to be sure there your blood counts are normal. ...Read more

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How can I be put into a psychiatric hospital?

How can I be put into a psychiatric hospital?

Psych Hosp: It could be voluntary or involuntary could be civil or forensic usually the criteria are 1. Imminent danger to self 2. Imminent danger to others 3. Unable to function and take care of self on daily basis, gravely disabled. ...Read more

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Could i be allergic to the blankets they have on airplanes?

Could i be allergic to the blankets they have on airplanes?

What reaction?: These are usually polyester blankets. And while some individuals have severe skin sensitivites, polyester is in almost everything you wear. ...Read more

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Could i be exposed to lead by being close to a old shutter that contains lead paint (didn't touch it).

Could i be exposed to lead by being close to a old shutter that contains lead paint (didn't touch it).

No: Wash your hands. Only way for lead to effect you is if you ingest the lead. Example, children often have lead poisoning when during their hand-mouth development stage, they place objects in their mouth. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I get into the car I get headache. This can be labyrinthitis?

Sometimes when I get into the car I get headache. This can be labyrinthitis?

Labyrinthitis: Symptoms of labyrinthitis may include ringing in the ears, a feeling of movement, trouble hearing, or trouble focusing visually. Headaches may occur, but they are not the key symptom. It is unclear why you have a headache when you get in the car, although you may wonder about your head position. Awkward head positions often cause headaches, as many laptop computer users will attest. ...Read more

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My penis want stay hard could it be from meds I also take got baths to relax could that be causing it?

My penis want stay hard could it be from meds I also take got baths to relax could that be causing it?

Here are some...: How long have you used Sertaline? If drug-related, Sertaline is potentially the one to blame for priapism (undue prolonged erection). For painful erection, go to ER for emergent evaluation, treatment, & counseling now. ...Read more

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Can I control which genes will be turned on?

Can I control which genes will be turned on?

Gene activation: Turning on and off different genes is a complex process. Some genes turn on 50 years after birth and some are switched off at different phases of our life. We stop growing, we develop hypertension and we may have a genetically associated disease or cancer. There is no way i know of to turn genes on or off. Maybe thats how exercise and weight loss work though. Who knows. ...Read more

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My head felt like it "flickered". Can this be due to stress?

My head felt like it "flickered". Can this be due to stress?

Probably: If it's an isolated incident, then it could be due to stress or your previously known anxiety. If it persists or you develop new symptoms, then see your primary care physician. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003205.htm ...Read more

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I tend to bruise easily when i for example hit myself lightly against a door. What could be possibly causing it?

I tend to bruise easily when i for example hit myself lightly against a door. What could be possibly causing it?

See answer: Several things can cause easy bruising to the simple causes such as taking medications like Aspirin or nsaids that can thin your blood, or more serious conditions that can alter your ability to properly clot blood, etc. If this persists and you truly do bruise too easily, get some routine blood testing to determine the cause. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If a chipped a front tooth and turned dark, how can if be fixed...My tooth turned black , can it be fixed ?

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If a chipped a front  tooth and turned dark, how can if be fixed...My tooth turned black , can it be fixed ?

See your dentist: The treatment may depend on whether or not you have symptoms and what the x-rays show. The sooner any necessary treatment is provided the better in most circumstances. Early treatment may safe your tooth. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help please. When i die, can my brain be removed then put into another body?

Help please. When i die, can my brain be removed then put into another body?

Not currently: But there are a couple fiction books dealing with such a possibility, however, this does not exist even in the far distant future. ...Read more

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If i've previously had an ulcer, and I am displaying all the symptoms, could it be coming back? Would it be a horrible idea to put myself back on the treatment i was previously on?

If i've previously had an ulcer, and I am displaying all the symptoms, could it be coming back? Would it be a horrible idea to put myself back on the treatment i was previously on?

Possible: Yes, it can occur again. The most common cause of ulcer is h. Pylori bacteria, which requires antibiotic therapy and acid suppression. Antiinflammatory meds can also cause it. Gastric ulcers (stomach) can be concerning if not proven to be completely healed on follow-up endoscopy. You can take the acid blocking meds but you should definitely see your doctor. ...Read more

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If a person is said to be brain dead, can they moan or lightly squeeze finger?

Usually not: The exact definition of brain death (in fact brain stem death) is varied but usually comprises the following no spontaneous movement , no respiration (i.e. Totally dependent to a respirator) no response to pain, fixed dilated pupils. Certain primitive reflexes may persist. ...Read more

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What can be done to get this stain off my tooth?

What can be done to get this stain off my tooth?

Stained tooth: Depends on what has caused the stain and where it is. If it is a surface stain, it can probably be removed by a dental cleaning. If it is an intrinsic stain, meaning the stain is within the tooth structure, it might be able to be lightened with tooth whitening. It is also possible that it is not stain, but decay. Your should have it evaluated by your dentist who will suggest the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Im 8 days off suboxone. I have an endoscopy tomorrow and will be put under using opiates. Could 1exposure to opiates send me back into withdrawals?

Im 8 days off suboxone. I have an endoscopy tomorrow and will be put under using opiates. Could 1exposure to opiates send me back into withdrawals?

Highly unlikely: Highly unlikely. Never say never – but highly unlikely. Also: you can usually negotiate with your anesthesiologist whether to have opiates or not. ...Read more

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Paint chipped off weight set and my husband vacuumed it. Afraid that there may have been lead in paint. 29 weeks pregnant. Something to worry about?

Paint chipped off weight set and my husband vacuumed it. Afraid that there may have been lead in paint. 29 weeks pregnant. Something to worry about?

Unlikely: Lead paint has been banned from anything that might be residential in nature. If these weights are 40+ years old, it is theoretically possible. That said, vacuuming should have collected much if not all of the paint. You can have it analyzed to tell, but it is unlikely to affect your pregnancy in any event. ...Read more

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Big toenail lifted from injury, now sure I have pseudomonas. Will it need to be removed or can it be treated?

Big toenail lifted from injury, now sure I have pseudomonas. Will it need to be removed or can it be treated?

Lose the nail: You will most likely lose the nail entirely if it has already lifted up. That is OK, it will grow back, but it takes a long time for a big toenail to grow out completely. I'm not sure what you mean about having pseudomonas, so I don't know how to answer that. If the nail is painful when it gets caught on your sock/shoe, you can have it removed by a doctor. Or keep it bandaged to it doesn't snag. ...Read more