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I went cycling yesterday afternoon - has an allergic reaction since then, my nose keep on running. The discharge is clear and almost like water. Live in Pretoria - had hay fever as a child and young adult. Nowadays (59) rarely has allergic reactions.
Cycling and allergy: When you cycle, you triple the intake of allergens. If it persists, ask your doctor about taking a short course of Medrol in order to avoid serious allergy problem. ...Read more
I had excessive exposure to secound hand smoke as a child. As a young adult i developed asthma. Is this because of the second hand smoke?
Possibly.. : There are many reasons for asthma to develop, including an inherent pre-disposition. But, in the right circumstances, second/hand smoke can certainly be one risk factor for asthma to develop. Other factors include respiratory infections, environmental allergies, occupational exposures etc. ...Read more
If you didn't outgrow asthma as a child, and still have it as a young adult, does it become COPD when you're older?
Treatment matters: Most asthma can be effectively treated with inhaled medications that would prevent progression to fixed airflow obstruction. Asthma does not lead to emphysema, but if untreated it can lead to scarring of the airways and permanent airflow obstruction. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I had bronchiolitis when I was a young child, is there a chance of it coming back when you are an adult?
Is it ok to use bug spray with deet on young children, and if so should the amount used differ from adult to child?
Deet 10-30%: Both the cdc and american academy of pediatrics support the safe use of deet 30% and below for children over 2 months of age. Parents should not let children apply it themselves and it should only be applied to exposed skin and not hands that may go into little ones mouths. Repeated studies have shown safety. Avoid oil of lemon eucalyptus for those under 3 years of age --it is not safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Severity of depression does not predispose one to mania. In fact, if someone has a lifelong history of depressive episodes without mania, they are likely to have more depressive episodes. A history of bipolar disorder symptoms makes it more likely that they will have mania as an adult, especially if untreated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My god child of 6 years old nose was blocked, so I gave her of my otrivin nasal spray for adults. now I am worried because I read that you must not give it to children younger than 12 years?
Don't loose sleep: A single application of this in a kid is not going to hurt her. These products work by strangling the sensitive capillaries in the nose to shrink the swelling. An occasional use in a kid is likely fine but I wouldn't use it on a regular basis. I wouldn't use it in an older kid or adult for more than 3 days without a 1 week rest. ...Read more
Age doesn't matter: Thalassemia is an inherited condition; if you have it, you're born with it. The frequency doesn't change with age. It's more important where your ancestors are from. Thalassemia is common in Southeast Asians, African-Americans, and persons from around the Mediterranean Sea. If you come from these areas it's more likely you have it than if you're from Northern Europe, but still not really likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HOW YOUNG?: For adults no matter the age the treatment for anxiety would include a thorough evaluation to determine any medical or physical causes then therapy, relaxation techniques, meditation, exercise, good sleep hygiene, healthy eating habits, reduction of alcohol and caffeine. Consider depression and then may need medications like anti depressants or anxiolytics. ...Read more
Yes: If the exposure was in adolescence it would affect brain function. This would not, strictly speaking, cause "retardation" since brain is already developed. "as mad as a hatter" comes from the fact that hatters, at one time lined their hats with a lead treated head band. Read the mad hatter's tea party in alice in wonderland. Lead caused madness is real. ...Read more
Potentially curable.: Stage IIb Hodgkin's Lymphoma is considered advanced but very susceptible to chemotherapy and radiation, thus potentially curable. The 5 year survival rate for stage II is 90%. Having "B" symptoms can lower this excellent prognosis, but with more aggressive treatment, this is curable. ...Read more
Hello, I am a young adult 21years old. I wanted to know whether those various height increasing medicines really help?
Scams: At age 21, you have almost certainly reached your maximum height. The medicines are promoted by people who know they do not work, but that most people will not ask for their money back (they're embarrassed). You're male, though, and you can add lean muscle at the gym and look great regardless of height; you'll be admired for this and it trumps how tall you are. Good luck. ...Read more
What causes only the systolic to be high between 130-145 and diastolic normal in a young adult? No medical conditions and healthy in general
Most likely: essential hypertension. and exercise. You should take your BP 2-3 times daily at home. These readings should average 120/80 at your age. If your BP is high, initial treatment is life style modification, including weight loss, low sodium diet. If this does not work, there are many effective medications with few side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I used water from public toilet bowls to wet toilet tissue for wiping my bottom--externally & internally--for yrs as a young adult. Medical concerns?
Depends: Wills provide a legal way to pass on personal assets according to the wishes and hopes of the maker of the will. A will is unnecessary until there are a moderate amount of assets to be passed on. This is especially important if there are children or a spouse. In this age group, the major cause of death is accidental as illness in this age group almost always allows time to make a will. ...Read more
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