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Curity Iodoform Packing Strip Medication
For What?: Iodoform has been used as an antiseptic for almost 200 years. Iodoform-impregnated gauze is often used to pack open wounds, especially after abscess drainage. While it is effective to stop bleeding, it actually impedes healing. Therefore, despite its medicinal smell, I prefer to avoid using it except to temporarily control bleeding from an abscess cavity. ...Read more
Wisdom tooth extracted Got a dry socket It was then packed with packing strip with medication was told that the packing strip will fall out. Will it?
Wisdom tooth: A dry socket occurs when the blood clot is lost after tooth extraction leaving the bone and nerve exposed. This can be due to infection, nicotine, sucking through a straw or certain hormones such as oral contraceptives. The treatment is packing with medication. The packing is usually changed as often as daily. As the tooth heals the packing will fall out. ...Read more
Switched COCs, now on mid 3rd pack. Normal to still be spotting til now (starts midcycle usually)? Pills always on time, taking no other medication.
Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very normal on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more
Abscess drainage - how do you know when your little boil no longer needs the packing cotton strip?
Depends...: For small abscesses, it could just be 2-3 days. For larger ones, days to weeks sometimes. Doctors look at how deep the abscess was, if there was surrounding infection (cellulitis), if there's drainage, where it's located... So a lot of different factors. Best thing you can do is check with your doc, they should be able to give you an estimate. Good luck! ...Read more
Probably, but why?: I think you mean miconazole 3 combo pack. (If you use a dictation speech recognition system, like Siri, you need to read what comes out!) It probably wouldn't hurt to use along with gonorrhea treatment, but it might not be wise. What you think are yeast symptoms might be from the gonorrhea and you may not need the miconazole. Check with the doctor or clinic treating you for gonorrhea. ...Read more
Can deworming medication (zestaval 200) have an effect on the performance of birth control pill (marvelon) 21 day pack?
Yes: It may affect the metabolism of your oral contraceptive to make it less effective. Please use an alternate form of birth control until you have finished the course of treatment. Additionally, zestaval can cause severe damage to a fetus, so it is particularly important that you practice responsible sex. ...Read more
I was perscribed a 6 day dose pack of Medrol for a cough and sinus pressure. Is this sufficient? Should I take additional cold medication like dayquil
Planning to go from europe to asia. What is suggested medical travel pack to bring along? What drugs, bandages etc. Are recommended for a longer trip?
Depends: See http://wwwnc. Cdc. Gov/travel/destinations/list. Htm, for recommendations on drugs and immunizations for each of the countries you plan to visit. For a general first-aid kit, I recommend pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) ibuprofen, an antihistamine, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, and a miscellaneous assortment of bandaids and sterile dressings. ...Read more
No fast way: They is no quick solution. You arent't born with a six=pack. This occurs as the result of strict dieting and workouts emphasizing abdominal muscle exercises. ...Read more
I recently started taking birth control pills (on 2nd pack now) but realized I never put the "day strip" at the top of my pack, does that affect me?
No: No it won't, but you need to finish this pack and then use the day strip for the next month. Most women use the day strip to designate the day they want their period to start. ...Read more
I smoke a pack every 3 days. I was just offered a job BUT Will I be able to pass a drug test for cigarette smoking 6 days from now?
Not sure: I think that cotinoids linger in your tissues a long time, especially in a chronic smoker. But I am intrigued by the concept of pre employment tobacco screening. What type of job? ...Read more
Doc put me on a Z Pack for resp infection. Drugs dot com showing major reaction with Lexapro (escitalopram) which I also take. Thoughts??
Potential risk: Combination has been reported to cause what's called long QT, an electrical heart abnormality which predisposes you to malignant heart rhythms. I'd tell you, we always read about this in the books but I have never heard of it happening to a patient, so it is rare. Depending on what the antibiotic is for, your doc should consider switching you to another one just to be safe. ...Read more
My post ablation WPW and is having palpiations. He just finished a course of z-pack. Cause? Http://www. Fda. Gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm341822.Htm
The at-risk group includes people with
1- low levels of potassium
2- low magnesium,
3- a slower-than-normal heart rate,
4- or people who take certain drugs used to treat abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias.
Zpack has been around for more than 20 years. Call your md. There is no long term effect from zpack as related to this story.
Your doctor has to make sure you are not in the high risk. ...Read more
See below: Abscess packing can be handled in 2 ways. The packing can be slowly advanced (removed) an inch or 2 each day until it falls out. The abscess packing can be removed and replaced daily. Packing is needed until the abscess is completely drained or the opening is large enough to stay open. When the packing is removed the wound and tissue defect closes and heals. ...Read more
Simple and easy: You should have received instructions and dressings but some simple rules are expect some pain and bleeding in the early stages of healing when removing packing. Removing the packing helps remove some of the "bad" stuff. Cleanse gently with saline or wound cleanser to minimize damage to healing tissues. Repack loosely to minimize further damage to the wound and keep it covered and protected. ...Read more
Depends a lot: If you are talking about 'packing' this must be a good sized wound, I dislike the term packing as a wound shouldn't be stuffed full rather very lightly filled with a dressing. How long? Depends on how much drainage there is and what materials are soaking it up. A wound specialist will try to adjust dressings to last at least two days. Please see a wound specialist. ...Read more
It can: If it does, inform the surgeon. If it doesn't, ask your surgeon when to return for removal. ...Read more
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Recently read online that we need to wash dry spaghetti like veggies before cooking it as there will be some chemical residue in packing, is it true??
No: I was able to find the source of this urban legend. The outer surface of each strand of pasta has a little bit of starch on it that's not combined into the strand. This rubs off -- try it. People have seen this and thought it was a "dangerous chemical". Relax and enjoy your pasta. ...Read more
Hello. I have had an abscess removed from my back and it now needs daily packing. How long will this take? I have been told it could be up to a month
Healing wound: This abscess cavity will heal by "secondary intention". This means that the wound will heal on its own without stitches. Healing time depends upon the size of the wound, your overall health, and weather the infection is resolved. If all pus is out, and you have no diabetes and are a non-smoker, it will likely heal in less than a month. If it is a large cavity it could take longer. Good luck! ...Read more
Pain is pain: As wounds heal, there is inflammation of which pain is an important part. Premedication is an excellent idea but minimizing pain helps as much. Using dressings that do not dry and stick to the wounds (calcium alginates/hydrogels) help a lot. Gently inserting instead of jamming also goes along way to minimizing the pain. Pain means that the nerves are bring irritated which tells us to go slow. ...Read more
There is not a: Direct correlation.Get a more detailed answer ›