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Doctor insights on: Does Home Built Before 1950 Cause Risk Of Lead Exposure

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Can 10-15 minutes in the sun cause with no sun protection cause skin cancer? I'm trying to get vit d from the sun. I'm also pregnant (30 weeks)

Can 10-15 minutes in the sun cause with no sun protection cause skin cancer? I'm trying to get vit d from the sun. I'm also pregnant (30 weeks)

Unlikely: You don't say whether you mean 10-15 minutes once or daily. Even if daily it is unlikely that you would cause skin damage unless you lived in an area with maximum sunlight or very high elevation. Of course, very fair skin would increase your risk somewhat. What you don't want to do is get sunburned repeatedly. ...Read more

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Lead Exposure (Definition)

Refers to exposure to lead. Lead can be found in peeling paint chips in buildings built prior to 1978, contaminated soil and water. Soil can be contaminated due to peeling paint and leaded gasoline. Lead in water comes from lead pipes. Lead can be found in Mexican candies and Kohl eye products from India and Middle East. Lead can ...Read more


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Used lead swab on inside of car because of concern about lead from my job in a older building. Test was positive mostly. is this "take home lead"?

Used lead swab on inside of car because of concern about lead from my job in a older building. Test was positive mostly. is this "take home lead"?

It is lead: It is lead and you should have your blood tested. Finding lead in your car doesn't tell where it came from. If your blood level is high let medical know at your plant. This a OSHA safety issue. ...Read more

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Can exposure to radiation accumulate during a lifetime or does it wear off after a certain amount of time?

Can exposure to radiation accumulate during a lifetime or does it wear off after a certain amount of time?

Not entirely clear.: This is the crux of the radiation exposure discussion and it still is not clear if exposure has a single incident threshold that must be met to cause damage or has a cumulative affect over multiple exposure episodes. Recent studies suggest it may be the former and thus many of our exposure concerns may be over blown. That being said, we still practice with a as minimal as necessary approach ...Read more

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Vaginal fluids on fingers into mouth possible HIV infection. Can it cause severe anemia 4mts or less after risk?

Vaginal fluids on fingers into mouth possible HIV infection.  Can it cause severe anemia 4mts or less after risk?

HIV risk: while you can get HIV through oral passage, it is not a very likely way to get it unless you have an open cut or lesion in the mouth. So, get HIV tested. There are lots of causes of anemia and you need a workup to determine the cause. An HIV test can be done at the same time ...Read more

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What can cause collagen/epinephrine occlusion time to increase apart from NSAID use? Tested because of lifelong bleeding tendency

What can cause collagen/epinephrine occlusion time to increase apart from NSAID use? Tested because of lifelong bleeding tendency

Aggregation time: Often the cause is never found. There are probably dozens of poorly-understood conditions, including various minor genetic glitches, that make these little structures function abnormally. I'd get with a sub-sub-specialist hematologist for answers, and perhaps the treatment will be "do nothing special." ...Read more

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Can sex through the vagina cause a air embolism, I'm 26 weeks pregnant and scared to have sex with my partner incase of problems occuring ?

Can sex through the vagina cause a air embolism, I'm 26 weeks pregnant and scared to have sex with my partner incase of problems occuring ?

If that happens...: If that were to happen, we would be hearing about it 24 hours a day on the news channels. Fortunately, that does not happen in real life. That being said, the answer to a "Can something happen" question is usually yes, because so many things are possible in life, even if they never happen in real life. The real question should be, "How likely is it to happen?" ...Read more

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Had 2 babies in my early 40's. Read that increased risk of breast cancer for 10 years after birth. How much of a risk ? Breastfeed both.

Had 2 babies in my early 40's. Read that increased risk of breast cancer for 10 years after birth. How much of a  risk ? Breastfeed both.

Good ; bad news: Waiting until age 40 to interrupt the menstrual cycle with children does increase the risk of breast cancer for women in general.(bad news) the good news is that having a child decreases that risk for you compared to women who have never had children. Nonetheless, check your breasts monthly for "lumps." so that you can be around for high school graduation ceremonies for both of those children. ...Read more

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Can sinus cancer develop from prolonged exposure to normal dust? Can it occur in a 20 year old?

Can sinus cancer develop from prolonged exposure to normal dust? Can it occur in a 20 year old?

Sinus Cancer: It really depends on what you mean by normal dust... Typical outdoor dust is composed of dirty and other particulate matter. This has not been shown to be highly associated with sinus cancer. However, dust from a woodworking shop has been linked to sinus cancers in woodworkers, particularly certain types of soft woods. Typically it takes years of exposure and would be very uncommon in someone 20yr ...Read more

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Does swimming in a pool during pregnancy increase the risk for uti? I'm gbs positive

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Does swimming in a pool during pregnancy increase the risk for uti? I'm gbs positive

No proof ...: Proper swimming bears more benefits than worry about increasing UTI, which has not been proved, and gbs is not water-borne. For more on swimming during pregnancy, go to http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/swimming. More? Ash your doctor timely. ...Read more

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Can the body rid itself of lead after lead exposure?

Can the body rid itself of lead after lead exposure?

Witgh difficulty: It has been shown in animal experiments that a supplement of vitamin b1 enables the animal to excrete lead. This has not been done in human experiments but it carries wifh it no danger. The common medicine for this is edta. ...Read more

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When talking about every Toxin. List all methods to detect exposure or usage of anything Toxin related after 2 years later

When talking about every Toxin. List all methods to detect exposure or usage of anything Toxin related after 2 years later

NMS: This is an impossible question since there are so many kinds of toxins with variable duration of action. Many are totally harmless (as far as we know) in trace amounts. If the toxin is fat-soluble, it will likely stay around in decreasing quantities over many years. If it is water soluble, then I would not expect it to last for more than a year. However these are just general answers. ...Read more

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I've had 3 nasal polypectomy surgeries. I'm hoping the nasal polyps don't return this time. Are there lifestyle or diet changes that can help prevent them from coming back?

I've had 3 nasal polypectomy surgeries. I'm hoping  the nasal polyps  don't  return this time. Are there lifestyle or diet changes that can help prevent them from coming back?

Yes: If you suffer from recurrent nasal polyposis esp from allergic rhinitis then one thing you should definitely be doing is using a nasal steroid spray daily to prevent recurrence ie Flonase or its generic fluticasone for example. As far as diet and lifestyle you should avoid anything that triggers your allergies as well. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of returning to heavy endurance running too soon after concussion? Can excessive exertion cause brain damage?

What are the dangers of returning to heavy endurance running too soon after concussion? Can excessive exertion cause brain damage?

Yes: dangerous until completely gone since you can rattle the brain when it is inflamed or shaken already and easily cause more damage, needs time too recover probably a week or so but ready when no headaches and can run a block without pain ...Read more

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Can lifting heavy objects in third trimester cause placenta abruption ? Does it affect the baby in any way or just affect me ?

Can lifting heavy objects in third trimester cause placenta abruption ? Does it affect the baby in any way or just affect me ?

Not likely: In general lifting objects does not cause problems for pregnancy but obviously if something is too heavy for you or makes you uncomfortable then it should be avoided. ...Read more

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Can lifting heavy objects in third trimester cause placenta abruption ? Does it affect the baby in any way or just affect me ?

Can lifting heavy objects in third trimester cause placenta abruption ? Does it affect the baby in any way or just affect me ?

Not likely: In general lifting objects does not cause problems for pregnancy but obviously if something is too heavy for you or makes you uncomfortable then it should be avoided. ...Read more