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Does my wound vac have to make a sucction noise for it to be working right?

Does my wound vac have to make a sucction noise for it to be working right?

No: ... In fact it may mean there's a leak if you hear that. It should say on the screen. If the foam is staying compressed its probably working right. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to drain you ears? I might need that as i have had unbalance hearing for bout a month due to sinus infect which is not completely heal. What is actually done to drain the ear?

Does it hurt to drain you ears? I might need that as i have had unbalance hearing for bout a month due to sinus infect which is not completely heal. What is actually done to drain the ear?

Antihist./decongesta: ears drain into the nose thru the eustacian tube, if nasal congestion it backs up so need over the counter antihistamine and decongestant like zyrtec d or other similar generic. the best is flonase now otc too , but use all three , always flush nose first with nasal saline if thick mucus to help too. wait 2 weeks to dry up the inner ears , if not working or getting worse see your dr. ...Read more

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I'm on infliximab infusions and I have an injury that maybe getting infected. Is it okay to leave it and see if it heals or see my GP? Thanks Dani UK

I'm on infliximab infusions and I have an injury that maybe getting infected. Is it okay to leave it and see if it heals or see my GP? Thanks Dani UK

Infliximab: People on this and other immune modulating medications are advised to address infections earlier rather than later. Immunosuppression can lead minor infections to rapidly become very dangerous. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to see an ear doctor when you have no insurance? My husband has what I believe is a hoop earring stuck in his ear.

How much does it cost to see an ear doctor when you have no insurance? My husband has what I believe is a hoop earring stuck in his ear.

Difficult to say: It is likely to be highly variable around the USA, but in my practice we charge 100$ for an office visit. Then any procedure performed would have an additional cost. This cost is based on the type of procedure. ...Read more

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I don't have access anytime soon to a doctor to get antibiotic. I have this otitis which hurts a lot. How long will it stay and will it end by waiting?

I don't have access anytime soon to a doctor to get antibiotic. I have this otitis which hurts a lot. How long will it stay and will it end by waiting?

Ear pain: You don't give any details. If you have swimmers ear several drops several times a day will give you relief. If you pull on your ear lobe and it hurts, that could indicate otitis externa. If you've had a cold or URI you may have a middle ear infection as a result. In that case lie on a heating pad and take ibuprofen. Ear infection are self limiting and may cease after a few days. ...Read more

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I need my back/lower back to be as strong and immune to injury as possible for my work. How do I tell if it's there or close?

I need my back/lower back to be as strong and immune to injury as possible for my work.  How do I tell if it's there or close?

Strengthening: If your back is in good condition and have not given you any problems, the best way to keep it healthy and strong if to strengthening of the core and para vertebral muscles, do not get heavy, starch it regularly, daily intake of ca and vit d.Learn proper mechanics of lifting and know your limitations. ...Read more

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I'm a CNA that works in a nursing home I got an abscess boil lanced and packed and I was wondering when would it be okay for me to return to work?

I'm a CNA that works in a nursing home I got an abscess boil lanced and packed and I was wondering when would it be okay for me to return to work?

Abscess: If it continues to drain then no. Was it cultured? It may be MRSA. See your doctor for guidance. You are right to try and not spread this to your patients. You may also carry the bacteria in your upper respiratory tract. All the best. ...Read more

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A friend of mine has implanon and is alergic to it but does not have money to pay to have it removed, what should she do?

A friend of mine has implanon and is alergic to it but  does not have money to pay to have it removed, what should she do?

Implanon allergy: If she is truely allergic to the implant, it needs to be removed before it becomes a major issue. I would recommend having her call her regular doctor to negotiate a price for removal or going to the er. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have my ear sewn up my earring hole has split and i want to know if there is anything that can be done about it

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Is it possible to have my ear sewn up my earring hole has split and i want to know if there is anything that can be done about it

Yes: Repair is possible but will need unique closure technique such as w-plasty or random pattern repair to prevent notching. See ENT or plastic surgeon familiar with these special techniques. ...Read more

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What should I do for swollen tonsils that make it hard to breath if medication from a doctor isn't working?

What should I do for swollen tonsils that make it hard to breath if medication from a doctor isn't working?

Be seen again: If you are still having problems and your symptoms are not getting better, a second exam by your doctor would help in deciding whether you need additional treatment. Depending of the severity of your symptoms, your doctor will likely decide on placing you on a short course of steroids to help in reducing the swelling of your tonsils. Also, another exam will help in ruling out tonsillar abscess. ...Read more

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My 17 got a tonge ring without my knowledge , what should I do to keep it from getting infected or swelling? Not to sure how to deal with this

My 17 got a tonge ring without my knowledge , what should I do to keep it from getting infected or swelling? Not to sure how to deal with this

I have seen many: Who had it done. It is a fad and we don't always like our kids to get them but they will anyway. Leave it alone, it will heal on its own. Just ask your child to follow what was told by the place that put it in. Once healed, they can actually take it out and put it back off and on. Don't worry too much, your child will mature and outgrow the fads. ...Read more

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My right side thumb gets cold it seams as though it is not getting proper blood flow. What can I do what kind of a specialist I go to. ?

My right side thumb gets cold it seams as though it is not getting proper blood flow. What can I do what kind of a specialist I go to. ?

Hand surgeon: I would need a little more info to properly guide you. It sounds vascular. I would first start with a hand surgeon and consider a vascular surgeon or neurologist. ...Read more

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I might have a hernia from lifting a heavy item is it safe for me to travel for the month I have planned when it hurts to just get up and move?

I might have a hernia from lifting a heavy item is it safe for me to travel for the month I have planned when it hurts to just get up and move?

No: Whether the hernia is based in the inguinal canal or represents a weakness or defect in the abdominal wall, the symptoms you present with are of potential strangulation. If left to progress or if one finds that any incarcertated loop of bowel will go on to develop gangrene, it will require emergency surgery. The site of the hernia should be examined for the possibility of strangulation . ...Read more

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If you start to see some fatty tissue in your wound from an lap appendectomy and it is oozing and with a slight touch it opens what do I do?

If you start to see some fatty tissue in your wound from an lap appendectomy and it is oozing and with a slight touch it opens what do I do?

Port site: The laprascopic port sites are 5 to10 mm wounds. Sounds as though the skin edges separated on one. Ok to wash, shower, sponge bathe. Then hair dryer area. Cover with dry gauze. Make sure you show wound to your surgeon at your post op visit. ...Read more

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My right ear has been clogged up for a long time it is not painful. My doctor put me on a strong antibiotic, will this work? Anything else i can do?

My right ear has been clogged up for a long time it is not painful.  My doctor put me on a strong antibiotic, will this work? Anything else i can do?

See an ENT doctor: When and adult has a blocked ear on only one side, it could be a problem. It the antibiotic doesn't work soon, go see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. It could be nothing serious, and easily solved, or could be a sign of something serious that needs to be dealt with. Don't blow this off! ...Read more