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Genetics And Unibrows
All over the place!: Most people with unibrow are normal & healthy but simply have a genetic trait that causes (or allows) eyebrows to grow together. Selma Hayek, the actress, has a unibrow, not just in her role in Frida, but in real life. Because the gene (s) that promote "unibrow" may be inhibited by genes that suppress it, there's only a small chance that her daughter will also grow one. Hope this info helps! ...Read more
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
Extra X in men: Klinefelter syndrome is usually caused by an extra x chromosome in males, changing their normal 46, xy chromosome constitution to 47, xxy. The extra x causes tall stature with an asthenic build, underdevelopment of the testis and infertility. Sometimes there is more than one x, like 48, xxxy, often causing intellectual disability. The extra chromosome is a chance occurrence. ...Read more
I'm curious, my cheeks are always rosy red for some reason, even if I'm not cold! Is there a reason or is it just genetics?
Many possibilities: Red cheeks are from the vasodialation of the vessles near the surface of your skin. Anger, embarrasment or stress can effect those vessles, also heat from excesize or fever can cause vessles to dialate to eliminate the heat. Alcohol causes capilaries to dialate as well. There are some medical causes of constant red cheeks such as rosacea or lupus. Your physician can diagnose that. ...Read more
Double dose of genes: Genetic disorders are more likely to show up from incest because people who are related have many genes in common. Usually the genes that cause genetic disorders are rare but if the parents share genes the baby is likely to get a double dose of the rare gene so the disorder is more likely to be apparent. For some genes it requires the same gene come from both parents to show up in the child. ...Read more
I have a loose gastric sphincter. Is this genetic or is there any reason why I have this? Is it relatively benign? 10mg Pepcid (famotidine) AC is 100% effective.
Just wondering...is there a reason why one person's finger nails will be stronger then another person's. Is it genetic or vitamins?
Pain on top of left foot while walking, doctor said its flatfoot but I dun think so, bkoz flat foot is genetic I guess! Only pain while walking. Reason?
Pain: Pain on the top of the foot may be caused by several reasons. If no injury known then some reasons may be : tight shoes, tight muscles, joint pain, tendinitis, nerve pain, or biomechanical like flatfoot. I would ask the specialists what he means and how it contributes to your pain. If still not understood seek a second opinion. ...Read more
Could a facial injury in 2 y.O be the only reason for speech delay? His CT showed no damage. Has had genetic testing. Only delay is expressive language. Receptive is age-appropriate.
Hair removal: If that is what you truly want, electrolysis or laser hair removal will remove the unwanted hair. You may want to wait until you've found that one special person -- he/she may like it just as it is. ...Read more
Would my monobrow (unibrow) grow back thicker if I cut it with a pair of scissors and not shave it?
No: If one could make hair grow back thicker by shaving, i'd be shaving my head twice a day. You'd do well to have an aesthetically oriented plucking regime: never move the inner end of the eyebrow outside of a vertical line thru the inner corner of the eye. Don't thin the height too much. There's alot more to it. In my opinion, it's most often done wrong especially if waxed. Male brow should be lower. ...Read more
I threaded my unibrow many times but the area remains red as it clearly shows that hairs are removed. Please give me an easy solution?
Laser: This is likely an ingrown hair, not a pimple. One of the best ways to treat an ingrown hair is to use a laser to destroy the hair follicle so that it doesn't come back. This is done with a hair removal laser (we use Xeo 1064). You can also do a needle excision, but you may continue to have issues with the hair follicle. Use of an exfoliant can help prevent ingrowth of hairs in the future. ...Read more
Probably Not: Shaving a unibrow will not necessarily make it grow back thicker. ...Read more
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Last week I put toothpaste in my unibrow area to get rid of plentiful bumps, woke up the next day with a huge burn, its healing but don't want a scar?
TOOTHpaste: It is all in the name. The toothpaste may have caused a chemical burn in the area. In the future, use products made for the skin and keep the toothpaste in your mouth. Consult with a dermatologist regarding any blemish that may remain. ...Read more
Crazy thing I have a rash that is above both my eyelids, above my nose (like a unibrow). And below my left eye. It is itchy, dry and scaly.?
Seborrhea?: While this sounds like seborrheic dermatitis, no one can answer this without seeing it. If it isn't gone in two weeks, and a trial of over-the-counter Hydrocortisone fails, check with your family physician; no rush. I'm glad you are taking a proactive approach to your health. Good luck. ...Read more
Clotting problem?: Certain medications such as Aspirin and Coumadin (warfarin) can cause you to bruise easily. However, illnesses that interference with platelet function can do the same thing. If you are not taking a medication that is known to cause easy bruising, you should have a full blood work up by your medical doctor as soon as possible to help find the cause. ...Read more
ANA: Is not specific for any type of autoimmune disease like hashimoto's thyroiditis (the most common cause of hypothyroidism). 3-15% of normal healthy individuals have a positive ana. It is sensitive though, meaning that if you have an autoimmune disease (like ra) then most have a positive ana. Autoimmune diseases also tend to occur together. A positive anti-TPO antibody is specific for hashimoto's. ...Read more
Plantar fasciitis.: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis: an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that helps hold up the arch of your foot. It attaches to your heel bone, and is usually the most painful during the first few steps in the morning, or after sitting a long time and then standing quickly. Check with your podiatrist to rule out nerve damage, stress fracture, or other bony problems. ...Read more
Kidney disease: A creatinine of 2.83 and blood urea nitrogen of 147 are very elevated, and that person has kidney disease or damage. It is important to have more information, such as what other conditions that the person might have, how long have these numbers been elevated, and what the urinalysis looks like. Without these other data, it is difficult to make a diagnosis. ...Read more
Female 45 age have a very stressful working environment hav lbb n mild hypokinesia can I use dis condition to retire due to health reason?
Doubtful: First you would have to find the cause of the back pain. A identifiable condition like a herniated disc would need to be found. Then, you would have to to be able to show this condition manes it impossible for you to work. Then, you would have to have an assessment done by a state doc to see if he agrees with your findings and determine if they rate any disability rating. ...Read more
Having abnormal period from 2 months. 1st day very heavy, 2nd day light n suddenly stops. Normally has 5 day cycle. What could b the reason?
Cycle control: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more