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Getting Colonoscopy Sooner Than Recommended
Would you know you had skin cancer after more than 4 years between derm exams? Tired of paying high fees.
Pay to detect early: Skin cancers can take on many forms depending on the type of cancer....Pigmented vs. Skin colored, ulcerating vs smooth, pearly vs scaling, w/ or w/o prominent blood vessels. Your dermatologist's job is to catch a skin cancer early. For melanoma, early treatment=chance of cure. Once melanoma spreads, survival drops way off. Mention your financial concerns to your md, but keep the appts. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: Conserving as much tooth structure is critical, but in some cases, a veneer is not the restoration of choice based upon your occlusion (bite, ) tooth structure remaining, esthetics, and other factors. I would get more than one opinion to help you with your decision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely better: Especially at 33 years old. Life expectancy of an average bridge is about 15 years--you'll need 2 or three more in your lifetime--if the teeth don't decay underneath and require extraction. Never involve "bystanders" if possible. Re: pregnancy--ok for both after 3rd month. But, tougher in 3rd trimester for position. Avoid sedation if preg. Can have local anesthetic--usually all that's needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you take Prilosec more than 6-8 weeks in a row, are you more likely to develop esophageal cancer?
Pluses and minuses: Smallpox has been eradicated. We have vaccines for yellow fever, Influenza & polio. But we also have the ability to rapidly spread infectious diseases because of rapid travel modes. Consider the Ebola epidemic- early outbreaks were contained in rural communities situated near jungles - it has now spread to a number of West African countries and outside of the continent of Africa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you think of elective c-section? Is it a lot more risky than waiting for regular delivery
Could be: Elective c-section adds the risks of surgery, anesthesia, blood transfusion, & wound healing to what may be an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. Recovery is also harder for moms & i know it's unfair to women who have long painful labors & then end up with a c-section anyway. Review your concerns with your ob, if you had previous complications with vag delivery, many obs are willing to discuss it. ...Read more
Yes: The normal schedule is to get the first dose and then the 2nd 2 months later followed by the 3rd dose 4 months after that. Many patients miss a dose. If you miss a dose you just start where you left off. You do not need to start over. As long as you did not catch hpv during the time lapse the vaccine will still be equally as effective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: If one dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine was given at age 65 (which is the standard recommendation), then no additional doses are necessary thereafter, unless if there is an underlying immune deficiency that increases their risk of having frequent infections. There is no proven benefit of repeat doses of pneumococcal vaccine after the single dose at age 65. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more
GP recommended general surgeon for colonoscopy. gastroenterologist have always done before. Since 1998. This is 1yr checkup. Cancer history family. ?
Depends: If symptoms continue, something exists to set them off. If you live in the same place with very little change in life style, you should check in with your pcp or allergy specialist. Any large change in life style may bring on a whole new set of triggers and may deserve a new panel of testing. Best understood by seeing allergy specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An 18 year old had three abdominal cts. Is it possible for an 18 year old male, with no family history or risk factors other than vitamin d defficiency, to get breast cancer?
No: Septic shock usually resolves in 24-48 hours, but may persist for a longer period if the infection is not under control, an abcess is lurking, or the heart and lungs were injured in the initial collapse. Talk to your ICU doctor and see what they are doing to turn around the septic shock, or if the illness is simply a recovery from severe injury (lung, heart, kidney, liver, etc). ...Read more
Is drinking sprite better or worse for you than drinking coke over long periods of time? Are darker or lighter sodas a better choice when having soda?
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