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Throat inflammation: Pharyngitis means inflammation of the throat. It typically refers to a throat infection, the most common cause being viral which is not improved by antibiotics but is self limiting requiring only symptomatic treatment, or bacterial, such as strep throat which is commonly treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
Also called Polio: Poliomyelitis refers to the infection of the motor nerves of spinal cord, and brainstem caused by the polio virus. It was not uncommon to have polio before the salk vaccine. Actual 'poliomyelitis' in which the spinal cord and brainstem were injured to the point of paralysis occurred in .1 to 2.0 percent of infected individuals. ...Read more
A type of abscess : A carbuncle is a variant if an abscess where the infection and puss expands under the skin, causing swelling, pain, possibly fever, resulting in multiple draining areas of puss overlying the swelling mass of the infection. This is often treated by opening, draining the wound and packing it with gauze and antibiotics. If not treated properly it can cause a blood infection which is quite serious. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Heartburn: Gerd is the medical term for heartburn. It stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is your stomach acid refluxing or rising up into your esophagus ( food pipe) which presents as a burning sensation. If left untreated for a long period it can lead to severe irritation and inflammation of the lining of the esophagus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cyclic Vomiting: Cyclic vomiting syndrome (cvs) is ideopathic, characterized by intermittent attacks of nausea & vomiting which have no clear provoking or relieving factors. Each attack may last days, afterwhich the patient is symptom-free for months. Some sufferers exhibit delayed gastric emptying.Cvs is also considered one of several functional GI problems in children. Work-up is needed to find treatable issues. ...Read more
Urinary retention: Can be caused by blockage as in an enlarged prostate or stool impaction (severe constipation) or bladder stone causing obstruction, neurogenic bladder dysfunction where there is temporary or permanent nerve damage and the urinary sphincter can not relax and allow bladder to empty, or infection causing swelling of bladder neck and hence blockage. Needs care by a urologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Contracture: Each of the smaller toes in your foot has two joints (or knuckles). They are the proximal interphalangeal joint (this is the one closest the main part of the foot) and the distal interphalangeal joint (closest to the end of the toe). When both of these joints are contracted, you have a claw toe. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Like termites,: Abnormal cells destroy bone integrity after traveling from the cancer by the blood stream to a new place. When they grow, they can cause bones to collapse, leading to pain and fracture, or expand causing pain. In many tumors, this is characteristic (prostate, myeloma), treatment can be chemical, radiotherapy, and surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Precription abuse: Using precrition medication other than intended.Get a more detailed answer ›
Virus infection: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection of the unborn baby which can produce low birth weight, occasionally spontaneous abortion. It can also produce microcephaly (small brain size), jaundice and other severe changes in the newborn. This is a common virus which is often routinely screened for in pregnant women. ...Read more
I was told there are 4 different levels of mono and this time I have the worst level...What exactly does it mean?
Difficult : This is a very complex disease. It can produce chronic fatigue, enlargement of the spleen with concomitant decrease in platelets, there can be anemia, central nervous system symptoms and so on. Caused by epstein barr virus (ebv) it is a lifetime companion and can produce recurrences even after recovery. Your doctor can best assess where you are in the stage of illness. Get better soon. ...Read more
Why am i told by pharmacists that generic of placid is exactly the same as the original drug. They are compounded differently and cause problems?
Active ingredients : Are the same, but inactive ones (fillers, dyes, etc.) can be different. For some people this does make a difference in how their body reacts to the drug and can even cause allergic reactions. Talk to your doctor about any adverse reactions you are having. They may be able to write out your prescription so it is only filled with the brand name medication. ...Read more
What is thermal imaging? I have heard of many different types of breast imaging - what exactly is thermal imaging?
Thermography: Uses an infrared camera to make an image MAP of the amount of heat coming from different parts of the body. Some alternative practitioners suggest this as an alternative to mammography to screen for breast cancer based on the hypothesis that breast cancer is more metabolically active and has more blood flow so is "hotter". However, there is no evidence proving that this works. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You say use a tongue scraper that suits me best, what are the different types & exactly how are each used?
Plastic & toothbrush: There are plastic flexible tongue scrapers on the market. You may also use your toothbrush. A pulling motion is best. A toothbrush pulling downward is best as well. Pick a device which works best in your mouth and one that allows you the best dexterity to do the best job. Plaque accumulates on the tongue and must be removed as part of your brushing routine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varied: The most common type of "color blindness" is red-green color deficiency. Blue-yellow deficiency or true color blindness (achromatopsia) are rare. Color testing can identify which. The problem is a lack of certain types of cones or their opsins (light-sensitive compounds). Red-green deficiency can be adapted to fairly easily and is not very limiting, but the others can significantly impact vision. ...Read more
Medication: Both of these meds are commonly used to treat high blood pressure and some other cardiac conditions. They are chemically unique and not related to each other. They have their own set of side effects, but when used appropriately most patients tolerate them well. Discuss with your doctor which is the best for you. ...Read more