Doctor insights on:
Heard Different Exactly
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 more
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
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 more
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 more
Transient rash: Erythema toxicum is a very common rash affecting newborn babies, typically shows up on second day of life and stays 2-3 days. Cause is still elusive and no treatment is necessary. The original meaning of erythema in greek was "bug bite.". ...Read more
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 more
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 more
Pain: A painful, swollen Achilles tendon usually caused by injury or over use. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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
I have diffuse erosive gastritis. Could not understand what it is exactly or how it is different from other types of gastritis.
Degree of damage: Most gastritis is diffuse inflammation and irritation of the stomach lining; erosive gastritis tells us that the same tissue is being damaged or eroded. This is more serious and may take longer to deal with. It is important to take the medication prescribed. It is also unwise to smoke, drink alcohol as well as eating acidic foods and any other foods that irritate and cause pain and/or that your do. ...Read more
Which test/ultrasound should I go for to know when do I ovulate exactly and whether 1 or both gets mature at the same or different timings?
Home ovulation test: Available in most pharmacies. You usually ovulate about 12-14 days after the start of your cycle. Another test you can do at home and look for a 1 degree rise in temperature about 2 weeks after you cycle. You must keep a daily journal and have a reliable digital thermometer. ...Read more
What does a pediatric dentist do that's different from a regular dentist? Our pediatrician told us it's time we took our baby to the dentist for the first time, but i'd like to know what exactly makes going to a pediatric dentist necessary? .
A: A pediatric dentist receives 2 or more years of additional training specifically in the treatment of children. The offices are typically designed for dental treatment for children only. I find children do much better in the beginning at a pediatric dental office. I see you go to pediatrician with your child instead of a family physician. You should use the same reasoning when deciding to go to a pediatric dentist instead of a family dentist. ...Read more
Often does not occur: Most birth control pills, when taken on schedule, do prevent ovulation. Even if ovulation occurs conception may still be prevented as the hormones in the pill thicken the cervical mucus, preventing entry of sperm into the uterus. They can also change the lining and motility of the fallopian tubes such that the egg is not transported to the uterus. ...Read more
"obstruction": Both COPD and asthma are "obstructive" diseases - meaning that they make it hard to move air in and out of the lungs. COPD patients can have chronic bronchitis which is inflammation in the airways and/or emphysema which is disruption of the lung tissue due to smoking. COPD is almost always related to smoking. Asthma results from chronic airway inflammation - may be genetic or allergic. ...Read more
I do not really understand, when I measure my penis size is 6.4 inches but sometimes is totally different exactly 6 inches. Why is that?
Penis size variation: The size of your erect penis is dependent on several factors. The most important is your degree of sexual arousal. The penis swells more the closer you get to orgasm. If you measure your penis when you first become erect, it will probably be smaller than at a moment near ejaculation. Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis can increase perceived penis size because they increase arterial blood flow. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with "high functioning autism at 17 what is this exactly? Is my life ruined because of it? Do I think differently from everyone?
No 'exact' answer!: The current understanding of austism-spctrum disorders proposes that the neural pathways in such individuals is altered to some degree from that in the normal population, such that they process data in a different way. No reason to think your life is 'ruined'! no two people think identically anyway! But, you may miss social cues that others perceive easily- like facial expressions; you train... ...Read more
Hi, mistakenly ate a ricinus seed which I thought was a pinto bean. They look exactly alike. Don't feel any different but the back of the package says to consult a doctor if eaten. Only ate about 1/10th of the seed before I noticed. M I going 2 u no?
Seed: I do not think that what you ate will do you any harm ...Read more
I've been on the pill for 10 years. 3 months ago the pharmacy gave me a different brand of pill. They said that they were exactly the same (just generic) since taking this new pill I've spotted at the beginning of each cycle. This past month I spotted and
Generic vs Brand: Many insurance companies require that pharmacies dispense generic RX meds, unless your clinician states "brand name medically necessary." Generic meds contain the same active ingredients as brand names, but can differ slightly in activity and inactive ingredients (coloring, etc). Multiple companies often make the same generic medication. U can request brand name only from dr, but may pay more. ...Read more
Dysthymia: Dysthymia and major depression are related, but dysthymia lasts 2 years or more. Also the new dsm 5 calls dysthymia "persistent depressive disorder.". ...Read more