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Asthma-coughing fits between Nebulizer/albuterol treatments. Better to steam/cool mist? Foods/teas? Sit up, lay, walk? I cough until I gag/cry.

Asthma-coughing fits between Nebulizer/albuterol treatments.  Better to steam/cool mist?  Foods/teas? Sit up, lay, walk?  I cough until I gag/cry.

See your doctor: Sounds like your asthma is may need a tune up. Go see your doctor, you likely need a steroid inhaler or possibly a combination inhaler with albuterol and a steroid to help calm things down. Moist air may help a bit (like the nebulizer) but sounds like you need more than that. Positioning your body, certain foods likely won't make a difference either. ...Read more

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Coughing remedies for a 2.5 yr old?? Tried V- vapor rub on feet too.. Vaporizer ... Steam bath for 30 min.. Honey... Elevation.. Suction/saline

Coughing remedies for a 2.5 yr old?? Tried V- vapor rub on feet too.. Vaporizer ... Steam bath for 30 min.. Honey... Elevation.. Suction/saline

Cough: One thing to remember is that cough is a protective reflex. They are coughing for a reason and we don't want to extinguish cough aggressively. The next thing to consider is: how bad is the cough? How long has it been there for? What other symptoms? If there is an underlying process like wheezing, sinus infection or allergies then addressing the primary cause is going to be the mainstay of treatmen ...Read more

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Disaster (fire, vandalism, water) happen to patient records?

Disaster (fire, vandalism, water) happen to patient records?

Depends: In case of disaster, the patient records might be lost if they are on paper or stored on a computer server. Nowadays, more and more doctors offices have "cloud based" EMRs (electronic med records) so even if a clinic were to be destroyed, the records are safe. It's a good idea to keep your own set of "records" in case of disaster (meds, important medical information) that you can take with you. ...Read more

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Do york peppermint patties calm the stomach?

Do york peppermint patties calm the stomach?

Peppermint Patties: There is sugar and other additives in candy such as Peppermint Patties. You are better off drinking some peppermint tea or ginger tea. Always consult your doctor if you have chronic or severe GI symptoms. ...Read more

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Would employees of emergency room pepper spray a wildly confused patient?

Would employees of emergency room pepper spray a wildly confused patient?

No: Usually such an effort would not be needed in an emergency room. Er staff are well trained in ways to safely and effectively deal with patients whose behavior is confused, violent, or belligerent. If needed, several staff could approach the person together, and subdue him/her without harm. If the patient were armed, though, security would be called -- and more drastic measures could be needed. ...Read more

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14mo boy- pneumonia in both lungs. Preparing to go home from hospital tmrow. I'm nervous about raking him home. Helpful care tips once we are home?

14mo boy- pneumonia in both lungs. Preparing to go home from hospital tmrow.  I'm nervous about raking him home. Helpful care tips once we are home?

Most treated at home: If a kid is taking fluids well, eating some and capable of taking oral meds he can do well at home. He will need adequate rest when he tires, and simple balanced nutrition for a normal recovery. As long as he wets a diaper every 4-6 hours and appears to be regaining his pre-illness playfulness, his recovery is going well. ...Read more

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Organic food, filtered water. How can I discipline myself to follow my own rules for self preservation?

Organic food, filtered water. How can I discipline myself to follow my own rules for self preservation?

One step at a time: List the lifestyle changes you want to make. Order the list from easiest to most challenging. Start with the easiest first. Focus on making one change at a time. Be realistic. Remember slip-ups and backsliding happen. Don't give up after a slip-up. Find a person or a partner with whom to be accountable. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hbot: caretaker in chamber w/ pt breathes room air at 2.4 ata + pt exhaled pco2. No o2 mask provided for caretaker. What are risks to latter?

Hbot: caretaker in chamber w/ pt breathes room air at 2.4 ata + pt exhaled pco2.  No o2 mask provided for caretaker.  What are risks to latter?

Ear pain or popping: The care taker will experience similar feeling to being in an airplane. Since the caretaker is not using a mask he is not breathing 100% oxygen. Hence no risk of oxygen toxicity. ...Read more

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How can I soothe my 7mo olds gasping cough? She can't catch her breath, can't sleep & is very congested. Vapor, steam, saline, suction- nothing helps

How can I soothe my 7mo olds gasping cough? She can't catch her breath, can't sleep & is very congested. Vapor, steam, saline, suction- nothing helps

Depends: Is the cough a barky sealy cough? Is your baby in distress? If in distress you should go to the er, if not in distress and it is a barky sealy cough going outside in the cold works better than steam . It sounds like croup that gets progressively worse over 3 days , is worse at night then starts to improve. If you are worried, go to theer. ...Read more

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I am a writer, need medical insight. Scene: youth suffers punctured lung, barbed hook on ship at sea. No modern medicine; none trained. Best response?

I am a writer, need medical insight. Scene: youth suffers punctured lung, barbed hook on ship at sea. No modern medicine; none trained. Best response?

What available: Alternatives are to enlarge hole in chest wall to create an open pneumothorax and prevent tension from trapped air, or to create valve type mechanism with some type of tube and flutter valve or water submersion of tube to allow air out of chest cavity but not allow it back in through tube. ...Read more

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How do they clean out ice freezers at fast food restaurants?

How do they clean out ice freezers at fast food restaurants?

Not enough: Interesting question. While it might be state specific, health departments don't test ice for bacteria and fungus, and they only do a visual inspection. The requirement to pass is the ice machines must be maintained enough to be clean at sight and touch. Freezing does not necessarily kill organisms, and dangerous bacteria and fungi have been found in ice from restaurants. Bagged ice may be safer. ...Read more

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Portable machine check for high cholesterol at home?

Portable machine check for high cholesterol at home?

Avoid wrist machines: Most home BP monitoring machines are good and usually fairly inexpensive, <$50. The ones that work on the upper arm are a bit more accurate than the wrist machines. Also, check your BP in both arms, there may be a significant difference. If more than 10 mmhg, you should get that checked out by a cardiologist. If not, use the arm with the higher of the two measurements. Check it at random times. ...Read more

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My 5 y/o starts a non-profit to allow kids design/make their own tatoos, ea w/ a healthy msg. Can he bring it to hospital/clinic w/o regulatory issue?

My 5 y/o starts a non-profit to allow kids design/make their own tatoos, ea w/ a healthy msg. Can he bring it to hospital/clinic w/o regulatory issue?

Maybe: In the U.S., one would not want to put colors or inks onto children's skin unless the materials are already proven to be nontoxic. It may be better to try out the idea at community fairs or other events, because hospitals and clinics have stricter rules on the kinds of activities allowed. ...Read more

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Bottled water safety; are the plastic bottles safe for kids to drink from?

Bottled water safety; are the plastic bottles safe for kids to drink from?

Safe? yes needed? no: Plastic bottles from deer park or aquafina are fine for single use. However, there is nothing inherently safer about bottled water that you can't get from your tap. Especially if you have a refrigerator filter or a faucet filter like brita. It's much more economical for you and the environment to have a special stainless steel thermos they can use, or bpa free plastic one. ...Read more

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Dr oz recommends Vicks vaporub or vinegar solution for nail fungus. Are they effective at all? How about tea tree oil?

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Dr oz recommends Vicks vaporub or   vinegar solution for nail fungus. Are they effective at all? How about tea tree oil?

Hogwash: First off, make certain your nails are fungal with a fungus culture. If they are, the most effective treatment is oral anti-fungal medication, which has been recently shown to be much safer than we originally thought. Pulse therapy Lamisil (terbinafine) (14 pills in 6 months) has the same cure rate as taking it every day for 3 months. See a podiatrist and be leery of doctors on tv. ...Read more

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How can I properly store disposable propane bottles for emergency preparedness purposes?

How can I properly store disposable propane bottles for emergency preparedness purposes?

Re-direct: this is not an appropriate question for a medical board. You can get a better, more informed, and more detailed answer from your local fire department. ...Read more

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Homemade diet supplement which consists of a zippfizz, 1/2 tsp ground chia seeds, 1/2 tsp ground flax seeds. Been drinking 1x day. Be ok to do 3x day?

Homemade diet supplement which consists of a zippfizz, 1/2 tsp ground chia seeds, 1/2 tsp ground flax seeds. Been drinking 1x day. Be ok to do 3x day?

I wouldn't because:: You can have all the flax ; chia you want but i'd be cautious re: zipfizz- it's high in caffeine ; has some hazardous ingredients such as sucralose (http://bit.Ly/1eavvqa), synthetic vit e ; high doses of Cyanocobalamin which has cyanide! (http://bit.Ly/mm1ce9)-i wouldn't take 7500 mcg(in 3 doses zipfizz). Instead try a good b complex with methylcobalamin ; a green drink like orac energy greens. ...Read more

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How can I feed disabled children water & food?

How can I feed disabled children water & food?

Disabled child: If the child is totally unable to eat, as an infant, then a feeding tube is usually placed, through the nose, into the stomach. If the problem turns out to be something that is not going to resolve quickly, then a feeding tube is placed, surgically, directly into the stomach. Occupational therapy should also be a part of care. They can help your child to learn to eat, if developmentally possible. ...Read more