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How Can I Prevent Diverticulitis
Fiber: There are many dietary recommendations that have been widely disseminated (things to avoid, etc), but recent studies have found no basis for those recommendations. The one thing that has been shown to prevent a second episode of diverticulitis (once someone has has a first episode) is to take a tablespoon of fiber supplementation (phyllium) daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Bloating usually means excess gas or stool in the intestines. Sometimes it means slow emptying of the stomach. Avoiding, or getting rid of, constipation is important. This can be done with lifestyle changes, dietary improvements, otc laxatives, and prescription meds. Lactose intolerance and eating excessive fiber both cause more gas. The doctor can make sure there's not a tumor blocking things. ...Read more
Healthy lifestyle.: Maintain a healthy lifestyle: - balanced diet - achieve and maintain an ideal body weight - don't use tobacco - consume alcohol in moderation - know your family history watch for symptoms: - blood in your stool - change in stool habits - unusual abdominal pains keep up on screening tests: - colonoscopy at age 50. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recurrent UTIs: Having more then two urinary tract infections a year is a pain. Usually an evaluation for this involves cystoscopy to look for a physical reason. If there isn't a physical reason there are few medication management possibilities. 1) pre-prescribed as needed antibiotic use for symptoms/activities 2) alternative monthly between two antibiotics. 3) other options too. Talk to your doctor about them. ...Read more
Keep dry and clean: Most uti's are caused by e. Coli bacteria that lives in the digestive tract. Keeping area between the anus an the vigina clean and dry is the best prevention. Wear loose underpants not thongs or tight panties that can " wick" bacteria from back to front. Always wipe after bowel movements from front to back. Azo will treat some mild uti's, see you physician for bad ones. ...Read more
Avoid sick people: Bronchiolitis is a wheezing/runny nose/congestion illness caused by a virus called rsv. It is contracted from another person who has RSV (usually young children but could be anyone). Most children especially babies get it from daycare or preschool... So avoiding those places is important. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
You can't: Everyone heals by scarring. A good scar is very difficult to see. Keeping stress off of the scar, using pressure with a silicone pad on the scar can be used. Steroids can be used with or without pressure. Your doctor would be the best one to ask for your situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Remove obstruction: Mastitis occurs from a plugged duct, which is often due to anything that hampers milk flow, ie an obstruction. This may be from an ill fitting bra or lack of complete emptying of the breast during a feeding. Diets high in saturated fat and sodium also increase your risk of plugged ducts. So, allow your baby to nurse long enough to soften your breast, wear loose clothing and eat a healthy diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pink eye: This is in adults almost always viral. No topical antibiotic ointment or drop will prevent it. It is caught, like the common cold, by exposure to material from someone who currently has the condition. Observing cleanliness on your part will help but you cannot avoid touching objects that may have the virus on it when placed there by another. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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