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How Can I Prevent Mastitis
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
Medication: Treatment usually requires a 10-14 day course of antibiotics. Be sure to take it all, even if you feel better before the medication is gone. It is also important to rest, get plenty of fluids and nurse frequently. If your baby won't nurse on that side, then empty your breast manually. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Sleep position: Babies who sleep on their stomach or side have a higher risk of SIDS, therefore they should always sleep on their back. Pacifier use and background noise, such as a ceiling fan, have been shown to decrease the risk as well. Smokers in the home and overheating have been shown to increase the risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Blisters: There is some evidence that foot blister incidence can be reduced by closed cell neoprene insoles. Wearing foot socks composed of acrylic results in fewer foot blisters in runners. A thin polyester sock, combined with a thick wool or polypropylene sock that maintains its bulk when exposed to sweat and compression reduces blister incidence in marine recruits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Broad topic: You pose an open question that cannot be answered in the 400 characters we have allotted. You have not provides your age/background/ previous methods considered/etc. You are welcome to ask again,but the more background you provide the more likely we can provide you with workable information. ...Read more
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more
Acute of chronic?: Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infection. To prevent it, avoidance of infected people when possible as well as frequent hand washing is needed. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically due to smoking so avoidance of smoking and smoking cessation is needed to prevent it. ...Read more
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