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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Bone Infection (Definition)

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon..Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks ...Read more


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How could i tell if I have a splinter?

How could i tell if I have a splinter?

Splinter: A splinter may be painful and the foreign body may be visible under the skin. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

See below: Sinus infections usually are associated with the following signs and symptoms: pain, headache, bad smell or odor, green/yellow discharge, fever and on exam a ed, angry looking mucus membrane. A ct scan may be needed to help diagnose hard to treat cases. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

Let me help: Sinus infection symptoms include sinus headache, facial tenderness, pressure or pain in the sinuses, fever, cloudy discolored drainage, and feeling of nasal stuffiness, sore throat, and cough and nasal drainage. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

Don't know: Since you haven't described your symptoms, it's impossible to tell. If you have fever, facial pain, colored nasal drainage, nasal congestion and facial pressure, you may have a sinus infection. The best way to find out is to see an ENT who can look inside your nose and take a culture, if needed. Then, the decision can be made about whether you need antibiotics or just decongestant therapy. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a fracture or just a bruise?

How can I tell if I have a fracture or just a bruise?

Xray: If you suspect you may have fractured a bone, seeing a physician and getting xrays are the best ways to differentiate a break from a bruise. ...Read more

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I think i might have a salivary gland infection. How can I tell and what should I do?

I think i might have a salivary gland infection. How can I tell and what should I do?

Swelling: Usually, you will have some swelling of the infected gland, maybe a bad taste and pain in the area. Fevers are uncommon. Often the swelling of the gland will smaller and larger around mealtimes. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a sinus infection?

How can I know if I have a sinus infection?

Symptoms/duration: Most viral upper respiratory infection will resolve within 5-7 days. If symptoms persist beyond this length of time, or there is a worsening of symptoms after an initial improvement, it may have progressed into a bacterial sinus infection. This is the usual pathway in the development of a sinus infection. Dental pain may also be felt; discolored secretions are less reliable in predicting infection. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

Chest X-Ray...: Often you can suspect it by having pain with breathing. Broken ribs are usually caused by trauma of some sort (car accident, fights, falling, etc). The best test is an x-ray or ct scan to determine for sure. The treatment is usually just pain medication alone. Rarely is surgery used for broken ribs. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an infection because of my tooth?

How can I tell if I have an infection because of my tooth?

Possible: Depending on where the pain is, it is very possible that an infection could be caused from a tooth. Sometimes a sinus infection can mimic a toothache, but a proper exam and radiograph would be needed to correctly diagnose and treat the source and cause of your infection. Keep smiling ! ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a yeast infection or am i getting my period?

How can I tell if I have a yeast infection or am i getting my period?

How to tell: Symptoms of a yeast infection may include: burning, redness & itching of the vulva; burning with urination & vaginal intercourse & a clumpy, white, vaginal discharge with no odor. Sometimes the discharge isn’t apparent. Leukorrhea which is a normal white vaginal discharge, does not cause pain, itching, burning or redness. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an infection and not just a virus?

How can I tell if I have an infection and not just a virus?

See below: Viruses, along with bacteria, fungi, protozoa, parasites, and prions, all cause infections. The only way to know for sure is to go to the doctor for an exam, blood tests, and cultures, if necessary. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have a bone fracture?

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How do I tell if I have a bone fracture?

X-ray: The first imaging study that would be appropriate is an x-ray. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have got a throat infection?

How can I tell if I have got a throat infection?

By Symptoms: By symptoms of throat infection Sore Throat Diffculty swaloowing Fever White spots on tonsils Swollen glands in neck And get checked by your doctor to rule out Strep infection which needs to be treated with antibiotics ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have a sinus infection?

How do I tell if I have a sinus infection?

See below: Sinus congestion, pressure, headache, colored discharge, fever and chills are some of the symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a bladder infection or something?

How do I know if I have a bladder infection or something?

Symptoms: You can have a bladder infection without knowing it. It can pass by itself without treatment. However, if it is caused by a sexually transmitted disease, it could be bad to miss it. Usually, a bladder infection will cause burning pain when you urinate. It can make you urinate more often with more urgency. It can also cause blood in the urine at rare times. Urine studies can detect infection. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a yeast infection or just irritation?

How can I tell if I have a yeast infection or just irritation?

Vaginal: Symptoms of a yeast infection may include: burning, redness & itching of the vulva; burning with urination & vaginal intercourse & a clumpy, white, vaginal discharge with no odor. Sometimes the discharge isn’t apparent. Irritation alone should not cause a vaginal discharge. Dr can test to differentiate. ...Read more

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How could i tell if I have gum disease?

How could i tell if I have gum disease?

Some signs of: Some signs of gum disease are bleeding and\or swollen gums, loose teeth, and bad breath. There are others. The only way to know for sure whether or not you have gum disease, what stage, and what treatment is indicated is to see your dentist for a complete and thorough dental examination. Don't postpone that as things only get worse the longer you wait. ...Read more

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How could i know if I have a collapsed lung?

How could i know if I have a collapsed lung?

Examination: Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. Symptoms if present may include shortness off breath, cough, and/or chest pain. The first line of diagnosis for large pneumothorax is a good history and physical examination (stethoscope). Most smaller pneumothoraces can be diagnosed with good 2 view chest x-ray series. Occasionally, a ct-scan may be necessary. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more