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How does this site work? Why are you doctors volunteering to answer for free?

Its fun: Some people play sudoko, or solitaire. I personally like the mental challenges of the questions. The "patients" make me think, I look up different things, and continue learning. Plus, some questions, like yours, are just fun to answer. Thank you for asking. ...Read more

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Can u tell me why my right side and incision site hurt when I work 3 months out of a hysterectomy?

Can u tell me why my right side and incision site hurt when I work 3 months out of a hysterectomy?

Unsure: Depending on how your surgery was done, you could expect to have some pain for up to 4 or 6 months. The only way to get a really good idea of the cause for your pain would be to have an exam. You could call the surgeon who did your surgery. ...Read more

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I'm a ma student right now and doing blood draws. Is it possible for a ma student to work in a phlabatomy site? Would that count as expirience?

I'm a ma student right now and doing blood draws. Is it possible for a ma student to work in a phlabatomy site? Would that count as expirience?

It's experience, but: Working at a phlebotomy site is experience, but it would depend on the medical assisting program whether that site is acceptable to fulfill the experience or internship requirements of your m.A. Program. ...Read more

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In how many days I can go to work after hydrocele surgery .since I am site engineer ishould walk n stand on site??

In how many days I can go to work after hydrocele surgery .since I am site engineer ishould walk n stand on site??

Here ares some ...: The degree of post-hydrocelectomy tissue swelling highly varies depending on magnitude of dissection and skill of surgeon. If the surgery is uneventful, i.e., no undue swelling or no infection as usually expected, such a man should be able to move around well in 2 weeks. More detail? Ask surgeon timely. ...Read more

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2 weeks post angiogram, husband has sharp pain at groin site... He's back to work lifting up to 80lbs, should we be worried?

2 weeks post angiogram, husband has sharp pain at groin site... He's back to work lifting up to 80lbs, should we be worried?

I would be: Sharp pain in the access site can mean a problem with the artery accessed. This will get worse if he continues to lift heavy weights. He needs to be seen by the cardiologist and he will then determine if an ultrasound examination of the groin is indicated. Another issue, much less common, would be infection. ...Read more

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Keep telling nurse my body itches on increase allergy shots decreased dose doesn't make me itch she says shots only itch at site after decrease works?

Keep telling nurse my body itches on increase allergy shots decreased dose doesn't make me itch she says shots only itch at site after decrease works?

Incorrect: Generalized itching after an allergy shot points to something more serious to come especially when the dose is increased. I urge you to discuss this with your allergist before you get your next shot. Although one may not need to decrease the allergen dose from a local reaction, a generalized itch may signal the early stage of anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Hey Dr. Kim I have a few questions for you. I'm new to this site but I've been dealing with chronic back pain for some time now. I work construction so back pain is a daily occurrence.?

Hey Dr. Kim I have a few questions for you. I'm new to this site but I've been dealing with chronic back pain for some time now. I work construction so back pain is a daily occurrence.?

Several thoughts: Injuries on the construction site is a major problem. Interestingly stress and anxiety play a factor. Stressed workers are 3 times more likely to injure themselves. There are things the worker can due to help prevent injury.
The following site gives an overview of the problem.http://bit.ly/1EjluZ0 and this excellent site gives specific advice for each job...http://bit.ly/1dk4nkL ...Read more

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I recently develope rash when ever I need to work at construction site. How to stop the rash as it always come back when ever I sweat.?

I recently develope rash when ever I need to work at construction site. How to stop the rash as it always come back when ever I sweat.?

Unsure: If this is a groin rash could be friction or yeast"jock itch". Don't use corn starch. First use air, at home, and when cleared use an a&d type ointment to prevent friction and a barrier to sweat from helping yeast overgrow. ...Read more

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Have dry, sensitive skin. Found 1 face cream that works but is Asian import sold at 1 expensive chain in us. Is it safe to buy it on site like ebay?

Have dry, sensitive skin. Found 1 face cream that works but is Asian import sold at 1 expensive chain in us. Is it safe to buy it on site like ebay?

Investigate source: I generally recommend creams that list active and inactive ingredients, recognizing that even "natural" ingredients can still cause irritant or allergic reactions. I would be weary about purchases from unknown sources. ...Read more

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My bf's obsessed w posting on political msgboards&checking current events/social media sites. Interferes w work, our relationship, etc. Is this addiction?

My bf's obsessed w posting on political msgboards&checking current events/social media sites. Interferes w work, our relationship, etc. Is this addiction?

Yes: Addiction to social media is a real issue with many young people. The best way to wean such addicts is to find more exciting but helthier or more productive alternatives to spend free time ...Read more

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I am porn addictive for last 10 years. I want to get rid of this prob. I tried many times but failed. Using filters and blocking sites don't work 4 me?

I am porn addictive for last 10 years. I want to get rid of this prob. I tried many times but failed. Using filters and blocking sites don't work 4 me?

Porn addiction: Porn may be one of the most powerful addiction of our time. Unlike drugs, it is legal in most cases and unlike cigarettes or alcohol it is easily available and if that weren't bad enough, it's often free! Porn is a problem you can't handle alone, you will need a group effort through an addiction counseling program and possibly professional counselor or my personal favorite your local clergy. Gl! ...Read more

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I had a needlestick at work from a very fine, small bore needle (novolog flexpen). I immediately washed the site and went to my hospital ER for treatm?

I had a needlestick at work from a very fine, small bore needle (novolog flexpen). I immediately washed the site and went to my hospital ER for treatm?

Needle Stick Injury: I do not see a question here. But, it sounds like you followed good infection control protocol. Needle stick injuries can lead to hepatitis or hiv. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a really big bruise at the injection site after having blood work?

Is it normal to have a really big bruise at the injection site after having blood work?

Yes: It does happen with blood draws. The needle may go through the vein. When the tech pulls back into the vein you may get some blood into the subq tissue. Certain meds will make you bruise more easily. It will turn blue, green, yellow and fade away over 2 weeks. If for some reason it is way larger than you have ever seen get your doctor to look at it. ...Read more

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Do steroid injections work on granuloma annulare, and if so how does it affect the injection site.

Do steroid injections work on granuloma annulare, and if so how does it affect the injection site.

Maybe: Steroid injection in granuloma annulare may give you temporary relief from your problem however, there is a good chance that it may return. Most often, it will go away without therapy and the risk of steroid injections. ...Read more

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I had a C-section 6mo ago. The incision site is still a tad tender to touch and I am afraid to work out. Is this normal?

I had a C-section 6mo ago. The incision site is still a tad tender to touch and I am afraid to work out. Is this normal?

Work out after preg: You should be healed by now and should be able to gradually return to the exercise level you attained before the pregnancy. If you undergo undue pain then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi there! I scraped my hand at work on a construction site 4 days ago, and it has now turned green with a red border, and is painful to move my hand.

See a doctor: First and foremost you need to make sure your tetanus vaccination status is up to date.
It sounds like it is possibly infected right now and you may need oral antibiotics.
Please see a doctor who can examine it more closely and prescribe the necessary treatment. ...Read more

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Got the nerve to get blood work and tested for HIV — not mad anymore, the docs on this site made me understand he was just doing what is best for me?

Got the nerve to get blood work and tested for HIV — not mad anymore, the docs on this site made me understand he was just doing what is best for me?

Glad to hear it: I thought a lot about your reaction. Peri-menopausal women are getting HIV. The world has changed. The risk groups have changed. Maybe someone read your question and will make that man put on a condom till he proves he is negative to her. Maybe you helped someone here. ...Read more

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Can a four-week post op site/scar get infected after it was reopened at work lastnight? If so what type of infection should I be worried about?

Can a four-week post op site/scar get infected after it was reopened at work lastnight? If so what type of infection should I be worried about?

Not Likely: I'm assuming this is the same person with the other question regarding an open incision site. While opened, it isn't likely to get infected. However, you should contact your surgeon asap to make sure you're ok. ...Read more

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I received dental work with local anesthesia five days ago. I woke this am to pain and swelling at the site. Could it be an infection?

I received dental work with local anesthesia five days ago. I woke this am to pain and swelling at the site. Could it be an infection?

It could be: But without knowing exactly what treatment was performed, and without being able to see you, how can anyone really tell? Why not call your treating dentist for a follow-up? They will have a better idea as to what may be needed to solve your problem. ...Read more

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Had blood work done today and nurse had a little trouble finding the vein couple hours later I have a small bump under the skin at the needle site.

Had blood work done today and nurse had a little trouble finding the vein couple hours later I have a small bump under the skin at the needle site.

Hematoma: Once a blood vessel is punctured by a needle a small leak can cause blood to accumulate resulting in a hematoma. If the hematoma is small it will eventually be cleared by one's own body. If the lesion is larger, it may require surgical attention. ...Read more

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Suggestions for uninsured 32yo woman to work through health phobias at home? Books, audio, internet sites? Out of work, no money to see counselor :-(

Suggestions for uninsured 32yo woman to work through health phobias at home? Books, audio, internet sites? Out of work, no money to see counselor :-(

Resources: Books on cognitive-behavioral therapy by aaron beck or david burns, specifically to treat phobias and anxiety disorders. You need grounding in the cognitive model to understand your thinking, feeling and avoidant behavior better. Browse for titles on amazon then go to the library or bookstore for reading. ...Read more

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Stress treatment what can one do to pull out of sress and depression when thoughts of work related injuries and knowledge of wrong doings by others that I can not recieve attention to correct. Constantly preoccupies my life I had job site injury that wrec

Stress treatment what can one do to pull out of sress and depression when thoughts of work related injuries and knowledge of wrong doings by others that I can not recieve attention to correct. Constantly preoccupies my life I had job site injury that wrec

This : This sounds like a tough situation. It is quite clear that you feel very depleted after the workman's compensation issue. When faced with such a challenge, it is pretty common to have a great deal of focus, time and energy concentrated on it. However, now that there has been some resolution, it will exhaust you if you continue to be absorbed by anger. After the dissappointment of no longer being able to fulfill career dreams; it is important to step back and to develop a new set of goals to replace the old ones. It is important to work through the variety of strong feelings you are experiencing. Having a good therapist, could be of real help because you need to heal and then you to need to move on with your life. What is important is not if we are knocked down, but that we get back up. Take care. ...Read more

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I work on building site and get dust in me eyes all day and for last through years I get stye like lumps at end of my eye kids will it be the dust.

I work on building site and get dust in me eyes all day and for last through years I get stye like lumps at end of my eye kids will it be the dust.

Ocular irritation: The type of climate you work in does predispose you to ocular irritation. Usually when something gets into the eye, like dust, your reaction is to rub the eyes which can cause irritation, contamination, damage to the delicate oil gland orifices or channels that may cause styes. Use protective eyewear to help reduce the exposure. Use lubrication eye drops or eye rinses if something gets in your eye. ...Read more

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Condom broke on ovulation day. Took planb 1step. How's pregnancy prevented if egg released? Everything I read except for planb site says it won't work

Condom broke on ovulation day. Took planb 1step. How's pregnancy prevented if egg released? Everything I read except for planb site says it won't work

Stops implantation: Even if fertilization were to occur, the hormonal effect of 'plan b' would interfere with the lining of the uterus making implantation of a fertilized egg extremely unlikely. ...Read more

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Hello, again! Trying to figure out how this site works. Do I need to video chat you? Are you able to call in a prescription for me to the pharmacy selected for nystatin oral gel or rinse?

Hello, again! Trying to figure out how this site works. Do I need to video chat you? Are you able to call in a prescription for me to the pharmacy selected for nystatin oral gel or rinse?

Need appointment: Hi Stacey, to get a prescription you'll need to log in and pay for a visit. It can be a video or text chat. Give a background history of why you need the Rx when you sign up. ...Read more