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How Fast Can I Make My Abdominal Swelling Go Away
Depends: Eye swelling can be caused by focal infection, angioedema, systemic salt imbalance, heart and kidney failure, secondary to some drugs used to treat other illnesses and thyroid disease (to name a few). The speed of disappearance of the swelling depends upon which of these you have. You should consult with your ophthalmologist to sort this out. ...Read more
An enlarging abdomen over what is normal for you, can develop over a period of hours to weeks. This excludes obesity, common causes are gas in the intestine, fluid in the abdomen, pregnancy, and rarely cancer. A CAT scan or ultrasound will show what is going on. Would be helpful to know if there are other symptoms, such as pain, ...Read more
Depends: It really depends on the reason why your abdomen is protruding. Some causes of a protruding abdomen can be quite serious and need to be evaluated by a doctor. Sometimes an abdomen protrudes from a hernia, which may need to be repaired surgically. If the protrusion is from constipation, this should resolve once the constipation resolves. ...Read more
Naturally: A contusion will heal on its and on its own time. Intervention is likely to make matters worse. Right after the contusion occurred an ice pack for the first four hour or so may have lessened the severity of the contusion. After that moderate heat may facilitate clearance. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Pancreatitis takes a while to heal and depending on the cause you can facilitate the process. Alcohol is the commonest cause of pancreatitis and abstinence is mandatory. If pancreatitis is due to hyper-triglyceridemia, diet and drug treatment may be needed. If you have biliary disease causing pancreatitis then that will need to be addressed. ...Read more
Antihistamines: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for persistent hives while sedating antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful to resolve hives quickly. If you have persistent hive reactions consider being seen by an Allergist for further treatment and evaluation. There are many triggers of hives so determining right trigger is important moving forward. ...Read more
Depends-: Have your doctor check it out- outer ear: possibly otitis externa, relapsing polychondritis, or a skin infection on on the ear. Treatment can involve ear drops. If treated, pain can go away a fast as min-hrs middle ear: possibly otitis media, and others. This requires antibiotics by mouth and therefore, can take hrs-days. Pills can be selectively prescribed, making pain go away in minutes. ...Read more
Treating pain: Treatment for chronic pain will vary depending on the cause which can be from an injury, inflammation, disease process, cancer, trauma, congenital malformations, etc. Treatment is best done with a holistic approach using pain medications as well as yoga/tai chi, acupuncture, rolfing, feldenkrais, therapy and changing your perceptions to pain and disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually it resolves: Most sciatica can resolve on its own. Exercise, even back extension exercise can help a lot of people. Resting in the 90-90 position - lying supine with the hips and knee each bent at 90 degreees can help relieve symproms. There can be serious involvement that requires more evaluation, and diagnostic testing. It needs evaluation if it persists, especially involving bowel and bladder use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the route: If your kidney function is normal, and the offending activity or injury stopped, copious oral hydration should help your rhabdomyolysis resolve in a matter of days for mild cases. For more severe cases, intravenous fluids are sometimes necessary. In other cases still, the kidneys can sustain temporary injury which also requires intravenous fluids. All scenarios usually involve several days. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rest!: A lung can take weeks to fully recover from a pneumothorax, depending on the cause, extent, and treatment of it. The primary goal is to 'reinflate' the lung and prevent air from again leaking into the pleural space. This will require rest, and regardless of the severity, caution: having had a pneumothorax increases the likelihood of developing another later in life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Painful Urination: If you have pain with urination, that is intermittent, you may have ingested an irritant, or had irregular sexual contact. If you have pain that is consistent, you may have inflammation of the bladder, and infection, or other source of irritation. You should be check for these. If you see blood, or the pain is severe, be seen in the er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few days: Pyelonephritis is a urinary tract infection that has spread to the kidneys. Appropriate antibiotics (outpatient oral or inpatient iv) will usually decrease the symptoms in hours or a couple days. Increased fluid intake will help speed recovery. ...Read more
Symptom relief: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more
Depends on stage: The clinical course of pyomyositis is variable. Although early-stage pyomyositis can be treated with antibiotics alone, most patients present with intermediate or advanced disease and, therefore, require both antibiotics and surgical drainage for definitive management. ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
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