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How important is it to be tested for glaucoma if it runs in the family?

How important is it to be tested for glaucoma if it runs in the family?

Once a year, or more: Family history is just one of several risk factors for glaucoma. Nearly all other risk factors can be detected only by a thorough eye exam (corrected entry). ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


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Is it possible to be the first person in your family to have the huntington's gene by bad luck?

Is it possible to be the first person in your family to have the huntington's gene by bad luck?

Yes: Yes but this is rare. It is usually caused by inheriting the autosomal dominant mutant gene within a family. The mutation occurs on the short arm of chromosome 4. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have herpes over 20 years and not know it. How can yoube tested for it if the blister is in your rectum?

Is it possible to have herpes over 20 years and not know it.  How can  yoube tested for it if the blister is in your rectum?

Get a culture: Current blood tests for herpes only tell whether you have been exposed to the virus, not whether it is present in a silent or latent form somewhere in your body. The best test to have would be a culture of the fluid inside a blister. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a teen to be the first and only one in his family to get colon cancer ?

Is it possible for a teen to be the first and only one in his family to get colon cancer ?

Yes: It is certainly more common to have a family history, but rarely, cancer can occur in a young person, without any family history, as cells can mutate into cancerous ones. ...Read more

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If most of your family has alzheimer's disease, is it possible to not have gene?

If most of your family has alzheimer's disease, is it possible to not have gene?

Yes: The highest risk for alzheimer occurs with autosomal dominant inheritance (rare, because most alz is multifactorial with low risk for relatives). Ad alzheimer affects individuals in several generations, often with early age of onset. If your parent has ad alzheimer, your risk is 50% to get the abnormal gene and 50% to get the normal copy--50% chance you won't inherit the disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible for coprophilia to be genetically passed on to your children?

Is it possible for coprophilia to be genetically passed on to your children?

Doubtful: We just don't know THAT much about the genetics of any mental illness yet, let alone a symptom as specific as coprophilia. I WOULD say that children of ill parents are more likely to be SOME type of ill themselves, regardless of if they are raised by bios. And MAYBE a parent who had coprophilia is likelier to unconsciously reinforce it in their child environmentally? Just thinking while sci works ...Read more

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How common is it for a person to get pregnant if the man pulls out? Especially if he is very careful about it. How many cases do you see of that?

How common is it for a person to get pregnant if the man pulls out? Especially if he is very careful about it. How many cases do you see of that?

Pregnancy: It can be very common even with pull out method for sperms to be transferred. In the initial pre cumulative fluid there are sperms and this fluid can cause pregnancy. Use a condom or another source of birth control if you don't want to be pregnant. ...Read more

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Is there a way that depression can be treated without medications? Is there a risk in not visiting a doctor if it comes and goes

Is there a way that depression can be treated without medications? Is there a risk in not visiting a doctor if it comes and goes

Yes: There are many ways to resolve depression. Some simply pass with time and change of circumstances if it is not severe. Self-help practices, therapy, medication, ect, and vagus nerve stimulators are other ways. If it keeps coming and going, or recurrent depression, best to get treatment to overcome this suffering. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a doctor to tell if a person has herpes by just looking at the affected area?

Is it possible for a doctor to tell if a person has herpes by just looking at the affected area?

Generally yes: There are 2 common types of herpes simplex infections. Type 1 is orolabial and manifested by 'cold sores' where the facial skin meets the lip border as well as oral mucosal ulcerations. Lately, type 1 is increasingly implicated as the cause of genital herpes however. Type 2 is classically known as genital herpes and manifests by crops of painful skin lesions on or around the genital region. ...Read more

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If alzheimer's disease runs in my family, is there a test I can have done to see if I will develop it in the future?

If alzheimer's disease runs in my family, is there a test I can have done to see if I will develop it in the future?

Yes: If several have alzheimer, particularly at early ages, then you may want to consider gene (dna) testing. Enter omim in browswer, search on alzheimer, look at alz-1, 2, and 3 entries for genes involved. On right of entry hit link to genetests that shows labs doing testing. I strongly recommend seeing a clinical geneticist or neurologist to discuss the value and burden of testing. ...Read more

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Is there any way to tell if someone is at risk for a brain aneurysm? And what age should people be screened for this?

Is there any way to tell if someone is at risk for a brain aneurysm? And what age should people be screened for this?

Family history: Family history of aneurysms can increase one's risks of aneurysm as can certain diseases of the blood vessel walls such as fibromuscular dysplasia. Screening requires angiography which visualizes the blood vessels. ...Read more

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Is it routine for doctors to check for diabetes whenever someone is admitted to the er?

Is it routine for doctors to check for diabetes whenever someone is admitted to the er?

IT: Depends what the reason you went to the er. If you had some benign trauma there no reason to check for blood sugar levels. If for other reasons and there is a history of diabetes of course one should check for it in the blood and well as urine for ketosis. ...Read more

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When is the best time to have a child tested for diabetes?

When is the best time to have a child tested for diabetes?

Whenever needed: Good reasons for testing for diabetes vary depending upon circumstances. A child who seems to be eating a lot but losing weight, abnormally thirsty and urinating a lot, or with sudden blurred vision should be checked immediately. With risk factors for type 1 diabetes (family history, other autoimmune diseases) or type 2 diabetes (family history, obesity, dark skin patches) screening may be needed. ...Read more

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What is the reason for depression and how to treat it? Can depression change your lifestyle? & is it necessary to meet a doctor for this case?

What is the reason for depression and how to treat it?  Can depression change your lifestyle? & is it necessary to meet a doctor for this case?

Complicated: Depression is more than the blues or a bad day. It is a complex array of mental and physical symptoms that interfere with a person's functioning. If untreated, depression can worsen to the point of hopelessness and self-harm. Depression is treatable. See: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/index.shtml#pub4 I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long can lyme disease be in your system without you knowing it? Is it possible to be in there hiding for years until it gets more serious?

How long can lyme disease be in your system without you knowing it? Is it possible to be in there hiding for years until it gets more serious?

Usually within weeks: Usually weeks , months and years. A good website to review is: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lyme-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20019701 The timing will depend on which body systems are invovled ...Read more

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Once a cold/flu has moved to lungs, is it necessary to see a dr? What are the indicators that a dr needs to be seen and what treatment is there?

Once a cold/flu has moved to lungs, is it necessary to see a dr? What are the indicators that a dr needs to be seen and what treatment is there?

See below: During the cold and flu season the indications for patients with a cough to see a physician would include: -Fever >103 F -Fever>101 F accompanied by chills and coughing up greenish foul smelling sputum -Cough with fever and shortness of breath, chest pain with inspiration or coughing up blood -Fever of 100 or more lasting more than 4 days ...Read more

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How long would you have to be taking a medicine to know if it is the cause for swollen feet/ankles? One side is worse than the other.

How long would you have to be taking a medicine to know if it is the cause for swollen feet/ankles? One side is worse than the other.

Depends: Some medications will cause an immediate same day reaction or allergic response. Others may not cause swelling at all. It depends on the specific medication and your personal medical history. Check in for a follow up with your prescribing doctor or a virtual consult if you are concerned. Best wishes! ...Read more