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How Much Should I Worry About Urticaria
Hive Worry Index: On a scale of 1-10 (10 worst). Hives <6 weeks: 2. Hives >6 weeks: 3. After you see your doctor or allergist to rule-out the bad stuff: 2. Hives with swollen lips or eyelids (angioedema):4. Hives with swollen tongue:5. Angioedema without hives:5. Hives with vomiting, stomachache, difficulty breathing, passing out or nearly so:10. If score 3 or more see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A lot...: True stridor is considered a medical emergently since it represents an airway which is closing. If a patient truly has strider, 911 should be called and the person taken immediately to the nearest er. A tube may need to be placed in the airway so that artificial ventilation can be done while the etiology is diagnosed and treated. Stridor can be life-threatening and even fatal. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Usually not serious: Easy bruising is usually benign, the result of unnoticed injury. If accompanied by bleeding gums, heavy periods, a history of bleeding into joints or a history of bleeding in the stomach or intestines it should be evaluated. If you are worried it can be easily investigated with a few lab tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That depends: Causes of drooling vary with age. I'm not qualified to discuss childhood causes, but in adults a variety of neurologic and even psychiatric disorders can have inability to control one's saliva. Some medications are associated with this. If persistent, i recommend you see a doctor. ...Read more
Dysuria: Dysuria is the feeling of pain, burning, or discomfort upon urination. Although dysuria frequently indicates the presence of a urinary tract infection (UTI), it can have a variety of causes. Dysuria should always trigger a visit to a health-care professional for evaluation and diagnosis. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/dysuria/article_em.htm#dysuria_overview ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anemia is a concern: There are several types of anemia, the most common is iron deficiency. Red blood cells are made and renewed every 120 days and require iron for production. A lack of iron or (folic acid) can cause a low number of red blood cells also known as anemia. Heavily menstruating women can have anemia from blood loss as well as conditions like uterine fibroids as a cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A lot: Skin ulcers if left untreated can lead to infection, loss of muscle, and even deep infection of the underlying bone. Ulcers are usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition that may require treatment such as diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. They may also be present in people with diminished sensation, poor mobility, or poor nutrition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly very: A purple rash and headache in combination with fever can be a sign of meningitis and requires emergency management. There are other possible causes without fever including; medicine side effect, viral illness, treatment with Amoxicillin while suffering from mononucleosis; list goes on. It really is best to be evaluated and, if with fever, immediately. ...Read more
Yes, worry about it: Is your distension acute, &/or associated with fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding? If so, please get medical attention now. If, on the other hand, associated with painful constipation then consider possible c-ibs. Medical evaluation under the rome 3 criteria can exclude obstruction, ileus, ischemic disease, tumors, dysmotilities of the gut, rectal dysfunction. Urgency of care depends on the cause. ...Read more
Depends: How badly does it bother you? Does it stink or is it just non-smelly sweating? You should discuss this with your primary care doctor who might recommend a dermatologist to look into this further. ...Read more
Should be evaluated: There are many reasons to have a bleeding tendency. This is something that should be worked up by your primary care physician or a hematologist. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what your symptoms are. What do you mean by easy bruising. Any spontaneous bleeding? Excessive bleeding that wouldn't stop or requiring blood transfusion etc. You need to see your doctor and have some blood/ screening test to be done. If it is significant-then you need to see a hematologist. ...Read more
Not blood-tinged..: If a ptis coughing up frank blood (hemoptysis), then it's a potential emergency (e.g. Go to the energency department)- the next cough could break a large blood vessel. Otherwise, blood-tinged sputum can occur with forceful coughing with some smaller blood vessels breaking. In the latter scenario, as long as a person can breath fine, then schedue a visit with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scrotal pain: Scrotal pain should almost always be evaluated by a doctor. The most serious cause is twisting of the blood vessel in the scrotum with extreme pain. Another common cause is infection of the epididymis (part of the testicle) with a bacterium, particularly among younger males who are sexually active or older men. Other causes include hernias, kidney stones, nerve pain, or skin inflammation. ...Read more
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