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As a pretty healthy and active 35 year old male, how often should I have a comprehensive physical exam?

As a pretty healthy and active 35 year old male, how often should I have a comprehensive physical exam?

No definite answer: You ask a great question. There actually is no research to guide us on this question - only opinions. Mine is that every year or so makes sense, mostly to stay up-to-date on new developments in cancer screening, healthy lifestyle behaviors, and recommended vaccinations. All of these are updated on a continual basis. A good resource is an iphone app called my health checklist (2012 version coming). ...Read more

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I'm a 34 year old male. How often should I get a physical exam by my doctor?

I'm a 34 year old male.  How often should I get a physical exam by my doctor?

Annually: The exam part of an annual physical is usually not the most important part, unless you're having symptoms. However, it is important to get your blood pressure checked annually. The remainder of the "physical exam" is geared to identifying risk factors for things like diabetes or cancer, doing appropriate screening tests, and discussing how to get and stay healthy with your doctor. ...Read more

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In a sports physical for a 12 year old girl, how do they check for a hernia?

In a sports physical for a 12 year old girl, how do they check for a hernia?

Hernia in girls : A complete physical is performed with focus on the musculoskeletal system. Hernias are sometimes challenging to diagnose in girls/women. The common symptom of a bulge or abdominal mass/protrusion is not always present in girls. Let the doctor know if you have this but also important to inform them of others sx that may represent a hernia (nausea/vomiting, heartburn, constipationurinary problems). ...Read more

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What should a physical for a 56 year old man consist of?

What should a physical for a 56 year old man consist of?

Physical: A physical is a thorough head to toe exam. At your age includes pro star exam screening for diabetes, cholesterol, kidney function. Need to examine family history, your social history like smoking, alcohol, etc.. Discussion of medical maintenance for assurance of good health like colonoscopy, vacvinations, dental and eye exams and making sure your tetanus status is up to date. ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor if i'm a 25 year old man and only shave once a week?

Should I see a doctor if i'm a 25 year old man and only shave once a week?

Maybe no: If this is not a new situation and there are no other problems, you may be just a lucky man. If i could shave once a week i would celebrate. There are some medical problem that can cause this like thyroid however. ...Read more

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How often does a teenage boy need to be seen by a doctor?

How often does a teenage boy need to be seen by a doctor?

Depends upon risk: Generally teens do not need to be seen except to meet milestones of growth or development or when there are significant risks such as drug / etoh or sexually risky behavior. ...Read more

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What should I expect for a physical exam for a 16 year old girl?

What should I expect for a physical exam for a 16 year old girl?

Physical exam: During most teen physicals the doctor will interview the patient both in the presence of the parent and without the parent to screen for things like depression, sleep disorders, school problems, drug use, sexual activity, etc. The doctor will examine the teen checking all body parts, assessing for scoliosis, fitness, irregular heart beats. We want to check that all is well. ...Read more

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How can a migraine be treated in an 8 year old boy?

How can a migraine be treated in an 8 year old boy?

Treat or prevent: To treat individual headaches, start with over the counter medications like excedrin, ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). If those do not help, a combination of Reglan and ibuprofen or a triptan should be helpful. Prevention can be avoiding triggers such as chocolate,eggs, indoor pulutants, flashing lights. Medications include periactin, Inderal, topamax and amitriptyline. ...Read more

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How often should a healthy middle aged adult have a physical examination?

How often should a healthy middle aged adult have a physical examination?

Probably every 1-2 y: There is little or no research that guides us on how often to do check ups. I agree with dr. Klauber that every year or so makes sense, mostly because we learn new information all the time about what cancer screenings, blood tests, vaccines and lifestyle (diet and exercise, mostly) make sense, and it is good to keep current on these. A good resource is an iphone app called my health checklist. ...Read more

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How would you care for a 11 year old child with a sore throat?

How would you care for a 11 year old child with a sore throat?

Take in for testing: Even strep throat can gradually improve with simple home remedies, but that doesn't cancel the risk.You have from 5-10 days from the first fever to treat strep & avoid kidney,heart or brain complications of issues like rheumatic fever. This complication affects about 1/200, but is insidious in nature & cannot be reversed if it starts.Throat lozenges, gargling or throat sprays can help temporarily ...Read more

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What should an appropriate bed time be for a 3.5 month old?

What should an appropriate bed time be for a 3.5 month old?

10 hours: The average 3-4 month old should sleep approximately 15 hours per day (10 hours during the night). Schedule an appropriate bedtime that will facilitate this length of time, and also coordinate with your (or caregiver's) schedule. Avoid encouraging long late afternoon naps to help establish a new schedule. ...Read more

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How can I best take care of a 90 year old woman that needs a hip replacement?

How can I best take care of a 90 year old woman that needs a hip replacement?

Hip replacement: Thr age dosent matter health does some 90year olds are healthier than me. ...Read more

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And is it possible for a 14 year old to have a hernia ?

And is it possible for a 14 year old to have a hernia ?

Hernias: Hernias occur at any age and in various places, commonly the groin and along the abdominal wall. If you suspect a hernia, have it checked. Sometimes they can get pinched and be painful and a loss of blood supply may occur. All the beat. ...Read more

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How do you care for an 11 month old with a hairline fracture?

How do you care for an 11 month old with a hairline fracture?

Depending on the bon: Distal radius needs little care, a soft splint 4 a few weeks will suffice. Wt bearing bones need 2 keep kids from standing on them and may need a soft cast 2 keep them from standing on them, this means u have to include the knee 4 a tibial fracture they heal very fast so immobilizing is a short time. ...Read more

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How old should a woman be to get a first mammogram?

How old should a woman be to get a first mammogram?

It depends: For most women, age 40. For women with a history of breast cancer in a mother, sister, or daughter, possibly younger. This depends on the age the relatives developed breast cancer. Ultrasound and MRI are better tests in young women with dense breasts. For women with a suspicious lump, a mammogram, ultrasound, and possibly breast MRI should be done regardless of age. ...Read more

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How often should I get a physical exam?

How often should I get a physical exam?

Depends on your age: Sex, pre-existing conditions, family history, and a whole host of other factors. ...Read more

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How often should a 70 year old woman to take a bath?

How often should a 70 year old woman to take a bath?

Daily if possible: If you have facilities and running water, it is ideal to take bath daily. Personal hygiene is very important to prevent several diseases. ...Read more