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Seeing A Doctor For Oral Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Difficult: The definitive diagnosis of cancer requires a biopsy and formal pathology review which can take days to be completed. Therefore it would be very difficult for an emergency room physician to make a definitive diagnosis and communicate it at the time of a single visit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more
Pathology: We can sometimes make a pretty good guess just from symptoms and a few tests. But a guess isn't good enough and a firm diagnosis usually involves looking at tissue taken from the tumor--sometimes just a few cells from a pap test or sputum are enough and sometimes a lot more is removed if the tests strongly suggest a malignancy. ...Read more
Options: Most surgeons (ENT) would check the tonsils for evidence of infection or enlargement. This would involve an examination or scope in the office in most people. ...Read more
Meningitis: If you have symptoms such has headache, fever, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, the doctor will suspect that you may have meningitis and may order a ct scan of your head then perform a spinal tap to obtain a sample of spinal fluid then send it the lab to look for bacteria, elavated white blood cell, elevated protein, abnormal glucose level , increase pressure etc... ...Read more
Not enough info.: It depends on the type of wound, how big it is, where it is, and how long its been there. Is it infected? Not getting better? Getting worse? Ask again and tell us more about your wound. Before posting the new question, update your profile to include any medications, including supplements, you are taking, as well as any chronic medical conditions you may have. ...Read more
What happens if your not sure if you have diverticulitis but, if you do you are too scared to go to a doctor?
Diverticulitis: This is a potentially lethal condition including risk of abscess perforation overwhelming intrabdominal infection and death. Fear must be controlled doctor needs to be seen preferably now and treatment begun very serious and again risk of overwhelming infection and death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you know if you have a vaginal infection and what can you do to make it better without going to a doctor?
Yeast infection?: Vaginal itching and a cottage cheese-like discharge could be signs of a vaginal yeast infection. You can try using over the counter yeast infection medication (like miconazole) if you have these symptoms. If the symptoms persist after this treatment, or if you are experiencing any pain, it should be evaluated by a doctor since it could mean a different diagnosis. ...Read more
Generally Dentists: Dentists are specialists of the mouth and are more familiar of whats normal vs abnormal. Most dentists also have advanced screening systems ( such as vizilite) to detect abnormalities before the eye can detect them. Oral cancer screenings are routinely done at your regular exam visits so be regular! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What should you tell a doctor if you feel you need ADD medicine but your doc doesn't take you seriously?
Talk it out: If you seriously tell the Dr. your signs and symptoms and they are indeed possibly related to ADD, and they still don't take you seriously and a the least have you fill out a basic AD/ADHD questionnaire, then it may be time to seek another Dr. Or, ask them why they do not think you have ADD, and they may be right. Best wishes. ...Read more
Blood test(TFTs): Your doctor can examine you and tell you if you might have it in which case a simple blood test called thyroid functions(tsh level is the simplest test) can be done to confirm it. ...Read more
Mouth (Oral) Cancer (Definition)
Any cancer located in the mouth. Symptoms are variable but include a mass in the mouth, difficulty eating, and tongue problems. ...Read more
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