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How To Get Appendicitis On Purpose
It won't: If you truly have a urinary tract infection, it is not going to get better on its own. The infection will continue to fester, then spread up to your kidneys. It can get into your blood and kill you, or you can lose your kidney function and end up on a kidney transplant list. Go to an urgent care or your doc and get a prescription for an antibiotic - much cheaper than a funeral or transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please advise what is the fastest and cheapest way to get rid of warts without going to the doctor? How long would have to till they go away?
Warts: You can purchase salicylic acid on pads or solutions (but it is a lower concentration then dermatologist has). Silver nitrate can be bought in caustic pencil form. In college i used cloth medical tape (not the hypoallergenic kind) and it did work - however, there is no medical research to back this. ...Read more
What causes "water on the knee"? How long can it take to go away? Why do doctors not want to drain the knee?
Inflammation: This is called a knee effusion and is the result of joint inflammation or damage. As a rheumatologist i strongly favor joint aspiration as it is often very valuable in establishing the cause. Also, a cortisone injection done at the same time can help quite a bit with improvement of the swelling and pain. ...Read more
Depends: On the cyst and if it needs to be taken out. ...Read more
How long does a head MRI take? I get claustrophobic easily and want to figure out how to best prepare myself.
It is brief: The amount of time required for an MRI of the head varies, but generally it is brief (minutes rather than hours). To prepare, try this: (1) take an active (rather than passive) perspective; you're hiring the medical team to take pictures of your head; (2) learn "the relaxation response" (rr)(instructions online); (3) practice the rr daily while lying down with your head in a box. Relax and go on. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Wait time: Usually most labs have results by 2 business days for a straight forward case. If the case is complicated addition material may be submitted and additional stains may be ordered and could add a couple business days. Feel free to contact the pathologist working on your case. Most of us enjoy speaking with patients. ...Read more
Is it easy to lose inner thigh fat to get the gap? If not, how long will it take and what is the best thing to do?
Weight loss: although not easy weight loss is certainly doable and requires significant restriction in calorie intake predominantly by reducing carbohydrates as well as the regular sustained exercise for 30 min. such as walking, swimming, stationary bicycle riding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not long: When worn exactly as directed, a few days (teens) to a few weeks (adults). The more retainers are worn, the less time the retainers are out of the mouth, the less destabilization of the treatment result, the sooner the patient gets used to them. Look for reasons to put retainers in rather than excuses to take them out. If you feel there are "fit" problems, call your orthodontic specialist now. ...Read more
It may not: Certain types of antibiotics can affect the microbes of your intestinal tract pretty severely and enough to make you want to stop taking them. If this is the case then you may want to ask your doctor for an alternative if available. ...Read more
Quit: The fairy tales/myths about special drinks/diet aside, it will disappear when it feels like it. Since it attaches to your fat cells and can leak out over months the risk of a test being positive depends on the sensitivity of the test & intensity of use.Single joint one time 2 weeks ago, probably won't show on pee test.Chronic use will show for months.Hair test for several months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common symptoms: Dscomfort around the belly button, usually moves to the right side of the abdomen over several hours. Worsens with sneezing, coughing, and deep breathing Pain may increase with movement,loss of appetite, nausea,vomiting, swelling of the abdomen,abdomen feels hard,onstipation,mild diarrhea,slight fever.See medical help early and prevent perforation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uh, never...?: The vomiting reflex is controlled by two units in the brain medulla--one receives nerve impulses from the GI tract, the other is a chemical receptor. Both have nerve connections to not only the GI tract (pharynx, mesenteric vessels, bile ducts) but also from brain corticobulbar areas that mediate smells, sights, & taste. Thus, vomiting apparatus responds to a variety of GI & brain inputs. ...Read more
Trying to answer : Not sure what your question is exactly: ents can be seen in days to weeks and surgery can be scheduled in days to weeks in most cases. Most of the time the surgery takes between 30-45 minutes including time to go to sleep and wake up from anesthetic. Most adults can go home the same day but some need an overnight stay (if very obese or with bad sleep apnea or other serious coexisting disease). ...Read more
Need more info: I wonder why you want to flush it out. If it is because if a significant side effect you should contact the physician who prescribed it. On the average in can take 3-5 days to leave your system. ...Read more
I want to do the surgery that removes the old acnes and i like to know how long it takes to heal, how long the surgery is, and how much it costs.
Multiple treatments: Acne scars are difficult a deep chemical peel can cost from 600 to 1000 depending on location. Resurfacing lasers can cost a few hundred to a few thousand dollars and require about a week of downtime and several weeks of red appearing cheeks. I would suggest a good board certified dermatologist who performs these type of procedures above a non medical " medi spa" ...Read more
How long does someone need to be on the ventilator thing before a doctor can declare them "brain dead"?
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