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How To Test For Scabies At Home
No real "Home Test": I'm guessing you are referring to uterine prolapse, where the uterus begins to creep down towards the opening of the vagina. Many women will have a sense that "things are falling out." but you may be able to feel that your cervix is closer to the vaginal opening. In some cases, the uterus can protrude completely out of the vaginal opening. Get an evaluation if you think any of this is occurring. ...Read more
Be specific: If you have a specific complaint or concern, see your doctor and discuss them. There are so many forms of cancer, most of which occur in ages older than you, there's no home screen test. Personally, unless there's something specific, forget about it. Get out there and enjoy life. Eat and live healthy, but you can still indulge yourself now and then. Good luck. ...Read more
Many: While they don't diagnose diabetes, there are many glucose monitoring meters and strips available in your local drug store. If your sugar tests higher than normal fasting (less than 104) or more than 200 at any time of the day, you need to be checked for diabetes or at least pre diabetes. Get a head start by diet, exercise and weight loss now. Don't wait. There are also a1c test kits available. ...Read more
No: Look at your skin ( and have someone else look at the areas that you can't see). Things to worry about: asymmetry - not round, borders - not smooth, color- dark brown or black, diameter - greater than 6 mm (about a quarter inch. Any questions - see a dermatologist or primary care doc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stop using drugs: Please forgive my frankness. The only way you can be confident of not having drug use detected by a pre-job urinalysis is to be clean. This isn't the place to debate the wisdom, especially with respect to cannabis. If low levels of the latter are detected, as they may be weeks after stopping heavy use, you can claim passive exposure credibly. ...Read more
How long after a possible HIV exposure should I do at home testing. (I want the results to be reliable.)?
Not the best test: The home self test for HIV takes up to 3 months to give reliable results, the longest of all HIV tests. It is never the best test to check for infection after a particular exposure. Better to go to a doctor or clinic and have an HIV antigen/antibody test ("4th generation" or "duo" test), which is reliable after only 4 weeks. You also need testing for STDs, for which you are at much higher risk. ...Read more
Any preg test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more
Gingivitis?: How old is baby? While some babies are born with teeth, tooth eruption usually occurs b/w 4-9mo, and gum inflammation (gingivitis) would be unusual, more typically, gums would be a little swollen. Stomatitis, oral mucosa inflammation could be due to viral infix, medicine reaction, thrush can cause mouth inflammation plus a white plaque. Better call your dr with specifics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
10 days: A pregnancy test will be positive by about 10 days after ovulation and conception. If you wait until your period is due, that would be 14 days after ovulation and a pregnancy test will be positive if you have indeed conceived. If your periods are not regular and predictable then the timing is more difficult to estimate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pregnancy: If you have regular menstrual cycles, a pregnancy test will be positive soon after your missed period (1-3 days). Some tests may detect things earlier. You can check a urine pregnancy test at home if you are concerned at all and have a blood pregnancy test at your doctor's office to confirm the pregnancy. ...Read more
HCG testing : After conception the fertilized egg travels for about 5 days, down the fallopian tubes, before implanting in the uterus.During this time tests will be negative .After implantation begins, at about 10 days post conception( fertilization) urine tests start turning positive.Serum blood test may be positive 1-3 days before a urine test. Good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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