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I heard it is dangerous to pick your nose. Is this true?

I heard it is dangerous to pick your nose. Is this true?

Yes: This will increase your risk of bleeding and infections of the nose and septum. There are a lot of bacteria trapped under the fingernails. Breaking the lining to the nose could "innoculate" the tissue and be a set-up for a bad infection. Clean your nose in a moist environment like when you shower. ...Read more

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I heard it is dangerous to pick out ear waxes with q-tips. Is this true?

I heard it is dangerous to pick out ear waxes with q-tips. Is this true?

Ear Wax / Q-tips: Ear wax is the ears natural way of protecting the skin of the ear canal from infection and other types of damage. The wax actually has a natural pH (acidity) that prevents bacteria and fungus from growing in the ear canal. If you scrape the wax away and leave the skin uncovered, then you are at a higher likelihood of getting and external ear infection which can be quite painful. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My doctor said it would be to dangerous to sedate me because of my brain injury is this true and why?

My doctor said it would be to dangerous to sedate me because of my brain injury is this true and why?

Could be!: General anesthesia and IV sedation is usually safe in most. But some people have conditions that make it risky. The key is what needs to be done. In an emergency life and death situation, you may get it anyway because the benefit outweighs the risk. With lesser procedures, local anesthesia may be safer and enough to manage your pain. Discuss again with doc and find out what your options are. ...Read more

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Is it true that really hot showers/bath can be harmful to the fetus? Or is this a wives' tale?

Is it true that really hot showers/bath can be harmful to the fetus? Or is this a wives' tale?

Yes: Too much heat like from a long very hot shower or in a heated pool or sauna should be avoided during pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection and there is a clicking noise in my ear, is there anyway to stop this as it is really irritating me and i can not stand it?

I have a sinus infection and there is a clicking noise in my ear, is there anyway to stop this as it is really irritating me and i can not stand it?

Eustachian tube : The tube that allows air to move into the middle ear from your throat is opening and closing creating the noise. It should gradually improve as the swelling in the tube related to the infection deminishes. If you hold your nose and pop your ears it may quit clicking for a while, but it may take a while for it to clear. ...Read more

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Is it true that ifyou hold in your emotions it is bad for you? And if so what does it do?

Is it true that ifyou hold in your emotions it is bad for you? And if so what does it do?

Yes,leads to illness: "i can't express anger. I grow a tumor instead"- woody allen. This expresses the notion that suppressed emotions can lead to illness. It is widely believed suppressed emotions can lead to reduced immune function, high blood pressure, heart disease, pain, etc. Many relate particular emotions to specific maladies. See http://www.Innerself.Com/behavior_modification/sky_michael_02292.Htm & my comment:. ...Read more

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I've heard that you don't really have to be doing anything particularly dangerous at all to get a ruptured eardrum. Is this true?

I've heard that you don't really have to be doing anything particularly dangerous at all to get a ruptured eardrum. Is this true?

Perforated eardrum: I don't know what you mean. Most eardrum rupture's occur due to common factors such as trauma to the ear, a bad ear infection, allergies, or chronic eustachian tube problems. Any questions or concerns should be seen by an ENT physician. ...Read more

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I get water in my ears very easily, and it is difficult to get out. This rarely happens to my friends. Is it normal for it to happen so often?

I get water in my ears very easily, and it is difficult to get out. This rarely happens to my friends.  Is it normal for it to happen so often?

Normal-ish: We all get water in our ears when we swim or bathe. That is normal. You are experiencing water getting stuck in your ears. It may be due to the shape of your ear canal or an over abundance of ecru men (ear wax). The best advice is to see an ENT and get checked out. That doctor could tell you about your anatomy and offer some strategies for getting the water out. ...Read more

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Is it true that cracking your knuckles is bad for you?

No: There is no harm from cracking one's knuckles, however annoying to others it might be. ...Read more

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I have a pilar cyst and I know the best thing is too remove it but is it fine if I just leave it there. Is there any risk? Can it turn malignant?

I have a pilar cyst and I know the best thing is too remove it but is it fine if I just leave it there. Is there any risk? Can it turn malignant?

No risk: Remove it if inflamed, painful, ugly, or just because you hate it. NEVER malignant. Perfectly safe to ignore it. It is tax-free. Exactly where is it? Size? Tender? If punctured and drained, it will grow back. Removal is best if the entire capsule is delivered intact. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink wAter immediately after a tiring exercise?.... They say it is bad for the heart.. Is this true?

Is it ok to drink wAter immediately after a tiring exercise?.... They say it is bad for the heart.. Is this true?

Water good!: Water is good for you. I don't know the reason behind that recommendation you speak of. ...Read more

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This is a follow up question just wondering if my risk is minimal them what is is putting me at risk so I can stop it ?

No context: sorry, we don't have a way to see your previous anonymous question, so each question has to stand on its own to get an answer. You may want to consult with one of the doctors one on one to get a more specific or followup answer to your question. ...Read more

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This is a serious problem for thousands of people. After a while, you cannot sleep. It is not the heartbeat - what is it exactly?

This is a serious problem for thousands of people. After a while, you cannot sleep. It is not the heartbeat - what is it exactly?

Insomnia: Actually, that includes many varieties of sleep difficulties and each may have more than one possible cause. Our sensitivity range is wide and the same person can change over life. There are specialists and clinics for this. Breathing is often part - worries - pains - schedules - so many thing on top of things. At least rest when you can. ...Read more

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Is it okay to "push" when going to the bathroom? I've heard people say that you're not supposed to do that, but is that true?

Is it okay to "push" when going to the bathroom? I've heard people say that you're not supposed to do that, but is that true?

If you have to: Strain often when passing stool then you may have constipation. Encourage you to drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water per day and to eat 5 servings of vegetables & four of fruit per day. Remain physically active. You may have to push to rid yourself of retained, dry fecal matter. ...Read more

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I have really dry skin, so I use baby oil, but I heard that it is not good to do. What is the true fact?

I have really dry skin, so I use baby oil, but I heard that it is not good to do.  What is the true fact?

Disagree: With all respect, i know of no credible evidence that mineral oil does any of the horrible things claimed in the previous answer. I know you'll find similar stuff all over the internet, none by physicians, with no evidence to support it. The fda classifies it as "generally safe for human contact and consumption". Whatever you use for dry skin, apply it after bathing while skin is still moist. ...Read more

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I heard it is dangerous to pick your nose. Is this true?

Yes: This will increase your risk of bleeding and infections of the nose and septum. There are a lot of bacteria trapped under the fingernails. Breaking the lining to the nose could "innoculate" the tissue and be a set-up for a bad infection. Clean your nose in a moist environment like when you shower. ...Read more

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I heard that if you sleep on your side, you are more likely to get headache from stuffy nose. Is this true?

I heard that if you sleep on your side, you are more likely to get headache from stuffy nose. Is this true?

Not necessarily: When you lay down.. Either on your back or side, the turbinates (tissue on the side of you your nose - inside) swells up. This is why people feel stuffy with allergies, crying, etc. Some people will notice that the feeling of stuffiness changes from side to side as they turn over in bed. If the stuffiness is severe, it could lead to nasal and then sinus congestion which may lead to a headache. ...Read more

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Is it true that our nose continues to grow?

Is it true that our nose continues to grow?

Yes: The ears and nose do continue to grow slightly over time. It is usually slow and most people never really notice. ...Read more

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Is nose hair plucking really dangerous?

Is nose hair plucking really dangerous?

Infection: It is not a particularly clean area and you run the risk of an infection. ...Read more

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Do true keloids form on nose at all? Have you ever had any case where there was true keloid formed? I heard they do not form there at all. Thank you.

Do true keloids form on nose at all? Have you ever had any case where there was true keloid formed? I heard they do not form there at all. Thank you.

I have never: I have never seen one on the nose although I have heard of them. Typically it rare for a keloid to form on modified epidermal locations such as the nipples, lips, eyelids, vulva, penis or rectum. This explains why it is rare but not impossible following circumcision. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to pluck nose hairs?

Is it dangerous to pluck nose hairs?

Painful.....: Apart from being painful, you run the risk of getting folliculitis. Trimming nose hairs is a better way to go. It helps preserve of having nose hair in the first place. ...Read more

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Is the "triangle of death" around the nose area true?

Basically no: The concern is a skin infection here traveling to the cavernous sinus and causing thrombosis. I heard this as a first-year medical student and got all worried about my acne doing this, and got set straight by an annoyed house officer. Acne won't go to the deep structures, and if you have a cellulitis on your face, you're going to get treated anyway. ...Read more

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Is it true that the way i breathe can affect my nose being blocked?

Is it true that the way i breathe can affect my nose being blocked?

Blocked nose: Actually, your blocked nose affects the way you breathe. There are several causes of nasal obstruction including congestion from allergies and anatomical issues, too. The only way to tell the cause is to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more

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Is light bleeding from the nose for a short time dangerous ?what could be the causes of this ? Thanks :)

Is light bleeding from the nose for a short time dangerous ?what could be the causes of this ?
Thanks :)

Trace nose bleeds: I see this a lot with steroid nosesprays. A thorough examination is important. Trace of blood could be from low humidity, nosesprays, cocaine, trauma, virus, foreign body. Could have prominent blood vessel that needs cautery. But significant or recurrent ones need to be seen by professional and labs ordered; can be serious (e.g. leukemia). ...Read more

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Will exhaling cigarette smoke out of my nose be dangerous?

YES!!!: It can kill your ability to smell by damaging the nerves in your nose and decrease your ability to fight infection by damaging your cilia in your nose which is the filter system you need to cleanse the air for your lungs. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have cartilage coming out of my nose?

Exposed cartilage?: If this is the case, please seek prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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Is it true that getting your nose peirced can paralize your face ?

Is it true that getting your nose peirced can paralize your face ?

No, not true.: The facial nerve that moves the face is nowhere near the nose. You can get a serious infection from nose piercing, but not a paralyzed face. Someone is trying to scare you! ...Read more

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Is it true sniffing too much coke will make the middle part of your nose disintegrate?

Absolutely, yes: Snorting Cocaine can and will create a hole in your septum (the wall which divides your nose into right and left halves). If small, it may not be a problem. Larger holes cause bleeding, crusting and loss of nasal support which can lead to substantial cosmetic deformity. Just another reason not to use coke (if addiction, heart attack, stroke, etc weren't enough reasons to help you stay away ...). ...Read more

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Hello everytime i breath in hard whit my nose my nestrils close is that normal ? And is it dangerous? Im realy worried !

Hello everytime i breath in hard whit my nose my nestrils close is that normal ? And is it dangerous? Im realy worried !

Normal: If one breathes in hard enough through the nose the nostrils will collapse. There are little muscles that pull the nostrils open to, help counteract this natural collapse. However if one sniffs in hard enough these muscles aren't strong enough to keep, the nose open. ...Read more

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I plucked 5-6 nose hairs. it says it dangerous after I did it and I am very scares now can someone please tell me what's going to happen !

I plucked 5-6 nose hairs. it says it dangerous after I did it and I am very scares now can someone please tell me what's going to happen !

I am not scared.: Never heard of this being dangerous and don't precisely understand why someone might say this except regarding concerns of infection. If infection does occur it must be very rare. ...Read more

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I am now 14, and the discharge from my nose has the consistency of water. I've had no head injuries or anything like that. Is this dangerous?

I am now 14, and the discharge from my nose has the consistency of water. I've had no head injuries or anything like that. Is this dangerous?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more