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When i was young, i was told by docs i.M allergic to 'nickel' & i had keloids behind my ears & had to get shots. I heard titanium won't harm me?

When i was young, i was told by docs i.M allergic to 'nickel' & i had keloids behind my ears & had to get shots. I heard titanium won't harm me?

Less likely: Less likely with titanium, but unfortunately, without a trial it is hard to know with metal allergies. Please discuss with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Sugar Substitute (Definition)

Sugar subsitites are chemicals that taste like sugar but have no calories and do not change blood sugar when consumed, they include: saccharine, aspartame (equal) sucralose (splenda), and stevia only the ...Read more


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I think I have graves disease, will my eyes pop out?

I think I have graves disease, will my eyes pop out?

Sometimes: Graves disease is the association of thyroid hyperactivity with eye protrusion although each aspect can occur independently. The bulging of the eyes is unpredictable; some have it mild but others severe in a manner that can be a cosmetic problem, cause visual doubling, corneal surface problems from exposure and loss of vision if very severe. You should seen an oculoplastic surgeon for this. ...Read more

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I am hypoglycemic, and was wondering if I tried to go gluten free, would that hurt my body?

I am hypoglycemic, and was wondering if I tried to go gluten free, would that hurt my body?

Gluten free: Hi, I'm wondering what makes you want to go Gluten free, Gluten free diet won't affect your blood sugar but just remember because you limit yourself from a wide range of food then you might need Vitamin Supplements, not to mention increase in ur grocery budget. ...Read more

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I am taking pnvitamins & i was wondering if I have too much vitamin C can that affect my husband & i ttc? I love orange juice which has a lot of vc.

I am taking pnvitamins & i was wondering if I have too much vitamin C can that affect my husband & i ttc? I love orange juice which has a lot of vc.

Safe: You can very safely take 1 g of vitamin c daily. Many people take several times that dose safely. The worse thing too much oral vitamin c may do to you is loosen your stools. ...Read more

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I have gotten into a car accident recently, and ever since then, I have had excessive periods of falling asleep. I am 54. Doctors can't tell me.

I have gotten into a car accident recently, and ever since then, I have had excessive periods of falling asleep. I am 54. Doctors can't tell me.

See neuro: I do not know if any head trauma was involved, but even abrupt "Stopping" of the head as can be experienced in a Car accident, may cause concussion like symptoms, including excessive sleepiness. See a Neurologist to be safe and for a full comprehensive eval. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I've been craving hot Cheetos with chamoy ever since I got pregnant! I'm going crazy, I haven't ate any. But can I ? Will it hurt my baby in any way?

I've been craving hot Cheetos with chamoy ever since I got pregnant! I'm going crazy, I haven't ate any. But can I ? Will it hurt my baby in any way?

Food Fun: No, it won't hurt your baby. It'll just hurt your baby's opinion of your eating habits. Ask yourself if having it will curb the crave for a while or reinforce it, leading to binges. Having some won't kill either of you but a little discipline goes a long way. Like eating well and taking prenatal vitamins, getting the proper sleep and activity.A little food-fun now and then won't hurt either of you ...Read more

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I am a vegetarian and just became pregnant. How do I get my protein in? Are proteins shakes safe? I am 35. I have also stopped drinking coffee today.

I am a vegetarian and just became pregnant. How do I get my protein in? Are proteins shakes safe? I am 35. I have also stopped drinking coffee today.

Nutritionist: For something this important - I would encourage you to work with a nutritionist who is experienced with vegetarian diets. If you have a high caffeine intake - tapering off may be more comfortable. Congratulations. ...Read more

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I got vaccine of tetanus 3 days after i got cuts in dusty thing. I am safe now? Ir i am paranoid because i have some weird feelings! Pls hep

I got vaccine of tetanus 3 days after i got cuts in dusty thing. I am safe now? Ir i am paranoid because i have some weird feelings! Pls hep

Cannot say: cannot say in your particular case, but generally, since people have had the vaccine before, the booster effect is by 5 days after the vaccine; the illness would start by about 8 days. A bit close with a 3 day lag til getting the shot but generally good. It is NOT a subtle disease. While tetanus can linger and pop up a month after exposure, the vaccine would be fully effective certainly in 1 wk. ...Read more

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Hi i been suffering from dp i believe it is what i'm suffering i thought i was going crazy i read all the symptoms and I have it what do I do to get?

Hi i been suffering from dp i believe it is what i'm suffering i thought i was going crazy i read all the symptoms and I have it what do I do to get?

Depression?: The first thing i'd recommend is psychotherapy - perhaps with a psychologist who has colleagues to whom you could be referred for medication if necessary. Start by exploring the things in your life that you can change and learning how to do that most effectively. Don't panic! there are people who can help. It will get better if you try. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Yesterday I grilled pork and I think im getting neuro cystic erosis? ? I think it was not cooked thoroughly. Pls will I die ?

Without Symptoms?: I am sorry but this forum is a very special place. Asking us numerous questions is abuse of this free system. This question, specifically, is impossible to answer. You have not provided us any symptoms that have occurred since you ingested the cooked pork. How are we supposed to answer this question without any specifics from you that could indicate a disease? ...Read more

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I have raynaud's phenomenon..Have 2 stop smoking immediately. My rheumy told me i could lose my feet if i don't! can I use one of those ecigarettes?

I have raynaud's phenomenon..Have 2 stop smoking immediately. My rheumy told me i could lose my feet if i don't!  can I use one of those  ecigarettes?

E cig: E cigarettes still provide nicotine unless you specifically go nicotine free. Nicotine constricts (tightens) the blood vessels. You need to avoid all nicotine. Consider Chantix or buproprion as alternatives. ...Read more

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I just found out that I have hep c. I completely quit drinking imediately and am freaking out. I was wondering if theres any over-the-counter vitamins that I can take. I'm just trying to get as healthy as I can?

I just found out that I have hep c. I completely quit drinking imediately and am freaking out. I was wondering if theres any over-the-counter vitamins that I can take. I'm just trying to get as healthy as I can?

Many supps can help: 1st, no need to freak out, as many with hep c have no symptoms & most won't progress to cirrhosis, but hep c can be very serious, so definitely see a specialist for further evaluation. Sometimes mainstream therapies really help but they are pricey & have significant side effects. Whether you do standard treatments or not, there are many natural approaches/supps/herbs that can help. See comment:. ...Read more

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I think i got hives from smoking hash, is that possible?

I think i got hives from smoking hash, is that possible?

Hash rash: You ask a straightforward question . The straightforward answer is yes. We can have such reactions to just about anything even emotional upset. ...Read more

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Its like Ive suddenly developed sunken eyes . I am 26. Im wondering could I have allergies since it seemed to start in spring but how can i know this?

Its like Ive suddenly developed sunken eyes . I am 26. Im wondering could I have allergies since it seemed to start in spring but how can i know this?

Sunken eyes: Allergies don't usually cause this, losing weight, dehydration or other conditions may be the cause, you may want to see your doctor for evaluation if really concerned, good luck ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i've been sick since last year from muscle milk and I am afraid i got mad cow?

What do you suggest if i've been sick since last year from muscle milk and I am afraid i got mad cow?

See your doctor: If you have been sick for one year, you need to uncover the cause. "Mad cow" would be causing a rapid deterioration in function, and unlikely that a year would pass allowing you to still ask this question. ...Read more

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I have bad dandruff I cured everything cause I cut out certain foods from my diet but today I ate half a piece of him with soy will I get a reaction?

I have bad dandruff I cured everything cause I cut out certain foods from my diet but today I ate half a piece of him with soy will I get a reaction?

No way to tell: I'm glad you found something that worked. If you decide that a restrictive diet is too inconvenient, or if your dandruff returns, it's very manageable, and nobody can say that the various remedies (mostly mineral products) aren't "nature's own." Best wishes. ...Read more

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Artificial Sweeteners (Definition)

Artificial sweeteners are a sugar substitute that is suitable for diabetics. Some sweeteners contain aspartame, which some ...Read more