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Is it dangerous to my health to leave a diseased nail untreated?

Is it dangerous to my health to leave a diseased nail untreated?

Depends: I am not sure what you mean by diseased, but you must mean a fungal infection of the nail. I am of the belief that any infection on your body is not healthy. I may be good to see a podiatrist on this and get his opinion. Since the nail grows so slow, medications have to be taken for a long time to treat the problem. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to leave a fracture untreated?

How dangerous is it to leave a fracture untreated?

Risk a non union: Depend upon where the fracture is located and the bone involved.I do not recomend that any fracture goes untreated, whoever some chip fractures and fracture of some toes can be neglected depending upon circustances.You may risk getting a non union of the fracture bone or a mall union. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to leave a dead/root canaled tooth in your mouth for life? If any other dying tissue is removed from body? Why not dead teeth?

Is it healthy to leave a dead/root canaled tooth in your mouth for life? If any other dying tissue is removed from body? Why not dead teeth?

Tooth not dead.: The tooth is not dead after a root canal. The nerve and pulp tissue within the tooth has been removed after a root canal. The hollow spaced that remains has been sealed from the rest of the body. You can still tell when you have something between your teeth because the supporting tissues of the tooth remain between the tooth and the bone. ...Read more

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I have an ingrown toe nail, my pedicurist told me to leave it without cutting for a year or so & it will correct itself. Is that true?

I have an ingrown toe nail, my pedicurist told me to leave it without cutting for a year or so & it will correct itself. Is that true?

Whaaaaa?: Send back to pedicurist school, nail would only be about, oh, 5' long, hope you like open-toed shoes. Do need to let it grow out, so end of nail makes it to end of toe (& can't 'dive' into skin. Then be careful to get all of nail when cut it in future & try to keep it pretty straight across for several months. If continues to be problem, may need to see your dr or a podiatrist for help with it. ...Read more

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Is it okay to leave an anal fistula untreated for a year, or will it get bigger?

Is it okay to leave an anal fistula untreated for a year, or will it get bigger?

Unsafe: It won't get bigger, but may branch and make fixing it (surgery) much more complicated! it also might plug up and cause a very painful abscess, thus making you regret getting it taken care of promptly! ...Read more

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How long can a urinary tract infection be left untreated before it will become dangerous? This is for a friend who won't see the doctor, and I worry.

How long can a urinary tract infection be left untreated before it will become dangerous? This is for a friend who won't see the doctor, and I worry.

Depends: Infection in the urinary bladder alone may not become dangerous even if left untreated. There is always a risk that infection could spread to the kidneys. If kidneys are infected, then it can become dangerous in a matter of hours or days, if there is obstruction to urine flow and the patient is diabetic. It is best to get treatment at the earliest. ...Read more

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How long would it take TB to kill some if the condition is left untreated?

How long would it take TB to kill some if the condition is left untreated?

Depends: The time it takes from onset of infection to demise of the person infected with TB will depend on a number of factors such as - age (extremes of age), immune status, primary versus reactivation disease, organ involvement, spread via bloodstream (miliary tb), any previous therapies, drug resistant strains of tb, coexisting HIV infection, nutritional status of infected person etc. ...Read more

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I can't get part of a bee stinger out of my foot, is it harmful to leave it there? Will it eventually work its way out?

I can't get part of a bee stinger out of my foot, is it harmful to leave it there? Will it eventually work its way out?

Bee Patient.: Your body will begin the procedure of protecting itself and eventually the remaining portion will be forced out. This may take some time, so be diligent and if a problem occurs have it examined. ...Read more

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If a deep scar is left already for a year or so, is it possible that in the distant future it will heal completely? Under which conditions?

If a deep scar is left already for a year or so, is it possible that in the distant future it will heal completely? Under which conditions?

DEEP SCAR: After a year of healin a deep scar can only de addressed surgically. You need to consult a top plastic surgeon for a consult on scar revision . ...Read more

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If a person has dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

If a person has dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

Varying opinions: You will hear different opinions on this. If it were my toe, i would have it surgically amputated. That tissue is dead, so a secondary/emerging infection is possible and this can spread rapidly. I personally think the risk of that versus the risk of having surgery is greater. ...Read more

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Is it ok to leave cellulitus of the ankle untreated for a week?

Is it ok to leave cellulitus of the ankle untreated for a week?

Cellulitis: It's not ok to leave cellulitis untreated since it will e entry ally cause sepsis. ( infection of the blood) that could lead to death. You need to see a doctor ASAP ...Read more

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Supposing you have dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

Supposing you have dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

Only if this is: Advice after seeing a vascular surgeon and or podiatrist. You need to assess the vascular flow tot he foot. If it is bad and you keep waiting you can lose more of your foot potentially. ...Read more

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What is the worst that can happen if you leave a yeast infection totally untreated for too long?

What is the worst that can happen if you leave a yeast infection totally untreated for too long?

Probably nothing: Vaginal yeast infections have few complications; probably nothing serious would happen, just continuing discomfort. OTOH, some apparent yeast infections have other causes, and some yeast is the result of another health problem, especially diabetes. Best to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I do not get it how an antibiotic cannot destroy a periodontal abscess and dry it up. That is what it is made for, right dentist?

I do not get it how an antibiotic cannot destroy a periodontal abscess and dry it up. That is what it is made for, right dentist?

See an Oral Surgeon: Oral antibiotics do not help resolve the cause of the infection. If the gum boil is chronic and does not resolve then removal of the impacted tooth (cause) will be necessary. See an Oral Surgeon for evaluation and definitive treatment. ...Read more

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I'm curious, how long would it take for an untreated tooth infection to finally spread to the heart and brain?

I'm curious, how long would it take for an untreated tooth infection to finally spread to the heart and brain?

Uncertain: There is no real time frame for this for all people. Best to get the infection treated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is it proper to remove the dead, peeling skin from around a wound? Will this hurt it more or cause infection?

Is it proper to remove the dead, peeling skin from around a wound? Will this hurt it more or cause infection?

Yes: If it is done very carefully so as not to harm the healthy skin this can actually help reduce your risk of infection because it is easier to clean and control bacteria from healthy skin next to the wound. ...Read more

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How long does it take for water intoxication to kick in? Is it absolute that there would be damage to your brain? Can a hospital reverse it?

How long does it take for water intoxication to kick in? Is it absolute that there would be damage to your brain? Can a hospital reverse it?

I can't answer this: ...without knowing your size, your level of physical activity at the time,, the ability of your kidneys to get rid of excess water & other variables. U could have irreversible brain damage if U develop a seizure or go into a coma. Why take the chance? Sports drinks can help prevent the low sodium level that's associate with H2O intoxication. Why risk it?? ...Read more

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How long can lyme disease be in your system without you knowing it? Is it possible to be in there hiding for years until it gets more serious?

How long can lyme disease be in your system without you knowing it? Is it possible to be in there hiding for years until it gets more serious?

Usually within weeks: Usually weeks , months and years. A good website to review is: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lyme-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20019701 The timing will depend on which body systems are invovled ...Read more