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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for skin ulcers?

Yes, always: Causes of skin ulcesr range from benign, due to scratching, to very serious such as peripheral artery disease (pad). If you have an ulcer that does not heal in 2 weeks you should always see a doctor. There is often an underlying cause that needs treatment-such as infection or poor circulation before the ulcer will heal. Ulcers due to pad if left untreated can result in amputation of affected limb. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for rectal pain?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for rectal pain?

Rectal pain: Rectal pain is a common problem. Causes of rectal pain include: hemorrhoids, anal fissure, proctalgia fugax, levator ani syndrome, and less common causes include: cancer, infection, inflammatory bowel disease and rectal prolapse. See your doctor for help with a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for red eyes?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for red eyes?

Yes and no: Your red eyes disturb you, go and see a doc. Not worth a trip if otherwise. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for eye pain?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for eye pain?

Yes: Eye pain - especially persisitent pain - is not normal. Occasional sharp pains lasting for only a few seconds may be caused by dry eyes. Most other causes of eye pain are more serious. The best way to know for sure what is causing the pain is to have an eye examination. See an eye doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for abdominal pain?

Do not wait: Wether it bothers you or not in a sense. Get it evaluated and you will be surprised what your doc will tell you. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for palpitations?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for palpitations?

Yes and no: It bothers you in many ways and you are concern, see your doc. Otherwise don't. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for nose bleed?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for nose bleed?

Trip to doctor: I think all visits to doctor are worth it. Besides making a diagnosis and being reassured it is an oportunity to find more about what is going on.Sometimes what appears to be simple hides something serious. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for abdominal skin redness?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for abdominal skin redness?

More information: This is a tough one to answer well. Redness on abdominal skin could be caused by a multitude of things. I would suggest you have someone take a look. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for testicle pain?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for testicle pain?

You are right: Consult my freinf the urologist as soon as possible. You will be happy that you did. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for skin trauma?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for skin trauma?

Probably: To the extent that the trauma is painful, serious, and potentially limb/life threatening, it is advisable to visit a physician for an opinion based on his/her experience and education. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for arm itching?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for arm itching?

Try OTC Meds First: No rash? Just itching.Take any over-the-counter antihistamine with cetirizine, fexofenadine or loratadine. Start with one a day if this doesn't go away, increase it to twice a day. If this doesn't help go see your doctor. If you have a rash and poison ivy is a possibility, use Hydrocortisone cream. Rarely the start of shingles can start as an itch. For this you should see a doctor within 72 hours. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for tongue swelling?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for tongue swelling?

Yes, right away: Tongue swelling can be a serious symptom and is often the result of an adverse reaction to a medicine. It can interfere with breathing or swallowing. If it's a new problem, you should regard it as an emergency and see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for upper abdominal pain?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for upper abdominal pain?

Yes: There can be multiple reasons of abdominal pain.Need to visit your p.C.P to be checked out for underlying causes of this pain. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for dental problem?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for dental problem?

Terminology: If you mean a trip to a dds or a dmd for resolution of dental problems, absolutely. If you mean a trip to a md or a do for resolution of dental problems, wrong doctor. Take advantage of a dentist's many years of training and experience to treat your dental problems, you'll be glad you did. Don't wait, call now. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for drooping eyelid?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for drooping eyelid?

Yes: Any change from normal should be evaluated. Causes of drooping eyelid can include underdeveloped lid muscles, trauma, nerve or muscle damage, or even tumors or stroke-type conditions, to name a few. Knowing the cause of the droop (or at least ruling out the more serious causes) will go a long way to comforting you and providing treatment options. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for lower leg swelling?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for lower leg swelling?

Yes.: There are many causes of lower leg swelling, including some dangerous ones like heart failure or deep vein thrombosis. For this reason, it is always a good idea to be evaluated by a physician if you have leg swelling. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for difficulty breathing and fever?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for difficulty breathing and fever?

Difficulty breathing: There are 3 basic symptoms for which you should never wait to see if they go away without being evaluated--shortness of breath, chest pain, and severe abdominal pain. The reason for this is that all of these can be associated with catastrophic illness (as well as many more benign illnesses). But there is no way you can tell. You need an md/do evaluation. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How common is it for a gastroentologist to see a teenager complaining about blood in stool?

How common is it for a gastroentologist to see a teenager complaining about blood in stool?

See regular Dr 1st: Most stooling issues can be handled by your regular doctor. A dietary history, stooling history & review of issues can often point the way to a simple DX and plan for improvement.If the initial workup or rx is not helpful, additional eval thru a GI specialist may be necessary. In my local, the gi's won't see kids <18, so a 50-100 mile trip to a pedi GI is an extra burden. ...Read more

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Feces (Definition)

Feces is the product of ...Read more