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Is there a good diet I can give my 6yo if he has polycythemia?

Is there a good diet I can give my 6yo if he has polycythemia?

Yes: It depends on the underlyihng cause of the polycythemia. E.G. Living at a high altitude. I have seen it as a result of thiamine (vitamin b1) deficiency affecting oxygen censors in the brain. Everyone requires "god made" food, irrespective of any disease entity. Don't just "except" the diaghnosis blindly. ...Read more

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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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What would be a good multivitamin for my father if he has diabetes and is 55-years-old?

What would be a good multivitamin for my father if he has diabetes and is 55-years-old?

Multivitamin: The best vitamin supplement is vitamin D - available at 1000 or 2000 units per tablet and the cost is low. It does not need a prescription. It is important that your father is very careful to keep his blood sugars under control. ...Read more

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My husband just found out he has low potassium .What effect can this have on someone & will a banana now and then suffice, or are supplements? Needed?

My husband just found out he has low potassium .What effect can this have on someone & will a banana now and then suffice, or are supplements? Needed?

Low potassium levels: Hypokalemia (h) can be caused by many factors. It can be caused by urinary loses of potassium (k), due to diuretics or losses of k via the GI tract, diarrhea. Other causes of h are low levels of magnesium and primary aldosteronism. See the doctor who gave your husband the news of h and see if both of them can find the answer as to the cause of the h. Perhaps, a neprhologist be of help here. ...Read more

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My mom has cancer and has to have chemo. She will lose her hair. What is a really good brand of wig i could get her?

My mom has cancer and has to have chemo. She will lose her hair. What is a really good brand of wig i could get her?

Ask her oncologist: Most oncology offices have well trained nurses who can guide you. American cancer society(acs) can also help you and guide you. Call your local chapter of acs as they are very helpful and will send your literature about hair pieces/wigs. ...Read more

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I don't have a lot of money or insurance, and am positive my 8-yr-old daughter has asthma. Is it safe to give her an OTC inhaler?

I don't have a lot of money or insurance, and am positive my 8-yr-old daughter has asthma. Is it safe to give her an OTC inhaler?

Maybe, maybe not...: Some medications are ok for adults but not for children, so check the label carefully. Inhalers that are sold over the counter are "rescue medications" to ease acute asthma attacks. If your child has asthma, she would be better off with a prescription medication to control the symptoms and prevent attacks. If there is a city or county hospital near you, they will have "ability to pay" programs. ...Read more

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Hi doctor , Is it ok for a woman who has diabetes to become pregnant and have a child with good health?

Hi doctor ,
Is it ok for a woman who has diabetes to become pregnant and have a child with good health?

Sometimes...but: Diabetes is a challenge any day but during a pregnancy it can be difficult for both mom & baby. If she stays in good control the baby can be healthy. If her blood sugars run too high the baby's organs overgrow and store the excess and baby is at risk of birth defects. ...Read more

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What food is important to eat and not eat if you have a low number of platelates? My small sister has had this sickness for 4 years and she is 6. Help

What food is important to eat and not eat if you have a low number of platelates? My small sister has had this sickness for 4 years and she is 6. Help

Fooddoes not effect : Food has no effect on platelets. If you are concened, you can get your platelets count checked. What your sister has does not have any effect on you. ...Read more

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My daughet was born w no thyroid it seems like no one has answers or meds or diet for her condition where can I get help for her who has the best natural help for her ?

My daughet was born w no thyroid it seems like no one has answers or meds or diet for her condition where can I get help for her who has the best natural help for her ?

Doubt your label: Kids are often born with low thyroid hormone production but rarely if ever without the gland. The hormone it needs to make is easily provided as a once a day supplement, with dose based on size and verified by blood testing. There is no "natural" treatments. There is no special diet.Failure to treat results in permanent brain damage and growth failure. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has been suspected of autisim. I have started to give him organic oats. Is it good for him. Is the GFCF diet worth followin?

My 2 year old has been suspected of autisim. I have started to give him organic oats. Is it good for him. Is the GFCF diet worth followin?

Risk vs. Benefit: Success of CAM therapy; highly variable. GFCF diet extensively studied; general consensus is that the risk of this diet outweighs potential benefits. Efficacy of Behavioral and educational intervention along with psychotropic medications as needed is established . Openly discuss with your PCP about complementary medicine in order to be properly guided by professional recommendation. Best Wishe ...Read more

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My mom is a diabetic.Can she eat oranges & fresh lime. She also has arthritis. What foods will b helpful for her.

My mom is a diabetic.Can she eat oranges & fresh lime. She also has arthritis. What foods will b helpful for her.

There are: No helpful or harmful foods. It is the total of her dietary intake that is important. Check w/her registered dietitian. If she is overweight, restrict total calories. Eat three meals/day and son't snack inbetween. ...Read more

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My dad is 60, and getting a little forgetful. Is there anything that should be done to help improve this? Any good multivitamins?

My dad is 60, and getting a little forgetful. Is there anything that should be done to help improve this? Any good multivitamins?

Yes: I recommend a good multivitamin such as Centrum or equivalent and fish oil to all of my patients at any age. All of us start losing some of our memory as we get older. There are tests your doctor can do to help evaluate the degree of memory loss and some medications which can slow the progression of memory loss if clinically indicated ...Read more

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My friend has no family and is on depression and will not get help die too a former doctor and has no trust is there anything i can do?

My friend has no family and is on depression and will not get help die too a former doctor and has no trust is there anything i can do?

You can help: Psych medicine works much better if the patient trusts the doctor. See if you can convince him [and his family] to see a therapist. Also try to exercise in the sunshine with him. Don't tell i'm to "cheer up" [that doesn't help]. No pot or alcohol or street drugs. Be on the alert if he talks about possible dying or committing suicide. Remember that you are not a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Its now 10 years my father live with asthma is there a way to be health and what a drug is good what must he do?

Its now 10 years my father live with asthma is there a way to be health and what a drug is good what must he do?

Yes: Consult an allergist who can help you pinpoint the cause for the asthma and get you on the right treatment path. ...Read more

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Is there a good diet I can give my 6yo if he has polycythemia?

Yes: It depends on the underlyihng cause of the polycythemia. E.G. Living at a high altitude. I have seen it as a result of thiamine (vitamin b1) deficiency affecting oxygen censors in the brain. Everyone requires "god made" food, irrespective of any disease entity. Don't just "except" the diaghnosis blindly. ...Read more

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Polycythemia, appears factitious, no secondary association, draw thrice 1unit blood in 1yr, s.Ferritin 5, weakness, no iron diet, hb.17.8.Help me. ?

Polycythemia, appears factitious, no secondary association, draw thrice 1unit blood in 1yr, s.Ferritin 5, weakness, no iron diet, hb.17.8.Help me. ?

Need another doctor?: This just isn't adding up. Forgive me. A teen being treated by phlebotomy for presumptive polycythemia vera rubra without having a serum erythropoietin assay or a jak2 assay, cell culture? A check for kidney tumor / hemangioblastoma? You may have a mutant erythropoietin receptor, a high-affinity hemoglobin (my guess); 17.9 is way below the who criteria. Something is wrong; get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Please give me an explanation about primary and secondary polycythemia. ?

Please give me an explanation about primary and secondary polycythemia. 
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See below: Primary polycythemia, Polycythemia vera is a form of blood cancer. There are multiple causes of secondary polycythemia, including smoking lung disease, cyanotic heart disease etc. See this site for more info. http://www.medicinenet.com/polycythemia_high_red_blood_cell_count/article.htm ...Read more

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Are there any two types of polycythemia vera? Please give me a clear explanation.

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Are there any two types of polycythemia vera?
Please give me a clear explanation.

No: There are two types of polycythemia. Primary Polycythemia (Polycythemia Vera) is an abnormal proliferation of blood cells, leading to too many red blood cells. It is not caused by any other factor. Secondary Polycythemia is a high red cell count caused by another factor, such as being at altitude, sleep apnea, administration of erythropoietin, or several others. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is xarelto a good drg for polycythemia vera along with phlebotomy?

Is xarelto a good drg for polycythemia vera along with phlebotomy?

Depends.: Prv patients are advised to take Aspirin for clot prevention. Anticoagulants like warfarin or xarelto have specific indications such as treatment for a blood clot or stroke prophylaxis in heart disease. I would not use it outside those indications because of greater bleeding risk vs aspirin. No published data on xarelto in prv but should be ok for proper indications. ...Read more

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I have polycythemia vera and I drink three peanut butter and banana every day. Is tha good or bad?

I have polycythemia vera and I drink three peanut butter and banana every day. Is tha good or bad?

No effect on P. vera: This is a high energy mix. So it will likely increase your weight and could make you obese, which is harmful. Polycythemia will not affected by this type of diet. I would advise you to eat a healthy and well ballnced diet without excess of fat(Like peanut butter) ...Read more

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Is there any proper treatment for viral encephalitis with polycythemia ? Pt is 17 years old and over 6 month in icu waiting for good treatment

Is there any proper treatment for viral encephalitis  with polycythemia ? Pt is 17 years old and over 6 month in icu waiting for good treatment

Missing information: You get more from the site when you provide better background information. Just listing "Viral" doesn't give much to work with. If it has lasted 6 mo and the patient is in the ICU I suspect it is Herpes encephalitis that has not responded to treatment and the prognosis is poor. Once the infection has lasted that long the damage is often permanent. ...Read more

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I have Polycythemia Vera. Very heavy menses today. Are Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc supps good to help body with this problem? See CPA on 10th.

I have Polycythemia Vera. Very heavy menses today. Are Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc supps good to help body with this problem? See CPA on 10th.

Is that so?: At 30 years old, you're very young to have P-Vera. Has it been confirmed with appropriate genetic studies? I wouldn't advise any these supplements unless you know what you're doing; zinc in particular will upset your gut and perhaps render you copper deficient. ...Read more

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If I have Crohn's disease and polycythemia rubra vera is a negative venous us and d dimer good enough to rule out a clot? Have leg swelling lower leg

If I have Crohn's disease and polycythemia rubra vera is a negative venous us and d dimer good enough to rule out a clot? Have leg swelling lower leg

Nearly: The gold standard to definitively rule out an deep vein clot is venography. However, this is rarely if ever necessary given that compression ultrasonography has a sensitivity and specificity each of around 95% compared to venography. I would recommend further evaluation if you have had an injury in that leg or a previous DVT. Otherwise it is unlikely that you have a thrombus with a negative US. ...Read more

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Is polycythemia something that will go away on its own eventually?

Is polycythemia something that will go away on its own eventually?

It depends: If polycythemia occurs in a newborn, either as the result of maternal diabetes, placental insufficiency, or maternal-fetal transfusion at delivery (e.g., delayed cord clamping) then the extra red blood cells will slowly be removed naturally by the infant's body. There is no therapy required. Rarely, polycythemia is associated with an underlying hematologic problem, in which case it will persist. ...Read more

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Why does polycythemia cause bleeding?

Why does polycythemia cause bleeding?

Abnormal platelets: Individuals with polycythemia (an acquired disorder of the bone marrow that causes an abnormal increase in all three blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) have an increased tendency to form blood clots that can result in strokes or heart attacks. Some people also have abnormal bleeding because their platelets (responsible for clotting) are abnormal. ...Read more

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Do boys or girls get polycythemia more?

Do boys or girls get polycythemia more?

Boys: Males are slightly more affected than girls, but not by much. Other risk factors include older age, and having a family history of the disease. ...Read more

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How does polycythemia affect your blood?

How does polycythemia affect your blood?

Thicker blood: Thicker blood means slow flow to the organs. True polycythemia may cause headaches. Severe polycythemia can develop blood clots. ...Read more

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How concerning is secondary polycythemia?

How concerning is secondary polycythemia?

Underlying cause: It all depends on the underlying cause of your Secondary polycythemia. The most common cause of polycythemia is low oxygen (hypoxia) secondary to lung (pulmonary) disease like emphysema, R to L shunts in heart or some arterio venous malformation in your lung is resent. All these can cause low blood Oxygen level and thus your kidney responds by increasing Erythropoietin which stimulates your bone ...Read more

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My dad has polycythemia, Can I inherit this?

No: Common polycythemia Vera tints is sporadic with zero familial tendency. There are a few hereditary polycythemias but this would have declared itself already ...Read more

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Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

Possible but rare: Polycythemia, which mostly is an increase in red blood cells but can affect other blood cell lines as well, has multiple complications, mostly physical. There are rare reports almost always in adults of acute onset of psychiatric disorders such as psychosis or depression. This could be secondary to strokes, which can occur because the blood is "too thick.". ...Read more

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Whats the difference between polycythemia & polycythemia rubra vera?

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Whats the difference between polycythemia & polycythemia rubra vera?

Elevated RBC: Polycythemia refers to abnormally high of hemoglobin/hematocrit or .Rbc. There are many factors that can explain polycythemia-primary bone marrow problem- i.e. Polycythemia vera (pv) -vs. Other condition such as- problems with lung/sleep apnea that can result in decrease o2 level in the body ( hypoxia), other condition is kidney/liver, familial disorder etc. See and discuss further with your md. ...Read more