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Hello! My roomie is having a sore throat and fever. We bought some lozenges but she swallowed one instead of sucking on it. What can we do?

Hello! My roomie is having a sore throat and fever. We bought some lozenges but she swallowed one instead of sucking on it. What can we do?

Not a problem: When lozenges dissolved the mouth they wind up in the stomach. When you swallow it the lozenge dissolves in the stomach and is not a problem. Zinc lozenges are proven to help though other types will relieve symptoms. Also see if you can find Oral Health tincture from HerbPharm at a health food store and swish a dropperful in mouth (then swallow) every 2-3 hours. If it persists check for strep. ...Read more

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My 2 yearold son, has a fever of 101 i just gave him some children's Advil, (ibuprofen) when I put the bottle back I noticed that the bottle was expired 9/15. ?

My 2 yearold son, has a fever of 101 i just gave  him some children's Advil, (ibuprofen) when I put the bottle back I noticed that the bottle was expired 9/15. ?

Not a problem: This med will not turn toxic after the listed date, that's just the last time they assure potency. If it seems to be effective it is okay to use for now, but I would pick up a fresh bottle the next time you go shopping. ...Read more

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Okay my son had smoke and had gotten ahold of some bath salt is it dangerous if he injected it into his arms?

Okay my son had smoke and had gotten ahold of some bath salt is it dangerous if he injected it into his arms?

Life threatening: Your son is at high risk not only for significant effects on his brain, but infection in the bloodstream. He needs a thorough evaluation and a comprehensive plan going forward. ...Read more

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I was wondering if it's ok to put Vaporub in my steamer if I run out of the liquid one for my 3yr old child? Is it safe

I was wondering if it's ok to put Vaporub in my steamer if I run out of the liquid one for my 3yr old child? Is it safe

I never do: I find the fumes created by this product are more likely to aggravate cough as an air pollutant than to help.I don't recommend it prior to school age if ever. ...Read more

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Is true that honey is harmful to children under one year? Because when my daughter was sick a nurse told me g honey 4 sore throat i and i did.

Is true that honey is harmful to children under one year? Because when my daughter was sick  a nurse  told me g honey 4 sore throat i and i did.

Sometimes: The most at risk are young infants. Their digestive system is immature & susceptible to this problem. Honey can contain botulism spores that will mature in the baby gut & begin to form the botulinum toxin that can cause muscle weakness, lethargy & interfere with breathing. After they turn a year old this has not been a problem. ...Read more

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My wife drank a lot of alcohol 1 st month of pregnancy. I am really worried if everything will b fine. This was the only time she had alcohol in life?

My wife drank a lot of alcohol 1 st month of pregnancy. I am really worried if everything will b fine.  This was  the only time she had alcohol in life?

Yes: This is common and typically doesn't affect pregnancy at this early stage. Most important is that she identified that she was pregnant and i'm sure is taking appropriate steps to ensure the health of herself and the developing embryo/fetus. You didn't quantify what 'a lot' was, so difficult to answer specifically. For some women that would be 5 drinks in one setting, for others, that could be 2. ...Read more

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I have a bad habit of accidently swallowing some of my mouthwash. I use listerene & a bleaching one. Today i swallowed some of both. Will i be ok?

Ethyl alcohol?: If you were ok before you swallowed the mouthwash, you will likely be ok afterward, although at your age i question whether that assumption is correct. Look, you don't need mouthwash for a clean healthy mouth, if you feel you need it, get the non-alcohol variety, and your "accidents" likely will be less frequent. ...Read more

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My son inlaw just had a stroke this sat, do you think it came from all the beer and salt he use , he is only 49 years old?

My son inlaw just had a stroke this sat, do you think it came from all the beer and salt he use , he is only 49 years old?

Beer didn't help: When you get too hot, the first thing that happens is heat exhaustion. Very sweaty, pale face, etc with a normal body temp. If not taken care of, especially if you get dehydrated, this can progress to heat stroke. Beverages like beer can cause dehydration. Dry (as in no sweat), red face, and an elevated body temperature. Emergency! must cool off and rehydrate immediately! wear protective clothing. ...Read more

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I had the pnemovax vaccine yesterday and with 3o minutes had a sour taste in my mouth ..Its been 24hrs. I do suffer from reflux and take meds.

I had the pnemovax vaccine yesterday and with 3o minutes had a sour taste in my mouth ..Its been 24hrs. I do suffer from reflux and take meds.

Doubt related: This is probably not an issue to worry about. If some of the sera is tasted it was from your blood stream, not due to acid reflux. ...Read more

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What do I do if my little brother ate half a tube of baby orajel toothpaste?

What do I do if my little brother ate half a tube of baby orajel toothpaste?

Baby Orajel: How old is your little brother? Tell your parent or guardian immediately and have them call the pediatrician! ...Read more

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3 month baby with a lot of acne normal? My son just turned 3 months and has had bad acne since he was born. Some days it doesn't look as bad and other days its really bad. I ask his pediatrician and she recommended baby vaseline applied to his face everyd

3 month baby with a lot of acne normal? My son just turned 3 months and has had bad acne since he was born. Some days it doesn't look as bad and other days its really bad. I ask his pediatrician and she recommended baby vaseline applied to his face everyd

No: Baby acne is a common event that appears by 2 weeks or so but should fade before 3 months. If it persists, it should be regarded as a treatable problem. Meds for teen acne are often helpful. I never put Vaseline on what I think may be acne. A consultation with a dermatologist & possible workup for hormonal excess are both realistic . ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting mono if i accidentally drank out of an old water bottle that my friend used when she had mono?

What are my chances of getting mono if i accidentally drank out of an old water bottle that my friend used when she had mono?

Depends on variables: If any residual saliva of the previous user had long since dried (hours) or the bottle had been rinsed well or sanitized there is little chance this would pass to you. If a contaminated source was still moist, it is a possible source. Unfortunately the incubation period can be weeks so it may take some time before you know.If you had it as a kid, you are likely immune. ...Read more

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Does codeine expire? My 4 year old son has been dealing with a scratchy throat all day and the Mucinex (guaifenesin) did not work today. We have some codeine that my older son used two years ago. Is it okay to administer a small dosage to our 4 year old?

Does codeine expire? My 4 year old son has been dealing with a scratchy throat all day and the Mucinex (guaifenesin) did not work today. We have some codeine that my older son used two years ago. Is it okay to administer a small dosage to our 4 year old?

You : You should not give your 4 year old son Codeine for two reasons: - first of all, Codeine does have an expiration date. It the medication was given to you two years ago, then it is almost certainly expired. Almost all medications have an expiration date. You should go through your medicine cabinet every three months and discard any old, unused portions of prescription medications. - second, it is never safe to share prescription medications unless specifically instructed to do so by your doctor. Codeine can be a good pain killer, but can be very dangerous in the wrong doses. Too large of a dose can cause someone to stop breathing. That why many medications are regulated via the prescription system - for safety - and should not be used unless specifically instructed to do so by your doctor. The best (and safest) treatments for a sore throat are: lots of fluids, rest, hot tea with honey and lemon, chicken noodle soup, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain, and a spoonful of honey for a sore throat. Research shows that these home remedies are as effective and much safer than over the counter medications. If you are concerned about your son's illness, you should call his doctor to discuss the safest and most appropriate treatments. ...Read more

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YEsterday I found my 4 year old sucking on a AA battery. There were tiny dent marks but not broken. No burns. Today he has a mild fever. Related?

YEsterday I found my 4 year old sucking on a AA battery. There were tiny dent marks but not broken. No burns. Today he has a mild fever. Related?

I would say likely: Likely unrelated, but the acid in a battery could have caused oral damage to the mouth (temporarily) that could make the child uncomfortable and cranky. If there is any chance the child swallowed the battery, X-ray and evaluation are needed immediately as there are some dangerous risks with "battery ingestion". www.bmednyc.com ...Read more