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He is right: Tooth ache especially keep coming could be sign of tooth decay. ...Read more
Like if one person is severely allergic to something, how likely is it that their sister or brother will be allergic as well?
If my brothers family has been sick this week and we are supposed to visit this weekend how likely are my children to catch their colds?
Contagious: Fairly likely. Viral illnesses are highly contagious. Not sure how old your kids are but I would expect the kids may catch the illness, so base your decision on that. ...Read more
Yes: The likelihood of others in a family getting ocd. Where one person has OCD is 3 to 5 times higher than that of a family where no one has ocd. Over a lifetime the chance of someone in the general public getting OCD is about 2 to 3 per cent. Learn as much as you can about OCD and if you think you may be developing the disorder, get the help you need to treat it. The earlier the better. ...Read more
Evaluation yes: Bouts of chronic pain warrant a work up. ...Read more
Palpitation treat: Treatments include not using caffeine, alcohol, street drugs, smoking and other stimulant substances. Try to learn meditation and other calming techniques, cut out herbal substances, cough and cold medicines, nutritional supplements, see your doctor to be sure no direct heart problem and for treatment if the basics above don't help. ...Read more
Should get seen: Constipation severe enough to cause impaction is not normal. It is worthwhile being evaluated. General advice for people with constipation: drink plenty of water, get aerobic exercise (eg walking at a brisk pace 20-30min/day), eat a high fiber diet and add fiber supplements if necessary. Avoid nuts, cheese, other foods that tend to constipate. ...Read more
Difference between polycythemia n leukemia my brother was just told he may have polycythemia i'd like to know what it is and can it be treated thanks?
Polycythemia: Polycythemia means elevation of hemoglobin /red blood cells level. It can be caused by different conditions. In general is divided into 2- primary bone marrow problem (polycythemia vera) vs secondary. Treatment will depend on what it is/what the cause. Phlebotomy/removing blood to keep hematocrit below 45 if it is p.Vera +/-other drug i.E Hydrea (hydroxyurea) etc. The risk for leukemia from p vera is 5-10%. ...Read more
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No: Athlete's feet can be treated effectively with otc antifungal preparations, such as lotromin or lamasil. If they do not work, then you may want to see your doctor. ...Read more
My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get bleeding tendency? Is he right?
Bleeding tendency: A bleeding tendency has many possibly causes -- these are best evaluated by your primary care doctor in conjunction with a hematologist (blood specialist). ...Read more
(my brother had scavies)how do you get rid of scavies in your after bein treated for it and no longer have it?
Scabies: See your dermatologist. It should only take a maximum of 3 applications of medicine on days 1, 2 and 8 to cure scabies you have to put the medicine on every area of your entire body. The medicine will kill the scabies but they are still in the skin. They are dead in the skin and can still itch. It takes about 1 or 2 months for the skin to shed the organisms. You should not see any new areas dev. ...Read more
My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family
Autism's origins: New studies on chromosomal material have shown a number of autism cases related to sporadic changes (micro deletions or insertions) in the genetic code that probably occurred prior to conception. Of rare families with >1 affected child, this appears to be the case. Newly affected families have little if any chance of replicating that event, or sharing it across family lines. ...Read more
My girlfriends brother just got diagnosed with scabies. Should I be treated too? She is already being treated as well as her whole family.
If you have come in Physical contact with him, or if you share the same household with him, if you have shared Linens, clothes, furniture, utensil etc with him and if you are having any unusual itching or skin rashes, you may want to get examined and be treated.
Otherwise by casual contact one does not get scabies.
Hand washing, cleaning clothes & linens in very hot water & soap is advisable ...Read more
Hi I had a question is it true that a male's sibling can determine the sex of his baby? I heard that if a guy has many brothers or many sisters he would be most likely to have a son or daughter. I heard you have to share a father with the siblings though
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I know males generally stop growing around 21 but my brother grew an inch, likely sometime b/w 23-26. Is that possible or is there an issue/problem?
Yes, its possible.: No problem unless he continues to grow as he gets older ...Read more
Needs to be checked: Some memory loss can be corrected or reversible. Others may not. He may be depressed or stressed out. The neuropsychologist is the best bet for the evaluation of early memory loss after all the lab workup and imaging studies of head are negative for any pathologic changes of memory loss. The treatment of the memory loss is based on the outcome of the neuropsychological evaluation. ...Read more
Swelling: Finger swelling has many possible causes, and it best evaluated by a physician when the finger is actually swollen. ...Read more
Oral ulceration: The most common form of occasional ulceration in the mouth is a canker sore (aphthous ulcer). There is no really good treatment for these (although lots of things have been tried); most people just wait them out for 4-7 days. Unless you have unusually severe symptoms you do not need to be treated. If, however, an ulcer were persistent and chronic rather than occasional, then it should be checked. ...Read more
My brother says I should get treated by a dermatologist because once in a while I get a boil. Is he right?
Not really: Best to discuss with your family doctor or pediatrician. Occasional boils are common, rarely indicating a serious disease, and usually only requiring preventive treatment. ...Read more
My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get a few minutes of chest pressure. Should i?
Chest pressure: Generally, your brother is correct. Chest pressure that (1) feels like squeezing or pressure just under the breast bone in the middle of your chest; (2) that gets worse with exercise and (3) goes away with rest should always be checked. For people in their coronary prone years (after age 40), even with 1 or 2 or these 3 symptoms should be checked. Otherwise you do not needed to be evaluated. ...Read more
My second brother has been diagnosed with chronic sleep apnea. How serious is this condition? And how's treated? I'm worried.
My brother had epilepsy cousin also has; how likely is it that I am a carrier or will/may be affected later. I'm 19yo and bro and cousin are younger?
Unlikely: Highly unusual for you to develop epilepsy at this point, as most of the hereditary events will occur at an earlier age. However, you could be a higher risk for post-traumatic seizures if you experience a significant head injury. If you indeed are pre-occupied with your future, an eeg might reassure you, but unless you truly have an episode, would not recommend. ...Read more