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Linda I am 38 my vagina smell like fish. But I am not having sex. And I have not for about 6mo.

Linda I am 38 my vagina smell like fish. But I am not having sex. And I have not for about 6mo.

You: You should see your primary care physician or gynecologist. This could be a symptom of bacterial vaginosis which is easily treated with oral medication.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis. Htm. ...Read more

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Squeezing pain in back just below belt line?

Squeezing pain in back just below belt line?

Spine nerve irritate: You may have over use these muscles or that there is the spinal nerve root irritation. Do not perform exercises that cause you more pain. Spinal nerve root irritation always causes muscle spasms. If the pain is primarily due to nerve damage, there are symptoms of pins and needles, numbness, burning, shooting and sharp pains. If the pain is due to nerve irritation with predominant muscle spas. ...Read more

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I have a black line below my brest in the middle of my chest what can it be?

I have a black line below my brest in the middle of my chest what can it be?

Black line: Is it a vertical line or horizontal. If it is vertical it is probably your Linnea nigra. A normal finding. ...Read more

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I have external hemeroid far away from anus. Is this normal? I have it just below my back/ below the waist line.

I have external hemeroid far away from anus. Is this normal? I have it just below my back/ below the waist line.

Not hemorrhoids: These are not external hemorrhoids. External hemorrhoids originate below the dentate line and are limited to the anal and perianal region. ...Read more

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Hello doc. The color of my butt is not fair specially below the lines, its kinda black. What's the best thing to do?

Black butt: Firstly see a dermatologist to make sure its nothing rare. If all is fine - then there is not much you can do. This is how you are born - so do not show your butt to anyone ...Read more

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Can fine lines below the eyes right under the lash lines be removed and how?

Can fine lines below the eyes right under the lash lines be removed and how?

Aging lines: On the eyelids cannot be removed but can be treated using various types of cosmetic lasers. Just remember that even after you receive treatment for this condition, that normal aging will continue to cause more lines to develop in the future. ...Read more

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I get little swelling every time I cough right below my waist line what is this?

I get little swelling every time I cough right below my waist line what is this?

Hernia?: Abdominal pressure with cough sometimes causes a hernia to enlarge. Need examination to be sure. ...Read more

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I'm having sharp pain in the middle of my chest right below my bra line. What could be causing this? And how do I stop it?

I'm having sharp pain in the middle of my chest right below my bra line. What could be causing this? And how do I stop it?

Several possbilities: There are several possible explanations and so you should see your primary MD. These include the bra is too tight, cardiac issues (less likely) muscle spasm or costochondritis and reflux to name a few. A good exam will include more history than we can get here and a physical to evaluate the causes and order the appropriate tests and initial treatment. Keep me posted ...Read more

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I have a lump that has grown on my back right below my neck line... it wasn't hurting and now it is. What could this possibly be?

I have a lump that has grown on my back right below my neck line... it wasn't hurting and now it is. What could this possibly be?

If it hurts see MD: Female unstated age says; Has a lump that has grown on back right below the neck line...it wasn't hurting and now it is. What could it possible be? Small Fat Pads (Lipoma) can develop almost anywhere on the skin. As can Sebaceous (Oily gland) cysts and other benign growths; but when they start hurting, Infections & other possibilities come in. Best have MD evaluate and manage. ...Read more

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I noticed a thin white line across the tips of all my nails recently. The nail seems thinner below that line. What could this be?

I noticed a thin white line across the tips of all my nails recently. The nail seems thinner below that line. What could this be?

Mae's Lines: During times of extreme illness - like when someone is near death & in the ICU for a week getting aggressive care - the nails may stop growing for a period of time. These are beau's lines. If you see these on someone, you know that they had been in bad shape in the past few months. Mae's lines are a lesser form of these. You have been thru a physically traumatic time that can be seen on your nails. ...Read more

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I'm currently suffering from a skin disease like in the picture in the link below. Anyone know what it is, and cure, what should I do?

I'm currently suffering from a skin disease like in the picture in the link below. Anyone know what it is, and cure, what should I do?

Picture Link: You submitted this question to the medical education portion of Health Tap - not the medical treatment program. Thus, we can not see or connect to the link you referred to. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed borderline hypothyroid, and my sugar levels drop below 70mg during the day. Are these linked? Why is my sugar levels low?

I have just been diagnosed borderline hypothyroid, and my sugar levels drop below 70mg during the day. Are these linked? Why is my sugar levels low?

Unlikely: If no symptoms, it's actually within normal limits

if it's 5-6 hours after eating, and get shaky, nervous jittery, then can be earliest sign of pre-diabetes years from now. ...Read more

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Pain on awaking in the shoulders, upper back and about 5 inches below the belt line ( (4 inches both sides of the spine), goes away mostly after sitt?

Two likely reasons: A 63 year old can have shoulder, neck, and back pain for many reasons. Most common is degenerative disease (arthritis) of the spine, shoulder, rotator cuff. Weak, deconditioned muscles can also hurt with fatigue. Both are often treated with physical therapy exercises, anti inflammatory meds. Any pain that persists or cannot be relieved should be evaluated with an exam and imaging (mri, xray, etc). ...Read more

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In another country and having pain and diarrhea I am visiting paraguay. I am staying with my girlfriend's family. Last night was my first full night. I woke up with strong pain at about my waist line right below my bellybutton. It is almost a squeezing t

In another country and having pain and diarrhea I am visiting paraguay. I am staying with my girlfriend's family. Last night was my first full night. I woke up with strong pain at about my waist line right below my bellybutton. It is almost a squeezing t

Hello.: Hello. Can't diagnose your symptoms. However, depending on where you are in paraguay, the water supply may or may not be completely sanitary. You could have a garden variety gastrointestinal virus or depending on where you have been eating, this could a parasite, food poisoning etc. If there is any question about water supply, would switch to drinking bottled water. If the symptoms don't resolve within several days suggest that you see a provider in the area. ...Read more

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In the past few days I have noticed a black line going about 3/4 around my penis about 1 inch below head?

In the past few days I have noticed a black line going about 3/4 around my penis about 1 inch below head?

Bruising?: Are you by chance on any blood thinners like Coumadin, (warfarin) plavix or rivaroxiban? If so this could be some bruising. ...Read more

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I have back pain right side just below the bra strap line. Sometimes it goes into my shoulder and neck.?

I have back pain right side just below the bra strap line. Sometimes it goes into my shoulder and neck.?

See your doctor: You should let your doctor know you are having pain. He/she can examine you and possibly run tests to find out the cause. ...Read more

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Its been 3 1/2 yrs since my hysterectomy and now I'm having sharp pain below my waist line on my left side. Is that normal?

Its been 3 1/2 yrs since my hysterectomy and now I'm having sharp pain below my waist line on my left side. Is that normal?

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source in a woman who had a hysterectomy. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a large knot under the skin on the outside of my vaginal area. It sits about 3 inches below my belt line and is painful. Help!

I have a large knot under the skin on the outside of my vaginal area. It sits about 3 inches below my belt line and is painful. Help!

Vulvar Lump: From your description, this sounds like it is in the pubic area and not vaginal. If that is true, it could be a lymph node if more in the thigh crease area. If closer to midline, an inflamed lubricating gland is more likely. You need to be seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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The line of skin just below my tailbone gets red and when water touches it, hurts like a knife. This happens every week or two. What is it?

The line of skin just below my tailbone gets red and when water touches it, hurts like a knife. This happens every week or two. What is it?

Infection possible: While this could be a rash, it sounds like maybe you have a pilonidal cyst or abscess. If that is the case then you need to get seen by at least your family physician, who may or may not refer you to a general surgeon. ...Read more

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Back below my bra line above the end of the ribs. Right side is way larger then left side. It bulges out more. Very noticeable even w clothes on.?

Back below my bra line above the end of the ribs. Right side is way larger then left side. It bulges out more. Very noticeable even w clothes on.?

Problem besides RA: Your description suggests another problem besides rheumatoid arthritis. The answers depend on several factors; whether this is a soft tissue engagement or a bone enlargement; how long it has been present, etc. Start by asking your physician to evaluate it. With an exam and appropriate tests, you can have the answers and the proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have a white thin line on the top of my nail.....It's right below the actual nail......What could be the cause? My iron levels were tested and fine.

I have a white thin line on the top of my nail.....It's right below the actual nail......What could be the cause? My iron levels were tested and fine.

Trauma, lo albumin: Rhis most likely represents trauma to nail several weeks ago but can be associated with heavy metal exposure as well as low Albumin levels. If helathtap, normal blood tests it will grow out without treatment. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have plastic surgery done on your brow line?

Help! Is it possible to have plastic surgery done on your brow line?

Yes many ways: There are a variety of methods ranging from "chemical"lifts with botulinum toxin such as Dysport to brow pexy with upper lid tucks (witch hazel). And then there is brow pexy with a scar immediately above the brow, in a well established forehead crease, or in front of the hairline for a high forehead. One can also use a suture suspension form the scalp, or endoscopic or bicoronal forehead lift. ...Read more