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Dr. Sarandeep Makkar
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Lead Poisoning (Definition)

Poisoning caused by excessive exposure to lead, which most often comes from leaded paint, contaminated water, ...Read more


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At 44yo, how do I meet n make friends when i'm self employed, live out in the country, etc? Lonely & sad all the time

At 44yo, how do I meet n make friends when i'm self employed, live out in the country, etc? Lonely & sad all the time

Many opportunities: I hope you'll seek out various ways to connect with others. Consider joining organizations to contribute through volunteer work, being on a board, etc. As you know there are churches, health clubs, various social groups, online chat rooms, etc. If you feel a lack of desire, down, and immobilized, perhaps you should begin with a visit to your doctor for a good exam. ...Read more

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Had an old pipe removal in my apartment built in 1960. They drilled a hole in bathroom wall, can i or my baby be exposed to asbestos? I'm pregnant.

Had an old pipe removal in my apartment built in 1960. They drilled a hole in bathroom wall, can i or my baby be exposed to asbestos? I'm pregnant.

Stop worrying: Asbestos is a naturally-occurring substance and trivial exposures like this are of no consequence. The folks who are getting sick are massively exposed. The zero-tolerance ideology from the 1990's was driven by politicians and profiteers. I'm sorry you were troubled. Stop reading internet "scare" stuff. Your unborn child can't be exposed, period. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Work involves changing environment all the time i.e. heat in store and outside in shop in AC being sick x3 in a row, took antibio. but still high temp?

Work involves changing environment all the time i.e. heat in store and outside in shop in AC being sick x3 in a row, took antibio. but still high temp?

Fever of unknown: i suggest you see a doctor.you probably need to have a septic work up which involves checking your urine ,blood and maybe getting a chest X-ray .usually just taking antibiotics without having a clear source is a bad idea ...Read more

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Job, clean houses.Use toilet cleaner with hydrochloric acid along with 4 other cleaners in the bathrooms. I clean 12 rooms aday.Should i wear mask?

Job, clean houses.Use toilet cleaner with hydrochloric acid along with 4 other cleaners in the bathrooms. I clean 12 rooms aday.Should i wear mask?

Msds sheets : Osha requires that all employers provide msds sheets on all the products that are used. Please review these sheets and make appropriate choices. Any on the job injuries may be grounds for a workers comp case. ...Read more

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Was driving behind truck with sunroof open. Some exhaust got in car. 25 weeks pregnant - problem?

Was driving behind truck with sunroof open. Some exhaust got in car. 25 weeks pregnant - problem?

No: As long as the car was well-ventilated, and it probably was with the sunroof open, this should not pose a problem. ...Read more

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Painted a wall on house had door open for ventilation closed door about two hours later paint pretty much dry but smell still in house all afternoon everything closed bad? Breathing in fumes? Harmful?

Painted a wall on house had door open for ventilation closed door about two hours later paint pretty much dry but smell still in house all afternoon everything closed bad? Breathing in fumes? Harmful?

Try to avoid it: Paint fumes containing oils are worst than water soluble latex, but fumes can damage liver. If yiu are not the painter, the risk is limited. The painter who get exposed daily,monad then get spills on their skin absorb more of the toxins and develop problems later in life ...Read more

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My dad did renos in our home in the 80's. how concerned should I be of asbestos exposure? I was only a child at the time. Home was built in 1958.

My dad did renos in our home in the 80's. how concerned should I be of asbestos exposure? I was only a child at the time. Home was built in 1958.

Depends: If the home was first renovated in the 80s after being built in the 50's there is a good chance that asbestos was present and possibly released during renovation. There may be records of the building materials used when the home was built and the details of the renovation-check to see if these are available at the local city hall archives. ...Read more

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Cleaned dump truck with LOTS of dirt some went in the air and went up my nose (dirt dust) when breathing could I be exposed to naegleria I live in a ?

Cleaned dump truck with LOTS of dirt some went in the air and went up my nose (dirt dust) when breathing could I be exposed to naegleria I live in a ?

Naegleria: This is highly unlikely. there have only been just over 100 cases in the United States in the past 50 years and I have not seen a documented case in Florida. It is a good practice to wear a mask when working with anything that can be inhaled. ...Read more

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After 3days of radioactive can you work after and do prepared lunch of the kids and do some work at home like cleaning laundry's kid clothes ?

After 3days of  radioactive can you work after and do prepared lunch of the kids and do some work at home like cleaning laundry's kid clothes ?

Depends: Many variables to consider. What kind of radiation was used, how much and what for? I I would call the hospital where you had the radioactive treatment. They should have given you detailed information about how to handle activities of daily living ...Read more

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Were weman heather in 1940s&50s then today, because they did house, work for hours, made every meal @ home..?How can we today be like women in 1940&50s

Were weman heather in 1940s&50s then today, because they did house, work for hours, made every meal @ home..?How can we today be like women in 1940&50s

No way!: In no way were we healthier as a nation than we are now. Nutrition, lifestyle, choices available to us, & medical science have all advanced so completely that we are living in a great time. Now, things are different in that we need to make time for exercise and make wise choices from the wider variety of foods available to us. I take the new mellinium 100x over the 40s & 50s! bottom line: be thin! ...Read more

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From NJ,I was waiting for the elevator in my apartment in the 11 floor when the custodian was vacuuming the path near me.I am worried about Hantavirus

From NJ,I was waiting for the elevator in my apartment in the 11 floor when the custodian was vacuuming the path near me.I am worried about Hantavirus

What's the worry?: You are 26 years old and I'm glad you're reading up on health. I am puzzled, though, as to why you think you can catch hantavirus or anything else from being around folks vacuum-cleaning. Hantavirus is mostly a disease of squalor transmitted by very close involvement with mouse droppings. The world is full of dangers, known and unknown, but fearing ordinary daily things is something you can't do. ...Read more

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Daughter spent the night at her great grandparents;smoke outside,still lingers in the house Running ever for 3days (99-102) Gunk in eye, cough

Daughter spent the night at her great grandparents;smoke outside,still lingers in the house 
Running ever for 3days (99-102)
Gunk in eye, cough

New Virus: If she is congested this is likely a new virus. If her fever doesn't trend down over the course of today have her seen tomorrow. Is she short of breath? Is she breathing fast? Does she perk up and give you a smile with tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin? Her exposure to cigarette smoke definitely makes her more likely to catch a virus, you are correct! ...Read more

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Had tile floor installed in home. Lots of redpirable all over. In house and got reallly tight and sore lungs. Been 3.5 months with slow imprvmnt.

Had tile floor installed in home.  Lots of redpirable all over.  In house and got reallly tight and sore lungs.  Been 3.5 months with  slow imprvmnt.

I presume your Dr: Is already treating u for reactive or obstructive airway disease. If there's no improvement, talk to him about your concerns. Perhaps he needs to adjust, increase the dose of your meds or add new ones.I suspect that inhalation of chemicals in your line of work can contribute to your condition. Quit smoking if u do. Bless u! ...Read more

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Was in garage (garage door open) when car was started and smelled strong exhaust. Was in there for about 30 seconds and 23 weeks pregnant - problem?

Was in garage (garage door open) when car was started and smelled strong exhaust. Was in there for about 30 seconds and 23 weeks pregnant - problem?

Pregnant: I would say no problem however if you are worried please ask your obgyn at your next check up. Recent studies have shown that both mom and baby benefit from walking outdoors. The tiny bits of pollen etc that you breath in help strengthen the baby's immune system and wards against allergies. ...Read more

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