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When drilling into a fiberglass tub, did not have proper face mask in place. This caused inhalation of fiberglass. What can I do to fix the irritation?

When drilling into a fiberglass tub, did not have proper face mask in place. This caused inhalation of fiberglass. What can I do to fix the irritation?

Difficult: Fiberglass inhalation is considered relatively harmless. If the irritation (especially cough) has persisted over weeks, however, following a single exposure, this may be the "reactive airways dysfunction" that affected so many rescue workers after 9/11. A pulmonologist can offer some help. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does "de-sat'd" mean? While heavily sedated with morphine following major surgery, a nurse entered my room and without waking me clamped an oxygen mask over my face. The experience was alarming! her explanation (above) did not satisfy.

What does "de-sat'd" mean? While heavily sedated with morphine following major surgery, a nurse entered my room and without waking me clamped an oxygen mask over my face.  The experience was alarming!  her explanation (above) did not satisfy.

The : The saturation of oxygen in your blood is often monitored by a pulse oximeter, a device attached to the surface of your body, usually on the finger tip, toes or earlobe. It measures the content of oxygenated hemoglobin in your red cells. While not as accurate as a blood test, it is readily available. Oxygen saturation is expressed as a percentage, a number ranging from 0 to 100, normally on room air, the oxygen saturation is greater than 98%. The saturation reflects the content in the blood reasonably well in the range of normal range of acid levels and oxygen in most individuals. However, the saturation is affected by the amount of inhaled oxygen, the respiratory drive to pull oxygen into your lungs, changes in acid levels in the blood (such as seen in severe infections or kidney failure), problems with the lungs itself (such as excess fluid or pneumonia). After surgery, the combined effects of anesthesia and narcotics tend to depress the respiratory system, such that oxygen is not being drawn into the lungs (usually because of oversedation). This leads to less oxygen in the lungs and a drop in the oxygen levels and thus a drop in the saturation - thus the term: "de-sat" or desaturation. This can be easily remedied by reducing narcotics, or reversing narotic effect (e.g. Narcan), arousing the individual, and/or adding supplemental oxygen. Thus the use of the oxygen mask, which increases the saturation, but does not address the reason for oversedation. ...Read more

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How to treat pregnancy mask that has not gone away or melasma on my face.

How to treat pregnancy mask that has not gone away or melasma on my face.

Melasma: There are several modalities to help with melasma. You can consider topical products, chemical peels, pill or laser treatments, ...Read more

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Can you make all your own products for your face like masks, cleansers, moisturizers?

Can you make all your own products for your face like masks, cleansers, moisturizers?

I guess you could: If you had all the proper ingredients and machinery to make these products. But why would you want to? By the time you invested all the money necessary to manufacture them, you could have bought a lifetime supply of products that are already being made. ...Read more

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Face feels hot like a sunburn, from being too close to the bonfire? Any treatment?

Face feels hot like a sunburn, from being too close to the bonfire?  Any treatment?

Burn: Apply aloe or moisturizing cream to the affected skin. Avoid products containing alcohol, which can further dry out skin. Beware of sunburn treatment products containing anesthetics, such as benzocaine. There's little evidence that these products are effective. In some cases, they may even irritate the skin. Mild topical otc cortisone cream is also helpful. ...Read more

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Is a fractional laser treatment really safe? I have been unhappy with the small wrinkles appearing on my face lately, and i'm trying to figure out the best treatment for them. I know various laser treatments are supposedly very effective, but i'd like to

Is a fractional laser treatment really safe? I have been unhappy with the small wrinkles appearing on my face lately, and i'm trying to figure out the best treatment for them. I know various laser treatments are supposedly very effective, but i'd like to

Safe: Fractional lasers are an effective treatment for facial wrinkles. Although risk of permanent scar and skin color changes is less than older lasers and deep chemical peels, improper use of a fractional laser can have similar complications. Seek treatment from a qualified physician (dermatologist, facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon) with ample experience in use of such lasers. ...Read more

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Will honey face masks really cure acne and scarring?

Will honey face masks really cure acne and scarring?

Of course not: This is a cruel internet prank. I'm sorry your acne was neglected and you ended up with scars. Don't continue this. All acne can be managed until it remits on its own. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something that will. ...Read more

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