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No food for 7 days, little water, sometimes none all day, max 15 hours of sleep in the 7 days. What signs would suggest seeing an MD, what damages?

No food for 7 days, little water, sometimes none all day, max 15 hours of sleep in the 7 days. What signs would suggest seeing an MD, what damages?

Wow- not good: What led you to this regimen? This is not normal, or healthy. You may not have any signs, but consider these- dizziness, very dark or discolored urine, no urine, trouble breathing, trouble seeing or fast heart rate- you may have some of these, and you may need a doctor's attention. You may want to see a doctor to discuss the circumstances of this, to make sure it does not happen again. ...Read more

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Suffer from chronic constipation. I have hypothyroid. My gastro md says its that. Md recommends miiralax up to 4x a day. I drink a lot of water & exe?

Suffer from chronic constipation. I have hypothyroid. My gastro md says its that. Md recommends miiralax up to 4x a day. I drink a lot  of water & exe?

A lot of Miralax (polyethylene glycol): After being on thyroid replacement recheck blood level of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)-takes about 3 weeks to change. Meanwhile, check diet-adquate fiber foods like beans, whole grains, fruits, vegs, fluids, activity. Check meds, otc, supplements, e.g. Calcium can be constipating. Get enough oil in diet. Age? May need colonoscopy to check things ok inside. Miralax is safe, but 4x/d is a lot. ...Read more

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Achy dull chest pain every once in a while lasting no more than 5 mins. Pacs and pvcs at times. Md said not enough water or stress caused it.Ekg norml?

Achy dull chest pain every once in a while lasting no more than 5 mins. Pacs and pvcs at times. Md said not enough water or stress caused it.Ekg norml?

Not heart.: Achy dull CP occurring without relation to exertion at your age with normal ekg is not very likely to be related to the heart. Extra beats are perfectly normal at your age and as long as they suppress with exercise are of no consequence. At the end of the day you have chest pain without an identified cause. Musculoskeletal pain in the chest wall, esophageal irritation are most common causes. ...Read more

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How long do I need to boil water to kill giardiasis?

How long do I need to boil water to kill giardiasis?

10 min: Boiling water at 160 degrees fahrenheit for 10 min will do the job of killing off giardia. ...Read more

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I prepare my baby's formula with bottled Spring Water. Is that better than nursery fluoride water? Do I need to boil spring water?

I prepare my baby's formula with bottled  Spring Water. Is that better than nursery fluoride water? Do I need to boil spring water?

Why not tap water?: Most tap water is perfectly safe to make infant formula with, and likely does not need boiling. Most city tap water contains adequate fluoride and is comparable to nursery water. Bottled water is regulated by the FDA, but mineral content is highly variable, which is somewhat concerning if given to an infant over long periods of time. Fluoride in water is not necessary until teeth are visible. ...Read more

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Will there be any problem if i put my contact lenses in the lens case without the solution?is it okay to clean the lens case with boil water?

Will there be any problem if i put my contact lenses in the lens case without the solution?is it okay to clean the lens case with boil water?

Yes & yes: A contact lens is made of materials that require water to remain useable/wearable. Check out http://www.eyehealthweb.com/what-contact-lenses-are-made-of/. Regarding your case, sterile solution or just plain hot tap water should be fine (depending upon reference). Let air dry. Check out more info at http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/caring-contact-lens & http://goo.gl/awrXoB (via Huffington Post). ...Read more

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After I boil my infants water for bottles what type of container can I store it in in the fridge that wont "seep" materials into the hot water?

After I boil my infants water for bottles what type of container can I store it in in the fridge that wont "seep" materials into the hot water?

Why boil ?: Unless you live off the grid/have water you won't drink or have suspicions about there is no need to boil. Most people live in areas with certified water supplies and boiling is not necessary.This is a throw back to an era when public systems were inconsistent & people also made their own formula.Homemade formula had to be boiled to soften the protein. ...Read more

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What is the reason that cleaning nebs with vinegar/water is no longer recommended? (pls correct me if wrong) references/links? What is best (not boil)

What is the reason that cleaning nebs with vinegar/water is no longer recommended? (pls correct me if wrong) references/links? What is best (not boil)

Not strong enough.: Vinegar is not strong enough to kill the bacteria that are now found in many nebulizers. Recommended methods include boiling or microwaving for 5 minutes, soaking in a solution of 1 part bleach and 50 parts water for 3 minutes, soaking in rubbing alcohol for 5 minutes, and soaking in 3% hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes. Always follow the nebulizer maker's recommendations, however. ...Read more

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My cpap machine humidifer calls for distilled water but could i just boil water and use it instead?

My cpap machine humidifer calls for distilled water but could i just boil water and use it instead?

Ideally no but ok: Distilled water or highly filtered water is recommended for humidifier so as not to get minerals deposited in machine or on reservoir wall. Boiling water does ensure it is clean and free of bacteria which is good. It does also rid some of minerals but it does not distill it, leaving heavy minerals like calcium still left in there. Once in a while probably okay but otherwise, better off w/dist. ...Read more

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How long do I have to boil water for it to be safe to drink?

How long do I have to boil water for it to be safe to drink?

Reaches a boil: Once it reaches a rolling boil then give it 1 minute. That is the recommendation to kill any pathogens that would cause you harm. ...Read more

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How long do I need to boil water to remove e.Coli contaminants?

5 minutes: Nearly all organisms will die in boiling water for 5 min. Longer boiling may be needed at high altitudes. ...Read more

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Should I boil the bottled water to feed my 3m baby with Aptamil formula?

Should I boil the bottled water to feed my 3m baby with Aptamil formula?

On The Bottle Again?: If taken from the Ganges River I'd advise that you do. But most commercially bottled water is OK. My grandfather always boiled the tap water to get rid of the chlorine in it but as far as I know most bottled water doesn't have that, or fluoride in it. No harm in boiling it though, as long as it's body temperature or less when given to the baby. ...Read more

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My baby old 3 month. When i make the milk bottel must i boil the water ?

My baby old 3 month. When i make the milk bottel must i boil the water ?

Not necessarily: Follow manufacturer's instruction. Boiling water will be beneficial for sterilizing the water if you believe that your water source is compromised. Typically room temperature water will do for mixing the formula. If you are still able breastfeed let me encourage to breast feed exclusively. Take care. ...Read more

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What do people always say you need to "boil water" during childbirth? What is it for?

What do people always say you need to "boil water" during childbirth? What is it for?

Retro moments: After the general understanding of germs and their contribution to disease and death.Boiling water to use it to sterilize linen and or interments used in procedure became standard. In hospitals today, the equipment is sterilized in autoclaves long before the procedures.Drapes and other linen are likewise sterilized and stored in protected areas until needed. ...Read more