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My dad has eczema is this hereditary? Can it be passed down to me as well?

My dad has eczema is this hereditary? Can it be passed down to me as well?

Yes: If you have a close relative with allergic dermatitis it increases your risk for getting an allergic disease such as atopic (allergic) dermatitis. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Is Raynauds hereditary, my dad has it and was wondering if it can be passed down?

Is Raynauds hereditary, my dad has it and was wondering if it can be passed down?

Yes Raynaud's disea: That is Ryanaud's disease. It can run infamilies. Be certain to have your physician send you to a rheuamtologist becuase Raynaud's syndroem can suggest a systemic medical process. ...Read more

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My cousin has rhinitis and it seems like she is prone to what appears to be a cold after flying. Is this possible?

My cousin has rhinitis and it seems like she is prone to what appears to be a cold after flying.  Is this possible?

Cold or allergy?: Planes are great places to catch colds. If someone coughs, the viral particles can infect people 10 rows away. But the symptoms probably won't start for a few days. They won't be there the day she gets off the plane. If she stops up right away, she could be reacting to the cold, dry air on the plane or she could have an allergy to something on the plane. I have had 2 flight attendants with that. ...Read more

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What can I do if my grandmother has been diagnosed with amyloidosis in the liver, is it be genetic?

What can I do if my grandmother has been diagnosed with amyloidosis in the liver, is it be genetic?

Amyloidosis: There are many different types of amyloidosis so it is impossible to know if this is genetic based on this question. There are genetic amyloidoses but there also also types of amyloidosis related to cancer, infections and inflammation. ...Read more

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My dad is bipolar and my daughter's brother in law is bipolar as well. Does this familial history make it more likely her child will be bipolar?

My dad is bipolar and my daughter's brother in law is bipolar as well. Does this familial history make it  more likely her child will be bipolar?

Bipolar heritability: I wouldn't worry excessively in this sutuation. Although bipolar disorder is a genetic illness, we usually worry when the parents or the siblings have diagnosed bipolar disorder. I would also worry if the child's both grandparents and a few second degree relatives had it. On either case, i would keep my eyes open for any possible signs of bipolar presentation in the child. ...Read more

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My daughter has eczema and is very worried that her eczema is caused by polyester. Is it possible to be allergic to polyester? She has ocd/anxiety.

My daughter has eczema  and is very worried that her eczema is caused by polyester.  Is it possible to be allergic to polyester?  She has ocd/anxiety.

Natural fibers: Fabrics made from natural fibers such as cotton or silk are preferred for people with eczema. Polyester is likely more of an irritant than an allergen, but anything is possible. Avoiding synthetic fibers, fragranced detergents/body washes and excessive bathing combined with liberal use of hypoallergenic moisturizers may help. ...Read more

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My cousin is 40 just found out she has colitis. She's scared, what is the cause. Can it be can ER or can it be something else?.

My cousin is 40 just found out she has colitis. She's scared, what is the cause. Can it be can ER or can it be something else?.

A serious disease: "colitis" usually refers either to ulcerative colitis or crohn's colitis - inflammatory diseases of the colon. No 'cause' is known. Young people are often affected. Both are serious and require care from a physician who treats these diseases often.. They may be mild or very severe with bleeding, diarrhea and pain. Medicines are effective, .But surgery is required in advance cases. Peter wilk, md. ...Read more

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My father had been diagnosed with a chemical imbalance years ago. Is that something that could be passed from parent to child? What does it mean?

My father had been diagnosed with a chemical imbalance years ago. Is that something that could be passed from parent to child? What does it mean?

Chemical imbalance : That is such a cop out answer. We are all a bit unbalanced. More when we live around unbalanced people. We seek to find truth and peace and that comes from meditation, exercise and eating right with good friends and family. Sharing your concerns with others is treatment. If you are bottled up and confused and worried talk to someone. A good doctor can listen and give you helpful advice. ...Read more

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"my father has cll. He's concerned that it may be a hereditary condition, and that i may develop the disease. My mother also has parkinson's. ?

"my father has cll. He's concerned that it may be a hereditary condition, and that i may develop the disease. My mother also has parkinson's. ?

The old joke: Was that insanity was hereditary...You get it from your children. Cll is not hereditary and not associated with radiation exposure. There may be an association with parkinson's, but perhaps a neurologist will weigh in. It is a degenerative brain disease of the elderly for the most part, but we all know the michael j fox story. ...Read more

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My mum has MS and doctors are starting to think she has Lupus too. If this is the case how would this effect her life and can it kill her?

My mum has MS and doctors are starting to think she has Lupus too. If this is the case how would this effect her life and can it kill her?

Complicated: Not clear why a pt who has established MS would develop lupus, as more likely she has a biologically false positive ANA titer, which can occur from some medications and even infection (syphiiis). But if she has both, treatment becomes very complex, as some rheumatological agents can worsen the MS (those that block tumor necrosis factor alpha). Unlikely to kill her, but may affect quality of life ...Read more

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Is there a disease, virus, or environmental factor that can cause a child to be born with no legs? I was curious because a friend of mine does not have legs. With the way he speaks it doesn't seem as though he lost them in an accident. I was curious if a

Is there a disease, virus, or environmental factor that can cause a child to be born with no legs? I was curious because a friend of mine does not have legs. With the way he speaks it doesn't seem as though he lost them in an accident. I was curious if a

1 : 1 in 2000 children are born with a limb deformity ranging from a missing part of a finger to missing entire arms and legs. Most of the time, the cause is unknown. Sometimes it can be caused by a genetic defect, chemical or drug exposure in the first trimester (such as thalidomide or agent orange in the 1960's and 1970's), or amniotic band syndrome. I don't know of any specific syndromes that tie in with his other health ailments. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a child can have diffrent ears from the mom and dad?

Is it possible that a child can have diffrent ears from the mom and dad?

Yes: A complex feature like an ear is influenced by genetics, to which both parents give half, and forces in the womb that can influence the shape. It is a wonder any kid has features that favor one parent in early life. ...Read more

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My friend is 16 and he told me he has lung cancer.He says it runs in his family and that surgery can fix it and does not need chemo. Is this possible?

My friend is 16 and he told me he has lung cancer.He says it runs in his family and that surgery can fix it and does not need chemo. Is this possible?

? pulmonary blastoma: Pleuropulmonary blastoma is a rare and highly aggressive pulmonary malignancy in children. There are familial incidences of this tumor, occurring occasionally in siblings and being inherited in certain families.Pulmonary blastoma is associated with other neoplasm(, pulmonary cysts, cystic nephromas, sarcomas, medulloblastomas, thyroid dysplasias and neoplasias, malignant germ cell tumors). ...Read more

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Is anorexia something that is hereditary, can I pass it on to my children?

Is anorexia something that is hereditary, can I pass it on to my children?

Genetic Influence: There are possible genetic risk factors involved with anorexia, but genetics do not explain the whole picture. It is by no means guaranteed that your children would have anorexia because of your own experience. ...Read more

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My 6yr old son has been diagnosed with nodular scleritis. From my understanding this is rare and can be underlying condition. Does he need blood work?

My 6yr old son has been diagnosed with nodular scleritis. From my understanding this is rare and can be underlying condition. Does he need blood work?

Yes : Usually associated with underlying disease rheumatoid arthritis should be seen by pediatrician and then specialist of disease ped thinks is causing it treatable with Ibuprofen for pain and what underlying cause of course eye md. ...Read more

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How likely is it that my colorblindness will be passed to my child?

How likely is it that my colorblindness will be passed to my child?

Possible: Colorblindness is often inherited and is usually related to genes on the x chromosome. Males are more likely to be effected because they have only one x chromosome so anything wrong there will show up. Girls have two x chromosomes so can cover a problem if only one is affected about 8% of males have some kind of colorblindness, but only 1% or less of females. ...Read more

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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes. The cause is unknown but presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled, itchy blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more