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Is mild or minimal venous congestion indicated by a chest Xray the same thing as a patchy consolidation If not, could I please be told the difference?
Infection/congestion: No it is not the same. Patchy consolidation is seen in an infectious process like Pneumonia or Pnumonitis. Venous congestion on the other hand is related to congestion caused by excessive fluid in the lungs and is not caused by disease or infection of the lungs but may be due to congestive heart failure or some other causes. It is usually reported as Pulmonary Congestion rather than venous Congestion ...Read more
I understand that a "patchy consolidation" can be indicative of pneumonia. But could someone have a patchy consolidation if he also had, for instance, COPD & bilateral pleural effusions?
Yes it can be: Some one with COPD and bilateral effusion can also have Patchy Consolidation. It may be due to a co existing Pneumonia or it may be due to pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) or Atelectasis (Collapse of Lung)That is why we always say to medical students and residents, that we never treat the xray findings. But first History/Physical and xray in the context of Patients clinical presentation ...Read more
Chest X-ray showed focal patchy lingular opacity No change from 2012 Likely represents chronic airspace collapse &/or consolidation. Is this serious?
See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more
Whenever I get cold I get very spotty? Is this normal? Everyone thinks this is abnormal. I have a pic on my profile
SEEING SPOTS!: Though viruses can cause rashes and other skin lesions, certain bacterial infections can also produce skin symptoms. Strep infections come to mind. Can't provide further recommendation without getting further clinical information and seeing the "spots". Please feel free to connect with me via my inbox for a consult and further recommendations. ...Read more
I'm 20 and have always had good skin, but within the past year it has got really bad, very spotty and oily, although I have a much better diet now?
Hot flashes: At your age is not very unusual. I don't think you should be too alarmed but I would suggest that you see an endocrinologist to look into your thyroid and ovarian functions. Low estrogen and thyroid hormones can trigger such symptom but so does anxiety and stress. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Been having bouts of spotty vision sometimes accompanied by a light headache. Similar to what happens to vision when you stare into a bright lighht.
See an eye doctor. To read about visual migraine check this link.
http://www. Webmd. Com/migraines-headaches/guide/ocular-migraine-basics
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Depends: The appearance/radiological description of a lung infiltrate can be helpful, but still non specific, unless it is part of the overall evaluation of the patient. In other words, the most accurate diagnoses depends on accurate history taking, physical examination, chest x ray description/appearance, and some bloodwork. Some common bugs may have atypical appearances on x ray, and viceversa... ...Read more
Look at diet: Look at external things like detergents that can aggravate skin. But most often it can be a food allergy or nutritional deficiency. I recommend looking into omega 3 fish oil and vitamin d. Also, to moisturize skin, use a cream and not a lotion. Lotions are water based and dry it out more. ...Read more
My boyfriend has patchy beard, he has beard growth at some places. What can he do about it, besides surgery?
Sympathy and Regards: I am sorry your boyfriend is not able to grow a full thick beard yet! If he is a young man and still developing, there may be hope that his facial hair will one day produce a beard to be proud of. Unfortunately, there are a lot of factors that play into growing a beard. The largest influence on beard growth is genetics. Tell him give it time. Also I recommend YouTube on growing a beard. Helpful! ...Read more
Hello. I've recently noticed my anus has changed colour from pink to purple. The colouring is odd and is patchy.?
Likely normal: Color changes (especially to purple) usually means engorgement with blood. AKA - hemorrhoids. This is OK as long as you don't have symptoms of of pain outer bleeding with BMs. Always worth showing to your primary or to a gastroenterologist or Colorectal surgeon to be sure. ...Read more
I'm Tunisian female got fine hairy bum cheeks I shave my bum but then I have spotty & blemished bum. Recommend a cure please?
Stop shaving: The shaving is traumatic to your skin and so causing "hyperpigmentation" - a discoloration due to the shaving. There are hair removal creams that can be purchased over the counter (e.g. Nair, Veet, Sally Hansen) as well as a prescription cream called Vaniqa. You might also consider electrolysis or waxing. ...Read more
I had unilateral oophorectomy a month ago, this is first cycle after and has been spotty heavy and light for 2 weeks. Is this normal?
No: Although the first period post ovarian removal is often shorter or heavier then usual, it is unusual for the bleeding to last two weeks. Talk to or go see your GYN surgeon for clarity. ...Read more
I was dignosed with rocky mountain spotty feaver last year. Can I still have from time to time body aches. I feel stiff and it body hurts?
RMSF: You should have recovered uneventfully from RMSF by now. It is possible that you also got another tick borne disease, including Lyme, or that your symptoms are totally unrelated to what occurred last year. If it continues or gets worse go and see your family doctor and be evaluated. Hope it clears up soon. ...Read more
I'm 16, my skin tends to get patchy and has breakouts, is this because im in my teenage years, will my skin improve and calm down in future?
Will calm down: Yes, your skin will get better than what you go through in your teen and early adult years. However, you don't need to live this way. Many primary care doctors and certainly any dermatologist can help you get your current problems under control. Also, starting a good skin routine at your age can produce lifelong positive results. ...Read more
I am a 29 year old woman who's periods have always been patchy I did get them irregularly until I was 21 at which time they stopped completely I have?
What is your questio: Can you ask the question as to what you want to know. ...Read more
Alopecia Areata: This may be due to a medical condition called alopecia areata. This can cause patch like hair loss along the bearded area due to autoimmune reaction. This can be treatable by a dermatologist with low dose steroid injections. There can be other less common causes of patchy hair loss which may need to be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more
Not enough info.: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more
Do any of these: Apply? If so, is the cause correctable? The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives ; perimenopause. ...Read more
Go to ER: You should be seen immediately if you have a heart rate that high at rest. ...Read more
I was not penetrated and I did not have sex, but I am having spotty discharge come out that's redish colored. Should I be concerned?
Red spotty rash body: We can not guess what this rash could be without more information, how yoy got it, how it started, does it itch, what exactly it looks like (show a colour phot)etc. So I suggest go to your doctor if you are worried or wait and see if it goes away by itself. ...Read more
Skin docs like spots: Dermatologists enjoy checking spots. There are many kinds of spots, most of which are ok, but a few are skin cancers. Light colored spots can be a fungus infection (tinea versicolor). Sun damage causes freckles and other spots. Moles can be there at birth, but more appear later. At a skin doctor's office, spots may be frozen off, scraped off, lasered off, burned off with chemicals, etc... ...Read more