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Doctor insights on: Potato Black Ringspot Virus

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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Toasted pitta bread slightly brown/burnt be4 - no oil would acrylamide be formed? also would baked potato in oven without oil for 1hr? cancer causer?

Toasted pitta bread slightly brown/burnt be4 - no oil would acrylamide be formed?  also would baked potato in oven without oil for 1hr? cancer causer?

Life is not that way: One potato or one piece of bread, burnt or not, does not cause cancer. Life doesn't work that way. As they say, "Don't sweat the small stuff." Avoid unnecessary chemicals and suspected toxins when possible, but live life without so many worries. Here in California, everything causes cancer, as evidenced by the Cancer Warning Signs that are posted in every single building I have set foot in. ...Read more

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3 year old has a rash around mouth , bruise like in color( looks like she ate berries that stained),no other symptoms, doesnt bother her. ?

3 year old has a rash around mouth , bruise like in color( looks like she ate berries that stained),no other symptoms, doesnt bother her. ?

Lip Licking: Lip licking is a common habit 3 year olds can get into which causes a red, chapped rash localized to the perioral region. Treat with Aquaphor or Vaseline. Kids usually grow out of this habit after a while. Try redirecting her if it is a common occurrence. ...Read more

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Took bite from a burrito taco bell. Pulled long black hair out of mouth from burrito inside. Am I gonna get sick I'm freaked out! Ewww! :(?

Took bite from a burrito taco bell. Pulled long black hair out of mouth from burrito inside. Am I gonna get sick I'm freaked out! Ewww! :(?

You'll be fine.: although certainly not appetizing, eating a random hair now and then will not cause any illnesses. You might want to focus on having a better diet and eating less fast food, however. Good luck. ...Read more

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In stool, see yellow nickel sized oval floating(looked like lupini bean), poke it, it just mushed, what was this? Undigested fish pill?

In stool, see yellow nickel sized oval floating(looked like lupini bean), poke it, it just mushed, what was this? Undigested fish pill?

Relax: There are may things with undigestible hulks such as favs beans, sausage/hot dogs, pills, small peppers, olives, corn, seeds and nuts in general. Unless you are having some dietary issues, abdominal pains/cramping regularly, or constipation that causes problems, I suggest you stop worrying about what's in you poop. If you are concerned, your gastroenterologist can explain in better detail. ...Read more

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Had lunch with fried chicken, wings was slightly black burned. When i poop, my stool color was black. is it caused by chicken? no any other symptom.

Had lunch with fried chicken, wings was slightly black burned. When i poop, my stool color was black. is it caused by chicken? no any other symptom.

Unlikely: Generally, black and tarry stools happen when there is cause of upper GI bleed. Here the hemoglobin undergoes chemical reaction leading to change in color. A common cause for this is ulcers. They can be caused by medications (advil (ibuprofen) or motrin) or infections (H. pylori). For now, I would suggest monitoring for other symptoms. It may be absolutely nothing because you have no other symptoms. ...Read more

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Is black strap molasses cure dark spot?

Is black strap molasses cure dark spot?

Black strap molasses: Only if you skin is the color of the molasses and you ut it on the darker spot. ...Read more

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Metal allergy rash on arm becimes full body rash. Red &flesh colored bumps extremly ichy even w/ hydro 1% cream only ice/ boiling h2o helps. Ideas?!

Metal allergy rash on arm becimes full body rash. Red &flesh colored bumps extremly ichy even w/ hydro 1% cream only ice/ boiling h2o helps. Ideas?!

See your doctor: If this is truly an extension of a contact reaction to a metal, creams aren't going to help - you need an oral steroid such as prednisone. Be sure to avoid all contact with that type of metal in the future. ...Read more

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Tiny black bugs white spots in kitchen window & counter top?

Dr Pest Control: Most likely benign, but need better description. Call a pest control company. ...Read more

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I get freezing cold after eating refined carbs ..bread rice etc vasoconstriction .hands turn dark purple,white.lips freezing .paleness.possible cause?

I get freezing cold after eating refined carbs ..bread rice etc vasoconstriction .hands turn dark purple,white.lips freezing .paleness.possible cause?

Unrelated: I am not sure that these two are related. I am unaware of correlation with carbs and vasoconstriction. Purple hands are something that you may want to have looked into though as this can be sign of some vasculitis or other internal process. ...Read more

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My son has tonsillitis ad high temperature. Can i give him cold stuff like icecream, yoghurt or some warm water? Warm towel compress?

My son has tonsillitis ad high temperature. Can i give him cold stuff like icecream, yoghurt or some warm water? Warm towel compress?

Worse: Cold things can increase metabolic activity (=temperature) as body warms them up and maintains its temperature. "tepid" rag (~90-95f) to skin will help cool--don't use too cool water as will cause shivering and increase body temp. Sounds like needs seen in er / urgent care. ...Read more

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3mmx2mm drk brown mole on breast appeared in pg (now 3mo pp) Flat,smooth,even color. It peeled in bath & black skin cameaway. Mole now a bit lighter but still flat&smooth&even. Could this be melanoma?

3mmx2mm drk brown mole on breast appeared in pg (now 3mo pp) Flat,smooth,even color. It peeled in bath & black skin cameaway. Mole now a bit lighter but still flat&smooth&even. Could this be melanoma?

Possibly: It's really difficult to diagnose skin lesions without examining them. But you describe a black color to the mole, and a relatively quick development over a few months. Those are potential warning signs for skin cancer. A good physical examination, and very possibly a biopsy, would be prudent next steps. Please see your doctor and make those arrangements. ...Read more

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Found red bumps&white coating on very back of tongue. spicy food?Seasonal Allergies?Oral STD? I've had spicy food,weather has changed,maybe STD? :(

Found red bumps&white coating on very back of tongue. spicy food?Seasonal Allergies?Oral STD? I've had spicy food,weather has changed,maybe STD? :(

Tongue papillae?: Everyone has a row of 7-12 large (2-3 mm) papillae across the back of the tongue, called circumvallate papillae, perhaps what you have noticed. Google it for photos to compare. Entirely normal, not caused by any of the things you mention. No STD is a likely cause of any kind of painless bumps in the moth. But since STDs are on your mind, you're probably at risk, so get tested. Good luck! ...Read more

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I just ate Italian bread from subway and the back of the crust had these circular, almost bubble like spots lighter than the bread color. Normal?

Who knows?: Ask the baker! It is most likely part of the baking process and not related to your health. If you are felling well and it is several days after eating this , then it is unlikely a problem . Now only time will tell. Best wishes ...Read more