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Preauricular Pit Myths
My preauricular pit is infected. It doesn't hurt but a stinky discharge comes out. What happens if I don't get it fixed?
Spread: The infection will spread through your lymph nodes and you could develop cellulitis. Eventually it can go into your blood stream. See a physician for treatment. Often time incision with drainage and antibiotcs is helpful. If the abscess has already drained and none other exist, then antibiotics and careful follow up with your physicain would be appropriate. ...Read more
I noticed that there was a preauricular pit on the crus of my helix is that what caused the sebaceous cyst?
Could an unsheilded CT scan and multiple x-rays at 5 weeks gestation result in any of the problems wih my son? (autism, pvl, dysplastic kidney, silent aspiration, preauricular pit, heart murmur)
Recurrances: You may need a second procedure. If you continue with symptoms, it may be that part of the pit still remains. Okay to check with your doc/surgeon. A second opinion may help. Good luck. ...Read more
What kind of doctor should I go to if I have a preauricular pit infection. Can I go to a family physician?
ENT: Ear, nose and throat physicians are specialists in this area. All the best. ...Read more
I have preauricular pits on both sides of my ears. They have never given me problems til last week. One side was swollen and painful. Should I worry?
Preauricular pits...: ....Are subject to infection. Many people have them their entire lives without ever experiencing a problem, while others get recurrent infections. It sounds like your was infected. Warm compresses can help them to drain and heal. If that doesn't help, see your doctor for a more long term solution. ...Read more
I'm 13 and I noticed that there was a pre-auricular pit on the crus of my helix. Could that have caused my sebaceous cyst?
Related to pit: A preauricular pit is part of a range of congenital conditions that are related to embryological development of the first and second branchial clefts. They can range from small "pits" or dimples to longer tracts known as "sinuses" or to abnormal communications called "fistulas" when these longer passages get " pinched off" or occluded, they can form a cyst which looks like a sebaceous cyst ...Read more
Absolutely not: Aids is a disease caused by a virus - HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) that destroys the immune system of the patients, leading to severe infections, special cancers and death. The virus is transmitted by contact with infected body fluids of infected patients: blood, semen in men, vaginal secretions in women, anal secretions, and lesser with saliva. People who claim it is a myth may pay dearly. ...Read more
Hole in bone: This is a finding found on imaging studies (like X-rays) of the shoulder or upper arm. Pitting means small holes or a hole in the part of the humerus (upper arm bone) called the greater tuberosity, where ligaments attach. It can mean there has been an injury to the ligaments that attached there. It may be an important clue if you have shoulder problems, inc. rotator cuff injuries. ...Read more
Yes and No and Yes: Yes. They are good for us. But do we know all the reasons why yet? Probably not. Do we know the best way or dose to take them? Probably not. Lots of science yet to parse this out a bit better. ...Read more
Wine is good.: People who drink a glass or two of alcohol per day seem to live a bit longer than those who abstain or those who drink more. This has been demonstrated in many observational studies. As always there are confounding variables, but in general it appears so. Some believe there is more benefit with red wine, but the effect has been reported with beer and alcohol in general as well. ...Read more
Your'e born with it: A preauricular sinus is a small pit in the skin in front of the ear, usually near where the helix, or cartilage at the top of the ear, attaches to the face. These are abnormalities in the way the ear develops and often cause no problems. At times, these will become infected, quite painful and swollen. ...Read more
Tx Cause: Depends on ethiology. If morbidly obese need to undo morbid obesity. If secondary to congestive heart failure, treat correct failure. If due to venous drainage inssuficiency in leg, anti embolic stockings. Leg elevation higher than right atrium for several hours will diminish leg swelling. Need venous reflux study. If valve on common femoral vein incompetent, axillary valve vein autotransplant ...Read more
Many: Like the idea that doing abdominal exercises alone with give you a "six pack", as this appearance really come from weight control, which is more caloric restriction related rather than exercise related. It's why a thin person who doesn't work out can have a "six pack" but a bulky power lifter can have a "gut". There are too many to list in these 400 character or less responses ...Read more
Here are 2 scales below:
1+ barely detectable impression when finger is pressed into skin.
2+ slight indentation.
15 seconds to rebound
3+ deeper indentation.
30 seconds to rebound.
4+ >30 seconds to rebound.
1+ 2mm depression, barely detectable.
2+ 4mm deep pit.
A few seconds to rebound.
3+ 6mm deep pit.
10-12 seconds to rebound.
4+ 8mm: very deep >20sec. ...Read more
Myths: We do not use the words bad or good in health care. The food you mention are eaten daily by millions of people. These foods are both HIGH sugar foods and so people with diabetes or obesity, which are both 'sugar' problems should probably limit or avoid these foods, But, in general they are not unhealthy. ...Read more
Many things: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
Overdiagnosis: Without clear psychosocial impairment such as avoidance that leads to missing out on important daily events, particular fears don't rise to the level of a diagnosable specific phobia. ...Read more
Pre-auricular cysts: Or sinuses are benign malformations from incomplete fusion of the "hillocks" that form the external ear ~ 6 weeks gestation. If pediatricians & ent's see other unusual facial or physical features, they obtain a renal (kidney) ultrasound, brainstem auditory evoked response (test for sensorineural deafness) & comparative genomic hybridization (genetic test to rule out syndromes). Check with them. ...Read more
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