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Reactivity Of Alcohols In Dehydration
Can daily alcohol use cause overall dehydration? Can that in turn cause hair to start falling out more than typical amounts?
Yes and no.: Among the many problems that go with chronic alcohol abuse, dehydration can be counted as one. But you haven't said how much you are using, so it is not clear. However, hair falling out is not really one of the problems; stress can cause this, and may also be involved in alcohol abuse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is a hangover after a night out really a type of withdrawal? Or is it more from the toxic effects of the alcohol, dehydration and glutamate rebound?
Hangover: Hangover can be related to amount of alcohol consumed and amount of sleep. The more alcohol you consume, the more of a hangover. Dehydration, blood vessel dilation, stomach irritation and acid production, drop in blood sugar, are a few of the reasons for hangover. Avoid too much alcohol consumption to avoid hangovers. ...Read more
Fludrocortisone increases blood volume, alcohol causes dehydration. Does this mean they will work against each other? Thus florinef less effective?
Strange question: Why are you taking fludrocortisone? Do you know its mechanism of action? Did your doctor tell you what it is used for? The only reason I have EVER prescribed this drug is for idiopathic orthostatic hypotension, which I have NEVER seen in a 24 year-old. If your doctor has prescribed Florinef, ask him why he prescribed it. You shouldn't be combining alcohol with ANY prescription medication. ...Read more
Why does caffeine put me to sleep, but alcohol makes my heart race at a resting rate of 135-150 BPM (and not from dehydration)?
Autonomic n.s.: Alcohol is a sympathetic stimulant which can increase heart rate. But your recorded response is abnormaly high and suggests autonomic nervous system imbalance. At your age ... many medical conditions could be considered (i.e. hyperthyroidism, inappropriate sinus tachycardia, and more) ... but the overall suggestion is that the autonomic n.s. is abnormal. This could explain your caffeine also. ...Read more
Can Alli weight loss drug combined with sun exposure, dehydration, caffeine and moderate alcohol consumption cause someone to collapse? Bad experience
If there is a cross- reactivity during an elisa test is it possible to end up with a false negative as a result?
False positives: Cross-reactivity can cause false positives (meaning that the test is positive but the actual substance tested for isn't there). The happens when an antigen (virus, protein or bacterium) is so similar structurally that it reacts with the same antibody that the test is designed for. For example, the antibody test for latex allergy can sometimes cross react with a protein in bananas! Crazy, huh? ...Read more
Tricky syphilis: Syphilis can appear one week to THREE months after an exposure. Part of that has to do with how many bacteria came across at the time of infection. Obviously if there were alot of those germs, the infection would get started earlier than otherwise. Serological or blood testing should parallel those symptoms- it gets more complicated though when exposures were in the past. An ID doc can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atypical depression doesn't seem at all to be atypical. Mood reactivity to positives and interpersonal rejection sensitivity aren't unusual, right?
Not necessarily.: Allergies can decrease or increase with age. What we call allergic reactions can be anything from something causing irritation to a life threatening antibody/chemical reaction of the body to some specific substance. "allergic reactions" vary based off the state of our immune system at the time and the amount of irritant one is exposed to. ...Read more
Some painkillers have cross reactivity. please explain this to me. how does this effect meth drug test? is it when painkillers are taken together?
Drug reactivity?: Seems like you may be asking 2 questions, so lemme try to answer both. Narcotics & opioids interact w/ several receptor subtypes, the most common being delta, kappa, mu & OR1, with differing affinities/binding strengths like lock & key. These pain receptors are located in different parts of your body in different amounts. UDS or blood tests test for these drugs and also separately for amphetamines ...Read more
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