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Since july 15 2008 I've worn my retainers all but 5 nights including the first 2 years which i wore all day. Will my teeth move if i stop wearing them?

Since july 15 2008 I've worn my retainers all but 5 nights including the first 2 years which i wore all day. Will my teeth move if i stop wearing them?

Yes : Tooth positions are always changing. Sometimes it is very subtle, other times it can be more dramatic. Wear your retainer if you want to avoid or limit tooth movement. ...Read more

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1-2 sq.ft of black (toxic?) and fuzzy white mold on carpeting next to 5 y.o. child bed for 1-2 months. Should we worry? Already removed after found.

1-2 sq.ft of black (toxic?) and fuzzy white mold on carpeting next to 5 y.o. child bed for 1-2 months. Should we worry? Already removed after found.

Doubt it: Of the dozens of dark/black molds only one is considered toxic and it is fairly uncommon. Lab testing could confirm the strain.If it is gone, there is no specific reason to worry. ...Read more

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Head lice 6 mos. ago. Got rid w/metal nit comb/conditioner every 3 days, 2 weeks. Did all the combing induce some hair loss i now see 6 mos later?

Head lice 6 mos. ago. Got rid w/metal nit comb/conditioner every 3 days, 2 weeks. Did all the combing induce some hair loss i now see 6 mos later?

Not really: There are several really good chemical "cures" for head lice. Many are readily available OTC. There is a normal degree of hair loss as one gets older. You can speak to a dermatologist about your degree of hair loss if it really disturbs you enough. ...Read more

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Armpits itchy like crazy after applying Certain Dri for the first time. Before bed, 20m after shower. Can't sleep. Is it supposed to itch???

Armpits itchy like crazy after applying Certain Dri for the first time. Before bed, 20m after shower. 
Can't sleep. Is it supposed to itch???

Wash it off: Most likely you are reacting to something in it. Wash it off and apply moisturizing lotion. Consider 1% hydrocortisone cream if itching continues. ...Read more

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I had 3 moles removed & they are healing well, but I'm having a reaction to the bandage adhesive. It's making my skin red & itchy, any alternative?

I had 3 moles removed & they are healing well, but I'm having a reaction to the bandage adhesive. It's making my skin red & itchy, any  alternative?

Bandage Reaction: Reaction to tapes applied over incisions is not oncommon. When it happens, you simply need to remove the tapes and clean the area. The irritation will resolve in time. ...Read more

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All first molars extracted for braces 6 days ago...visible blood clots in all but 1. It's a yellowish/white film over the extraction, is it okay?

All first molars extracted for braces 6 days ago...visible blood clots in all but 1. It's a yellowish/white film over the extraction, is it okay?

Seems Normal: Since you did not mention any pain or swelling, all should be fine. If you are concerned, however, you can always visit your surgeon for a follow up appointment. ...Read more

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Can anything be done for vicryl allergy (medication, treatment)? My whole body swells up as each stitch surfaces - 1 yr later - w/60 stitches to go!

Can anything be done for vicryl allergy (medication, treatment)? My whole body swells up as each stitch surfaces - 1 yr later - w/60 stitches to go!

Ask your: surgeon if he can surgically remove the remaining sutures and replace them with sutures that are made of another less reactive material. That is if you are SURE that you are truly intolerant of Vicryl, which is pretty rare. ...Read more

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I Used elmers craft bond spay adhesive for about 45 minutes at 5 weeks pregnant. Will the fumes harm my baby?

 I Used elmers craft bond spay adhesive  for about 45 minutes  at  5 weeks pregnant. Will the fumes harm my baby?

Sounds fine: Sounds fine, as long as there was good air ventilation, and one was not intentionally inhaling glue fumes to get high. However, if one wants to be extra safe, just postpone any projects involving VOLATILE compounds until after the baby is born. ...Read more

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Do chicken pox scar go away? I had them 3 weeks ago, at the age of 16. And scabs fell out. And scars seem to be still visible all over my body.

Do chicken pox scar go away? I had them 3 weeks ago, at the age of 16. And scabs fell out. And scars seem to be still visible all over my body.

Scars typically fade: It is not uncommon to experience scars immediately after having chicken pox. However these usually fade or become less visible in subsequent months. ...Read more

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6 days post op from gallbladder removal. They used skin glue to hold the incisions together. The glue is peeling off, is it ok?

6 days post op from gallbladder removal. They used skin glue to hold the incisions together. The glue is peeling off, is it ok?

Yes: yes it is ok, simply do not try to peel it yourself. your wound is healed by now any problem, always check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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8 weeks post op hysterectomy everything but ovaries. Breasts swell and hurt ALL THE TIME. Not just with ovulation. Normal? Permanent? Why??!

8 weeks post op hysterectomy everything but ovaries. Breasts swell and hurt ALL THE TIME. Not just with ovulation. Normal? Permanent? Why??!

Contact your surgeon: Even though your ovaries are still present, the amount of circulating hormone may be disproportionate with estrogen only being secreted. This happens when ovulation is not ongoing and able to produce progesterone to balance the "equation" resulting in breast swelling. Contact your GYN surgeon and find out what is going on in your case. ...Read more

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I had all 4 wisdom teeth taken out 8 days ago, 2 impacted, 1 half and the other fully exposed- for the last 3 days i've had terrible earaches. Normal?

I had all 4 wisdom teeth taken out 8 days ago, 2 impacted, 1 half and the other fully exposed- for the last 3 days i've had terrible earaches. Normal?

Possible Dry Socket: Contact your dentist or oral surgeon who removed the teeth to determine if this could be normal discomfort or a dry socket. A dry socket may occur if the initial blood clot was lost. This can occur if you smoke or drink from a straw. The strong negative pressure caused by the "sucking" on the cigarette or straw, can pull the clot loose. ...Read more

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