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How come it that these new school doctors are telling the young girls not to give the babies water?
Misinformation: Breast milk is 75% water and formula is 50% water so somehow the notion that infants do not need extra water got born. They do not need much- 1-2 oz a day to flush the system. Too much water is empty calories and can fill them up and reduce their milk intake...So a little water is fine. ...Read more
Hi I have a fever of 101 my glands have white spots on them and I have a bad ear infection according yo my school doctor. What should I be taking? Tks
Didn't they treat?: If you have seen a doctor and these things were described, it seems likely that further testing and suggestions for treatment would have been offered. If not, see your family doctor. This could be strep throat, infectious mononucleosis, or half a dozen other illnesses. ...Read more
I have tonsillitis but on my medical form that I had to fill out for school the doctor wrote acute tonsillitis. What does that mean?
Brief & severe: An acute illness is one that is brief and severe. In the case of tonsillitis it means that it bothers you alot but if properly treated with antibiotics will heal and go away. A chronic illness is one that has long term duration. Chronic tonsillitis does not resolve with antibiotics and usually requires removal of the tonsils. ...Read more
What do you think on when it comes to women having control of ther body when it comes to abortion im doing this for a debate class at school and a doctor is a trusted proffesional
Doctors may be trusted professionals, but they are by no means unified in their opinions on this topic. Like the rest of the country, the medical community includes people who very strongly align themselves with one side or the other of the debate.
What may be different when you talk to doctors about abortion is their tendency to use scientific rather than religious arguments to justify their positions (though many doctors are extremely religious).
On the one side, some doctors will point out that a fertilized egg is just a cluster of undifferentiated cells that would be completely unable to survive on its own. Furthermore, they will point out that many fertilized eggs fail to implant regardless of any action taken by a doctor or patient, so making that happen on purpose (by use of an iud or the morning after pill, for instance), is not very different from nature taking its own course. As the pregnancy gets established, these arguments become invalid, but those who support abortion--especially when the mother's physical or mental health are at risk--feel that forcing her to carry a pregnancy despite those risks unreasonably favors a potential future person at the cost of injuring an already-existing person. In some cases, continuing a pregnancy guarantees that both mother and fetus will die, and it can certainly be argued that that outcome serves no good.
On the other hand, it is a fact that the cluster of cells created by the pairing of an egg and sperm has a unique package of dna that--some would argue--qualifies it as an individual human being. The individual cells are certainly alive, even if they are not yet identifiable as a person that has a life of its own. Following that logic, it is hard to justify doing anything that would prevent the unique genetic mix from reaching its full potential to develop into a baby that can and will survive on its own. Some people have therefore argued that using iuds and morning after pills--which prevent implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterus--are the moral equivalent of murder. Even those who feel differently about the fist few days of pregnancy may feel that taking more aggressive action to remove a pregnancy once it has implanted is inappropriate. ...Read more
Glue ear and retracted ear drum very uncomfy... Can I go swimming and diving? School health center doctor said steroid nose inhaler would help??
Prior ear infections:
Glued/retracted eardrum? One side? Did you have history of multiple ear infections when you were a baby? Nasal steroid spray can help with allergies symptoms including runny nose or nasal congestion. I am uncertain whether it can help with retracted eardrum. Since you are uncomfortable, something should be done. OTC Claritin D or Zyrtec-D may help. If persistent, consult doc.
Good luck. ...Read more
Personality: Your personality is more important than your GPA as long as it is above a 3.5 ...Read more
How important is what you learn in high school to become a doctor? I can graduate early but wouldn't taking more classes make me more knowledgeable?
Life Experience: The best thing you can do to prepare for a medical career it to have passion for things and to get life experience. It is not just about school. Explore the things that interest you; meet new people; learn to listen well; find people different than you and learn to hear their stories and their pain. Have goals and accomplish them. ...Read more
Doctors please, school is about to start here in Saudi Arabia, and I over-plucked my eyebrows, what can I do to speed up the growth of my eyebrow hair?
Nothing: Unfortunately, nothing. Give it time to grow back. ...Read more
I'm having microfracture knee surgery on my right knee next week; and I have to drive to school myself. Can my doctor to clear me to drive super early?
Driving: Not a good idea until able to weight bear just in case you would need to brake suddenly. This is a safety issue. What if you could not avoid an accident because you were unable to respond suddenly and brake. What if you we hurt seriously or if you seriously hurt someone else? Is that worth the risk? Doubt the doctor thinks so. ...Read more
I had cartolige symptoms in high school and now my doctor says I will need a knee replacement if I keep running. Is this true?
Knee Cartilage: If you had cartilage removal surgery 10, 20 or even 30 years ago, its very likely you will develop a degree of arthritis in your knee. High impact activities (running/jumping) hasten the demise of this joint surface possibly leading to the need for joint replacement. Weight control, dietary modifications, and a low-impact cardio program with periodic steroid injections to manage symptoms. ...Read more
Possibly: If your daughter is being treated with antibiotics and the infection is getting better, she may not be contagious. It's best to discuss this with the treating physician who diagnosed and advised treatment for this. ...Read more
Is it possible that advanced nurse with wealth of experience knows more than a novice doc or old school doc?
Yes: Many nurses, nurse practitioners and physician's assistants are extremely talented medical practitioners, despite their different training from doctors. After basic medical training a lot depends on the personality of the care giver and their continuing medical education. I am very impressed by the competence and knowledge of some nurses, np's and pa's. ...Read more
My mam wants to tell my school about my mental health issues. Have been struggling over a year and doctors feel they need to know. Don't want them to?
I hear you: Its a problem. But dude if you love your parents and want help you have to let them know. You need to have them on your team so that can be a part of the solution ...Read more
Is the mcat hard to pass? I am doing a career report for school and I need to interview a doctor.
MCAT: Any exam can be either hard or easy, depending on how prepared you are to take the exam. ...Read more
What is the hardest type of doctor and why. Also how many years do they have to go to school for?
Depends on you!: Every doctor goes to medical school for a period of four years after undergraduate school. Then, there's residency - and that can take anywhere from 3 to 6 years, plus advanced fellowships beyond this for further specialization. But what's hard for one person may be easy for another. It often boils down to personal "fit.". ...Read more
What would be an effective way to communicate to my doctor that I'm not ready to go back to school?
Not ready for school: You should make an appointment with yoiur doctor and suggest you may need more time than a usual follow up appointment. Then be straight forward with yoiu feelings. ...Read more
Do all doctors know how to tell which drug combinations are safe or not. If so, is that taught in medical school?
They should. Yes.: Too many medications to know by heart. Doctors usually learn the most common medications by heart. They are able to look up the rest in books or apps. ...Read more
What is the doctors opinion about a child crying and felling afraid from entering the school class for 3weeks in psychology?
Anxiety: While it is not "normal" to feel that way, it certainly does happen. It is a real fear that should not be belittled, punished, or the child should not be forced to go to the class with these fears. This child needs help. There is a reason whether it is real or imagined, it is real to the child. School counselors, parents, physicians must be involved at first. Then likely a physician and therapist. ...Read more
What were your grades when you were in school? I want to be a doctor I have a's and b's I want to know if I am on the right rack
Sounds like you are: On the right track. Good grades are important, especially in the sciences. It's also important to get some experience in the health field, volunteer in a hospital, work summers in a nursing home etc. Finally, have fun and enjoy your life. Play sports, join a band, participate in clubs. Don't study ALL the time. Good luck in your journey. It's a long path but a fun and rewarding one. ...Read more
Hi doctors, can you tell me what is scoliosis and what does it mean when on your childs school exam it says "positive" at scoliosis?
Curve of spine: Scoliosis is curvature of spine. Curvature sometimes can be found on physical exam at schools. Then child should be examined by orthopedic surgeon with radiographic examination for assessment of severity of scoliosis. Some curves mild and do not progress. Other curves can become severe enough to require surgery and spinal fusion with metal rods. ...Read more
Dear doctors, I have had the pfeiffer disease for over 8 months now and I have school starting in september. Is it wise to rest until I am better?
School and mono: While rest is fine until you feel well, as long as you are able to study yet still get adequate rest, it should be fine to start. However, 8 months is a long time for such cases to last. A search for other infectious or blood related illness may be in order. ...Read more
I'm really busy a lot at wk and my son is 17 and drives. Can he take himself to the doctor when he's sick home from school? And use our insurance?
Depends: Most 17 year olds have temporary illnesses that will spontaneously clear with time and reasonable supportive care. If your son has a problem requiring a doctor visit than you will likely want to accompany him to find out and give assistance. You might want to call your doctor and see what he/she thinks about the need for an office visit. ...Read more
Will I have time to be an athlete and be a med school student? Want to eventually be a pro athlete as well as be a doctor I love both can't chose one
Hi Doc, When ever my kid cries in school he is facing issues of headache. I am not sure what we can do? He is just 6 years old? Is there any remed
Headaches: Please see you child's Pediatric Provider.Get a more detailed answer ›
As many AP classes: As possible! Especially in biology ; chemistry. Physics ; calc are helpful also. Be well rounded! Continue art or music if you excel! Volunteer at a hospital, join your medical explorers group. Business would be helpful if you might want to own your own practice someday! Get involved in community service! Write everything that you do, or are awarded from the beginning of freshman year. ...Read more
8 after high school:
4 yrs college. Pre med
4yrs medical school
this achieves the M.D. Or D.O. Degree and the title of doctor
education then usually continues for specialty training. Internships, residencies, and fellowships. ...Read more
8+: In the USA medical schools require a 4-year bachelors degree. An MD degree then takes 4 years by itself. To become board certified MDs need another 3 to 7 years off post-graduate residency or fellowship training. ...Read more
Not sure of the Q: Health tap has physicians who review questions. I don't believe medical students are invited to participate. ...Read more
I really want to be a doctor (psych) but I worried about my grades, did you have straght as during school?
Not necessarily: Straight "a's" are not necessarily needed, but a true desire to assist others and curiosity & energy enough to want to study and learn, are. If you're only 18 you are either starting college or thinking about it -- and you can commit to working hard towards your goal. Get support and mentoring from trusted others, who are academically grounded and who listen well to you. Good luck to you. ...Read more