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Photosensitivity: Some people are sensitive to sunlight and develop what we call a photosensitivity dermatitis. I attached a link below re this condition. Is Sean on any meds? Several meds and classes of meds are associated with developing photosensitivity rash as well. Hope this helps. Best of luck http://dermnetnz. Org/reactions/photosensitivity. Html ...Read more
Hi there, Does regular use of sleeping pills have any negative long-term or short-term effects? Thanks, Sean Are Sleeping Pills Okay?
You may become physically or psychologically dependent. Many medications for sleep, including OTC ones, can impair normal sleep stage progression leading to less restful/rejuvenating sleep.
There can be a role for chronic use in sleep disorders and if a related mental disorder is improved with adequate sleep. Make your Dr. Aware of your use of all substances including over the counter ones. ...Read more
Sean is 7 has fever, achy, chest congestion ans runny nose. Cough also rapid heart beat. We gave him OTC meds should we go to er?
Asthma Pneumonia: If he has a past history of asthma treated with Singlair, the that would be a good plan. Mild asthma can progress rapidly into something much worse sometimes without treatment. Does he have a nebulizer with albuterol available at home? Is he short of breath or breathing fast? Can he talk without breathing in between words of a sentence? It may be better to be seen by a physician now. ...Read more
Libido Too Low: This common problem is usually related to fatigue, depression, or stress for someone your age. The mental health component of erections and sexual desire is very powerful. You may have to come to terms with what else is doing on in your life; you very well may have to do a blood test for thyroid levels. But, this does not have to be a permanent problem. ...Read more
Dxa = dual energy x-ray absorptiometry.
There are various units which can be used to measure bone density (for example heel units). The most common and probably most accurate is the test performed on a table. You are in the supine position on a table and a technologist will position you to acquire a low dose x-ray of various locations. Usually spine, hip, and radius regions are performed. ...Read more
Fetal health: CTG is cardiotocography, a device monitoring fetal heart rate and contractions during pregnancy. Also called electronic fetal monitor (EFM). Amniotic fluid index (AFI) is a measure of amount of amniotic fluid in cm. Determined by ultrasonography and is measure of fetal health. AFI normal values 8-18. ...Read more
Nt scan and sex:
NT is the ultrasound appearance of neck tissue in the first 3 months of a pregnancy. In a study of 56, 000 pts, for an unknown reason, the neck in females is about 10% thinner. Http://s3.amazonaws. Com/publicationslist. Org/data/kevinspencer1/ref-184/pnd2009_29_578_581.pdf
The measurement is to exclude Down's, not for sexing. Most reliable is to wait until you can see a penis later in the pregnancy. ...Read more
Health department?: You would need to call around and ask if they would see you without your ID. Identification is used for many reasons in medical offices and you would just need to call and ask if you could be seen without an ID. The local health department might see you without an ID but some offices might not be comfortable with this. ...Read more
Staging and planning:
Staging scans are typically done in setting of newly diagnosed cancer to determine the stage (1–4) of the cancer. The more advanced the stage the lower the long-term survival.
Planning scans are typically done by surgeons prior to an operation in order to determine anatomical layout and to plan the approach of the surgery. ...Read more
Possible with CCK: The hida scan itself should be pain free aside from the intravenous injection. If the scan was ordered with cck (cholecystokinin), a medication that stimulates the gallbladder to contract, then it is possible that gallbladder symptoms, if present, could be duplicated. ...Read more
Sand Fleas: There are a number of species of sand fleas. They have a tough outer shell (exoskeleton) with a barrel shape. The female can be a third of an inch to almost one and a half inches long. Males are much smaller ; cling to a female's legs. They are often seen on beaches during a high tide ; can be observed hopping about ; making a high pitched sound. At daytime they are usually buried in the sand. ...Read more
Infiltrate rt apex: Isolated filtrate in any part of lung is a shadow seen on xrays which normally is not there. Most of the infiltrates are due to infectious process like pnumonia, tuberculosis or other infections. Some times you need more images and cat scan to define the shadow if it does not clear with standard therapy. ...Read more
Difficult: To answer. Why are you getting scans (to assess response to treatment, determine change over time)? Are these ct or possibly pet/ct scans? The healthcare provider who has ordered scans before is in the best position to answer your question. ...Read more
Kidneys: Unlikely for two reasons. The kidneys are covered in a tough capsule that would prevent them from swelling by very much. The other thing is that the kidneys are actually not in the abdomen but rather behind it and so do not have contact with the intestines. ...Read more
Persistence: Children often will challenge family rules and guidelines. Simply not driving the car while he is unbuckled or after he undoes his buckle/car seat can be very effective. Some children are particularly adept at 'escaping' from car seats/seat belts. Simply pull over, calmly ask the child to get back in, and check to ensure everything is snug. Staying calm, but firm takes the 'sport' out of it. ...Read more
Not worrisome: The airline fares limit the socioeconomic background of your fellow flyers which limits the risk of catching anything from a toilet seat (rare anyway). From an esthetic standpoint, you can use toweling supplied in the lavatory to wet and wipe and then dry and wipe. If this is a serious issue for you, you should carry a small supply of wet wipes or alcohol wipes with you to do this task. ...Read more
A rectocoele: Is a weakening of the muscular wall between the rectum and vagina, usually caused by thinning if the muscle layers due to multiple vaginal deliveries. Mild to moderate rectocoeles can be managed with diet and fluid but more symptomatic ones require surgery with reconstruction of the muscular wall anatomically or with mesh. See a colon and rectal surgeon or a urogynecologist specializing in treatin. ...Read more
Wrong site: The public HT site is for general medical information. Questions (by the thousands) are presented at random to thousands of docs that visit the site daily. We have no access to any uploads, scans, labs you may have and your questions are not linked. There is a paid concierge service that has some of those capabilities. Read site info if interested. ...Read more
Oh my!: This is about as far from the topic of medicine as you can get. Try another site. ...Read more