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Seek Medical Attention
Need more details: For us to offer you advice, you have to explain what symptoms are bothering you. Try to be specific if you can. ...Read more
Not likely: The majority (>90%) of recluse bites cause little tissue damage and do not need medical attention. Watch the bite site--if you notice the site becoming increasingly red, the formation of a brown eschar or increasing pain, do seek treatment. ...Read more
Yes: If a cat bite breaks the skin there is significant risk for infection. Clean the wound first, and call your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Yes unusual bloody discharge, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more
That depends: A centipede pinches the skin with hollowed legs that inject venom. This will leave 2 puncture wounds w pain, redness ; swelling. This pain usually resolves within several hours to several days. However, if you experience headache, dizziness, palpitations, nausea, swollen lymph nodes, increased blood pressure or significant tissue damage than you need to obtain medical attention. Deaths possibly. ...Read more
Can't drink fluids:
If you have mild dehydration, oral hydration is best. However if you cannot tolerate oral fluids or have persistent vomiting you may need IV hydration. WHO REHYDRATION : 3/8 tsp salt (sodium chloride)
¼ tsp Morton® Salt Substitute® (potassium chloride) often called Lite Salt
½ tsp baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) mix above to one liter with water and sip ...Read more
If a person has a cyts or a tumor nd if it canerous can they go two years without seeking medical attention?
Whoa: Don't delay treatment for a possible cancer. Some are extremely slow-growing, some are certain to kill if neglected for two years, but all need to be addressed quickly. Our health care system is sickeningly dysfunctional but it should be possible to get you seen, perhaps at a big-city med school. I'm sorry the question arose & I wish you the best. ...Read more
I was bitten by a spider on Wednesday and the wound is inflamed I would just like to know from the bite if I should seek medical attention?
Yes: Depending on the type of spider that bit you could be serious. Sounds like you may be coming infected now go to doctor for evaluation ...Read more
I have been dealing with dehydration for 5 months. I've been unable to seek medical attention. What can I do at home to ease the symptoms?
Family practice: Why are you dehydrated. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Drink gator aid but you need to find out the cause. ...Read more
Common but important: Atrial fibrillation is common affecting 10% of people by age 70 and increasing in frequency with age. If certain risk factors are present, it can be an important and preventable cause of stroke. Certain conditions such as high blood pressure, thyroid excess, and mitral valve disorders cause af and need treatment. Thus, everyone with af should undergo a full evaluation at least once. ...Read more
Might help: No one "has" to seek medical attention; and, at your age, new-onset adhd is highly unlikely. However, if you are having problems of some sort, seeking out professional services to diagnose the problem and recommend treatment would make a lot of sense. Start with your primary care doctor. ...Read more
It feels like there are pins poking my back. What causes this? Is it worth seeking medical attention?
If bothersome; YES: If your symptoms are still bothersome to you after you've tried the normal standard types of procedures or OTC medications for such problems and if your symptoms are interfering with your daily life, especially work and/or school then, I think it's worth a doctor's visit. If you'd like to use my KEY CODE of PDXFNR for a private 1-1 online consultation I'm happy to help. ...Read more
Great pain; crooked: Treatment for a jammed finger includes: rest, cold packs, & elevating that hand up to the chest. Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) for 3 days helps reduce the swelling & pain. One can "buddy splint" by taping the injured finger to the finger next to it for a few days. If the pain is severe, the finger crooked, or the range of motion significantly decreased, a primary or orthopedic doctor can evaluate & do an x-ray. ...Read more
Depending how close you are and how big an explosion.
If you are 1 mile away not unless you have complaints ...Read more
Depends: On the strength. You can call the poison control center to check. If it is 5/325mg you may be tired or dizzy. ...Read more
Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more
Depends: If the migraines are severe or occuring frequent and interfering with your normal activities, I would recommend seeking medical attention. ...Read more
A few hours: Certainly anything more than a few hours would warrant evaluation, especially if there is severe associated pain. No reason to endure discomfort/pain for any longer thatn that. ...Read more