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Is it dangerous to lick the envelopes to seal them, given out at public banks?

Is it dangerous to lick the envelopes to seal them, given out at public banks?

Licking envelopes: The biggest risk is generally just a paper cut to your tongue, which does hurt a bit. ...Read more

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Why does my vp shunt set off the security detector alarms in the shops it does it everytime i walk through them?

Why does my vp shunt set off the security detector alarms in the shops it does it everytime i walk through them?

Something metallic?: Something of a metallic nature (or at least some detectable material by the sensors) is contained in your shunt. It's as simple as that. You could ask the surgeon who put it in if they can tell you exactly what the shunt is made of so that you have that information on hand in case you need it for another detector outside the country or somewhere a little more obscure to help in a pinch ...Read more

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Pacemaker implantation surgery question. Where do they poke the wires through to get them inside the heart?

Pacemaker implantation surgery question.  Where do they poke the wires through to get them inside the heart?

The veins.: The veins under the skin in the upper chest are accessed to place the pacemaker/icd leads. These are the axillary or cephalic veins. The leads are then guided by xray and advanced into the heart chambers. ...Read more

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Where should u place carbon monoxide detectors? Near sleeping areas, but near baseboard or up higher? I've read contradictory opinions when "Googling"

Where should u place carbon monoxide detectors? Near sleeping areas, but near baseboard or up higher? I've read contradictory opinions when "Googling"

Anywhere.: They may be placed anywhere. The density of CO is so close to that of air that it does not layer. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21536403 J Emerg Med. 2012 Apr;42(4):478-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2011.03.015. Epub 2011 May 4. ...Read more

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When does a new borns belly button go in once the umbilical cord falls out?

When does a new borns belly button go in once the umbilical cord falls out?

Innies and Outies: It may not ever "go in", that would be considered a normal variant. ...Read more

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When a child swallows a safety pin, where does it end up?

When a child swallows a safety pin, where does it end up?

Hopefully pin closed: Hopefully the safety pin was "closed" when swallowed, because it will end up in the child's gastrointestinal tract. It would be best to consult a physician or surgeon to see whether the pin needs to be removed surgically, or whether it can be allowed to pass with the child's stool. Please go to your nearest urgent care or emergency room. ...Read more

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Weird question but can sperm/semen enter a girls body through the belly button? Can anything go through belly?

Weird question but can sperm/semen enter a girls body through the belly button? Can anything go through belly?

It's covered by skin: The belly button is a well-healed old scar, and thus is covered with skin. The same things that can go through the skin on your flank or on your buttocks can also go through your belly button. A guy's belly button is the same as a girl's belly button. In the grand scheme of life, "nothing" gets through the belly button. ...Read more

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Trigger thumb.Hurts cont ,very bad when bend shooting pain into hand. Can't wear brace at work so taped thumb so it can't bend. Will this help?

Trigger thumb.Hurts cont ,very bad when bend shooting pain into hand. Can't wear brace at work so taped thumb so it can't bend. Will this help?

Probably not: Trigger thumbs and fingers ( a1 pulley 'nodular tenosynovitis') may respond to an injection of steroid occasionally .... If painful and persistent locking continue A1 pulley release surgically is treatment of choice. Taping will likely be of little benefit . Best of Luck! ...Read more

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When they drill the infected mastoid bone out, does it grow back?

When they drill the infected mastoid bone out, does it grow back?

Mastoidectomy: No, when you have a mastoidectomy for chronic mastoiditis, the bone does not grow back. The purpose is to drill out and remove the chronically infected bone and to have it heal with no more infection. ...Read more

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The disposable stiches after septoplasty feel so tight and painful at 6 days post op.When will they loosen.It really hurts still.Just want to cry?

The disposable stiches after septoplasty feel so tight and painful at 6 days post op.When will they loosen.It really hurts still.Just want to cry?

Painful septoplasty: Sorry to hear that you are experiencing such pain after your septoplasty procedure. Please call your surgeon to schedule an asap appointment so that they can take a look at these sutures, and your septum specifically. ...Read more

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My ribs stick out, at front of rib cage they go up like in an upside down V, they stick out at just before the point of the 'V' , leaving 2 lumps ?

Variant: Flaring out of the lower anterior rib cage is not rare or pathological especially if it's symmetrical involving both sides. I would consider it a normal variant. If you still have concerns, consult your physician. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in bellybutton extending to vagina. Not able to stand straight without it hurting. Almost like there's a string pulling attached to both?

Sharp pain in bellybutton extending to vagina.  Not able to stand straight without it hurting. Almost like there's  a string pulling attached  to both?

Many possibilities: If this is persistent and not transient, you need to have it evaluated. It could be one of several things including a uterine infection, problems with your bowels, an ovarian cyst, etc. You would need some tests to figure it out. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Sealed an antique that had lead paint on it. Left in open garage to dry. Didn't realize kids went out into garage to play. Didn't touch it. Worry?

Sealed an antique that had lead paint on it. Left in open garage to dry. Didn't  realize kids went out into garage to play. Didn't touch it. Worry?

No need to worry: Lead paint is hazardous only if it is ingested; it has a tendency to flake and sometimes kids eat the flakes. Sometimes dust from lead paint can cause problems too but sealing it should prevent it from creating dust and chips. No danger from lead from your kids playing in the garage; the only hazard might be slight toxicity if the sealant had high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds. ...Read more

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Why would a child's sternum hurt when doing push ups?

Why would a child's sternum hurt when doing push ups?

Pec Muscles: The chest muscles are being worked with push ups which could be causing some pulling on the joint where the ribs/sternum come together which can cause pain. If it continues then i would recommend you find a do who can do manipulation and see if manipulating the ribcage will help the pain. ...Read more

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At what point does fluid in the lungs become deadly to you at 88?

At what point does fluid in the lungs become deadly to you at 88?

Get examined!: Persons who are 88 vary widely in their overall medical condition. What some persons can easily tolerate can be devastating in others. A complete evaluation is essential. There are many causes for such fluid that your physician will carefully weigh. ...Read more

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Is the belly button connected to anything?

Is the belly button connected to anything?

Umbilicus: The navel or umbilicus is the location where the umbilical cord was once attached. There is normally a depression of the abdominal muscles with surrounding fascia in the area of the umbilicus. ...Read more