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Should I be worried about a smallpox outbreak?

Should I be worried about a smallpox outbreak?

NO !: Small pox has been totally eradicated from the world. The virus may (?) exist in research setting but an outbreak is impossible. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Smallpox (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by viruses variola major and variola minor that was a significant cause of death before ...Read more


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Should I be worried about a parvovirus infection?

Should I be worried about a parvovirus infection?

No: In general this infection, causing fifth's disease, in children is mild and is uncommon in adults but can cause complications in pregnant women, people with sickle cell anemia or immune deficiency. ...Read more

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I recently had shingles, should I be worried about measles, age:62?

I recently had shingles, should I be worried about measles, age:62?

Measles: These are two very different conditions. There is no epidemic of measles among the elderly in america. And, given your age you are more than likely to be fully immunized if you grew up here in the United States. Why the concern? ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about a new mole that developed during pregnancy?

Should i be concerned about a new mole that developed during pregnancy?

Maybe: It is common for moles to change during pregnancy. The best this to do it get it checked out, and relieve your concern. :). ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a rabbit bite?

Should I be concerned about a rabbit bite?

Yes see a MD now: Depending on the severity of the bite, if it broke the skin and has possibly damaged any structures, you should see a doctor. Bites on certain sites on the body are more dangerous. Wash the bite site with soap and water and keep clean. Watch the wound, if it develops the cardinal signs of infection, warmth, swelling, pain, or has any drainage, you need to seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a tick bite?

Should I be concerned about a tick bite?

Often not: Have you developed a rash in the area? Redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, warmth, or drainage? Any generalized body symptoms? ...Read more

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I am 19 weeks pregnant. A co-worker has shingles. I've had chicken pox as a kid, but should I be worried to be around her?

I am 19 weeks pregnant.  A co-worker has shingles.  I've had chicken pox as a kid, but should I be worried to be around her?

No: If u had the chickenpox as a child you should be immune. You can ask your OB or primary to check your titer levels to be certain. ...Read more

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I have herpes type one should I be worried about touching my vaginal area in getting it that way or I have none to worrie about ????

I have herpes type one should I be worried about touching my vaginal area in getting it that way or I have none to worrie about ????

No worries: Transfer of HSV to a new site (autoinoculation) sometimes occurs during an initial HSV infection, but almost never with longstanding infections. With oral herpes more than 3 mo, the risk is near zero. Don't push your luck: during an oral HSV1 outbreak, wash hands frequently and avoid rubbing your eyes and vigorous genital contact (e.g. scratching). But even if you forget, really no risk. ...Read more

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My daughter will be 6 weeks & I'am freaking about all her vaccinations. Is there anything I should be worried about especially with Dtap vaccine?

My daughter will be 6 weeks & I'am freaking about all her vaccinations. Is there anything I should be worried about especially with Dtap vaccine?

Risk/benefit : Its best for the baby to be a protected.Congrats on vaccinating your baby and keeping your family safe! Babies can get local swelling, redness, and fever with the dtp vaccine, specifically. This pales in comparison to the risk of not getting dtp, babies are dying from pertussis nationally due to a drop in vaccine rates! http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/outbreaks/trends.html ...Read more

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Should I be worried about blood pressure 127/87? I was worried/nervous about a particular matter at that time. 6 months ago, it was 119/76.

Should I be worried about blood pressure 127/87? I was worried/nervous about a particular matter at that time.  6 months ago, it was 119/76.

No: no need to worry not to over react to an isolated BP reading. Recheck another time and occasionally thereafter as u r young. Your BP 6 months ago was perfect. Ideal is 120/80 or less FYI. Stress, anxiety and variation in diet (a particularly salty mea) all can elevate BP. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about mold after a hurricane?

Should I be concerned about mold after a hurricane?

Mold Risks/Hurricane: Yes!
After Hurricanes, excess moisture and standing water contribute to growth of mold.
People sensitive to mold may experience
• Stuffy nose
Irritated eyes
Wheezing
Skin irritation
• People allergic to mold may have difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath.
• People with weakened immune systems and with obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I have a rash that developed from what I believe to be a spider bite?

Should I be worried if I have a rash that developed from what I believe to be a spider bite?

Yes and no: This all depends on how long it was since you had the bite, is the rash warm, painful or expanding? These are usually signs to worry about regardless of an insect bite or not. ...Read more

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Should i be worried about genital warts in late pregnancy?

Should i be worried about genital warts in late pregnancy?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Should I be worried that a newly found pilonidal cyst has been bleeding for about a week, should I seek medical attention immediately?

Should I be worried that a newly found pilonidal cyst has been bleeding for about a week, should I seek medical attention immediately?

This doesn't sound: like an emergency, but I would recommend you call the doctor who is seeing you for the cyst and be seen in the next few days. ...Read more

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I was exposed to woman born with hiv, should I be concerned?

I was exposed to woman born with hiv, should I be concerned?

What kind of xposure: Hiv transmission varies by type of exposure. Sexually it has been reported for men to women approx 4:1 and women to men 20:1. For sharing needles with blood exposure 0.3% risk with each. Deep kissing only has transmission been reported with deep kissing in the presence or oral lesions. Blood spill on skin with no cuts very low. Casual contact, hugging, kissing, sharing utensils, nil. ...Read more

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I live in hawaii, should I be more worried about possible tetanus contraction?

I live in hawaii, should I be more worried about possible tetanus contraction?

No matter where you : Live, being adequately immunized with the tetanus/diphtheria vaccine will prevent tetanus no matter what state you live in. ...Read more

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I had a POSSIBLE rabies exposure about 5-7 months ago. A bat flew in my face. I don't believe i was bitten. Should i get a vaccine now? Is there risk

I had a POSSIBLE rabies exposure about 5-7 months ago. A bat flew in my face. I don't believe i was bitten. Should i get  a vaccine now? Is there risk

It is possible you: are thinking of rabies IMMUNE GLOBULIN which, when started soon after a bite, reduces chance of infection. So you wouldn't consider this now. BUT if you do have the chance of regular exposure to bats or other rabies carrying animals, consider the rabies VACCINE now for prevention in case of future bites/exposures. Stay well:) ...Read more