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Should I Be Worried About A Smallpox Outbreak
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
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 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After Hurricanes, excess moisture and standing water contribute to growth of mold.
People sensitive to mold may experience
• Stuffy nose
• Irritated eyes
• 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
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
Should I be worried that a newly found pilonidal cyst has been bleeding for about a week, should I seek medical attention immediately?
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
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
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