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Should I be worried about an erection that has lasted for more than 7 hours?

Should I be worried about an erection that has lasted for more than 7 hours?

Yes: Absolutely worry. The penis can get irreversible damage if an erection goes on for even 4 hours. This requires immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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An erection refers to the stiff or erect penis. An erection that is " normal" means that it is ...Read more


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I've had orange stools for more than six months with no other identifiable symptoms. Is this something I should be concerned about?

I've had orange stools for more than six months with no other identifiable symptoms. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Stool change: Foods that can cause orange stools: sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, cilantro, thyme, kale, spinach, turnip greens & collards. Artificial food coloring & some meds (antacids) are other reasons. Inadequate bile, gallstones, blocked bile ducts, irritable bowel & diarrhea are possibilities especially with symptoms like diarrhea, constipation or abd.Discomfort. Stooling change warrants eval. ...Read more

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Is it normal for one leg to be 1" - 1.5" longer than the other? And should I see a doctor about it?

Is it normal for one leg to be 1" - 1.5" longer than the other? And should I see a doctor about it?

See your doctor: Leg length discrepancy should be evaluated by your doctor. If one leg is longer than the other, it can lead to hip or back pain due to an uneven gait. An orthotic shoe insert may help. In other cases, surgical correction may be needed. Have your doctor evaluate you and determine the best course of action. ...Read more

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I've had light green diarrhea for about a week now. There is no pain, but I have to use the restroom more than 3 times a day. Should i be concerned?

I've had light green diarrhea for about a week now. There is no pain, but I have to use the restroom more than 3 times a day. Should i be concerned?

Yes: 1 week is getting long for a common type of viral illness that can cause diarrhea, and you become more at risk of getting dehydrated and acquiring electrolyte abnormalities with chronic diarrhea. See a dr. For an evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I left a tampon in for approx 36 hours. I have no symptoms or adverse reactions, but should I be concerned about TSS at this point?

I left a tampon in for approx 36 hours. I have no symptoms or adverse reactions, but should I be concerned about TSS at this point?

Always a concern: Toxic shock syndrome is always a concern, as bacteria love to grow on blood culture media such as a tampon.However 36 hours is usually not enough time for that growth to allow symptoms to appear which include unexplained fever, malaise, or abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about having diarrhea more than three times a week ?

Should I be concerned about having diarrhea more than three times a week ?

Get it checked: May be something, may be nothing. Could be irritable bowel, could be parasites, celiac sprue, inflammatory bowel, tumors, hormones, etc. See your doc. ...Read more

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What should be done about diarrhea that lasts for more then a week?

What should be done about diarrhea that lasts for more then a week?

See your doc: See your doctor to evaluate your stools for parasites or infections. In the meantime increase your fiber intake and simplify your foods. Brat diet (bananas, rice, apples and toast). ...Read more

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My 3 year old has bright green poop. Should I be concerned if it lasts more than a few days?

My 3 year old has bright green poop. Should I be concerned if it lasts more than a few days?

Maybe.: Color change in stools can be the result of many things: diet, illnesses, and then the last category: who knows. Sometimes a kid's stool changes color for a week or two then changes back, and the kid is just fine. If your child has a fever or looks really uncomfortable, stomach pain, vomiting, etc. Then see your doctor. Otherwise, it's not urgent and give it another week. ...Read more

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My 7 yo has been having nausea for about two weeks had vomiting one day about a week ago. He's a bit anxious by nature. Not sure what to do.

My 7 yo has been having nausea for about two weeks had vomiting one day about a week ago. He's a bit anxious by nature. Not sure what to do.

Follow up needed: Nausea can be caused by a number of different conditions. If there is any abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, dehydration, balance problems, please see you doctor right away. If he has heartburn, then he may need an antacid to control his symptoms. Since there are many possible explanations, it is best to follow up with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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If i had an erection for longer than 4 hours, should I call a doctor?

If i had an erection for longer than 4 hours, should I call a doctor?

Common sense: If it's persistent and non-pleasurable, and the head and part along the bottom aren't hard like the rest, it's priapism and a medical emergency -- get seen at once. If you've just gotten all excited and haven't climaxed after four yours, see if you can do something about the latter, and only get seen if the situation is intractable and/or clearly not normal. ...Read more

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Would it be unusual or concerning for my boyfriend to have one testicle about 10x bigger than the other?

Would it be unusual or concerning for my boyfriend to have one testicle about 10x bigger than the other?

No: While this is not "normal" it may be a relatively benign cause. A simple exam by a urologist would be in order to rule out any concerning causes, especially if this has developed over a relatively short time. ...Read more

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D&c 5w g abortion last sat still bleeding even more than my menses,i am medical student and learned that it should be spotting for few days is it norm?

D&c 5w g abortion last sat still bleeding even more than my menses,i am medical student and learned that it should be spotting for few days is it norm?

Depends: You can have ongoing bleeding for three to four weeks it is abnormal if you are soaking through a pad every hour also, if you develop severe pain or fever, that is abnormal if the bleeding persists, there may be pregnancy tissue left behind in the uterus ...Read more

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Is diarrhea for a couple of weeks something to be concerned about (maybe 2-3 bm's/day)?

Is diarrhea for a couple of weeks something to be concerned about (maybe 2-3 bm's/day)?

Not having diarrhea: Normal bowel frequency varies from 3 movements/ day to one movement every 3 to 4 days. Stool consistency, measured by bristol stool scale, varies from normal (4), hard (1-3), soft (5-7). Stool frequency you describe does not meet the medical definition of diarrhea. Perhaps you have a change in stool texure, urgency, or volume? Report accompanying symptoms (blood, tenderness, fever) to your doctor. ...Read more

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I am urinating for more than four times in a hour, what would be the problem?

I am urinating for more than four times in a hour, what would be the problem?

Needs a check: You need to check for infection, high blood sugar (diabetes), prostate problem, effect of medicine. Check with your doctor please ...Read more

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I've had nasal dryness for about 6 months now, every day! Is this something I should be concerned about? Could this be a serious issue?

I've had nasal dryness for about 6 months now, every day! Is this something I should be concerned about? Could this be a serious issue?

Dry nose: You should see an ENT doctor to evaluate your condition. Did you have pervious nasal surgery or using nasal spray for allergy? Saline nasal gel spray may help. ...Read more

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I've been bleeding for three weeks now an have been going through pads every ten minutes is this normal or should I be worried?

I've been bleeding for three weeks now an have been going through pads every ten minutes is this normal or should I be worried?

You should : See your gyn as soon as possible. If you have really been changing pads every ten minutes for 3 weeks, you also should consider going to the er because your blood count is probably very low. ...Read more