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Doctor insights on: Should People Buy And Use Enemas While Traveling In Other Countries

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Should people buy and use enemas while traveling in other countries?

Should people buy and use enemas while traveling in other countries?

Staying hydrated: while traveling could mean u can forget about those enemas entirely. It's quite common to become dehydrated and therefore at risk for being constipated while traveling. Try to drink alot of water, eat fruits/veggies with fiber, & try to move around to keep the body as regular as possible. Enemas are really the last resort of constipation treatment and hope u can find an easier way to deal with it. ...Read more

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Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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Can cosmetics from asia sold in france contain lead? Or should I wait and buy them back in the usa?

Can cosmetics from asia sold in france contain lead?  Or should I wait and buy them back in the usa?

It depends: If you just need a lipstick for your big night in paris, it probably won't harm you to buy a tube, but if you're planning to buy a gross to bring back to the states, you might want to reconsider. Even cosmetics bought in the usa may not be safe as not everything imported can be inspected and it's too easy to conceal the country of origin on some products. Bottom line, know your sources! ...Read more

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I've heard that digoxin can be administered im and IV in hospitals for people who cannot swallow have these means of administration been available for a long time are they less save than the oral use?

I've heard that digoxin can be administered im and IV in hospitals for people who cannot swallow  have these means of administration been available for a long time are they less save than the oral use?

Old medicine: Intravenous preparations of digoxin have been available for decades. This medicine is used for specific reasons, typically in the treatment of atrial arrhythmias, and typically for the effects that digoxin has on the IV node. Usually, IV use is not preferred, though, as the risks of digoxin toxicity are much higher with IV use than with oral use. Monitoring levels is important. ...Read more

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Do people see nurse practitioner in retail store for common colds such as bronchitis and the such?

Do people see nurse practitioner in retail store for common colds such as bronchitis and the such?

Not a good plan: Many of the retail chains have started putting nurse practitioners in their store. The common cold and bronchitis to not need antibiotics and i'm afraid that there is a lot of overprescribing going on because of the conflict of interest. Working for the store that sells the medications may not be such a good idea. See your own doctor. ...Read more

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How can women in wheelchair manage their bladder while traveling or working all day in public?

How can women in wheelchair manage their bladder while traveling or working all day in public?

Several ways: If the bladder is neurogenic you will need to with self cath or use a Foley catheter, or,super pubic tube. If your w/c use is for leg weakness consider limiting fluid intake during the day, using bladder relaxants, or scheduled voiding times to avoid that urgent sensation. ...Read more

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How to avoid getting cold and flu while bathing in waterfall , lake and in other cases when i face a change of water other than I use regularly?

How to avoid getting cold and flu while bathing in waterfall , lake and in other cases when i face a change of water other than I use regularly?

See below: Being in the water, is not a risk for getting either a cold or a flu. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine. With colds, practice good hygiene. ...Read more

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Are there any sideeffects of taking shower/ bath on over all health during periods? In Asian counbtries we are told not to in first 3 days esp , thank

Are there  any sideeffects of taking shower/ bath on over all health during periods? In Asian counbtries we are told not to in first 3 days esp
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No problem!: Science or tradition. A brief bath or shower cannot hurt. If you bathe daily, use a moisturizing soap like dove. Do not over bathe, you will wash off essential oils and have dry skin. ...Read more

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I've heard barbiturates are dangerous for IV sedation, do they still use these in the us?

Barbiturates: Barbiturates are only rarely used for IV sedation and are only used by very few people. Thirty years ago the situation was different. ...Read more

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Are physicians and psychiatrists aware of how much patients self meditate, swap meds with friends and drink alcohol? Since i got out of the air force I have watched fellow veterans and other people as well exchange medicines. Drink with the medicines and

Are physicians and psychiatrists aware of how much patients self meditate, swap meds with friends and drink alcohol? Since i got out of the air force I have watched fellow veterans and other people as well exchange medicines. Drink with the medicines and

Sometimes :-): No human can possibly know what others intend or are doing, unless the person tells it. Or, sometimes they may be seen by others who report it. I'm thinking you mean "self-medicate" rather than "self-meditate." I really hope my patients are meditating -- and they're welcome to do it without telling me. :-) It's very sad when they're uninvested enough in their health to swap meds. ...Read more

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Are acne pills safe and effective? What kind do you prefer over the counter or in stores/online?

Are acne pills safe and effective? What kind do you prefer over the counter or in stores/online?

Which ones?: It's very difficult to answer broad open ended questions. Let's assume that you're referring to prescription acne medications. By definition, all have to effective to be approved by FDA for use in States. There has to be some level of safety too. However, some are safer than others. For instance, isotretinoin is safe for female but poses significant birth defect risk. Over-the-counter non-prescrpt ...Read more

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Why are some doctors saying to avoid ibuprofen or only use at most 400mg once a week? Others seem to prefer in general.

Why are some doctors saying to avoid ibuprofen or only use at most 400mg once a week?  Others seem to prefer in general.

A few reasons:: Ibuprofen (advil, motrin), like other anti-inflammatories, has the potential to cause increased stomach acid and therefore contribute to the risk of ulcers and intestinal bleeding. That's the main reason why everybody is up in arms about motrin. It is excreted through the kidneys, so there may be concerns with kidneys or blood pressure. If you have never had a problem, great. If so, use with care. ...Read more

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Fluoride doesn't get given in most other countries. Are they trying to force-medicate us?

Fluoride doesn't get given in most other countries. Are they trying to force-medicate us?

No: There is a variety of reasons it is not offered in most other countries. But since it has been introduced in the us, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of cavities. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in a lot of water, especially spring water. Fluoride is the active ingredient in toothpaste so most people are at least getting it twice a day. ...Read more

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I've seen vitamin supplements marketed as "stress formula" - usually w/higher doses of B vitamins. Are these safe to use and do they work for stress?

I've seen vitamin supplements marketed as "stress formula" - usually w/higher doses of B vitamins. Are these safe to use and do they work for stress?

Don't waste money!: There is so much false hype in marketing vitamins. No vitamins will have any effect on stress. If you eat a normal diet and not pregnant, you probably don't need vitamin supplements. But if you feel you might benefit, choose the cheapest multivitamin on the shelf and ignore claims like stress reduction, improved energy, immune system boosting, etc. ...Read more

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I've seen siemens and other hearing aids that are small and kind of cool colors in europe. How do I get one in the us?

I've seen siemens and other hearing aids that are small and kind of cool colors in europe. How do I get one in the us?

Options: The kind of hearing aids you can use, depend on the pattern and kind of hearing loss you have. Once that is determined, check with your audiologist regarding color options etc. If you have a specific make of hearing aid in mind, call the manufacturer, and they can let you know which audiologists in your area dispense the hearing aid. ...Read more