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What are claw toes?

What are claw toes?

Contracted Toes: A claw toe is when the toes #2, 3, 4 or 5 are plantar flexed. Which means contracted towards the floor. A claw toe is a hammertoe and a mallet toe combined. A hammertoe is a bend in the toe at the 1st joint in the toe, when the second joint (the one near the toenail) is also bent (the mallet part) it is known as a claw toe. An internet search for clawtoe diagram, will make it clear. ...Read more

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Can tiger mosquito bites make a rash?

Can tiger mosquito bites make a rash?

Yes: Usually a swollen and itchy bump but may leave a bruise for many days. ...Read more

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For fire ant bites or wasp stings, what helps give relief. Thoughts on homeopathic apis?

For fire ant bites or wasp stings, what helps give relief. Thoughts on homeopathic apis?

Home remedies: I agree w dr. Pappas who provided homeopathic info. I will touch on home remedies. Apply 1 to 1 mix of baking soda & water to decrease pain & reaction. Or try paste of water & meat tenderizer applied directly to the lesions. You can use Benadryl for itching or tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid's for pain. Call 911or go to the nearest emergency room for difficulty breathing or swelling as discussed by dr. Pappas. ...Read more

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Can ?Bee venom be ?Used to alleviate arthritis?

Can ?Bee venom be ?Used to alleviate arthritis?

Dangerous: This dangerous unproven remedy has caused multiple deaths. It is of no value. ...Read more

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Can i take 500 naproxem with passion flower, boswella extract, zanthin, magnesium, niacinamine ?

Can i take 500 naproxem with passion flower, boswella extract, zanthin, magnesium, niacinamine ?

Don't know: This products that you have mentioned are not adequately studied. Therefore, there will be no accurate answer for the question. There may be no good reason to take inadequately studied medicines like herbs and natural medicines because you will not be able to predict side effects. In terms of naproxen, it need be taken after meals to avoid stomach irritation and off and on to avoid kidney problem. ...Read more

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Can you take holy basil, ashawagandha, curcumin, passion flower in combination?

Can you take holy basil, ashawagandha, curcumin, passion flower in combination?

Yes: It is quite common in herbal medicine to give multiple herbs in combination and, being 3 of the most widely used herbs in the ayurvedic tradition, holy basil, ashwagandha and curcumin are commonly used together. Passionflower is quite safe to combine with these. While combining pharmaceuticals together often creates worrisome interactions, most herbs combine well and synergistically. ...Read more

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Does bee venom help treat arthritis?

Does bee venom help treat arthritis?

Yes in rodents: For millenia bee venom has been used in chinese traditional medicine to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Does it really work? Is it safe? That's what has to be demonstrated to get fda approval. So far several studies demonstrate efficacy in experimentally-induced arthritis in rats and rabbits. There are beneficial effects on cultured human prostate cancer cells. Related? Clinical studies are planned. ...Read more

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Do any of these natural remedies improve poor blood circulation? L-Arginine, Vitamin K2, Gotu Kola, butchers broom, parsley, cayenne pepper, ginger root, etc. I have Raynaud's Syndrome.

Do any of these natural remedies improve poor blood circulation? 
L-Arginine, Vitamin K2, Gotu Kola, butchers broom, parsley, cayenne pepper, ginger root, etc. I have Raynaud's Syndrome.

Raynaud's Syndrome: Please do what your doc says but consider a natural approach. Neo 40 is a beet root product to help circulation and has some research suggesting usefulness in Raynaud's. The pain may also be from neuropathy and sublingual vitamin B12 can be used to help w/that. See your doc or a nutritionist. Peace and good health. Beet root better than l-arginine. ...Read more

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Can lone star ticks carry Lyme disease?

Can lone star ticks carry Lyme disease?

Yes: And make U sick: Not only do lone star ticks transmit lyme disease, they do so faster than other ticks, according to stuff that I have read. I learned that ticks usually must be attached for at least 24 hours before there is risk of getting lyme, but not so for the lone star tick...In less than 24 hours of attachment you could get iinfected. The white spot on the tick is easy to see, so get to your md quickly. ...Read more

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How can scorpion venom compare to bee sting venom?

Type of Scorpion: That totally depends on the type of scorpion. Most of the scorpions in the us aren't too bad - but the bark scorpion is. Some scorpions outside of the us are very venomous. A single bee's venous isn't bad unless you are allergic to it. ...Read more

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Wills massage chairs help ease Parkinson's disease?

Wills massage chairs help ease Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease: Although a massage chair may temporarily alleviate any muscular discomfort it has no effect in parkinson's disease progression or symptoms manifestation. However, physical therapy has been found to be effective in mobility, posture, balance and even mood. ...Read more

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Someone bought me tea made w/ lavender flowers, lemon balm, & feverfew. Advertised as headache relief tea. Is it safe to use & if so how often?

Someone bought me tea made w/ lavender flowers, lemon balm, & feverfew. Advertised as headache relief tea. Is it safe to use & if so how often?

Safe but: Whether it works or not is another question. As for the dose, there is no scientific study on this especially given that the potency of the active ingredient(s) among different batches of the plants are not known and have not been standardized. Having said that, most people should be able to tolerate up to 4 cups of herbal tea daily as a rule of thumb- again just my personal opinion. ...Read more

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Povodine iodine 5% reduces tinea on face?

Povodine iodine 5% reduces tinea on face?

Maybe, but...: Povidone iodine kills germs, including bacteria and fungi (such as tinea). The over-the-counter anti-fungal creams work better for treating tinea on the face and body. Also, using iodine too much can lead to excessive absorption of iodine into the body (which would be bad), or lead to skin irritation where the iodine is repeatedly placed. A dermatologist can prescribe oral meds for scalp tinea. ...Read more

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Can tea tree oil cure foot fungus toe nail fungus?

Can tea tree oil cure foot fungus toe nail fungus?

Tea Tree Fungus: This is commonly used as a natural remedies for toenail fungus but my experience is that it is not very effective in moderate or severe cases. It may be slightly effective if there is only a small amount of fungus present. Keeping the nail trimmed short and filed thin may help at work slightly better. ...Read more

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Can icing a broken toe help?

Can icing a broken toe help?

Yes: We call it rice rest, ice, compression and elevation. The toe should be stabilized as well especially depending on which one it is. Compression can be achieved with coban or coflex wrapping. Post op shoe is advisable as well to prevent further problems for 6 weeks or depending on the toe if it is not the big toe buddy splint it to the neighboring toe place a pad between them first. ...Read more

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