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Infection vs cyst: Even pierced years ago, ears may develop infection. There may also have developed a small cyst that either IS the swelling or predisposes to infection. It was be appropriate to have this evaluated by medical professional. ...Read more
I spent years building huge pecs, now I hear they offer pec implants. Is that what matthew mc has?
Awesome question.: I have no idea if he has pec implants or not, but according to my wife, matthew mcconaughey's pecs need no justification. But look on the bright side, you probably saved yourself a few grand including time off for recovery! ...Read more
My 18year old son said his forehead an ears are slightly swollen an itchy he don't no why. Just happened today.
Is stainless steel crowns safe?My son (3 yrs old)just recently have his 2 front teeth covered with ss.I just found out now about health issue on ssc.
Baby teeth: These crowns are safe and are commonly used when there is significant decay in baby teeth. The best thing that you can do for your son's oral health is to concentrate on improving his diet. Reduce sugary drinks and foods. Brush his teeth at least twice a day. Continue regular dental care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
All the time: This is a pretty common procedure for most plastic surgeons. The edges have to be freshened and then repaired together, usually in the office with local anesthesia. Sutures are removed in about a week. After the earlobe is well healed, it can be repierced (i do this for the patients whose ears I have repaired.). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I realized im head over heels traumatized over being bullyed in elementary school. Would seeing a therapist be a good idea?
Joint or outside?: If you elbow is swollen in the joint (fluid filled), you may have acutely injured the joint cartilage itself. If the swelling is on the outside near the bony prominence, you may have injured or irritated a ligament or tendon. Try icing it, resting for a few days, and if it doesn't get better, i would see a primary care sports med doc, ortho or family doc to better evaluate it. ...Read more
My ears piercings get infected very easily, i've tried sensitive earrings & sterling silver but they infect my ear.Is there somthing else I should try?
Gold?: Gold may help. Less likely to irritate and inflame your ears. "sensitive earrings" sometimes still contain nickel [and also depends on the quality of the outer covering]. Sterling silver has some copper in it [are you allergic to copper?]. Anyway, gold might be an alternative - although $$$. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk on delay: The frequency of pertussis in the US has grown from 2500/yr to >40000 since the misinformation spread by vaccine haters took off. 60% of pertussis deaths occur in ...Read more
I feel extremely suicidal and hopeless ever since ,my drinking got bad I've been severely depressed unless I'm drunk yesterday I almost killed myself ?
I don't fully : understand what you are saying? I am not sure if you feel suicidal after you have been drinking or when you are sober? But, regardless - you clearly need help. If you feel imminently suicidal then please have loved ones or friends take you to the nearest emergency room. Emergency rescue services can assist if needed. The first step is to allow someone to assist you. Don't give up. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Son is1.8yo&he playes alot wiz his dad.dadhasa herpes onalip almost gone but still. Mysonaccedently touched lip&and then puttedthumb in mouth.danger?
My 13yr old son has been wetting hisself unknowingly but was ashame to say. School notified me, but what could be wrong?
Please NO: There is absolutely no reason to vary your other child's immunizations because you have a child with autism. That TV myth has been disproved time and time again. Amish people get autism at the same rate as others, and they don't get any vaccines. The study that suggested a relationship was found to be fraudulent and the doctor who wrote it is in jail and lost his medical license. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
? your question is ?: To best use the public Healthtap site,you submit background info and ask a related question.We do not provide diagnosis and treatment.There is an affiliated site,Healthtap prime where you can arrange for a paid doctor consultation.Check the site for details.Ear infections require an exam for proper treatment. If you believe your kid has a treatable problem, arrange for him to be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can BDD distort thinking? Never been bothered about being tall but now convinced I'm growing @ 38. Feel people are staring; friend said I look bigger.
Body Dysmorphic: Disorder can manifest in many ways and by definition distorts thinking and self-perception. It can cause you to be overly open to suggestion, e.g., taking your friend's observation literally. Change in posture is the only way you can look bigger. There are mental health professionals who specialize in BDD and I encourage you to see one. We are so much more than our body. Peace & good health. ...Read more
Depends: Versed can help with anxiety during your procedure but not everyone needs this. So make sure you ask what the sedation or anesthesia will do to you during the procedure. Many times they use other medications as well. I would discuss this with your doctor to have a better understanding of what you might go through. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Penis size: Am I OK?: When ever i meet a patient who feels his penis is too small I have them do some reading online about what the average sizes of penises are and try to have them feel like they are probably normal and okay. My experience talking to sexually active adults is that size is not as important as how one makes love... What you do with it is what counts to a partner. ...Read more
Heavy Diarrhea: If you have fever, and are dehydrated (heart rate above 120 bpm) you need to get to the er for hydration. If you are keeping up on your fluids and you have no fever or pain then the brat diet can help you supplement immodium. This is a diet where you use bananas, rice or rice water, apple (peeled) or applesauce and unbuttered toast. This can provide some natural bulking up and enough nutrition. ...Read more
Libido Too Low: This common problem is usually related to fatigue, depression, or stress for someone your age. The mental health component of erections and sexual desire is very powerful. You may have to come to terms with what else is doing on in your life; you very well may have to do a blood test for thyroid levels. But, this does not have to be a permanent problem. ...Read more
Weakness: I am sorry you are very weak. Advice over the computer would involve mainly having you see a Doctor to get evaluated and tested to see why you are so weak, as there are multiple causes of possible weakness, and once diagnosed, the best treatment would be forthcoming. Best wishes. ...Read more
Coarse hair?: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very broad ?: There r so many causes of back pain there's books written about it. Simple an causes r a muscle strain, early disk disease. Depends if due 2 injury or came on spontaneously. Upper or lower back. Is there a family history of any back trouble especially on maternal side . Please give us a few clues please. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stay healthy: Eat healthy balaced diet and exercise. American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. ...Read more
Day by day...: "very fat" means different things to different people. If you are truly struggling with obesity, there is plenty of help available - but none of it is easy. We run a weight loss clinic in my family practice: two great recommendations are 1) ann fletcher's book "thin for life, " and 2) google up the national weight control registry for tricks of successful "losers." good luck - worth the struggle! ...Read more
Avoid refined carbs: Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (little/no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, but surely avoid sugar & simple starch calories. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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