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Vicks First Defense
Dr. Is it true our body's first line of defense is our skin and that's why problems show up first there such as rash reaction etc?
Yes: that is one example, also injury occurs 1st on skin, as 1st line of defense is our tonsils for infection or immune system or WBCs ...Read more
Is isolating TB patients an effective first line of defense against tb; and is it still done today?
NK cells act fast: Nk cells are lymphocytes. Other lymphocytes require some level of processing of antigens before they act. Nks do not have this requirement. Therefore, they can recognize abnormal cells (infect cells or malignant cells) earlier than the other blood cells of the immune system. They are not as powerful as the other cells of the immune system, but are faster. ...Read more
Are compression stockings, as a first line of defense for varicose veins, just putting off the inevitable resultant surgical procedure in most people?
Why aren't alpha blockers usually considered as a doctor's first level of defense against high blood pressure?
Volume overload: Because in the pathology of hypertension, volume expansion is often a problem. Simple diuretics can fix this issue. Alpha blockers have a bunch of side effects that are undesirable. ...Read more
What needs treatment: Sorry but we need more details to give you some help. Go see your Family Doc for evaluation & appropriate treatment. S/he can help you decide what to treat first, if something needs treatment in 1st place. Perhaps your concerns can be treated simultaneously, like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol & diabetes, which seem to run together. ...Read more
Weakness: Pt's usually present with fluctuating and progressive weakness often of the ocular muscles. Usually worse after exercise and at end of day. History and physical exam establish clinical diagnosis. Some do ice pack test of eyelid muscles. Mg confirmed by detection of antibodies in serum or by electromyogram with repetitive nerve stimulation. ...Read more
Varies: The first experience varies from extremely pleasureable to some nerve racking in those inexperienced. Be sure you and your partner are on the same wavelength, feeling good about the event and each other which means both of your are "ready". Whatever the first experience may be, most seem to continue in this activity so they do not seem to become discouraged. ...Read more