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Dr. Willard Sharp
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Weather Emergencies (Overview)

Weather emergencies are forms of weather than can cause damage and injury, and include flooding, hail, lightning, hurricanes, and tornadoes.


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What severe weather emergencies or natural disasters are most likely to occur in virginia beach, va?

What severe weather emergencies or natural disasters are most likely to occur in virginia beach, va?

Hurricanes: Flooding secondary to storms, gradual erosion of beachfront due to wave action, and poor visibility can make your golf game worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Willard Sharp
15 doctors shared insights

Weather Emergencies (Overview)

Weather emergencies are forms of weather than can cause damage and injury, and include flooding, hail, lightning, hurricanes, and tornadoes.


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Why are urban hospital emergency departments overcrowded?

Convenience: Doctors offices open generally from 9-5 and m-f. Medical conditions occur at all hours and an er might be the only thing open. Unfortunately er's are used as the family doctor for those without coverage, or have minimal coverage. So urban er's commonly are crowded with patients. A federal law termed emtala requires that they be seen even if they lack funding. ...Read more

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Can cold weather or seasonal changes in weather affect blood pressure?

Can cold weather or seasonal changes in weather affect blood pressure?

Blood pressure generally is higher in the winter and lower in the summer: That's because low temperatures cause your blood vessels to narrow — which increases blood pressure because more pressure is needed to force blood through your narrowed veins and arteries. In addition to cold weather, blood pressure may also be affected by a sudden change in weather patterns, such as a weather front or a storm. Your body — and blood vessels — may react to abrupt changes in humidity, atmospheric pressure, cloud cover or wind in much the same way it reacts to cold. These weather-related variations in blood pressure are more common in people age 65 and older. Other seasonal causes of higher blood pressure include weight gain and decreased physical activity in winter. If you have high blood pressure already, continue to monitor your blood pressure readings as the seasons change and talk to your doctor. Your doctor may recommend changing the dose of your blood pressure medication or switching to another medication. Don't make any changes to your medications without talking to your doctor. If you have questions about how weather may affect your blood pressure, ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a fire weather watch, in wildfire season?

Risk for fire: A fire weather watch is danger fire weather conditions are possible over the next 12 to 72 hours. ...Read more

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Can cold weather make babies sick?

Can cold weather make babies sick?

No: Cold weather does not make you sick, but it may seem so as there always seems to be something going "around" in winter. The exception might be babies who have respiratory problems such as asthma, where breathing cold air might trigger an episode. Also, breathing cold air makes your nose "runny" not because you are sick, but, the nose has to create moisture when the air is cold and dry. ...Read more

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What severe weather emergencies or natural disasters are most likely to kill you?

What severe weather emergencies or natural disasters are most likely to kill you?

Flooding: On average, U.S. flooding kills more than 100 people a year — more than any other single weather hazard, including tornadoes and hurricanes, according to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Heat waves also kill thousands! About 10,000 people died during the heat wave of 1980! A lot depends on where you live also. Hurricanes and earthquakes more common on the coasts. ...Read more

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Freezing when visiting. Why are labor and delivery rooms always cold?

Freezing when visiting. Why are labor and delivery rooms always cold?

I give up...: I'm in an office with > 30 women, ranging in ages from 22-57... I am constantly losing the "thermostat wars" & i can't explain with the usual answers, "different metabolism, can't thermoregulate, hormone changes, etc." suffice it to say that the office feels a chilly 60 degrees and l&d is no different. I also learned (the hard way) not to argue with anyone who feels hot...It's not safe! ...Read more

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Could hospitals deal with dental emergencies?

Could hospitals deal with dental emergencies?

Yes: If someone has a bad enough toothache that cannot get in to see a dentist, which is usually going to be on a weekend, an emergency room will see them. This type of severe tooth pain usually means there is an abscess from an infected tooth. In addition to the pain, there may be swelling. An emergency dr. Will probably prescribe antibiotics and give instructions to see a dentist asap. ...Read more

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Can headaches be caused by a change in the barometric pressure i get headaches when the weather changes, hot to cold, cold to hot, storms, etc.

Can headaches be caused by a change in the barometric pressure i get headaches when the weather changes, hot to cold, cold to hot, storms, etc.

People : People with arthritic changes in the cervical spine often say they have headaches with pressure changes. These headaches tend to be more of a muscle tension type of headache. ...Read more

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Is it safer to keep door closed in nursing home or hospital during flu season?

Is it safer to keep door closed in nursing home or hospital during flu season?

No: Keeping your door open or closed will make no difference in the prevention of influenza. Make sure that you get your flu shot every year in the fall. Make sure that all the staff in the nursing home is vaccinated each fall. Make sure your visitors have had the flu shot. ...Read more

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Can going from hot weather into air conditioning trigger migraines, or make a current migraine worse?

Can going from hot weather into air conditioning trigger migraines, or make a current migraine worse?

Migraine Triggers: A variety of external and internal factors can trigger a migraine attack in certain individuals who may have a genetic or neurochemical predisposition to migraine. External triggers such as weather-related changes, high humidity, high altitude, sensory input such as glaring or flashing lights, sunlight, loud noises, and exposure to odors, head trauma, and stress. See OFP specialist. ...Read more

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Disaster (fire, vandalism, water) happen to patient records?

Disaster (fire, vandalism, water) happen to patient records?

Depends: In case of disaster, the patient records might be lost if they are on paper or stored on a computer server. Nowadays, more and more doctors offices have "cloud based" EMRs (electronic med records) so even if a clinic were to be destroyed, the records are safe. It's a good idea to keep your own set of "records" in case of disaster (meds, important medical information) that you can take with you. ...Read more

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Age 22M ,hives occures when ,enter in hot room ,walking in cold,hypertension ,antihistamine doesn't work .

Age 22M ,hives occures  when ,enter in hot room ,walking in cold,hypertension ,antihistamine  doesn't work .

Unusual: Some people develop small itchy hives when the body starts to cool off after exposure to a very warm environment, but your condition appears to be the reverse. Since avoidance of heat is likely impossible in your area, have you tried taking a double-dose of non-sedating antihistamine 1-2 hrs prior to such exposure? ...Read more

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Do changes in the weather really make people sick?

Do changes in the weather really make people sick?

Weather changes: The human body responses to changes in barometric pressure - this explains why people with joint conditions can "predict" rain - as the barometric pressure drops in front of a storm - our joints and the fluid in them are subject to minute pressure changes. Also the humidity of the air can cause our noses to produce more mucus in an attempt to humidify the air we breath. ...Read more

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Systolic pressure 190. Any circumstances under which emergency room would send patient home?

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Systolic pressure 190. Any circumstances under which emergency room would send patient home?

Absence of symptoms: Systolic pressure of 190 in the absence of symptoms such as headache nausea shortness of breath does not require hospital admission and can be treated as outpatient. ...Read more

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Can taking my baby outdoors in cold, damp, or rainy weather make him get sick?

Can taking my baby outdoors in cold, damp, or rainy weather make him get sick?

No: Being in cold or nasty weather is not the cause of illnesses. Most colds are caused by viruses and weather does not have anything to do with catching colds etc. We get sick by being exposed to someone else who is contagious and from that person we can get ill. ...Read more

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How to cope with hypothermia during snow, ice, and winter storms?

How to cope with hypothermia during snow, ice, and winter storms?

Prevention: Wear clothes in layers and limit the time spent in the cold. A nuclear catastrophe is not imminent. The world is not going to end from radiation, heat waves, tornadoes, typhoons, lightening, floods, earthquakes, cold wave or any thing else like that. Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What are the busiest times in emergency rooms?

Depends almost: entirely on the location of the emergency department. Busy metropolitan areas have fairly steady censuses throughout the day and evening. Suburban and rural emergency departments will slow to a degree during working hours of the weekdays and pick up in the evenings and weekends. You are kind of rolling the dice but if you truly have an emergency you will be triaged ahead of the crowd. ...Read more

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Are hospital emergency rooms closing down in your area too? Where else can people go when sick?

Are hospital emergency rooms closing down in your area too?  Where else can people go when sick?

No: If some ers are closing near you, there should be others nearby. There are also urgent care centers - look on google for your area. But, you should not be using either except for true emergencies. Hopefully, that is extremely rare. Ers & clinics are not for minor issues or disease management. You should be going to your doctor. If you don't have insurance, buy it or apply for assistance. ...Read more