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What bronchiolitis symptoms should I watch out for that warrant a hospital visit?

What bronchiolitis symptoms should I watch out for that warrant a hospital visit?

Difficulty breathing: Bronchiolitis tends to be more severe in children under 1 year of age, babies born early, or children with underlying medical problems. One worrisome sign is retractions, when a baby is breathing so hard that s/he is pulling at her/his skin and you can see the ribs as s/he breathes. Any hard, fast breathing, flaring of the nostrils, or high fever over 3 days should also be checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
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Bronchiolitis (Definition)

A very common childhood illness caused by a viral infection that results in increased mucus, coughing, wheezing, and ...Read more


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I seem to present many scary MS symptoms. If not a stroke should I go to hospital now or make an appointment with my own doctor ?

I seem to present many scary MS symptoms. 
If not a stroke should I go to hospital now or make an appointment with my own doctor ?

Your doctor: If theses symptoms have been present for awhile, see your doctor for an assessment and work up. If you are having a stroke, you are correct, you should be seen more quickly. All the best. ...Read more

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At what point should I go to a doctor if I have a cold with no fever (duration, severity, etc.)?

At what point should I go to a doctor if I have a cold with no fever (duration, severity, etc.)?

7-10 days: If you're having cough, runny nose, sore throat symptoms without a fever that is not improving at all after about a week, it'd be appropriate to see a physician. That's about the time cold symptoms should be improving. A note about fevers and colds/flu - fevers usually present at the beginning of an illness. When you get new fevers a week in, then that's abnormal and you should get seen. ...Read more

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How common is ptsd after a serious car accident? What are the symptoms that you notice that you should go see a doctor?

How common is ptsd after a serious car accident? What are the symptoms that you notice that you should go see a doctor?

Fairly common: Ptsd may result after any trauma perceived to be life-threatening. Studies show that about 25-33% of people in serious motor vehicle accidents have symptoms 30 days later. Typical symptoms include re-experiencing the accident through intrusive thoughts and dreams; avoiding situations reminiscent of the accident (like driving); increased physical arousal; emotional numbing otherwise. ...Read more

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I'm going to see a gastroentologist for severe heartburn in 2 weeks. What should I be keeping track of? What should I expect?

I'm going to see a gastroentologist for severe heartburn in 2 weeks. What should I be keeping track of? What should I expect?

Symptoms, diet, time: Expect a comprehensive history (cardiac questions too), physical exam, rectal exam probably, check stool for blood, labs. Maybe endoscopy depending on duration, severity of symptoms, age, risk factors for ulcers, chronic esophageal changes. Keep track symptoms, time of day, awakened at night? Triggers, relief, duration, other symptoms (sweats, short of breath, palps, chest discomfort etc), meds. ...Read more

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If I'm going to urgent care tomorrow and I wrote up a paper for them about my symptoms. does it sound ok?

Urgent Care Visit: I'm curious what you are asking exactly. It could be very helpful to have a written list or explanation of a timeline for instance of what you are experiencing. If that did not address what you are asking, please re-submit. I do hope you feel better. ...Read more

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When should I see a doctor about a suspected boil? At what point is a boil serious enough that I should be seeking medical treatment? .

When should I see a doctor about a suspected boil? At what point is a boil serious enough that I should be seeking medical treatment?

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If : If the boil is causing you discomfort, or is growing, painful, causing streaking red marks away from the original site, than you should be seen by a medical provider. Many times, just draining the boil will be enough to take care of the problem. Other times, oral and topical antibiotics are required. Quick care, your general medical doctor or a dermatologist should be able to take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Is there an actual test to determine if you're a bipolar? Should i go meet doctors and check it myself?

Is there an actual test to determine if you're a bipolar? Should i go meet doctors and check it myself?

Evaluation, not test: Making a psychiatric diagnosis such as bipolar disorder requires an in-person interview with a mental health professional. It's a combination of your answers to questions and how you look and act in the office. There is no blood test or brain scan to diagnose bipolar, although psychological testing (pencil-and-paper type tests) can help confirm it. First step: see a doctor if you're concerned. ...Read more

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I have strider, and I am scheduling to see an ENT and pulmonary doc soon. Is there anything I can do tonightto stop the wheezing without an ER visit?

I have strider, and I am scheduling to see an ENT and pulmonary doc soon. Is there anything I can do tonightto stop the wheezing without an ER visit?

GO TO ER: Breathing problems require immediate attention. If you have asthma use your rescue inhalor (albuterol) . If not improving tremendously or if this is a new issue seek care now- do not wait. ...Read more

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If I get symptoms during a pendemic, should I immediately go to the doctor?

If I get symptoms during a pendemic, should I immediately go to the doctor?

Check guidelines: Contact your healthcare provider by phone and ask before heading to a clinic or the hospital. There will likely be public health guidelines on the radio, the television, and the internet. ...Read more

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What is a doctor check when you go in for urinary frequency?

What is a doctor  check when you go in for urinary frequency?

Multiple causes: Urinary frequency means too many times with little urine or too many times with large amounts of urine.This must be clarified. Increased frequency can occur with diabetes, infections, certain electrolyte disorders, heart failure, medications, alcohol, kidney diseases, prostate problems. Urine is tested for signs of infection and kidney injury. Diabetes is diagnosed with blood tests. ...Read more

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A teen's parents will not let him see a doctor for two weeks after he has had strep throat. What should be done immediately?

A teen's parents will not let him see a doctor for two weeks after he has had strep throat. What should be done immediately?

Strep throat: It is diffult to answer this question without knowing who diagnosed the teen with strep throat and whether he or she was treated with a full course of antibiotics.If the treatment was completed then there is no problem.If the teen never saw the doctor then the diagnosis is in doubt, it may be a sore throat which may or may not be strep.But sore throat for two weeks need to be checked by md. ...Read more

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I have symptoms suggesting i may have Sciatica. An advice nurse said i should go to the ER. Is that necessary? is emergency treatment necessary?

I have symptoms suggesting i may have Sciatica.  An advice nurse said i should go to the ER. Is that necessary? is emergency treatment necessary?

No: If the pain is tolerable at present and you have no fever, weakness of the knee, ankle or foot, or loss of bowel or bladder control, you can probably wait a day or so. Numbness or tingling are okay, but not true weakness (as opposed to early give-way due to pain). The nurse probably doesn't want to get sued for telling you NOT to go to the ER if it's something "bad." ...Read more

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I have crohn's. What symptoms constitute a severe flare and should I go to ER with them?

I have crohn's.  What symptoms constitute a severe flare and should I go to ER with them?

Dont go to ER: Nope. If you have pain or a flare or any other problem you should not go to the er. You are not dying. It is always best to start with your family doctor or the GI specialist providing you ongoing care for your crohn's disease. ...Read more