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What do you mean by an antitussive agent?

What do you mean by an antitussive agent?

Suppresses cough: An anti-tussive suppresses cough. This is only beneficial is you are having frequent coughing spells or pain with coughing. Coughing is an important reflex that happens when the body senses something foreign or irritating in the respiratory tract. It's a way to expel that quickly and forcefully. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Cough Suppressant (Definition)

Cough suppressants are a kind of antihistamine type drug and common cold or symptom drug (common ...Read more


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When get fever by taking prophylaxis, does it mean you are fighting off an infection? Or is the person just allergic to the med?

When get fever by taking prophylaxis, does it mean you are fighting off an infection?  Or is the person just allergic to the med?

Cytokines: Fever is normally caused by cytokines, the chemical messengers that your immune system uses to communicate. Infection is normally the cause of it. Occasionally, people who are extremely sensitive may be exposed to foreign proteins (e.g. During vaccination for prophylaxis of the disease) and develop a fever in response to the vaccine. Imagine how bad their response to the infection would be! ...Read more

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What do you mean by anaphylaxis?

What do you mean by anaphylaxis?

Life-threatening rxn: Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction affecting several parts of the part simultaneously. Mast cells release histamine & other substances making blood vessels leaky. The plasma leaking out causes swelling in the skin (hives & angioedema) & windpipe (laryngospasm) as well as asthma, vomiting, gut pain. If enough plasma leaks out the patient may go into shock. Death may ensue. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have an airpocket by your heart?

What does it mean if you have an airpocket by your heart?

Heart: Not sure what you mean. There could be a pneumothorax or free air in the chest near the heart. There could be a large airpocket in the lung adjacent to the heart. ...Read more

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What medication do I treat conjunctivitis with? I do not know the cause (allergy/virus, etc). Seeing a doctor is not an option.

What medication do I treat conjunctivitis with? I do not know the cause (allergy/virus, etc). Seeing a doctor is not an option.

Better see doctor: If it is only pink eye and only watery discharge then it may be due to allergy or virus.But if there is greenish yellow discharge from eyes ,that means infection . Either way better see the doctor who can decide what do you have and what medicine you need . ...Read more

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Dr. Binu Nair Dr. Nair
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Please explain what it means when you are diagnosed as an acute anemic?

Dr. Binu Nair Dr. Nair
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Fast drop: Fast drop of your haemoglobin from your normal level ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my docters requested that I get an X-ray for medical clearance. results are in!!! what does it mean?

What do you suggest if my docters requested that I get an X-ray for medical clearance. results are in!!! what does it mean?

More specific: Depends on what part of body examined. Sometimes chest radiographs are done for TB exposure for job or school. Spine radiographs can be perfomred for spine abnormalities in people expected to do heavy lifting. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it mean by the statement, "anitarrhythmic drugs do not cure the underlying causes of an arrhythmia""?

Can you tell me what it mean by the statement, "anitarrhythmic drugs do not cure the underlying causes of an arrhythmia""?

Antiarrhythmic: These drugs cause changes in the biochemical state of the heart and its membranes which can help stabilize electrophysical phenomena. They do not 'cure' the structure and other abnormalities which predispose the heart to arrhythmia. ...Read more

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What do doctors mean by a nasal allergy?

What do doctors mean by a nasal allergy?

Nose attack: Your nose is the target i.E stuffy, runny, itchy, and sneezy nose b, cause of allergens ...Read more

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What should I do if there is someone who is being attack by asthma without an inhaler?

What should I do if there is someone who is being attack by asthma without an inhaler?

Call for help early: During asthma attack healthy people often increase their breathing rate to keep up with oxygen and breathing demands. This can only go on for so long until people get tired ("respiratory fatigue"), so i would say get them to help and assist them. Have them sit down, lean forward to breath and support them. Call for emergency health. Keep them away from smoke and heavy perfumes. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you need an oral surgeon to extract the tooth?

What does it mean if you need an oral surgeon to extract the tooth?

Usually..: .. A referral to a specialist is made when the dentist treating you feels the procedure is beyond the scope of his/her practice and skills. Some dentists can perform surgical extractions, others refer everything out. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if your doctor refers you to an oncologist, does that mean they think you have cancer?

I'm just wondering, if your doctor refers you to an oncologist, does that mean they think you have cancer?

They may suspect it: Oncologists diagnose cancer. So your doctor can refer you just because he/she suspects it. It is only after a biopsy of tumor or suspect area that we can diagnose cancer. ...Read more

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If you have an allergy to clonazepam does that also mean you are allergic to lorazepam?

If you have an allergy to clonazepam does that also mean you are allergic to lorazepam?

Not necessarily: If you are considering taking lorazepam, tell your doctor about your reaction to clonazepam. One can be allergic to one and not the other. ...Read more

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What's the medication for bronchitis spasm. Or rather how do you manage it. What action should be taken. Plus could you refer us to any pulmonologist?

What's the medication for bronchitis spasm.  Or rather how do you manage it. What action should be taken. Plus could you refer us to any pulmonologist?

Inhaler: A beta 2 agonist via inhalation is usually the treatment. A general physician can provide this care. Cannot refer in Mombasa sorry. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm given the wrong perscribed medicine by the pharmasist, would i be able to get compensation, ?

See below: I am not a lawyer so I can't answer about compensation. See a lawyer about that. But, regarding the medicine, let your doctor know. Find out from the pharmacy what medicine you were given incorrectly and make sure you get the right one. Discuss this with your doctor so if any monitoring or possible side effects occur, both of you know what to expect and how to treat it. ...Read more

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What does chronic hepatitis b means? What are its symptoms? Should abdominal pain tells you that you have to be treated immediately?...

What does chronic hepatitis b means? What are its symptoms? Should abdominal pain tells you that you have to be treated immediately?...

Chronic Hepatitis B: For some people, hepatitis b infection becomes chronic, leading to liver failure, liver cancer or cirrhosis (a condition that causes permanent scarring of the liver). Abdominal pain can be a symptom of hepatitis b. I would go see a doctor so they can make a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you treat an STD by yourself like take an antibiotic are something to get it out of your body?

Can you treat an STD by yourself like take an antibiotic are something to get it out of your body?

Not a good idea.: You need to be seen and have the appropriate tests done, and the appropriate treatment performed. Your partner will also need to know what infection you have. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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