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What does boil mean? Can it indicate something bad?

What does boil mean? Can it indicate something bad?

Skin infection: This is a collection of purulent infected material under the skin which os roasted hot painful. It may respond to warm compresses, bit large boils need to be drained and packed. ...Read more

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Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more


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What exactly does it mean when something may be vascular?

What exactly does it mean when something may be vascular?

Blood vessels: Vascular problems are related to blood vessels (blood flow, blood clots, hardening of the arteries etc). ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a chest cold? Does this mean that something is wrong with my lungs?

What does it mean to have a chest cold? Does this mean that something is wrong with my lungs?

Virus in chest: The common cold tends to have "flavors." there are chest colds, nose colds, and nose colds, each in general caused by a slightly different class of cold virus. Chest colds tend to be caused by the "parainfluenza" viruses. It does not imply anything wrong with the lungs. People with a tendency toward asthma may get sicker with chest colds or get an asthma attack. ...Read more

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What does it mean if heart hurts?

What does it mean if heart hurts?

Physically or emotio: Physically it means that the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen but emotionally the heart can be strained too by more complex mechanism ( the broken heart syndrome). ...Read more

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What does it mean when your vigina is swollen and it doesn't hurt?

What does it mean when your vigina is swollen and it doesn't hurt?

Yeast? Allergy?: It would be unusual for the vaginal area, labia, etc to swell up without also being itchy, painful, or irritated. Possibilities that come to mind include yeast infection, genital herpes, chemical irritation (e.g. from spermicide?), allergic reaction, e.g. to a drug, perfume, or laundry detergent. All these usually would hurt or be irritated, but sometimes not. Get care if it doesn't clear up soon. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be paranoid? Does this mean that something is wrong mentally?

What does it mean to be paranoid? Does this mean that something is wrong mentally?

Yes: Paranoia--the expectation of trickery or harm, comes in a range of severities, from the hypervigilance and being "on guard" that one experiences after being traumatized, to the severely paranoid and delusional that one sees in paranoid schizophrenia, delusional disorder, or sometimes in bipolar disorder. Severe paranoia is always a symptom of a serious psychiatric condition. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have dodger fever?

What does it mean to have dodger fever?

Relax: It's not a medical term. It means you are excited about the LA Dodgers baseball team. Enjoy the season! ...Read more

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What does it mean a swollen face?

What does it mean a swollen face?

Facial Swelling: A variety of mild to serious disorders, diseases and conditions can lead to face swelling. Swelling can result from infections, allergies, medications, trauma and malignancy (cancer). ...Read more

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What is igg? What does it mean if you can't produce it?

What is igg? What does it mean if you can't produce it?

Antibody: Your B-cells can't make it or your T-cells can't tell your B-cells to make it. You would be susceptible to certain infections including frequent UTI, sinus infections, pneumonia and more. Fortunately, we can treat this problem with antibody replacement products. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a tesicular tumor? Is it hard? Does it cause any pain? What does it feel like and does it cause anything else?

How can I tell if I have a tesicular tumor? Is it hard? Does it cause any pain? What does it feel like and does it cause anything else?

This is not Cancer: Young boys do not get testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is seen in older young men from ages 26 to 32. They often develop a lump on their testicle itself that can be tender to touch. The testicles in men are otherwise smooth to touch in contrast to the lumpy curvy feel of the blood vessels and tubes that are separate from the testicles that go to the prostate gland. ...Read more

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What does it mean if something is a retrovirus?

What does it mean if something is a retrovirus?

RNA to DNA: It means that the RNA of the virus gets "reverse transcribed" into dna so it can the be inserted into the human dna. This is the opposite of what usually happens (dna gets transcribed into rna). It's called a "retrovirus" because the transcription is backwards. ...Read more

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What does it mean when abscess goes rock hard? What can happen?

What does it mean when abscess goes rock hard? What can happen?

Puss under pressure.: Abcesses are puss under pressure. They get very hard when there is no way for the abcess contents to drain. Generally they will try to break through to an adjacent structure or through the skin to relieve the pressure. If this is not possible they will become rock hard and very painful. Eventually all abcesses rupture and bring great relief, but a scalpel is sometimes helpful. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have low blood pressure? It sounds like a bad thing to have.

What does it mean to have low blood pressure?  It sounds like a bad thing to have.

Not always..: Low blood pressure is only an issue if you are symptomatic with it. Common sx included fainting or feeling extremely dizzy going from a seated or recumbent position. Virtually all studies suggest an lower , mi or ASHD risk the lower the bp. It should only be treated if you have sx. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your hands are cold? Does it indicate a low metabolism, bad circulation or something else? Please say all possible causes.

Possibly Raynaud's: For some this may represent raynaud's syndrome, a spasm of the small vessels of the hands most often related to cold weather, emotional stress, or a multitude of other factors. Classically it is described as cold hands which first turn "ghost white" and then become purplish in color, most often trigged by the cold. I would suggest seeing a vascular surgeon to test for circulatory problems. ...Read more

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Have a lymph node but why doesn't it hurt? What could this mean?

Get a medical check : Enlarged lymph nodes that hurt are usually due to infection or inflammation. But when the nodes are enlarged yet painless, they need to be checked by your doctor as it can be a sign of cancer if the nodes are clearly enlarged(over 2 centimeter). Further tests and or a biopsy may be required to determine the cause of their enlargment. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your armpit hurts?

What does it mean when your armpit hurts?

Could be: Muscle soreness from overuse/or exercisizing. Could also be an infection of the skin or hair follicles. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be squeamish?

What does it mean to be squeamish?

Easily grossed out: Someone who is squeamish is easily disturbed by blood or disgusting things. ...Read more

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Does it mean anything if your labia is kind of purple?

Does it mean anything if your labia is kind of purple?

BLOOD POOLING: When blood stays too long in one place oxygen level goes down, color changes from bright pink to blue purple. ...Read more