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What exactly is circumcision and why do they do it?

What exactly is circumcision and why do they do it?

Removal of foreskin: The foreskin is a piece of skin that covers the glans, or the head of the penis. In circumcision, this foreskin is removed. There is no medical necessity for this, but it is associated with a lower incidence of urinary tract infections, and penile cancer. Often it is done due to tradition or for religious reasons. ...Read more

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Dr. George Klauber
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Circumcision (Definition)

Keep your baby's penis clean and dry. The initial redness and swelling should improve over 1 -2 weeks. Avoid wiping or swabbing the wound area. If there is a dressing, change it according ...Read more


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What exactly does the appendix do and why do you have it?Also why do people get it removed?

What exactly does the appendix do and why do you have it?Also why do people get it removed?

Nothing: The appendix is just a finger-like projection off the base of the cecum. It has no specific purpose we are aware of. It can become inflamed and swell closed at its base, cutting off its own blood supply through the pressure of the swelling. As it does so it can begin leaking fecal matter and pus into the abdomen. Recognizing the process from the start and removing it before it leaks is needed. ...Read more

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What is douching? I know it's something women do (maybe guys do it too) but what is it and why do they do it?

What is douching? I know it's something women do (maybe guys do it too) but what is it and why do they do it?

No, only women.: Both sexes can cleans external genitalia. But douching feres to cleaning the vaginal canal with water and/or a cleansing agents. ...Read more

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What is a bunion? How do you treat it? Why are they so painful?

What is a bunion? How do you treat it? Why are they so painful?

Bony deformity : A bunion is a bony bump on the joint at the base of your big toe. It happens when your big toe points toward your second toe.Things you can do to improve the pain are wear wide, low-heeled shoes, or special shoes designed to have extra space around the big toe. Do stretching exercises – this helps the toe and foot joints move better.Wear a bunion pad – this is a small cushion that keeps the big toe from rubbing against your shoe. You can also ice it after exercising, or take Ibuprofen or advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is a mammogram and when do I need one?

How do I know exactly what is a mammogram and when do I need one?

Mammogram: A mammogram is a low dose xray of the breasts, usually performed for screening(detection of breast cancer in asymptomatice women) or to evaluate a lump or other symptom(diagnostic mammo). The American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others recommend annual screening starting at age 40 for the average risk woman. If you are a BRCA carrier, or otherwise at very high risk, sooner ...Read more

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What can I do to know if my orthodontist is really good?

What can I do to know if my orthodontist is really good?

Ask: Seek treatment by a qualified Orthodontic Specialist. Ask the Orthodontist for his/her CV. Ask your a Dentist for his/her opinion...your Dentist is in the best position to evaluate the Orthodontist's body of work and technical competence. Reviews on computer or word-of-mouth recommendations have more to do with social interaction than the quality of the treatment provided, but is important. ...Read more

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What is dehiscence? What do they do about it?

What is dehiscence? What do they do about it?

Tissue opening: A dehiscence in medicine refers to the coming apart, separation or opening of tissues. Sometimes this occurs in a surgical wound. Repair is surgical, depending on the extent and severity of the dehiscence. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is a thoracic surgeon and what do they do?

How do I know exactly what is a thoracic surgeon and what do they do?

By definition : A thoracic surgeon treats and diagnoses diseases of the chest. This includes the lungs, esophagus, pericardium, diaphragm and mediastinum. Typically, they have completed a 5-7 year residency in general surgery and a 2-3 year residency in cardiothoracic surgery. ...Read more

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What is "drown-proofing", and how do you do it?

What is "drown-proofing", and how do you do it?

Floating mechanism: Drownproofing is a method for surviving in water disaster scenarios without sinking or drowning. The technique involves practicing keeping the lungs hyperinflated in water (subject floats in a near-relaxed position, raises himself up with hands to take a breath, then floats back with mouth at the level of water surface). Practice several times. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not know why my bottom eyelid is sore. Please help!?

What to do if I do not know why my bottom eyelid is sore. Please help!?

Evaluation: Most likely, if there was no history of trauma, this is probably an early stye. Try treating it with frequent applications of heated washcloths from the tap, and if it persists or there is some change in the structure of the lid, see your ophthalmologist for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not know why my bottom eyelid is sore. please help!!!?

What to do if I do not know why my bottom eyelid is sore. please help!!!?

Stye: The most common spontaneous pain in your eye lid and your age group is a beginning stye which you can treat with 4-5 applications of heat each day. If there is vision change, pus inside or redness of the eye, see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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If it is not know how buspirone works why do they still give it to people?

Effective med: Many medications we use everyday do not have well understood mechanisms of action. However, when used to treat specific conditions, they work very well. Just because we may not understand exactly how a medication fixes a problem, does not mean we do not use it if it has been scientifically shown to treat the condition. This is very common in medicine. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is a dental dam and does it work?

How do I know exactly what is a dental dam and does it work?

A rubber barrier: A dental dam is a square piece of thin rubber that stretches over the teeth you are having treated. This creates a barrier between your teeth and your mouth. This is critical with bonded dentistry, such as tooth colored fillings, so all moisture can be controlled also when removing old silver fillings you eliminate the risk of the patient accidentally swallowing anything. Absolute must! ...Read more

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What to do if i know that the sun causes skin cancer, but exactly how does it do it?

What to do if i know that the sun causes skin cancer, but exactly how does it do it?

DNA damage : The ultraviolet rays in sunlight damages the dna in the cells in your skin including epithelial cells and melanocytes. Over time with chronic exposure the dna damage accumulates in important genes and the cells begin to grow out of control and become a skin cancer. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm very curious to know what guys think. My labia is more on the larger side and what to do if i'm self conscious about it, so boys what do you prefer?

What to do if i'm very curious to know what guys think. My labia is more on the larger side and what to do if i'm self conscious about it, so boys what do you prefer?

Think about who: might answer your question? The male healthtap physician are not "boys". I really doubt any physician on this panel would tell you their personal preference regarding labial size. I would encourage you to accept your body. You can consider consultation with a plastic surgeon if you desire further feedback or to learn about surgical options. ...Read more

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Is it weird to have bruised knees and not exactly know how they appeared?

Is it weird to have bruised knees and not exactly know how they appeared?

No: If this continues to occur try to determine when you are getting blunt trauma to the front of your knees. Some people will bruise easier than others. You may be one of those people. It is not really to much of a concern unless this happens frequently in other places as well. ...Read more

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Circumcised (Definition)

Surgical removal ...Read more