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What is anaphylaxis? Why is it such a big deal?

What is anaphylaxis? Why is it such a big deal?

You can die.: Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction affecting many organs at once. Most serious is swelling shutting off movement of air through the windpipe & leakage of plasma out of the bloodstream leading to catastrophic loss of blood pressure, shock & heart stoppage. Death occurs in 1% of all episodes of anaphylaxis. Its victims are often children and young adults in the prime of life. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristin Sokol
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Anaphylactic Shock (Definition)

Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen. After being exposed to a substance such as bee sting venom, the person's immune system becomes sensitized to it. When the person is exposed to that allergen again, an allergic reaction may occur. Anaphylaxis happens quickly after the exposure, is severe, and ...Read more


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What is constrictive pericarditis? Why is it such a big deal?

What is constrictive pericarditis? Why is it such a big deal?

Limited treatment: Constrictive pericarditis describes a situation in which the sac around the heart has gotten very stiff - usually as a result of prior inflammation from either infection or maybe open heart surgery - and as a result does not allow the heart muscle to expand whenever it needs to in order to accept more blood returning from the body or the lung. Surgery is the only effective treatment once symptoms. ...Read more

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What is behcet’s syndrome? Why is it such a big deal?

What is behcet’s syndrome? Why is it such a big deal?

Inflamation: Bchecet syndrome is a rare disorder that leads to chonic inflamation of the blood vessels of the entire body. The symptoms can come and go. Areas effected include, eyes, skin, joints, digestive tract. If the inflamation is left untreated it can lead to permanent damage to the organs involved. If you have this, and have not consulted a rheumatologist, you should. ...Read more

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What is dislocated shoulder? Why is it such a big deal?

What is dislocated shoulder? Why is it such a big deal?

Instability: Shoulder dislocations are really only a problem when they become recurrent. Many individuals experiencing dislocation for the 1st time can recover fully after this event with restoration of strength and motion. However the younger the individual the more likely this will become a recurrent problem requiring surgical stabilization, especially in the young athlete involved in collision sports. ...Read more

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What happens if herpes is so common, is it a big deal?

What happens if herpes is so common, is it a big deal?

Psychological impact: Good question. The large majority of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections are mild, with minor or no symptoms. Serious complications can occur, but the biggest problem is often psychological, a sense of contamination and fear of transmission to others, especially for genital herpes. Most people with oral or genital herpes are not seriously affected and live pretty much normal lives. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as severe menopause?, and if so, what is it? How serious is this, and is there a good prognosis associated with it ?

Is there such a thing as severe menopause?, and if so, what is it? How serious is this, and is there a good prognosis associated with it ?

Your own opinion: The "severity" is entirely a personal opinion. Different people react differently to the same degree of symptoms. If you think yours are "severe", consult your physician. ...Read more

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What exactly is apetamin and is it a danger ?

What exactly is apetamin and is it a danger ?

Medication reactions: Apetamin is a vitamin supplement that contains cyproheptadine. This is an old fashioned antihistamine traditionally used to help patients gain appetite. Antihistamines can call drowsiness, fast heart rate, dry mouth etc. I would not use this product until you have reviewed it with your MD to make sure your not at risk. Cross reacts with other at times. http://transmawfoods.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=488 ...Read more

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Is CMV (cytomegalovirus) really that big a deal? Or is it only a big deal if you're pregnant?

Is CMV (cytomegalovirus) really that big a deal? Or is it only a big deal if you're pregnant?

Depends: Most have this as a benign viral illness in childhood. They develop antibodies to it and if normal, never need to worry about it. If you get it for the FIRST time while pregnant, it can pass to the fetus and cause a variety of problems from deafness to brain damage. It is from a family of viruses that hibernate in your body and can make you sick later if you are ever immune suppressed. ...Read more

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Is it allergies or is it a cold? I have a hard time telling what the problem is.

Is it allergies or is it a cold?  I have a hard time telling what the problem is.

See below: Colds are normally a self limited illness of 10 to 14 days. A cold may have a fever with it for the first couple of day, allergies do not. Also, allergies tend to cause more sneezing, nasal itchiness, as well as, watery, itchy eyes. Allergy medications, zyrtec, claritin, and allegra, will not help alleviate cold symptoms. ...Read more

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I like a lot is salt, is there something wrong if my food is too salty? What are the consequences ?

I like a lot is salt, is there something wrong if my food is too salty? What are the consequences ?

Excess salt: Excess salt will raise blood pressure, will swell tissues, will ralse blood volume, and can promote kidney stones; Consequences are not healtlhy; try to limit salt; use a salt substitute: Mrs DASH products are excellent - find in grocery store; onion salt and garlic salt are excellent; ...Read more

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I've heard that there is something called a "subtle pneumonia".Could you please explain what this is and the way it works?Does it have a medical name?

I've heard that there is something called a "subtle pneumonia".Could you please explain what this is and the way it works?Does it have a medical name?

Subtle Pneumonia: Either you do or don't have pneumonia. It may have been sounds heard by a stethoscope or your symptoms but not present on CXR. This would be enough evidence to treat. Sometimes these are called " soft signs". ...Read more

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What can happen is a teen is given a sleeping prescription that is too strong what could happen?

What can happen is a teen is given a sleeping prescription that is too strong what could happen?

Never ever used them: There are over the counter meds that will work in the few instances where sleep aids are needed.Melatonin or diphenhydramine are innocuous and well tolerated. I have never used sleep meds on any kid of any age in more than 3 decades of practice. Any prescription med that is strong enough to help is also strong enough to do harm. ...Read more

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This is a serious problem for thousands of people. After a while, you cannot sleep. It is not the heartbeat - what is it exactly?

This is a serious problem for thousands of people. After a while, you cannot sleep. It is not the heartbeat - what is it exactly?

Insomnia: Actually, that includes many varieties of sleep difficulties and each may have more than one possible cause. Our sensitivity range is wide and the same person can change over life. There are specialists and clinics for this. Breathing is often part - worries - pains - schedules - so many thing on top of things. At least rest when you can. ...Read more

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What is a geographic tongue is it dangers or is it due to stress ?

What is a geographic tongue is it dangers or is it due to stress


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Geographic Tongue: It is completely benign. Many people have it (erythema migrans) for a long time without ever knowing it. Some people note it is sometimes more active than others but it almost always looks different daily which is why we call it what we call it erythema=red migrans=moves so the redness moves around on the tongue. It also looks like a map! it does not go away but is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

For kidney failure: A kidney transplant is needed if an individual no longer has sufficient kidney function to produce urine and remove waste products. There is a long list of kidney diseases that can result in kidney failure. Some occur in children who are born with damaged kidneys and others develop kidney failure later in life. After a kidney transplant, normal kidney function is restored. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a major depression that is not treatable, no matter what is done about it?

Is it possible to have a major depression that is not treatable, 
no matter what is done about it?

Sometimes: There is a small percentage of people who have "refractory depression", meaning that they do not respond to treatment. This is becoming less likely due to the variety of treatments now available. If you are someone you know has struggled with long term depression that has not responded to treatment, try not to give up. Continue to see help. ...Read more

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What is globulin. And is it good or bad ?

What is globulin. And is it good or bad ?

A protein: Globulin is a type of protein that can be tested for n the blood, and is neither good nor bad. It is simply a way for a provider to determine specific possible conditions based on a patients presentation and levels. ...Read more

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There is blood block in brain, what treatment s d best? Is it a very serious problem or a small problem which can be solved?

There is blood block in brain, what treatment s d best? Is it a very serious problem or a small problem which can be solved?

Worrisome: Blocks are strokes - is this the cause of your weakness?You may recover and never have another, but this could also be a warning of another stroke and that could cause loss of function that might not recover. Control your high BP and you may be started on aspirin. At the time of a stroke, you may start on blood thinners and tpa (alteplase). Post stroke rehab activities are valuable but may take effort. ...Read more

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What happens and is there a serious problem when a cat bites someone hard ?

What happens and is there a serious problem when a cat bites someone hard ?

Infection?: A "hard" cat bite can cause a deep puncture wound. An infection can be caused by unusual bacteria, in addition to Staph and Strep. Tetanus shot, debridement, irrigation w/ saline, and maybe antibiotics are utilized. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylactic Shock) (Definition)

A severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. ...Read more