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Doctor insights on: What Is Premature Prolonged Membrane Rupture And Should I Be Concerned About It

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What is premature prolonged membrane rupture and should I be concerned about it?

What is premature prolonged membrane rupture and should I be concerned about it?

Yes: Rupturing of the membranes is a natural part of the birthing process that can be done by a doctor or can occur spontaneously. The risks are infectious as bacteria can ascend and infect the membranes, uterus, and even your baby. Prolonged rupture means greater than 18 hrs and premature rupture means prior to onset of labor. The infection risks increase as the length of ruptured time increases. ...Read more

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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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Just was told i have a uterine polyp about 7.2cm. What is the treatment, is it considered small or large and should I be concerned?

Just was  told i have a uterine polyp about 7.2cm. What is the treatment, is it considered small or large and should I be concerned?

Symptomatic?: 7.2 cm is a fairly large polyp, the non pregnant uterus is about 7.6 cm. I assume that you had symptoms that led to finding the polyp. If you can live with the symptoms then you can live with the polyp. If the symptoms are not bearable or get worse then you should have it surgically removed. ...Read more

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My doctor told me I may be at risk of bleeding problems during chemotherapy. Why is this a concern? Is there anything I can do to prevent bleeding?

My doctor told me I may be at risk of bleeding problems during chemotherapy. Why is this a concern? Is there anything I can do to prevent bleeding?

Chemotherapy can weaken your bone marrow's ability to produce platelets, a blood cell that helps stop bleeding by binding to the site of damaged blood vessels and helping your blood to clot: When you have low levels of platelets, you bleed and bruise more easily. Cuts that bleed excessively, Menstrual periods that are heavier or last longer than usual, Bloody vomit, Black or bloody stool, Reddish or pinkish urine, Dizziness, headaches or changes in vision, Unexpected bruising, Red spots under your skin. Shave with an electric razor, not a razor blade. , Don't walk around barefoot. , Blow your nose gently. , Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush. , Avoid contact sports and other rough activities. , Use sanitary pads instead of tampons. , Don't drink alcohol without first asking your doctor. , Don't take any over-the-counter medicines without asking your doctor. , Eat high-fiber foods to avoid constipation. Hard bowel movements can scrape at the lining of your intestines. . If you do start to bleed, use a clean cloth to press down firmly on the area until the bleeding stops. Call your doctor if the bleeding doesn't stop after a few minutes. ...Read more

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I have a A/G ratio of 3.0. 3 months ago it was 1.5. Should I be concerned that it has gotten so high, so fast? What can cause it to be high?

I have a A/G ratio of 3.0. 3 months ago it was 1.5. Should I be concerned that it has gotten so high, so fast? What can cause it to be high?

See your doctor.: First, ask your doctor. A repeat test may help. If truly elevated, the A/G ratio may be the result of underproduction of immunoglobulins (Igs), or less likely, elevated albumin. More tests, such as liver function tests and serum protein electrophoresis, may be needed to determine the cause (which can range from benign to serious). These can be ordered by your doctor as appropriate. Best wishes! ...Read more

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My blood pressure was 139/88 and is always close to that. Should I be worried? What could be the consequences of it being that high?

My blood pressure was 139/88 and is always close to that. Should I be worried? What could be the consequences of it being that high?

Needs addressing: That BP, if regularly at those levels, is too high. Lifestyle and dietary changes are the first modes of treatment. If you truly give them a real effort with the guidance of a nutritionist and your physician and the pressures are still elevated in 4-6 months, then medications need to be considered. Obviously a thorough blood and cardiac work up needs to be performed as well. Good luck!! ...Read more

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I have one testicle very large than the other what would cause this and should I be concerned about it? It does not cause any discomfort.

I have one testicle very large than the other what would cause this and should I be concerned about it?  It does not cause any discomfort.

See doc now: If the enlargement of your testicle is new and has not been examined by a doctor, it needs to be examined right away. There are benign reasons for masses in the scrotum, but testicular cancer is always a concern. Go get it examined now. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a surgical procedure when my platelet count is 252 and dropping and my mean platelet volume is 8.4? Should i be concerned?

Is it safe to have a surgical procedure when my platelet count is 252 and dropping and my mean platelet volume is 8.4? Should i be concerned?

This is adequate cou: Platelet counts will fluctuate between 150, 000 to 300, 000. If your count is over 150, 000, it is normal. Surgery can be done safely(if necessary) as long as platelet count is >50, 000. The mean platelet volume does not matter as long as the counts are sufficiently high. ...Read more

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If your ankles & feet are swollen for long periods of time is this something serious I should be worried about? It's not from an injury or anything.

If your ankles & feet are swollen for long periods of time is this something serious I should be worried about? It's not from an injury or anything.

I should be worried: if it was swollen in a short period of time because it could be related to heart , liver or kidney disease. Swollen for longer period of time could be due to orthostatic edema. Swelling of the ankles and feet is often an early symptom of venous insufficiency, a condition in which blood inadequately moves up the veins from the legs and feet up to the heart. See your doctor for confirmation. Best! ...Read more

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What is mono, a doctor on this app said I have it after having protected sex yesterday and I'm curious as to what it is and if it is serious or not?

What is mono, a doctor on this app said I have it after having protected sex yesterday and I'm curious as to what it is and if it is serious or not?

Viral sore throat : mononucleosis is a viral infection spread by close contact, does not have to be a sexual partner. It is simply a sore throat that will resolve on its own, but contact sports should be avoided as you may have done inflammation in your liver from the virus. ...Read more

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I read about you can develop sepsis from bitting nails, extremely worried now about that. What are the chances? Is it really possible?

I read about you can develop sepsis from bitting nails, extremely worried now about that. What are the chances? Is it really possible?

You'd have : Bite your nails so significantly that you compromise the associated nailed to create a portal of entry for bacteria. This would be exceptionally rare but not impossible like a person getting sick from flesh eating bacteria after a paper cut. I'm not sure anyone can quote you reasonable statistics due to its rarity. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 30 weeks pregnant and I'm pretty sure its my baby pushing on my ribs but it is very pain full is that normal or should I be worried?

What to do if I'm 30 weeks pregnant and I'm pretty sure its my baby pushing on my ribs but it is very pain full is that normal or should I be worried?

Rib pain/pregnancy: It may be the baby pushing against your ribs as the uterus advances upward, but I would suggest you let your treating OB MD know of your concern just in case there is another reason that he/she may be aware. ...Read more

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What to do if heart rate was 120 and as of now it is 100. Could my baby be harmed?

What to do if heart rate was 120 and as of now it is 100. Could my baby be harmed?

It depends...: ...On the situation. If the baby is still inside mom, a drop in heart rate below 100 could suggest a problem. However, if the baby is already outside mom, a heart rate of 100 is usually quite okay. We may need to factor in other circumstances, like the baby's age and whether there are any other symptoms. ...Read more

Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more