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What should be done about diarrhea that lasts for more then a week?

What should be done about diarrhea that lasts for more then a week?

See your doc: See your doctor to evaluate your stools for parasites or infections. In the meantime increase your fiber intake and simplify your foods. Brat diet (bananas, rice, apples and toast). ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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What can be done about a red eye for more than three weeks?

What can be done  about a red eye for more than three weeks?

Exam: A red eye for three weeks merits an exam, as most minor causes will have resolved in that time period. Add'l symptoms that would prompt an exam include pain, light sensitivity, blurred or hazy vision, or discharge and/or tearing. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea for a couple of weeks something to be concerned about (maybe 2-3 bm's/day)?

Is diarrhea for a couple of weeks something to be concerned about (maybe 2-3 bm's/day)?

Not having diarrhea: Normal bowel frequency varies from 3 movements/ day to one movement every 3 to 4 days. Stool consistency, measured by bristol stool scale, varies from normal (4), hard (1-3), soft (5-7). Stool frequency you describe does not meet the medical definition of diarrhea. Perhaps you have a change in stool texure, urgency, or volume? Report accompanying symptoms (blood, tenderness, fever) to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been having nosebleeds several times a week for the last few months. Is this anything to be concerned about?

I have been having nosebleeds several times a week for the last few months. Is this anything to be concerned about?

Nosebleeds Recurrent: Recurrent nosebleeds, especially if last longer than four weeks, warrant a thorough evaluation for blood clotting disorders. Most commonly, nosebleeds occur due to irritation to the nose, and are more of a nuisance than serious. The best way to manage nosebleeds is to keep the nasal membranes moist with saline mist / gel. All patients taking blood thinners should use saline nasal sprays. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a mass in your uterus and your period lasts only for two days and is there a possibility that you might be pregnant ?

Is it ok to have a mass in your uterus and your period lasts only for two days  and is there a possibility that you might be pregnant ?

Unclear: Do you have a fibroid? That is the most common mass in the uterus and is generally benign. They can interfere with your cycle, but usually cause it to be longer and heavier. If you think you could be pregnant, do a test. ...Read more

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I get a headache that last for several days after ejaculation. Is this normal? Is there any treatments? Do I need to consult a neurologist?

I get a headache that last for several days after ejaculation. Is this normal? Is there any treatments?  Do I need to consult a neurologist?

Not normal: Post-Coital or post-ejaculation headaches are uncommon, but can be very problematic for patients. In general, to help rule out other possible associated problems, it would be very reasonable to see a neurologist. Take care, and good luck! ...Read more

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Is it normal to have your period for more than 20 days? If not what should I do?

Is it normal to have your period for more than 20 days? If not what should I do?

It could be a sign : Of hormonal imbalance, thickening of your endometrial lining, sign of tumor etc. Follow up with your gyn. Take care! ...Read more

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Is it normal to be having hives for over a week?

Is it normal to be having hives for over a week?

No: Hives less than 6 weeks are defined as "acute, " and longer than 6 weeks are "chronic." acute hives often resolve on their own, if not, they are redefined as chronic. ...Read more

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Continued...should I wait a couple more days to see a doctor because the Monistat says it could take up to a week for all symptoms to resolve?

Continued...should I wait a couple more days to see a doctor because the Monistat says it could take up to a week for all symptoms to resolve?

Maybe: A lot of women misdiagnose a yeast infection. Yeast infections tend to cause more external than internal symptoms, are more likely to have a cottage cheese like discharge and aren't usually associated with an foul or fishy odor. At your age too, an STD check even if in a stable relationship is a good idea. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you spot a week after your period and been spotting for more then one day?

What does it mean if you spot a week after your period and been spotting for more then one day?

Likely normal: Mid cycle spotting is not uncommon nor abnormal. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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A few times a month over the last few years I will get a headache that will be about an 8 but only last for about 2 seconds. Should I worry?

A few times a month over the last few years I will get a headache that will be about an 8 but only last for about 2 seconds. Should I worry?

No: Sharp head pains lasting just a few seconds are not uncommon and usually are not a symptom of a serious problem. The fact that there has been no worsening over a number of years is reassuring. The exact cause of this type of pain is unknown. ...Read more

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Is it typical to still not have your period for almost a month. Even with a uti. Couple more days of meds than I am done.

Is it typical to still not have your period for almost a month. Even with a uti. Couple more days of meds than I am done.

Month late?: Are you saying that you are a month late for your period? That's not normal. Have you taken a pregnancy test? What are you using for contraception? The UTI shouldn't have affected your period. You should make an appointment with your doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have real contractions only a few times a day? What should I do? 29 weeks

Is it possible to have real contractions only a few times a day? What should I do? 29 weeks

Yes: Many women will begin having occasional contractions after 22 to 26 weeks. A few contractions a day should not be concerning and is quite common. However, more than 3 or 4 contractions an hour for more than an hour before 34 weeks gestation warrants evaluation for premature labor. ...Read more

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Been feeling bloated for about a week. Even with little food intake. Is it time to see a doctor?

Been feeling bloated for about a week. Even with little food intake. Is it time to see a doctor?

Maybe: bloating is a very non specific finding that can be related to upper GI tract or colonic problems. A coomon cause in people of your age group is lactose intolerance. Try avoiding all dairy for a few weeks. If symptoms persist I would see a physician ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about having diarrhea more than three times a week ?

Get it checked: May be something, may be nothing. Could be irritable bowel, could be parasites, celiac sprue, inflammatory bowel, tumors, hormones, etc. See your doc. ...Read more

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I've had orange stools for more than six months with no other identifiable symptoms. Is this something I should be concerned about?

I've had orange stools for more than six months with no other identifiable symptoms. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Stool change: Foods that can cause orange stools: sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, cilantro, thyme, kale, spinach, turnip greens & collards. Artificial food coloring & some meds (antacids) are other reasons. Inadequate bile, gallstones, blocked bile ducts, irritable bowel & diarrhea are possibilities especially with symptoms like diarrhea, constipation or abd.Discomfort. Stooling change warrants eval. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more