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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


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Patients with penile fracture are advised to see a doctor ASAP. Why is this and what does the doctor do to save them?

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Patients with penile fracture are advised to see a doctor ASAP. Why is this and what does the doctor do to save them?

Here are some ...: Hi! PaulH, The professional experience has repeatedly confirmed an early surgical repair of penile fracture can better preserve erectile function, shorten recovery, and leave less penile curvature. Of course, nothing could be perfect and everything comes with a price. More? Ask your Doc. Best wish ... Oh! Let me know how you have recovered from what you suffered so far. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood in stools..I have booked an appointment with the doctor. How will the doctor diagnose th problem?

What to do if I have blood in stools..I have booked an appointment with the doctor. How will the doctor diagnose th problem?

History/Examination : A GI doctor would obtain a history of the bleeding. He/she will ask pertinent questions and determine frequency and if there is any associated pain with bowel movements or straining due to hard stools /constipation. Family history of colon cancer will be asked so impt to know it. A rectal exam and colonoscopy may be indicated based on your family history and response to questions. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a bad bladder infection, when you needed to see a doctor asap? What can you do at home in mean time till you go to the doctor ?

What are the signs of a bad bladder infection, when you needed to see a doctor asap? What can you do at home in mean time till you go to the doctor ?

Cystitis: Cystitis can be very uncomfortable. You likely we will need antibiotic treatment after having a urinalysis and urine culture. While waiting to get to the clinic or your physicians office you can drink plenty of water and get over-the-counter azo pills to blunt the discomfort. ...Read more

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What can you do with a infected abscess if your daughter doesn't wanna go to the hospital?

What can you do with a infected abscess if your daughter doesn't wanna go to the hospital?

Office procedure: Many offices or urgent care centers are set up to drain an abscess in the office under a local anesthetic. In the mean time you can apply moist heat to the area and it may come to a head & drain spontaneously. It would still need to be looked at but that should relieve some of the pain until you can get in. ...Read more

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Can you go to the doctors and ask for a circumcision or does your doctor have to approve it?

Can you go to the doctors and ask for a circumcision or does your doctor have to approve it?

Yes you can: However it is always best to first go thru your dr. Also depends upon your medical insurance. Circumcision will be approved and paid for by your insurance provided there are medical indications for the procedure such as phimosis (tight foreskin) or recurrent balanitis & posthitis (inflammation of foreskin or glans). ...Read more

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If a doctor exam you does the doctor have to tell you what the doctor found?

Doctor exam: yes the doctor needs to tell you what was found during the examination. If he is doing further testing he should explain what that is for and what he is looking for or what he is trying to rule out. Unless you are felt to be incompetent for some reason then this would be explained to a guardian. ...Read more

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Will a ER doctor tell you if something is really wrong? Or will they send you home and wait for you to follow up with your pcp?

Will a ER doctor tell you if something is really wrong? Or will they send you home and wait for you to follow up with your pcp?

They will admit you: If you are seriously ill the emergency medicine physician will admit you... Even if its only likely that you are ill, you will be admitted. If they sent you home to follow up, it means there may be a problem but they didn't see it as urgent, or that it is nonurgent but needs more evaluation to see what the problem is. ...Read more

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How does on tell if they need to go to the doctor for a cough?

How does on tell if they need to go to the doctor for a cough?

Persistent cough: Persistent cough or discharge, fever, pain or difficulty breathing. Severe or moderate generalized body pains. Those or some reasons to be concerned, along with others like blood in the sputum or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy and endoscopy find a hernia? And if so what will the doc do if he does find one or any other type of seriously immediate problem?

Can a colonoscopy and endoscopy find a hernia? And if so what will the doc do if he does find one or any other type of seriously immediate problem?

NO: Huge abdominal hernias , visible hernias scope could enter , but not the way to diagnose hernia . How ever laparoscopy will detect hernias . Speak to you doctor ...Read more

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Was it the wrong thing to do by not allowing the doctor to do a rectal check to see if there was bloody stool?

Was it the wrong  thing to do by not allowing the doctor to do a rectal check to see if there was bloody stool?

Yes, but...: Unless you have a polyposis syndrome, risk of malignant colon polyps at 41 years old is low. In older patients, the vast majority of polyps are non-malignant. Polyps may bleed, but at 41 the possibility of juvenile retention polyposis is low. However, bleeding per rectum at your age more typically runs the spectrum from hemorrhoids & anal fissures to crohn's/colitis, ischemia, & infection. ...Read more

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If you go to the ER for pelvic pain and the doctor takes your blood and urine, will they tell you if you have and std?

If you go to the ER for pelvic pain and the doctor takes your blood and urine, will they tell you if you have and std?

Depends: If you are female and you go to er for pelvic pain, you will get blood/urine/vaginal tests for the following: (pregnancy test/yeast infection/ std: hiv, syphilis, trichomonas, gardnerella, chlamydia, gonorrhea/ non-std urine infection). You will get an ultrasound or ct scan to look for ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy and appendicitis. You might get tested for hepatitis and herpes but not likely. ...Read more

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When should you go to the hospital or see a doctor about excessive vomiting?

When should you go to the hospital or see a doctor about excessive vomiting?

When you can't drink: In healthy people, vomiting for 24-48 hours can be treated at home by drinking small amounts of liquids at frequent intervals. Try gingerale. Warning signs to see a doctor: Feeling dizzy, blood or dark coffee grounds in your vomit, severe abdominal pain or fever, or failure to make urine. If your vomiting has not slowed down or improved after 48 hours, it's also time to see a doctor. ...Read more

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How to know if i need to go to the doctor for a mild fever?

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How to know if i need to go to the doctor for a mild fever?

Wait 7-10 days: A mild fever can typically be treated at home. Sometimes complications may arise that require a doctor's help. If a mild fever doesn't resolve in 7-10 days see your doctor for consultation. ...Read more

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Should your doctor do a rectovaginal exam when you go in for your pap, just to be thorough?

Should your doctor do a rectovaginal exam when you go in for your pap, just to be thorough?

Probably hot.: Unless symptoms and complaints of things like hemorrhoids or changes in bowel habits warrant it, this exam would probably not be done, and not with a pap, which is a swab of the cervix. This would have no connection/involvement with the rectum, unless by some possible abnormality. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a fever of 101.5, should I go to the doctor asap?

What to do if I have a fever of 101.5, should I go to the doctor asap?

Depends: Is there anything else going on in your body to go with the fever? Do others around you have some illness? Can you tolerate what symptoms you have and is there an underlying history of previous illness that might predispose you to severe illness. If everyone who has a fever of 101.5 runs to the doctor, then doctors and emergency rooms would be totally flooded with such people. ...Read more

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Should I go see a doctor about fertility problems? Which kind of doctor do I need to see?

Should I go see a doctor about fertility problems? Which kind of doctor do I need to see?

Need more info: Hi. I guess it is safe to assume you've been trying to conceive for months without success. What is your gender? If you're a woman, your gyn will know the good fertility clinics in your area. If you're a man, your partner's gyn will steer you both to a good fertility clinic. Both the woman and the man need to be evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more

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What would the doctor do if I went to the hospital for constipation?

What would the doctor do if I went to the hospital for constipation?

Bowel protocol: You will have medicine to help you have a bowel movement. Sometimes an enema is necessary. ...Read more

Stool Is Black (Definition)

Stool is black is a symptom in which there is black, reddish-black, or very dark coloring to stools. Black stools can be due to old blood in the stools ...Read more


Feces (Definition)

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