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Are you more prone to infection when you have the common cold?

Are you more prone to infection when you have the common cold?

Somewhat: Secondary bacterial infection is more common when tissues have been damaged by underlying infection with another organism like a virus. That having been said, it is still unusual for that to happen if not due to influenza or a similar virus. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Why are you more prone to getting the flu/a cold when the weather is cold?

Why are you more prone to getting the flu/a cold when the weather is cold?

You aren't...: Exposure to cold weather, in and of itself, doesn't make you more prone to the flu. To be sure, more cold/flu infections do occur in the winter months, but it's thought that this is more related to opening of schools, staying indoors in close contact with others (who don't wash their hands!), and relatively lower humidity that can help some viruses out. So wash your hands and don't be afraid! ...Read more

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If you are ill from another sickness, are you they more susceptible to typhoid?

If you are ill from another sickness, are you they more susceptible to typhoid?

Possible: Typhoid infection requires a large number of bacteria taken orally from fecally contaminated materials. If you have low stomach acid either from an underlying disease, or you are taking antacids it reduces the number of bacteria necessary to infect you. Also, prior use of antibiotics may open binding sites on the intestinal surface which makes it easier for salmonella typhi to attach. ...Read more

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You are likely to get sick if close to sick people indoors, but what if outdoors, are you likely to catch infections or does the fresh air protect u?

You are likely to get sick if close to sick people indoors, but what if outdoors, are you likely to catch infections or does the fresh air protect u?

Sunlight kills germs: Yes - when we are indoors - it's much easier to 'catch' something from someone else...especially if they are NOT covering their sneeze or cough properly. The great thing about being outdoors is the sunlight will quickly inactivate any germs sprayed forth from a sneeze or cough. Hopefully a fair breeze also can waft any surviving germ particles away in the other direction. ...Read more

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Are you more resistant to pain if you were exposed to a lot of pain when you were a baby?

Difficult: Past experiences typically can act like a predisposition rather than increasing resistance. You would need a consult with a pain center or a psychologist or a psychiatrist to assess your situation specifically. ...Read more

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How much more susceptible do you become to disease when you are flying?

How much more susceptible do you become to disease when you are flying?

Generally none but: The answer needs to be targeted to your specific situation. Be more specific. Generally no problem exist however there is a large change in the partial pressure of oxygen on the body at altitudes that can affect the way medications react on the body (Pilots = no Medications). This may even prematurely advance certain problems. However commercial flying is of no consequence vs. military flying. ...Read more

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Why is it that women are more prone to get cold than men?

Why is it that women are more prone to get cold than men?

Several reasons.: Women have strategically placed body fat, that men do not have. Fat has very little blood flow and is naturally colder than skin overlying muscle. Metabolism and muscullar work is another facttor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are europeans more susceptible to obesity then other cultures and if so why?

Can you tell me, are europeans more susceptible to obesity then other cultures and if so why?

Its not true: EATING TOO MUCH CHEAP,READYMADE PROCESSED AND JUNK FOOD AND ANIMAL FOODS is the main cause.STOP DAIRY,MEAT AND FISH.Become a vegan and enjoy meat and dairy once a month or never.Stop all SODA and drink WATER which is God's drink.Stop all chemical makeup and plastic use.Stop taking vitamin supplements.Use magnesium oil daily on both legs and feet_ bedtime.sleep sharp at 10 pm,stop blue light by 7pm ...Read more

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If you're hips are wide before pregnancy are they more likely to get wider during pregnancy or less likely to get wider during pregnancy?

If you're hips are wide before pregnancy are they more likely to get wider during pregnancy  or less likely to get wider during pregnancy?

Wide track for hips: A former car manufacturer, Pontiac, made several commercials featuring their "wide track" stance. The width of your bony pelvis and hips is presently a constant. However, pregnancy will allow the ligaments between the pelvic bone joints to be flexible enough to allow them to separate at delivery. Post partum those changes reverse, and if the hips get wider at that point, it is usually due to fat. ...Read more

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When you are pregnant will your breast be sensitive to cold air?

When you are pregnant will your breast be sensitive to cold air?

Possibly: During pregnancy, women report breast tenderness that is associated with an increase in gland number and size. They do not report that they are more sensitive to cold air, but this is possible. It is not a sign of anything bad. ...Read more

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If you are very allergic to fungus, are you more susceptible to fungal infections of sinuses?

If you are very allergic to fungus, are you more susceptible to fungal infections of sinuses?

Fungal allergies: Hello, that is a very good question. I diagnose fungal allergic rhinitis very often yet very few patients suffer from sinusitis let alone fungal sinusitis. So if you have allergies and are sensitive to mold, that may trigger inflammation within the nasal and sinus lining that may lead to an infection. It will most likely be a bacterial or viral infection ...Read more

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Please describe the times you are least susceptible to getting pregnant?

Please describe the times you are least susceptible to getting pregnant?

Contraception.: When you are in the middle of your period or when already pregnant. However, if you don't want to become pregnant - it is best to use an appropriate form of contraception. ...Read more

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Why are pregnant women more susceptible to heartburn?

Why are pregnant women more susceptible to heartburn?

Heartburn & pregnant: Heartburn is expected as part of pregnancy due to (1) upward pressure from the growing baby upon the stomach, and (2) the effect of progesterone in relaxing the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach. There may be some medications that are safe to take in pregnancy, but please consult with your Obstetrician first as not all medications are safe for the baby. ...Read more

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After surgery, are you more prone to having colds?

After surgery, are you more prone to having colds?

Unlikely: But need more info. What kind of surgery, how many "colds", and lots of other data. This is impossible to answer since know nothing of your medical history. ...Read more

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Why is one more susceptible to nausea & more likely to vomit from motion sickness if they have food in their stomach?

Why is one more susceptible to nausea & more likely to vomit from motion sickness if they have food in their stomach?

This is NOT: necessarily true!! There is the opinion that having a partially full stomach helps to PREVENT sea sickness. There is also the "logic" that you cannot actually vomit if there is NO FOOD ("Dry Heaves") Would suggest that there are effective anti-motion sickness medications available! (Used shortly BEFORE the actual motion exposure for best results) Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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When is the worst time for a woman to participate In sexual activity if they are trying to prevent pregnancy?

When is the worst time for a woman to participate In sexual activity if they are trying to prevent pregnancy?

Timing of pregnancy: To try to use timing to avoid pregnancy often results in an unwanted pregnancy. You should see a doctor or perhaps Planned Parenthood to get birth control pills or advice on safe sex, before you get pregnant with unprotected sex. ...Read more

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Are condoms more likely to break in certain positions?

Are condoms more likely to break in certain positions?

Condom failure: It's probably not positions which break it. Condoms break if they are too small (lucky you), too old (check expiration date), stored improperly (heat and light must be avoided), or if an oil lubricant or no lubricant is used (use silicone or water based only). Buy fresh condoms in your size with water based lubricant, and you should have no problems. Remember to leave room for the reservoir tip. ...Read more

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Are pregnant women more susceptible to morning sickness?

Are pregnant women more susceptible to morning sickness?

Yes: Morning sickness is the lay term for the nausea of pregnancy. Hyperemesis is the medical term if this is significant. Basically only pregnanct women get "morning sickness". ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting the mumps?

Are some people more prone to getting the mumps?

If Unimmunized: With current available immunizations, the risk of mumps is only elevated in unimmunized people. Also rare immunodeficiency diseases may allow increased risk , if exposed. ...Read more