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Why Do I Get Bronchities Every Year
Need diagnosis...: You need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you are a smoker, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm from some other etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. If you smoke, smoking cessation is absolutely necessary and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more
Multiple reasons: Make sure they are really utis--the urine should be cultured, there can be many rasons to have blood or white blood cells in urine. Reasons: incomplete bladder emptying neurogenic bladder cystocele constipation connection of bowel and bladder immunologic deficiencies chronically infected kidney stones bladder diverticulum therefore you need to see your doc and have a thorough evaluation. ...Read more
Flu changes: The influenza virus mutates as it travels around the world each year. It arrives back changed enough that our immune system does not recognize it from the last round (or shot) this means we have to get vaccinated each year for the new "strains" of flu since our body perceives it as a new virus. Some years the virus changes more than others, leading to worse epidemics if the shot is rigged wrong. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do I get sick at least once a month? I do everything I can to prevent it, but I just keep catching colds and flus and I don't know why. Help?
Try vaseline: If you are not usinig condoms (don't use vaseline with latex condoms), a trick to try is to place a "glob" of vaselinie over the opening to your urethra prior to sex. Sort of push in a bit as you place the "glob" over the opening. This will add a barrier to keep bacteria from being milked up into the bladder during intercourse. Of course void after sex and drinks plenty of water. Just a tip! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physical exertion: Migraines occur in people with a genetic predisposition. Different people have different predisposing factors and triggers. Physical exertion commonly makes migraines worse. Physical exertion appears to be a trigger for your migraines. You should explore prophylactic treatment for migraines. For more info, see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
General risk factors: Thus far there has not been a direct link or cause and effect of menstrual cycle and UTI. Certainly there are hormonal changes but not correlated with UTI risk. Bottom line, continue to due the basics for UTI prevention and then see a Urologist to have further w/u ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unbalanced hormones: See your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
It depends...: They only help if they cover the current virus that is causing an influenza outbreak. The virus changes from year to year and the cdc makes an educated guess on which strains to cover in any given year. Fyi- you may not be getting actual influenza. There are thousands of viruses that can present with similar symptoms. The only way to know for sure is go to a clinic and get tested. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Triptans: There are many triptan meds which could potentially stop headaches if used in the first hour or so of the headache. There are pills to swallow, pills to dissolve in the mouth, nasal sprays, and even injectables. Not all triptans help all people, but it is worthwhile to try at least 2 or 3 variations if the initial fails. ...Read more
Why do I have to poop every time I drink water? I have had diarrhea for years now. Anything and everything makes me have to go.
Diahrrea for years??: That sounds unbelievable as stated. It sounds like you are exaggerating a bit too much. Go to a good gastroenterologist and give a good detailed history of yourself and get a thorough physical and laboratory exam. Thee are myriad possibilities but all good medicine starts with a detailed history and physical before any lab work! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Migraine neurologist: Given your age and your likely lack of other symptoms, your headaches are almost certainly migraines. I would suspect that you are taking something like Ibuprofen or excedrin which has put you into a rebound/medication overuse cycle. You should see a neurologist who can get you on the right meds; you need to be on a good preventative agent as well as a good acute agent (ie a triptan ie imitrex). ...Read more
Viral infection: Almost all cases of laryngitis are viral infections and there is no specific treatment for this except voice rest and fluids. The fact that this problem always follows a cold again suggests the laryngitis is viral. I can not explain why you always get this condition because it is not that common that every time you get a cold the viral infection descends into the vocal folds. ...Read more
I 23 year old male, healthy diet and get a cold every month. I am concerned i get too many infections . What you think ? I do have chronic stress
Stress weakens you: Your main problem is stress-- these germs are having a field day at your expense. When under stress the body is weaker, as you've proved to yourself here over and over again. I highly recommend u do everything to change this. Quit your job, meditate, pray, exercise, get sunlight... Do something! Not to scare u, but bigger problems can arise later if u go on living like this... ...Read more
Except during summers, all year, every year I wake in mornings with sinuses dry, open & painful and with migraine on 1 side of my head. Cause?
I go to my physical every year and all is fine. I've gotten greatly overwhelmed reading about indolent serious conditions. Do I need to check myself head to toe all the time? Then why trust prevention
Glad to hear you: are enjoying good health. Please do not obsess about your health. Life is about probabilities. Having regular check ups and leading a healthy lifestyle lowers the probability of illness but no one can totally eliminate it. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Fvc 92 fev1 88 fev1/fvc 84 one year later fvc 93 fev1 83 fev1/fvc 87.Should i be concerned that the fev1 has declined? No change post bronch.
No: Not sure what the underlying disease is (probably asthma). There are some normal variations when you do repeat pulmonary function testing. Drop from 88 to 83 is not concerning and could be just normal variation. Depending on the underlying disease process, ongoing monitoring will give better information about the trend. Trend is more important than one random reading. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If my 3 year year old gets an ear infection from a prior bronchial infection, does that automatically mean it was bacterial? Could it have been viral?
Chest CT scan show multiple tracheal and bronchial polyps less than 6mm size? Old CT before a year show one polyp but no change in size? Is it cancer
My 2 year old has a high fever of 102-104, a bronchial kind of cough, hoarse voice, heavy breathing, and does nothing but lay around and sleep. Help!
To Pap or Not to Pap: Yearly pap smear is not recommended in any country in the world including the U.S. In a few hi risk individuals with hpv infection, it may be warranted. The first pap starts after age 21 or 2 yrs after the onset of sexual intercourse and continues into the 50's. Most countries recommend paps every 3-5 years in average risk patients. There is no evidence yearly paps prevent more cancers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not: necessarily - unless you have an underlying condition that makes you more susceptible. ...Read more
I'm 16 and I haven't had a growth spurt at all I've only grown an inch every year standing at the height of 5'5. Will I still get my growth spurt.
Hard to say: Most females are done by 16-17, & you provide little info to work on.Expected female height is 1/2 total parental height less 2.5 inches.They also tend to stop within 3 years of their first menses. An x-ray of your wrist/hand could show if you have potential for more growth, but if the growth centers have closed, you are done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask him/her!: Unless you have inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis(where there is a risk of developing colon cancer) there is no other condition which requires annual colonoscopy. For screening for colon cancer in healthy people we recommend it to be done every 5 years to every 10 years. So ask your gastroenterologist why he/she is doing it so frequently? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most likely: Chronic bronchitis is defined as someone (almost always a smoker) who has a mucus-producing cough most days of the month, three months of a year for two years in a row without other underlying disease to explain the cough (like asthma or pneumonia). If you were to quit smoking, it should become less frequent and less severe as the years go on. Good luck! ...Read more
Physical every year: Unfortunately the answer is yes. Many cancers can grow from undetectable to detectable in less than a year. This is why it is your job to examine yourself and listen to your body, watching for changes and new symptoms. If anything lasts more than two weeks consider visiting with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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