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Why Do I Get Bronchities Every Year
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 more
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?
Ear infection: No, it does not automatically mean it was bacterial. 70% of ear infections are viral. Even with a presumed bacterial infection elsewhere, that does not guarantee that the ear infection is the same, although the odds do go up. ...Read more
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
Can tell on CT: Need to have broncoscopy and get biopsied. See pulmonologist ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
I had gotten Croup as a teen and I now get it every year in the fall im 24, is it still contagious when I have it? And will it ever go away?
Should I be concerned that my wrist really hurts, especially when I bend it? I broke my wrist 7 years ago and since then every year I get this pain.
Wrist pain: If you broke your wrist when you were 9, then typically it would feel better now with most "routine" fractures. Hard to say what's going on, but without more info one would at least have to consider some growth plate injury. See a specialist. Good luck. ...Read more
Jaundice: Recurrent jaundice is caused by an inflammation of the liver, such as viral or bacterial hepatitis. It can also be caused by a bacterial infection. Some people get jaundiced more easily due to a problem with bilirubin metabolism. I would seek medical attention to find out what the cause can be. ...Read more
Consult your Doctor:
Your question is not very clear. As I understand you may be getting short of breath or wheezing when you do ant activity
You may have exercise induced Bronchial Asthma
But there are other possibilities with problems with lungs, copd or a heart problem
I recommend that you consult your doctor about your concern and get evaluated to find the cause and appropriate treatm ...Read more
Strep: No. Strep is an infection and it isn't normal to have this kind of infection. It may be common for some to get it, but it still isn't normal. Depending on the frequency of your infections, you may actually be a strep carrier and may need prolonged antibiotic treatment or even consider having you tonsils removed, if you still have them. You should seen an ENT to discuss. ...Read more
Asthma is diagnosed after taking detailed history and Physical Exam.
Present with cough, wheezing, difficulty Breathing on and off.
On Physical Exam a patient may wheezing with or without Dysnea
And can be confirmed by doing Pulmonary Function Test and it will show restriction and it will reverse or get better with inhalation of Bronchodilater like Albuterol
It is reversible bronchospasm ...Read more
Depends: In developing nations bladder stones are common in children because of dehydration and low protein diets. In developed nations they are more common in those over age 30, particularly men. Urinary obstruction, concentrated urine and neurogenic bladder contribute. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
I get continuous sneezes every second day, during every season change, every year. Need to eat something to stop it. Is there a permanant solution?
Seasonal allergies: There are effective treatments available, including treatment with medications such as newer generation anti-histamines as well as inhaled corticosteroids. These can be prescribed by a physician. Allergy testing followed by immunotherpay may bring about a permanent solution. ...Read more
Do children get annual blood work like adults? I have friends whose pedis do some workup every year; mine does not (both kids healthy). What's standard?
They do not: Good news, there is no benefit to performing routine bloodwork in healthy children and even adults. There are certain ages (1 year-old) where tests for anemia or lead levels may be performed (and a few others for adults at certain times). Otherwise testing without a reason is more likely to cause undo harm because lab error becomes more likely than randomly finding an occult treatable illness. ...Read more
Dear d.c. my girl friend got bad influenza and it last for almost 1month. Yet she still doesn't recovery. Every year she must get it normally lasting2m?
Influenza itself: Doesn't last that long. Please have her discuss other possible diagnoses with her doctor. If she hasn't been seen and examined by her doctor, please have her do so. ...Read more
Reality: The flu virus is well known for mutating frequently which makes prior vaccines less helpful. There are also 4-6+ strains circulating the globe at any point and air travel spreads them easily. Each year they pick the top 3-4 strains (by frequency) & put them into the shot. More would weaken strength for individual strains. If you get the shot every year (I do) you increase your chances for it to work ...Read more
The popularity of a procedure doesn't mean it's the right procedure for you. Your choice should be made by you and your bariatric surgeon based on many factors.
So have a consult with a Bariatric Surgeon recommended by your PCP ...Read more
Confusing question: It is certainly worthwhile to get a flu shot yearly, since the strains change & the disease can be deadly. If you live in any housing setting where there are other persons involved, there will often be a flu shot requirement to protect both you, the staff and other residents. You could also live elsewhere. ...Read more
Depends on age:
At your age you need pap but if the pap is normal 2-3 years in a row you can do it less often. Mammogram is recommended after age 50. You may wish to check blood lipids, blood sugar and take vaccinations as needed. See this site for more information.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/aging/. ...Read more
When you cough every day and have a distinct wheeze and bronchial secretions, what medications should you take?
Persistant asthma: Guidelines say start w/ low dose inhaled steroid and as needed rescue inhaler (albuterol). Combo inhaler (advair symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) dulera) might be overkill, but could start w them and ease back when better. Singular less attractive unless allergy a problem too. Should get PFT to assess lung function, and follow up to check progress. Allergy testing for root causes. ...Read more
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