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Why Do Some People Get Mono When Others Dont
Mononucleosis is a viral disease caused by EB Epstein Barr virus. It can last 10-14 days even up to weeks and become chronic on occasion. A mono assay test can reveal if present and on an CBC can see nucleated or atypical lymphocytes. Sore throat, fatigue, fevers are the main symptoms. Treatment remains bedrest, fluids and Advil 400 mg po q 6 hrs until no symptoms occur. Reg ...Read more
More than you think: Chlamydia is an std caused by a tiny bacteria-like critter that lives inside of cells. There are often very few symptoms with chlamydia so folks can have it and not know it. It can have very dramatic symptoms as well, such as pid (which can be very serious!). Condoms can provide some protection but abstinence till you are with one person forever is the only truly safe bet for prevention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually viral illnes: Costochondritis, or tietze's syndrome, is an inflammation of the costochondral junction along the anterior chestwall adjacent to the sternum. It is usually caused by a viral illness, and like all viral illnesses who gets it is hard to predict. No genetic predisposition has been suggested. A strong immune system is probably the best defense, i.e., good rest, good nutrition, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bulimia: Bulimia seems to be related to the genetic traits in common for drug addiction, alcoholism, as well as gambling, and sex addiction.Some patients are more geared to one dispositionthe important part is is to support them in getting the help they need to become whole againour culture is very stressful and there is not enough support.Bulimia has little/or no secondary gain to the behavior-no euphoria. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable reasons: If your neck size is at least 17" you likely have sleep apnea as well as snore. . If you have a very high narrow palate and/or a long uvula you are more likely to snore. Also if you have nasal polyps or allergies, since you now must breathe more thru your mouth, and the longer uvula can vibrate more as the tongue can slide back in the mouth while you are asleep ANS muscles are more relaxed. ...Read more
Luck: Blindness occurs sometimes at birth, in response to trauma, as a consequence of certain inherited conditions and due to illnesses like diabetes and glaucoma, and due to aging changes like cataracts and macular degeneration. Always wear eye protection, eat sensibly and have an eye examination regularly to maximize your chances of preserving good vision. If you are lucky, all this can be avoided. ...Read more
Position dizziness: Is dizzy means light headed or spinning of the head? If this is light headed and feeling of black out then dropping of blood pressure with change in body position one of the common reason. Check with your phyhsician. He may check your blood pressure in different position. ...Read more
Defense Mechanism: There are a number of theories as to why a person would want to hurt themselves when they are upset or frustrated. In the act of hurting oneself the brain releases endorphins that can bring a sense of calm and/or relief from negative emotions. Hurting oneself to spare hurting another. Due to emotional trauma a person may feel numb and injury reassures their existence. Attention seeking behavior. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Happens to all: You are apparently tall yourself. Tall people have no greater incidence of bad coordination than do average or short people. This is widely distributed. Those with a lack of coordination can take training with sports medicine experts to improve that if that is important. ...Read more
Pretty teeth: Veneers improve the look of teeth. A veneer can cover an unattractive tooth or teeth, or sometimes people cover alot of their teeth to simply have a better looking smile. Be wary, only do the dentistry that is needed. Have a few opinions before you do veneers, you be able to do other more conservative treatments that will last longer or be more cost effective. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Why do allergies exist? Why do some people have allergies while others do not? Why do some allergies develop later in life?
Immune system: It is the immune system, and it is genetically determined, we are all born with the propensity to be allergic to something at some point in our lives, which might not come at all, may be because we don't become exposed to what we would react to, anyways, our immune sydtems can tolerate certain exposures to certain limits, people differ in that threshold, hence react differently, ...Read more
Specifics unknown: Panic attacks are abrupt bursts of psychological and physical discomfort such as racing heart, sweaty palms, shortness of breath, trembling, a sense of impending doom or death, and other similarly discomfiting signs and symptoms. There is a genetic component, and, in people susceptible to it, certain drugs can precipitate it. That said, we don't really know why it happens. But, it is treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do some people (mainly old people) get delirium when they have a UTI? How does that happen? Why?
Out of balance: You hate to think of it this way, but when we get old the body (and mind) can become very frail. Many older folk have shrinkage of brain tissue/ some elements of cognitive decline whether it is recognized or not. Add a UTI to that and u can really throw your patient for a loop. With younger folk u rarely see this unless very severe-like sepsis. Once UTI is well treated, expect patient to recover. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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