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Will my tattoo prevent me from getting an epidural?

Will my tattoo prevent me from getting an epidural?

No : An epidural can be placed where a tattoo is. However, if there is an infection in the skin over the epidural site that can be an issue. Be sure to keep your tattoo sites clean and address any concerns about redness early with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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What can I do to help prevent my child from getting an infection after an immunization?

What can I do to help prevent my child from getting an infection after an immunization?

Keep the area clean!: Make sure the area of the immunization is clean and keep it clean for a few days following the immunizations. The risk of a skin infection following immunization is very unlikely if kept clean. ...Read more

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How can I prevent from getting another chalazion?

How can I prevent from getting another chalazion?

Probably cannot: Obstruction to the small glands along the eyelid can occur without know cause. Some suggest use of warm, damp compresses may help in encouraging the secretion to effectively drain, thereby avoiding plugging and infection (like a pimple). ...Read more

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Will sunscreen prevent me from getting a tan?

Will sunscreen prevent me from getting a tan?

No: You will still tan through sunscreen. It is important that you use a good sunscreen with high spf and particularly on containing zink oxide that will block harmful rays of the sun - uva and uvb. It is also important that you reapply if outside for extended periods of time. This will reduce your risk of burning and skin cancer but you will still gradually increase melanin and tan. ...Read more

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Will having glaucoma stop me from getting an eye transplant?

Will having glaucoma stop me from getting an eye transplant?

No: There is no such thing as an eye transplant . You are referring to a corneal transplant. Uncontrolled glaucoma can lead to decreased survival of the corneal transplant. Glaucoma should be controlled medically before transplantation or an additional glaucoma surgical procedure should be performed before or at the time of transplantation when medication fails to lower the pressure adequately. ...Read more

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How to prevent a belly ring from getting infected or atracting lint?

How to prevent a belly ring from getting infected or atracting lint?

Follow instructions: New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing & allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution at a drug store. An alternate way to clean navel piercings: rapidly turn over a cup of warm saline on to the piercing. This should create a small ...Read more

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Can a cyst prevent me from getting pregnant?

Can a cyst prevent me from getting pregnant?

Not usually: Depends on the type and if you have pcos. If your baseline Estradiol is elevated, it is not normal, and something has to be producing the estrogen. In most cases it is an ovarian cyst, but that would easily be seen by ultrasound. Ovarian tumors can do the same. That certainly needs to be followed up in an unstimulated cycle. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my cut from becoming a scar?

How can I prevent my cut from becoming a scar?

You can't: Any cut will always leave a scar. How big a scar depends on several factors such as what caused it (sharp better that scrape) and the location of the cut. Some body areas scar better than others. Gel pads applied to the scars as well as massage may help some. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my child from having an adverse reaction to a vaccine?

How can I prevent my child from having an adverse reaction to a vaccine?

Wait a Minute: If you define "adverse" as any reaction, there is really no way to prevent them.This may include fussiness, mild swelling , mild fever etc.A very serious adverse reaction occurs less than the odds of being struck by lightning several times.Prevention is not possible. The risk of serious adverse reactions to the diseases including the risk of catching disease is much, much higher! ...Read more

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Will a temp filling prevent me from getting invisalign?

Will a temp filling prevent me from getting invisalign?

It should: As the trays are custom made to the shape of your teeth, and as the permanent filling will be slightly different in shape than the temporary, the filling change may prevent trays from seating fully. Your mouth should be disease free before beginning Orthodontics. Know that research shows clear aligners to be about half as effective as braces. See a qualified Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more

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Getting my wisdom tooth pulled.How do I prevent the wound from getting infected? I don't want it to spread to brain or a vital organ? How to prevent?

Getting my wisdom tooth pulled.How do I prevent the wound from getting infected? I don't want it to spread to brain or a vital organ? How to prevent?

Prevention: Make sure mouth is scrupulously healthy. Brush 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock. FLOSS DAILY. After surgery follow the Oral Surgeon's written instructions to the letter. Do not smoke, berore or after surgery. Do not consume alcohol. Be prudent. ...Read more

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I got bit by a ant. What can I do to stop the pain and prevent me from getting sick?

I got bit by a ant. What can I do to stop the pain and prevent me from getting sick?

Ant Sting: Wash with soap & water. Dry. Do not pop any pustules. If really painful - consider taking an NSAID like motrin. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my teen from getting access to medications?

How can I prevent my teen from getting access to medications?

Access to meds: I assume you are referring to accessing your own prescription meds and that you have educated your teen regarding the dangers. The best way is to purchase an inexpensive safe or lockbox that uses a key or combination. Can be bought for under $20. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my baby from getting jetlag?

How can I prevent my baby from getting jetlag?

Sunlight: Babies and parents suffer jet lag (an imbalance between your internal clock and local time) after rapid east- or west-bound travel such as a plane flight. If possible, before traveling try to move your baby's daily routine by a few hours towards the new time zone. Once you have arrived, get out into the day light to help your baby naturally adjust to the new time. ...Read more

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I have hepatitis c, is there a treatment to help prevent my child from contracting it?

I have hepatitis c, is there a treatment to help prevent my child from contracting it?

Not specificly: Roughly 5% of infants born to hep c mothers will acquire the infection. The mothers igg antibody to hep c that would indicate prior infection will persist up to 18 months in baby so a + test would not be specific for baby prior to 18 mo. There is a specific test for hep c RNA that can be preformed at 1-2 mo. That would be specific for the baby.See red book, 28ed 2009.P358-360. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting keloids on an industrial piercing?

How can I prevent getting keloids on an industrial piercing?

Keloid prevention: If you are prone to keloids, consider avoiding industrial piercings. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more