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Worst Erysipelas Symptom
No: Erythema multiforme ranges from a few days of target skin lesions after taking a medicine to which you're allergic to a nasty rash after a chest cold to a lifelong nuisance skin-and-mucosal disease that flares at inconvenient times. If the latter, i hope you're able to find a good dermatologist with whom you can work over the years, and that you keep an eagle eye on what triggers flareups. ...Read more
No: You have asked about sporadic fatal insomnia many, many times now -- and several of us have suggested that you consult a neurologist and sleep medicine physician if you are concerned about having this illness despite multiple reassurances that it's highly unlikely. We want you to have any evaluations you need, and so i suggest the same as my colleagues have. Good luck to you. ...Read more
How severe is an albumin of 5.4? Please describe severity of symptoms? Crippling fatigue, pulsating symptoms, severe headaches, eye pain, nausea?
None of the above: I hope it doesn't disappoint you greatly to let you know that your Albumin levels are considered quite within the normal range. Of course, lab values do vary from one laboratory to another therefore, it would be best to find out the normal range in the laboratory you had the blood drawn or tested but for all intents and purposes the range of normal for Albumin is taken to be 3.5 to 5.5. ...Read more
22yr female. Experience the following symptoms: angioedema, chronic urticaria, anaphylaxis, bone/muscle pain etc, is this systemic mastocytosis?
Serum tryptase level: You're certainly describing an entity that sounds histamine mediated but of course can be due to other causes and mediators. Does she have urticaria pigmentosa? Have you done a serum tryptase level? To my knowledge the one definitive diagnostic is a bone marrow bx. The other lab i look at to asses a histamine mediated process is anti high affinityfc epsilon receptor antibodies. Any meds? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If mild rheumatic fever is untreated & runs its course without serious complications, is an untreated strep infection likely to cause a relapse?
Possible: Doesn't really matter if rf was initially 'mild', although i'm not sure what that means. Recurrence after another strep infection is always possible, but not definite. Yet the drawbacks of having repeated rf episodes are not good, particularly for the heart. Antibiotics are likely recommended chronically. ...Read more
Breath: Interestingly, foul breath or "sour" breath can signify other disease processes. Obviously, dental hygiene would be considered, but also sinus infections, throat infections, liver disease, kidney disease, and even diabetic issues can cause changes in breath. If you have other symptoms i.e. Fever, fatigue, diminished urine output or yellow tinge to your skin or whites of your eyes, see your docto. ...Read more
Dangerous Viruses: Are you referring to most virulent virus, fatal rate without or with treatment or most deaths historically? Dangerous viruses include: Marburg Virus, Ebola Zaire, Hantavirus, H5N1 (Avian Flu), Junin Virus (Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever), Lassa Fever, Crimea – Congo Fever,Machupo virus (Bolivian hemorrhagic fever), Kyasanur Forest Virus (KFD), Rabies, Smallpox & Dengue fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What herxheimer reactions can occur when treating chronic Lyme disease? My blood feels poisoned...Rage, dysesthesias, and fatigue are way worse...
When spirochetes: Killed , they release what is called exotoxins. Those toxins are extremely powerful vasodilators as result people develop low blood pressure , high heart rate and other symptoms systemic manifestations . I have seen the worst jerish hexhimers's reaction with louse born relapsing fever treated with penicillin. People die from such reaction than the disease itself ( i mean relapsing fever ). ...Read more