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I fell off my bed last night and hurt my wrist. Went to bed to try and sleep it off, woke up in more pain. Can’t move it at all, definitely can’t get off my lofted bed to go to the health center, and my roommate has class so she’s gone. What do I do?
Call for help: Call or wait for help, be seen and evaluated as soon as possible to determine the full mature of your injury. ...Read more
I have OCD and wash my hands and wrists in scolding hot water and have done for about 2 years. Could this give me any health problems?
Yes: You must know that there's a problem here. The anxiety you avoid by the washing looms worse than the pain you experience during and after. You can get help and while it might take lots of trial/error, it can be found. The enemy (OCD) will find ways to attack - you must find ways to protect/defend. Seek good therapt - search till you succeed. Use the stuborness OCDs have on your behalf. It's a tool ...Read more
Is cracking my knuckles really bad for my hand or my health? Because I am doing every moment, and also neck and wrists.
Crack away: There is no evidence that cracking you joints causes any problems. ...Read more
What could my night wrist pain be? I have pain in my wrist that I only experience while sleeping (it wakes me) but I feel wrist stiffness throughout the entire day. I'm 23 years old and in good health. What could this be?
Likely carpal tunnel: Night time pain in the wrist and hands can be caused by many things, but carpal tunnel symptoms are commonly more prominent at night. Best to be evaluated by an orthopaedic or hand specialist. ...Read more
Let me explain: Eleven carcinogenic compounds could be found in third-hand smoke, including the radioactive element polonium-210. Third-hand smoke is thought to potentially cause the greatest harm to infants and young children, because younger children are more likely to crawl on the floor and eat from their hands without washing them first, ingesting the toxins into their systems. ...Read more
Decr infxn rate:
Hand washing, regardless of whether at the hospital or at home, has been demonstrated to reduce the rate of disease transmission. This means lower infection rates, whether hospitalized or not. Check out following 3 links:
http://www. Cdc. Gov/handwashing/
http://www. Cdc. Gov/features/handwashing/
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/hand-washing/hq00407. ...Read more
It's a Myth: I am not an advocate of smoking and there are lot's of reason to quit smoking but "Second Hand Smoke" is not one of them. The expression "second-hand smoke" is a very effective piece of anti-smoking propaganda used all the time by public health officials and physicians yet there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support it's existence. It's logical to conclude but not proven in any study. ...Read more
If you don't smoke:
Secondhand smoke is very bad it's actually unit per unit worse for non-smoker.
The secondhand smoke is much more toxic.
It is certainly worse for pregnant mothers as the fetus is exposed to the same toxins. ...Read more
Either can be bad: For any exposure to a health hazard the amount and duration have to be considered along with the individual's health status. The term "second hand smoke" is thrown around a lot but it doesn't have any specific meaning. The important thing to remember is that you want to avoid toxins as best you can and keep your body healthy so that it can deal with what you are are exposed to. ...Read more
No: But your level of anxiety concerns me. Virtually everyone on the planet has been exposed to second hand smoke, whether they know it or not. We should all try to minimize our exposure, but single exposure to second hand smoke would have no detectable effects on anybody, other than perhaps someone with a severe allergy to tobacco smoke, or where it sets off their asthma. A counselor might help you. ...Read more
Yes: Smoke to be avoided.Get a more detailed answer ›
Second hand smoke: Second hand smoke increases a child's chance of developing asthma, allergies, ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia. Babies exposed to smoke before or after birth have an increased chance of dying from sids. If adults must smoke it is best left to open air when it doesn't leave the deadly residue and carcinogenic chemicals. Cars and houses should be no smoking zones. ...Read more
If I smelled second hand smoke for about 10 seconds. How likely will I develop problems with my health?
I was exposed to second hand smoke for about 15 minutes. Should I be concerned about health consequences?
Would very occasional and accidental exposer to second hand smoke cause serious health problems in children?
No: That would be like sitting near a fireplace in the winter, or sitting downwind from the barbecue at a summer picnic... kids will usually be fine, but keep an eye on them to prevent them from touching hot surfaces. ...Read more
Would very very occasional and accidental exposer to second hand cigarette smoke cause serious health problems to children?
Yes: It is known to double or triple the respiratory infections in childhood. It also increases the risk of crib death in exposed infants. This has been the most studied air pollutant for decades and the results confirmed on multiple occasions. ...Read more
Are there health risks associated with being married to a smoker other than second hand smoke itself?
Does palmistry has some scientific proves? They said that your hand shape and especially colour of nails tells about your health.
Sometimes: The physical exam has always been a crucial part of diagnosIs. As lab testing and imaging technologies have become more prevalent, physicians highly skilled in the art of the physical exam are disappearing. There are many subtle details to be gleaned from exam of the hands and nails, some not yet recognized by Western medicine but beware of untrained "healers" who don't look at the entire body. ...Read more
I went to a hair salon today. The hairdresser cut his hand while styling my hair. He was bleeding while working on me. Is this a health risk for me?
Risk with cut.: Did he put a Bandage over the cut? How do you know he cut himself? I'm bothered by this whole episode, but if he stopped to wash his hand then returned with a bandage over the cut I'd think you'd have no worries. ...Read more
I am a 66 year old woman in good health. I have a torn scapholunate ligament in my dominant hand. What should I do. I am active.
See a hand doc: There are several options here that depending on exam and x-ray will determine how to proceed. Good luck. ...Read more
What are possible reasons that I often have subtle hand tremors even when I'm not anxious. I'm a healthy 19 year old with no health issues.
Essential tremor: You may have a a very common condition called 'essential tremor' or 'familial tremor' which is generally inherited. It causes a shaking (tremor) of hand when trying to carry out an activity such as writing or holding an utensil. You should get seen by a primary care doctor (or neurologist) for confirmation. Essential tremor is not related to Parkinson's tremor. ...Read more
My dominate hand was partially amputated leaving me with two fingers left. I have no health insurance and can't get help with pain. Any suggestions?
Constantly concerned with health. Ruminating on potential symptoms. Hand washing. Possible anxiety disorder or OCD? Difference between the two?
I work 6 months in a family pool store. I smell chlorine, ph, shock and such chemicals daily, while I wash hand constantly. Should I fear for health?
Hopefully not: Osha, occupational safety and health administration is a federal agency that deals with issues such as yours. They have local offices and toll free numbers to call for general questions or to complain. If the store is doing everything right, you don't have as much to fear, although smells may be bothersome. If you have a personal reaction to the chemicals, then you need to do what is good for you. ...Read more