Joe: there are many drugs available today to treat malaria and can treat it effectively. Malaria can be potentially fatal so definitely see a doctor if you are worried about it.
Hi Mickey. There are no known interactions between azithromycin and Benadryl, so they should be fine to take together. However, if you are concerned that you’re having an interaction, you should definitely talk to your doctor.
Hi Uncomfortable. You should never ignore chest pain, even if it comes and goes. Chest pain can have several causes but some of them are very serious, such as heart disease. You need to see your doctor and be prepared to answer questions about what the pain feels like, if anything makes it come and go (anything that helps relieve or makes it worse), and if the pain has been getting worse. I would recommend calling your doctor today to get an appointment.
Tshell, Bright red blood in your stool is not normal and you shouldn’t expect to see it. Make an appointment with your doctor to be evaluated. You may need to a colonoscopy. It may be something like hemorrhoids or something else serious.
Although glutathione can help in some respiratory illnesses, it is not a good treatment for asthma, especially in children. Side effects include breathlessness and cough – so in your child, perhaps these other ‘medications’ may be having side effects. A dry cough for several weeks can be caused by other things as well- eg virus, allergies. Its important to continue with the meds that your doctor prescribed for his asthma, but also take him in to get his lungs checked as well and to find out why he has a cough.
Hi Nancy. Based on your symptoms I would be concerned about a blood clot. As you’re probably aware, a blood clot can be serious, so you should see your doctor to get tested. It may be something else, like a cyst behind the knee (called a popliteal cyst). But until a doctor examines you and runs any necessary tests, there’s no way to know if it’s something serious or not. So you should see your doctor right away.
Most women gain 25-35 pounds during the pregnancy, depending on the woman’s weight. But it’s really important to eat a healthy diet to maximize the best nutrients to the baby. Encourage your daughter to eat plenty of fruits/veggies, protein from meat, lentils, beans or cheese and whole grains. Also teen girls definitely need emotional support so ask your doctor about support groups as well. Here are some more tips:
Deb, Eggs do have cholesterol so depending on how high your cholesterol, you may want to limit the number of egg yolks you have each week. Avocado does not have any cholesterol but it is high in good fats and therefore high in calories so watch out for that.
Hi Bridget. SSRIs have been in existence for many years – well over 20 years. There are no known risks to taking them long-term. I would recommend that you discuss this with your doctor to determine if you still need to be on an SSRI if you’ve been on it for a year or more. Sometimes we can wean off of them but don’t do this alone. If you’ve tried to come off an SSRI and had a relapse, then that’s a good reason to stay on it longer. But it’s always a good idea to bring this up with your doctor when you see him just to have the conversation regularly.
High blood pressure can lead to many complications. If your husband’s blood pressure upper number (systolic) is 180 or more, this needs to be seen immediately. Other symptoms that can go with a ‘hypertensive crisis’ are headaches, anxiety or shortness of breath. Make sure you talk to your doctor immediately if his BP is getting higher. Here some more info.