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Help with fingernail injury

Last week I was trying to open a box and got a piece of plastic strapping jammed under my thumbnail. I think it may be infected now and there's some painful flesh sticking out the side. [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on Jul 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Three weeks away for C. diff?

YANMD, but MD says that positive for C. difficile means staying isolated for at least three weeks. Is this the usual precaution? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2014 - 11 answers

YANMD - Urinary Tract Infection?

Hi - late 40s male here - YANMD - here are my symptoms: [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Mar 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Simple scientific guide for identifying and treating common illnesses?

When I start to feel a cold coming on, the last thing I want to do is spend time and energy trying to figure out the best treatment approach. I am seeking a guide that will help me identify and self-treat common/mild illnesses (both attacking the root cause and alleviating symptoms) as well as indicate when it would be wise to see a doctor. I would prefer a printout rather than an interactive tool like WebMD.
posted by gray17 on Feb 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Am I a crazy hypochondriac or just a careful person?

Last night I consumed some Marijuana, which upon further inspection, seems to be rather moldy. After researching the types of mold that it could be, and the effects of that mold, I am rather worried that I may have given myself a rather dangerous fungal infection. I do not have health insurance. I need to try to figure out what to do, please help! Anyone who knows about medicine or fungi would be especially appreciated! [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Oct 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Stopping Staph Infections

What are you supposed to do to minimize being reinfected with staph? So far the only advice I've gotten from doctors is "wash your hands more" but I do that already and it's not helping. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 24, 2013 - 15 answers

Keep this dog out of my bed

My puppy was neutered yesterday and today the incision area seems to be infected. How do I keep him from jumping up on and down from my bed during the night? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jul 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Help identify my skin issues, please? Picture included.

I've been getting open sores on my chest area that start as pimples for about five years. A few days ago, I got an especially bad one. Dermatologist says it's a "staph abscess", but I'm not so confident. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2013 - 14 answers

Returning to the gym after staph?

I'm recovering from a staph infection. When will it be safe for me to return to the gym/pool? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 18, 2013 - 5 answers

My second poop AskMe

When one strains during defecation and thereby has a little bit of bleeding, why doesn't this cause an infection? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on May 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Sweat -- do I have to wash it off (besides for smell purposes)?

I've been looking for info on showering/bathing in relation to sweating and whether it's sanitary or not. I can only seem to find articles that basically say "yeah, you need to shower cause you'll smell" but can't find anything that confirms whether or not it's actually sanitary or not e.g. infections. What do ya'll think/know? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 11, 2013 - 19 answers

What vaginal infection is this?

Embarrassing and unusual symptom has been plaguing me for months now. Your insight, experience and advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Arm wax of death?

Instead of tips on avoiding a sketchy salon experience, I need tips on what to do if I had one. [more inside]
posted by manicure12 on Jan 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find an ENT

I need help finding an ENT physician in the NYC area. I continue getting ear infections and it's about time I see a specialist instead of my primary care physician. I don't have insurance and currently working a part-time, so if you can recommend me one that won't charge me over $200 for a first time visit I would greatly appreciate it.
posted by likeapen on Dec 28, 2012 - 2 answers

If a sinus infection kills me before the cancer, I'm going to be really pissed off.

Does anyone have experience with infection/disease in the sphenoid sinus? Everything I read online suggests that I have to get this treated IMMEDIATELY or I'll become brain-damaged or dead, and I'm already convinced the former is setting in... [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Dec 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Is my severe ear infection worth yet another trip to the doctor?

Hello, AskMefi, let's talk about my ears (again). I am currently in the midst of a severe ear infection. People keep telling me to go to the ER, but I'm not sure what that would accomplish. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Jul 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Care to chime in on my sinus issues?

I would like to hear your experiences with sinus issues and your recommendations for mine. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Jun 22, 2012 - 26 answers

A head full of snot at altitude

In two days I will be taking a series of flights to travel from Australia to Europe for a very much needed month long break. Unfortunately I have a bad cold, secondary infections in my throat and sinuses and generally feel like crap. Given that 27 hours of travel time is not likely to be kind to me, how can I avoid turning up in Edinburgh in even worse shape? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on May 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Why do I experience ear pain a few hours after bathing?

Why do I experience ear pain a few hours after bathing? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Cat bites & pus

Decrease in pus production in an infected bite: always a good thing, or could it mean something bad? [more inside]
posted by acidic on May 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I wait until my tooth infection clears before getting them extracted?

My two right wisdom teeth are infected and abscessed. I'm on 500mg of Amoxicillin three times a day. Should I wait until the infection clears before getting them extracted? [more inside]
posted by clcapps on Apr 21, 2012 - 12 answers

i'm sick and unhappy about it and still have to work. can i make this any quicker?

i have a sinus infection. i feel confident in that diagnosis because i've had a lot of sinus infections in the past. is there any point to going to the MD? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jan 5, 2012 - 30 answers

Recommend a zombie movie for a high school setting

What movie should I show my class about the spread of infection? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Nov 29, 2011 - 23 answers

I rather like my ear and would prefer not to cut it off.

Sinus infection backed up into my poor ears. I need some relief while I wait on the med's to do their trick! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Nov 8, 2011 - 24 answers

Paging Dr. House

What could I be doing that keeps getting me infected with fungal infections and infections in general? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Nov 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Should we all switch to copper?

If copper is so effective at destroying bacteria, including antibiotic resistant organisms and viruses, why don't we see it used as a standard material in settings like hospitals, schools, public transportation etc? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Nov 2, 2011 - 21 answers

YANMD-Filter: DIY Toe Surgery?

I have a paronychia on a middle toe. It's not as horrible as the images Google offers, but it hurts a little and has hung around for a few weeks now. [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Oct 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me heal my nose

What do I do to moisturize my nose? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Oct 13, 2011 - 9 answers

How to deal with a yeast infection when I can't see a doc right away?

I think I have a yeast infection but I'm having a hard time getting a doctor's appointment anytime soon. Advice for what to do in the meantime is appreciated! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 - 36 answers

Bad doctor + unexplained prescription = frustration.

I've been prescribed a blood-pressure medication by a doctor that I don't trust. I'm concerned about taking it for reasons that might be irrational. In the meantime, I need to deal with my blood pressure *somehow* to have surgery. I need someone's reassurance and knowledge. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Aug 20, 2011 - 23 answers

Turns out, the circular saw was the least of my problems ...

I just put a 2 inch gash in my leg deep enough to expose fatty tissue. I can't afford to go to the ER. Will it be okay if I wait until morning? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Aug 9, 2011 - 48 answers

Pus and Swelling after Dental Visit

Cheek swelling and pus after local anesthesia and a fairly minor procedure at the dentist. I went back today and he prescribed an antibiotic, but I am still worried. (Grossness inside...) [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Jul 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Infected knee scrapes suck.

Infected scrapes on my knees -- advice for proper treatment? [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Jun 3, 2011 - 31 answers

Make the itching stoppp

Any last-ditch yeast infection treatments that worked for you? Also, has anyone experienced persistent recurring yeast infections on Synthroid or other replacement thyroid hormones? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2011 - 29 answers

Big Trouble in Little Bladder

Aaaaaaaaaargh! Doggy UTI! Please give me your advice for right now, and in the future. [more inside]
posted by taz on May 21, 2011 - 19 answers

What, do you have shit in your ears?

How do I clear my Eustachian tube after a middle ear infection. I'm seriously at my wit's end. [more inside]
posted by emptybowl on May 1, 2011 - 31 answers

Are my antibiotics necessary?

I had a tooth extracted last week and despite being on antibiotics for four days, it's infected, and the infection has spread, making it painful to swallow. The solution: a different antibiotic has been prescribed. I don't like antibiotics, so my question is: what would happen if I just didn't take the damn things, took the painkillers, braved it out and waited for my body to handle it alone? Would that just be stupid? I appreciate that it's probably hard to advise without specific details, but any comments welcome.
posted by Holly on Apr 16, 2011 - 28 answers

Please help our poor, sad dog.

Any idea what is causing my dog to chew her back feet, all of a sudden? [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Feb 24, 2011 - 12 answers

She's a good cat.

My cat's left eye is weepy and shutting. Her inner eyelid looks like it might be infected. What can I do for her? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Feb 18, 2011 - 21 answers

Pimple-ish looking thing on the outside of my shin. What is this? (Pic inside)

Pimple-ish looking thing on the outside of my shin. What is this? [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Feb 13, 2011 - 15 answers

Scratched by a nail. Red circle appears. Emergency room?

"Go to the emergency room?" filter. My friend got scratched on the neck by a nail, or maybe by the edge of a board. The two cuts are very superficial. We immediately washed it and soaked it with rubbing alcohol. Now, an hour or two later, a red circle surrounds the area. Is this emergency-room material? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Jan 15, 2011 - 16 answers

I'd eat a herd of cattle if I thought it would help

What do I eat to increase my red blood cells? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Dec 17, 2010 - 15 answers

Which kind of doctor should I see for a possible mouth infection?

Which doctor should I go to if I think I have an infection in my mouth: a dentist or a physician? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Does this sound like a serious infection while pregnant issue?

I'll be 24 weeks pregnant this Thursday and I am not sure if I should calm down or call my midwife. Question about kidney, UTI, GBS urine that I just don't understand. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 on Nov 1, 2010 - 14 answers

What causes my ear/tooth ache?

My right ear aches, and pain moves from one tooth to another on the right side of my mouth. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow afternoon, but in the meantime I thought I'd ask what might be causing this. The pain in my ear is reminiscent of an ear infection I had years ago. At the same time, a single tooth will ache, but an hour later, the pain moves to a different tooth! Is it a dental problem causing an ear ache or an ear ache causing a dental problem?
posted by jackypaper on Oct 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Can you taste hepatitis c?

Can you taste when you have hepatitis c? [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow on Oct 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I stop taking Flonase when I have a cold?

Should I stop taking Flonase when I have a cold? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Sep 7, 2010 - 8 answers

H Pylori, Anti-Biotics and detoxing. How ?

I am recovering, hopefully, from H Pylori. I am trying to find out the best detox plan for being on such heavy meds. [more inside]
posted by eve28 on Aug 24, 2010 - 24 answers

It's NOT thrush

A question about IUD/the Coil - persistent infection and removal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Oral sex - how risky is low-risk?

Unprotected oral sex outside my relationship: is this risky enough to warrant a confession? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2010 - 26 answers

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