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Can I self-administer cat allergy drops - and where can I get them, if so?

I'm allergic to cats. I've been to an allergist and gotten the expensive, full-panel series of sensitivity tests to objects ranging from grass to (it seems like, after so much effort) spaghetti and meatballs. Only cats trigger my symptoms. I know that extended allergy shots are a possible solution, but there's no way I can afford them. I've read about sublingual (under-the-tongue) treatment with allergy drops (with extract of cat dander.) I can't find a local doctor (Los Angeles, amazingly) who offers this. But it seems pretty straightforward - get the drops and do it myself. Bad idea? Where can I get the drops? Thanks.
posted by soulbarn on Apr 19, 2010 - 24 answers

Medical school choice.. going for best fit or best finances?

Accepted at multiple medical schools. Now facing the choice of which one to attend and how to weigh the different price tags. If you are in med school now or have made it through to the other side, what factors do you recommend considering? How much debt is reasonable and has it impacted your career? (a little more info after the jump) [more inside]
posted by newlyminted on Apr 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Chiropractic Regulations Worldwide

In Australia, to be a chiropractic you need to study formal chiropractic degrees (Bachelors and Masters at least) and do years of pracs that are pretty similar to other medical courses. Chiropractic is also recognised as a Skilled Profession under Australian immigration, and are generally considered amongst the same league as physiotherapy and other musculo-skeletal therapists. However, in the US and the UK, chiropractics are often considered quacks and charlatans. Why the huge discrepancies? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 2, 2010 - 28 answers

Long-term use of Lamictal?

How long can I stay on Lamictal? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Mar 31, 2010 - 7 answers

Unintended Discontinuation Syndrome...thanks doc!

Moved Northeast from Southeast back in January. Realized last week, I still hadn't found a pdoc to refill my prescriptions. Ends up that my Venlafaxine had no more refills. [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Mar 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Houston, we have a flea problem

Help me get these little jerks off of my cat! [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu on Mar 28, 2010 - 29 answers

So what if this career change doesn't work out?

CareerChangeFilter: Help me get a better understanding of the risks and fall-back options of a career-change attempt. Comments from IT managers & HR people will be especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by great.ideas.$1 on Mar 25, 2010 - 7 answers

What is it like to be a pathologist?

I have the opportunity to get into a pathology residency programme in Singapore. Does anyone have any idea what pathology will be like as a medical specialty? [more inside]
posted by ianK on Mar 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Work Hour Limits

What fields have strict limitations on hours worked per day or per week? Trucking and aviation limit strictly. Nuclear power workers have regulations that aren't often enforced. Medicine limits residents but not attendings. Any other industries place strictly enforced limitations?
posted by reverenddrjice on Mar 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Level of general medical knowlegde/skill of podiatrists?

How much internal medicine do podiatrists learn? How much internal medicine knowledge do they use in their everyday practice? [more inside]
posted by ticketmaster10 on Mar 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Drowning in school debt

Question on grants for veterinarians drowning in debt [more inside]
posted by TheBones on Mar 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Am I going to die and if not how in debt am I going to be to not die?

I've had PSVT for about 9 years. Recently it has become significantly worse. I am uninsured, and very scared. What to expect financially from treatment, and am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Mar 6, 2010 - 27 answers

Doctor, maybe?

I'm potentially interested in becoming a primary care (family) physician. My career so far has had nothing to do with medicine. I need to figure out if this interest is legitimate or just a phase. Can you help me find resources I can use to decide if this is something I really want to pursue, or just a fantasy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2010 - 22 answers

Help me describe this vicious circle

Looking for medical term to describe the inability to treat one condition as a result of another ailment. [more inside]
posted by dshargel on Mar 4, 2010 - 5 answers

I have no apples...need internist/family doctor in Newark, DE

Need male internist/family doctor recommendations for Newark, DE. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance, mefites!
posted by littleredwagon on Feb 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Chronic Knee Problems

Resurfacing of what was once chronic Knee problems. Looking for advice from runners/doctors/anyone. [more inside]
posted by Lacking Subtlety on Feb 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Negative long-term effects of decongestant usage?

Should I be worried about long-term decongestant/antihistamine usage? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Feb 7, 2010 - 15 answers

I am freaking out about my health

YANMD, but I need to consult the hive mind about some very worrying symptoms I've been having. I've been to a few doctors and so far, Scotland Yard Is Baffled. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Feb 2, 2010 - 18 answers

Are D-Y-I blood transfusions possible?

What's the bare minimum in equipment necessary for a blood transfusion? [more inside]
posted by edguardo on Feb 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Where to turn for more diagnosis/treatment when local referrals fail?

A friend of mine has had, since childhood, a set of medical symptoms that defy diagnosis. She recently finished another round of appointments with specialists in our area to no real effect and much frustration. She's asked me to help her figure out where she might turn for additional diagnosis and care (ie, ways to locate/contact best-in-class specialists/etc, not non-traditional medicine). I'm pretty healthy and have never had this kind of interaction with doctors, so I'm at a bit of a loss. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jan 29, 2010 - 18 answers

I have no medicine for you

What are the rules for Dr Phil's 'medicine game'? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 26, 2010 - 2 answers

“I’ll take MOLD GOLD for 200 Alex…”

So I was told by the doc that I have a SEVERE mold allergy…now what? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 19, 2010 - 10 answers

They give me cat scratch fever, cat scratch fever

All advice for giving my cat his oral medicine has failed, and I have 19 more days of suffering. Help! [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Jan 8, 2010 - 34 answers

To med or not to med?

What do you use when you have to work with a cold? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jan 8, 2010 - 34 answers

Anxyliotics for draconian drug laws in S E Asia?

Can I take my benzos in transit through KL international airport? I will be catching a connecting flight through Malaysia and want to know whether I will be able to bring prescription drugs safely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 - 2 answers

Added a procedure or product to Australia's Medicare?

Are there any public advocacy groups in Australia to help people with debilitating illnesses get new medical products and procedures added to Medicare?
posted by krisjohn on Dec 4, 2009 - 1 answer

Paging Dr. House

Help me find a Dr. House in (or near) Los Angeles for my father. [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

How do you negotiate a bill for medical services already rendered?

What approaches have worked for you to reduce the size of a medical bill after services have been rendered? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Can I take this expired cough syrup? Just for tonight?

Terrible cough, too late to leave the house in search of remedies -- can I take this expired (expired April 2009) prescription Tussionex cough syrup or is there a better solution in my house? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Oct 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Lasers are cool. Literally.

Where can I find level-headed, researched, sound information on "cold lasers" or "low-level lasers" as medical treatments? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Oct 21, 2009 - 5 answers

The dude who said too much.

Told my doctor I smoked pot, now I just got a disconcerting letter from my insurance company. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 - 36 answers

Your Most Stunning Photographs of Disease, Please.

I'm compiling a set of 30-40 photographs related to any and all aspects of disease for a high school visual literacy project. The students are high school juniors who are struggling with literacy and writing. I'd love your suggestions for compelling, diverse, and striking images and sites that have collections of same. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Oct 20, 2009 - 3 answers

I have a multi-day Scrabble tournament soon and a brand-new cold. Help!

I have a multi-day Scrabble tournament soon and a brand-new cold. Help! [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Oct 18, 2009 - 15 answers

Spanish in Washington Heights?

New-York-Filter: How big is the Spanish speaking community around Columbia University Medical Center? How many of their patients are Spanish speakers? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on Oct 17, 2009 - 18 answers

What the knot?

What is special about a square surgical knot? It seems like the regular kind of knot I use to tie my shoes, just using a very specific hand technique. Is there any advantage to this knot tying technique?
posted by Brennus on Oct 17, 2009 - 5 answers

No medicine for babies?

I'm expecting a baby in a few months and have questions about medicating infants and toddlers. I always thought you give babies motrin when they're teething really badly, baby allegra when they have sinus infections, etc. However, all my friends seem to either be dead-set against baby Motrin or use it very, very sparingly. What's the cause for alarm? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 - 26 answers

Overdose, underdose, or just-right dose

Hey Hive Mind - Mind Helping Me Understand Medicine Dosage? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Oct 13, 2009 - 7 answers

What are the most useful iPhone apps for a newly qualified doctor?

What are the most useful iPhone apps for a newly qualified doctor? [more inside]
posted by ianK on Oct 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Am I being rational?

Alternative medicines for a young kid - am I making too much of it? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Oct 12, 2009 - 36 answers

Uh...hang on, just give me a minute.

What is the most important scientific question of our time? [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon on Oct 12, 2009 - 44 answers

What is this heart condition called?

What is the name of this heart condition, and is it genetic? The main artery supplying blood to the heart isn't developed properly in utero, resulting in major surgery and/or death of the baby post birth. [more inside]
posted by heytch on Oct 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Maybe the askme crowd can tell me I'm overreacting?

I messed up my eye - please help me figure out doctor stuff. [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Sep 30, 2009 - 15 answers

Anti-depressants: do they eventually stop working?

Anti-depressants: do they eventually stop working? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Automtaed Drug Discovery?

A question about automated drug discovery [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Sep 23, 2009 - 13 answers

St. John's wort + ADHD medications?

What are your experiences with St. John's wort? In particular, have you ever taken it at the same time as ADHD medications like Ritalin/Focalin (methylphenidate), Adderall (amphetamine) etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2009 - 16 answers

Emergency medicine in 1920

I am a 40 year old man that died of a skull fracture in August, 1920. [more inside]
posted by asockpuppet on Sep 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Getting through a nasty cold?

I started feeling stuffy tomorrow, and today I have an awful cold. Tomorrow, I don't have the time to put up with a cold. Is there medication that actually works well enough to help me get through the day? How do I know if I'm contagious? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Sep 7, 2009 - 18 answers

Does injecting tesosterone in a vein require an immediate trip to the hospital?

I may have accidentally injected testosterone into a vein. Do I need to go to the ER or can I wait until my endocrinologist's office is open tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by double block and bleed on Sep 7, 2009 - 14 answers

Drugs are bad, mmmkay?

Recommend an excellent, comprehensive book on the history of antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Aug 21, 2009 - 6 answers

Where can I get more information about the U.S. health care reform bill?

I've been reading a lot of conflicting information about the U.S. health care reform bill (HR 3200) and its potential impact on different groups of Americans. I tried to read the bill, but it's over a thousand pages and is written in mind-numbing legalese. Is there a place online where I can find comprehensive, non-partisan, easily understandable information about the bill?
posted by zembla3 on Aug 18, 2009 - 12 answers

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