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April 21

Possible ear drum injury

I'm freaking out a bit. I was using a Q-tip and accidentally pushed it too far in. It look a bit of force to pull it out. There was no blood, but it still aches a few hours later. Pain is not severe and hearing is same. Urgent care or wait? Thanks much.
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 1:50 PM - 6 answers

Which pharmaceutical companies are developing a rapid test for Hep B?

I work with a non-profit that is working towards the elimination Hepatitis B globally. We want contact and work in conjunction with any pharmaceutical company that is developing a rapid test for Hepatitis B. The current Hep B test takes 2 days, but it could be done in 5 minutes and I'm sure some pharmaceutical company is working on it. Who are they? How can I get in touch with them? Thanks!
posted by maxexam at 1:37 PM - 4 answers

April 20

How concerned should I be about my reaction to a tetanus shot?

I had a workplace incident (kitchen stuff), and as a precaution, the doctor gave me a tetanus shot last Tuesday morning. It's now Saturday morning, and the area around the injection is still swollen and warm to the touch, and damn, it hurts worse than the finger I mangled. A couple of days, sure, but this just seems to be getting worse. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 5:28 PM - 21 answers

Another "Why does my body do that?" question

When I'm having a conversation with someone about something I'm excited about - say, a book I just finished that I loved, or a place I'm stoked about visiting for the first time, etc - my nose inevitably starts running. Why? [more inside]
posted by darchildre at 1:08 PM - 5 answers

Why is my word finder breaking?

I'm a 32 year old mom of 2, and I'm starting to notice more instances of having trouble word-finding. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah at 12:04 PM - 17 answers

Help me fix my sleep maintenance insomnia

I have had sleep maintenance insomnia the past few years and I'd really like it to go away. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM - 20 answers

Has anyone here used a good wearable with a smart alarm successfully?

I am prone to waking up groggy and tired often - my best guess is that I wake up in the wrong sleep cycle. Has anyone here had any success using a wearable that wakes them up in the right sleep cycle? [more inside]
posted by plzza at 7:25 AM - 8 answers

Specific eyedrops to relieve eye pain after crying?

Tomorrow I will be attending a funeral and cannot avoid crying. Every time I cry, my eyes are dry and painful for hours and I need a way to relieve that in a way that does not involve lying down, splashing water, or objects placed on my eyes. [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 7:15 AM - 8 answers

I like my therapist but I don't know if they are the right one

How did you decide if a therapist was good for you when you really liked them as a person, but they maybe weren't serving you as well as a therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM - 3 answers

Finding a therapist

What are the magic words I need to use to get a therapist to call me back? [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 3:06 AM - 25 answers

April 19

What should I do at the gym on days I’m not lifting?

After reading about it on AskMe, I’ve recently started StrongLifts. I lift on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. But I like my daily routine of running to the gym, doing something there, then running home. What should I do at the gym on days I’m not doing StrongLifts?
posted by ocherdraco at 5:31 AM - 8 answers

Computer Headache/eye strain

All serious causes of my new headaches have been ruled out, now need (non medication) solutions [more inside]
posted by CancerSucks at 12:29 AM - 10 answers

April 18

Fairly severe difficulty concentrating at work

I've always had a ton of difficulty concentrating at work. I don't think I have ADD or executive function disorder, because I'm fairly good in other areas of my life. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 8:07 PM - 20 answers

Decoding my glasses prescription!

I'm putting together an order for some new glasses at Zenni. I have my prescription, and I've filled in all the relevant boxes on the form at Zenni. So far so good. But I'm completely stumped by the final 3 lines of my prescription. Please halp! [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 1:25 AM - 4 answers

April 17

Is it possible to have a "cold" without upper respiratory symptoms?

I've had a few bouts of illness this year that feel like a cold (fatigue, head ache-y, maybe some minor muscle aches, a bit of brain fog) without much (or any) upper respiratory symptoms like cough, runny nose, etc. or a fever. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 6:41 PM - 10 answers

Help me find this stoic advice for depression

A while ago, I ran across an article about a Japanese (I think) man who approached depression from a sort of Stoic angle. The thing I remember was his focus on the outer world rather than the inner: his main question was something like "what has to be done?" or "what needs to happen?, meaning what things need to happen in your day, and focusing on the process of doing rather than on introspection. I know this is pretty vague. Any help is appreciated!
posted by sixswitch at 10:28 AM - 4 answers

April 16

What were those weird orange dots in my eyes?

Today I was getting out of the car when I noticed a weird spray of orange dots across the vision in both of my eyes, like a faint tag of spray paint. I've done a quick Pixlr image to try and show what it looked like. The dots moved as I looked around, although they were fixed in a distinct shape. Light affected the color. When my eyes were closed the shape looked green, but when I stood in the kitchen the shape was red. It lasted maybe 5 minutes and then my vision seemed as if it was maybe a little blurry afterwards, although I wasn't sure. There was no pain. What the heck happened? [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler at 8:58 PM - 16 answers

Testing for bee venom allergies before my honey wings it as a beekeeper

My significant other has decided to become a beekeeper. We're both buzzing with excitement--the hive arrives next week. He doesn't think he's ever been stung by a honey bee before, and he can't recall having any adverse reactions, but we've heard that allergies can change/worsen with age. I'd like to avoid discovering that one of us is severely allergic after the fact. What is the easiest/fastest/cheapest way to get tested? Are there direct-to-consumer tests that you'd recommend, or are we stuck making an appointment with an allergist?
posted by houseofleaves at 1:04 PM - 14 answers

WooFilter: crystals

A friend is having surgery, and I want to get her a "healing crystal" or even a healing crystal kit. Neither of us is all in on believing in healing crystals, but I want to get her something really cool looking that supposedly has whatever powers crystals are supposed to have. What's a good source? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 9:37 AM - 15 answers

Are hydrogen peroxide soaks safe?

I have recently been trying Hydrogen Peroxide feet soaks to cure a toenail fungal infection. I was trying vinegar soaks without much sucess until I found a blog where a woman was suggesting to use hydrogen peroxide soaks. I decided to give it a try and I was surprised to find out that the infection started to fade after a few soaks. I would like to continue the treatment but I just want to make sure that it is safe. [more inside]
posted by Fromthesouth at 8:06 AM - 10 answers

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