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Lice and Scabies - American Family Physician

May 15, 2019 - ...If you think you or your child might have lice, look at the scalp closely. Lice are hard to see. It is best to use a bright light and look for the lice eggs (also called nits). Nits are yellow to white in color. They will be attached to the bottom of the hair next to the scalp,...

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Hand Infections - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2019 - ...Bite wounds, including injuries caused by closed fists coming into contact with another person's mouth Infections caused by an object entering the deep tissues of the hand These types of infections can cause long-term problems if they are not treated quickly. See your doctor right...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/p228-s1.html

Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2018 - ...by bending over at the waist. Bend your hips and knees and then squat to pick up the object. Keep your back straight and hold the object close to your body. Don't twist your body while you are lifting. If you have to sit at your desk or drive for a long time, take breaks to stretch....

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1001/p421-s1.html

A Parent's Guide to Using Time Out - American Family Physician

May 15, 2018 - ...- Monitor from close by, but not in the same room - Be consistent and don't give up Read the full article. Get immediate access, anytime, anywhere. Choose a single article, issue, or full-access subscription. Earn up to 6 CME credits per issue. Already a member/subscriber? Log...

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Croup: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

May 1, 2018 - ...Watch your child closely and call the doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms: Drooling or trouble swallowing Blueish lips or fingernails Restlessness or confusion Trouble breathing Where can I get more information? Your doctor American Academy of Pediatrics...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p575-s1.html

Meningitis - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2017 - ...Anyone can get it, but it is more common in children younger than one year and in adults older than 60 years. It can spread by being close to someone with the infection who is coughing, which is why teenagers and college students living in dorms are at a higher risk of getting it....

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Tips for Preventing Falls - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2017 - ...Wear shoes that have low heels, close well (such as with laces or Velcro), and have nonslip soles. Don't walk around in slippers, backless shoes, or barefoot. Make changes to your home to make it safer. What can I do to my home to prevent falls? Remove rugs, or make sure they don't...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p240-s1.html

Bursitis of the Elbow, Knee, and Heel - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2017 - ...An insect bite, scratch, or puncture wound close to a bursa can cause skin breaks and infection. People with chronic conditions such as diabetes are more likely to develop an infection in a bursa. People with certain conditions, such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or chronic kidney...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0215/p224-s1.html

Tips for International Travel - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2016 - ...Wear closed-toe shoes. Traveler's Diarrhea Traveler's diarrhea is the most common illness in travelers to poor countries. Symptoms include diarrhea and stomach cramping. Travelers are often told to avoid drinking tap water and not eat ice, food from street stands, or raw food while...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p620-s1.html

Atrial Fibrillation - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2016 - ...may need to see a doctor who specializes in heart conditions. You may need to stay in the hospital if your symptoms are severe or if you need close monitoring or more tests. How is it treated? Most patients will take medicine to slow down the heart so that it can pump better. Your...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p442-s1.html

Genital Herpes: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2016 - ...they have it. Even if they do not have symptoms, people can still pass the infection through close oral or genital contact. Who gets it? Anyone can get genital herpes. It is spread by close contact with someone who has herpes. You can get it from having oral sex with someone who has...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p928-s1.html

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2016 - ...A close relative who had preeclampsia Can it be prevented? If you had preeclampsia earlier than 34 weeks in a previous pregnancy or at any time during two previous pregnancies, your doctor might want you to take a baby aspirin starting early in your pregnancy. Some doctors also...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0115/p121-s1.html

Gastroesophageal Reflux in Infants and Children - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2015 - ...esophagus and stomach. This opening acts like a gate to allow food to pass into the stomach. Usually, this opening closes as soon as food passes through. If it doesn't close all the way, food and liquid from the stomach can move back through the opening and into the esophagus. This...

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Treating Depression with Medicine - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2015 - ...depression might increase the risk of suicide during the first three months, especially in people younger than 25 years. Tell your family and close friends about this, and ask them to help if they notice anything that concerns them. Are these medicines addictive? They aren't...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0715/p94-s1.html

Temporomandibular Disorders - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2015 - ...more common in women and in people 20 to 40 years of age. The most common symptom is pain around the jaw joint, especially when opening or closing the mouth. It is usually felt on only one side. Other symptoms can include neck and shoulder pain, headache, limited jaw motion, and...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0315/p378-s1.html

Wound Care - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2015 - ...Call your doctor if the wound is deep, if you can't get the edges to stay together, or if the edges are jagged. Your doctor may want to close the wound with stitches or skin adhesive. You should also call your doctor if you see any signs of infection, such as: Pain that gets worse...

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Prevention and Treatment of Motion Sickness - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2014 - ...or help you feel better. Don't read, look at a computer screen, or look through a camera. If you can't see the horizon, it may be best to close your eyes and rest. What else can I do? Eat small amounts of soft, bland foods, such as canned peaches or crackers. Drink small amounts of...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0701/p41-s1.html

Pancreatic Cancer - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2014 - ...A history of pancreatitis (swelling of the pancreas), having a close family member with pancreatic cancer, certain rare genetic conditions, and tobacco and alcohol use all increase your chances of getting pancreatic cancer. What are the symptoms? You usually do not have symptoms...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p626-s1.html

Preventing Injuries: How Can I Keep My Child Safe? - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2013 - ...Stay in the water and close enough to touch your child whenever he or she is swimming. Use only flotation devices that are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Many armbands and rings are not meant to keep your child from drowning. Always have a phone by the pool so you can call 911 in...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p502-s1.html

Coping with Acute Stress Disorder - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2012 - ...as actual or threatened death or serious injury, or after they learn about an unexpected or violent death, serious injury, or illness of a close family member or friend. Common events that may cause acute stress disorder include military combat, sexual assault, robbery, work-related...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1001/p643-s1.html

Lice and Scabies - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2012 - ...If you think you or your child might have lice, look at the scalp closely. Lice are hard to see, so it is best to look for the lice eggs (also called nits), which are a light brown color. They are attached to the hair shaft next to the scalp, often behind the ears or on the neck....

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p535-s1.html

Treatment of Grief and Depression at the End of Life - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2012 - ...If you are very sick or are nearing the end of life, you may have some losses. You may lose your health, wealth, independence, or close relationships with your friends and family. All of these losses can be hard to cope with. It's normal to have feelings of grief from these losses....

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0801/p259-s1.html

Lyme Disease - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2012 - ...walking in wooded or grassy areas. Wear bug spray, but be sure to read the instructions before using it. Check your skin for ticks, paying close attention to your head, armpits, and groin. If you find a tick, use tweezers to carefully remove it. It also helps to keep your lawn...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0601/p1086-s1.html

Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2012 - ...skin. Using a memory tool based on the letters A, B, C, D, and E is one way to help you identify spots that may need to be looked at more closely. A stands for asymmetry (one-half of the mole is different from the other half); B stands for border (the border of the mole is...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0115/p169.html

Abnormal Bleeding During Your Period - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2012 - ...cancer cells. A transvaginal ultrasound uses sound waves to make a picture of your ovaries and uterus so your doctor can look at them more closely. How are abnormal periods treated? It depends on the cause. Your doctor may recommend weight loss or anti-inflammatory medicines, such...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0101/p44.html

Tremor - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2011 - ...physical or occupational therapy, assistive devices (for example, utensils with large handles, button hooks, straws), and holding your arms close to the body. Where can I get more information? Your doctor AAFP's Patient Education Resource Web site: https://familydoctor.org...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p703.html

Allergic Conjunctivitis - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2011 - ...when those levels are high. You can usually find out when allergen levels are high from the weather report. Keep your doors and windows closed. Use an air conditioner during the summer. How is it treated? Steroid nasal sprays and antihistamine pills may help. Eye drops can also help...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0215/p476.html

Heartburn - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2010 - ...enter the stomach, the food must pass through an opening between this tube and your stomach. Usually, this opening closes as soon as food passes through. If it doesn't close all the way, acid from your stomach can get through the opening and into your esophagus. This is called...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1215/p1452.html

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2010 - ...nosebleeds. Laser therapy or other surgeries can also help. Abnormal blood vessels in the lungs or brain are treated by embolization, which closes off the blood vessel to keep it from rupturing. Telangiectasias of the skin can be treated with laser therapy if they bleed often. Who...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1001/p797.html

Helping a Child with Autism - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2010 - ...Unusual actions, such as toe walking, hand flapping, looking at things up close or out of the corner of the eye, or unusual finger movements near the eyes Trouble handling changes in daily routines or habits What should I do if I think my child has it? Talk with your child's doctor....

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0215/p461.html

Vocal Cord Dysfunction - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2010 - ...It is when your vocal cords partially close while you are breathing. This may cause shortness of breath, tightness in your throat, or a choking feeling. Vocal cord dysfunction can sometimes be mistaken for asthma. What causes it? Many things can cause this problem. It may happen...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0115/p160.html

Outdoor Air Pollution and Your Health - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2010 - ...If you live or work close to a known pollution source, or if you have a chronic heart or lung problem, talk with your doctor about other ways to deal with air pollution. View/Print Figure Table. EPA Cautionary Statements for Ozone and Particle Matter EPA = U.S. Enviornmental...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0115/p181.html

Lung Nodules - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2009 - ...will do a biopsy of the lung nodule. A biopsy is when your doctor takes a small piece of tissue from inside your lung to look at it more closely. What if my doctor thinks the nodule is benign? You doctor may watch the nodule over time with several CT scans. The scans may be done...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1015/p834.html

ADHD in Children - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2009 - ...Changes in your child's classroom may help improve ADHD symptoms. For example, moving your child closer to the front of the room can limit distractions, and using charts and checklists can help him or her stay on task. Where can I get more information? American Academy of Child and...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0415/p657-s1.html

Accidental Childhood Poisonings - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2009 - ...Always close the container and put medicine away in a locked cabinet right after you take it. Make sure that the childproof container is secure. It is a good idea to keep medicines in their original containers with the labels on. Medicine labels give important safety information....

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0301/p397-s1.html

Taking Care of Healing Cuts - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2008 - ...doctor may close large cuts, called lacerations, with stitches or staples. Stitches are also called sutures. For smaller cuts, your doctor may use skin glue called tissue adhesive or tape to close the wound. It is important to watch and care for your cut after the doctor closes it....

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1015/p952.html

Tuberculosis: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2008 - ...People who are in close contact with someone who has TB disease People born in another country who have been in the United States for five years or less, especially children younger than four years People who live or work where there are many people, like jails, nursing homes, or...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0815/p469.html

Gastroparesis: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2008 - ...Next: Importance of Vaccinations for Close Contacts and Caregivers View the full table of contents >> Home / Journals / afp / Vol. 77/No. 12(June 15, 2008) / Gastroparesis: What You Should Know...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0615/p1703.html

Vision Loss: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

May 15, 2008 - ...Some vision changes are a normal part of aging, such as trouble focusing on close objects. Other common causes of vision loss are injury, infections, and changes linked with other illnesses. The main causes of vision loss in people older than 40 years are: Macular degeneration (...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0515/p1437.html

Hospice: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2008 - ...Hospice (HAH-spiss) is a type of care for patients who are close to dying from an illness. What does it do? The goal of hospice is for you to live your life as fully as possible and be more comfortable in the time you have left. Hospice will not cure your illness, but it also will...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0315/p817.html

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2007 - ...six seconds. Close your mouth slowly. Resisted mouth closing: Place your thumbs under your chin and your two index fingers on the ridge between your mouth and the bottom of your chin. Push down lightly on your chin as you close your mouth. Tongue up: Slowly open and close your mouth...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1115/p1483.html

Caring for Your Premature Baby - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2007 - ...Babies younger than six months can't get the flu vaccine, but people who are in close contact with your baby can. If these people get the flu vaccine, it will lower the chance of them getting the flu and exposing your baby to it. What can I do to keep my baby healthy? You should...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1015/p1165.html

Exercises for Tennis Elbow - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2007 - ...Stand with your knees slightly bent. Hold the weight bar at shoulder level with your palms down and your upper arms close to the sides of your body. Push the weight down then back up (see drawing 2). Repeat 10 times for three sets. View/Print Figure Drawing 2. Drawing 2. FOREARM...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0915/p849.html

Heavy Periods (Menorrhagia) - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2007 - ...may want to take tissue from your uterus to see if you have cells that may lead to cancer. Your doctor might also do an ultrasound or take a closer look inside the uterus with a special scope. What are the treatments for menorrhagia? There are many treatments available, including...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0615/p1820.html

Emergencies in the Family Medicine Office - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2007 - ...Know when your doctor's office is open and how to contact your doctor when the office is closed. Keep a list of the medicines you take and your medical problems. Know how to call an ambulance if you do not have 9-1-1 service in your community. Learn basic first aid skills. Where can...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0601/p1686.html

Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2007 - ...by bending over at the waist. Bend your hips and knees and then squat to pick up the object. Keep your back straight and hold the object close to your body. Don't twist your body while you are lifting. If you have to sit at your desk or drive for a long time, take breaks to stretch....

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0415/p1190.html

Amblyopia ("Lazy Eye") in Your Child - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2007 - ...close to his or her face to see them Squints or tilts his or her head to see things Has an eye that crosses or moves from one side to the other (drifts) Is unable to watch you as you walk across a room How can my doctor tell if my child has amblyopia? If your child can't see a close...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0201/p368.html

Parvovirus B19: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2007 - ...see if you have antibodies. Antibodies protect you from the virus. If you don't have antibodies, your doctor may monitor your pregnancy more closely. Read the full article. Get immediate access, anytime, anywhere. Choose a single article, issue, or full-access subscription. Earn up...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0201/p377.html

Exercising Your Ankle After a Sprain - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2006 - ...You can slowly increase this to up to three minutes at a time. Repeat at least three times a day. For more difficulty, repeat with your eyes closed. Read the full article. Get immediate access, anytime, anywhere. Choose a single article, issue, or full-access subscription. Earn up...

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Crisis Management - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2006 - ...Talk about your steps with a close friend, a family member, or your doctor. Begin to carry out your steps, and make changes to your plan as needed. Learn from your crisis. A crisis may cause problems, but it also can help you to grow. Think about what you have learned from the...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1001/p1165.html

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