Q. My breast swelled up and was hot and painful to the touch. My doctor treated me for mastitis, but it turned out to be inflammatory breast cancer. I think other women should be aware that not all breast cancers start with a lump. A. That’s right. Inflammatory breast cancer does look a lot like mastitis, an infection of the breast that can have many causes. Mastitis is more common when you’re breast-feeding; and some women have a lifelong proclivity to bouts of mastitis. But if you’re experiencing a swollen, hot, painful, red breast for the first time, ask your doctor to carefully consider inflammatory breast cancer, and to test for it. Previous Breast Cancer Symptom: Lump Under Arm Back to Start of Illustrated Symptom FAQs
Almost everyone tells us we should get as much exercise as
possible. But the effects of exercise are sometimes controversial.
Exercise alone isn't apt to make you lose much weight. For
example, walking, an excellent form of exercise because it doesn't put a lot of
extra strain on your joints as running does, but burns very few calories.
The other day, I walked a total of about 3 miles, according
to my pedometer. It said I'd burned 200 calories. Big deal. I could cancel that
out with a couple of ounces of cheddar cheese or a little more than an ounce of
And, as pointed out by Gary Taubes in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories , exercise
can just make you hungrier. So after exercising you might eat even more than
enough to cancel out the calories burned by the exercise.
However, exercise has benefits that go beyond weight loss.
For one thing, by getting your heart rate up (unless your idea of exercise is
meandering), exercise strengthens your heart. ...
Definition A throat swab culture is a laboratory test done to isolate and identify organisms that may cause infection in the throat. Alternative Names Throat culture and sensitivity; Culture - throat How the test is performed You will be asked to tilt your head back and open your mouth wide. The health care provider rubs a sterile cotton swab along the back of your throat near the tonsils. You need to resist gagging and closing the mouth while the swab touches this area. The health care provider may need to scrape the back of the throat with the swab several times. This helps improve the chances of detecting bacteria. How to prepare for the test Do not use antiseptic mouthwashes before the test. How the test will feel Your throat may be sore at the time the test is taken. You may experience a gagging sensation when the back of your throat is touched with the swab, but the test only lasts a few seconds. Why the test is performed The test is performed when a throat infection is suspected, particula...
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