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In old movies, actresses would put their hands up to their foreheads with the palm faced out before passing out upon the delivery of any bad news, or as a sure sign of an unsuspected pregnancy (or a bad plot). Rarely in these movies did a man faint "dead away," except for comic relief upon "not getting shot." In real-life situations, though, fainting can represent a problem and is the cause of a huge amount of expenditure of health care dollars and patient concern. Indeed, one of the first consultations that I received after opening my office was from a pediatrician. A 17 year-old male suffered an apparent cardiac arrest in his office after a tetanus shot. It still amazes me that the simple sight of a needle can bring about such awesome changes in human physiology. In this case, the young man awoke with a rather sheepish grin. The problem: he and many members of his family have "strong vagal tone ." Each year, there seems to be another ef...
Almost all breast cancer treatments have varying degrees of risk for nausea and vomiting. Some people never have nausea or vomiting, while others experience it frequently. Many people describe having "stomach awareness," a type of discomfort in which a person is not interested in eating, but does not feel nauseated. Some people have nausea that lingers more than a week beyond chemotherapy. Thankfully, these side effects can almost always be controlled, or at least substantially reduced, by a variety of medications and lifestyle changes. Learn more about the causes and ways to relieve nausea and vomiting .
Don't force yourself to drink or eat if you're nauseated or vomiting. It's a good idea to avoid eating for about 4 to 8 hours if you're vomiting often. Along the way, try small sips of water or flat ginger ale. After your stomach settles down a bit, begin to replace some of the chemicals and fluids that you might have lost because of the vomiting. Try sipping chicken or vegetable brot...
When you have a Migraine attack, do your Migraine symptoms include nausea and vomiting? If so, do you find yourself reaching for your toothbrush during a Migraine as a result? If you do, you may be harming your teeth while you freshen your breath and the taste in your mouth.
You may have seen some of the television commercials, magazine articles, or other information recently that advise us not to brush our teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods and beverages. There's a good, solid reason for this advice. When we consume acidic foods and beverages, the acids from them stay coat our teeth and temporarily soften the enamel on them. Brushing our teeth immediately can brush the acids into the enamel layer and damage the softened enamel.
Nobody wants to discuss it, but the same thing happens when we vomit. The acids in our stomach that are there to digest foods get on our teeth and can soften the enamel just as the acids in foods and beverages.
So, what can we ...
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