50 Questions from 50 Families

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What Can I Do for My Child's Migraine?
Migraine headaches are thought to be caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the brain and tend to affect one side of the head. The dilated vessels pull on nerve receptors located near the blood vessels, causing pain signals to be sent to the brain. The result is a terrible, throbbing headache with a variety of symptoms. Migraines are difficult to treat, as symptoms and triggers vary among individuals, but they are often relieved by sleep.

If your child is suffering from migraines, be sure to take him or her to a doctor to screen for underlying conditions. Ninety-percent of children who have a migraine will also experience nausea and vomiting, and anti-emetic medications are often prescribed to offset the symptoms.

Keep a headache diary for your child, listing when the headaches occur, how frequently, how long they last, as well as what might have brought them on.

Will My Husband Get Sick from Tinkering in His Shop?
If your husband loves to build, weld or other such activities, be sure he is wearing all the protective gear available. Dust and fumes from metallic processing can irritate the eyes, skin and respiratory system and can cause metal fume fever, or worse, cancer.

What Does It Mean When ...

• I have a blood blister?

• I'm seeing stars?

• I'm allergic to my mom?

Metal Fume Fever Symptoms:
• Headache
• Fever
• Chills
• Muscle aches
• Nausea, vomiting
• Pain
• Weakness
• Fatigue
• Gastrointestinal pain

What Can I Do about Male Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are scars in the dermis layer of the skin. They are caused by a rapid stretching of the skin and can occur by gaining or losing weight, growth spurts or pregnancy.

Stretch marks don’t just occur in women; men have them too! Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon explains how laser treatments can help eradicate the scars.

Can Antidepressants Help My Hot Flashes?
Sooner or later, every woman faces menopause, the cessation of her menstrual cycle when the ovaries decrease production of the hormone estrogen.

One of the most common side effects of decreased estrogen is the fluctuation of body temperature, causing hot flashes. During a hot flash, blood flows to certain areas of the body, increasing heat and creating a flushed sensation. As the body’s temperature rises, the body then cools itself by sweating.

OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says that selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class of antidepressants, can actually alleviate hot flashes and mood swings during menopause.

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What Can I Do to Alleviate My Child’s Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. Skin cells build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, creating red and scaly patches that are often uncomfortable.

When applied to affected skin at bedtime, coal tar shampoo can relieve itching, scaling, dryness and flaking of the skin caused by conditions such as psoriasis and dandruff. The shampoo helps slow bacterial growth, and loosens and softens crusted scales.

Is Soccer Dangerous for My Kids?
Although soccer is a foot-focused sport, participants can use their heads to bump the ball and keep it in play. But can all that bumping cause a head injury, such as a concussion?

A concussion is the most common head injury and occurs when an impact to the head causes the brain to hit the side of the skull, resulting in bruising of the brain. The damage sustained from a concussion is considered more serious in children, because their brains are still developing. Suffering multiple concussions can cause cognitive problems in both children and adults.

A study in the Journal of Pediatrics states that in the last several years, emergency room visits for sports-related concussion injuries has doubled for children 8 to 13 years of age and tripled for 14- to 19-year-olds.

However, The Doctors assure, your kids should be just fine on the soccer field.

Can Red Meat Worsen Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
More than 55 million people suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder of the large intestine that causes bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain and mucous in the stool.

In many cases, IBS can be managed by diet, exercise and lifestyle. Staying hydrated and adding fiber-rich foods such as beans, raspberries, artichokes and yogurt with probiotics can aid digestive function.

Certain foods and beverages, such as red meat, alcohol, coffee, artificial sweeteners, carbonated beverages, dairy, eggs and oils can trigger IBS symptoms. E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork recommends keeping a diary of what foods exacerbate your symptoms and avoid them.

Give It to Me Straight

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How Can I Treat My Sons’ Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a condition in which the skin loses its pigment cells. The body essentially becomes allergic to itself and mistakes its pigment cells, or melanocytes, for foreign cells, and subsequently attacks and destroys them.

Vitiligo is a continual depigmentation of the skin. “There’s no way to predict if the vitiligo will spread and how rapidly,” Dr. Ordon explains.

Although there is no cure for the condition, it is often treated with protopic ointment, steroids or UVB light therapy, all of which are very effective for children.

Can I Get High Cholesterol from My Parents?
High cholesterol due to poor diet and lifestyle is not nearly as dangerous as the genetic disorder familial hypercholesterolemia. The inherited defect prevents the body from removing LDL, or bad cholesterol from the blood, making a person more likely to have narrowing of the arteries from atherosclerosis at an early age.

“If you have a strong family history of early heart disease and high cholesterol, you really should be checked to see if you have this hypercholesterolemia, because you need to be even more aggressive with your diet, with your exercise and talking to your doctors about medications that can keep your cholesterol levels low before the damage is done,” Dr. Travis says.

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