Friday, January 20, 2006

Weekend Open Thread

Speak up. I can't hear you!



At 6:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an embarrassing problem. I constantly have "clouds in the sky" (white boogers). I have had this problem for a few years now. Any suggestions to help me from being labeled the booger lady?

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

I'm not sure why you find this so embarrassing. Who is looking up your nose? Does anyone see these boogers but you? Now, if you're congested (have a stuffy nose), that's a problem.

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, these boogers like to hang out at the entrance of my nose for all to see. Yuck.

Any reasons why I would be congested all the time? I don't feel congested. I don't drink or smoke. I like to exercise and am in good health (except for my nose issue). Any thoughts?

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

This is chronic rhinitis. Most of the time, this is due to allergies, and allergies do not always present in the typical way (sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, etc.)

Time to visit an ENT, anon.

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Sdit. said...

Tooth losing opacity.

Sis and I both have this problem...

Far from having menopause and being estrogen-less ---

rather in 20's and angry at this cosmetic flaw....what to do? what to do?

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

sdit: Wax. Boogers. Phlegm. That's what I know about. I can recognize a bad tooth when I see one, but much beyond that, I'm hopeless.

It's one of the consequences of the expansion of knowledge. Specialists don't know much outside of their specialty. That's doubly true for dental concerns, since even as med students we learn very little about teeth.

I hereby turf this one to your dentist.

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have extremely white and quite smelly boogers for like 6-7 months now. Took meds for sinus infection and it seemed to help i guess but did not work totally.

At 10:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Hoffman
I am a dialysis patient with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease). I have dialysis treatments
three days a week four hours per treatment.

Here lately my left ear makes popping noises All day long....speeding up at times and
slow at other times but never stopping. I have gotten used to it but its very difficult to hear
or communicate. My ENT doctor says its no doubt a problematic EU Tube.She says its
the opposite of patulous EU. Presently I'm taking Nasonex......tests reveal there are no signs
of infection. The popping feels like muscle spasms.

My question: Is it possible that this is caused by overload of fluid in between dialysis or
the removal of too much fluid during dialysis. I have experienced leg muscle cramps sometimes during dialysis treatments.

Your thoughts will be very well appreciated.


Norman L.

At 6:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am a dialysis patient and the cramps come from your fluid shifts. The machine is changing the percentage of sodium in the body. Try taking off less fluid or if you don't mind feeling the cramp ask for a hypotonic from the nurse or a bring salt, gatorade, pickle, or mustard to your treatment and when you feel the cramp comeing take one of those.


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