FAQ - Gingivitis, Necrotizing Ulcerative
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Is there any other way to help my ulcerative colitis without medications?

I have ulcerative colitis and i was going to the doctor, but the medicine was not doing me any good, it actually felt worst. I don't kno what to do this is a horrible thing to have i feel like i can't go out like normal people for a long time because im always going to the bathroom any advice would be very much appreciated thanks

I know exactly how you feel. The medicines my doctor prescribed actually made my symptoms worse and the Prednisone made me puff up like a balloon. At a certain point I began wondering what it was that had caused me to have UC in the first place, and I became a little wary of flooding my body with chemicals.

Unfortunately the dietary changes and even naturopathic treatment didn't work for me either.

I eventually decided to see a therapist. I just went to my college's counseling office--they weren't even experienced with my condition. What my counselor was experienced with, though, was students coping with stress. It was in that office that I finally began to understand my condition as very (maybe even mostly) stress related and induced.

The act of talking to someone about everything I had going on in my life really helped. She was also able to suggest some things I could do to become less stressed, such as getting better at saying "no" to commitments my schedule couldn't handle, even if I really wanted to be involved. I dropped a class and took more "me" time. And I haven't had a flare-up since. I'm off meds and in remission, and so happy to have my body back.

I would suggest you find a counselor. If it doesn't help manage your symptoms it will at least help manage your psychological health while coping with the condition.

Best of luck. I feel you.  (+ info)

my toddler is only 16 months old, the pedia said she has gingivitis. How to treat this?

6 teeth are about to grow, and her gums are swollen, the pedia said that my 16 month toddler has gingivitis? Is this possible at a very young age? How to avoid this? She loves to play the pacifier in her mouth.

My son about that age had gingivitis because of the pacifier. When I wanted to break him from the bottle I thought the pacifier would be the lesser of two evils (since I didn't think the pacifier would rot his teeth). He never took the pacifier till I broke him from the bottle. When I took him to the doctor after him waking up with blood around his mouth 2 mornings in a row she told me to take him to the denist. They had me take gauze and push it against his gums to force the blood and infection out and put him on an antibiotic. As far as avoiding this I had to take all of his pacifiers away which he was ok with cause he understood that it was what was causing the pain! Good luck!  (+ info)

Can I get necrotizing fasciitis from a dog lick?

My dog was licking an open cut, and also my face and mouth.

Could I have caught necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease) from his saliva?

Theoretically, you can contract NF from ANY break in the skin.

Its not a super-rare, scary, potent bug that causes it.... actually, the culprit bacteria is usually Streptococcus Pyogenes (same bug that gives us strep throat) which is a terribly common bug. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is also a culprit, but because of it's resistance to Methicillin-based antibiotics, it is very difficult to treat.

What makes NF so devastating is the mechanism of the infection. The deep, subcutaneous tissues become infected, resulting in rapid tissue death.

So yeah, you could technically contract NF from any break in the skin.... I have heard stories of people getting it from insect bites before, even.  (+ info)

Is it possible for an infant to have gingivitis?

My daughter (15 months old) has halitosis and bleeding gums and tonight I noticed that the gum over one of her front teeth is pulled back and that her gums are red. I read that these symptoms are associated with gingivitis. Isn't she a little young to have this disease?
She just got over being very sick with a virus and has been to the doctor twice in the last week. When I called the doctor yesterday and told them of these new symptoms, they told me that she is just teething and to put orajel on her gums. Is bad breath ever associate with teething? She has a doctor's appointment again on Monday for a check up...I'll bring all of this up with them, I just wondered if gingivitis is a possible diagnosis.

"Gingivitis" is simply any infection of the gums and she COULD have it. She may have had a little cut or an abcess from an incoming tooth that got infected. Odor indicates infection. Have her seen by a doctor ASAP as an untreated infection can migrate to her heart muscle or damage her permanent teeth. If she goes to bed with milk in a bottle, it can cause tooth and gum disease.  (+ info)

What is the difference between Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis?

About 5 or 6 months ago, I went to the dentist because my gums had started bleeding. As I brush my teeth twice a day and always at least rinse with water, I was just told to brush my gums more, or floss or use mouthwash. The symptoms went away, but now the bleeding is back (mainly when I floss) and 2 days ago I noticed my gum in between my two front teeth had swelled and was slightly red. Since yesterday, I have noticed another area of gum swelling and thin redness around about 3 or 4 more teeth. I don't understand as it has all happened so quick. I am worried. If it is only Gingivitis then what stage does it sound like? Also, my dentist appointment is 5 days away. I have went to get Corsodyl mouthwash to try and last me until then and have just started my first treatment. I can make an emergency appointment, but I don't know how necessary and appropriate it would be as I don't really know how bad it is...any advice?

Approximately 90 per cent of the adult people are affected by gingivitis. Most of these people remain oblivious about the silent development of gingivitis as it is initially painless. By and by, gingivitis can cause serious health implications. There can be swollen gums and bleeding while eating or brushing. If left unattended, gingivitis can even lead to indigestion and other tummy problems. Gingivitis can aggravate to periodontitis or pyorrhea. This is an extreme infectious situation when the teeth supporting bone starts eroding. Blisters can also appear. Pyorrhea signs are bad breath, painful gums and bleeding. The primary reasons of pyorrhea are excessive alcohol, smoking, poor mouth hygiene, poor nutrition, improper brushing, glandular disorders, chronic illness, and blood ailments. Smokers are more prone to develop pyorrhea and lose teeth than others. Note that bleeding gums can also be caused by brushing too hard or by using too hard a toothbrush.  (+ info)

Does Ulcerative Colitis affect the reproductive system for women trying to conceive?

Does Ulcerative Colitis affect the reproductive system for women trying to conceive?

Not at all... two totally different body systems.  (+ info)

Can ulcerative colitis be affected by a cold?

I have ulcerative colitis and have been very well off for about 2 months until today. I got a cold and have been experiencing bad symptoms. Could this be because my medicine (immune suppressant) is focusing on curing my cold and not fighting my colitis??? help!

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What's the difference between necrotizing fasciitis and necrotizing soft tissue infection?

I came upon the second one while researching and was wondering whether or not they are the same thing, but I'm having trouble finding information differentiating the two. Could anyone explain the differences if there are any?

They are almost the same. Necrotizing soft tissue infections refer to severe infections of the muscles, subcutaneous fat and fascia that are multifactorial in their microbial origin (which is to say that a number of both aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms contribute to the underlying etiology). Necrotizing fasciitis on the other hand is a type of necrotizing soft tissue infection that develops along the planes of the fascia and is caused by the Group A Streptococci (i.e. mostly the M1, M3 and M18 serotypes of Streptococcus pyogenes).

Therefore, necrotizing fasciitis is a type of soft tissue infection caused by a single organism. Another example in this category is myonecrosis, a soft tissue infection caused only by Clostridium perfringens.  (+ info)

Can i get a medical waiver for the Marine Core for ulcerative colitis?

I am 17 and i just found out that i have ulcerative colitis (this is my first flare up). i have wanted nothing more to join the Marines since i was a kid and now im told i probably won't be able to. I am not enlisted yet, but plan to very soon and have already taken my ASVAB and got a great score. Would i be able to get a medical waiver?

You really need to ask your local Marine recruiter. As this is your dream I hope that it doesn't prevent you from fulfilling it. Thanks for serving our country!  (+ info)

How early can you get gingivitis?

My friend noticed that there were very very small gaps between my lower teeth and my two front teeth and asked if I had gingivitis.

I guess my gums are a bit lower, but I floss about once a week, but brush every day and I AM ONLY 18.

So I am wondering if there is a possibility that I can contract this so soon!

I am a dentist currently visiting schools in a mobile dental unit, I see cases such as yours everyday. My best advice to them and to you is to brush and floss twice a day. Use a soft toothbrush so the cleaning bristles are gentle on your gums and get into all the cracks in your mouth.
Also try using mouthwash maybe once a day. This will help kill bacteria in your mouth.

The most important time to brush is at night. Because saliva helps protects your enamel at night your glands slow down so it is important to get rid off all tartar, acids and plaque in your mouth.

Gingivitis can be contracted at any age. I have undergone dental surgery on a 3 year old girl who had terrible gums. Its something that just happens and can be dealt with easily.

I normally prescribe my patients with hydrogen peroxide(acid), and tell them to gently get a cloth and dab it on their gums to kill the bacteria. And do this 4-6 times a day.

Go see your dentist.
Its not a major problem but it would be nice to have your oral health perfect!

Well done on take responsibility for your own health care.

I hope you get sorted soon and that I have helped in some way.

Good luck,

Dr. Te Huia  (+ info)

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