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Finding a Second Opinion: What to Do When You Don’t Totally Agree With Your Doctor

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You’ve had medical tests performed, and the diagnosis doesn’t seem quite right to you. What should you do? Do you just take the doctor’s word for it? Do you hinge your health on the opinions of others? Shockingly, there are more than 20 million people who receive the wrong diagnosis each year, which equates to one in 20 individuals. You should get a second opinion to ensure that the diagnosis you receive is correct.

Second Opinions Are Normal

If you’ve been diagnosed with an illness or, on the flip side, told that there is nothing wrong with you when your symptoms tell you otherwise, it’s normal to want a second opinion. You may have many thoughts and feelings on the matter, and you just want to make sure that your doctor didn’t miss something or make a mistake. It’s your right as a patient to ask for a second doctor to review your files. Many people don’t get the second opinion because they feel that it will offend their doctor or that it will make them upset. However, people ask for this consultation all the time. If your doctor acts offended at such a request, then you should probably find someone else to handle your medical care.

Why Do You Want One?

Before you ask for a second opinion, you need to identify the reason why you think this is important. For starters, do you not agree with the tests that were run? Many insurance companies will not pay for additional testing. Thankfully, they don’t usually have any problems paying for the second opinion. Is the need for another opinion coming from the fact that you don’t trust the doctor? If that’s the case, then you may want to get a new doctor before you go through with a major procedure. Many surgeons and other doctors don’t like to take a patient after they have been through an operation with another physician. Determine your needs and be ready to talk to the insurance company about additional testing.

Finding One

Are you willing to travel outside of your area to get a second opinion? It’s not easy to find a doctor that isn’t already affiliated with the hospital or clinic that you already use. You may need to use the internet to help you find the right medical professional. If you want to search online, doctor.com has become one of the major doctor review sites. It’s always advisable to see what other patients are saying about the doctor before you schedule an appointment. Try to stick with physicians who have the highest ratings or number of stars.

Know Your Rights

As a mom, you want what’s best for you and your family. You must know your rights regarding subsequent testing and second options. Each insurance company has different rules and regulations regarding this matter, but most will allow another doctor to review the tests given and to confirm or deny the diagnosis. Call the insurance company before you book such an appointment. It’s best to know their policies before you run up bills that you may be responsible for paying.

Facts About a Second Medical Opinion

Insurance companies started the whole idea of a second medical opinion. Insurance companies are required to pay millions of dollars each year for patients who have grave diagnoses. When there is a second opinion involved, it cuts misdiagnosis by 90 percent. Consider the condition of Parkinson’s disease. There is no definitive test that proves or disproves this diagnosis. It’s one of the most misdiagnosed medical conditions because it’s all symptomatic. So, by having a second opinion, the insurance company can be sure before they must pay out a great deal of money for medical care that might not be necessary.

Learn Alternative Treatment Options

It’s always good to get the opinion of a second doctor. Even if they agree with the diagnosis made by the first physician, they may know or utilize other treatment options that you weren’t given previously. Each doctor has their “go-to” treatment methods that are based on their experiences. For instance, while the treatment for multiple sclerosis is usually corticosteroids to suppress the immune system, some doctors use a small dose of chemotherapy to slow the progression of the disease. Since chemo is an immunosuppressive agent, it can be beneficial. However, without that second option, you may not have realized the options available to you.

When it comes to your health, you must stand up for yourself. If you feel that something is wrong, it probably is. Go over your test results, and make sure they didn’t miss anything. You would be surprised how many things busy doctors overlook because they are overloaded with work. Additionally, when it comes to receiving a diagnosis for a serious illness, you owe it to yourself and your family to get the opinion of a second doctor. You are the best advocate for your medical care.

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A Parent’s Guide For Breaking Out The Pool Toys

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A pool is one of the greatest places to go in the summer. As a parent, you can relax in the sun, or jump in and play with the kids. Kids can find endless entertainment if you have the right toys. As fun as the pool can be, it is important to remember that pools can be dangerous. It’s your responsibility as a parent to keep an eye on your kids and make sure they stay safe.

Keep Them Clean and in Good Condition

Not only can dirty toys get the pool dirty, no one wants to play with them. If the toys are in bad condition, they can even be dangerous. Poolside basketball hoops need to be safely secured. A loose hoop could tip over and hit someone’s head. Floats should be checked for leaks. If a float pops and begins to sink a child can get tangled and dragged to the bottom of the pool. None of this should be a problem if you check the toys before tossing them in the pool.

Floating Toys vs Life Jackets

For some children, wearing a life jacket can be embarrassing. They see their friends without them and want to do the same. If your child is an adequate swimmer, this may be okay. If they are a beginner, you should not allow them into the pool without a lifejacket. They may ask if they can use a floating toy instead, don’t allow this.

Floating toys can be dangerous and should not be thought of as adequate substitutes for life jackets. Floating toys can be slippery. A tired and panicked child will have a difficult time holding on to one when they are struggling to stay above the water. A poor swimmer can also get stuck underneath floating toys, unable to come up for air.

Before letting your children swim without a jacket, you should make them demonstrate that they can swim the length of the pool under supervision. This should show you if they are strong enough swimmers to be safe.

Play Safe Games

Make sure the games that your children play are safe. Don’t let poor swimmers dive for toys in the deep end of the pool. Don’t let them run on the edges of the pool. Don’t let them jump onto each other, or onto floating toys. This can quickly lead to injury and an end to your pool trip.

When you go to the pool, make sure your children understand the safety rules. Take the time to explain the reasons behind these rules. This will help your children understand why they need to obey them.

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How to Develop a Healthy Routine to Prevent Tooth Decay

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Maintaining a strong set of teeth will be easier if you follow the rules necessary to keep a healthy body. Eat a diet rich in calcium and fresh produce. Take care to keep your teeth clean and free of bacteria. Finally, drink plenty of water. Read on to find out how these steps affect your oral health.

Follow Standard Dental Hygiene

With daily brushing after meals and flossing before bed, you can protect yourself from a lot of dental damage. Never go to bed without flossing and brushing your teeth first. Make regular visits to your dentist to clean and protect your teeth. With regular dental care, any cavities that do form will be caught and addressed early. Minor cavities, such as those that are very shallow, can be treated without anesthetics. If you catch them soon enough, this will save you a lot of money.

Pay Attention to Your Diet

Processed sugars offer little in the way of nutritional value and may cling to your teeth and promote decay. You can grow strong teeth with a focus on dietary calcium. Quench your craving for processed sugars by snacking on fresh fruit instead of candy. Drink water instead of soda. Be aware that acidic foods and beverages, such as citrus fruits and coffee, can be hard on your tooth enamel. Brush after consuming these foods if you can. If you can’t brush, rinse out your mouth. Try to limit your food intake to three meals and one or two snacks each day. Brush or rinse each time you eat.

Avoid Tobacco Products

Tobacco products attack your dental health in several ways. Tobacco will discolor your teeth and cause heavy plaque build-up. The use of tobacco on a regular basis will damage the ability of your body to heal itself. Gum tissue will not stay healthy and protect the roots of your teeth. Any tears or cuts to gum tissue will not heal efficiently if your circulation is being threatened by tobacco products, providing space for destructive bacteria to live and damage your tooth enamel. There are many tools and products that will make quitting smoking easier to manage. Every aspect of your health can be improved by breaking a tobacco habit.

Caring for your teeth is a habit that will serve you well for years into the future. The habit of brushing and flossing before bed will become so ingrained that you may struggle to fall asleep if forced to skip brushing and flossing. Keeping your teeth strong and healthy can be managed with regular cleaning habits at home and consistent visits to your dentist for check-ups.

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How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

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If you suffer from allergies your life can be limited in ways that people who don’t have allergies will never understand. Some triggers can bring about debilitating symptoms that can be legitimately categorized as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Keep It Clean

The first barrier to attack is cleanliness. Vacuum, mop, wipe down and anything that will keep dust and pollen at bay. Inasmuch as rugs can hold allergens, it is better to have uncarpeted floors with rugs throughout your home than to have wall to wall carpet. Rugs can trap dust and other allergens in your home so they aren’t floating around the air. Wear a mask when vacuuming and cleaning the house. Use a vacuum with a bag to cut down on dust flying when you empty your vacuum.

Wash all bedding frequently, and replace your pillows often or use pillowcases that are antiallergen. You might change your pillowcases more often than your sheets since your face is directly on them, and you are breathing in whatever is being held in their fibers. Taking a shower or at least washing your hair at night will cut down on pollution that has taken up residence in your hair during the day so that it will not be transferred to your pillowcase when you sleep.

Keep Windows Closed

Fresh air is not always a good thing. Keep those windows shut, especially when pollen count is high. For some people, air flowing through open windows can wreak havoc regardless of the level of pollen and any poses a threat. A HEPA air purifier may help cut down on allergens inside your house.

No Furry Friends Allowed

Pet dander is one of the biggest causes of allergy exacerbation. It can be heartbreaking to have to get rid of a much-loved pet, but sometimes it is the only way for you to stay healthy. If you absolutely must have a pooch in residence, keep him brushed and shampooed frequently. If your beloved is a feline, she can be brushed as well. If you do it yourself, wear a mask, do the pet grooming outside, put your clothes in the washer immediately afterward and preferably take a shower. Even low dander animals have some.

Whether yours only crop up once or twice a year, or you need allergy shots on a regular basis, there are ways to get relief, though not always as quickly as you would like. Discuss new options with your doctor and be open to new ways to alleviate your symptoms.

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