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Have a question for the pharmacist? Get your answers here! Clear explanations about complicated medical topics that anyone can understand. Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog and related podcast is not to be taken as medical advice, they are for informational and educational purposes only. If you resemble anything that is mentioned in this blog or related podcast, contact your doctor. The information contained in this blog and related podcasts is the opinion of the author and does not reflect the views of her employer.

Have a question for the pharmacist? Get your answers here! Clear explanations about complicated medical topics that anyone can understand. Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog and related podcast is not to be taken as medical advice, they are for informational and educational purposes only. If you resemble anything that is mentioned in this blog or related podcast, contact your doctor. The information contained in this blog and related podcasts is the opinion of the author and does not reflect the views of her employer.
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Have a question for the pharmacist? Get your answers here! Clear explanations about complicated medical topics that anyone can understand. Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog and related podcast is not to be taken as medical advice, they are for informational and educational purposes only. If you resemble anything that is mentioned in this blog or related podcast, contact your doctor. The information contained in this blog and related podcasts is the opinion of the author and does not reflect the views of her employer.

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Episodes

Episode 111 - Tonsillectomy

1/8/2018
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What is a Tonsillectomy? A Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. Tonsil - immune system tissue in the back of the throat. -Ectomy = to remove something from the body. Removing the tonsils may be required if chronic tonsilitis is a problem. Chronic tonsilitis is defined as multiple infections in a row or an infection lasting 3 months or longer. Severe snoring and sleep apnea may be another reason to remove the tonsils, for the purpose of opening up the...

Duration: 00:30:48


Episode 110 - Tonsils

12/11/2017
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Tonsils Basics Your tonsils can be found in the back of your throat. You can open your mouth and look in the mirror and see them on each side of your mouth behind your teeth and tongue. You can also feel them below your earlobes and behind your jaw bone. Tonsils are composed of lymph tissue since they are a part of your lymph system. They store white blood cells that help you fight off infection. Their activation during sickness is why they swell and get sore. They are covered with the...

Duration: 00:21:25


Metallic Taste - Episode 109

12/4/2017
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Glossary Aguesia: no taste Hypoguesia: reduced ability to taste (no the same as when taste changes due to changes in ability to smell) Dysgeusia: dysfunctional taste - bad, salty, rotten, or metallic taste (metallic is the most common). Causes for Change Chemotherapy and radiation for cancer causes taste changes because the taste buds are rapid-cycling cells and the goal of chemo and radiation is to kill fast-growing cells (cancer cells are definitely fast-growing). Head trauma or...

Duration: 00:17:57


Episode 108 - Taste buds

11/27/2017
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Review Smell plays a big part in your ability to taste. The bumps on your tongue that you can see are actually papillae. 4 Types of Papillae Filiform Filiform papillae are the most numerous papillae and are arranged in regular rows running parallel to the median sulcus. They are cone-shaped - either a single cone (like a volcano shape) or a frill of cones. These papillae don't actually taste flavors but they do sense touch. They work as cleaners, helping your tongue create friction...

Duration: 00:21:18


Burning Mouth & Pepto Lips - Episode 107

11/20/2017
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Burning Mouth Syndrome Burning Mouth Syndrome is defined as a burning sensation with no underlying cause. It may include dry mouth sensations with no true symptoms of dry mouth. BMS is accompanied by unremitting burning or pain but no mucosal changes or signs of injury or swelling. 3 Categories Common Symptoms Subjective Descriptions Those who suffer from BMS may see temporary relief with topical analgesics (i.e. lidocaine or benzocaine) but see no improvement from systemic...

Duration: 00:29:12


Tongue Issues - Episode 106

11/13/2017
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Born With... Ankyloglossia is also known as a tongue tie. It is a result of a short frenulum. This issue is easily corrected if it interferes with eating and talking. Macroglossia is a large tongue. This is one of the identifiable characteristics of Down's Syndrome. It is described as the tongue appears to be bigger than space in the mouth. Infected With... Strawberry tongue The tongue can appear extremely red and papillae are swollen to look like seeds on a strawberry. This is a...

Duration: 00:22:30


Tongue - Episode 105

11/6/2017
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Tongue Basics Your tongue is made up of eight muscles. This is why it is called a muscular organ. It is the most important articulator in speech production. (A brief word dissection: articulate means to communicate something clearly. In medicine, articulate means to make a connection. It all makes sense!) The tip is called the apex. The crease down the middle is called the median lingual sulcus. There is another crease at the back of your tongue and it is called the sulcus...

Duration: 00:13:22


Teeth Issues - 104

10/30/2017
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Teething Teething is mostly known as the phase of babies growing their first teeth. Eruption is when the tooth enamel shows through the gum tissue. A baby's first teeth grow in between 6 months and 2 years old. Before any of the teeth show, the gums can be swollen and bumpy. These symptoms can cause fussiness, sleeplessness, drooling, decreased appetite, excessive chewing, and overall grumpiness. A few controversial symptoms include fever, diarrhea, and rash. A fever less than 100.4*F can...

Duration: 00:29:38


Episode 103 - Teeth Parts

10/23/2017
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Types of Teeth Incisors: You have 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom. Yes, it sounds like "scissors"; they are the teeth and cut and tear food (or the enemy?). They are in the very front of your mouth. Canines: You have 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom. Yes, canine, like a dog; they are sharp and pointed. These teeth are good for gripping and tearing. Also known as cuspids (one point). They are located at the "corners" of your teeth arch. Premolars: You have 4 on the top and 4 on the...

Duration: 00:20:23


Episode 102 - Mouth Parts

10/16/2017
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Mouth Issues Ulcers They are uncomfortable and mostly non-serious. Also known as "canker sores". Can take 2-3 weeks to completely heal. Anything lasting over 3 weeks should be checked out by your doctor or dentist. Ulcers can appear on the inside of the cheeks or lips, the roof of the mouth, or the tongue. A minor ulcer versus a major ulcer is determined by the size of the sore and the layers of skin affected. Any ulcer that is bleeding should be checked out despite the length of time....

Duration: 00:38:26


Episode 101 - Mouth Parts

10/9/2017
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Mouth Parts Lips: They are red due to blood flow. They have lots of nerve ending so they can be very sensitive. Our lips are used to manipulate food as we eat and make sounds as part of our speech. * The Divot above the center of your upper lip is called the philtrum. Gums: They are also known as the gingiva. Even though they are wet and look fleshy, healthy gums are quite resilient. Teeth: They are used for chewing, and possibly as a tool. Healthy teeth and gums seal together tightly...

Duration: 00:39:33


Episode 100 - Manifesto

7/3/2017
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The podcast is going to take a break for the summer to regroup and plan new and fun things! In the meantime, catch up on episodes you missed or re-listen to them all! If you want to stick close for sneak peaks of new adventures and the reboot, join the Pharmacist Answers Podcast Community on Facebook (facebook.com/groups/PharmAnswersPod) If you've enjoyed the first chapter of The Pharmacist Answers Podcast, please leave a rating and review on your favorite podcast app. The new home...

Duration: 00:11:22


Episode 98 - Sneezing

6/19/2017
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Sneezing is very forceful in your body. Review: the inside of your nose is covered with mucous membranes, and that mucus traps up things so they don't get into your lungs. Some little particles float through the air and into your nose. They will land on those mucous membranes and irritate it. That irritation sends a signal to your sneeze center of your brainstem. *Callback: Brainstem* The sneeze center sends out several signals. One goes to your diaphragm to tell it to compress the...

Duration: 00:18:09


Episode 96 - Nose Issues

6/5/2017
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Issues that cause your breathing to fail: - Alleriges - congestion - Viruses - congestion - Deviated septum - the septum (the bone that separates the nasal cavity and divides your nostrils) can get crooked and change the size and access of the nostrils or nasal cavity. Can be from trauma, or may gradually get crooked from chronic pressure - Turbinate Hypertrophy - over-growth of tissue covering the turbinates (tissue-covered bones that add warmth and moisture to the air you breathe);...

Duration: 00:23:32


Episdoe 95 - Smell

5/29/2017
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Air goes in your nose and flows over the smell sensors. Your nose and sinus cavities act as a resonating chamber for your voice. That's why you sound funny when you hold your nose or when your nose is stopped up from a cold or allergies. This is important in talking and singing. What makes something smell? Volatile molecules evaporate at normal temperatures and pressures, so actually molecules of the thing are in the air and available to go in your nose. Don't think about this too...

Duration: 00:16:05


Episode 94 - Nose Anatomy

5/22/2017
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Episode 94 - Nose Anatomy Your nose is responsible for breathing and smelling. These things work better when you're nose isn't stopped up. The part of your nose that you can see and touch is cartilage covered in skin. There is bone above your nose, beside your nose, below your nose, and right in the middle of your nose (inside your head). Part of the cartilage is stiff and hold shape, other parts of cartilage are soft for flexibility. The nasal root (the bone that extends between your...

Duration: 00:20:51


Episode 92 - Ear Issues

5/8/2017
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PSA: Please don't stick things in your ear any larger than your elbow...and that includes your finger. Outer ear = the part that you can touch Middle ear = the area being the ear drum Inner ear = the cochlea and area responsible for your balance 3 common ear issues - Ear infections (otitis media) - Vertigo (and motion sickness) - Tinnitus (ringing in your ear) *Ear wax? The area behind your ear drum has air in it and that pressure is equalized through the eustachian tube. If that...

Duration: 00:31:50


Episode 91 - Ear Anatomy

5/1/2017
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The Auricle = the part of the ear you can see; made of cartilage (flexible tissue that doesn't have a large blood supply) Everything else requires a tool for the doctor to see inside. And the doctor can only see to about the ear drum. The stuff behind the ear isn't visible because of the membrane that blocks it. The middle and inner ear are surrounded by your head bones. Science of sound Sound is created when the air around us is compressed and then expands. They move away from the...

Duration: 00:19:17


Episode 90 - Allergy Testing Experience

4/24/2017
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Anaphylaxis = an out of control allergic reaction that can be life-threatening if medical treatment is not sought immediately EpiPens are a first-step self-treatment in the case of a major allergic reaction or anaphylaxis. I got 33 injections!! It started with a serum test as a baseline - just to see how strongly my histamine reaction was. The injections are sub-dermal (under the dermis layer of the skin). It's the same level if injection that a TB skin test is done (to see if you've...

Duration: 00:16:45


Episode 88 - Eye Conditions 4

4/10/2017
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Dry eye: 48% of Americans over age 18 complain of dry eyes. Caused by environment, genetics, health conditions, eye procedures, medications. There are 2 reasons for dry eye: 1. Inflammation blocks the free flow of fluid through the eye. 2. Tear duct insufficiency - the ducts and glands don't produce adequate moisture for the eye (can be solved by a tear duct stent) If a medication dries up another part of your body, then it has the potential to dry out your eyes (antihistamines,...

Duration: 00:25:41

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