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Q. You have sometimes written about ways to treat athlete's foot, but you haven't mentioned the best one: BLEACH! On the rare occasion that I get a toe fissure or itchy sole, I just pour several glugs of bleach into... (Read More)
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Chiggers are the bane of berry pickers, hikers, gardeners and farmers. These tiny, almost invisible mites hang out in grasslands, forests, parks and around berry bushes. They have been called red bugs, berry bugs and harvest mites as well as... (Read More)
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Q. My 25-year-old grandson has been diagnosed with scalp folliculitis. The doctor gave him a prescription for an expensive cream, but it did not get rid of the problem. Is there anything else that might help? A. Folliculitis is inflammation... (Read More)
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Q. Do you have any remedies for red bumps after a bikini wax? A. Dermatologists have a name for razor bumps, whether they occur on a man's neck or around a woman's bikini line: pseudofolliculitis barbae. In this condition, hairs... (Read More)
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Q. My grandchildren started scratching their heads several weeks ago. Upon careful examination, we discovered they had lice. Their parents have been diligent in using lice shampoo, combing out nits and washing the bedding, to no avail. Are there any... (Read More)
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Q. Can you use amber Listerine as a mosquito spray? I don't like the usual repellents. A. As far as we can tell, DEET remains one of the most effective mosquito repellents, but many readers prefer to avoid this chemical.... (Read More)
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Q. I've had psoriasis for as long as I can remember. It gets better in the summer, but in the winter my skin becomes itchy, red and flaky. I always had a patch on my right ankle, but I just... (Read More)
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Q. My husband had ridiculously horrible toenail fungus for years. I told him to soak his feet in cornmeal water (1 cup cornmeal and a couple quarts of water in a container big enough to fit his foot; let it... (Read More)
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Q. What can I do for a VERY itchy scalp? I have tried blue dandruff shampoo, but it didn't help. A. Some people report that soaking the scalp in milk of magnesia, apple cider vinegar or amber Listerine before shampooing... (Read More)
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Q. I have had fungus on one of my toes for a long time. I have been to the dermatologist and podiatrist repeatedly and even had the nail removed. I was given strong pills, but they didn't work. The podiatrist... (Read More)
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Q. I have had a rash under my breasts for over a year. It's very itchy and red and though I try to keep the area dry and clean, the rash never goes away. I have tried many things but... (Read More)
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Now that kids are back in school, some parents are getting the dreaded phone call. When kids start scratching their heads and lice are detected, parents are called to come get their children, take them home and treat them. Many... (Read More)
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Q. I would like to tell you how I cured my acne, which started at the age of 10. It was ugly and painful and I tried everything. In my 20s I read a natural foods cookbook that stated: "It... (Read More)
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Q. After reading about hydrogen peroxide and Listerine, I wanted to add my method for treating mosquito bites. This was used on me when I was a child. With a cotton ball, dab Cepacol mouthwash on the bites. This stops... (Read More)
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Q. One of your readers wrote about success using Listerine for acne. I had equal success using Listerine for my psoriasis. Large red areas on my legs itched severely. The doctor could offer no cures except to enter a clinical... (Read More)
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Q. The humidity this summer is driving me crazy. I have what men probably call jock itch. It looks like a fungal infection in my groin area. I have tried over-the-counter creams without much success. I have eaten tons of... (Read More)
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Q. My kids love summer camp but last year they came home with lice. We tried three different lice shampoos and special rinses with limited success. It took us months of treating and retreating to get rid of the bugs.... (Read More)
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Q. Our family is getting together with friends for a big beach vacation. I know my husband will be parading around in his flip-flops or bare feet. He is oblivious to his incredibly ugly nail fungus. I am embarrassed every... (Read More)
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Q. I thought I'd share my experience using Listerine as an acne treatment after reading about it in your column. I have tried all types of antibiotics and topical prescriptions on the market. Nothing has worked as well as applying... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter had head lice several times when she was very young and her hair was long. The lice shampoos did not work at all. Finally we used mayonnaise in her hair. We applied it from the scalp to... (Read More)
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