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Q. I am trying to eat healthier by eating less meat and more vegetables, but I am not yet a vegetarian. I have noticed that on the days I have a meatless meal, for example eggplant, zucchini and broccoli cooked... (Read More)
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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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Q. I have heard that many medications can cause hair loss. Is this side effect temporary? Does the hair grow back when the drug is stopped? A. A surprising number of medications can cause temporary hair loss including blood pressure... (Read More)
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Q. Recently I took a dear friend to the ER. We thought she had a urinary tract infection. She was so weak she needed a wheelchair to get into the hospital. After running numerous tests, they ruled out infection. The... (Read More)
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Q. My 82-year-old mother has had Alzheimer's for eight years. She sat all day and didn't feed or bathe herself. Although she smiled pleasantly, she couldn't retain working memory for more than two minutes. She repeated statements or questions over... (Read More)
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Q. I have fig trees in my back yard and they were especially fruitful this year. I love fresh figs, but lately I have been experiencing a scary reaction. My lips tingle and my tongue swells up. Could this be... (Read More)
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Q. Many years ago, while my dad was stationed in Hawaii, I climbed the mango trees to pick mangos for chutney. I got such a terrible reaction: my eyes were swollen shut, my hands were so swollen I couldn't close... (Read More)
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Q. No one would ever suspect that I have just been diagnosed with osteopenia (weakened bones). I am a man in remarkably good health with blood results to kill for. I work out three times a week at the gym,... (Read More)
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Q. I have had trouble with recurrent canker sores for years. I finally figured out that avoiding toothpaste with tartar control or whitening agents keeps me out of trouble. A. The medical literature is surprisingly sparse when it comes to... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor prescribed Premarin Cream for vaginal dryness. He said I wouldn't absorb enough to be a problem. The paper insert that comes with the drug makes me question its safety, however. Is it absorbed into my body? A.... (Read More)
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Q. I got stung by yellow jackets last week and reacted terribly. I swelled up and broke out in hives all over my body. It was so unbearable I had to go to the emergency room for treatment. I never... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor prescribed amlodipine for high blood pressure last month. I began retaining fluid within a week. Now my swollen feet and ankles are terribly uncomfortable. Getting into my shoes is a challenge and sometimes my skin feels so... (Read More)
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Q. I have narcolepsy with cataplexy. Cataplexy is sudden loss of muscle tone brought on by strong emotion, such as fear, anger or excitement. In my case, it is triggered by laughter. I can go a long time without an... (Read More)
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Q. Many thanks to whoever wrote about Noxzema for itchy skin. I've been plagued for over four years with a horrible itch on one side of my nose. It may seem laughable, but it's not so funny if you're scratching... (Read More)
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Q. When I was training for triathlons I was told to mix a solution of alcohol, vinegar and glycerin in a squirt bottle. After swimming I would shake the bottle and apply a few drops in each ear, letting it... (Read More)
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Q. I have frequent if not constant headaches, possibly rebound headaches. I am now avoiding chocolate, cheeses and cold cuts. I drink lots of herbal teas and very little alcohol. I am sick of waking up at night with a... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has psoriasis. His skin is dry and flaky and he gets very bad patches that bleed. He has found that the sun helps heal his skin but he refuses to wear sunscreen, thinking it will undo the... (Read More)
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Q. I am a retired dental hygienist with years of infection control experience. I know of evidence that health care workers must wash their hands between patients to prevent the spread of infection. I am dismayed when doctors fail to... (Read More)
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Q. I cannot tolerate oral antidepressant medications because of unacceptable side effects. My doctor has prescribed EMSAM, a skin patch, but it is very expensive. Does this medicine work for depression and can I buy it safely from Canada? A.... (Read More)
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Q. My husband was on Xarelto for about a year and a half because he had atrial fibrillation. When he had a hernia operation he stopped taking it for three days but had major internal bleeding afterward. Despite this, his... (Read More)
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Q. I'm an avid canoe paddler. Back in the 1970s when I got started canoeing I learned that wearing denim cut-offs on the river was a very bad idea. I developed terrible jock itch, probably because my shorts stayed damp... (Read More)
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Q. Due to a change in my insurance, I wasn't able to refill my prescription for the depression drug Cymbalta. Saturday was my last dose and by Monday I felt like I was losing my mind. Today was the worst... (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. What is the best enema solution? My wife thinks an enema is essential for good health, even though I think this practice is ridiculous. A. Enemas are used for serious constipation and are not necessary if someone is otherwise... (Read More)
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Q. I have been experiencing an embarrassing anal itch for two months. My physician doesn't seem interested beyond prescribing lotions that don't do much after the first few minutes. I tried sponging the area with Bragg's apple cider vinegar, which... (Read More)
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Q. My mom is on Detrol for a bladder problem and I fear that it is causing mental confusion. She is also on two blood pressure drugs (losartan and amlodipine) that make her dizzy. Last week she fell and injured... (Read More)
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Q. Recently you mentioned Vicks as a possible treatment for nail fungus. I've struggled with this condition on both feet for the last eight months. Neither tolnaftate nor undecylenic acid was helpful. I also tried OTC foot soaks. Nothing worked... (Read More)
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Q. I've heard that taking enteric-coated peppermint oil can help IBS. My worst symptoms are stomach cramps and flatulence, but I'm reluctant to eat out or travel. Some of my friendships have suffered. What does "enteric" mean, and why would... (Read More)
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Q. I am writing to tell you how your advice helped solve a near tragedy. My husband and I were recently on a trip to Mongolia in a very remote location when he hit his leg on the sharp corner... (Read More)
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Q. Since starting on Lipitor about 10 years ago, I have developed restless leg syndrome, peripheral neuropathy in my feet, muscle cramps in my feet and legs and general muscle weakness. My liver enzymes have been elevated. I don't want... (Read More)