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It is estimated that almost two-thirds of American adults are infected with the virus that causes cold sores or fever blisters. A red lesion on the lip or near the mouth can be embarrassing and painful. People seem to stare... (Read More)
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Apitherapy, the therapeutic use of bee products and particularly bee venom, has a venerable history going back thousands of years. It may sound bizarre, but some medical doctors report they have achieved excellent results in relieving pain from arthritis, tennis... (Read More)
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Q. I have an unemployed friend who has no health insurance. He had an outbreak of shingles on the right side of his face that made his ear and jaw ache. The shingles was developing into a raw area. I... (Read More)
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It's an odd name for a nasty condition: shingles. It has nothing to do with roofing. The Latin name, cingulum, meaning "belt," became "shingles" in early English. The Latin name is a reference to the strips of rash on one... (Read More)
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Q. I have always suffered from terrible cold sores as far back as I can remember. I am especially vulnerable in the summer when I spend a lot of time outdoors. Even with lip balm that has a sunblock I... (Read More)
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Q. Thanks for a tip you offered. A woman recommended a combination of Listerine and diluted vinegar for toenail fungus. She mentioned that it also made her feet soft. I don't have nail fungus, but as a "barefoot girl" I... (Read More)
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Q. I am 69 and my sister is 71. We don't remember ever having chicken pox. I have asked two doctors if you can get shingles if you never had chicken pox. I got two different answers. The same thing... (Read More)
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Valtrex is used to treat cold sores and genital herpes. It is also prescribed for chickenpox and shingles. Full prescribing information is available at: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=5757Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valtrex... (Read More)
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It is estimated that almost two-thirds of American adults are infected with the virus that causes cold sores or fever blisters. A red lesion on the lip or near the mouth can be embarrassing and painful. People seem to stare... (More On This Topic)