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Sun, 15th July 2018
 

Questions and Answers

 
Sweaty Palms

Q: 

An enormous amount of sweat pours down my arms and hands making it difficult to carry out normal paper work.

A: 

Armpits and hands are abundant with sweat glands. Cervical sympathectomy, cutting a nerve in the neck, inactivates nerves going to sweat glands, but the arms become very dry which may be worse. Surgically removing the big gland in the armpit (plastic surgery) often brings relief. Botox has jumped onto the bandwagon, and may bring temporary relief. Some find relaxation therapy helpful, for this reduces stress a common cause.

 
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PLASTIC BAGS

Q: 

Some councils are trying to ban plastic shopping bags. How do we replace them. Cutting down more trees for paper bags and boxes, thereby further depleting the oxygen eco-system.

A: 

We are fast depleting the worlds natural resources when everything will come to a crashing halt. Probably an alternative is to have a big bundle of fabric bags you cart along to the supermarket. There is an inevitable price we all pay for our very high standard of living which few wish to diminish. There is no simple answer.

 
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CHIPPED TOOTH

Q: 

My son fell and struck his mouth on the pavement guttering and chipped a front tooth. Is this forever?

A: 

If this is the secondary tooth, the answer is yes, and it will not heal itself. However, dentists today have a wide range of tools and resources. Patchwork can produce an excellent outcome but it comes with a hefty price tag.

 
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BODY HEALING

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I am a constantly amazed at how the body automatically heals itself. If there is an injury or inflammation, within a few days it starts to get right again. How much credit should be given to nature, as opposed to throwing down a heap of pills?

A: 

Nature is forever trying to get the body back to its normal healthy state. It is an incredible picture, and part of the amazing world in which we live. The same applies to animals, and even plants. Many people today believe in natural healing techniques, and in simple cases, I am inclined to agree. But being foolish and ignoring serious symptoms is also unnecessary.

 
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THUMB NAIL DENT

Q: 

I have developed an indentation in my thumb nail which seems to become bigger as I inadvertently keep fiddling with it.

A: 

Leave it alone, and the nail will gradually grow. Keep trimming it, and eventually the base of the indentation will level out. Nails continually expand and contract with water contact, and certain chemicals have a negative effect, such as nail polish removers and detergents.

 
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SAND RACING

Q: 

For many years I engaged in racing in the soft sand. Now, sometime later, I can hardly walk due to pain in the knees and hips.

A: 

Healthy sporting past-times often have a long term penalty. You have developed osteo-arthritis from the constant pressure on the big joints. Once damaged it is forever. However, medical intervention such as glucosamine and chondroitin (capsules from the pharmacist or Health Food store), pain killers like Paracetamol and careful use of the NSAIDS will bring temporary relief. Often the final cure is joint replacement. This usually gives an excellent outcome. Again, with intensive specialist care, there is a big price tag.

 
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PERIODONTIST

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I have been referred to a periodontist by my dentist but am not certain why.

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The dentist is unhappy about your gums, and the roots of the teeth. Little pockets may develop at the gum margins. Germs track down and gradually infect, destroy and loosen the roots. The depth of the pockets is measured, the teeth cleaned (often this takes two visits), and maybe under local anaesthetic the first couple of times. Instruction is given on daily cleaning and flossing. Cost may be around $175-$200 a visit, but what value can be placed on healthy teeth.

 
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VARICOSE VEINS

Q: 

I have obvious veins in my thighs which I dislike, probably the product of having four children when younger. What is your advice?

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Removal of superficial vessels, especially if small even though prominent, is widely treated with laser therapy. Injection treatment is also successful. It depends on your personal feelings. Some hate them; others do not care too much, and overcome the issue by wearing slacks.

 
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This health advice is general in nature. You are advised to seek medical attention from your doctor or health care provider for your own specific symptoms and circumstances.

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