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Sun, 22nd September 2019
 

Questions & Answers

 
ANAEMIA

Q: 

I am an older person just diagnosed with anaemia. My doctor says I must go to hospital for a check to find the cause.

A: 

Anaemia in older people may be the first and only indication of nasties lurking in the deep. Such as bowel cancer, one of today s biggest vicious and nasty cancer killers. It kills 4,500 Australians every year. Diagnosed and treated very early, results are often OK, but a disaster if left. Do what your doc says.

 
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WARTS

Q: 

Is there a simple remedy for warts?

A: 

Removal by liquid nitrogen (skin specialist) is quick and effective. Diathermy and frozen dry ice were also popular in the past. Apply milk thistle three times a day, cover with a Band-Aid, and often they will vanish in a week or so. Kidding? Try it and see.

 
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SINUS PROBLEM

Q: 

My nostrils are clogged up, and I may have infected sinuses. The doctor suggested I snort salty water. Sounds awful and archaic.

A: 

True, and old time remedies are still often best. This washes away gunk and filth, which is coughed up and expelled. It clears the microscopic hairs called cilia on the airway lining, allowing them to swish away germs, toxins, fluids and dead bugs.

 
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ITCHY SKIN

Q: 

The kids have itchy skin, rubbing it makes it red and becomes itchier. The parents were allergy prone people.

A: 

The kids are probably atopic also, with inherited allergies, and related problems. But treatment is needed. Start with cool showers, dabbing skin with a very soft towel. Then sprinkle with corn flour, and gently massage. The natural enzymes bring relief in many cases. If not, low dose cortisone creams help. So does comfrey cream. Sorbelene and glycerine are also soothing, as fluid is put back into the upper skin cells.

 
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KIDNEY CYSTS

Q: 

The doctor discovered cysts on my kidney after an ultrasound for an unrelated problem. He said do not worry - they will be OK. But I am worried.

A: 

Cysts in the kidney are common. Once they were chopped out, most are now left, and come to no harm. They are not cancerous, as solid tumours often are. A re-check in 12-24 months may be recommended. If large, some doctors recommend aspiration. The fluid is sucked out under ultrasound guidance.

 
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ARMPIT LUMP

Q: 

Is a lump in the armpit dangerous?

A: 

Usually not. It may represent an infected hair root, which will either heal itself or settle with antibiotics. Or it may be an enlarged sweat gland. This may cause excessive sweating of that arm and hand. Removal is suggested if excessive and interfering with work or a normal social life. Occasionally, if other glands are also affected it may indicate a blood disorder, more accurately diagnosed with a blood test. Follow your doctor s advice.

 
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NASTY BREATH

Q: 

Is there a simple remedy for bad breath?

A: 

Simple? Try chewing up a few sprigs of parsley, and repeat often. But a check by the dentist for hidden crevices containing rotting food is advised. Also a check of the throat, tonsils, sinuses and tummy. Gases manufactured in the gut may be excreted via the blood system to the lungs where they are exhaled. Most cases are fixable. Smoking is the commonest cause.

 
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ANXIETY

Q: 

I have been prescribed Zoloft and wonder if this is safe?

A: 

This is often prescribed for anxiety and depression, and usually produces very effective results. But it may take 1-2 weeks or even more for the full beneficial effects to be observed. Medications prescribed by your doctor have been tested previously on large numbers of people. They are all safe, but again, most may cause unwanted side effects (usually minimum) in some patients. Report anything odd to your doctor for reassessment.

 
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SORE BACK

Q: 

I have a persisting sore back, and wonder which treatment is best. There seem so many options today.

A: 

Try simple measures first. Such as alternate hot and cold showers (2 min hot, 30 sec cool), for 10 minutes twice a day. Avoid the cold or simply getting a fresh chill, which may aggravate. Analgesics, massage, heat and acupuncture often help. Manipulative physiotherapy or treatment by a remedial masseur, who does pressure points also helps. X-rays or an MRI scan will indicate if there is a serious disorder with the back, bones or discs.

 
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ANAESTHESIA

Q: 

I am to undergo surgery which means an anaesthetic and am fearful.

A: 

Today, anaesthesia is remarkably safe, quick, with minimum (if any) unpleasant aftermath. In fact, you will probably enjoy it all! All About Anaesthesia by Jan Davies (Oxford Press) sets out everything you need to know about what is in store for you. A good read. Most bookshops.

 
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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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