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Wed, 11th March 2020
 

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SORE BASE OF BIG TOE

Q: 

The bone at the base of both big toes has become tender especially after my daily walk. It is only recent, a lady emails me.

A: 

This is where the head of the metatarsal (foot) bone meets the base of the phalangeal (toe) bone. Often, they grow larger in time. Also, there is usually a pad of fat under them for protection. This also decreases in thickness. So, pressure causes discomfort, and often blistering. See the podiatrist, for an examination. He/she may order a prosthesis. This marginally elevates the inner part of the foot (to preserve the arches). Also, it may include some packing material which will replace the natural pad of fat.

 
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LENS INFECTION

Q: 

I had a surgery for cataract in the eye which was amazingly successful. A month later, the alternate eye was done. However, 6 days later I sustained an infection, which blurred my vision, and I am still under treatment, and very worried, a guy writes.

A: 

This happens possibly one in 10,000 operations, which is usually highly successful. However, with suitable antibiotics this should settle down, and hopefully you will gain better than normal vision. IOL operations usually give excellent results irrespective of age.

 
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CRACKED FEET

Q: 

I notice cracks in my heel, and this is very uncomfortable, a lady says.

A: 

This is common, meaning the upper skin layers thicken, often from external irritation and crack. Liberally apply urea cream 10-25%. Any brand is OK. Eulactol Heel Balm has been used for decades. Also, Ung Vita is rich in vitamin A is also a good healer.

 
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CLOGGED NOSTRILS

Q: 

Is there a simple non-drug remedy for clogged nostrils? an email reads.

A: 

Best is simple salty water. Make your own and sniff through the nasal passageways (and expectorate as it drains behind the oro-pharynx). Various salty water sprays give similarly good outcomes. Narium Mist has been around for years. It is only salty water (similar to body fluids) in a spray pack.

 
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SPERMA

Q: 

What happens to the billions of sperms that are floating around with each ejaculation? a Uni student emails.

A: 

They simply wander off and perish. What a waste of effort. However, without these microscopic tadpoles, life would not go on. One ejaculation has enough to populate China and India combined.

 
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NOCTURNAL CRAMPS

Q: 

would you have a remedy for leg cramps

A: 

A simple remedy for leg cramps at night is to try 2 x 250 mg magnesium caps at bedtime. Often helps. Place some camphor cakes between the sheets - presto, it often works too. Even a cake of soap helps others. Jump out and massage the legs - slap, thump and stretch down the heel. A check for sugar and cholesterol is advised, as if elevated, artery damage and inadequate oxygen is a possibility.

 
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CANCER CURE

Q: 

Are the media stories true about a breakthrough in cancer treatment?

A: 

It makes a great headline or lead story, but the majority are not true, or are in the very early stages of development. Certainly, major advances are being made, but the magic bullet has yet to be found. But many seeking early intervention are cured - with figures as high as 50% and improving. Prevention is the best bet. Many simple lifestyle modification and investigations can either prevent it or offer early diagnosis.

 
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MEDICINE COSTS

Q: 

Why is medicine so expensive?

A: 

Comment: We constantly hear moaners demanding increased government funded medicines. However, there are many very expensive lifesaving ones now available previously unaffordable. My mum had breast cancer, and needed Herceptin, then costing $60,000 pa. But the day prior to treatment, it went onto the PBS, and was available for around $30 a hit. Life probably saved. In the US patients pay full price for all medication with no government rebate. The PBS is a great deal for many Australians.

 
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NASAL POLYPS

Q: 

A lady emailed and said the GP says she had nasal polyps and they must be removed.

A: 

The walls and roof of the nasal airways have become soggy, and now block the passages. These are called "polyps". Allergy is a common cause. Removal gives a good outcome. However, seeking and treating allergies is also important otherwise recurrences are most likely.

 
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