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  • Should you switch when acid blockers seem so similar?

    Q: I've been taking over-the-counter Prilosec for acid reflux. I saw an advertisement for Zegerid claiming it had an extra additive. However, the main ingredient, omeprazole, seems to be the same? Should I switch? A: You are correct. The ingredients...
  • It may take time to pinpoint best treatment for chronic, non-allergic rhinitis

    Q: Regardless of the season, I have a constant dripping nose. This has become extremely embarrassing for me. Can you offer any advice? A: There are many causes for a runny nose. From your question, I'm assuming that this is a persistent problem and...
  • Can I ever stop taking my prostate medicine?

    Q: I was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. My urologist has prescribed finasteride (Proscar) and tamsulosin (Flomax) to treat it. My urine flow has improved and I am able to empty my bladder. When can I stop taking these drugs? A: You ask a very...
  • What is bacterial "colonization"?

    Q: I recently visited a friend in the hospital. He had internal bleeding. He was put in a private room called "isolation." I asked the nurse if he had an infection. She said, "No, he is colonized with MRSA." What does that mean? A: All of us are...
  • 'Hands-only' makes CPR much simpler

    Q: Recently, I watched someone next to me faint. Fortunately, it was nothing more serious. But I froze. I yelled out, "Call 911!" but was afraid to do anything else. What if the next time I witness a cardiac arrest? I heard that CPR is not as...
  • Headache from a spinal tap can be treated

    Q: I had a persistent headache after a spinal tap. The fluid taken out during the tap was normal. My doctor has suggested a blood patch. What is this? A: Epidural blood patching is a procedure used to treat people who develop a persistent headache caused...
  • People with BBD obsessed with body image

    Q: I have a friend who was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder. What is this disorder and what causes it? A: Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a distressing form of self-consciousness. Those with it focus intensely on their appearance. They look...
  • Could melatonin cause my dizziness?

    Q: At least once a week, I experience a bout of dizziness. The room spins and I feel like I will fall. It's very sudden and random. The only thing I take is 5 mg of melatonin at night to help me sleep. Have you ever heard of melatonin causing this type of...
  • Alternatives relieve hot flashes when estrogen is not an option

    Q: I'm 65-year-old female. I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg while using the hormone patch Alora for hot flashes. I had to stop Alora. The hot flashes came back. I tried gabapentin with no relief. Is there anything I can take to relieve hot...
  • Hepatitis C not responsive to herbal therapy

    Q: I just found out that I have hepatitis C. I feel fine. I heard that milk thistle is good for the liver. Does it help people with hepatitis C? A: More than 3 million Americans are infected with the virus that causes hepatitis C. About three-quarters of...
  • How common is listeria infection?

    Q: Occasionally, I read about an outbreak of listeria from some food source. Most recently it was cantaloupe. Where does listeria come from and who carries it? Is infection with listeria common? A: Listeria is found in soil and water. It can...
  • Many factors can contribute to premature graying

    Q: I'm only 19, but my hair is about 40 percent gray. Why is this and what can I do about it? A: You are young to have gray hair, but it happens. And usually there's not much you can do about it. Hair turns gray when cells (called melanocytes) in hair...