Q. I read that taking statins might increase the risk of cataracts. When I ran this warning by my ophthalmologist yesterday, she said I should not stop taking my statin because the procedure for removing cataracts is simple.
Q. This summer I told a friend I was having trouble with a persistent itchy rash under my breast. She said she, too, was bothered with an under-breast rash and mentioned that a third friend with such a rash put antiperspirant on it and it went away.
I tried this, and it worked! I am now rash-free. I rub the antiperspirant on at the same time I apply it to my underarms. Now, I don't need the antifungal creams or powders my doctor prescribed.
Q. My niece Cindy has multiple sclerosis. She takes one 20-milligram injection of Copaxone each day. The cost for a one-month prescription is $4,600. Fortunately, I have the wherewithal to pay for her medicine after her insurance benefits stopped paying for it for the remainder of this year.
Q. My husband and I both started taking Chantix last year so we could quit smoking. My husband is one of the calmest people I've ever met. He never even spanked my kids.
Q. I have had a rash under my breasts for more than a year. It's very itchy and red, and though I try to keep the area dry and clean, the rash never goes away. I have tried many things, but they all seemed to make the rash worse.
Q. A few months ago, a gentleman wrote to you about having an increase in libido after using beet root juice. You told him that the beet root juice had much the same effect as if he were taking Cialis or Viagra: The juice allowed more blood to flow to the penis, enabling him to have better erections.
Q. I am getting ready to move into a new apartment, but before I sign the lease, I want to test for bedbugs. I read about a homemade trap using dry ice to generate carbon dioxide. It is my understanding that bedbugs are attracted to this gas.
I'm having trouble finding dry ice. Is there any other way to generate carbon dioxide in a trap?
Q. I read recently about the Food and Drug Administration's warning that acetaminophen can cause serious skin reactions. I have become more alarmed, however, by the number of people being diagnosed with liver problems as a side effect, including my 30-year-old son.
We have been taking this drug as a safe alternative to aspirin without paying attention. This is a wake-up call.
Q. After seeing many top doctors who told her to eat a bland diet of bagels and pasta for her irritable bowel syndrome, my sister consulted Dr. Peter Green at Columbia Medical Center. There, she was given appropriate tests and diagnosed with celiac disease. That may have saved her life.
Q. When I was 18 years old, I went to join the Army Reserves. I weighed 165 pounds and was in great physical condition. When they took my blood pressure, however, it was 200/70. They said I had a very dangerous pressure and told me to go right to my doctor.
Q. I have a concern about generic Wellbutrin (bupropion) manufactured by a company in India called Wockhardt. My mother has been on Wellbutrin for more than a decade. She did well on the initial generic when her insurance company stopped paying for the brand name Wellbutrin.
A few weeks ago, I realized that she appeared anxious and depressed. She wanted to eat all the time, just as she did before she started on the antidepressant.
Q. The best tip I ever received for mosquito bites is to dab on hydrogen peroxide. I have very sensitive skin, and bites used to get very swollen and itch for weeks.
Q. I took cetirizine (Zyrtec) for about four months, and when I stopped, I started to itch horribly. First my feet, and then my hands and scalp acted up.
Q. A couple of weeks ago, someone wrote to you about persistent lice in a child's hair, regardless of what lice treatment was used. You suggested coating the child's hair with mayonnaise or Vaseline.
DO NOT USE Vaseline! Vaseline is not water-soluble, nor does it respond to any soap or shampoo on the market.
Q. What is the best way to remove a tick that has attached itself to your skin? I have read on the Internet that you should put liquid soap on a cotton ball and dab it on the tick. In theory, this is supposed to get the tick to let go and back out.