Q. I have had a hacking cough for more than a week. Consequently, I've had no sleep at all and had horrible pains in my chest and sides from the endless cough, cough, cough.
I had heard about putting Vicks on the soles of the feet but dismissed it as just an old wives' tale. However, last night at 1:30 a.m., I was so sick of coughing that I thought, "In for a penny, in for a pound." There'd be no harm trying.
Q. I have regular bouts of hormonal acne on my chin, jawline and temples. I read that using milk of magnesia on the skin will help get rid of current spots and prevent new ones from forming.
Q. I almost blacked out some years ago while driving with my two young daughters. I had drunk a glass of orange juice with a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal. The only way I could find to stay conscious long enough to drive to my nearby baby-sitter was by asking my toddler to engage in a "yelling contest" with Mom. Imagine the looks we got from other drivers as Mom and daughter yelled at the top of our lungs, windows down, so I could stay awake!
Q. I am a very healthy woman, not overweight, with total cholesterol around 200. I have no history of heart disease in my family.
Q. If a spermicidal lubricant is used during sexual relations, can it cause the man genital irritation or discomfort? A friend of mine told me that after using this type of lubricant several times, he experienced irritation and pain.
Q. Now that I am on Crestor, would it be OK if I eat eggs? I have been avoiding them for years because my cholesterol was high.
Q. I have endured restless legs syndrome (RLS) for years. I also suffer from extreme compulsive behavior, including shopping and gambling. I take Mirapex both evening and morning, as my RLS symptoms have become worse with age.
This medication has ruined my life. I discovered only recently that the compulsive behaviors are drug side effects.
Q. You had a question from a woman suffering with a rash under her breasts, and I would like to offer my solution: vodka! I make a spray of half vodka, half distilled water and a few drops of orange essential oil. I use the spray as a deodorant, but I also spray it under my breasts. I started using this when I kept reacting to every other deodorant and have found the spray works especially well for itchy rashes.
Q. I have suffered with migraines for decades and rely on sumatriptan (Imitrex) to control my pain. The other day I was visiting friends, and I felt the all-too-familiar start of a bad headache (pain behind my right eye).
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.