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Infectious-disease experts are adamant that washing hands (and cleaning stethoscopes) before each examination is essential.

Sweating, nausea, dizziness, irritability and electric shock-like sensations (brain zaps) all have been reported as withdrawal symptoms from Duloxetine (Cymbalta).

Q: I have been experiencing an embarrassing anal itch for two months. My physician doesn’t seem interested beyond prescribing lotions that don’t do much after the first few minutes.

Q: I am writing to tell you how your advice helped solve a near tragedy. My husband and I were recently on a trip to Mongolia in a very remote location when he hit his leg on the sharp corner of a metal wood stove. He takes the anticoagulant warfarin, so the bleeding was horrific.

Q: Is it possible to overhydrate? When I was growing up, no one carried a bottle of water around. Now it seems as if everyone is constantly sipping bottled water throughout the day.

Q: I have a friend who is 57 and never smoked. She fell and broke her hip a couple of months ago, and now has taken up chewing nicotine gum like it was candy.

Q: My grandchildren started scratching their heads several weeks ago. Upon careful examination, we discovered they had lice.

Q: I have a number of allergies and chemical sensitivities. Here’s the latest reaction: Every time I use an airplane toilet or a Port-a-Potty, I have very uncomfortable swelling of my privates. It happened to me today after using the restroom in a local big-box store. Friends have told me of the same reaction.

By Joe & Terry Graedon

Joe and Terry Graedon answer questions about health and medications

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Joe and Terry Graedon
Joe and Terry Graedon are authors of The People's Pharmacy book and host an award-winning health talk show on public radio.
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