Q. I am seeing a new guy, and the stubble on his face has left a large chapped area on my face that almost feels burned. It's an unpleasant aftermath ofa kissing session. I'm putting Vaseline on it. Is there anything else that might help more?
We checked with cosmetics expert Dr. Stanley Levy of Chapel Hill Dermatology. He said you can use 1 percent hydrocortisone cream for a few days. It is available over the counter. To prevent or soothe irritation, Aquaphor (made by Beiersdorf and also available OTC) would feel and work better than Vaseline. Levy continued: “Make sure you are not sensitive to his aftershave, moisturizer or lip balm. Although the grizzly look is in, you also could ask him to shave more frequently.”
Ambien and bizarre behavior
Q. I believe my friend was sleep-driving when he was killed in a car accident. A dump truck slammed into his car at an intersection he'd known all his life. It was only two blocks from his house. I called his wife to get the story, and she said he reportedly ran a blatant red light on his way to work. That is certainly not like him, especially because he was applying for a police job. When I'd talked with him a few days earlier, he told me he was on Ambien. He said if he didn't get enough sleep he would do strange things. I feel the Ambien caused him, a husband and father of two, to be killed needlessly.
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Ambien has been linked to “sleep-driving.” Whether this sleeping pill was responsible for your friend's accident is impossible to tell. Others have shared stories of bizarre behavior under the influence of Ambien (zolpidem).
Many people are able to take Ambien safely, but others need a different approach for dealing with insomnia. Some people wake early in the morning and cannot get back to sleep. For them, a shorter-acting drug such as Sonata might be preferable.