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Ask our GP: My four children have all come down with scarlet fever. Why is there a high volume of cases here?

My four children have all come down with scarlet fever. I had thought that was an old-fashioned disease that people didn't really get any more. Should I be worried? My GP says they are experiencing a high volume of cases in our area of north Dublin. Why is it so prevalent now? My dad had it as a child and spent a week in an isolation ward; why is it that doctors are not so worried about it today? Also, my children had the disease a year ago and I had thought that you could only get it once. Why does it recur and should I prepare to have this as a yearly event? At the same time, myself and my husband got searing sore throats, cold sores, and were coughing blood. Is this related to the scarlet fever bacteria?

  • Published on Apr 17 2018

Dear Dr Nina: I'm tempted to use pills to fix my insomnia

I'm in my sixties and have been suffering with insomnia for a decade or more. I rarely sleep more than three or four hours a night. I've tried everything to combat it but nothing seems to work. I used to take sleeping tablets but stopped several years ago as I was afraid of becoming addicted . But my GP prescribed me a short course of Ambien more recently and they really did work for me. I was able to get a full seven hours and I felt so much better. I know the doctor is reluctant to give me more pills, but are there really serious side-effects in taking pills in the long term?

  • Published on Apr 10 2018

Dear Dr Nina: Do I need to quit the gym after shoulder surgery?

I was lifting weights in the gym recently and suddenly experienced a sharp pain. An MRI showed a torn labrum, which my doctor says was the cartilage around the joint. I had surgery to fix it andI feel like my shoulder has returned to normal function - there's only an occasional twinge. My problem is that my GP says that I should stop lifting weights as I've increased the likelihood of dislocating my shoulder. Surely though weights would only strengthen the joint? I also play a lot of tennis and I don't want to give it up. The surgeon made no such recommendations so I'm wondering if I should just carry on as I was before. What do you think?

  • Published on Mar 27 2018

Dear Dr Nina: Should my son remove his ingrown toenail?

My 16-year-old son has suffered from ingrown toenails on his right foot since he was 10 or 11. I think he's been in hospital four times now for a procedure. It's excruciatingly painful and he's in pain again now. He plays a lot of sports and it affects his ability to run. He's due to go in for another procedure to remove the ingrown nail in a few weeks but he's saying now that he wants the whole nail removed. Would this be the best option at this point? He says he feels crippled by this problem and it's awful to watch him in pain, but I'm concerned that something as radical as removing the whole nail might be something he'd regret in years to come.

  • Published on Mar 13 2018

Dear Dr Nina: How can we help with a diagnosis of Parkinson's?

My husband's brother - who he is very close to - has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He is only in his late fifties. Although our families are close, we don't have much information about the diagnosis as he doesn't want to talk about it. My husband is very worried about him and doesn't know what to expect in the years ahead. He's also concerned for our family - he is worried that the illness may run in families and that it might affect our own children later on in life. Can you give him any information about what he can expect for his brother, and are there any new treatments or breakthroughs which we could point his brother towards?

  • Published on Mar 06 2018

Dear Dr Nina: I'm worried my Mother hasn't fully recovered from the flu

My elderly mother got the flu before Christmas and I feel that she's still not really herself. She seems unsteady on her feet and has a cough. The doctors say she's just recovering but I'm concerned as she's in her eighties. She's in generally good health otherwise and has usually been able to fight off whatever coughs and colds have gone round in the wintertime, but this bout seems to be different. Is there anything she can do to help herself? Her appetite isn't what it used to be and I'm worried that might be part of it.

  • Published on Feb 27 2018

Dear Dr Nina: My daughter seems to have a permanent sniffle

My adult daughter has a more or less permanent sniffle, which seems to have come on in her teens. Her nose is always running and she has to have a box of tissues beside her bed at all times as she will wake during the night to clear her airwaves. She does suffer from seasonal allergies - hay fever - which make the sniffle worse, but it is there in all seasons. I can't think of a time when she hasn't had it, at least not since she was a young child. She refuses to consider taking any action about this, saying she is used to it and it doesn't bother her much. Could there be some structural problem causing this?

  • Published on Feb 20 2018

Dear Dr Nina: One year after holiday bug, I'm still not well

Nearly 12 months ago I went on holiday to south-east Asia and when I was there I came down with a serious bout of gastroenteritis which lasted for several days. I was really ill and lost over a stone in weight, and it took me several weeks to feel like myself after coming home. But my concern now is that a year after returning from my holiday, I still don't feel 100pc. I have pain from time to time in my tummy and still have relatively frequent bouts of diarrhoea, which is something that never bothered me before.

  • Published on Jan 30 2018

Dear Dr Nina: My teen is struggling with awful periods

My teenage daughter is suffering really badly with her periods. She gets them every few weeks and they can last up to three weeks at a time. She doesn't want to go to school when she feels like this and she feels sick all the time; I suspect she may be anaemic. The GP is doing tests to check her hormones but has also said that probably the only way to regulate her periods is to put her on the pill. She's only 15 and I really don't want her to be taking hormones if she doesn't have to - I'm concerned about the side-effects. Is there anything else we could do for her that might help her? And could this be stress-related? I'm worried that she is not coping with the pressures of school.

  • Published on Jan 23 2018

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