Hi. I'm a woman approaching her 60's with awful skin. As a teenager, I had a few spots here and there but luckily managed to avoid acne. However, since I entered my 50's, I've had a lot of dark , spiky hairs grow on my chin and cheeks. When they're below the skin they look like big fat blackheads. However, when I pluck them, it leaves a red blemish which seems to take a couple of weeks to fade. I dislike wearing foundation - though I am resorting to it more and more recently - and exfoliation is out of the question as my skin is extremely sensitive. Are there any other ladies out there who have experience of this?
My school offered free flu jabs to all its staff. I'd never had one before, but it seemed a good idea, given all the germs we teachers are exposed to on a daily basis. I should add that I consider my immune system to be good, though I had recently had a bit of a cold virus resulting in a creaky voice. The jab was a week ago: today I am off work with a heavy cold and laryngitis - no voice at all. The symptoms started on Tuesday. Is this as a result of the flu jab? No one else was affected as far as I know, but my husband told me this would happen ( don't you hate it when that happens?) I'd be interested in hearing g of this has happened to anyone else. Sue
Hi, I have suffered for many years with UTI's despite doing everything recommended to avoid getting them. Last week my GP phoned with the result of my latest lab test and told me I had developed an antibiotic resistant strain of e Coli. I was prescribed nitrofurantoin which helped but I felt it wasn't gone completely so was prescribed ciprofloxacin which has had some very negative reports re side effects. Currently I'm drinking cranberry juice, lots of water and taking a powder called D Mannone which apparently is harmless but is very successful at clearing UTI's, so far so good. I will of course put a repeat sample into the lab to ensure all is well. Just wondering if anybody else has experienced antibiotic resistant UTI's? The development of antibiotic infections is rather worrying.
It's been Mental Health Awareness Week with an enormous amount of news coverage of this topic. I think most of us know at least one person affected by mental health problems, probably more given that the statistics say that one in three of us who consult their GPs has a mental health problem at any one time and i'm wondering what people's thoughts are about why this illness is rising so much. Is it our lifestyles, our diet, our expectations of life. Or perhaps we are overly influenced by advertising showing us what we 'can' and 'should' buy, own and how we should look.............The list of possibilities is endless. What do others think is causing this problem and how can we address it? Is it the government's responsibility to offer mental health care, should we be working to find ways to beat this ourselves or perhaps a combination of the two. It's a growing problem, what are people's thoughts on this?
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Ladies, I have just been watching an interesting programme on the menopause 'Kirsty Wark: The Menopause and Me' which is very relevant to me at the moment, as I have been taking HRT to ward off the most awful symptoms for 7 years, but having had 3 DVTs have now decided it's better to stop. The symptoms are starting to return and I'm dreading coping with the onslaught of physical and emotional problems. I would be interested to know how any of you have managed these. I understand that of course not all women are affected in the same way, some hardly at all and some, like myself, are so hormonally battered that life becomes a real challenge. Please share if you feel able to talk about this subject which is very often brushed under the carpet and dismissed as 'something to just get through'
I'm wondering what people's views are on free weight loss surgery when the NHS is struggling to cope with mundane day to day health care. Should people be made/encouraged to deal with this, perhaps with the support of slimming groups or do you think it's something the taxpayer should be funding?
I was just wondering how others cope with living alone and having chronic health issues. I have been slowly going downhill for a couple of years and the latest is a worrying development after having an MRI of my brain which has shown 'lots of abnormalities' and now a referral to Neurology for a diagnosis. Yes, i'm scared and wondering how I will cope if this downward spiral continues. I'd be grateful for others' thoughts and experiences on this please.