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Dear Doctors: I had this scary episode happen where all of a sudden, it felt like the world wasn’t real. My heart was racing and I thought I was going to pass out. The friend I was with said it was probably a panic attack. Is there any kind of [...]

By Ask the Doctors • November 20, 2020

Hello again, dear readers, and welcome back to our monthly letters column. Once again, a column about the challenges of dealing with toenail fungus has brought a bumper crop of mail, with many of you sharing home remedies. Although the evidence for these types of natural agents remains limited, some [...]

By Ask the Doctors • November 19, 2020

Dear Doctors: I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and really appreciate your recent columns on the subject. What can you tell me about Herceptin? My oncologist has suggested it for after chemotherapy is finished. What is it going to do?

Dear Readers: Herceptin is the brand name for a drug called [...]

By Ask the Doctors • November 16, 2020

Dear Doctors: My uncle tested positive for the coronavirus last winter and wound up in the hospital. He was lucky, and he recovered, but it is six months later and he still is not completely better. He says he’s what’s known as a “long-hauler.” Can you please explain what that [...]

By Ask the Doctors • November 14, 2020

Dear Doctors: I’m a mom of three great kids and have always been healthy. But after eight months of working from home, being the teacher and keeping everything going, I’ve started getting sick. Plus, it feels like I’m failing. Can being stressed out make you physically ill?

Dear Reader: As working [...]

By Ask the Doctors • November 13, 2020

Dear Doctors: Our dad is 82 years old and may need to get a pacemaker. My brother and I recently read that surgery is hard on older people, both physically and mentally. Is getting a pacemaker going to be risky? He’s physically pretty weak, and we’re worried the surgery will [...]

By Ask the Doctors • November 12, 2020

Dear Doctors: Our mom is going through chemo and radiation, and she’s feeling bad about herself. Do you think the makeup and wig program at her hospital might help? We’ve suggested it, but she’s worried it’s frivolous to care about your looks when you’re fighting cancer.

Dear Reader: The moment that [...]

By Ask the Doctors • November 9, 2020

Dear Doctors: I've read your column for years but have yet to see anything about my problem. I tend to sweat a lot, not under my arms, but in my crotch area. It’s embarrassing and even causes me to get a lot of UTIs. I've tried panty liners and medicated [...]

By Ask the Doctors • November 4, 2020

Dear Doctors: We’re in central Oregon, and even though the wildfires aren’t right next to our town, we’ve had bad air quality all summer. My husband and I and our kids are feeling irritation in our lungs and sinuses, like when you’re catching a cold. Can this happen even when [...]

By Ask the Doctors • November 2, 2020

Dear Doctors: My husband caught a cold this summer, and he swears the readings from his fitness tracker a few days before warned him that he was about to be sick. Do you think that’s really possible?

Dear Reader: Your husband’s observations about how changes in the data from his fitness [...]

By Ask the Doctors • October 30, 2020