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See a possible sty forming? (Photo: Flickr/SuperFantastic)

Simple steps for treating a sty in your eye

September 11, 2013

Q: My eye has a sty and it's badly swollen. How should it be treated?

A: I'm sorry you have this problem. Usually it can be treated with a warm compress.

However, if it is really swollen and painful and is obstructing your vision, then it will need to be drained...

A model exhales vapor while holding a dark electronic cigarette.

Model demonstrates the e-cigarette. (Photo: Flickr/planetc1)

What are the health risks of electronic cigarettes?

Q: I quit smoking a year ago, and I'm using the electronic cigarette now. Are there any specific risks to my health because of the electronic cigarette?

A: There is no question in my mind that the e-cigarette, while not a paragon of healthy living by any means, is far...

Two male doctors consulting with a male patient.

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

The best treatment for getting rid of balanitis

Q: What is the fastest treatment to cure balanitis?

A: Balanitis is usually caused by a fungal infection. I would recommend a combination of oral Diflucan and topical Nystatin to be sure this goes away most quickly.

It is most commonly cause by Candida-type fungus...

African-American woman scientist looking into a microscope.

HIV research scientist (Photo: Flickr/US Army Africa)

Can you have HIV for 20 years and no symptoms?

Q: Can you have HIV for 20 years without any symptoms? If so, would there be any abnormalities in the CBC blood test or elevated red/white blood cell counts?

A: Yes, it is possible but very rare. Some persons are known to be immune to HIV and it does not cause any...

Young woman's sunburned upper back, with white stripes where her bathing suit straps were.

(Photo: Flickr/Kelly Sue)

How to care for your skin after a bad sunburn

Q: I went to the beach last week and got really bad sunburn. It eventually turned into a tan but now my skin in peeling from every limb on my body. My shoulders, arms and legs are literally halfway peeled off. I'm very prone to scarring, and I really do not want to develop scars from...

Side view of woman's bent leg, with small cellulite ripples on the outer thigh.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Treatment options for getting rid of cellulite

Q: I have cellulite and want to know how to get rid of it. What is the best treatment or advice for it?

A: Cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of the skin that some people have on their hips, thighs, and buttocks. The causes of cellulite are not well understood....

Young, blond girl on a playground carousel, sweating in the heat.

Fun in the sun. (Photo: Flickr/David Lytle)

What are the symptoms of heat stroke?

Heat stroke is caused by excessive and prolonged exposure to high temperatures or by physical activity in hot weather. The definition of heat stroke is when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees F or higher. High humidity, health issues, and some medications may increase your risk of heat...

Woman using a foam roller to massage her legs in a field before running in a race.

Leg massage with a foam roller. (Photo: Flickr/Roger Mommaerts)

How can I stop my calf and thigh cramps?

Q: What can I do to get a cramp in my calf and thigh to subside? I'm a 74-year-old woman and can't get an appointment with my provider for another week. Is there something to give me relief?

A: The first thing you want to do is to STRETCH the affected muscles and massage...

Closeup of a black fly on a coarse wooden surface.

Can you get HIV from accidentally swallowing a fly?

Q: Is it possible to become infected after accidentally swallowing a black fly that might be carrying HIV+ blood? I was camping with my neighbor who has been HV+ for 9 years and two black flies were in my orange juice at the campsite. I took a drink and swallowed them before I realized....

Assorted pills and supplements in varying colors.

What vitamins should I take before major surgery?

Q: I am going in for major surgery (hysterectomy repair and abdominal hernia) soon. What vitamins can I take?

A:  You are supposed to stop all supplements, including vitamins and fish oil, at least two weeks prior to the surgery.

The reason is because some...