Ask the Doc­tor

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

Our med­i­cal ex­pert, Pro­fes­sor Ker­ryn Phelps, an­swers ques­tions on ab­dom­i­nal pain, vi­ta­mins, twins, and fun­gal nails.

I have a nig­gling dull pain in my lower right-hand side that comes and goes. Should I be con­cerned? B.B.

An un­di­ag­nosed pain in your ab­domen should al­ways be checked by your doc­tor. There are a mul­ti­tude of pos­si­ble causes, in­clud­ing bowel can­cer, low-grade ap­pen­dici­tis, bowel in­flam­ma­tion, a her­nia, ovar­ian cyst or other gy­nae­co­log­i­cal prob­lem.

My son and daugh­ter-in-law dress their twin baby girls iden­ti­cally, but I don’t think this is good for them. Am I just be­ing an in­ter­fer­ing nana? A.T.

In in­fancy, dress­ing twins alike is of­ten just con­ve­nient for the par­ents. At some point, the girls will start to ex­press their in­di­vid­ual pref­er­ences in their clothes and hair­styles, and that is when they will start to dress dif­fer­ently.

Do fun­gal toe­nail in­fec­tions re­ally take months to clear, as it says on the bot­tle of anti-fun­gal treat­ment I got from the chemist? Can you sug­gest any­thing that works faster? K.S.

Fun­gal nail in­fec­tions are stub­born and tend to re­cur if they are not treated con­sis­tently un­til the in­fec­tion is re­solved. You should be see­ing a re­sult within a few months, but it can take up to a year for the in­fec­tion to clear with top­i­cal treat­ment. More se­vere in­fec­tions will need oral an­ti­fun­gal medicine.

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