Ask the Doctor
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.