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Don’t be shy – Chat’s Dr Martin Edwards is a family GP who’s seen it all before…
Vomiting blood Q
After a heavy binge, I was shocked to vomit bright-red blood. Have I done some damage? Kath, 37
Violent vomiting may have caused a tear in the lining of your gullet. the blood looks alarming, but the tear usually heals by itself. see your gp to rule out other causes, and go to A&E at once if the blood returns.
Swollen knee Q
My GP says the swelling on my knee is housemaid’s knee! Does it still exist? Ayla, 54
yes, though nowadays it’s more likely to be triggered by exercises or diy than scrubbing! rubbing when kneeling causes a build-up of fluid over the surface of the kneecap. if there’s no infection, it should settle with rest, but may need an injection or surgery.
Worrying spot Q
A dimpled spot on my chin is oozing pus. Antibiotics haven’t helped and I’m too scared to go back to my GP... I’m terrified in case it’s cancer.
Mandy, 41 A
if you can’t face your doctor, try your dentist! this sounds like a dental sinus. A tooth has died and the root has become infected, causing an abscess which is draining pus through a narrow channel – a sinus – onto your face. treatment means removing the infected tooth.
Dr Martin Edwards