YOUR HEALTH AD­VICE FROM GP DR ROSE­MARY LEONARD

GOT A MED­I­CAL PROB­LEM OR NEED HEALTH AD­VICE? ASK GP DR ROSE­MARY LEONARD this month… itChY sKin BLAD­DER PRoB­LEms • CPR • moRn­inG AF­tER PiLLs • GP on­LinE

Woman & Home - - CONTENT -

Q

my skin con­stantly feels itchy, es­pe­cially my back, though I don’t have a rash. a friend sug­gested hy­dro­cor­ti­sone cream, which did help, but I can’t use this all the time. any other sug­ges­tions?

A

IN MY EX­PE­RI­ENCE, CON­STANTLY ITCHY SKIN IS MOST COM­MONLY CAUSED BY AN UN­DER­LY­ING SLIGHTLY DRY SKIN BE­ING IR­RI­TATED BY PERFUMES OR CHEM­I­CALS IN WASH­ING PROD­UCTS. EN­ZYMES FOUND IN BI­O­LOG­I­CAL DE­TER­GENTS ARE OF­TEN TO BLAME, SO SWITCH TO A NON-BI­O­LOG­I­CAL ONE (IT DOESN’T MAT­TER WHETHER IT’S POW­DER OR LIQ­UID), WITH NO ADDED PER­FUME. SIM­I­LARLY, IF YOU USE A FAB­RIC CON­DI­TIONER, MAKE SURE IT’S SUIT­ABLE FOR SEN­SI­TIVE SKIN. BATHE WITH A CREAM WASH DE­SIGNED FOR SEN­SI­TIVE SKIN, AND TRY TO AVOID BARS OF SOAP, WHICH CAN BE DRY­ING. I HAVE RE­CENTLY SEEN SEV­ERAL NASTY RED IR­RI­TATED AR­EAS ON BACKS CAUSED BY BRA LA­BELS. CUT THEM OFF, AS CLOSE TO THE FAB­RIC AS YOU CAN, SO

THE REM­NANTS DON’T SCRATCH EI­THER!

Q

I’m in my early for­ties and re­cently I’ve no­ticed I have to go to the loo quite fre­quently, of­ten with lit­tle warn­ing, and have had a cou­ple of ac­ci­dents when I haven’t quite made it. I’ve tried do­ing pelvic floor ex­er­cises, but they haven’t helped. What else can I do?

A

THOUGH OC­CA­SION­ALLY THESE SYMP­TOMS ARE CAUSED BY A URINE IN­FEC­TION, IT’S MORE LIKELY TO BE “URGE IN­CON­TI­NENCE”. THIS IS CAUSED BY OVER-AC­TIVE BLAD­DER MUS­CLES, WHICH START CON­TRACT­ING WHEN THE BLAD­DER ONLY CON­TAINS A SMALL AMOUNT OF URINE, CAUS­ING A SUD­DEN, DES­PER­ATE NEED TO PEE. IT’S MORE COM­MON AF­TER THE MENOPAUSE, WHEN THE GEN­I­TAL TIS­SUES BE­COME MORE DRY. DRUGS THAT RE­LAX THE BLAD­DER MUS­CLE, SUCH AS OXYBUTYNIN OR TOLTERODINE (ONLY AVAIL­ABLE ON PRE­SCRIP­TION) CAN MAKE A

BIG DIF­FER­ENCE, AS CAN “TRAIN­ING” YOUR BLAD­DER TO GRAD­U­ALLY HOLD MORE URINE.

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