The Citizen (Gauteng)

Ask the doctor


Dear Doctor

I crave the taste of chalk daily. Is this normal? What should I do ?

This happens usually in people who are anaemic (low iron).

Please visit your doctor for a test.

Dear Doctor My seven-year-old son has bumps around his nose and lips that are dry and flaky. What is it and how do I treat it ?

Please take your son in to be seen by a doctor for a proper full history and examinatio­n. With bumps and lumps we cannot make a diagnosis from a limited history.

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