Don’t be shy – Chat’s Dr Martin Edwards is a family GP who’s seen it all before…
Q My eyes are always sore, and my GP’S diagnosed blepharitis. Isn’t there a cure? Katlina A Blepharitis (inflamed eyelids) is usually due to a bacterial or yeast infection. It’s tricky to cure, but cleaning your eyelids with diluted baby shampoo or bicarbonate of soda can ease symptoms. Your GP might suggest tablets or antibiotic ointment for flare-ups.
I can’t walk
Q On the ball of my foot, a bone sticks out just behind my second toe. I’m getting a corn over it, and it’s painful to walk. Hayley, Liverpool A It’s called a prominent metatarsal head. You have five long metatarsal bones in your foot. At the end of each is a swelling, the head. If you’re born with one head lower, then it can lead to pain. Treatment means cushioned shoe inserts, or maybe an op.
Blood in my wee
Q I fell onto my back from a ladder and bruised my side. I had blood in my wee for a couple of days but it’s gone. Is it OK to ignore? Amy A You’ve probably bruised your kidney, leading to pain and internal bleeding. Usually, the kidney heals within a few days without any treatment other than painkillers. But it’s a serious injury, so see your doctor to check for other damage.