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Pick Me Up! - - POETIC - With Doc­tor Ara­bella Onslow

Cyst wor­ries

QWhile I was hav­ing my smear test re­cently, the nurse said I had cysts on my cervix, but seemed un­con­cerned about them. Now I’m re­ally wor­ried, but I’m too scared to have an­other ex­am­i­na­tion. Jane, Bris­tol

ANaboth­ian cysts are harm­less, mu­cus-filled cysts on the cervix. As they don’t cause dis­com­fort or other symp­toms, they’re most often first found dur­ing pelvic ex­am­i­na­tions. They don’t usu­ally need treat­ment.

Aw­ful acne!

QI have lots of spots but, in­stead of them be­ing large and red, I have loads of lit­tle bumps, some black and some white. What can I use to stop them? Felic­ity, Moor­gate

AThis is known as come­donal acne. Use oil-free cos­met­ics and wash your face with mild soap and water twice daily, if pos­si­ble. Try to avoid eat­ing lots of fats, milk or sug­ars, and ask your phar­ma­cist to rec­om­mend a good spot cream.

STI con­cerns

QMy wife died some while ago and I’d like to have an­other re­la­tion­ship in the fu­ture. But I’m con­cerned about sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases. Ed­ward, Richmond

AYou’re right to be cau­tious, as there’s a risk of STIS from any new re­la­tion­ship. Use bar­rier pro­tec­tion un­til it is clear that there are no sex­ual health risks.

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