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Psych Doc: What is trichotillomania, and how is it treated?

Ever since I can remember I have picked at my skin. I just can't stop. I think I have trichotillomania -- pulling of the hair -- but in my case I pull and pick at my skin to the point that I'm bleeding. I have the most awful sores that ...

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What’s the Harm in Sleeping So Long?

I'm 15 years old and I sleep a lot, as much as 10 to 15 hours a day. Is too much sleeping harmful? Can you please tell me the harmful effects of excessive sleeping? This question touches home. As a father of two sons, 15 and 17 years old, I have ...

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Recovering From Alcohol

I have just recently given up drinking alcohol. I have been a daily white wine drinker for the past five years. Usually I came home from work and drank a bottle throughout the course of an evening, followed by a late, nutritious dinner. It mainly was a stress reliever due ...

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Healing Cracked Heels

I have reoccurring cracks in my heels that are very painful, and over-the-counter skin moisture creams do not seem to help. What causes these skin cracks and how do you get rid of them once and for all? Dry skin - what an irritating and noisome problem. Whether it be fine ...

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When to Worry About a Skin Growth?

A co-worker of mine has a growth on his forehead that has been there for at least a year and has never gone away. It is pale, crusty and lumpy. It recently started to turn black on the top outer edge of the sore. He has never seen a doctor ...

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What Causes Seizures?

A friend of mine recently had a seizure. Because of a fall that was a result of the seizure, he is in critical condition. He and his family have no history of seizures. Could you please tell me why a person would have a seizure completely out of the blue? The ...

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Losing Handfuls of Hair

I am losing my hair; what can I do? When I run my hands through my hair, both hands are full of hair. It has been about two weeks since this started. I am really afraid. I know that something must be wrong. Please help! When it comes to appearances, there ...

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Can Potassium Loss Cause Cramps?

My husband works in extreme heat, as he is a welder. He has days when he sweats so much it looks like someone dipped his shirt in salt water. He has been getting bad cramps in his legs, arms, neck and hips. Could this be caused from lack of potassium? ...

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What to Do About Locking Knees?

I am 41 years old and have had problems with both knees for the past three years. My symptoms are popping, locking and swelling of both knees. These symptoms occur only on occasion and in one knee at a time. When my knees lock, I am unable to bend them ...

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How Does Alcohol Harm the Liver?

What are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning of the liver? More than just a beverage, a pleasant accompaniment to food, the technical product of the fermentation and distillation of fruits, vegetables or grains, alcohol has played a deep and important role in human history. It is both a pleasant intoxicant and ...

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