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Wondering about your health? Confused by what you’ve read? Browse our Ask the Nurse answer archive to find answers to many women's health questions and concerns. All answers are from a Cleveland Clinic women's health nurse.

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Left-side Abdominal Pain

August 14, 2014 at 2:20pm

If you have a pain in your left side, what could it be a sign of besides a pulled muscle?

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Treatment for Nut and Peanut Allergies

June 13, 2014 at 6:07am

I just read an article on speakingofwomenshealth.com about allergies. At the end, there was mention of immunotherapy to help counteract allergies long term.

Can this be successfully used for people with nut and peanut allergies? If so, where does one get the immunotherapy treatments?

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What Does a Burning Sensation in the Mouth Mean?

April 27, 2014 at 7:53am

For more than a week now, I have been experiencing a burning sensation on the innerside of my lips. There is a dark red area with what looks like tiny white spots. In addition, my tongue has a milky white coating.

I am not certain what is causing these symptoms, but tea, cola and other drink and food items cause further discomfort. Can you help, please?

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Burning Mouth Syndrome

February 13, 2014 at 11:04am

What can I do about a burning mouth?

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High Calcium Level

December 12, 2013 at 12:05pm

What happens when your calicum is too high? How do you bring the numbers down?

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Nightly Leg Cramps

September 3, 2013 at 11:34am

I am experiencing leg cramps at night. The cramps keep me awake at night.

I do take potassium daily. Can you give me any advice to help minimize the nightly leg cramps?

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Hyperhidrosis: Excessive Perspiration

August 27, 2013 at 11:02am

My 75-year-old mother sweats a lot, especially under her hair (her forehead is always dripping). She is post-menopausal.

I used to sweat profusely from under my hair; I had to wear a bandana everyday to keep the sweat out of my eyes. My dermatologist prescribed oxybutnin for me and it has been a God-send. Who should my mother see? Is this hormonal or some other issue?

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Tips to Prevent Getting Sick

March 23, 2013 at 1:32pm

My 6 year old granddaughter frequently brings home a virus that attacks the entire family since we all rush to her side to cheer her up when she’s sick.

  1. When she gets sick, what supplement should we take to ward off the illness?
  2. What foods should we cook to make our immune systems stronger?
  3. Is there something we should do preemptively to get ahead of winter viruses?

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Leg Cramps

March 21, 2013 at 1:22pm

Every evening when I go to bed, I catch these charley horses in my foot up to my thigh. I eat a banana and yogurt daily, I take multivitamins and I’ve begun taking this homepathic ’leg cramp’ pill at night. What else can I do to relieve these cramps?

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Restless Leg Syndrome at Night

November 13, 2012 at 4:05pm

I have trouble with restless legs, mostly at night. I would rather not take a prescription drug for it. Is there anything else that I could try, maybe extra vitamin supplements?

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