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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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Medicine for Facial Hair

July 5, 2019 at 5:58pm

What is the topical medicine to deal with excessive hair on face and chin? I have tried waxing and depilatories. Someone told me there is a cream that is a long term solution.

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Is hair loss a side effect of vaginal estrogen?

June 12, 2019 at 10:59pm

I started taking vaginal estrogen and now learned my dramatic hair loss may be a side effect. I recently stopped taking this medicine. I have an appointment with my gynecologist soon, but I’m panicking as I’m losing a handful of hair every day. What can I do?

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What are treatment options for melasma?

June 7, 2019 at 8:26pm

I am an OB/GYN physician and am curious if you have any experience using Tranexemic Acid/Lysteda® pills, one daily orally to treat melasma? I am considering prescribing a non-hormonal IUD for my patient who can’t tolerate hormone contraceptive pills.

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Mouth Sore

May 13, 2019 at 9:55am

The corner of my mouth was sore and I thought it was a pimple, so I squeezed it and it turned into a sore. I was told to use over the counter Clotrimazole cream - is this acceptable for my sore?

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Fat Removed From Breast, Stomach and Arm

February 19, 2019 at 2:31pm

I want to get fat removed from my breast, stomach and arm. Is it safe?

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What treatments are available for hair loss?

October 16, 2018 at 9:39am

I'm losing handfuls of hair. I have two bald spots, one on the back of my head and one on the side. I don't know what to do. I've had my thyroid checked and it is in a normal range, and I'm doing meditation to reduce my stress.

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Does Insurance Cover CoolSculpting®​?

August 28, 2018 at 9:29am

I was wondering if my medical insurance covers non-surgical treatment CoolSculpting®?

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Skin care

July 18, 2017 at 5:23pm

Can I use an astringent and a collagen gel before I apply my moisturizer with 25 spf? I have had one spot of skin cancer removed with MOHS technique.

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Breast Health

May 4, 2017 at 12:44pm

I am 51 years old and in good health. I have large 36 DD breasts. I wash my bras after one wear and shower daily. I have noticed I’m getting a vinegar smell under and between my breasts sometimes. I have never had this problem before. It’s embarrassing when I take off my bra to get ready for bed sometimes.

Are there any solutions for this? Should I wear deodorant around my breasts? I even once had a rash and bought baby diaper rash cream because I thought it might be a fungal irritation, but that just burned the skin and made it worse. Any suggestions?

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Very Itchy Skin

February 18, 2017 at 9:46am

From time to time I experience very itchy skin on various parts of my body. Many times after showering or not.

Last night for no reason I could think of, my arms started to itch with that pin prick feeling. I slather with lotion all the time. A few times the itching has been so bad I have taken an antihistamine, which helped. Thank you.

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