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Dear Heloise: I received a call from my sister telling me that my mother had passed away. I had to get from Arizona to New Jersey in a hurry, so I took an airplane to get home.
Dear Doctor: My wife and I had to go back to our offices, so our 4-year-old son is back in day care. About six weeks in, he got an itchy rash that drove him nuts. His pediatrician says it's scabies. What is that? She says it's likely he got it at day care, and we're worried it will happen again.
Dear Readers: I have gotten several letters asking how to get red wine stains out of light colored carpet. When you are having a gathering, a lively and good time with friends and family, this just seems to happen. And we know it's not the end of the world! Here's what to do ...
Dear Doctor: I'm 65 years old, and I've been diagnosed with a-fib, and also atrial flutter. It used to come and go, but now it's staying with me. I have a patch from an atrial septal defect repair as a child, so ablation may not be an option. If not, can I live with these and still have a good life?
Dear Doctor: What are flavonoids? All of a sudden, they're in the news, and it sounds like if you get enough of them, you'll have normal blood pressure. Can you get them in regular food?
Dear Doctor: I'm a 74-year-old male with a stubborn case of jock itch. I've tried every over-the-counter ointment, powder and soap, with no success. A prescription cream keeps it from getting worse, but it doesn't stop the problem. Do you have any other recommendations on how to treat this?
Dear Heloise: I am writing about the information you had about dryer fires. A good friend was a firefighter, and he also said to never leave the house with the dryer on. Also, never go to bed with a dryer on. My sister and her family got really lucky with a dryer fire. Her son's bedroom just happens to be right above the laundry room. They went to bed with a load of towels in the dryer. Thank heavens their son woke up because smoke was coming up through the register vent. He was able to wake everyone up, and they all got out of the house.
Dear Doctor: I recently fainted in my kitchen and later learned it was because I was dehydrated, something I knew nothing about. I'm well into my 80s and in good health, but I never seem to get thirsty. How much should I drink? Can other liquids take the place of water?
Dear Doctor: I'm not sure you'll take this question because of the subject matter, but it seems pretty important. Our dad had a fecal transplant as a last-ditch treatment for C. diff, and it worked. Now I've read they're finding other uses for the procedure. Can you talk about that?