Nasty odour? Ask someone you really trust to check your breath
It makes my life a nightmare.
People can smell it and either cough near me or rub their noses.
I’m aware of it all of the time.
I have had a nose operation and a saliva gland scan but it has not made any difference.
A: The most common cause of a bad taste in the mouth is either a bad tooth and infection at the base of a tooth or inflamed gums.
Even a small amount of food debris in between the teeth can lead to rapid growth of bacteria which produce toxins that smell and taste awful.
The first thing to do is have a dental check-up and thorough professional dental clean.
Infection in the nose and sinuses can also cause a bad taste in the mouth and so can acid reflux from the stomach.
Medications that cause a dry mouth, which include some antidepressants, water tablets used for heart conditions and antihistamines can also be to blame.
However I do wonder if you have an exaggerated sense of how bad the smell is. Someone coughing near you or rubbing their nose is not a signal that they can smell your breath.
It may be that you don’t have bad breath at all but you have subconsciously persuaded yourself that you do.
You should ask someone you can really trust, either your doctor or the practice nurse, about whether you do have bad breath and if they say you don’t, you really need to believe them.
Q: How do you get a bug out of your ear?
A: DON’T probe the ear with a cotton bud or try removing it with your finger, as this risks just pushing it further in.
If someone else can see it, then it may be possible to remove it with tweezers.
However this has to be done very carefully, as it is easy to damage the delicate lining of the ear canal which in turn could lead to an infection.
Otherwise, tilt your head so that the affected ear is upwards and then put in a few drops of olive oil.
This should kill the insect and cause it to float to the top of the ear canal. Then tip your head swiftly the other way and hopefully the insect will fall out along with some of the oil.
If this doesn’t work, you can try washing it out using hot water from a shower head, held a little distance away from the ear.
If all else fails, see your GP or go to a walk-in centre, where your ears can be syringed.
Q: I’ve had asthma for some years and find prednisolone helps me immensely on occasions but my doctor seems reluctant to prescribe it too often.
This drug is available over the counter in Spain for a few euros and I’d like to know why this is so.
A: Prednisolone is a very powerful steroid that can help stop inflammation in the lungs and elsewhere in the body.
Unfortunately it can also have serious side effects, including raising blood sugar levels and increasing the risk of both diabetes and osteoporosis.
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It can also cause weight gain, thinning of the skin and mood changes, causing either depression or euphoria.
It also suppresses the natural production of steroids from the adrenal glands and this can be dangerous in situations where extra steroids are required, for example after an accident, when they form part of the body’s protective reaction to major stress.
For all these reasons, doctors keep the prescribing of steroids to a minimum and while people are on them we do regular check-ups, including blood tests. Pharmacists in Spain undergo far more training than UK pharmacists and are more akin to GPs.
For this reason more medicines can be bought directly from pharmacies in Spain but hopefully only after you have been asked a lot of questions, and, where steroids are concerned, had your blood pressure and blood sugar levels tested.
Read more here: Daily Express :: Health Feedhappy wheels
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