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How to avoid meningitis

I recently read that Meningitis is very common during the harmattan season. I will appreciate it if you can kindly tell me more about this disease as well as how to prevent getting infected.Abdul  (by SMS)Meningitis is a…

My fractured leg

I recently slipped in the bathroom and hurt my left ankle. I initially thought that I could handle the problem with hot water massage and liniments but X-rays confirmed a small fracture of the distal part of the Fibula bone. My friends say…

My eye discharge

I am a 60-year-old man. I had operation on my two eyes for Glaucoma in 2006. I was okay until few days ago when I started having discharge in both eyes. Kindly let me know what to do about this.Sylvester (by SMS)The cause…

My father’s cataracts

My dad is 54 years old and has cataracts in one of his eyes. Is there any natural way (or drugs) apart from surgery to tackle this problem?Biodun (by SMS)A cataract is a condition occurring in the lens of the eye when…

I snore when I sleep

I am a 21-year-old lady. My problem is that I snore when I sleep. Kindly help me.Ibukun (by SMS)As has been previously explained in this column, snoring can be due to several factors such as blocked airways, obesity, as…

Fasting and kidney stones

I recently had sharp pains in my left loin. An ultrasound examination diagnosed small stones in my Left kidney. I was asked to take some drugs, plenty of water and stop fasting. I am not convinced that fasting has anything to do with the…

Is this cancer?

My 50 year old elder brother has of late been losing weight and has poor appetite. In addition, he looks very pale and does not sleep well. He has been treated at our local hospital but he is not improving. I want to know if this is cancer…

I have chest pains

I am a 19 year old lady. Once in a while, I experience sharp pains in the left side of my chest. Recently when I pressed my left breast, a cream coloured discharge was released but not from the right breast.  Please, let me know what to do…

My husband’s depression

Since my husband lost his job about two years ago, he has tried all kinds of things to stay afloat. Unfortunately, things have not worked well for him and he spends all the day brooding and sad. The problem has also affected his sexual life…