I have taken cough sweets during this time, but these have not really been helping. When I blow my nose, a light green/yellow gunk comes out. There have also been times when dark, clotted blood also comes out, which I do not feel is due to force used when blowing my nose. What advice can you offer that would help me get rid of these symptoms?
It is not uncommon after a nasty viral infection you can be left with a post nasal drip, the fact it is discoloured does not necessarily mean that there is an ongoing infection but if it persists for 2 to 3 weeks or longer there may be a chance of a secondary infection at the back of your nose.
Standard treatment includes drinking plenty of fluids and a course of decongestant tablets. Your pharmacist will be able to advise you what is best for you to take.
If the symptoms do persist, a trip to your GP would be in order to see whether there is ongoing infection.
MY daughter has autism apraxia and various other disabilities. She was suffering headaches and had a scan which revealed enlarged ventricles in brain. What does this mean?
The ventricles in the brain are deep cavities in which the cerebrospinal fluid circulates. This fluid is produced and absorbed by the brain and is balanced to maintain a steady state – the fluid serves to protect and nourish the brain and spinal chord.
If there is an imbalance in this mechanism or flow is hindered, the pressure of the fluid can increase and the ventricles enlarge – a condition known as hydrocephalus.
Ask the specialists their view as to the possible underlying cause in your daughter's case and whether they are considering some form of treatment to prevent any potential damage to the brain tissue. It is sometimes a condition that is seen on a scan but does not need any action other than watching. Your specialist will know from the results what, if anything, needs to be done.
WHAT IS... METATARSALGIA?
Metatarsalgia is pain that occurs in the ball (metatarsal region) of the foot.
The pain can range from mild to severe and often gets worse when you stand or move. You may have shooting pains, tingling or numbness in your toes. It has a number of different causes, such as badly-fitting footwear, being overweight and certain medical conditions (for example, arthritis).
You can try a number of measures to ease the pain such as shock-absorbing insoles and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen.
In severe cases, consult your GP or podiatrist, who may recommend steroid injection. When nothing else works, you may need an operation.