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Week of December 11, 2000

    Question:  I am a 32-year-old mother of a 15-year-old. When I first became pregnant my breasts would be sensitive to cool weather. I have had this problem ever since. It has become more frequent in the last three years. I avoid being out in the chilly air; sometimes the pain is unbearable. It starts with the nipples hardening then goose bumps, both breasts will hurt almost like a burning sensation. I have been on no medication, no alcohol, no smoking and no caffiene. I have searched for information on this and I've asked around, but no ones ever heard of such a thing. Can you help me?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:  I am a 27-year-old male who seems to be losing some hair in the above the temples and on the crown. Five years ago I had such thick hair the barber used thinning scissors to keep the density down. My father is 73 and has plenty of hair, but my maternal grandfather was bald, as is one of my father's brothers. Is there something I can do to reverse this process? Should I try Rogaine?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   I am uncircumcised and developed a yeast infection about 3 months ago at the tip of the penis. I was given Lotrisone cream and that did not help. Later the doctor switched to Mentax and I used that for 2 weeks. A week after stopping the cream the infection came back. Another dermatologist suggested using Spectrazole. I used that for 1 week and as soon as I stopped the cream, the infection came back. Please help. Is there a medicine that can be taken as a pill to clear up infections like these?    Dr. Shiller's Answer