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Week of March 17, 2003

    Question:   I am an uncircumcised male. I think my foreskin is too tight and long at the tip, which makes it difficult for retracting during erections. For the last seven months I've had recurrent yeast infections. I've tried anti-fungal creams such as canestin and lamisil, along with a strong oral anti-fungal pill which I forget the name of...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a registered nurse. Recently one of our physicians mentioned to one of our nurses that what they were describing was not edema but swelling. He is an excellent teacher and when the nurse asked him to differentiate what was considered to be edema and what was swelling, he suggested that we try to find out. I have found information about edema but not much that separates the definition between edema and swelling. Can you please help?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I was wondering what the danger is of ovarian cancer. I recently had a sonogram of my pelvis and the results found a small napothian cysts in the lower uterine segment. Should I be concerned?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer