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Week of July 16, 2001

    Question:   My father is an alcoholic, and this past September or October he began throwing up blood and was treated for a bleeding ulcer. The doctor told him if he wanted to die quickly to begin drinking again. In January he slowly began drinking again. He is more of a binge drinking type of alcoholic. He will drink steadily, also increasing steadily for a couple weeks and then stop for a week or two. Then he will begin again. I would like to know, since the bleeding ulcer has already been there will it quickly act up again? Or will it be a slow process? Can you give me any information about this? I am really at a loss as to what to expect.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have rashes at the root of my pubic hair. It is red and I don't know what cause it. I have just used Derbac M to treat the area not long ago, and as what the doctor advised, I shaved my pubic area and discovered the rashes. It itches. Is this actually due to the shaving of the pubic hair or infection of the root of the hair? What can best prevent or at least treat this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am an adult male. As of late I have gotten random blisters in my mouth. They are clear and were only on my gums. Today I got one on the inside of my lip. I only get one at a time. They are not herpes. I have had herpes all my life and I know exactly what it looks like. I usually pop them and rinse with Listerine. Do you have any idea what this is?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer