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Week of September 15, 2003

    Question:   I am a 33-year-old female and frequently get large boils on my breasts. They are very painful and require me to break the skin to relieve the pressure. A large amount of puss expels and a deep hole is left. This takes about 3 weeks to heal afterwards. I started getting them seven years ago after my first child. Is this common?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My 87-year-old mother has many urinary tract infections. The onset brings about hallucinations and bizarre behavior until she has had antibiotics for a few days. Then she is back to normal. Why does the infection cause this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   What are the causes of seborrheic dermatitis and how can it be treated with diet?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer