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Week of November 5, 2001

    Question:   How do I stop post-nasal drip? It seems every night it starts and it drives my wife and I nuts. I have to clear my throat for about 1/2 hour each night.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a very healthy 26-year-old male. I recently got a tattoo on my arm. I saw that the needles were taken from a sterile wrapping, but 3 days later I started getting pimples all over and around the tattooed area. I called my doctor, but they said it was probably an allergic reaction to the lotion I was using. I stopped using that lotion 10 days ago, and am still getting the pimples. There is no real redness around the tattoo, except for the pimples, so they said it was not an infection. Am I allergic to the ink? The pimples are not as bad as they were in the beginning, but they are still coming up, as recently as today. I keep the area clean, washing it with different types of soap and so forth. I have never been allergic to any other cosmetic. What is happening, and should I be more worried?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   What can be the cause of severely suppressed TSH while taking 0.15 mg Levothyroxin for hypothyroidism for 25 years? Lab test repeatedly shows result of test of <0.01. What are some signs of pituitary gland problem? What are the Cushing's symptoms?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer