DR JEFF FOSTER is The Sun on Sunday’s GP and is here to help YOU.
Dr. Jeff, The 43-year-old splits his time between working as a GP in Leamington Spa, Warks, and running his clinic H3 Health, which is the first of its kind in the UK to deal with hormonal issues in men and women.
See h3health.co.uk and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I HAVE a skin-colored lump on my nose.
I’m a 28 year old male and have been there for about 15 years.
I tried an at-home wart removal kit, but it didn’t help.
Can I have it removed on the NHS?
Jeremy Larch, Windsor
A: Measures have been introduced in the NHS in recent years to restrict doctors’ ability to routinely prescribe or treat certain conditions such as warts, and to stop GPs from dispensing over-the-counter medicines such as paracetamol and antihistamines.
Many NHS trusts have a ‘low priority’ list which includes various medical problems that should not be routinely referred to the NHS – cosmetic procedures are usually included in this.
Previously, we were able to refer a patient for surgical correction if a cosmetic problem was causing significant psychological distress. However, this has become significantly more difficult and in most cases the only option is to seek private treatment.
In your case it is important that you see your GP to get a firm diagnosis of what the warty lump is and whether your local ‘low priority list’ is making it difficult for your GP to refer you to the NHS.
Q: I am a 40-year-old woman and have been suffering from dizzy spells for a month.
Every time I stand up or tilt my head to the left, it happens and I have to sit back down. I am healthy and my blood pressure is fine.
Juliette May, Dartford
A: Lightheadedness and dizziness are a common symptom for many people and are often described medically as dizziness, but dizziness is only a symptom and not a diagnosis.
Dizziness can be caused by a number of problems including heart, hormonal, nutritional, neurological and middle ear problems.
It is important that you be examined by a doctor, but the key to a correct diagnosis lies in the medical history.
For example, if symptoms occur when you stand up quickly, it may be related to a drop in blood pressure or heart problems.
Additionally, if you experience hot flashes or changes in your period, the cause may be hormonal. If you notice that symptoms only occur when you turn your head in a certain direction, it may indicate a middle ear disease such as labyrinthitis.
All of these underlying causes are diagnosed and treated differently. So if you have symptoms for more than a few days or feel particularly unwell because of your dizziness, it’s important to talk to your doctor as they are all treatable.