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I have these white splotches all over my face. My mom is concerned it's the beginning of skin cancer. Is there anything else it could be? Is my condition permanent?

Monday, August 5, 2013, 10:31 AM
I have these white splotches all over my face. My mom is concerned it's the beginning of skin cancer, and my girlfriend says she doesn't want to date a guy with hole-punched skin. Is there anything else it could be? Is my condition permanent? Dr. Dr. J. Carlton Gartner Jr. is a professor at Jefferson... Read more

When I wake up, my stomach is bloated and full of gas. The gas I pass is loud and long, and embarrassing, but it hurts if I hold it in. What can I do about it?

Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:18 AM
When I wake up, my stomach is bloated and full of gas. The gas I pass is loud and long, and embarrassing, but it hurts if I hold it in. What can I do about it? Dr. Benjamin Krevsky is a professor of medicine and director of gastrointestinal endoscopy at Temple University School of Medicine. First... Read more

I'm a teen and while playing basketball I felt sharp pains in my scrotum that wouldn't go away. What could it be?

Monday, July 22, 2013, 10:08 AM
I'm a teen and while playing basketball I felt sharp pains in my scrotum that wouldn't go away. What could it be? Dr. T. Ernesto Figueroa is the division chief of pediatric urology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Written with Inquirer staff writer Curtis Skinner. Spermatic... Read more

I snore like a freight train every night, or so says my wife of 50 years. She's concerned I have sleep apnea. Should I see a doctor about it?

Monday, July 15, 2013, 11:25 AM
I snore like a freight train every night, or so says my wife of 50 years. She's concerned I have sleep apnea. Should I see a doctor about it? Indira Gurubhagavatula is a professor in the division of sleep medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. A: Snoring occurs... Read more

I've noticed a change in my stool. Is this serious? Do I need to do anything about it?

Friday, July 5, 2013, 10:50 AM
My feces have been looking like charred kabob ever since Monday. I'm a 60-year-old man, and I've never had this problem before. Is this serious? Do I need to do anything about it? Amit Khanna is the associate director of colon and rectal surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. A change... Read more

My husband said he experienced pain in his penis when he ejaculated the other night during sex. When should he go see a doctor about it?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:58 AM
My husband said he experienced pain in his penis when he ejaculated the other night during sex. What are some possible explanations? When should he go see a doctor about it? Scott W. Asroff MD, FACS, is an urologist at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. The prostate gland and seminal vesicles... Read more

I've never had an orgasm before. Is this normal?

Monday, April 15, 2013, 10:05 AM
I've never had an orgasm before. Is this normal? Samantha Plasner, DO, a family practitioner at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. There is a condition that is known medically as female anorgasm. There are many causes for this. The female sexual experience certainly varies from person... Read more

I am a woman and have hair around my nipples. Is this normal and would there be a problem if I removed it?

Monday, April 8, 2013, 11:59 AM
I am a woman and have hair around my nipples. Is this normal and would there be a problem if I removed it? Samantha Plasner, DO, is a family practitioner at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. Some females do have hair around their nipples. In certain cases this is “normal”... Read more

I'm in my 30s and starting to notice some of my teeth are yellowing. Is this normal? What are safe ways to whiten?

Monday, March 11, 2013, 9:43 AM
I'm in my 30s and starting to notice some of my teeth are yellowing. Is this normal? What are safe ways to whiten? Is there anything that I can do the slow down the yellowing? Markus B. Blatz, DMD, PhD, is a professor of restorative dentistry, and chairman of the department of preventive and restorative... Read more

My girlfriend just found out that she has HPV. What is it? What does this mean for me?

Monday, February 18, 2013, 10:47 AM
My girlfriend just found out that she has HPV. What is it? What does this mean for me? Jie Xu, M.D, specializes in OB/GYN at Riddle Hospital, Main Line Health. HPV, which stands for human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection and is passed on through genital contact. There... Read more
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