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Following Consumer Reports' advice, I bought some Coppertone Ultraguard SPF 70 and put it on my arms and neck before heading out for a walk. I showered that evening. The next day, after I'd sprinted down the block, I suddenly broke out in tiny, itchy hives on my arms in the areas I'd put the sunscreen (and nowhere else). Betrayed... by sunscreen? It seemed fine when I put it on. [more inside]
I recently got laid off. The good news is, I quickly found another job. My old coverage stops at the end of June. My new coverage doesn't start until the end of July. I need to find a way to get us coverage during the gap. We have pre-existing conditions and are on regular meds.
I have a 2005 or 2006 Trek 7.3 FX hybrid bike that I've mostly used for local transportation. I'd like to try a bit more cycling for exercise, though, and I'm looking at 10-12 mile rides or so. I live in San Francisco and this is a route I'd like to try -- the Presidio to downtown Mill Valley. [more inside]
My eight-month-old baby will not stop scratching his head. I've tried every cream, ointment and shampoo there is. What's going on here? [more inside]
I am sort of at a loss as to what to do about a continuing - but now changing - acne problem I have, and hoping that kind metafilter members might have some good advice. Why is my acne changing in nature, and what should I do about it? [more inside]
I'm looking for books (though happy to be pointed to articles and websites too) about anti-oppressive, anti-racist, intersectional feminist, trans inclusive (and anything I may have forgotten) practice within mental health settings. Caveats: from the perspective of working within current structures rather than dismantling them, and preferably from a UK perspective (though if something's just plain excellent and fulfils neither of those, please do recommend it). [more inside]
A recent injury means I can't run with the zombies again for another couple of months. I've been using my gym's ancient stationary bike in the meantime but really missing the narrative elements of Zombies, Run. Is there anything similar for biking? I could just use the Zombies, Run app with the bike but I find it kind of weird and distracting. I don't want any gamifications that involve me doing any tasks outside the actual workout, but I do miss the story. Any suggestions?
My body can't seem to remain turned on, even when my mind can. Feelings of physical arousal or sensitivity are fleeting, hardly lasting for thirty seconds, usually less. What gives, and is this something that can be fixed? Disappointing is an understatement. [more inside]
I've been researching CBD oil for my mom who has a severe essential tremor. I don't have any knowledge on it except what I've been able to find by extensive googling. I found a ton of information but I'd love to hear people's experiences with it - especially in cases of essential tremor - and recommendations for brands, dosages and concentrations. [more inside]
I'm taking a break from computer use because of shoulder pain. How can I make the best of my time off? [more inside]
In late April, the clinic told me that the rumbling sound I frequently got in my left ear was caused by a retracted eardrum, and that the retracted eardrum was caused by a blocked Eustachian tube. (There was no sign of infection.) I was told to take Flonase to help clear the Eustachian tube, and also to do the Valsalva maneuver. I know that the Valsalva maneuver is "close your nose and mouth and exhale until your ears pop." But what exactly does that feel like or sound like? How hard to I push? [more inside]
Has anyone had experience with Lupron. I'm curious as what to expect. I've read the literature, but first hand experiences would be great. [more inside]
I'm a queer woman in my early 30s not currently in a relationship. I think about sex a LOT. What can I do now (next 3-6 months?) to make partnered sex better when I am in a long-term relationship again? [more inside]
I have been using Dead Sea salt in bath and foot soaks in the hope of improving my skin. Could you suggest a reputable online company(preferably not Amazon and one that takes Paypal) that would sell a few pounds of fine-grained salt or mud to consumers? Caveat:I live in Asia so shipping may be an issue.Just salt or mud, nothing added as I have my own stash of essential oils.
Home from the dentist, mouth healthy but two molars crumbling and getting bits of food stuck in crevasses. "Go and use a water pik" says my dentist, and I'm happy to do it. Except: which tool to buy? [more inside]
I live in NYC but will be in Oakland for the month of July. I recently dislocated and broke my shoulder and will need to start physical therapy soon. Can you recommend a physical therapist in Oakland? Thank you.
My posture is terrible. How can I fix it? [more inside]
I am a 46 year old woman who has gotten into weight training. I'm training for strength and endurance, not power. I've worked with a trainer, but after a 4 week start-up where I met with her every week, I can't really afford to see her more than once every 6-8 weeks. What books, blogs or youtubers can you suggest that would help me plan my workouts? [more inside]
I'm taking some meds, and I can't figure out if I'm experiencing side effects -- and if I am, if I should keep on with it to see if things will change. Wellbutrin inside. [more inside]
I'm 55 and getting old all over. Where should I start if I want to fight some of this? [more inside]