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Vital: Ask the Doc.

Craig Lennox, Our GP expert will answer your questions every week

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WHEN I go clubbing my ears ring and I can't hear properly for a couple of days. Can there be any long-term damage?

AYOU are experiencing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

The microscopic hairs of the cochlea in the inner ear become damaged and repair themselves over the next 48 hours. Repeated exposure to noise can cause permanent damage. It's wise to stay back from the speakers.

Q MY daughter is in her early 20s and although she graduated from university last year, she hasn't been able to get a job yet. She's become very depressed, not getting dressed or leaving the house, but she won't talk about what's wrong.

A YOUR daughter could be depressed and needs some help. Encourage her to see her GP. She may like you to go with her for support. Breathing Space Scotland is a free phone-line for people who are feeling down. Call O800 83 85 87.

What's the alternative?

Dee Atkinson of Napiers Herbalists gives the alternative solution

THIS is one of the most difficult situations. You know your daughter needs help, but don't know how to get her to accept it or how to talk to her about it.

From a natural medicine point of view the herb of choice would be St John's Wort. This herb is used for cases of mild to moderate depression and could be especially helpful if your daughter is shying away from other medications.

When someone uses anti-depressants, it is important they follow this up with some sort of psychological support. If your daughter starts to feel better through taking something like St John's Wort, she may be more open to receiving some form of therapy. For more information visit www.napiers.net.

GOT A HEALTH PROBLEM? .. then ask our experts. Write to Vital, Daily Record, 1 Central Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA
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