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Byline: Craig Lennox

Q I AMa 58-year-old non smoking man and have been spitting up fresh blood for six months. I am worried because doctors haven't found a cause.

A DOCTORS call this symptom haemoptysis. You should take great comfort that the two chest x-rays, TB tests, and bronchoscopy are clear. These rule out the common serious problems. I suspect your specialists will continue looking for rare blood vessel problems or heart problems, and your suggestion of an ENT referral sounds sensible too.

Q I HAVE suffered from Rosacea for 10 years and it is getting worse.

A ROSACEA is a long-term skin problem that causes flushing of the face. You say you have been treated with creams.

Ask your GP if a long-term course of low-dose antibiotic tablets is suitable for you. If that does not work, request a dermatology opinion. Rosacea can be confused with other conditions like Seborrheic dermatitis, Photodermatitis or SLE.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 19, 2008
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