Chocolate, cold Coke help headache hangover

Q. Here’s a random and weird home remedy for migraine hangover (which is a horrid feeling after a bad migraine): Try ice-cold Coke and chocolate. I watched my mom do this after her migraines, and now I do it after mine.

A. Migraine hangover has a technical name: postdrome. It is the last phase of a severe migraine.

The usual recommendations are rest and hydration. Many people also indulge in comfort food. We guess the combination of caffeine and sugar from your Coke and chocolate provide the pick-me-up you describe. Some migraineurs find, however, that chocolate triggers migraines.

Q. My 6-year-old granddaughter has warts on her legs. The doctor said to leave them alone, as they will go away in a year or two.

The problem is they spread, maybe because they blister and scab. Is there anything we can use to rid her of these ugly, itchy warts?

A. The doctor is right that warts often go away on their own, especially in children. Most people don’t want to wait a couple of years, though.

Here are some of our favorite wart remedies:

Cut a piece of banana peel the size of the wart and tape it over the wart, with the fleshy inner side of the peel on the skin. Change it daily.

Apply a few drops of castor oil to the wart, cover with a bandage and reapply daily.

Cover the warts with duct tape cut to size. Replace the duct tape after several days.

Rub the warts with lemon juice or vinegar several times a day.

If all else fails, ask the doctor if it would be OK to use cimetidine (Tagamet). One mother reported that her 7-year-old son suffered with more than 20 warts for over two years. Nothing worked. Then she gave him Tagamet twice a day. Within a month, most of the warts were gone.

Q. Our family has been using sea salt for several years. We do not have thyroid problems. Should we continue with sea salt or go back to iodized salt?

A. Common table salt is usually iodized as a public health measure to prevent goiter. Iodine is essential for proper thyroid function. Although sea salt doesn’t always contain iodine, some brands of sea salt are iodized.

In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them in care of The Vindicator or email them via their website: Their newest book is “Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them.”

2016 King Features Syndicate Inc.

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