From bloating to hiccups: How to get rid of annoying health problems

  • There's no doubt that older patients tend to have more complicated medical problems. But that doesn't mean your primary-care doctor should have to send you off to a specialist every time you have a specific complaint. In addition to being inconvenient, that can be life-threatening - because doctors aren't always good about coordinating care with one another.Specialist care certainly has its place. But if your doctor seems perplexed by your aging body, that's a problem. iStockphoto

    ( They may not be life threatening, but hiccups, blisters, ingrown hairs and other body bothers can be painful, embarrassing and just plain annoying.

    Most of us dismiss them as occasional nuisances and wait for them to get better on their own. In fact, there are simple steps you can take to make them go away faster - or to prevent them in the first place.

    From our friends at, here are 15 of the most common body annoyances, with info on what causes them, how you should handle them, and when they may warrant a call to your doctor.