Rodrigo Cordeiro

Help Desk: Ask us anything

If you’re like me, you’ve probably found yourself in a situation and Googled it to see if anyone else in the world might have gone through something similar and could offer some advice. I do this sort of thing all the time, like last summer, when I caught a nasty case of hand, foot, and mouth disease. Until then, I really didn’t think it affected anyone over the age of 10. It was an excruciating two weeks (like chicken pox, it’s so much worse when adults get it), so I was relieved to find a woman’s blog post during a desperate online search. I really don’t know what I would have done if she hadn’t suggested I put my hands in giant tubs of Greek yogurt to ease the pain. I was so grateful to have found her, this angel blogger who made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my misery.

Now it’s time to pay it forward.

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Today the Globe is launching a series we’re calling Help Desk, in which we’ll attempt to answer some of the many questions this life poses — especially life in this particular part of the world — for all of us, young, old, and in-between, flush with cash or barely scraping by. Think: How to get a referral to the city’s most elite specialty doctors; how to pick up the earliest signs that your child is abusing drugs; advice for success in Boston’s school lottery; how to make friends as an adult; what are the best rooftop bars that won’t break the bank?; how to find an apartment on Craigslist without getting scammed; the 10 steps to digital spring cleaning; how to get on your kids’ teacher’s good side (and not be a nightmare parent); how to cover up at the beach without looking like you’re ashamed of your body; and should you get a moving permit from the City of Boston, anyway? Is it worth the money, and do the police even enforce it?

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These are some of the questions we have. What are yours? We’d love to hear them. We’ve set up a form you can fill out to submit your questions, and we’ll bring the most-asked and most-interesting ones to experts to see if we can get them answered. Or send me, Help Desk editor Chris Morris, an e-mail at the address below with your thoughts, ideas, and feedback. If I’m not busy searching the Web for kindred spirits with unfortunate ailments, I will be happy to help.