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Fifteen Tips to Care for Diabetic Skin, Part 2

Introduction This post provides diabetic skin care tips! In the previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed the frailty of  diabetic skin and discussed how that sets one up for
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 14, 2018

Diabetic Skin Problems, Part 1

Introduction Today we begin a discussion on diabetic skin problems. Diabetic Skin Problems If you are diabetic or caring for a diabetic, one of the things you’ve likely notic
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 13, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Other Side of 40 -The Skin – Changes, Challenges, Solutions

September is Healthy Aging Month. A big part of healthy aging is prior healthy living, particularly as you reach the age at which your unhealthy habits begin to catch up with you o
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 16, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What is MRSA? Causes, Prevention & Treatments

One of the things that’s changed a lot from when I first started practicing medicine is people show up every day to the emergency room for mosquito and spider bites.  The lo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 9, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Five Frequently Asked Questions on Lupus

  What is lupus? What causes it? In general terms, lupus is a disease in which your immune system malfunctions and attacks your healthy tissue. This is known as an autoimmune dis
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 30, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Keloids

Have you ever seen a keloid? Do you suffer from keloids? Do you know someone with them and wonder what’s occurring? Here are some answers. Some people, more commonly African-Amer
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 5, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Contact Dermatitis, Diaper Rash, Poison Ivy and the Like

Let’s pick up where we left off. In our discussion of eczema and psoriasis, we described the common theme of underlying inflammation manifesting in rashes of different appea
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 4, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Rashes on Your Palms and Soles; It's Not Always Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

In the world of rashes, there aren’t an abundance of rashes that appear on the palms and soles.  However, there are a few of note, so here’s some Quick Tips to point y
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Eczema and Psoriasis

Rashes are very frustrating for patients.  They itch, burn, get infected, aren’t pleasant to look at and never go away rapidly enough. Another problem is no one ever seems t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 2, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Animal Bites

We love our pets, and animals in general. Is there one about which a movie hasn’t been made? In most cases they are sources of entertainment, if not love. Unfortunately, they
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 16, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Your Questions About Human Bites

The votes are in, and it appears that Jaws (from James Bond fame) found the previous post, well… biting.  Here’s your questions and answers about human bites: 1)  
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 15, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Human Bites

I have had weird experiences with humans biting humans, as have most physicians. There are several different types of human bites, which can range from harmless to surgically serio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 14, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Questions You Should Ask When You Have a Laceration

I wonder if any of us avoid lacerations over the course of our lives. It seems that everyone I know or every patient I have cared for has a scar and a story to accompany it. Fortun
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What Would You Do If Your Tongue Suddenly Swelled? Learn About Angioedema

Here at Straight, No Chaser, we want you to know how to prevent disease and injury because that’s a lot easier than the alternative. However, if and when the time comes, you
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Hangnails and Paronychia

Aren’t hangnails annoying? Well, it gets worse. The things we do in an effort to get rid of them cause even bigger problems, and that’s the focus of this Straight, No Chaser.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 5, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Do You Have Moles?

  Odds are you do, but we’re not talking about the animal variety. It’s Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and so if you do have moles, you should
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 31, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Ingrown Toenails

The overwhelming majority of cases of ingrown toenails I see come from people chewing on their toenails. So the really, really Quick Tip is keep your feet out of your mouth. If onl
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 26, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Foot Corns and Calluses

It’s really not my intention to be corny or callous here, but it’s almost in the name. This Straight, No Chaser looks at two very common problems of the feet. First things fi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)

  Athlete’s foot is one of those topics that everyone seems to know a little about but not enough to really understand. If your level of knowledge is “scaly, itchy rash on
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 24, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: First Steps to Take If Someone Gets Poisoned

How would you respond if you or someone in your home became a victim of an accidental poisoning? What if you stumbled across a family member who intentionally swallowed a bunch of
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 22, 2018
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