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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

Straight, No Chaser: About Hair Loss and Male Pattern Baldness – Alopecia

I tell people all the time, “I’m shaved, not bald.” Whether or not that’s a distinction without a difference, alopecia (defined as partial or complete hair
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 24, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Why You Get Grey Hair

This is a lot simpler than people make it.  Gray hair is a happenstance of life.  At the end of the day, genetic, racial and chemical considerations determine when you go gray.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 22, 2018

From the Health Library of SterlingMedicalAdvice.com: What steps should I take if there's an outbreak of head lice?

Check your child’s hair for lice and nits (lice eggs) every three to four days. Nits commonly look like dandruff, but they cannot be easily brushed off the hair. Also check b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 31, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Fifteen Tips to Care for Diabetic Skin, Part 2

In the previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed the frailty of  diabetic skin and discussed how that sets one up for skin infections, abscesses, ulcers, amputations and even
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 2, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: The Skin Problems of Diabetics, Part 1

If you are diabetic or caring for a diabetic, one of the things you’ve likely noticed is that the skin doesn’t always seem to look, feel or perform normally. Perhaps th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 1, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Tetanus (Lockjaw)

If there could possibly be anything cool about tetanus, it’s that the overwhelming majority of us have never seen it and never will. At first thought, that could seem odd becaus
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 27, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: MRSA, the Big, Bad Staph Infection

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 28, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Abscesses (Boils)

Whether you call them boils, pus pockets or abscesses, they hurt. Abscesses are infections that localize and collect pus beneath the skin. Although previous Straight, No Chaser pos
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 27, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Life Begins (to End) at 40 (Unless It Doesn’t) – The Skin

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 6, 2017

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 6, 2017

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 5, 2017

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
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 4, 2017

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 3, 2017

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 24, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Your Questions About Human Bites

A boxer’s fracture is a misnomer because boxers don’t get them.  This describes a fracture at the base of the small finger (5th metacarpal), often caused from poor form throw
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 23, 2017

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 22, 2017

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, 2017

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 28, 2017
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