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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 26, 2017

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 25, 2017

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 19, 2017

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 23, 2017

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 January 30, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Quick Tips for the Diabetic in Your Life

Per your requests, we occasionally feature quick tips for healthy living. Here’s an important example. If you have diabetics in your life, here are three things they should d
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 8, 2016

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

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 6, 2016

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 5, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Hot Tub and Barbershop Folliculitis

Follulicitis. You know it well as hot tub rash, barber bumps, ingrown hairs and many other names. The first thing you need to know is the ‘itis’ means inflammation, and the fol
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 30, 2016

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 p
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 29, 2016

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, 2016

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

We have a natural inclination to think about our mortality as we approach and pass 40 years old. A big part of healthy aging is prior healthy living, particularly as you reach the
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 5, 2016

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 7, 2016

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 6, 2016

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 5, 2016

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, 2016

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 26, 2016

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 25, 2016

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 22, 2016

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, 2016
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