Doc Talk Blogs

Why Playing Outdoors Is Important for Kids

We see copy-and-paste posts on Facebook about the “good old days” when kids left the house at 8 a.m., played outdoors and didn’t come home until the street lights came on. They almost always draw...Read more

How to Handle Bad Language in Toddlers

Many of us have done it. We’ve slipped and said a not-so-nice word in passing to another adult in front of a toddler, forgetting that toddlers are little sponges, soaking up everything we’re saying...Read more

When to Talk to Your Doctor About Your Child’s Toe Walking

It seems like parents today are inundated with information about milestones their children should be meeting. There’s too much online information that falsely frightens new parents about their...Read more

Mumps in Texas Hits a 20-Year High

The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting that cases of mumps have hit a 20-year high in Texas. This may come as a surprise to those of us who grew up thinking mumps were a thing of...Read more

Bouncy Play Sets Are Accidents Waiting to Happen

What kid doesn’t love a bouncy castle? If we’re being honest, lots of adults I know would probably take a turn in one if it were big enough. They promote exercise, being outdoors and help your kids...Read more

Detergent Pods and Kids Don’t Mix

Those small plastic pouches, or pods, filled with laundry or dishwashing soap are convenient and can help save a little time. But I’d like to warn you that detergent pods also can cause painful eye...Read more

Tips for Managing Dry Skin

This particular winter hasn’t been all that wintery so far, but that doesn’t mean you’re not feeling a change in your skin. Seasonal changes from the humidity of a Houston summer to the drier air of...Read more

Unlocking Trigger Finger

When you stop to think about how often we use our hands every day, it’s no surprise that there are conditions that occur from the repetitive use of our fingers over time. Trigger finger, while not as...Read more

Mohs Surgery Preserves Healthy Tissue

Texans are blessed with many opportunities for outdoor fun. Unfortunately, this means more exposure to the damaging rays of the sun. And that can lead to skin cancer – the most common type of cancer...Read more

How to Rid Yourself of Blackheads

Taking care of your skin can seem like a full-time job. One of the most-asked questions from my patients is how to deal with blackheads and how to get rid of them.  The Real Cause First, a very...Read more

The Road to Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Relief Starts with Conservative Therapy

Cubital tunnel syndrome, or ulnar neuropathy, is a condition commonly caused by abnormal pressure on the ulnar nerve near the “funny bone” in the elbow, which could originate from a number of our...Read more

When to See Your Dermatologist about Pruritus

Pruritus might be a funny sounding word, but those diagnosed with it might not feel the humor. Pronounced pru-ri-tus, it refers to severe itching of the skin. Pruritus can affect anyone for different...Read more

Looking Out for Your Health? Make Sure to Include Fiber in Your Diet

It seems like every day there’s a new fad when it comes to your health. Is it good to juice or not? Should you try the Whole-30 diet? Is gluten bad for you?  With a myriad of questions like...Read more

Cervical Cancer Screenings More Important than You Think

Cervical cancer affects women every year, but recent studies show it could potentially be affecting more women than originally suspected. This makes screenings and other preventive measures even more...Read more

Are Redheads More Sensitive to Pain?

Urban legend has it that redheads feel more pain than the rest of us – and it turns out that may actually be true.  Doctors have suspected for a while that redheads need more anesthesia, a sign...Read more

Sleep Paralysis: The Demon on Your Chest, the Voices in the Dark

Imagine you’re lying awake in bed when you sense a presence in the room. There’s something moving in the dark. “Who’s there?” you try to ask, but you can’t move your lips to speak. The figure...Read more

Get Immediate Help at First Sign of Bell’s Palsy

If you’ve recently had a viral infection or suffered an injury to the head and are noticing some unusual symptoms in your face, pay attention to them. Twitching, drooping, facial paralysis on one or...Read more

Preventive Strategies for Lowering Your Risk for Osteoarthritis

There are too many different types of arthritis to keep straight. Osteoarthritis is the most common form, affecting 27 million people in the United States each year. It is caused by the wearing down...Read more