Even though it’s a common skin infection, many of my patients have never heard of cellulitis. Unfortunately, cellulitis can be a serious problem and may be difficult to get rid of, which is why it’s important to understand what can cause it, what important symptoms to look for and how to prevent it.
Patients come in to see me every week who are trying to seek better paths for their nutrition and physical health, and there’s a new focus on cutting out sugar. This makes sense, especially when you consider that the suggested amount of sugar we’re supposed to eat every day is about 25 grams for women and 36 grams for men, but the average American consumes about 89 grams per day. That’s a lot, isn’t it?! In fact, most sodas contain about 39 grams of sugar. The question I hear the most regarding sugar is whether it’s better to cut sugar out completely or simply reduce the amount of it.
A prescription opioid epidemic is sweeping across the country and the numbers are alarming.
Misuse of and addiction to prescription opioid pain killers, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl, are at all-time highs.
If you’ve been thinking about working a little yoga into your workout, I’d like to encourage you to give it a try.
Yoga has benefits for almost everyone, no matter your age, fitness goals or current physical health. Whether you’re a seasoned marathon runner or a couch potato looking to get back in shape, a teenager wanting to bliss out before a test or a senior citizen seeking to gain strength, you can find something to like about yoga.
If you’ve noticed that you’re experiencing an unusual amount of eyestrain, headaches, squinting or blurred and distorted vision at all distances, you may have astigmatism, which is an imperfection in the curvature of the eye’s cornea or lens. If you have this condition, you were probably born with it. Whether your astigmatism is mild or not so mild, it will require some form of medical correction for clear vision. Fortunately, most forms of regular astigmatism blurriness are easily correctable.
Let’s face it, a sore throat, no matter the cause, is always a pain – literally and figuratively. A lot of my patients ask me if gargling with saltwater will really help ease the symptoms of a sore throat. The answer usually surprises them.
The most common cause of a sore throat, or pharyngitis, is a viral infection such as a cold or the flu. Eventually, it resolves on its own.
Strep throat, or streptococcal infection, is caused by bacteria. Getting rid of it requires treatment with antibiotics.
Allergies can also bring on a sore throat with postnasal drip adding to the irritation and inflaming the throat.
Many of my cancer patients on chemotherapy come to me at some point asking about mental cloudiness. Since starting treatment, they’ve experienced memory lapses, trouble concentrating, problems remembering details, losing track of time and forgetting common words.
It can be frustrating, even scary, but it’s not uncommon and the severity varies. It can be subtle or it can significantly affect your daily life.
You’ve probably heard someone say, at least once in your life, “Quit worrying; you’ll get an ulcer.” I see a lot of patients who suffer from some form of stomach distress and ulcers are more common than you might think. Let’s talk about peptic ulcers and what you might be able to do to prevent them.
Canker sores are painful, frustrating conditions that some people deal with over and over again. Let’s talk about what they are, what you should do if you have one and whether or not they can be prevented.
A Canker Sore Primer
First, let’s address the terminology. Cold sores and canker sores are not the same thing, even though the terms are often (incorrectly) used interchangeably. Cold sores, or fever blisters, are caused by a virus, appear outside of the mouth – usually around the lips, near the chin or under the nose – and are contagious. Canker sores are sores inside of your mouth – typically inside the cheek, but they can also appear on the tongue or soft palate. These sores aren’t contagious, and they are often round in shape and are white or grayish with a red border. They are not caused by a virus like cold sores are; however, we’re not really sure exactly what causes them. Stress, previous injury to the area (such as accidentally biting the inside of your cheek), acidic foods (like lemons, oranges or pineapples), braces and even underlying health conditions like vitamin deficiencies or celiac disease have all been linked to canker sores.
So many people are chasing a good night’s rest that the thought of getting too much sleep sounds crazy. The truth is, oversleeping can cause problems just as not getting enough shut-eye does.