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Dr Emily Altman answers “How to treat a diaper rash?”

Diaper rash is a rash that develops in the diaper-covered area. Most commonly it’s caused by irritation from urine or stool. Diaper rash rarely involves the groin folds because those areas are not in contact with irritants. Skin infections can either cause a diaper rash or be superimposed on it. Bacterial (Staph and Strep) and yeast/fungal (Candida) [...]

What happens when your blood sugar level drops?

Blood sugar level regulation is complex with contributions from many different systems. These multiple controls are designed to keep a steady supply of glucose to the brain. Brain metabolism depends primarily on glucose for fuel. If the amount of glucose supplied by the blood falls, the brain is one of the first organs affected. There [...]

Dr. Emily Altman’s answer to “Will dark spots on my skin fade?”

Most of the time dark spots or brown spots left after trauma or a burn to the skin are not permanent, although sometimes they can last a long time. How long they last depends on a number of factors: how much pigment there is in the skin initially. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation tends to be worse and [...]

Causes and treatments of perianal itching

Anal or perianal itching is a common skin condition that goes undiagnosed and untreated for years, because patients are embarrassed to bring that up to their doctors.  Many patients think,  ”They have to look down there?  No way!”  The importance of bringing this “embarrassing” topic up with your doctor cannot be overestimated. Anal itch (pruritus [...]

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“What should I do about chronic hair shedding?” Dr Emily Altman

There are a number of causes to chronic hair shedding. Clearly not all of them will be applicable to a young, healthy man. We normally lose approximately 100 hairs a day, and they are replaced by new growing hairs. So the problem comes when either the numbers of hairs shed per day is greater than [...]

What are the skin flakes in my ear? Dr. Emily Altman

Most commonly, the skin flakes in the ear are due to seborrheic dermatitis, commonly known as dandruff.  Another common cause is psoriasis. Even chronic scratching of the ear can produce a rash with flaking, called lichen simplex chronicus. Psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and eczema can cause flaking, scaling, redness and itching on the back of the [...]

How to Combat Dry Skin? Dr Emily Altman

Although dry skin is usually not serious, it can be quite uncomfortable.  Dry skin is dull and flaky andmay feel itchy and tight. The tendency to dry skin may be inherited from your parents, as part of a condition called atopy, which includes eczema, hayfever and seasonal allergies, and asthma. A person with atopy may [...]

Does Zicam really work to reduce the duration of a cold? Dr. Emily Altman

Summer is officially over in four short days.  The cold and flu season is about to start.  We head to the drug store in the hopes of finding something that will ease the symptoms and shorten the duration of the common cold.  The number of cold remedies, homeopathic and allopathic, available on drugstore shelves is [...]

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