Ask the doctor: Is there a home ingrown toenail treatment?

ingrown toenail treatment

Q. My big toe has an ingrown toenail. I want to wear attractive shoes again and get rid of the pain. Is there an ingrown toenail treatment that I can do at home? A: Ingrown are common in adults, especially people age 20-30. The ingrown nail causes a great deal of pain to the toe when its sharp corner digs into the skin, causing ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Blocked Tear Ducts

blocked tear duct

Q. I noticed that tears well up in the corner of my baby’s eyes when she cries or when I take her out into the cold weather. Now the skin under the eyes is getting red from rubbing. Is this something serious? What can be causing this? A. You are certainly not alone with this problem. In 6 out of every 100 newborns, the tear ducts are blocked ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Why can’t I stop biting my nails?

stop biting my nails

Q. I can’t seem to stop biting my nails even though I know they look bad and get noticed by everyone at work. Is there something wrong with me? What should I do? A. During the added stress of the holidays, bad habits tend to surface or increase. The first and biggest step is admitting that your habit of nail biting has gotten out of control. ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: I hate flossing. Is it Really Necessary?

hate flossing

Q: Is flossing REALLY necessary? I don’t usually get food stuck between my teeth. A friend uses a Waterpik instead. Is that better for me? A. Though using water to flush out food lodged between teeth is helpful and comforting, it does not replace the necessity to floss. What most people are unaware of is that the importance of flossing ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: How do I ward off winter depression?

winter depression

Q. As winter approaches each year and the days get shorter, I sink into a state of misery and despair. Is there anything that I can do to avoid this slump in my mood?   A. Winter depression, better known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, has been linked to light deprivation, where the shortened day decreases exposure to sunlight. Those who ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Is it a toe fungus?

toe fungus treatment

Q. Eek! I removed my nail polish and my toes are yellow. I though it would go away, but it isn’t. Could I have a toe nail infection? A. It is possible that you have a tow fungus. Toenail fungus is an infection that can start as a white or yellow spot. As it spreads deeper, the nail may turn yellow, thicken and form crumbling edges. This ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Why is my hair thinning?

hair thinning

Q. Why is my hair thinning? How do I make it thicker? A. Hair is so wrapped up with attractiveness and sex appeal in our culture, that it’s easy to understand your concern. Knowing that our hair looks good, helps us feel radiant. A survey sponsored by Rogaine in 2004 reveals that 24 percent of the 500 women polled across the U.S. ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: How do I maintain healthy breasts?

healthy breasts

Q. I hear about so many cases of breast problems in my neighborhood. What can I do to keep my breasts healthy? A. This is a timely question with Breast Awareness Month in October. There are 6 simple steps that you can actively take to maintain healthy breasts.   1. Give Yourself Breast Examinations. Be familiar with your own breasts ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Is Pelvic Pain Normal?

pelvis pain

Q. I have been having pelvic pain for a while now.  What could it be from?  Should I be worried?   A. Pelvic pain can come from many causes and even from several systems of the body including. Before you start alleviating the pain with medication, it's a good idea to get a proper diagnosis, since the pain is often a symptom, not the ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Why am I always tired?

why am I always tired

Q. Why am I always tired? Do I need to see a doctor for this?  A. Being chronically tired can simply be due to your multi-tasking with juggling your hectic work schedule and family responsibilities. Along with stress, this is a common problem that we face today. The question you are really asking is “Can it be the sign of something ... Read More...