Ask the Doctor: How Can I Prevent Bad Breath?

prevent bad breath

Q. What causes bad breath and how can I get rid of it? A. You are certainly not alone. Let’s face it. We have all suffered from bad breath at one time or another. It is extremely common. The thing is, before it can be treated, the cause of the bad breath must be pinpointed.  The most common culprits for bad breath are: Smoking - ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Is It Risky Going Barefoot In The Summer?

athletes foot

Q. Now that summer is here and people are walking barefoot in public places, are there infections that I can pick up? What foot problems should I be aware of and how can I avoid them?   A: There are a few foot problems that you need to be aware of. The most common infection that spreads in the heat of the summer and in public places is ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: What do I do for back pain?

back pain massage

Q. I’m having some back pains and my friend suggested massage therapy. Does this work? Is this recognized as medical treatment?   A. Your friend is indeed correct in her advice to you. Unfortunately, this is a very common problem. Only 20 percent of adults can escape from ever having back pain in their lifetime. Although back ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Is Going Gluten Free Good For You?

gluten free

Q. What’s all the excitement about avoiding gluten in the diet? Is it helpful or hype?   A. For the approximately 3-million Americans suffering from celiac disease, staying away from gluten is a way of life in order to avoid stomach pains and chronic intestinal damage. Celiac disease is an immune disorder where eating gluten (a ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: What is a fatty tumor?

lipoma, fatty tumor

Q. I've had a couple of "fatty" tumors removed. What are these and are they something to be concerned about?   A.  Fatty tumors are called Lipomas.  They are the most common type of noncancerous growths and do not become malignant or cancerous.  Lipomas can be found anywhere on the body but most typically pop up on the upper part of ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: What is a gallstone?

What is a gallstone

Q. My mom was told she has a gallstone. What is that? Will she need an operation?   A. This is a common dilemma. The mere presence of gallstones doesn’t mean that an operation is needed. In fact, many people have these stones with no symptoms. Surgery is indicated when: Stones are large and block the bile duct (causing ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: How do I know if I had a panic attack?

How do I know if I had a panic attack?

Q. I think I had a panic attack. What are the symptoms and how can I prevent them?   A. First, I’d like to let you know that you are not alone!  Panic disorders are pretty common and 2.4 million people suffer from these attacks in the U.S. These attacks are real sensations of sheer terror and assault without forewarning or ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: How can I stick to my diet on vacation?

How to stick to your diet on vacation

Q: I’ve been doing great on my diet, but I have a cruise coming up. How can I have “fun” on my vacation without blowing my diet?   A: It’s quite typical to stow away your diet to enjoy your vacation to its “fullest” by eating and drinking without any restrictions. In fact, gaining an extra 5-10 pounds from a cruise is not ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: How do I treat a jellyfish sting?

how to treat a jellyfish sting

Q: How do I treat a jellyfish sting?   A: Now that it’s hot and beach season is here, there’s nothing as refreshing as frolicking in the ocean and jumping the waves. But we may encounter more than just people in the shallow water.   Jellyfish are free-swimming marine animals with a gelatinous bell and long tentacles ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Sunscreen and Vitamin D

Sunscreen and Vitamin D

Q: I heard that Sunscreen causes Vitamin D deficiency.  Is this true?  How do I protect myself?   A: The short answer is Yes. It is true that wearing sunscreen may inhibit the manufacture of Vitamin D.  Studies have demonstrated that when ultraviolet rays are blocked with sunscreen, the amount of Vitamin D that we make is ... Read More...