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I think we all remember those antifungal commercials that made our skin crawl. The ads featured an animated, creepy looking creature that crawls beneath a toenail. The pest’s name was Digger and he was a dermatophyte, a nail infection. Even though I’m a podiatrist and work with feet and toenails daily, to this day the thought of that commercial, and Digger, makes me cringe.
So, what is a fungal nail infection? Nail infections can be caused by various fungal organisms, not nearly as scary or gruesome as Digger in real life. The most common cause of fungal nail infections is by a... Read More
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Personally, I experienced this in Podiatry school after jumping into a new running program too quickly. It can be a painful condition. Fortunately, in my case, it resolved with a few simple treatments in the matter of several weeks.
What is plantar fasciitis? It is inflammation of a band of tissue, the plantar fascial ligament. This ligament extends from the heel to the toes. It commonly causes a stabbing pain that is worse with the first few steps in the morning. The pain normally decreases with movement but can... Read More
Cataracts happen when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy. The lens is located behind the pupil and is normally clear to help focus light. Clouding occurs slowly over time and is often due to age. Those 60-65 years old experience cataracts symptoms most often.
When should you see a doctor?
Early warning signs of cataracts include noticing glare and halos around light, difficulty with bright lights and trouble seeing while driving at night. As conditions worsen, your vision may become blurry and updating your eyeglass prescription may not improve... Read More
Most people know the importance of applying sunscreen daily, but did you know that sunglasses are as just as important to protect our eyes? Sunglasses’ most important job is to help protect our eyes from the sun’s harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays.Sun exposure has been linked with: Cataracts.
A clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye.Macular degeneration.
Damage to the retina that can cause blindness.Pinguecula and Pterygium.
A growth that starts on the clear tissues of the eye that can spread to the cornea.
Have fun in the sun and choose sunglasses that... Read More
Did you know that the wax inside your ears is unique? Several glands on the inside of your ear canal produce your own recipe that works for you. Ear wax is healthy, here are three reasons why:Antifungal & Antibacterial.
As earwax moves out of your ear canal it cleans and protects from viral, fungal and bacterial infections.Protects.
Ear wax offers protection from dirt, dust, and debris. Did you know it also repels insects?Moisturizes.
Your ear wax keeps the skin in the ear canal from becoming dry and itchy.
If you do have an issue with too much ear wax,... Read More
Allergy shots are formally known as subcutaneous immunotherapy, which is a type of treatment for allergies. It is used to treat patients with allergy symptoms related to exposures from the environment such as pet dander, dust mites, pollens, grasses, and molds. It is the closest that we have to a “cure” for allergies. These shots work by building a tolerance to the allergens rather than treating the symptoms like you would with over the counter medications.How can they help me?
Patients who respond to allergy shots have a significant reduction in allergy... Read More
The colon is a misunderstood organ – most people have heard of the colon, but many people do not understand the important tasks it performs in the human body. A healthy adult colon is about six feet long and works to remove water from the waste material before it leaves the body, as well as helping remove toxins and absorb various vitamins and nutrients into the bloodstream.Good bacteria
Our colons are full of good bacteria. In fact, approximately 100 trillion organisms call our bowels home. These bacteria in the gut fulfill a variety of important functions, such as aiding... Read More
Many of the symptoms people experience are related to the food choices they make. Focusing on a diet that limits inflammation can help reduce your risk of illness.Eat more Omega-3 Fats. Cold water fish (e.g. salmon), flax seeds, leafy greens, and walnuts. Fresh veggies and fruits. Consume a colorful selection including red, yellow, green and blue (the rainbow of produce). Fiber. Increase your intake of green leafy greens, fruits, nuts and whole grains. Spices and herbs. Use turmeric, ginger, rosemary, and oregano to season in place of salt. Limit your consumption Foods high in... Read More
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