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One of my neighbors swears that Bag Balm® helps cure foot fungus. Is that true? No, not really. Applying Bag Balm® to a fungal infection might help it keep from spreading, but it's far more likely to make it worse. Most organisms grow better when placed in specific conditions...
Over a year ago, I noticed a small round, raised spot on the pad of my right index finger. Hard, flat, and a light gray, it wasn't a blister or part of a rash. It didn't itch or burn but felt rougher than the skin around it. A month later, it was still there.   Two months later...
Q: I’m starting radiation soon for breast cancer. How can I help keep the treatments from burning my skin? During radiation treatments for cancer, nearly eight out of 10 people will develop some form of skin irritation called “radiation dermatitis." Radiation often creates redness and warmth to...
This summer, many families are planning and attending events that had been postponed due to COVID-19. People are traveling to family reunions, graduations, weddings and celebrations of life. Visiting grandma and grandpa is no longer limited to video calls or socially distanced interactions. When...
Q: I take Tylenol® for fever or headaches because it doesn’t upset my stomach like ibuprofen does, but my sister-in-law insists that Tylenol® is dangerous. There is new evidence that Tylenol® is usually very safe to use but CAN cause severe liver damage if you are not careful.   Tylenol® was...
Last week I removed ANOTHER tick from Bonnie, our 6-month-old Scottie. Bonnie LOVES to run through the grass and burrow into bushes, where ticks like to lurk. In the Pacific Northwest, 3 species of ticks can transmit disease. A bite from a Brown Dog Tick or Rocky Mountain Wood Tick can transmit...
Q: My nose runs, and my eyes itch every summer from my allergies. I used to take Allegra®, but it doesn't seem to work anymore. What other antihistamine should I try? Antihistamines are designed to prevent and relieve allergy symptoms by keeping a compound called histamine locked up in special...
Q:  I have a heat rash from the hot weather we’ve been having recently. What’s the best way to get rid of it? Donna developed redness and itching in her groin area during a recent heatwave. She first tried applying Gold Bond powder to her red, itchy skin, but it didn't seem to help. Next, she...
After a short hospital stay for a bleeding ulcer, 78-year-old Mabel became anemic. She was discharged home on medicine to heal her ulcer, plus an iron supplement. Despite taking iron for 3 months, Mabel’s blood tests showed she was still low in iron. When I asked her which iron supplement she was...
Last month I traveled to Bellingham to help one of my sisters who needed hip replacement surgery. Most of the 4-hour drive was on an interstate highway. The final 20 miles weren't. Instead, the narrow road wound back and forth simultaneously as it rose and dipped. Roads like these always triggered...

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