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Category Archives: Head/Eyes/Ears/Nose/Throat

Prevention and Treatment Considerations for Diabetic Eye Conditions

Introduction This posts addresses prevention and treatment considerations for diabetic eye conditions. Several of you asked about the treatment of the eye conditions resulting from
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 10, 2018

Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Eye Problems

Introduction Unfortunately, if you’re diabetic, diabetic retinopathy is likely in your future. Don’t ignore this. As you likely know, diabetics have a large amount of b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 9, 2018

Causes of Eye Pain

Introduction Do you ever get eye pain? Look at the picture. What would you do if that was your eye? Would you try to remove the object or be too afraid, fearing that you could perm
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 5, 2018

Questions About LASIK Surgery

Introduction You’ve heard about Lasik surgery, but what do you actually know about it? Typically, you pay attention when you’re about 40 years old. At this point, your eyes
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 4, 2018

Questions About Your Contact Lenses

Introduction You’d likely be surprised to know how often patients are seen in emergency rooms for complications related to use of contact lenses. If you or a loved one are us
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 3, 2018

Questions About Color Blindness

Introduction Do you suffer from color blindness? Have you ever found yourself at school, work or elsewhere and discovered that you were wearing different colored socks or pants tha
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 2, 2018

Questions About Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)

Introduction We all get concerned when it comes to things that damage or put our vision in danger. As such, you should be aware of the most common condition causing visual problems
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 1, 2018

How’s Your Dental Hygiene?

Introduction If you ignore your teeth, they’ll go away. You may not think that bad dental hygiene can land you in the emergency room, but it does! One thing in particular I’ve
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 11, 2018

Challenges to Your Mental Health and Happiness

Introduction You all have challenges to your mental health and happiness. We are mindful that there are as many of you unsuccessful as there are successful in navigating these cha
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: When that Eye Problem Could Be an Eye Emergency

Now you may look at the topic and think, “Well, isn’t that obvious?” I’m here to tell you that as many people who come to the emergency room for seemingly minor things, the
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 1, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Syndrome

TMJ. Those of you who have TMJ syndrome are likely already shaking your head in understanding. Those of you who don’t, be thankful. Take the advice of those who do and read this
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 14, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What Would You Do If Your Tongue Suddenly Swelled? Learn About Angioedema

Here at Straight, No Chaser, we want you to know how to prevent disease and injury because that’s a lot easier than the alternative. However, if and when the time comes, you
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Broken Noses (Nasal Fractures)

It’s curious how many patients with broken noses come into the emergency room smiling. Usually they’re kids whose parents “just want to be sure.” In these cases not mu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 8, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Reacting to Broken or Dislocated Jaws

Should you ever suffer the misfortune of getting hit or falling onto your jaw, would you know what to do? Trauma to the jaw is more dangerous than you might imagine. The risk for b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 6, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: About Cold Sores and Herpes

Some of you are consumed with fear. Maybe for some it’s stricken with guilt. In any event this topic is simply another example of not being adequately armed with the knowledge yo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 10, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Bell’s Palsy

We’ve spent some time focusing on stroke recognition, but today we focus on a condition that often gets confused with a stroke. Bell’s palsy is a paralysis of the facial ne
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 7, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Ruptured Eardrums

The manufacturers of Q-Tips used to run a commercial in which they said “Never place anything in your ear smaller than your elbow.”  I wonder why they stopped the comm
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Addressing Hearing Loss and the Use of Hearing Aids

Prevention and protecting your hearing is easy; the decision to do so seems not to be so easy. Remembering this hearing thermometer is a good way to know what activities hurt your
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 2, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Can You Hear Me Now? Let's Discuss Hearing Loss

If you think about it, it shouldn’t surprise you to hear that hearing loss is the third most common ailment. Pump up the volume could be the motto for a period of our lives lasti
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 1, 2018

From the Health Library of What steps should I take if there's an outbreak of head lice?

Check your child’s hair for lice and nits (lice eggs) every three to four days. Nits commonly look like dandruff, but they cannot be easily brushed off the hair. Also check b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 31, 2018
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