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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 3, 2014

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 May 8, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: LASIK Surgery

So you’re 40-ish, and your eyes are starting to act up on you. Or perhaps you’re younger and/or too vain to wear glasses. Or you have a phobia about having anything in your eye
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 6, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Here's When Your Sore Throat Needs Antibiotics – The Centor Criteria

I enjoy giving you tips that provide insight into what your physician is thinking. Some of these considerations are so simple that you can use them at home. In many examples, these
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 2, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Simple Questions About Sore Throats

Sore throats. So common. So simple. So sore. Here are a group of frequently asked questions to help you sort out the whys and what next considerations for you and your family. How
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 1, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Reducing Your Risks From Wearing Contact Lenses

The notion of sticking things in your eye has always fascinated me. Maybe it’s because your eyes are so close to your brain (some would say it’s an extension of it). If
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 26, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Questions About Color Blindness

Have you ever found yourself at school, work or elsewhere and discovered that you were wearing different colored socks or pants that you’d thought? If so, you may be experiencing
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 15, 2014

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 March 2, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Do You Suffer from Hay Fever?

Hay (fever) there! If any of you don’t suffer from seasonal allergies (aka hay fever, allergic rhinitis), consider yourself lucky. As nuisances go, this has to rank high on the l
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 23, 2014

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

Again joining the conversation is my friend and colleague Greg Keeney, audiologist and owner of Affordable Hearing Aids in Texas. Addressing hearing loss is a humbling experience i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 21, 2014

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 February 20, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Sensitive Teeth

What goes through your mind when your teeth hurt (other than whether or not all of that Valentine’s Day candy is worth it)? Is it fleeting or constant? Are you easily agitate
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 13, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Understanding and Appropriately Stopping Thumbsucking

At first glance, you may be wondering what’s so significant about thumb sucking that we need to discuss it. And then, I show you these two pictures. In most instances, thumb suck
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 6, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: About Teething and Why We Need Baby Teeth

Have you ever wondered why our design includes baby teeth (primary teeth)? It’s not like we have primary bones in our arms and legs that disintegrate in favor of stronger arms an
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 5, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: How's Your Dental Hygiene?

If you ignore your teeth, they’ll go away. Working in an emergency department is interesting for many different reasons. One thing in particular I’ve noticed over the years is
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 14, 2014

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 November 16, 2013

From the Health Library of "Why do I get those big tender knots in my neck?"

First of all, thank you for the continued reader submissions. Cervical (that is, neck) lymph nodes (small oval organs located in various parts of the body that help the body fight
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 15, 2013

From the Health Library of "Why would my doctor tell me not to take a decongestant?"

Thanks for all the reader submissions on Blog and FAQ ideas. Here’s my first response. Based on how ubiquitous cold and flu remedies are, you would think they were the safes
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 13, 2013

From the Health Library of "My tooth hurts. Is it dry socket?"

Ok.  Some of you are thinking “What is dry socket?”. Anyone who has ever suffered from it knows it all to well.  This as well as so many other dental conditions are b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 12, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Bell's Palsy

Bell’s palsy is a paralysis of the facial nerve, caused by inflammation or other irritation to the nerve.  This paralysis causes muscle weakness in one side of the face. Patient
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 5, 2013
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