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Straight, No Chaser: Do You Have Moles?

  Odds are you do, but we’re not talking about the animal variety. It’s Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and so if you do have moles, you should
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 29, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)

  Athlete’s foot is one of those topics that everyone seems to know a little about but not enough to really understand. If your level of knowledge is “scaly, itchy rash on
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 29, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Foot Corns and Calluses

It’s really not my intention to be corny or callous here, but it’s almost in the name. This Straight, No Chaser looks at two very common problems of the feet. First things fi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 28, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Ingrown Toenails

The overwhelming majority of cases of ingrown toenails I see come from people chewing on their toenails. So the really, really Quick Tip is keep your feet out of your mouth. If onl
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 27, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: First Steps to Take If Someone Gets Poisoned

How would you respond if you or someone in your home became a victim of an accidental poisoning? What if you stumbled across a family member who intentionally swallowed a bunch of
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 21, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Why You Get Grey Hair

This is a lot simpler than people make it.  Gray hair is a happenstance of life.  At the end of the day, genetic, racial and chemical considerations determine when you go gray.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 23, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: About Hair Loss and Male Pattern Baldness – Alopecia

I tell people all the time, “I’m shaved, not bald.” Whether or not that’s a distinction without a difference, alopecia (defined as partial or complete hair
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 22, 2016

Straight, No Chaser In the News: Lead Poisoning

In the news is the story of dozens of cases of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, resulting from elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water supply. This followed&n
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 22, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Splinters

Ah, splinters. You know them, you hate them. Honestly, it’s frustrating for me to see you in an emergency room with a splinter in most cases because one of the first things that
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 17, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Tetanus (Lockjaw)

If there could possibly be anything cool about tetanus, it’s that the overwhelming majority of us have never seen it and never will. At first thought, that could seem odd becaus
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 20, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Questions You Should Ask When You Have a Laceration

I wonder if any of us avoid lacerations over the course of our lives. It seems that everyone I know or every patient I have cared for has a scar and a story to accompany it. Fortun
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 19, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Life Begins (to End) at 40 (Unless It Doesn’t) – The Skin

September is Healthy Aging Month. A big part of healthy aging is prior healthy living, particularly as you reach the age at which your unhealthy habits begin to catch up with you o
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 7, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Tattoo Removal

You may find it interesting that people have been obtaining tattoos throughout recorded history. You may also find it interesting that of those getting tattoos, approximately half
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 4, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Hot Tub and Barbershop Folliculitis

Follulicitis. You know it well as hot tub rash, barber bumps, ingrown hairs and many other names. The first thing you need to know is the ‘itis’ means inflammation, and the fol
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 3, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Keloids

Have you ever seen a keloid? Do you suffer from keloids? Do you know someone with them and wonder what’s occurring? Here are some answers. Some people, more commonly African-Amer
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 2, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Shingles – Return of the Chickenpox

It’s another interesting night in the ER.  My nurses are hounding me because there’s a patient with a rash, and they don’t know what it is.  They’re so good that they rar
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 17, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Your Questions About Human Bites

The votes are in, and it appears that Jaws (from James Bond fame) found the previous post, well… biting.  Here’s your questions and answers about human bites: 1)  
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 9, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Animal Bites

We love our pets, and animals in general. Is there one about which a movie hasn’t been made? In most cases they are sources of entertainment, if not love. Unfortunately, they
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 2, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Do You Have Moles?

  Odds are you do, but we’re not talking about the animal variety. It’s Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and so If you do have moles, you should k
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 19, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Foot Corns and Calluses

  It’s really not my intention to be corny or callous here, but it’s almost in the name. This Straight, No Chaser looks at two very common problems of the feet. First thin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 1, 2015
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