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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes. The cause is unknown but presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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Can living in a desert climates help people with arthritis?

Can living in a desert climates help people with arthritis?

Desert areas?: Desert climates usually indcate the presence of a chronic high pressure system over the area, with now low pressure front coming in, which bring rainm precedede by a drop in barometric pressure. It is this that makes patients with arthritis ache! so, given to area, the desert southwest or seattle, where would arthritis patients ache more! seattle! ...Read more

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Does a child with cystic fibrosis have to live in a clean and dust free environment?

Does a child with cystic fibrosis have to live in a clean and dust free environment?

No: Clean helps & dust free helps for any kid.To some extent this ideal is relative and perfection on either point is unrealistic. With a stable hygienic environment, close monitoring by a CF center, & proper nutrition, these kids do well.Your CF center should have guidelines for healthy living they will share with you during your regular followups. ...Read more

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Any good sunscreens recommended for people with moderate atopic dermititis?

Any good sunscreens  recommended for people with moderate atopic dermititis?

Yes: A good sunscreen is recommended for everyone regardless of the status of your skin. A good moisturizer is even more essential but do apply it immediately after bathing. ...Read more

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Friend's nephew, 15, living in osaka, just diagnosed with crohn's, told to avoid oil, fiber. Ok?

Friend's nephew, 15, living in osaka, just diagnosed with crohn's, told to avoid oil, fiber. Ok?

Be sure of Diagnosis: Crohn's disease is usually diagnosed on biopsy of the colon or intestines. Your friend's nephew should see a specialist called a gastroenterologist. Here is information on crohn's disease: http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/patient-information-crohns-disease (paste the link in your browser). ...Read more

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Is sheep placenta good for people with eczema?

Is sheep placenta good for people with eczema?

No: It's not an acceptable or effective treatment for eczema, whether applied to the skin or taken internally. Also, it's possible for the sheep placenta to carry diseases. Eczema is best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. If this doesn't help enough, please see dr. ...Read more

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What are the coping strategies for living with illness or disability?

What are the coping strategies for living with illness or disability?

Remember Humanity: As difficult as it is to live with a recognized illness or disability, the invisible ones (like vision loss, mental illness, etc.) pose the additional challenge of being dismissed by able-bodied folks as minimal. Do not "become" your disability, but rather, seek to find meaning in the ways that you still can heal others, and in so doing, you heal yourself. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis but some of my symptoms are similar to demodex mite infestation? Struggling with the itch.

I have been diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis but some of my symptoms are similar to demodex mite infestation? Struggling with the itch.

Minor mystery: Nobody really knows how prevalent demodex is, and what role it may play in some of the dermatitis syndromes especially on the face. ...Read more

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Any tips for living with a narcissist?

Resoluteness: There is a iching #43 means resoluteness - I use this for difficult situations - means learn what is legally right - judgement is severe so balance with morally fair that is resoluteness - read my book "boring way to be happy with a dysfunctional family". Do not be a victim - make conscious choice every moment of this life. Otherwise we loose power. Learn how to create healthy boundaries. ...Read more

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What are?The best?Skin care products for a person with eczema?

What are?The best?Skin care products for a person with eczema?

The ones that work : For you. Some options for lotions that work include aquafor, calendula, olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil. Arbonne and burts beesmakes some great products. Using mild skin care products and organic ones are probably the best choices. Often there are food allergies associated so find out what triggers you can be helpful. Chinese medicine herbals can also help a lot. ...Read more

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Is cetaphil good for people with acne prone skin?

Is cetaphil good for people with acne prone skin?

There are Better: Cetaphil is a soap free non-ionic cleanser. It does not adequately remove surface epidermal lipids. Detergent cleansers are preferred. ...Read more

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Does kid qualify for vaccine exempt with family hist of scleroderma, Raynaud's, psoriasis, scoriatic arthritis, and personal hist of eczema and celiac?

Does kid qualify for vaccine exempt with family hist of scleroderma, Raynaud's, psoriasis, scoriatic arthritis, and personal hist of eczema and celiac?

No: Vaccines will prevent you from getting serious diseases which might complicate your personal history of eczema and celiac disease. Go see your Pediatrician and get all protections you can. ...Read more

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Are kids with red hair and fair skin more likely to have eczema andcradle cap?

Are kids with red hair and fair skin more likely to have eczema andcradle cap?

Eczema: Doctors do not know the exact cause of eczema, but a defect of the skin that impairs its function as a barrier, possibly combined with an abnormal function of the immune system, are believed to be important factors. Studies have shown that in people with atopic dermatitis there are gene defects that lead to abnormalities in certain proteins (such as filaggrin) that are important in maintaining the. ...Read more

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Is having Alzheimer's similar to living with cancer?

Is having Alzheimer's similar to living with cancer?

No: Alzheimer's disease is a progressive loss of cognitive abilities and function while with most cancers, the person can function well until shortly before death. ...Read more

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Is cetaphil a good cream for children with eczema?

Yes, usually: Cetaphil comnes in different formulations and i think the thicker creams would work better than cetaphil lotions. Even then, some kids won't do well with it. ...Read more

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Does sulfur soap with lanolin work good with removing acne?

Does sulfur soap with lanolin work good with removing acne?

No: Benzoyl peroxide is much more effective. Acne is not a hygiene problem. If the benzoyl peroxide isn't sufficient, please get with your personal physician. All acne can be managed nowadays. ...Read more

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How many people are living with skin cancer?

How many people are living with skin cancer?

Skin cancer: New skin cancer diagnoses will be greater than 1 million in the u. S. Per year and that may be an underestimate as they are not formally reported. 20% of americans may develop some type of skin cancer in their lifetime, but fortuanately most are curable. Don't forget to use your sunscreen, but take vitamin d by mouth since the sunscreen prevents your skin from making the vitaimin. ...Read more

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Spreading of staff infections in assisted living community possible if used washer and dryers?

Spreading of staff infections in assisted living community possible if used washer and dryers?

Possible: Possible in washing machine highly unlikely in dryer. Use hottest water, chlorine when possible which will lessen the risk. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled, itchy blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more