Ask Our Doctors: Recurring Ailments

Bye-Bye Body Odor
Recurring body odor can be a frustrating and embarrassing problem.

New Treatment for Hemorrhoids

Dr. Ordon explains a new treatment for internal hemorrhoids and offers prevention tips:

• Eat high-fiber foods
• Use laxatives or stool softeners if constipated, and don't strain
• Apply over-the-counter creams and ointments can help with discomfort

"It's a natural phenomenon," plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says. "We all sweat, and the bacteria that live on our body like that sweat. They consume that sweat and actually form that bad odor. It's not the sweat itself; it's the bacteria feeding on the sweat."

Some people tend to sweat more than others, which can increase odor-causing bacteria. Several medications, treatments and procedures, such as Botox and Vaser,can combat perspiration and reduce body odor.    

To curb the offending odor, use a combination of antiperspirant and deodorant. "I actually use two separate products, one and then the other," Dr. Ordon says.

Certain foods and drinks, such as curry and vodka, can cause your body to release odors, as well.

Eliminate Bad Breath
Foul-smelling morning breath is a common issue almost everyone encounters with because of the lack of saliva in your mouth at night. But if your bad breath continues throughout the day, there are ways to eradicate it.

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, eating foods like apples and carrots can eliminate food particles and bacteria in your mouth. Drinking plenty of water and chewing cinnamon-flavored gum can improve your breath. If you eat garlic, beware, because the smell can come out through the lungs for a day or two after consumption.

Makeup Help
Is your makeup actually causing you to have acne breakouts? Dr. Ordon explains why this happens, and what to do to avoid it.

Kathy, 21, suffers from acne and blemishes, and wonders if her dirty makeup brushes are to blame, since she rarely cleans them. Airbrush makeup artist Kristina applies makeup using the Temptu AIRbrush Makeup System, a system that reduces contamination from brushes and fingers, and can help prevent acne. See the amazing results!

Chronic Neck Pain
Kristina, 41, suffered a ruptured disk in her neck as a result of a car accident, causing her severe neck pain that has affected her life tremendously.

"The pain is constant, stabbing, pretty much unbearable," she says. "Cleaning the house used to take me 20 to 30 minutes a day, and now I can't do anything."

She has tried ice, salt, physical therapy and cortisone shots to combat the chronic pain, but to no avail.

"I have a 6-year-old and a 20-year-old," she says, "and life shouldn't be this way. I should be enjoying it with them."

Neurosurgical spine specialist Dr. Ian Armstrong performs a new surgery on Kristina, using adult stem cells from cadavers. Dr. Armstrong explains how the procedure helps patients like Kristina feel better just days after surgery.

"It's amazing," Kristina says. "My neck does not hurt. I am ready to go play with my son. I'm ready to have my life back. I'm ready to go back to exercising. And this is [only] four days [after surgery]!"

Dr. Armstrong's Tips for Preventing Neck Pain
• Maintain good posture.
• Keep the muscles around the spine in good shape.

Preventing Allergies

Dr. Ordon's tips to prevent allergies in the bedroom:

• Use dust-proof covers for pillows and the mattress
• Use an air conditioner
• Clean regularly
• Wash curtains, drapes and sheets frequently

• Avoid excessive heavy or strenuous activity, and use proper mechanics when doing heavy lifting.

Allergy Relief
Are allergies preventing you from getting a good night's sleep? JoAnn, 38, suffers from allergies that make it difficult to breathe, especially at night.

Allergens come from dust, dust mites or pollen, and sleeping with the windows open can exacerbate their effects. An air purifier, such as the PureNight Pure Air System, can also help alleviate nighttime allergies. Allergist Dr. Richard Morris explains how the PureNight System works as JoAnn tests it out.

Pinworm Problem
Approximately 40 million cases of pinworm infestations are reported in the United States every year. Pinworms are a big problem caused by small parasites that live in the gut.

"It's really, really common and doesn't have a whole lot to do with hygiene or anything, so don't feel bad about it," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "They look like little, tiny pieces of string [around the anus,] and they wiggle. They come out at night and lay their eggs on the outside of the anus and cause itching. While you're asleep, you tend to scratch down there if it is itching, and somehow those eggs get on your fingers, find their way into your mouth and get down in your gut again and start their whole life cycle over."

Acid Reflux

Do you notice that you have acid reflux when you eat certain foods? Gastrointestinal surgeon Dr. Kevin Reavis explains why this happens and reveals a new treatment for this problem.

Dr. Sears advises that if your child is complaining of itching, check for pinworms at night by using a flashlight to inspect the anal area for tiny, white, threadlike worms. If you find them, call your doctor in the morning, and he or she will prescribe an anti-worm medication.

If you do not see pinworms when your child is complaining of itching, you can place a piece of clear tape over the anal area for a few seconds in the morning. Take the piece of tape to your doctor to see if he or she can find eggs on it with a microscope.

To keep pinworms from coming back, make sure to keep your child's fingernails short and clean and to wash his or her hands often. Also, the worms can live on clothing and bedding for several weeks, so be sure to launder them regularly.