Your Health A to Z

From A to Z, The Doctors tackle your most pressing health concerns!

Back Pain

Seventy to 85 percent of people will experience back pain at some time in their life. Learn simple tips to beat backaches.

Ninety million Americans use anti-aging products, and the industry rakes in an estimated $80 billion per year.

"[Using] sunscreen and moisturizing your skin is so important," plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. "This is my specialty. I'm not talking about surgery, but anti-aging medicine. There are a lot of things that you can do at home on your own to prevent aging."

Glowing, healthy skin is attained by a healthy diet, exercising daily and getting enough sleep. A new hand-held device, the Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Light Therapy Treatment, can also help restore skin. The 660 nanometer LED light delivers near-clinical levels of light therapy in the comfort of your own home. The Tända system promises to help improve skin texture, color and tone, while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dr. Ordon demonstrates the Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Light Therapy Treatment.

Americans suffer from one billion colds every year, with adults averaging between two and four and school-aged children getting as many as 12 annually!

To fight the common cold, The Doctors suggest using a Neti pot for nasal irrigation. The Neti pot uses a warm saline solution to thin out the mucus in the nose. "This is so great for fighting a cold," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.


More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight. To help you get in shape, Dr. Travis offers his fat-burning tips!

She also recommends avoiding alcohol, because it dehydrates you and lowers your immunity. Instead, try shots of wheat grass! "What's good about wheat grass is that it's chock full of vitamin B, C and A, and chlorophyll, which helps to get more oxygen into your body," Dr. Lisa adds.

Diaper Rash
The most common reason babies get diaper rash is because moisture gets trapped in their diapers. "That's why it's so important to change the diaper frequently," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "Sometimes, instead of wiping down a diaper rash -- because it's going to be very painful to use even a diaper wipe or a washcloth -- [use] a hairdryer set on low, away from the bathtub, once [the baby] is clean. You can dry down the baby's bottom like that."

Using baby powder and a thick diaper cream that contains zinc oxide can help relieve pain from the rash as well.


If you or your child is suffering from an earache, avoid putting anything, such as your finger or a cotton swab, inside the ear.  If the inside of the ear is dry, itchy or has wax buildup, a drop or two of olive oil can help soothe it and loosen excess wax. If you get your ears wet, be sure to dry them.

Hot Flashes

Dr. Lisa explains why hot flashes happen and offers tips for reducing them.

If wax buildup continues, make a solution of four parts water to one part hydrogen peroxide and place one to two drops in the ear. If you experience pain or fever, see your doctor.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Dr. Travis explains what causes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and how to prevent it.

Impetigo is a skin infection that oftentimes afflicts the faces of infants and children, causing red, itchy sores around the nose and mouth. If the sores rupture, they ooze fluid and form a yellow-brown crust that resembles dried honey.

To help treat your child's impetigo, Dr. Jim advises keeping the skin clean, and using warm, soapy water to wash his or her face. You can also apply a one-to-one solution of hydrogen peroxide and warm water to the infection, which will help blood flow to the affected area.

"Probably the most important thing you can do for impetigo is use Polysporin ointment," Dr. Jim says. "[Put] a triple antibiotic ointment on there a few times a day. Keep it covered with a Band-Aid, because it's very contagious. Once [the sores are] healed, [the child] is all better and not contagious anymore."

Jock Itch
Jock itch can be irritating, especially if you are an athlete. Players from the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears baseball team ask The Doctors how they can both treat and avoid the problem

Jock itch is a rash of the groin that can cause a painful, burning sensation. The rash is caused by either a fungal or bacterial infection.  "Typically, it is common in athletes, and it's all about two things: sweating or moisture, and constrictive clothing," Dr. Ordon says. "The key is, when you're playing any sports, wash your undergarments. Don't use bleach and don't use harsh detergents.


Dr. Lisa offers tips for softer, more kissable lips:

• To soothe and restore moisture to lips, rub cucumber slices over them
To seal in hydration, apply milk cream
Increase your daily water intake
Eat more fruits and vegetables

"If you do get jock itch, don't put on harsh soaps, antibacterial soaps [to the affected area]," Dr. Ordon adds. "It's going to hurt,and it's going to make it worse."

Jock itch isn't just a problem for athletes, though. "People who have too much weight on them and have extra folds [in the groin area] will get very bad fungal infections down there," Dr. Jim says. "Or if you have a compromised immune system."

Wearing boxers instead of tight briefs will allow the skin to breathe, and anti-fungal creams and powders can help relieve the burning and pain. A word of caution: Avoid baby powder, because it can make the condition worse.

Kidney Stones
Kidney stones affect nearly half a million Americans every year. The stones develop as a result of salts and minerals found in the urine that stick together and form small crystals, which can be as fine as sand or as big as golf balls. The stones get stuck in the kidneys, and if they are too big to pass through the ureter to the bladder, then they must be removed surgically.

To avoid developing kidney stones, urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz recommends staying well hydrated by drinking at least six to eight glasses of water per day. Adding lemon juice to your water can help as well, because the acid in the juice helps to dissolve the kidney stones.

Many parents wonder what age is appropriate to pierce their child's ears. Dr. Jim reveals when to know the time is right and what precautions to take.

Quit the Whip

Dr. Lisa's Tips for Women

Dr. Lisa gives you the skinny on common issues women suffer:

Menstrual problems
Nipple irritation

If you are trying to lose weight, try skipping the whipped cream on top of your coffee or hot chocolate. By eliminating the topping from your morning brew, you can cut close to 100 calories per drink. Over the course of a year, that can result in a 10-pound weight loss!

"Everything in moderation," Dr. Travis says. "If this is a daily habit, it's very different than every now and then really enjoying the whipped cream."

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition related to acne. Rosacea causes skin to become red and inflamed and typically occurs on the face. The condition is usually exacerbated by stress, alcohol and sun exposure. Treatments for rosacea include using salicylic acid, benzyl peroxide and prescription medication, but one of the best ways to prevent the outbreak is to keep your pores clean. Baby aspirin can also help to constrict the blood vessels in the face and prevent the skin from turning red.

Avoid these foods that can aggravate the problem:
Brie cheese
Soy sauce
Dairy products

Dr. Ordon demonstrates why warts form and how to treat them.

Dr. Jim's Tips for Kids

Dr. Jim explains how to treat common problems your kids may have:

Eye stye
Thumb sucking
Urinary tract infection

A mammography is an X-ray examination of the breast. Dr. Lisa advises to avoid using powders, deodorants or lotions under your arms or on your breasts on the day of a mammogram, because they can appear on the X-ray as a calcification.

"Another really good tip is don't go when you're right on your period or right before your period, because if you've ever had your breasts smushed like a pancake, it'll hurt," Dr. Lisa adds. "Go right after your period."

Yellow Teeth
Are you bothered by yellow teeth? Watch cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman's tips for a brighter smile!

From babies to adults, acne can be a problem for people of all ages. Sixty million Americans have active acne and 20 million have permanent acne scars. To prevent pesky pimples, it is important to keep your pores clean.

"It is a process of the pores getting clogged, bacteria growing in the pores, [and pores] getting inflamed," Dr. Ordon says. "Things you need to do are deep cleansing, using benzyl peroxide and using salicylic acid. For bad cases, you have to see your dermatologist, who may put you on antibiotics and maybe even Accutane. Laser treatments nowadays are another good option for people who have stubborn acne."

Dr. Ordon offers an additional acne treatment: pumpkin.

Mix 200 grams of pumpkin pulp with 1 tablespoon of non-fat sour cream and apply it to your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water. This will cleanse your face, open up your pores and give your skin a glow!



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OAD 11/13/09