What’s causing that foul odor? That nagging itch? No matter how gross or unusual, The Doctors solve your most annoying body problems from head to toe.
Stop the Bleeding
Many people suck on their finger to stop a bleeding wound. But is it safe?
While a University of Florida study found that a protein in the saliva of mice called “nerve growth factor” helps heal their wounds twice as fast as non-licked wounds, humans do not have the same protein.
“Human mouths do contain bacteria that can infect a wound,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “You actually do not want to suck on a wound.”
If you do find yourself bleeding, wash the wound with soap and water, apply antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage to protect against infection.
“And do not let [an animal lick your wound],” Dr. Travis advises. “And neither should you.”
All about Breasts
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon and breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk answer your biggest breast inquiries.
Sex Questions Answered
Can viral diseases be transmitted through oral sex? What are the signs of sex addiction? What causes nipple discharge? Urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman and OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson answer your most pressing sex questions.
Knee Pain Relief
Katie, 28, is an avid runner, but recently began experiencing excruciating knee pain. Despite going to physical therapy and undergoing an MRI, no one could determine the cause of the pain. “I knew I had a knee issue,” she says. “I went to physical therapy for months, and the pain progressively got worse.”
Katie’s orthopedic surgeon recommended she see physiatrist Dr. Steve Sampson, for further tests. Dr. Sampson found that Katie had a mild tear within a tendon that attaches on the outside of her leg, and injected a mixture of Dextrose and water to target the nerve just beneath the skin surface and can help control her pain.
“This will help in two ways,” Dr. Sampson says. “One: Immediate relieving [of] pain. And two: Helping heal the structure deeper. This is different that a typical prolotherapy. We’re injecting beneath the skin surface to these nerves. These nerves get swollen and sick and leak a chemical that we call ‘Substance P,’ and another one that we call ‘CGRP.’ That leads to swelling, pain and inflammation. Tendon injury triggers an immune response that leads to cartilage injury and arthritis.”
While the injection is not yet approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Sampson explains that “the ingredients are basically sugar and water. The same thing [doctors] probably use to hydrate people in the emergency room.
“We found that by taking a [small], acupuncture-like needle, we’re able to target these nerves, and within seconds, people’s pain shuts off,” Dr. Sampson adds.
Katie reports that her knee is feeling much better after the injection.
If you are experiencing pain, Dr. Travis recommends first trying conservative treatments and rest, ice and elevate the extremity. If you continue to have pain, look into other therapies to help relieve the pain.