Editors notes: Dr. Storey recently read this story and wanted to share it with her patients. It was orginally posted on WebMD. This story was updated on Oct. 16, 2018 to reflect that some people with insurance may still face out-of-pocket costs. Feb. 12, 2018 -- In October 2017, the FDA approved a new shingles vaccine, called Shingrix. This January, the CDC officially recommended that adults 50 and over get the new vaccine to prevent [...]
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Having scalp psoriasis is a little like having angry dandruff. Scalp psoriasis can cause an accumulation of silvery flakes in your hair. But these flakes are more scaly than greasy. And the skin on the scalp from which they fall is usually red, irritated, and itchy, and sometimes painful. About 80 percent of people who have psoriasis anywhere on their bodies will eventually experience psoriasis on the scalp. For anyone who has psoriasis [...]
It can happen fast. One minute the kids are all playing peacefully outside on a warm, spring day. The next minute a piercing scream reveals that one them has been stung by a bee. To help alleviate the panic, it’s important to know what to do – and not do – to treat a bee sting. The first thing to do is to get the stinger out quickly. The longer the stinger stays in [...]
Although most bug bites are harmless, some can spread dangerous diseases like Zika virus, dengue, Lyme disease, and malaria. Particularly if you’re visiting areas with known insect-borne diseases, it’s important to take steps to reduce your risk. To help prevent bug bites, Dr. Leslie Storey recommends the following tips: Use insect repellent. To protect against mosquitoes, ticks and other bugs, use insect repellent that contains 20 to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin and [...]
A rash from poison ivy or poison oak or is caused by an oil found in these plants called urushiol (you-ROO-shee-all). When this oil touches your skin, it often causes an itchy, blistering rash. Most people can safely treat the rash at home. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, go to the emergency room right away. If you have any of the following, go to the emergency room right away: [...]
Your skin can burn if it gets too much sun without proper protection from sunscreen and clothes. To help heal and soothe stinging skin, it is important to begin treating sunburn as soon as you notice it. The first thing you should do is get out of the sun—and preferably indoors. Once indoors, these dermatologists’ tips can help relieve the discomfort: Take frequent cool baths or showers to help relieve the pain. As soon [...]
There are two types of sunscreens, physical sunscreen, and chemical sunscreen. Use a physical sunscreen for the best protection against the sun's harmful rays. Physical sunscreen is the best because it works as a shield Dr. Leslie Storey recommends a physical sunscreen that features zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect your skin. They sit on top of your skin, forming a barrier to protect you from the sun. This type of sunscreen is [...]