First, a little reminder about taste. Our sensory system for taste is remarkably sensitive, made possible by our taste buds. Taste buds are each made up of taste receptor cells which bind to small molecules related to flavor. Through sensory nerves, the receptors relay the taste information to the brain and this allows us to discern five basic tastes (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami/savory). See More
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For many, back to school also means back to sports—football, soccer, swimming, wrestling, and cheerleading, among others.
With so many kids coming through the same locker rooms, and sometimes sharing equipment, your child’s favorite sport can mean they’re more susceptible to fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
The good news: there are many non-prescription options out there that can help.
Are antifungals available over-the-counter?
Yes. See More
Patients often come in with small white (hypo-pigmented) patches on their upper arms wondering what to do about it. Ask for help, because you will need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment—most treatment options are prescription only. It’s easy to get rid of though, so here you go.
What is it?
Tinea versicolor is a common skin fungal infection. The white/hypopigmented areas occur most commonly on the upper arms and trunk. See More
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail and the most common nail disorder. It is more common as we get older and with factors like diabetes, sweating, sports activities, occlusive footwear, and repeated nail trauma. Topical treatments eliminate the need for surveillance blood tests and cause less systemic complications. Two new nail solutions were recently approved.
Why should we care about it? It isn’t just a cosmetic problem because nail fungus can spread to other nails, cause discomfort, and spread to family members. See More
Nail fungus is common and there are good treatments out there but you need to be patient. Nail changes are SLOW and improvement will continue after you stop your medication so hang in there. Here are the medications and treatments that do actually work for nail fungus.