Treating Nail Fungus

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Topical methods are usually ineffective, although they do work occasionally in some people. Two effective, oral medications have become the standard treatment options. Itraconazol…

    Nail Fungus

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Dear Lesley, Last night I had bad dreams about nail fungus. Your story reminded me of the seemingly interminable battle I have had with them. Mine began when I was in college and …

    Gloves and Socks Syndrome Defined
    Gloves and Socks Syndrome Defined

    Dr. Greene's Answer: This condition was unheard of until 1990 when Harms et al. first reported it in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. They described five young Swiss adults who had …

    Beautifully knitted wool socks and gloves. Socks and gloves syndrome includes swelling hands and feet.
    Gloves and Socks Syndrome

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Dear Chris, while I certainly cannot diagnose your son without having met him, I do have another possible diagnosis to suggest to you and your doctor -- Gloves and Socks Syndrome.…

    How do I know if it's Measles?
    How do I know if it’s Measles?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Measles is a highly contagious disease, and is spread from person to person through the air. During roughly the first 10 days following exposure, there is dramatic viral and immun…

    What are the Symptoms of Measles?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: It's impossible to accurately and confidently diagnose a child from thousands of miles away, but I will describe a typical measles infection. Measles is a highly contagious diseas…

    Fast Facts about Septra
    Fast Facts about Septra

    Septra and Bactrim are both brand names for a combination antibiotic called trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. (more…)…

    Treating Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac
    Treating Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac

    Dr. Greene's Answer: From the tone of your question, I'm guessing that you have had poison ivy at some time in your life and that it was not a pleasant experience. If this is the case, you are not alo…

    Tips for Treating Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rashes
    Tips for Treating Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rashes

    Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac together produce more cases of allergic contact dermatitis than all other allergens combined. The resulting rash can range from mildly unpleasant to a true eme…

    Tips for Preventing Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rashes
    Tips for Preventing Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rashes

    Urushiol is the reason for those itchy rashes one gets when coming into contact with one of these plants. The oil is found in the leaves, roots, and twigs of poison ivy and its cousins. There is no di…

    What Do Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, & Poison Sumac Have in Common? Urushiol.

    Dr. Greene's Answer: With poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac, the culprit is the same -- an oil called urushiol (pronounced oo-roo-shee-ohl). This oil is found in the sap of the leaves, roots, a…

    Poison Oak, Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac
    Poison Oak, Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac

    Dr. Greene's Answer: It's Monday morning. You've had a wonderful weekend playing with your kids and your dog, romping through the woods. Now, as you lie in bed, you hear whimpering coming from the nex…

    Fast Facts about the Chickenpox Vaccine
    Fast Facts about the Chickenpox Vaccine

    Chicken pox is caused by the Varicella-zoster virus. It is usually a mild infection, and not life-threatening. Although children with this virus may be miserable for several days, and miss a week of s…

    Treating Diaper Rash
    Treating Diaper Rash

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Diapers were a wonderful invention, controlling infants' waste products in a relatively convenient, clean, and healthy way. Still, ever since children began to wear diapers, diape…

    A Parent’s Guide To Diaper Rashes
    A Parent’s Guide To Diaper Rashes

    There are a surprising number of different types of diaper rashes (that respond best to different types of treatments). Skin wetness is the common denominator underlying these various causes of diaper…

    Empty pink baby shoes. Pregnancy and the Roseola Virus.
    Pregnancy and the Roseola Virus

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Congratulations on your new pregnancy! What an exciting (and sometimes scary) time! Thankfully, your nephew's recent illness is unlikely to pose a problem for your new baby. Roseo…

    Roseola Virus
    Roseola Virus

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Roseola infantum is a common illness in young children in which they generally develop a fever for 3-5 days (worse at night), followed by the appearance of the typical red rash wh…

    Treating Impetigo
    Treating Impetigo

    Dr. Greene's Answer: In those last precious moments that Sean was inside you, before labor began, his skin was pure and unspoiled, untouched by any bacteria, protected by your womb. As he entered this…

    What is Impetigo?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The two major types of bacterial skin infections are folliculitis and impetigo. Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. Impetigo is a superficial infection of the skin…

    Tips for Treating and Preventing Eczema Outbreaks
    Tips for Treating and Preventing Eczema Outbreaks

    The first step in treating eczema is to identify the precipitating event or trigger and avoid it if possible! You may not see an immediate improvement, but if you are going to successfully treat eczem…