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When is heavy sweating a problem?

Excessive sweating is often a result because the body produces excess heat, like an overactive thyroid. Injuries to the nervous system, such as diabetic neuropathy or a spinal cord injury, also can trigger sweating in the damaged nerves area. However, the most common explanation for sudden onset of excessive perspiration is a new medication. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Does psoriasis raise diabetes risk?

Some experts feel there is evidence that probiotics may help prevent or treat several conditions, such as inflammatory bowel diseases, travelers’ diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and some allergies (particularly eczema). (Locked) More »

Dry skin? Moisturizers can help

Effective moisturizers contain either a humectant—which attracts water into the top layer of the skin—or an occlusive, which keeps water from evaporating off the skin, or both.  Emollients make products easier to apply. (Locked) More »

How to moisturize your skin

Dry skin occurs when skin doesn't retain sufficient moisture. This can happen as a result of frequent bathing, use of harsh soaps, aging, or certain medical conditions. And for those in colder climates, it can stem from cold, dry winter air. However, you don't have to accept rough, flaking skin as a foregone consequence of aging or the climate; there are a number of ways to treat dry skin. Moisturizers are at the top of the list. "Think of moisturizers as putting a barrier between your skin and the cold, dry air," says Dr. Kenneth Arndt, professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Arndt is the faculty editor for the Harvard Medical School Special Health Report Skin Care and Repair. More »

What can be done about droopy eyelids?

Droopy eyelids, known as ptosis, are often a normal occurrence of aging although some neurologic conditions also can cause the condition. Ptosis is not a serious problem unless it interferes with your vision. If this happens, or if your droopy eyelids are bothersome, you can opt for cosmetic surgery to repair your eyelids. More »

What is venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency, which happens when veins don’t work properly, can cause swelling, pain, and a sense of heaviness in the legs. Elevating the legs when sitting or lying down can help; so can support stockings.  (Locked) More »