Treatment for Lichen Sclerosus

…..To finish up our review of lichen sclerosus, I want to leave you with some important points: Pruritus is the most common symptom, occurring in 99% of women, vulvar irritation occurs in 60%, and vulvar burning and painful sex in 30% High potency corticosteroids are the treatment of choice with 80% experiencing complete remission Clobetasol…

This Past Stormy Month and a Conference

…..I cannot believe a month has passed since I wrote my last blog; it has been an interesting month.  First, I hope all of my friends in the New York area are getting back to normal after Sandy.  On Long Island where I live, the damage along the coast has been devastating, and the strength of…

One Possible Way to Decrease Your Chance of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

…..I recently came upon an article which touched upon a walking program that could decrease the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.  Some studies have suggested that by walking about a mile each day, you can dramatically decrease the risk of the disease.  It seems that this decreases the mental losses by improving the blood flow…

Breast Cancer – Early Detection Can Save Your Life

…..October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hopefully we are all aware of the high risk of breast cancer that surrounds us.  We know that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and all of us have someone close who has suffered with this cancer.  In my own family, we lost…

Urgent Facts About Chlamydia, a Common STI

…..Sexually transmitted infections in adolescents continued… …..Chlamydia is one of the most common infectious diseases in the United States, with somewhere between 1 to 3 million cases each year among women ages 15 to 45. The most affected group is between ages 15 and 19, followed by 20 to 25 as the second most affected…

How a Sonogram Can Determine if Your Pregnancy Is Normal or Abnormal

…..Over the last 30 years, ultrasound has changed dramatically in how we evaluate early pregnancy.  Transvaginal sonography has allowed us to assess early gestation with better clarity. …..The gestational sac is the first visible sign of a normal intrauterine pregnancy.  This should be seen with the transvaginal sonogram by 5 weeks after the last menstrual period….

You May Experience This Common Complication of Early Pregnancy

…..I would like to begin a review of one of the most common complications of early pregnancy, vaginal bleeding.  This is the number one reason patients will have an emergency visit in the first trimester, and it is a cause of great anxiety to patients and their families.  There are a few important facts you…

All Pregnant Women Should Be Immunized for the Flu

…..A few days ago, the influenza vaccine for the 2012-2013 flu season arrived in my office.  In the United States, this season is considered to be October through May.  We have already begun to arrange the vaccination for all of our pregnant patients.  As a result, it seems to be the appropriate time to have…

This Little Surprise in Your Garden Can Cause a Big Problem

…..Two days after working in the garden, I was taking a shower, and on my shoulder I found a dark raised lump that looked like an apple seed. Of course I panicked, took a nail clipper, grasped the bottom of the “seed,” and then pulled it off. It was a tick! I put it down next…

Women: Your Most Common Cause of Hair Loss

…..More about hair loss in women… …..The most common cause of hair loss in women is androgenetic alopecia (AGA), which is also known as female pattern hair loss.  This is a genetic disease that can be inherited on many genes, but it does not affect everyone who carries the genes.  By menopause, 40% of all…