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How to Treat Pinworms: Your Most Common Questions Answered

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I wrote a post on how to treat pinworms a few months ago and have had so many comments and questions that I thought I’d answer some of the most common here. You’ll still need to read the older post. This just adds to it. Here, I’ll address embarrassment, complications, vaginal pinworms, and why the pinworms can keep coming back. […]

By | March 14th, 2013|Infectious Disease|182 Comments

How to Stop Excessive Gas: 5 Steps

Gas, flatulence, farting … whatever you call it, you don’t want it! Here are five stops to stop gas before it ever starts—including what foods to avoid. […]

Severe Constipation and a Slow-Transit Colon: In Plain English

[Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] by Patricia Raymond, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G. Q. Do you have a solution for a slow, lazy colon? Can your colon actually quit? A doctor told me it could and they would take it out and replace it with a bag! How scary. I’d never heard that and wondered if it is true. — Sharon, Missouri […]

Are Your Diarrhea Treatments Making You Worse?

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Many things people do or take for diarrhea and vomiting at home just make things worse. And since these are common complaints in my office, I expect they’ll be in disasters. In fact, the dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea is a major cause of death in Third World countries where getting to a doctor may be next to impossible. Children are especially vulnerable. At the clinic where I work, we usually treat at least a couple of diarrhea/vomiting cases a week with IV fluids. But what if they’re not available? What can you take or do at home that actually will help? Perhaps just as important, what should you not do to make things worse? […]

By | July 19th, 2012|Children, Infectious Disease|48 Comments