Dermatology

Vitamin soothes oral ulcers

A nightly dose of vitamin B12 is an easy, effective, and inexpensive therapy for recurrent aphthous stomatitis.

Standard of care for MRSA infections

The idea that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) abscesses don’t always require antibiotics (Item 122-5) may have been accepted in 1950, but it is not true anymore. All clinicians know that every family member should be treated once MRSA is diagnosed. Once again, the CDC is behind on its protocols. Treatment should consist of appropriate oral…

Skin benefits of HGH?

Several patients have asked about using human growth hormone (HGH) to improve skin tone, help prevent easy bruising, and improve general well-being. Is there any clinical evidence of inherent benefit or harm from oral HGH?—John Spence, MD, Marianna, Fla. HGH has gained notoriety in the popular press as a result of its use as a…

Treatment includes compression therapy and a simple adherent dressing.

Chronic foot and leg ulcer treatment

I frequently use Unna boots or DuoDerm or Vigilon dressings to treat chronic leg/foot ulcers. While these treatments eventually work most of the time, is there a more efficient approach?—CORBIN ROGERS, MHS, PA-C, Denver Tailoring the treatment to the cause and etiology of the leg ulcer is the most important step in wound therapy. Malnutrition…

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