Cold sores are highly contagious. But what are you to do when you have a cold sore and also a newborn baby to care for? What is a Cold Sore? Cold sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). They look like small blisters around the lips, mouth, chin, cheeks, or even nose. Within
One of the most common food types that people will tell you that you cannot eat while pregnant is sushi, or raw fish. There are many health benefits to having fish as part of your regular diet. So why is it that sushi shouldn’t be consumed while pregnant? Does this apply to other types of fish as well?
Breastfeeding was not intuitive for me. I struggled with low milk supply early on and had difficulty getting Madi to latch correctly. Fortunately, with the help of a lactation consultant, after two weeks breastfeeding improved. There are two main reasons why mothers and their infants may have breastfeeding difficulties. The first reason is inadequate milk production from the mother. The
Vaginal yeast infections, or vaginal candidiasis, are common in women. Many healthy females have yeast colonization in their vaginas such as Candida. However, sometimes these yeasts may overgrow leading to yeast infections. Risk Factors for Yeast Infections Certain conditions and medications can make women more susceptible to yeast infections including: Recent use of antibiotics Oral contraceptives (especially those
There is a growing trend for new mothers to encapsulate and consume their placenta postpartum, called placentophagy. I did NOT consume placenta postpartum for either Madi or George. Why is placentophagy becoming a new trend? Mammals consume their placenta after their young are born. The reason for land mammals to ingest their placentas is primarily to clean
In my family medicine practice, I often have patients come in with signs and symptoms of anxiety. They often ask “why do I feel anxious?” The truth is that anxiety, in part, is a normal human phenomenon. Everybody experiences anxiety to some extent. Anxiety is produced primarily in the brain, but because the brain is
“Morning sickness” is common during pregnancy and can actually occur at any time throughout the day. I was very fortunate and did not experience “morning sickness” with either of my pregnancy’s. Nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy occurs in up to 90% of pregnant women, particularly in the first trimester. In most cases, the nausea is mild and
Thrush, or oropharyngeal candidiasis, is a common infection in babies. It is a fungal infection caused by Candida that affects the mouth and throat. Candida is found on the skin and in the body and usually does not cause any infections. But sometimes a baby can end up with thrush because they do not have a strong immune system yet.
When consumed in moderation, caffeine is safe and even has some health benefits. But because caffeine is psychoactive, the brain can develop a tolerance and physiological dependence in some people who consume large amounts. Current medical evidence supports that caffeine withdrawal symptoms can occur when stopping the use of caffeine after heavy and prolonged use. Cutting back or stopping
In my medical practice, I often have patients wondering if they have anxiety. I also have many patients that come with a variety of symptoms, whom are surprised to find that the cause of these symptoms are sometimes signs of anxiety. Anxiety is a normal human phenomenon that everybody experiences, but some people experience anxiety