When should I go to the doctor?

Most bug bites can be treated at home. Hydrocortisone cream and topical/oral antihistamines work quickly to reduce swelling and itching. However, if a scab looks infected, or if a bite’s swelling does not reduce within several days of the initial...

How do I treat an insect bite?

Bug bite reactions occur when a body is allergic to an insect’s saliva and when the bug’s secretions enter the bloodstream. Depending on the insect you encountered, a bite will often cause a small, red bump, or localized hives (one...

How to Use Sunscreen for Better Skin Health

In the last few years, there’s been a lot of ink spilled about the wisdom of using sunscreen with certain chemicals. Depending on who you ask, sunscreen is either one of the most basic, no-brainer health decisions a person can...

Why Higher Altitudes are So Hard on Your Skin

In the Mile High City, we’re already at a higher altitude, but a short drive away puts you in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and elevations between 12,000-14,000+ feet. Along with world-class skiing, climbing, hiking, rafting, and other alpine...

When to Go to Urgent Care for Heat Stroke

The quick answer is pretty much never. Heat stroke is an acute-onset, life-threatening medical emergency. Dial 911 or local emergency services and cool the person down with whatever means are available—starting with getting the person out of the sun and...
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