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By Holly Selby | January 10, 2008
"Jack Frost nipping at your nose" may be a great line in a song, but the reality does little for your complexion. Add to the frost, blasts of dry, wintry wind, sun exposure and overheated office air and your skin may feel dry and even scaly. Indeed, millions of people each winter experience redness and uncomfortably dry and itchy skin, says Dr. Rebecca A. Kazin, assistant professor of dermatology and director of the Johns Hopkins Cosmetic Center. And those who already suffer from more serious conditions such as eczema or psoriasis may find that the cold season exacerbates their symptoms.
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By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
Summertime is skin time. And whether you plan to bare a little or a lot this season, it simply won't do to hit the beach and barbecues with parched, ashy, reddened or rough skin. And those aren't the only problems caused by winter's chill. Dr. Robert Weiss, a board-certified dermatologist and director of the Maryland Laser, Skin and Vein Institute in Hunt Valley, explains that post-winter skin can have less baseline pigment, making it more sensitive to summer's rays. "We've had so little sun exposure," he said.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,Contributing Writer | July 7, 1992
Q: I am now 75 years old and wonder what I can do about the dryness and itching of my skin that seems to get worse every year.A: As people grow older, they tend to lose some of the skin surface lipids (or fats) that help to maintain the normal moisture of the skin.Skin dryness is often especially troublesome during winter months when the dry heated air found inside most houses increases water loss from the skin. Humidifying the house, or at least the most commonly used rooms, may alleviate the skin dryness.
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By Dr. David Tayman, DVM | November 18, 2013
Q: A friend recommended giving our dog “dry baths” in winter. What is a “dry bath,” and will it be effective at keeping him clean? A: That's a great cold-weather question. Over-bathing with shampoo and water can cause problems when the humidity drops and humans are slathering on the hand lotion. Since dogs don't produce the same amount of oils in their skin as people do, frequent bathing can strip those natural oils essential to healthy canine coats and skin. If dry skin becomes very itchy, constant scratching or biting can open a wound, which may be difficult to heal if your dog keeps fussing at it. Dry shampoos are powders you apply to your pet's coat to absorb dirt and grease.
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By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 27, 2005
Something in my house is biting me. I've used foggers, had pest control companies come, but no one can even find the little pest. I'm at my wits' end. The itching is driving me crazy. Help! No insects that bite humans are invisible to the naked eye. However, there is a long list of things that make people feel as though insects are biting them. This phenomenon is known as "delusory parasitosis," but the sensation of being bitten is usually anything but delusory. Possible causes can include medication side effects, hard water, harsh detergent, wool allergies and aging.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | March 18, 2001
Q. I have been taking Echinacea with goldenseal every day since the beginning of fall. It works great. My husband has had four terrible colds since fall, and I haven't caught any of them. I have been hearing, however, that it is not good to continue taking Echinacea over a long period of time. I was told to wait until I think I might be getting a cold and then take it for a week to 10 days. It seems silly to me to wait until you get sick to start taking Echinacea, but I don't want to damage my body.
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By David Tayman, D.V.M | October 4, 2011
Q: What's the best way to address a cat's dry, flaky skin?   A: Common causes for dry kitty skin include allergic reactions (to food, dust or flea bites) and poor diet, but it could also signal kidney, liver, heart, adrenal or thyroid problems. A thorough examination by your veterinarian should be your first step, to rule out any serious underlying medical conditions that may be the true cause of dry, itchy skin. Food allergies are often assumed to be the culprit for dry skin in cats when, in reality, food allergies may cause only 10 percent of skin disorders in pets.         A healthy diet for cats should contain sufficient omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial for healthy skin and coats.
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By Paula Begoun and Paula Begoun,Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service | June 23, 1994
Q: My skin is normal to oily in the winter and definitely oily in the summer. I wash with Cetaphil (or one of the other cleansers you recommend) in the morning, wait 15 minutes, and then apply Alpha Hydrox Lotion morning and night. My skin is significantly oilier now. Is this from the action of the Alpha Hydrox Lotion unblocking my pores and releasing the oil that's in there? I have whiteheads and blackheads and would like to continue using the Alpha Hydrox if possible. I could increase my use of Milk of Magnesia as a facial mask -- I normally use it once a week in the winter, but several times per week in the summer.
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By Dr. David Tayman, DVM | November 18, 2013
Q: A friend recommended giving our dog “dry baths” in winter. What is a “dry bath,” and will it be effective at keeping him clean? A: That's a great cold-weather question. Over-bathing with shampoo and water can cause problems when the humidity drops and humans are slathering on the hand lotion. Since dogs don't produce the same amount of oils in their skin as people do, frequent bathing can strip those natural oils essential to healthy canine coats and skin. If dry skin becomes very itchy, constant scratching or biting can open a wound, which may be difficult to heal if your dog keeps fussing at it. Dry shampoos are powders you apply to your pet's coat to absorb dirt and grease.
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November 19, 2012
  My cat has dandruff. Is there a safe, organic way to treat that? Dandruff or dry scaly coat is a condition that we see in cats and dogs, especially during cold weather. However it is important to find out the primary cause of this condition before attempting to treat it. So let's discuss some of the potential reasons that cats can develop dry skin or dandruff. •Forced dry heat or low humidity can certainly cause dry skin that flakes easily, so winter is the time we notice this pattern a lot. • Certain mites or fungi can cause dry scaling of the skin.
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November 19, 2012
  My cat has dandruff. Is there a safe, organic way to treat that? Dandruff or dry scaly coat is a condition that we see in cats and dogs, especially during cold weather. However it is important to find out the primary cause of this condition before attempting to treat it. So let's discuss some of the potential reasons that cats can develop dry skin or dandruff. •Forced dry heat or low humidity can certainly cause dry skin that flakes easily, so winter is the time we notice this pattern a lot. • Certain mites or fungi can cause dry scaling of the skin.
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Susan Reimer | June 27, 2012
Nora Ephron's collection of essays, "I Remember Nothing," was a memoir about aging, written while it was happening because, she explained, you never know which meal will actually be your last meal. In it, the wry and witty author and filmmaker included a list of the things she would not miss when she died - dry skin, bras, bad dinners "like the one we went to last night," Clarence Thomas and panels on "Women in Film. " And the things she would miss: among them waffles, the concept of waffles, a walk in the park, the concept of a walk in the park, fireworks, Paris, taking a bath and pie. We didn't know it at the time, but Nora Ephron was doing what she always did best - mining her own life and its mundanity to amuse the rest of us. She was battling a form of leukemia at the time, but she kept her illness to herself.
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By David Tayman, D.V.M | October 4, 2011
Q: What's the best way to address a cat's dry, flaky skin?   A: Common causes for dry kitty skin include allergic reactions (to food, dust or flea bites) and poor diet, but it could also signal kidney, liver, heart, adrenal or thyroid problems. A thorough examination by your veterinarian should be your first step, to rule out any serious underlying medical conditions that may be the true cause of dry, itchy skin. Food allergies are often assumed to be the culprit for dry skin in cats when, in reality, food allergies may cause only 10 percent of skin disorders in pets.         A healthy diet for cats should contain sufficient omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial for healthy skin and coats.
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By Holly Selby | January 10, 2008
"Jack Frost nipping at your nose" may be a great line in a song, but the reality does little for your complexion. Add to the frost, blasts of dry, wintry wind, sun exposure and overheated office air and your skin may feel dry and even scaly. Indeed, millions of people each winter experience redness and uncomfortably dry and itchy skin, says Dr. Rebecca A. Kazin, assistant professor of dermatology and director of the Johns Hopkins Cosmetic Center. And those who already suffer from more serious conditions such as eczema or psoriasis may find that the cold season exacerbates their symptoms.
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By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 27, 2005
Something in my house is biting me. I've used foggers, had pest control companies come, but no one can even find the little pest. I'm at my wits' end. The itching is driving me crazy. Help! No insects that bite humans are invisible to the naked eye. However, there is a long list of things that make people feel as though insects are biting them. This phenomenon is known as "delusory parasitosis," but the sensation of being bitten is usually anything but delusory. Possible causes can include medication side effects, hard water, harsh detergent, wool allergies and aging.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,Sun Staff | December 26, 2004
As you hurry each day from your heated car to your heated office or home -- with your extra layers and your cold-weather gear -- you feel like you can barely tell that winter has arrived. But your skin can. As the weather gets colder, the air gets drier, and your face bears the brunt. Dry skin. Cracked skin. Red, irritated, tight-feeling skin. While your first instinct may be to hide behind a fluffy scarf or cover up with a ski mask, aestheticians, doctors and other skin experts say these are signs that, instead, you should be paying more attention to your skin-care program.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun | May 4, 2003
I know you mostly answer questions about human problems, but I have three pedigree cocker spaniels with dry skin. They scratch all the time but have no fleas. I have tried conditioner and baby oil on their fur and vegetable oil in their food, which just made them sick. Is there anything I can give them to improve their skin? Our veterinary consultant says that cocker spaniels are susceptible to skin problems. Itchy, flaking skin might respond to a dietary supplement with the proper ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids.
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By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | November 14, 1999
Q. Recently, my mom was suffering from severe back pain. She asked me to read the dosage instructions on her pain reliever because the print was so small. I thought she had misplaced her glasses again, but when I tried to read the bottle I realized why she was having difficulty. My vision is corrected to 20/20, and the print was so small I could not read it.This is potentially dangerous. The manufacturers of over-the-counter pain relievers should enlarge the print on their containers so that consumers, especially those without perfect eyesight, can read the instructions without a magnifying glass.
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By Maria Blackburn and By Maria Blackburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 14, 2004
LET IT RAIN, LET IT RAIN We know, we know -- when it rains you're supposed to let your smile be your umbrella. Nice idea ... if you like getting wet. No, when it rains we'd prefer to let our umbrella be our umbrella. That is, when we can find it, open it without getting soaked and remember to take it with us when we leave. Totes' new Clip-n-go 'brella is small and sleek and comes in a case that clips onto your handbag, gym bag or briefcase. Which means you have no excuse not to remember your umbrella.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | January 11, 2004
I am a 51-year-old woman who has been plagued with persistent eczema. The skin on my hands was always red, itchy, cracked and often bleeding. My hands were always covered with bandages or gauze. Dermatologists prescribed cortisone creams of increasing strength. None was helpful in the long term. Hand cream for dry skin was useless. Five years ago, I went to an allergist for an unrelated problem. When he saw my hands, he was concerned that the open sores put me at risk of infection. He suggested taking borage oil, since it had helped many of his patients.
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