|(L to R) Dr. Jeffery Jacobs, Dr. Michael Grace
Each Wednesday, Alegent Creighton Health invites you to join our experts for a live, interactive online Q&A session about your health. Our primary care physicians are specially trained to answer questions and care for men, women and children – even seniors. Below are a few questions and answers from a recent chat with Family Medicine physicians Dr. Michael Grace and Dr. Jeffery Jacobs.
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Is it true that there is a connection between dairy and acne?
Dr. Michael Grace: This is a controversial area and one that is still an active area of research. There is some evidence to suggest a possible link. However more work is needed to say for certain. Milk is a good source of calcium so if one wants to stop dairy, its important to make sure they are getting good nutrition otherwise. Foods that are more processed or have a "higher glycemic index" may increase the acne risk so in general a healthy diet is recommended.
Can there be side effects to using whey protein supplements along with a healthy diet?
Dr. Michael Grace: I'm not aware of specific side effects to using whey protein. Many folks use this as a supplement to a muscle building regimen. The standard American diet is rich in protein, so generally protein supplements are not needed and excess protein can increase the workload for your kidneys. Make sure to hydrate well and strive for a diet rich in fruits and veggies!
My daughter, 3.5, has been prescribed allergy medicine recently. The doctor asked if there is a history of allergies, or eczema or extremely dry skin, in the family. No allergy problems, but her dad has eczema, though not a severe case. What is the connection there?
Dr. Jeffery Jacobs: Allergies and Eczema tend to run in families... so having a parent with it typically increases the chance of the child having it. Eczema is also linked to allergic-based illnesses like allergic rhinitis (runny nose/sneezing) and asthma. So, if a patient has a history of eczema or asthma and now has a runny/stuffy/congested nose... it is more likely it is allergies than some other cause.