seasonal topics

What is sunscreen?  Sunscreen is a lotion, gel or spray that protects the skin from ultraviolet light. By absorbing or reflecting the sun’s ultraviolet light or radiation, sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn.  The American Cancer Society recommends the ... read more

Protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. Most people are aware that too much sun on non-sunscreened skin can lead to aging, wrinkles and skin cancer. But what most people forget is the same harmful rays can also damage your ey... read more

What are seasonal allergies? Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes, ear aches, and scratchy throat (depending on the time of year) are all signs of common seasonal allergies. In Southern California, our allergy season can start as early as mid-winter, and each... read more

Question: Dr. Kiskila, what is smog? Answer: Smog comes from the combination of the words “smoke” and “fog” and is a form of air pollution. Smog is created by coal, gas and diesel powered engines, smoke from factories and construction sites, paint, solvents... read more

Honey baked ham, gravy, pumpkin pie and cookies are just a few reasons why we look forward to the holidays. What we don’t look forward to is getting on the scale after the season is over. It’s hard to not overindulge, but there are ways you can stay both full a... read more

The holiday season has arrived. To fully enjoy your holiday festivities, it is essential to be healthy. Here is a quick summary of great health and safety tips to keep you well this season, as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Wash Hands Of... read more

I find there is a great divide among my patients: those who swear by the protection of their influenza vaccinations every fall season and those that are certain that the flu vaccine has caused them to “get the flu” and they avoid it like the plague. It’s ... read more

This Month’s Topic: Back to School and Sports Physicals Question: Dr. Kiskila what are back to school and sports physicals? Answer: Back to school sport physicals are a physical medical exam with a doctor to evaluate that the student is healthy enough to particip... read more

As we approach the beginning of a new school year, we must consider California’s law requiring all students to show proof of certain vaccinations before enrolling in classes. This law applies to students of all ages from preschool to college.  Immunization requi... read more

We are very fortunate to live here in Southern California. The weather, as we all know, is phenomenal throughout the year.  In Orange County we are also blessed with beautiful parks in which to enjoy this weather practically year round: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wild... read more

Summers in North America are hot and, although heat may differ depending on the region, it can be very, very dangerous. Fortunately, by knowing the precautions, signs and symptoms to take of heat-related illnesses and understanding how to properly treat heat disord... read more