DR. WALLACE: I am a regular reader of your column. I know you say that certain foods have nothing to do with acne and complexion problems for teens, but what about stress? I'm a 15-year-old girl, and lately, my face is starting to break out with red spots and pimples. My parents are thinking about ending their 20-year marriage, my dog ran away and I need to improve my school grades. My face was clear before all this stress. What can I do to get a clear complexion again? Facial blemishes are horrible and so ugly. I look in the mirror and feel so embarrassed. — Seeking Clear Skin, via email
SEEKING: It's possible, according to Dr. Jeffrey Lauber, a Southern California dermatologist, for an acne or pimple breakout to be triggered by stress, but this is rare and not the general rule. The vast majority of stressful situations do not cause facial blemishes. It's important for you to see a licensed dermatologist for your complexion outbreak. With proper treatment, you can expect to see improvement in a few weeks. There have been many medical advances in recent years that greatly help those affected like you. Seek treatment right away!
THANKS FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION
DR. WALLACE: I help people in distress and love my job very much. I am a 911 operator and would like to pass along some tips that can help a person seeking help to bring that assistance as soon as physically possible. I would suggest that your readers clip these tips out of the newspaper and place them near a telephone. They might also carry a copy in their wallets or purses.
After dialing 911, in reaching an operator:
1. Stay calm: Speak slowly and clearly.
2. Be exact about your location: Give your name, phone number, address, apartment number, city or town and directions, including landmarks or cross streets.
3. Describe the type of help you need: Is it medical, police or fire assistance?
4. Give details about a victim's condition: Is a person bleeding severely? Choking? Unconscious?
5. Describe any first aid that's been given: Has the person received cardiopulmonary resuscitation or other emergency care?
6. Describe a victim's location: Is he or she in the upstairs bedroom? Is the person downstairs on the bathroom floor?
7. Listen very carefully, and then write down any instructions that are given. Ask the dispatcher to repeat important information so that you understand it completely and accurately.
8. Don't hang up too soon: Wait until the dispatcher tells you to.
9. Make sure your house number is clearly visible: If it's after dark, turn a light on the outdoors to show your house number. — 911 Girl, St. Louis
911 GIRL: Thank you very much for this important information. Dialing 911 has helped millions of people in harm's way and saved any lives. Words can't adequately describe your service and the value to citizens in every community. I enjoy receiving questions from teens, but I also truly enjoy hearing from adults who provide our readers with useful information that can be shared by all who read our column.
Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. Email him at [email protected] To find out more about Dr. Robert Wallace and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.