Charles E. Crutchfield III

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Treating skin of color

Conclusion of a 4-part column



Most skin diseases occur in people of all nationalities, regardless of their skin color. Certain problems encountered in the skin are more common in people with different hues of skin, and sometimes a disorder seems more prominent because it affects skin color. This week concludes our review of these disorders and their treatments.  


Tinea capitis

Tinea capitis, also known as ringworm, is endemic in African American children. Any child with a scaling, itching scalp should be thoroughly investigated for tinea capitis. Continue Reading →

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What are shingles and why should I care?

Shingles, medically called Herpes Zoster, is a rash caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus. The rash is very itchy and usually presents with grouped blisters. The rash follows a band-like pattern on the skin, and a big clue is that it does not cross the midline. Often times, the area will feel odd, itchy, tingle or burn a few days before the rash appears. About 20 percent of people who have chicken pox will develop shingles later in life. Continue Reading →

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From picky eaters to overeating: childhood nutrition in a nutshell

By Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD and Tamiko Morgan, M.D., FAAP

Childhood nutrition has taken the spotlight recently, especially due to the fact that childhood obesity has at least tripled in the past three decades. Many parents are seeking answers to the questions “What should my child eat? How much? Why?”

Although we are currently living in the “information age,” information overload has caused some parents to be confused, making it challenging for them to understand good nutritional recommendations. In this column, we will attempt to summarize some basic recommendations regarding childhood nutrition. Continue Reading →

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Why should I care about nail health?



Nail problems are very common and troubling. Nails often reflect our general state of health and can often be the first sign of serious general health issues.  

Nail facts

Fingernails grow out in four to six months. Toenails grow out in nine to 12 months. Individual rates depend on age, time of the year, activity levels and heredity. Continue Reading →

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Doctor’s Advice for Your Good Health

Dr. Crutchfield, my daughter has acne. Won’t she just outgrow it, or should we treat it? Why should anyone care about treating acne? 

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects over 90 percent of people in their lives. At a time when adolescents are developing a strong sense of self, self-worth, value and identity, acne not only contributes to low self-esteem, but can also cause long-term and permanent scars on the skin. If it bothers the patient, it should be treated. Continue Reading →

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Doctor’s Advice for Your Good Health


By Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D.


Dr. Crutchfield, what can I do improve the quality of my skin, especially in these dry winter months?  

Great question. Walk into the skin care/cosmetic area of any major department store, and it is dizzying to see the hundreds, if not thousands, of choices for skin care. To complicate matters, there are sales people wearing white coats, looking like either mad scientists or doctors, who are all too eager to recommend their company’s multi-step skin care program. Even in our homes, we are flooded with late-night infomercials touting the latest products that promise to solve your skin-care woes. The good news is, smart skin care can be a simple four-step process: cleansing, hydration, protection and correction.  

1.  Cleansing

Cleansers with either no detergent or a very low detergent value help preserve the natural oils in your skin. You don’t need harsh cleansers or exfoliants; just use a cotton washcloth. Your skin will naturally exfoliate itself. Several good over-the-counter cleansers include Vanicream Cleansing Bar, Cetaphil, and Dove Unscented Cleansing Bar. Everyone’s skin chemistry is different, so experiment until you find a product that works best for your skin type. Continue Reading →

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Crutchfield among ‘Top 100 Newsmakers’

Minnesota doctor Charles E. Crutchfield III has been selected by “The Grio,” a division of NBC News, as one of the “Top 100 Newsmakers Making History in the United States 2013”  for Black History Month. Former honorees  include Michelle Obama, Beyoncé Adrian Peterson, Tyler Perry, Neil deGrasse Tyson (physicist and astronomer), Susan Rice, LeVar Burton, Robert Griffin III, Gabby Douglas, Maya Rudolph, Keith Ellison, Tyra Banks, Rihanna, Quvenzhane Wallis, Ken Williams (general manager, Chicago White Sox), Wynton Marsalis, Charles Bolden, LeBron James and Oprah Winfrey. Continue Reading →

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