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Lara DeSanto

Health Writer

Lara is a former digital editor for HealthCentral, covering Sexual Health, Digestive Health, Head and Neck Cancer, and Gynecologic Cancers. She continues to contribute to HealthCentral while she works towards her masters in marriage and family therapy and art therapy. In a past life, she worked as the patient education editor at the American College of OB-GYNs and as a news writer/editor at WTOP.com.

Latest by Lara DeSanto

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Simple Ways to Manage Fluid Buildup

When you have heart failure, one major sign that it could be getting worse is excess fluid buildup in your body. Here are some key steps to keeping your levels in balance.

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Stress-Free Ways to Travel With Crohn's

Before you hit the road or head to the airport, follow these steps to make your trip a success.

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What’s Your Rosacea Type?

Rosacea is more than just red cheeks. We break down the symptoms and treatments for each type.

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Self-Care Tips for Crohn’s Disease Flares

Diarrhea and gut pain are common when you have Crohn’s. These strategies will help you fight back when a flare strikes.

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The Guy’s Guide to Rosacea

From symptoms to skincare tips, learn everything you need to know about being a dude with this skin condition.

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9 Ways to Prepare for an Ulcerative Colitis Flare

You can't always predict when your ulcerative colitis symptoms will come roaring back, but you can be ready when they do.

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Your Steroid Side-Effects Questions Answered

Steroids can calm an RA flare, but they have risks. Here's how to get the effects you want and minimize the ones you don't.

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What the Immune System Gets So Very Wrong in NMOSD

We explain the rogue immune process that brings on the rare autoimmune disease neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder.

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10 Things to Know About Narcolepsy and Exercise

This sleep disorder comes with overwhelming drowsiness—but getting active may help improve your symptoms.

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The Best and Worst Foods for Narcolepsy

Yep, your diet can make a difference in your symptoms. Here’s what to eat to (and what to avoid) when you have narcolepsy.