You have probably heard stories about drug companies that used to lavish doctors with Caribbean vacations, wads of cash, and tickets to World Series or Superbowl games. I heard them too, but I was never offered one nor did I ever meet another physician who talked about receiving them. I also … Continue reading →
The name Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) implies that the disease involves collections of white blood cells or “pus” in and around sweat glands. However, our current understanding of HS is that it begins with blockage of hair follicles followed by inflammation and possibly infection … Continue reading →
A middle-aged woman consulted me for a rash on her palms and backs of hands for several years’ duration. The rash consisted of smooth pinkish-red bumps on the knuckles and rings and arcs on the palms with central clearing. … Continue reading →
I’m old enough to have acquired every childhood communicable disease except for smallpox and polio. The latter diseases were already practically eradicated from earth thanks to Jenner’s original vaccine and Jonas Salk’s vaccine, respectively. In fact, the name “vaccine” comes from the … Continue reading →
Gluten represents a group of proteins that are found in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten is not present in rice and oats. Celiac disease, also know as “gluten-sensitive enteropathy,” is a type of hypersensitivity or allergy to the gluten proteins that … Continue reading →
The following case studies illustrate examples where Plaquenil administration was associated with either new onset psoriasis or flaring of pre-existing psoriasis.
Case 1. A middle-aged woman sought another opinion for a puzzling rash which had been seen by two dermatologists. At first, skin biopsies showed features of eczema. Subsequent biopsies … Continue reading →
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a devastating autoimmune disease that can affect nearly every organ system in the body. The skin is no exception, and in fact, may be involved in 70-80% of cases. An equal number of patients may experience abnormal sun or ultraviolet light sensitivity, called photosensitivity. There are … Continue reading →
Dermatomyositis is one of the autoimmune connective tissue diseases. The name is derived from dermato=skin, myo=muscle, and itis=inflammation.Thus, inflammation of unknown cause leads to a distinctive skin rash and weakness and tenderness of the muscles, particularly of the hip and shoulder girdles. Dermatomyositis (DM) affects women more than men (about 2 to 1), usually … Continue reading →
Moving is popular in the U.S. The average family moves about once every 5 years. But moving a Dermatology or any medical practice is far less common as you might expect. Patients prefer to keep the same doctor in familiar surroundings close to where they live. They expect to lose … Continue reading →
Dr. Camisa is board certified in dermatology and dermatological immunology, practicing medicine for over 30 years. He is Director of the Phototherapy Department at Riverchase Dermatology and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He specializes in psoriasis, lichen planus, bullous diseases, connective tissue diseases, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, and diseases of the mouth and lips. Dr. Camisa is a leading expert in psoriasis, bullous disease, and other complex skin conditions, and patients throughout the country seek his experience. More about Dr. Camisa...