Vascular Birthmarks

Birthmarks are common.  They occur in one out of 10 newborns.  One of the most disfiguring types is the vascular birthmark, which is composed of blood vessels in the skin giving it a red or purple appearance.  The larger tumor-like birthmarks, called hemangiomas, enlarge during the first few months of life … Continue reading

Rosacea. Is It the Same as Acne?

Rosacea, also known as Acne Rosacea or “adult acne,” is a skin disease that appears very similar to common teenage acne but is actually  a separate disease entity with a different cause.  For example, it usually affects adults of middle age, around 40’s and 50’s.  In contrast to common acne, … Continue reading

Painful Oral Erosions and White Patches

Case Report

A 55-year-old man presented with painful, burning sores in his mouth for several weeks,

aggravated by eating spicy foods and caffeine-containing drinks.  Examination showed multiple irregularly shaped erosions with yellow bases and a few white circular areas on the inside of both cheeks (the buccal mucosae).  An oral … Continue reading

Two Novel Treatments for Oral Lichen Planus Hold Promise

In the May 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, there were two separate articles introducing new treatments for moderate to severe oral erosive lichen planus, the most difficult form of the disease to treat.

Curcumin Curcumin is the health-promoting compound derived from the Indian spice … Continue reading