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 … Continue reading →
In a previous post on this blog, I reported a patient who had psoriasis, granuloma annulare (GA), and alopecia areata. I recently saw two more cases where psoriasis was coincidentally associated with GA.
Case 1. A middle-aged lady was referred by her primary care doctor for a rash on the legs. Some of … Continue reading →
A 50-year-old man presented for the diagnosis and treatment of a rash on his legs and back for about 1 and 1/2 years. His past medical history was significant for HIV infection which had been treated with Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART). He stated that his viral counts were undetectable and … 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 … 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 … 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 →
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...