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 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 →
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 →
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 →
During my 30+ years of practicing the specialty of dermatology and dermatologic immunology, hundreds of patients have asked me for advice regarding supplements that might help boost their immune systems, maintain healthy skin, hair and nails, and protect against age-related diseases. I have now found and researched a supplier that … Continue reading →
Granuloma annulare (GA) is a skin disease commonly encountered in our clinic, either as an initial self-motivated visit or on consultation from another physician. The rash consists of small smooth bumps that may be skin-colored, pink, reddish-purple, brownish-orange. … Continue reading →
Granulocytes are the predominant white blood cells released from the bone marrow. They are responsible for ingesting and killing or inactivating most infectious organisms, a process called phagocytosis. The granules referred to in the name are actually the lysosomes in the cell that contain caustic and digestive enzymes. These same … 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...