The specialty of Medical Dermatology has been in a renaissance for the last decade or so because of the development of many new injectable drugs for some common complex diseases such as Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Atopic Dermatitis, but also for some lesser known entities which we will discuss later.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Dermatologists can be incredibly efficient and cost-effective in their practices because of their background and training in medicine and surgical procedures. We are not often acknowledged or appreciated for this by health insurance companies. The skin is the largest organ in the body and plays an important role in immune … Continue reading →
One of the most important drugs used in Dermatology today is Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, for severe acne. It is the only medication capable of curing the most severe forms of scarring cystic acne.
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...