By now, anyone who reads or watches the news has heard of the outbreak of fungal meningitis caused by injections of contaminated lots of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate given for neck or back pain. The medicine … Continue reading
Actinic keratosis (AK), also known as solar keratosis, are commonly referred to as pre-cancerous skin growths. In fact, they are the most common pre-cancerous growth of humans. Actinic keratoses (plural) are most commonly found on sun exposed areas, namely, the face, lips, bald scalp, and backs of hands and arms.
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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, 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
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
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
In 1981, I had the distinct honor and privilege to meet Dr. Frederic E. Mohs at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He was the surgeon who invented the technique of removing skin cancers with the least amount of normal tissue and the highest possible cure rate. The trick was … Continue reading
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common skin disease that causes dry, red, scaly patches that are sometimes itchy and painful. Any part of the body may be affected, but the … Continue reading
A few weeks ago, a renowned physician in our community died unexpectedly. I had never met him and didn’t know him personally, but we shared a few patients and had spoken on the phone occasionally to coordinate their care.
Last week I had an office visit with one of those … Continue reading
You might reasonably ask, how could one confuse these two distinct entities? Scabies is an infestation of the skin caused by the sarcoptes mite and poison ivy is an allergic contact dermatitis caused by a resin in the plant. Confusion does indeed exist with the layperson and the inexperienced health … Continue reading