My Dermatologist Says I Have Actinic Keratosis: What Is That?

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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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

Mohs’ Surgery for Skin Cancer

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

Scabies and Poison Ivy Confusion

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