Do I Have Lupus, Doctor?

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

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