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.
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 →
Bullous Pemphigoid (BP) is an uncommon autoimmune skin disease which leads to a very
itchy hive-like rash and blisters. The blisters can occur anywhere on the body, but the underarms, arms, groins, and lower legs seem more commonly affected in my experience, sometimes limited to these areas alone. The mucous … Continue reading →
The answer to the question depends on the extent of training in dermatology and the individual physician’s comfort level in dealing with skin diseases. Currently, the definition of “primary care providers” includes family practitioners, internists, pediatricians, and gynecologists, but may be expanded to include nurse practitioners. The education of U.S. medical … Continue reading →
When I worked as a Dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, we encountered many patients who were either referred by an outside Dermatologist, or self-referred, for a second opinion on their diagnosis or treatment or both. Most patients would bring copies of their records for us to review, and invariably, … 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 →
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...