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.
You have probably heard stories about drug companies that used to lavish doctors with Caribbean vacations, wads of cash, and tickets to World Series or Superbowl games. I heard them too, but I was never offered one nor did I ever meet another physician who talked about receiving them. I also … 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 →
I’m old enough to have acquired every childhood communicable disease except for smallpox and polio. The latter diseases were already practically eradicated from earth thanks to Jenner’s original vaccine and Jonas Salk’s … Continue reading →
Gluten represents a group of proteins that are found in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten is not present in rice and oats. Celiac disease, also know as “gluten-sensitive enteropathy,” is a type of … Continue reading →
Moving is popular in the U.S. The average family moves about once every 5 years. But moving a Dermatology or any medical practice is far less common as you might expect. Patients prefer to keep the same doctor in familiar surroundings close to where they live. They expect to lose … 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.
Vitamin D analogues are popular for the local treatment of psoriasis. The first compound approved in the U.S. was calcipotriene (brand name Dovonex) available as cream, ointment, and lotion (for the scalp) for twice daily application. It was modestly … 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...