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 →
Cyclosporine (CS), a potent immunosuppressive peptide, was discovered by Sandoz in 1975. Clinical testing showed that it was very effective for preventing rejection of life-saving organ transplants such as kidney, heart, liver, and bone marrow. Investigators also noted the impressive ability of CS to clear up any psoriasis on the … Continue reading →
To better understand the concept of “dysplastic moles,” we must agree on definitions of terms. Dysplastic from dysplasia means abnormal development of tissue. A mole in this context usually refers to a growth in skin that may be pigmented, flesh-colored, flat or raised, hairy or non-hairy.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
Dermatologists may seem to be in short supply or just difficult to see because of the increased demand for specialty care, particularly in the arenas of skin cancer and skin rejuvenation. There is certainly an … 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...