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. …

Vascular Birthmarks

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 …

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 …

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 …