Category Archives: Dermatology

Do you have toenail fungus? What can you do about it?

Do you have toenail fungus? What can you do about it? flickr.com/photos/45471172@N08/9714122727 Who gets this?  8% of adults have onychomycosis (toenail fungus).  The prevalence increases with age with more than 50% of those over 70 year of age having it.  … Continue reading

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Top 10 list of allergens…

The top 10 allergens (and how to avoid exposure) … Tixocortol pivalate (a steroid) Propylene glycol Methylchloroisothiazolinone Formaldehyde Cocamidopropylbetaine Lanolin Benzalkonium chloride Fragrance and balsam of peru Neomycin Nickel Tixocortol pixilate is a steroid present in creams like hydrocortisone acetate. … Continue reading

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Interesting facts about laceration closure (stitches)…

Laceration-closure interesting facts… Non-infected wounds (caused by clean objects) can be stitched up to 18 hours after the injury. Head wounds can be st itched up to 24 hours after the injury. Using potable (drinking) water instead of sterile saline … Continue reading

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Cradle cap?!

Oh my!  Many parents bring in their babies with a thick, scaly crust on their head.  This is usually cradle cap.  The fancy (medical) name for this is seborrheic dermatitis.    The scaling, redness, and itching occurs most often on the … Continue reading

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Want your winter skin to look more radiant?

Do not visit a tanning salon for a winter pick-me-up.  Tanning beds are bad news.  The beds use bulbs that produce mostly UVA light– a type of radiation that encourages pigment production by damaging skin’s deeper layers.  UVA exposure sharply … Continue reading

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Cold sores. What works to stop them?

An epidemiology and biostatistics student (what a mouthful!) answered the question of –how effective is therapy for preventing recurrence of cold sores due to herpes labialis? Cold sores are commonly caused by herpes simplex virus type 1.  More than 90% … Continue reading

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It’s HIVES season!

Poison ivy, oak and sumac are notorious for causing hives.  I’ve seen this a few times this week in my office.  The allergic reaction is due to urushiol, colorless oil in the leaves, stem, root and sap of the plant. … Continue reading

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