Category Archives: Dermatology

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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How to make winter skin look more radiant?

Skip the 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 increases the … Continue reading

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Want to decrease your risk of psoriasis?

Try running.  A Nurses Health Study with 116,000 patients showed that the most physically active patients decreased their risk significantly of getting psoriasis.  But, interestingly, other  forms of vigorous activities such as bicycling, swimming and playing tennis did not decrease … Continue reading

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