Category Archives: Dermatology

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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Skin cancer. Free Wichita screening.

2 million skin cancer diagnoses in the US each year.  75,000 of those are melanoma (Boo!  Hiss!)  Melanoma accounts for 75% of the skin cancer deaths per the American Cancer Society.  If melanoma is caught (and removed) early, the long-term … Continue reading

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New acne treatment

Acne treatment can be expensive.  Here is a new combination that may help decrease the costs of treating acne.  A new study shows that a new cream plus a pill may help the best.  This new medicine contains adapalene with … Continue reading

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Pruritis ani– the dreaded “itchy butt.”

I have a great job.  Every day is different.  One of the conditions I see commonly is perianal itching. This affects 1 to 5% of the population and is the second most common anorectal condition (after hemorrhoids—a topic for another time). … Continue reading

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Eczema: “asthma of the skin”

I recently heard a dermatologist describe eczema as “asthma of the skin.” Great analogy. The importance of this is that eczema is a long-term problem. Our goal should be to control this scaly, itchy skin so that the patient and … Continue reading

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Wart treatment

If you are patient, there is a good chance that your (nongenital) wart will go away with no treatment.  In fact, 48% of warts resolve in 12 weeks. If you are NOT that patient, then two other suggestions are topical … Continue reading

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Hives. What causes them? How to make them go away?

I love to see hives.  So treatable.  So temporary.  And, to avoid them in the future is . . . so rewarding. What are hives? Raised bumps in the upper layers of the skin. Red or pink or pale (almost … Continue reading

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Read on. . . if you want less (or to get rid of) canker sores

What are canker sores?  Round, small painful ulcers that usually heal in 10-14 days without a scar. What causes canker sores?  We do not know.  It may be a reaction to stress, hormones, infection, food hypersensitivity, immune problems or hereditary … Continue reading

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