Category Archives: Dermatology

Acne… the dreaded teenage rite of passage

Acne is so commonplace … and it makes being a teenager more difficult.  The AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) has new guidelines for acne therapy. The key is that monotherapy is not recommended AND that antibiotics should always be coupled … Continue reading

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Shingles pain relief

There are a “Big Three” of shingles treatment: antivirals, rest, and pain management.  At a recent American Academy of Dermatology meeting treatment of shingles was discussed.  The Big 3 will help halt the progression of the disease and decrease viral … 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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Infantile hemangiomas

Often a baby is born with a little red dot and then within a few weeks that dot has transformed into a large vascular lesion.  This occurs in 5% of births.  They are called infantile hemangiomas.  Usually they appear by … Continue reading

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Feeling buggy? …learn about scabies.

Scabies is  infestation of the mite Sarcoptes scabiei.  I normally tell patients that “good people get this” as EVERYONE who gets this feels icky (that’s my medical term for it). Where does this infect your skin?  Most commonly in the skin folds, fingers, … Continue reading

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Pre-teens and acne. Ugh! Starting already?

What agents to start? Acne has long been viewed as a teen phenomenon, but we are seeing this earlier and earlier.  This may be due to a trend toward earlier onset of puberty, but regardless, as a clinician I see … Continue reading

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Tips to guard summer skin care against premature aging

Wrinkles? Age spots?  Leathery skin?   Simple precautions can help. Be aware that there are some factors which are inevitable. natural gravitational pull on the skin and loss of subcutaneous fat (which may make the skin seem to sag) and loss … Continue reading

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