Tag Archives: skin

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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Want fewer wrinkles and avoid skin cancer?

Summer is in full swing  (107 degrees here yesterday in Wichita–ugh!).  There are new labeling rules from the FDA to help consumers select effective sunscreen against wrinkles and skin cancer.    If you read the phrase “Broad Spectrum protection” on the label, … Continue reading

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Got an itch? Your doctor should be asking some of the following questions. . .

If you are itching, there is more to the story.  There are other parts to the history and physical to investigate. Any new cosmetics or creams? They can cause allergic contact dermatitis, hives or even sensitivity to the sun. New … Continue reading

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What to do if you think you have shingles. . .

If you’ve had chicken pox, the herpesvirus is hibernating in your body.  It can reactivate anytime and cause shingles.   Shingles is a painful , itchy, burning, bugs-under-your-skin-feeling rash on one side of the body.  See your doctor for confirmation. The goals of antiviral therapy are … Continue reading

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Is the shingles vaccine right for me?

Do you want to avoid a painful rash and long-term nerve pain?  Are you older than 60? The Zostavax vaccine, which decreases the chance of shingles, has been in short supply (and is expected to be through 2011).  Our office … Continue reading

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shingles aren’t just for houses

Are these chicken pox?   My neighborhood has been in an uproar recently about the contagiousness of chicken pox and shingles.  It is time for a little general knowledge dissemination.   Varicella zoster virus is the culprit.  It is one … Continue reading

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