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Shingles: Causes, Symptoms, and Side-Effects

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Shingles Zoster SymptomsShingles is a painful viral skin condition which is the result of a previous chickenpox infection (varicella-zoster virus). It is most often seen in those over the age of 60, but younger adults under extensive amounts of stress, and the immunocompromised can all get shingles. Shingles can appear on any area of the body, but for most patients initial symptoms begin on one side of the trunk.

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New Combo Facial Treatment Tried For Melasma

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Melasma, a darkening of facial skin that sometimes occurs during pregnancy, has long been a challenging skin condition. Many laser treatments (including fractional and high-fluence Q-switched Nd:YAG) have been used in an attempt to correct this pigment disorder. However, the results are often unsatisfactory. Patients may experience problematic side effects including:

  • Significant discomfort after treatment
  • Long post-procedural downtimes
  • Recurrence of melasma after treatment
  • Additional hyperpigmentation (red or brown patches) as a rebound reaction
  • Dots of hypopigmentation (white spots) in the treated areas
  • Hair whitening
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Laser Options For Birthmark Removal

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Sometimes, a birthmark looks like no more than a large freckle. Depending on its location, shape, and coloration, it may even be viewed as a beauty mark that adds aesthetic appeal. However, sometimes the area of unusual pigmentation is large, red, or otherwise discolored and is viewed as a blemish. Birthmark removal is commonly requested for highly visible areas of the body. When the use of camouflaging makeup has proven inadequate or too inconvenient, laser treatment may be recommended.

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Bedbug Infestations Increasing in the U.S.

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According to the CDC, bedbug populations in the United States fell off sharply in the 1950s. However, these pests are making a big comeback now. An increase in international travel may be partly to blame. But the combination of resistance to pesticides and general lack of knowledge about bedbugs is a more serious problem. Basically, bedbugs have been out of the picture for the average American for so long that we’ve forgotten how to deal with them. They were successfully ...

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How To Get Rid Of Acne Scars Surgically

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Although laser treatments are a popular way to get rid of acne scars for patients with lighter skin, those with dark skin tones are often poor candidates for such a procedure. These patients are more likely than any other group to experience significant, long lasting changes in pigment (resulting in either darker or lighter spots). Areas of hyperpigmentation may or may not respond to treatment with bleaching ...

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Higher Doses of Isotretinoin May Be More Effective Over Time

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Despite the controversy surrounding isotretinoin (the active ingredient in drugs like Accutane), there’s still lots of research going on regarding how to use it more effectively. Even the less troubling side effects of this type of acne medication can be pretty unpleasant. Some patients report hair loss, itching, nosebleeds, and mood changes as just a few of the problems they experience when taking isotretinoin. Unfortunately, one course of treatment doesn’t always clear up severe acne. Having to go through a ...

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Few Effective Acne Remedies Exist For Adult Women

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Adult women are in a demographic that is particularly difficult to treat when it comes to acne. Remedies that may be beneficial for adolescents just don’t seem to work as well for patients in the 30-50 age group. It appears that acne in adults is on the rise in the United States. The possible reasons for this range from high stress lifestyles to poor overall dietary habits that place additional strain ...

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Parents Should Be Aware Of These Dermatitis Triggers

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Atopic dermatitis is very common in children who are sensitive to skin irritants. Some substances trigger an allergic reaction while others simply contain chemicals that are too harsh for delicate skin. There are many different compounds and materials that can cause problems. Metals such as nickel and gold top the list. It’s usually pretty easy to figure out what objects (such as jewelry) might contain these substances.

Other Common Irritants & Allergens

However, there are many chemicals that require a close ...

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Skin Transplant Successfully Tested For Vitiligo Treatment

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Vitiligo is a skin condition that occurs when the body’s immune system malfunctions and destroys melanocytes in the skin. When these melanin producing cells are killed, they lose their color. This turns the affected areas of skin white. This disease is very common – impacting 1 out of 200 Americans. How noticeable the condition is depends on several factors including the location and size of the white blotches and the natural color of the surrounding skin. Individuals with darkly pigmented ...

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Azelaic Acid Demonstrated As Effective Rosacea Treatment

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In the field of pharmaceutical research, there is a perception that sometimes substances which can’t be patented in their naturally occurring form aren’t adequately studied. This is because no drug company gets to corner the market for that particular active ingredient by claiming that they invented it in a lab. Patient advocate groups believe that many highly effective plant-based treatment options are overlooked because of this. However, there are actually quite a few natural substances that are prescribed in dermatology ...

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