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Eczema In Children Increasing Along With Availability of Treatment Options

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Over the past decade, the rates of diagnosis for eczema in children have skyrocketed. Some estimates put the percentage of people who suffer from this condition at some point in their lives at one in ten or higher. Young children are more likely than adults to experience this skin irritation. Most kids outgrow the condition while others will go on to experience lifelong, chronic eczema. The hyper-sensitivity that causes this recurrent rash appears to be linked in some ways to ...

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Less May Mean More for One Actinic Keratosis Treatment

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Fluorouracil is a commonly prescribed topical medication for resolving actinic keratoses (precancerous lesions that may lead to squamous cell skin cancer). This chemotherapy agent has a good reputation for clearing AKs. However, it has a very poor track record for patient compliance. The side effects can be quite unpleasant. Since the cream must be used over a time period of many weeks to be effective, it’s not uncommon for patients to simply quit the course of treatment when the discomfort ...

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What is Cutaneous Lupus?

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Lupus is an immune system disorder that causes the body’s own defensive mechanisms to attack healthy tissue. When this condition results in symptoms primarily affecting the skin, it is referred to as cutaneous lupus. There are actually several variations of this skin disease – each typified by a different cluster of symptoms. Currently, there is no cure for lupus although there are a number of medications that can be prescribed to reduce symptoms. Here is an overview of several types ...

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Minimizing Scarring After Surgery

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In any surgery involving an incision to the skin, some scarring is inevitable. For some patients, this is mild and the scar tissue quickly fades to a pale line. For others, the scar tissue continues to grow over time and become prominent and discolored. There are many therapies available for reducing scars after they develop and to prevent too much scar tissue from developing in the first place. Here are several approaches a dermatological surgeon may use to minimize scars:

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Skin Tumor Removal Options

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In skin cancer treatment, excising (cutting out) a tumor or precancerous lesion is only one among many surgical options. In some cases, other techniques offer greater precision and/or a faster healing time with less scarring. Mohs surgery is an example of an advanced method of cancer removal for melanoma. It involves shaving off minute layers of skin and inspecting them to find the margins of the tumor without taking more tissue than necessary. Alternative surgical approaches used for other types ...

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Tip of the Month: Restylane, Perlane, Juvéderm, Belotero, Radiesse: What’s the Difference?

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Which Filler is Best For Me?

With so many choices for your dermal filler, which one of these should you choose: Restylane, Perlane, Juvéderm, Belotero, or Radiesse? Here’s a quick little guide to tell you the differences between these fillers.

What is a Filler?

A dermal filler is injectable material which is injected underneath the skin or tissue to minimize to diminish lines or grooves caused over time. All 4 products are primarily designed to treat the Nasolabial Folds (the parenthesis or laugh ...

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Effective Ringworm Treatments

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What is Ringworm

Ringworm is a common fungal infection that is highly contagious. This fungus can be contracted from other humans, from pets, and from items that an infected person or animal has touched. The fungus feeds on keratin – a component of the dead cells that make up the outermost layer of the skin. It typically begins in a single spot as an itchy, slightly flaky lesion and then spreads outward in a circular pattern with the leading edge of ...

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What Triggers Rosacea?

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roasceaRosacea is a skin condition characterized by flushing and redness, sometimes even with pimples. When you only have the flushing and redness, it is Stage 1 Rosacea. When you get the pimples overlying the redness, it is called Stage 2 Rosacea. Some people believe that this may be “adult acne” when it is acne due to underlying rosacea.

So, if you suffer from rosacea, is there anything you can do about it? ...

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Childhood Rashes and Food Allergies

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Skin rashes are very common in children. These days, atopic dermatitis impacts a very high percentage of children at some point in their lives. One of the most frustrating and distressing things parents have to cope with when their child has a chronic rash is not being able to identify the cause. Some rashes are caused by irritants in the environment. Others are caused by allergic reactions to substances that come into contact with the skin or which are inhaled ...

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Can Acne Scars Really Disappear?

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acneAcne can leave scars and darkened areas that seem to never go away. The main types of acne scarring include rolling acne scars, ice-pick acne scars, splotchy reddened areas, and dark brown spots (hyperpigmentation). Even if you were diligent about not picking your acne and causing more inflammation and trauma, scarring can still occur because the acne itself damages the collagen. The risk is higher you are prone to forming infected ...

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