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Which Patients Are At High Risk For Laser Skin Treatment Complications?

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Laser skin treatment by its very nature is designed to destroy portions of the skin so it can grow back looking healthier and younger. So, even the best candidates for laser resurfacing experience the common side effects of healing such as redness, swelling, oozing and peeling. This is normal as the treated skin rejuvenates itself. However, there are other complications that tend to occur more often in some patients than in others. These risks don’t necessarily ...

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Recent Advances in Burn Treatment

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Burns are some of the most challenging skin wounds to treat. Severe burns can lead to serious complications such as shock from fluid loss. Keeping bacteria from infecting the damaged tissue is also very difficult. Scarring is often extensive and may impair function. Medical researchers are doing their best to develop new techniques and tools for burn treatment. These include the use of lasers for minimizing atrophic scarring. However, laser scar therapy is done after a wound has healed. Here ...

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Light Therapy For Eczema Patients

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For patients with eczema, UV light therapy is a commonly recommended treatment. The process involves exposing the skin to UVA and/or UVB radiation under carefully controlled conditions. The entire body or only those portions currently exhibiting symptoms are treated with light while the eyes are protected with goggles. In the past, a broad spectrum of light was used in this therapy. Now, narrowband UVB radiation may be selected instead – especially for hard to treat areas like the scalp. The ...

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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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Skin Cancers On The Scalp

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Skin cancers can appear on any part of the body. However, those areas exposed to the sun on a regular basis are the most common locations of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin lesions. Patients with significant hair loss may be at increased risk for developing tumors on the hairless sections of their scalp. But cancerous lesions can be present even on skin that features a full head of hair. This means the scalp is an area that shouldn’t be overlooked ...

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What’s the Evidence Linking IBS and Accutane?

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There has been a lot of controversy over whether there is a link between conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Accutane. The fact that this particular brand of isotretinoin drug is no longer being distributed is seen by some as an admission by the manufacturer that this medication causes harmful, permanent side effects. However, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is not backing down in its support for the use of similar drugs ...

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Can You Relax Smoker’s Lines with Botox?

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You actually don’t have to be a smoker to end up with smoker’s lines or “lipstick lines” around your mouth. These vertical wrinkles marring your lips can be a natural result of aging. Of course, the more time you spend with your lips puckered around a cigarette, the more pronounced the lines do become. The muscles in your lower face get used to being in a particular position and this affects how the overlying skin looks. That’s why Botox may ...

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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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Laser Scar Removal For Dark Skin Tones

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For individuals with deeply pigmented skin, there is often a high risk of coloration changes after an injury or inflammation affects the skin. Sometimes, skin ends up with darker patches. However, lightening (hypopigmentation) is another common result. With many skin conditions, the normal coloring will return after treatment with topical medications or simply after enough time has passed for healing to occur. Scarring and lightening that occurs as an inflammatory response may require additional treatment. Laser scar removal is one ...

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Laser Skin Resurfacing & Rejuvenation For Hands

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Most laser skin resurfacing techniques were developed for use on facial skin. However, many of the same devices can be used to rejuvenate hands as well. Skin on the hands takes a beating from UV radiation and often shows signs such as age spots (liver spots) even earlier than the face. These spots are not harmful but do tend to grow and darken over time with additional sun exposure. In addition, the skin on the hands may become finely lined ...

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