The Importance of Self Examinations

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According to The American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Your chances of being diagnosed with skin cancer is even higher if you are male, Caucasian, or over the age of sixty-five–though skin cancer can strike regardless of age, gender, or race.

Now that we’ve got all that bad news out of the way, it’s time for some very good news: regular, comprehensive self-examinations can save your life. When melanoma, (the ...

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Time Behind the Wheel Can Increase Risk of Skin Cancer

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If you are serious about skin care, the odds are good that you already know most of the common risk factors for skin cancer: fair skin, a history of sunburns, excessive sun exposure, and a personal and/or family history of sunburns are among the most common. You may even know that having many skin moles, living in a high-altitude climate, or having been exposed to certain industrial substances can also contribute to the risk for acquiring skin cancer. One factor ...

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Drug Related Skin Reactions

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There are several different types of adverse drug reaction related to skin. They can result from a wide variety of medication, whether it is at the outset of use or after dose escalation. Adverse drug skin reactions can mimic other skin disorders and without careful consideration of your medical history and medication use, it can be difficult to determine the cause. Some sources estimate that adverse skin reactions to drugs occur in 2% of outpatients and up to 7% of ...

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Latisse: An Option for Eyelash Beauty

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Allergan, the company behind blockbuster treatments like Botox and Juvederm, also markets Latisse, the only product approved by the FDA for stimulation of eyelash length and thickness. Latisse is also known as bimatoprost, has been sold under the brand name Lumigan for years for treatment of increased intraocular pressure and glaucoma. Scientists noticed that use of Lumigan, which is available as a prescription eye drop, stimulated growth of eyelashes, probably due to prevention of shedding. Latisse allows lashes to grow ...

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Summer Bug Bites

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Summer is here and most Americans head outdoors to enjoy the season. Indoors or out, bugs are everywhere, and it’s not uncommon to experience a sting or bug bite. Some common culprits include bees, wasps, and hornets; ticks; biting flies; fire ants; spiders; and the ubiquitous mosquito. In most cases, bug bites or stings don’t require medical care. You can usually treat bites and stings at home using readily available over the counter topical preparations and oral antihistamines, to reduce ...

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Eyebrow Update

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Eyebrows are an important facial feature that can really make a difference in your appearance. Whether you prefer thick or thin brows, upkeep is important. If you’re not happy with the look you have, there are many ways to achieve the appearance you want. A good arch can open up your eyes and healthy eyebrows give the appearance of youth. If you have over-plucked brows or simply have thin or colorless brows, there are a variety of options available to ...

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What You Need To Know About Your Sunscreen

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Sunscreen is an important weapon in your arsenal against skin cancer and aging. There is a
large selection available, but comparing one sunscreen to another can sometimes be difficult.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends use of a broad spectrum sunscreen that
protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) or 30 or higher.
UVB rays cause sunburn, but UVA rays cause age-associated sun damage, including wrinkles
and age spots, and cancer. The World ...

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Plantar Warts – What You Can Do

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Plantar warts are the hard, grainy warts that are typically found on the soles of the feet and toes. Because they are subjected to pressure in these areas, they may grow inward beneath a thick callus. They generally occur more frequently when the weather is warm, because the virus that causes these unsightly lesions, human papilloma virus, is most likely to thrive in warm and moist environments. This can include locker rooms, public showers, and the deck of your swimming ...

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Laser Tattoo Removal

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Tattoos sometimes cause regret, but there are methods for successful removal. If you have a tattoo that no longer inspires delight, there is hope for restoration of your skin. Although tattoos seemed to be a hot trend in the early years of this century, workplace dress codes are becoming more conservative and personal taste may simply have changed. Most people who decide to remove their tattoos do so because of issues with employment. At least one in five Americans with ...

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Eczema

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What is Eczema?

Eczema is the term used to describe a chronic skin disorder characterized by inflammation of the skin. Eczema results in irritation and itchiness, but scratching only prolongs the cycle. In most cases, the skin will begin to itch before a rash appears. Characteristic patches of dry, red, and itchy skin and can occur anywhere on the body and skin may develop scales or crusts over time. Affected areas are more likely to become infected with scratching. Eczema is ...

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