General Dermatology

SMOKING AND ATOPIC DERMATITIS

A new study has shown that BOTH active smoking and passive smoke exposure in both adults and children result in an increased incidence of atopic dermatitis. These findings were published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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ATOPIC DERMATITIS (ECZEMA) LINKED TO EXPOSURE TO SMOKING

A study published in JAMA has linked BOTH passive and active smoking to an increased risk of atopic dermatitis. This appears to be another negative impact of second-hand smoking on one’s health.

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DRY SKIN CARE – IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN.

With the dry air seen in the Winter, people are more susceptible to having dry skin or flares of eczema. Here are some simple tips that can help keep your skin well-moisturized. Shower no more than once daily. NEVER use hot water. Use a mild soap, like Dove fragrance-free soap. Pure soaps or those from…

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CO2 LASER A GOOD OPTION FOR ACNE SCAR TREATMENT

Acne scars remains one of the most challenging condition to treat. In short, there is no one single treatment that is best for everyone. That being said, I see many patients whom are extremely frustrated after trying treatments that are not effective for their type of acne. The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is an effective…

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TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR INHIBITORS MAY RESULT IN WEIGHT GAIN IN PSORIASIS PATIENTS

In a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the use of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors was associated with an increase in body weight and body mass index. Consideration for other treatments should be considered for patients who are overweight or obese. Commonly used tumor necrosis factor inhibitors: Adalimumab (Humira®) Certolizumab…

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THE ACNE ONE-TWO PUNCH–THE BEST OVER-THE-COUNTER TREATMENT

Finally, patients are able to self-treat mild to moderate inflammatory and comedonal acne with over-the-counter treatments. Blackheads and whiteheads can now be treated effectively with Differin gel, which went over-the-counter earlier this year. This medication is similar to Retin A, the drug everyone knows about. These medications help to unclog pores are and more effective…

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EYELID DERMATITIS IN WOMEN: HOME REMEDIES

Eyelid dermatitis in women is fairly common.  In many cases, the initial cause is irritation incurred during the removal of make-up. Mechanical friction, often with a wash cloth or other cleaning product, removes some critical components of the outer layer of the skin that protects the skin. After this occurs, things that normally would not…

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HIGH COSTS CITED AS MAJOR REASON PATIENTS DO NOT ADHERE TO THEIR TREATMENTS

Has anybody seen the changes in the cost of medications lately? In case you have not noticed, they have soared completely out of control. For example, a bottle of 100 doxycycline capsules used to cost about $4. Today that same bottle is well over $100.  Patients are faced with high copayments for their medications, which…

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INFECTIONS AFTER A PEDICURE

Patients often ask about the risk of getting infections after a Pedicure. In most cases, they are asking about getting a toenail fungal infection, which is rare in this circumstance. Bacterial infections have occurred after getting a Pedicure, although is uncommon. Those who are immuno-compromised or have diabetes and/or poor circulation are more at risk…

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I HAVE A SKIN PROBLEM: WHO SHOULD I SEE?

Without question, it is ALWAYS best to see a well-trained, board-certified Dermatologist if one has any skin problems (rashes or growths).  Although many PCPs and Urgent care centers can handle COMMON problems (i.e. Shingles, poison ivy and minor burns), but what happens when both you and the doctor does not know what is the diagnosis? In many of these cases,…

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