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ACNE : Beyond Basics

Posted on 13. Jul, 2012 by .

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However, visiting your Dermatologist will help you minimize your Acne and decrease the chance of scarring.

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Beware of Skin Cancer  It May Sneak up on You!

Beware of Skin Cancer It May Sneak up on You!

Posted on 12. May, 2010 by .

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There are three common skin cancers. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the two most common. They are found in the upper layers of the skin. They are highly preventable and highly curable although they can be disfiguring if left too long. The third most serious skin cancer is Melanoma. It too can be curable when caught early, but has the potential to be deadly when not. Some melanomas are found in the upper layers of the skin, but many are more invasive and found in deeper layers.

No one is immune from getting a skin cancer, though some are at greater risk.

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How Do I Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

How Do I Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

Posted on 06. Apr, 2010 by .

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The medical term for stretch marks is striae distensae. Usually these occur when the skin is abnormally stretched in a short amount of time for example rapid growth during puberty, pregnancy, or significant weight gain. During this process, the skin’s support structure of collagen and elastin breaks down and starts to rupture. Stretch marks usually create a tread-mark appearance of the skin that rarely returns to its original appearance. They can form anywhere on the skin, but most commonly appear on the arms, legs, stomach and buttocks.

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FDA Approves a New Vaccine (Gardasil) to Prevent Genital Warts and Certain Cancers

FDA Approves a New Vaccine (Gardasil) to Prevent Genital Warts and Certain Cancers

Posted on 04. Feb, 2010 by .

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The FDA recently approved Gardasil, a vaccine to prevent Human Papillomavirus for boys and young men ages 9 to 26 years old. Since this contagious virus causes Genital Warts, and in some cases cancer, the approval marks a significant step forward in preventing illness.

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Cell Phones Can Cause a Rash

Cell Phones Can Cause a Rash

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Could your cell phone be causing that facial skin rash? The answer may be yes– and the culprit may be the nickel content in the fashionable design of many cell phones.

Nickel is a familiar allergen that afflicts anywhere from 17% to 33% of the population with a red itchy rash doctors call Contact Dermatitis.

People with a nickel allergy may take steps to avoid skin contact with products that contain nickel, which is found in some jewelry.

But whether you know you have an allergy to nickel or not, you may not suspect the design on the front of your cell phone. Studies have shown many cell phones use nickel for their metallic highlights such as the brand logos, decorative accents, and even the buttons on the front of the phone.

As a result there has been an increase in the prevalence of facial skin rashes associated with these cell phones.

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Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Posted on 25. Nov, 2009 by .

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Bed Bugs are most frequently located on the mattress of the person being bitten. Any movement alerts the bugs to burrow into the mattress making them difficult to spot with a visual inspection. You may see dark spots on the mattress, which are feces, or red blood spots.

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Tanning Beds and Melanoma

Tanning Beds and Melanoma

Posted on 27. Oct, 2009 by .

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Melanoma is the 2nd most common cancer in women ages 20-29 and can cause death. The risk for cutaneous melanoma increases by 75% when a tanning device is used before the age of 30. Also, skin cancers are being found on the abdomen which is also related to tanning bed use.

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Doctor Help – I have this red scaling on my face . . . what is it?

Doctor Help – I have this red scaling on my face . . . what is it?

Posted on 29. Sep, 2009 by .

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Patients suffering from red skin and scaling in the area around the eyebrows, on or around the nose, or on the scalp may be suffering from a common inflammatory skin disorder known as Seborrhoeic dermatitis.

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Whoops – I shouldn’t have gotten that tattoo – Now what?

Whoops – I shouldn’t have gotten that tattoo – Now what?

Posted on 09. Sep, 2009 by .

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These days more and more people are inquiring about removing their tattoos. The good news is the technology of tattoo removal has improved and the patient can consult their dermatologist to determine which method is best for them and what results to expect.

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Excessive Sweating|Hyperhidrosis

Excessive Sweating|Hyperhidrosis

Posted on 18. Aug, 2009 by .

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Hyperhidrosis is the medical term used for excessive sweating. It affects about 3% of the population. It is not only an inconvenience but has a significant impact on an individual’s life and function. Individuals suffering from this condition can have perfuse sweating from underarms, feet, forehead and hands.

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