Common Conditions

Allergic Contact Dermatitis — Mechanism, Diagnosis, & Treatment

If you’ve ever been outdoors, chances are you or someone you know has encountered poison ivy. The rash from poison ivy is extremely itchy. Doctors can diagnose poison ivy from a mile away because of the characteristic symptoms and history. Poison ivy rash doesn’t develop right away. It builds up hours after the exposure and may not even develop on first contact. Dermatologists have a specific name for the rash caused by poison ivy — allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis is a special kind of allergic reaction in the skin. It occurs when the skin becomes sensitized to a foreign […]

Skin Symptoms of Zika Virus

Cutaneous Manifestations of Zika Virus Zika virus has always been around. People have known about Zika virus since 1949 when it was isolated from a monkey. (1) Yet it seems like Zika virus became a worldwide public health concern overnight. The virus was originally contained within the equatorial belt in African and Asia, but in 2007 the first case was documented in a human host. (2) And now it’s made its way to the United States. Zika virus infection is an important diagnosis for the dermatologist to keep in mind. The infection presents with classic dermatologic symptoms. The skin symptoms […]

Scabies — Information, Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment

Information About Scabies Scabies is a skin condition caused by the human itch mite (latin name Sarcoptes scabiei). (1) The human itch mite is a small 8-legged insect that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Scabies develops when the mite burrows into the skin and causes an inflammatory reaction. The inflammatory reaction is extremely itchy. The immune system responds to the mites, eggs, and mite feces with an allergic reaction. If you’ve ever suffered from scabies, you know how hard it can be to resist the urge to scratch. Unlike with mosquitoes, insect repellents cannot be used to repel […]

Hirsutism – Excess Hair Growth in Women

Hirsutism is Excess Hair Growth in Women I’ve been on somewhat of a hair kick lately, and today I want to talk about a medical condition that affects women. Hirsutism is excessive hair growth on the face and other parts of the body occurring in women. You may be thinking of the classic bearded lady. Basically, women with hirsutism grow hair in a male-like pattern. This is usually due to an underlying medical condition. Some of the most common medical conditions that can result in hirsutism include: polycystic ovarian syndrome, cushing’s syndrome, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, drug induced hirsutism, and androgen […]

Introduction to Scars & Types of Scars

Everyone Has Scars Scars are a part of life. My knees are full of them from a childhood spent outdoors and getting into trouble. With time, scars become less prominent and blend into the surrounding skin. Scars fade but never completely. If you’ve had a wound big enough to make a scar lately then you’ve probably noticed that your scar isn’t healing like it used to when you were a kid. Scars take longer to heal when you’re older. There are several different types of scars. If you’ve had some lingering questions about scars, keep reading to find out more. […]