Common Conditions

Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma Is the Deadliest Skin Cancer Melanoma is a scary word. It’s a word you never want to hear during a visit to the dermatologist. Unfortunately, the number of cases of melanoma skin cancer are increasing rapidly. Whether it’s due to better detection in the early stage of this highly treatable cancer or increased sun exposure and other factors causing the rise in melanoma diagnoses, the answer isn’t clear. It’s clear that melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanoma kills over 10,000 Americans a year. In 2016, melanoma will be diagnosed 135,000 times, of which about 76,000 […]

4 Facts About Skin Tags

Skin Tags are Benign Growths Skin tags are those pesky growths that look like little pieces of wrinkly skin. They tend to pop up on your chest, neck, armpits, and back. They are called acrochordons in the dermatology world. They are skin colored and can grow from 1mm to 5cm long. They are not going to kill you, but they can be annoying. They can rub uncomfortably against your clothing. Or they can get stuck on something and cause pain as its pulled. Once a skin tag gets irritated or rubbed it can become red and inflamed. Why do skin tags […]

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)

Hyperhidrosis is Excessive Sweating Hyperhidrosis is a common condition where sufferers sweat excessively. Three percent of the American population suffers from this condition. Exercise, anxiety, and nerves do not provoke the sweating. You’re sweating just because your sweat glands are hyperactive and want to create sweat. In normal conditions, your body will produce sweat to cool down. This is necessary when it’s warm outside or when you’re exercising. Your body also makes more sweat when you’re feeling strong emotions like nervousness, anger, fear, or embarrassment. Unfortunately, I also get really sweaty. As in, sweat will literally drip from my armpits […]

Prevent and Treat Razor Bumps (Pseudofolliculitis)

Razor Bumps Happen to Everyone For all the men out there who struggle with painful, itchy, razor bumps every time they shave, the good news is that there are ways to avoid this painful consequence. Men are not the only sufferers. Women can also develop painful razor bumps after waxing or tweezing. Shaving shouldn’t have to be a nightmare. The pimples of razor burn, similar in presentation to acne, can be cosmetically disfiguring. The skin lesions can result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, scarring, keloids, and infections. But there are ways to prevent them and several options to treat razor bumps. What causes […]

Common Newborn Rashes

I’m going to be writing about a topic that I didn’t know much about before doing the research for this post. I’ve come to learn that babies and children have their own set of problems. Pediatric dermatology is a field that I knew little. That is until I came face to face with many of these conditions in real life. Babies get a lot of different common newborn rashes that are very normal, but can be very worrisome to parents. Especially first time parents that have never seen this before. Have no fear; most rashes in newborns are completely benign. […]