Discoid lupus erythematosus is a chronic dermatological disease that can lead to scarring, hair loss, and hyperpigmentation changes in skin if it is not treated early and promptly. It has a prolonged course and can have a considerable effect on quality of life. Early recognition and treatment improves the prognosis. The diagnosis is usually made by clinical examination. In some cases histopathology may be required to confirm the diagnosis. The histology is that of an inflammatory interface dermatosis. There is insufficient evidence for which treatment is most effective. Because lesions are induced or exacerbated by ultraviolet exposure, photoprotective measures are important. Potent topical steroids and antimalarials are the mainstay of treatment. Some cases of discoid lupus erythematosus can be refractory to standard therapy; in these cases retinoids, thalidomide, and topical tacrolimus offer alternatives, as do immunosuppressives like azathioprine, cyclosporine, mycophenolate mofetil, and methotrexate. Continue reading
Bug bites and stings usually are just nuisances. They bring momentary alarm, temporary discomfort and pain, but no serious or lasting health problems. But on occasion, they can cause infections that require treatment and allergic reactions that can be serious, even fatal. Continue reading
In the upcoming trailer for the “Sex and the City” movie, Samantha admonishes Miranda for “growing a national forest” around her bikini area. It may be funny on the big screen, but the unsightly inflamed, itchy bumps that often accompany the hair removal process have some thinking twice about cleaning up their bikini areas. It doesn’t have to be such an excruciating experience. Dr. David Colbert, founder of the New York Dermatology Group, recommends five ways to minimize the pain and inflammation. Continue reading
Your infant baby suddenly became fuzzy, seems to be all red in the face and cannot sleep. He seems restless and drools a lot. The first thing you did was to touch your baby and you found out that he seems a bit hot than the usual. “Oh no! My baby is having a fever!” You scream to yourself. Continue reading
Ringworm rash is used to describe a circular reddish rash that can be very itchy. What makes it different from other type of rash is the healthy looking skin that appears in the center of the circular rash. Ringworm rash is typically cause by a fungus and there is no actual worms under the skin. Continue reading
Have you ever had very itchy, reddish swellings on your skin, pretty much like a rash from the stinging nettle plant? This condition is called urticaria or nettle rash. The Latin word for nettle is urtica. Nettle rash usually varies in size and shape. It lasts up to 24 hours and is very itchy. This may occur once or repeatedly.
Prickly heat rash generally refers to skin problems that normally arise during too much severe heat exposure. This skin condition is also refer us prickly heat and or miliaria. This is normally seen in people who live in humid climates and this may get worse during summer months. Continue reading