Keeping Your Lips Heathy: Herpes, Yeast Infection, and Medicines for Sun Damage

High on the list of skin conditions that affect our lips are herpes simplex, also called cold sores; perleche, which is due to a skin yeast infection; and solar cheilitis, which is sun damage on the lips. The good news is that Dermatologists now have a growing number of effective medications to help manage and at times to actually cure these common conditions. Herpes simplex is also called cold sores, and it is an outbreak of blisters often affecting the lips but at times also in the genital area. Herpes is due to a virus that spreads between people with kissing or skin to skin contact. Some people with herpes develop only a single episode, but others develop multiple episodes, and some beco

What Causes Dry Skin?

What Causes Dry Skin? Dermatologists frequently help patients sort out the causes of rough or dry skin conditions so that we can find effective therapies. Among the most common culprits are eczema, otherwise known as atopic dermatitis, as well as a genetic condition called ichthyosis, and contact dermatitis. There are dozens of other causes – such as psoriasis and what’s called seborrheic dermatitis – so it’s often a good idea to get a medical consultation to sort out the diagnosis. Eczema is a type of genetically sensitive skin condition that usually starts on the legs, arms, or face in kids or young adults, but which can be seen at any age. Many of us Dermatologists have taken care of thou

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

-a perspective from a Rheumatologist: In total, all forms of arthritis affects about 54 million Americans and arthritis is the most common cause of disability and also discharge from the military for medical reasons. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is 1 of 100 types of arthritis and affects about 3% of the U.S. population. RA is an autoimmune disease which means the body's own immune system (which normally fights infections) starts to attack the joints and occasionally other parts of the body. It is not a disease of the old but starts most commonly in those between 35-50 of age although any age can be affected. RA is 8 times as common in women than in men which still means about 1 million men have

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