What's New in the Treatment of Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating):

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for an excessive amount of sweat, and it can affect the underarms, the groin, or localized regions of the body such as the back or legs. It can be caused by other medical compenconditions, such as infections or endocrine disorders, in which case it is called secondary hyperhidrosis, or it can be genetic, whereby it is a trait that runs in certain families, in which case it is called primary hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis affects all ages, but it's more concerning among people who have to be in the public arena - like the woman in the photo above - because profuse sweating stains clothing. Dermatologists often consider running certain blood tests for people suf

What We Can Do About Melanoma:

Melanoma is a malignancy of the pigment-producing cells of the body, the “melanocytes.” It’s ironic that the melanocytes– which normally produce a protective pigment called melanin –at times go awry and become harmful or “malignant” after exposure to ultraviolet light. This change can occur in the skin of people with all skin types, from the very fair albinos of the world to very darkly-pigmented Asian-American and African-Americans. So all of us need to be aware of the significance of melanoma. I’ve been practicing Dermatology for 28 years, and I remember citing statistics showing about 2700 fatalities from melanoma per year in the 1980s. Our hope then was that earlier detection and better

How Dermatologists Diagnose Causes of Itching

Generalized itching is also called “pruritus,” and Dermatologists often have to use all of their skills to diagnose the cause of pruritus. Our goal is to restore health and resilience to the skin, because pruritus really affects the whole family: when someone cannot get proper rest, the whole family dynamic is affected. Here are some of the most common culprits behind itching or pruritus: •An underlying skin disease such as eczema (atopic dermatitis) or psoriasis can often be diagnosed by having a Dermatologist examine the skin. At times, we take a skin test called a biopsy to send into the lab, to help make the specific diagnosis. •Fungal infections are common causes of itching. We

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