Six Tips for Runners and Walkers on Foot Health: From a Dermatologist;

Did you ever consider taking up running, jogging, or walking for health? Running and walking are excellent health activities that reduce stress, improve cardiovascular resiliency, and improve sleep. Integral to successful running and walking is having healthy feet. Being a 30-miles-a-week runner myself, and a Board-certified Dermatologist, here are some of helpful tips on foot health: Tip #1: Be sure to reduce friction on your feet to ward off blisters. Wear comfortable socks, too, and use an antifungal powder. A personal favorite to reduce foot friction is over-the-counter Zeasorb® AF Powder, to both reduce foot friction and to hinder fungal growth on your feet. Tip #2: Definitely select co

Tips From a Dermatologist for Summer 2020

Summer fun means summer sun - even as we all try to stay socially safe this year. Summer sun comes by way of UV rays (ultraviolet light) which can cause include early wrinkling, sunburn, and skin cancer. Follow these 5 simple steps to help better protect yourself and your family, while still having a great time in the sun. #1 -- Take Sun Protection Steps, Every Day: Try to put your sunscreen on at least 30 minutes before you go out to give it a chance to penetrate your skin. Make sure your sunscreen has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30. The most common mistakes made with sunscreens? Not using the required 2 ounces needed to cover your whole body, not reapplying that full 2 oun

What's New in Acne Treatment for 2020

What is acne, and why is it important? Acne is a skin disease due to clogging of the pores or openings of the oil glands of to the skin’s surface. It can have negative effects upon a person’s mood, upon a person’s self-confidence, and it can lead to scarring in the skin. The good news is that in 2020 Dermatologists like myself have a growing number of promising, new options to help people with acne and complexion issues, whether they have dry skin, combination skin, or oily skin. Traditional therapies for acne treatment have often included a combination of oral antibiotics such as doxycycline and minocycline, with prescription topical (meaning “on top of the skin”) agents, like Tretinoin Cre

What You Need to Know About Melanoma

We’re moving into the sunny Summer, so let me share five crucial facts that you need to know about melanoma. Fact number one: Of the three main types of skin cancer, which are basal cell skin cancer, squamous cell skin cancer, and melanoma, melanoma is the most dangerous, because it kills one American about every 54 minutes. And we’re facing a national epidemic of skin cancer, with over three million cases being diagnosed in 2019, a number that increases yearly. This year, about 75,000 Americans will be diagnosed with invasive melanoma, meaning that this malignancy is growing down into the skin.The fellow in the photo below has a melanoma on his forehead. See the closeup just below: Fact num

Spotting Skin Cancer&Melanoma Early

Board-certified Dermatologist George Woodbury MD, Cordova TN, looks at features of skin cancer and melanoma. 1-901-753-016

Quiz on Poison Plant Reactions

With the long days of summer, this is a great time for people to become more familiar with poison plant reactions. The patient in the attached photos (below) came in to see me in my Dermatology Clinic this morning, here in Memphis TN. He was suffering horribly from itching. What does he have? Shingles Warts Impetigo Poison ivy dermatitis. If you voted for Poison ivy dermatitis, you’re right. He had had contact with a poison ivy plant. So I treated him with a prednisone steroid tablet and some steroid cream, and his horrible itching will be much better in a couple of days. Which of the following photos shows poison ivy? (A-E) The correct answer is D. And what clues lead you to that conclusio

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