What's New in Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema – also called “atopic dermatitis” – is a sensitive skin condition that often runs in families along with asthma, hay fever, and food allergies. It’s felt to be genetic, rather than due to an allergy to milk or eggs. Episodes of eczema –rashes and itching or burning -tend to start when the skin gets dry, often related to a new cleanser or laundry detergent. In 2020, attacks of eczema are unfortunately becoming more and more common, particularly because of the current frequent skin washing and scrubbing, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. And Eczema really affects the whole family: parents become sleep deprived when kids are suffering from itching and burning in the night. But as a D

5 Tips on Basal Cell Skin Cancer, From a Dermatologist:

Did you know that upwards of 3 million Americans will be diagnosed with Basal Cell Skin Cancer in 2020, with over 2,000 fatalities? Fortunately, when spotted early, this type of skin cancer can be effectively treated by a minor outpatient surgery, before it spreads. Let me share with you 5 important tips on Basal Cell Skin Cancer, from my perspective as a practicing Dermatologist. First, the highest risk individuals for skin cancer are those who freckle or burn easily, those with blond or red hair, those with prior severe sunburns, and those who love the sun. But really everyone is at risk for skin cancer. It’s possible that those who tan rather than burn are even at higher risk, because the

4 Tips on Spotting Squamous Cell Carcinoma - From a Dermatologist

Did you know that upwards of 400,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the skin (Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma, or CSCC) in 2020, with over 8,000 fatalities? Fortunately, when spotted early, this type of skin cancer can be effectively treated by a minor outpatient surgery, before it spreads. Let’s look at 4 important tips on spotting squamous cell carcinoma, from my perspective as a practicing Dermatologist. First, the highest risk individuals for skin cancer are those who freckle or burn easily, those with blond or red hair, those with prior severe sunburns, and those who love the sun. But with our culture’s increasing love of UV or Ultraviolet light, really ev

ABCs of Skin Cancer for Sun Lovers, from a Dermatologist

Maybe you like to swim, to surf, to jog, to golf, or to run? Maybe you like to be outdoors or you’re a sun lover? Then you need to come to know the A, B, Cs of skin cancer. Why? Because one American dies every every 54 minutes from a type of skin cancer called melanoma which should be visible to the naked eye, so it should be detectable early, when it can be effectively treated by a minor outpatient surgery. Don’t become a statistic. So what are the A, B, Cs, D, and E’s? They’re simple rules of thumb first described by Drs. Al Kopf and Darrel Rigel that Dermatologists like me use to judge whether a skin growth is significant, might be skin cancer, and needs removal. Let’s take a look: A stan

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