As discussed in a previous post, eczema is an autoimmune skin condition that can be worsened by certain irritants. The key to managing eczema is to avoid those irritants and appropriately care for your skin. Some ways to do that include…
Since eczema is a chronic skin condition it is also important to use medications prescribed as directed. With effective treatment, you can keep eczema under control.
As described in a previous post, Nail Health Care Tips, nails can provide insight into our overall health. Changes that develop in the nail can indicate an underlying condition that may require immediate medical attention. This makes understanding them so important.
Nails themselves can be described as the thin transparent plate that covers the upper surface at the end of a finger or toe. Consisting of the nail plate, the nail matrix, and the nail bed, the primary objective is to protect the tip of the finger or toe and surrounding areas from injury. Due to this functionality, any abnormalities of the nail can result in further, more serious problems.
Listed below are some facts taken from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to provide better understanding about your nails and how they work.
If you are experiencing any concerns or issues with your nails contact our office right away for successful diagnosis and treatment.
Back in 2011, reality star Kim Kardashian announced that she suffers from psoriasis. Since that time, she has been influential in raising awareness about the condition. Recently, she shared a shocking photo on her Instagram that brought attention back to it.
As you can see, the photo shows textbook psoriasis flareups all over her face. A lot of people found the photo quite shocking and can’t believe how she is regularly able to conceal it.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects more than 8 million Americans. Typically developing between the ages of 15-25, symptoms consist of skin redness and irritation with silver colored scales. Usually occurring on the scalp, face, hands, elbows, knees, and feet, it is believed to occur when the body’s immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous or harmful substances.
A common misconception is that psoriasis is contagious, this is not the case. Some things that can contribute to worsening the condition though include, too much exposure to sunlight, consumption of alcohol, and even stress. It can be treated many different ways, with the most common options being topical ointments or creams, lotions, and shampoos.
Taking care of your skin by regularly moisturizing and cleaning the affected area can also help in maintaining and reducing flare-ups. Although there is no way to prevent psoriasis, there are many ways to manage and treat the condition.
Source: National Psoriasis Foundation
Topical corticosteroids (steroids) are a common treatment option for a variety of dermatological conditions. The reason is that they promote anti-inflammatory responses by suppressing the immune system’s response. Typically prescribed for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema, and rashes, if prescribed appropriately they can yield very effective results.
This effectiveness however can lead to patients developing a dependency on them. Initially, after stopping the topical steroid, the condition may come back with a vengeance. So quite often, people will continue to apply the steroid even after the condition clears, and in doing so, severe side effects can arise. Examples include, atrophy of the skin (the consistency in the area of skin where the cream was used becomes comparable to saran wrap) or striae (thick red lines that look like stretch marks). A way to avoid potential addiction is through the use of a stagger program. This can be done by using the topical steroid twice a day for two weeks, then taking one week off.
Although topical steroids are an effective option, if not administered properly it can lead to serious issues.
Laser technology coupled with the number of people getting tattoos has boosted the tattoo removal industry. The newest lasers are less painful and leave less scarring than did in the past. The infographic below explains the process in further detail…
Source: American Academy of Dermatology; FDA; tattooarchive.com. Graphic: Bonnie Berkowitz and Alberto Cuadra /The Washington Post