Acne

Acne is a common human skin disease that, while prevalent during adolescence, can affect adults as well. Acne appears most often on the face but it can also appear on the neck, chest, back, and upper arms. Acne develops when naturally-occurring skin oils called “sebum,” along with dead skin cells, clog hair follicles and/or pores in the skin. The clogged...

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Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that results in the loss of hair on the body. The autoimmune process is characterized by the body’s own immune system attacking hair follicles. The three types of alopecia areata are: Alopecia areata – skin loses hair in round sections of varying size Alopecia areata totalis – complete loss of hair on the...

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Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is fungal infection that affects the skin between the toes. This form of ring worm is also contagious and can be spread to toe nails and hands. Athlete’s foot impacts athletes and non-athletes alike, as well as men and women of all ages and races.

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinomas are growths or lesions that appear on the skin surface in varying forms, including red patches of skin, pink growths, open sores and shiny bumps. Basal cell carcinomas are commonly caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Basal cell carcinomas are rarely life-threatening, though their appearance can be highly unsightly.

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Birthmark

A birthmark is a generally harmless irregularity on the skin caused by overgrowth of blood vessels, cells that contain pigment, smooth muscle and fat cells. Birthmarks can be flat or raised, have regular or irregular borders, and have different shades of coloring. Birthmarks earned their name as they appear at or shortly after birth. The two main types of birthmarks...

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Botox® for Hyperhidrosis

Botox® reduces sweating by temporarily blocking the nerve impulses that stimulate the sweat glands. Treatment is required every 4-6 months.

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Cysts

A cyst is a broad term for a fluid or semi-fluid filled sac that occurs within skin tissue and can appear anywhere on the body. Some cysts are microscopic, while others, if left untreated, can grow so large that they interfere with the function of internal organs. Cysts develop a wall, unlike an abscess, which is also filled with fluid,...

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Eczema

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a common skin condition characterized by the inflammation, swelling or irritation of the skin. Eczema affects as many as 35 million Americans. Eczema is not dangerous, but it can cause significant discomfort if the skin itches. When that happens, the condition may worsen if the eczema is scratched. Atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema, is...

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Hemangiomas

A hemangioma, also known as a strawberry mark, is a type of birthmark that is almost always benign and disappears by the age of 10. Hemangiomas rarely require any medical treatment; however, in some cases, medical intervention may be warranted if the hemangioma presents a cosmetic challenge (large and visible), or if it starts to change shape or color or...

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Herpes Simplex

Herpes simplex, or simply herpes, typically refers to two different viruses that typically appear in separate places on the body. Herpes type 1 is also known as oral herpes due to its appearance as sores around the mouth and lips. These sores are commonly called fever blisters or cold sores. Herpes type 2 usually appears in the genital area and...

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