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Warts

Warts are growths caused by viruses beneath the skin. They can appear anywhere on the body – including the feet. When warts appear on the soles of the feet, they are known as ‘plantar warts’, which are hard and may even grow inward due to pressure on the heels and balls of the feet. Though […]

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Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis – also known as AK — is a pre-cancerous condition that presents as small patches on areas of the skin that have been heavily exposed to the sun. These patches may be red, rough, flaky, scaly or even appear as sores. The use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) can help destroy pre-cancerous cells without […]

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Skin Cancers

Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early. However, people who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing a […]

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Mohs Surgery

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with skin cancer and are now facing the reality of having to have it removed, it can be reassuring to understand what exactly is involved in the procedure. The Mohs procedure is complex and requires the hands of a skilled and knowledgeable dermatologist. It is typically performed as an outpatient […]

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Skin Biopsy

Your skin is the largest and most visible organ in your body, working hard to protect you from your environment. Though it may not be treated with as much attention as other major organs, such as the heart and liver, the skin plays an essential role in overall health. It is important to be vigilant […]

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Vasculitis

Vasculitis is an inflammatory disease that causes thickening of the blood vessel walls. Because there are several types of vasculitis, signs and symptoms can vary significantly from person to person. However, many people who suffer from this disease experience muscle and joint pain, as well as numbness and weakness. Some also experience fever, fatigue, and […]

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Systemic Sclerosis

Systemic sclerosis – also known as scleroderma – is a progressive disease that causes complications with various systems of the body and nearly always the skin. Almost all patients with systemic sclerosis experience a thickening or hardening of the skin. Dermatological changes occur progressively, but may eventually cause a loss of flexibility. Though some scleroderma patients […]

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to create abnormal antibodies to attack its own tissues. These antibodies attack both the skin tissues and those of internal systemic organs. Any part of the body may be affected, including vital organs like the kidneys, heart, brain and lungs. Joint pain and stiffness […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease that causes an inflammation of the lining of the joints. Its symptoms include swollen and tender joints accompanied by morning stiffness and sometimes fever, weight loss and fatigue. Rheumatoid arthritis most frequently affects the smallest joints in the body, eventually spreading to the knees, hips and shoulders. The […]

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Polymyositis

Polymyositis is an inflammatory disease that causes the body to produce antibodies against its own tissues. It is characterized by the progressive muscle weakness it causes – particularly among muscles closest to the trunk of the body. Other symptoms may include joint tenderness, speech impairment, shortness of breath, fatigue or difficulty swallowing. Did you know? […]

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by brittle bones that are highly susceptible to fractures. Unfortunately, the disease is often ‘silent’ and does not become obvious until it causes a fracture or break. Though osteoporosis can affect any bone, it most frequently causes breaks or fractures in the hips, spine and wrist. Did you know? According […]

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a disease characterized by joint damage caused by ‘wear and tear’ occurring within joint cartilage over time. This degenerative joint disorder causes joint pain and tenderness, as well as swelling, stiffness and loss of flexibility among some patients. Osteoarthritis is progressive, beginning with minimal symptoms that gradually worsen. Some of the joints most […]

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Gout

Gout is a very painful form of arthritis that presents in acute and sudden attacks of intense pain. Though gout attacks most frequently occur at night, they can happen at any time with little or no warning. The most common symptom is extreme sensitivity, pain and tenderness at the base of the toe or in […]

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain, as well as additional pain at various ‘tender points’ on the body. This pain is usually associated with the muscles and may be accompanied by fatigue, morning ‘stiffness’, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. There is no known cause of fibromyalgia, but researchers believe that […]

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Dermatomyositis

Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory condition that causes the body to produce antibodies that surround small blood vessels and cause muscle degeneration in those areas. Dermatomyositis most commonly presents itself with muscle weakness and skin changes. Weakness is generally symmetrical and isolated close to the trunk of the body in the shoulders, neck, hips or upper […]

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Bursitis and Tendinitis

Bursitis and tendinitis are inflammatory conditions that cause swelling or irritation to the bursae (bursitis) or tendons (tendinitis). Though they can occur nearly anywhere in the musculoskeletal system, each of these conditions is most likely to affect major joints in the body, such as the knee, ankle, shoulder, hip, or elbow. Joint pain and stiffness […]

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Acne Treatments

Everyone wants blemish-free skin, but for many, clear skin does not come naturally. Acne usually makes its first appearance on the youthful skin of adolescents during puberty. This is a time when hormones are changing and the body is transforming to take on the appearance of an adult. Although acne is highly common during this […]

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Dry Skin

Dry skin is a condition that affects millions of people of all ages. It occurs when the skin does not have enough hydration or natural oils. There are many reasons for developing dry skin, such as age, environmental factors, and genetic predisposition. People with a history of skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis are also […]

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Eczema

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin disease that occurs in people of all ages – though children are most prone to developing it. Approximately 35 million people in the U.S. have eczema, the vast majority of who are children under age 5. The condition causes chronically dry patches of skin and itching […]

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Skin Cancer

Many people develop skin cancer in their lifetimes. It is by far the most curable form of cancer though early detection is important for a positive outcome. Skin cancers often vary in appearance from person to person, making them difficult to identify to the untrained eye. Did you know… that skin cancer is the most frequently […]

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Scabies

Scabies is a skin condition caused by mites that burrow into the skin and lay eggs. Mites are not visible on the skin and go relatively unnoticed until the skin begins reacting to the mite infection. Usually, the skin responds by forming a rash that itches and worsens without treatment. However, it can take up […]

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Rosacea

Rosacea is a benign skin disease identified by reddened skin – especially on the face, neck and chest. There are four types of rosacea, each of which causes different types of symptoms. In addition to redness, the various types of rosacea may also cause flushing, visible blood vessels, swelling, acne-like breakouts, bumpy skin, thickened skin, […]

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Moles

Moles are very common among people of all ages and skin colors. Most are benign, causing no reason for alarm. However, some moles can be hiding skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the U.S. Other moles, though previously benign, may evolve into cancerous lesions over time. It is important to keep an […]

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Melanoma

Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer that, although rare, is responsible for the greatest number of skin cancer deaths in America. Found in its earliest stages, melanoma is completely curable. But left untreated, this dangerous cancer can spread to other areas of the body. Anyone of any skin color or background can develop […]

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Hives

Hives are an inflammation of the skin that are identified by their pink or red tones and itchiness. Hives look different from person to person, ranging from tiny dots to large welts. Sometimes, hives occur as the result of an allergic reaction. But for some people, hives can appear without warning, regenerating and staying for […]

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Genital Warts

Genital warts appear on the genitals after sexual contact with an infected person. Often warts do not appear for many months or years after contracting the virus responsible for them. Although not all people who come in contact with genital warts will get them, those who do can experience symptoms ranging from mild to severe. […]

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How Skin Relates to Gut Health

Everyone wants a young, vibrant and healthy skin. However, many people fail to recognize that skin health starts in the gut. The skin is a topical organ that often produces exterior symptoms. Instead of treating skin issues like acne, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema as isolated problems, it is important to recognize that these conditions may […]

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