• How to Treat Shingles

    If you have ever had chickenpox, or been vaccinated for it, you are at risk for getting shingles – a painful, blistering rash. This is because after the chickenpox clears, the virus stays in the body. If the virus reactivates, or wakes up, you could get shingles. Although shingles is much less contagious

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  • How to Shave

    Shaving can be a challenge for both men and women. Here are dermatologists’ tips to help you get a clean shave: Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. Taking a shower or bath is a great way to soften your hair. Next, apply a shaving cream or gel. Be sure to shave

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  • Lichen planus

      Lichen planus: This common skin disease often develops on the wrist. Lichen planus: Overview Many people get lichen (LY-kin) planus (PLAN-us). This disease can develop on one or several parts of the body. It can appear on the skin or inside the mouth. Sometimes, it appears in both places. Lichen

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  • Manicure and pedicure safety

    Having beautiful nails is less a matter of luck and more a matter of caring for them correctly. Here are dermatologists’ top manicure and pedicure tips: Apply a cream to moisturize your nails, especially after removing nail polish since most removers contain chemicals that dry the nails.

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  • Neurodermatitis

      Neurodermatitis around the anklebone: Scratching an itchy patch around the ankle caused the neurodermatitis to appear. Neurodermatitis: Overview Neurodermatitis is a skin condition that begins with an itch. The itch can develop anywhere on the surface of the body. Most commonly, though, an itchy

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  • Nail fungus

      Nail fungus causes changes to the infected nails. You may see white spots or a change in the nail’s color. Other signs include debris under the nail and thickening nails. Overview: Nail fungus It’s easy to get a fungal nail infection. If you have a fungal infection on your foot, the fungus can

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  • Head Lice

      Head lice: This magnified picture of head lice on a fine-tooth comb shows that these bugs are tiny. Head lice: Overview Also called Pediculus humanus capitis Having head lice does not mean you are dirty. Most people get head lice when they have head-to-head contact with someone who has head

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  • How to Prevent and Treat Frostbite

    When the temperature dips below freezing, it’s critical to protect your skin from cold-weather health risks. Frostbite occurs when the skin – and sometimes the tissue beneath the skin – freezes due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Depending on how long and how frozen the tissue, frostbite

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  • Herpes simplex

      Herpes simplex: After clearing, herpes simplex sores can return. When the sores return, the outbreak tends to be milder than the first outbreak. Herpes simplex: Overview Herpes simplex is a common viral infection. If you’ve ever had a cold sore or fever blister, you picked up the herpes simplex

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  • Keratosis pilaris

    Keratosis pilaris: overview Keratosis pilaris: This harmless skin condition causes tiny, rough-feeling bumps on the skin. What is keratosis pilaris? Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition, which appears as tiny bumps on the skin. Some people say these bumps make their skin look like plucked

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  • Hair loss

      Hereditary hair loss: Millions of men and women have hereditary hair loss. This type of hair loss can often be successfully treated. Hair loss: Overview Also called alopecia (al-o-PEE-shah) Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. If you see bald patches or lots of

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  • How to care for tattooed skin

    More and more patients are asking their dermatologists for skin care tips that will keep a tattoo looking its best. Here are some tips from dermatologists for keeping tattooed skin healthy and vibrant: If your tattooed skin feels dry, apply a water-based lotion or cream to the tattoo. Petroleum-based

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  • How to Treat Diaper Rash

    Everyone wants a happy, healthy baby, however, babies often experience discomfort from diaper rash – a condition that causes skin underneath the diaper to become red and tender. Help your baby by following dermatologists’ tips to prevent and treat diaper rash at home: Change dirty diapers as

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  • How to Treat Dandruff

    Dandruff is a common scalp condition in which small pieces of dry skin flake off of the scalp. If you have dark hair or you’re wearing dark colors, you may notice the flakes in your hair or on your shoulders. Dandruff may also make your scalp itch. Many people believe that dandruff is caused by poor

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  • Isotretinoin: Treatment for severe acne

      Acne can diminish quality of life: Studies show that acne can decrease self-confidence and cause one to avoid social situations. Isotretinoin: Overview Brand names: Absorica®, Accutane®, Amnesteem®, Claravis®, Myorisan®, Sotret®, and Zenatane™ Isotretinoin (eye-soh-tret-in-OH-in)

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  • Dry skin

    Simple changes can soothe dry skin Following the same skin care routine year round may not work so well when the humidity drops. Without a change in your skin care, dry air can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed.  To help heal dry skin and prevent

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