All humans have body odor to varying degrees. It is an unpleasant, strong smell caused by the combination of sweat and bacteria on the skin. Consequently, the industry for products containing fragrance, cleansers, and deodorants as well as antiperspirants is a billion-dollar per year industry. When it comes to body odor, some of the most affected areas that this article focuses on include the armpits and groin as well as the hands and feet.
An itchy scalp is a common problem that can cause frustrating symptoms, such as frequent scratching and discomfort. A variety of things can cause your scalp to itch. These triggers can be broken down into the broad categories of skin diseases of the scalp, allergic reactions to hair care products, and our own actions & hair care practices. The best dermatologists know that the most common causes of itchy scalp is dandruff, and in a more severe form with redness and flaking is referred to as seborrheic dermatitis.
Do you have nails that are thick and difficult to trim? Do they have white or yellow discoloration?
If the answer to either of those questions is,’ yes’ then it is possible you have nail fungus. Nail fungal infections, known as onychomycosis, are extremely common. As people age, the odds steadily increase that a person will have fungus infection in one or more fingernails or toenails.
These types of situations are nothing unusual in dermatology. Daily in all our clinics at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands we see loved ones who have appointments together, frequently for skin checks or specific areas of concern. In most of those cases, one of the individuals is particularly concerned about the other. And as I pointed out, without this concern and the effort, it is very likely the appointments never would have been made.
At last, summer is here again, with warmer weather beckoning us to spend more time outdoors. This is especially the case right now with most everyone feeling cooped-up due to the viral pandemic.
We want you to have fun but also practice sun safety —whether you golf, garden, walk, or do any other outdoor activities. Through our work in dermatology, we see numerous hazardous effects of ultraviolet light exposure. The worst immediate effect, of course, is sunburn—see the recent tips we published about this: https://www.midlandsderm.com/extinguishing-your-sunburn/. Many of the long-term effects of UVA and UVB rays include skin cancer and premature aging.
Above all else, once you have a sunburn, the first critical step is to avoid further injury by getting out of the sun and staying out of it until you are completely healed. Burns can develop in just a few hours in the sun, so keep a watchful eye for any signs or symptoms.
In our last blog, we reviewed the top 10 most common skin spots that we see in dermatology (https://www.midlandsderm.com/top-ten-common-skin-spots/). All of these can be removed. Now we would like to share with you some more information about the options for unwanted skin spots removal, as well as the details on what these procedures entail. Which procedure goes best for each spot heavily depends on the size and depth of the skin growth.