Infantile hemangiomas (strawberry birthmarks) are one of the most common skin growths seen in infancy. They are a noncancerous overgrowth of blood vessels. The spots generally appear as a red patch in the skin that will grow to a red raised area over a short period of time. Any infant may grow a hemangioma, but we know they are more common in certain circumstances. The reasons for this are not clear. Girls have them more commonly than boys. They also occur more often in premature babies, or babies with a low birth weight.
Alopecia areata is one of the most common causes of hair loss. This is an autoimmune condition where patches of hair are generally lost on the scalp. Though it can be more widespread or affect virtually any area of the body that has hair including the beard in men or eyebrows\eyelashes. The condition can afflict a very broad spectrum of the population. Hands-down, alopecia areata is the most common cause of hair loss in children, but it also may affect individuals at any point during their life.
It’s easy this time of year to focus on all the amazing features of fall such as the leaves changing color, the cooler weather, and the sights and sounds of Halloween including trick-or-treaters. Yet it’s also important not to lose sight of good care for your skin and the skin of your family members. A handful of things can occur around this time of year as we approach the Halloween holiday that can contribute to some skin issues. The dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands want to share some tips to keep your skin happy and beautiful through this season.
It’s the time of year that we tend to think the warm, sweaty months have left us behind – not so for those with hyperhidrosis. There is normal sweating, and there is abnormal sweating. Simply put, hyperhidrosis is abnormal sweating. Our bodies sweat as part of our normal thermoregulatory control. This is because sweating is necessary in many circumstances to help us dissipate heat energy and therefore reduce our body temperature when we are overheated in environments such as being outdoors on a very hot day.
Skin itching and scratching are some of the great scourges of human existence. As the largest organ, the skin has millions of nerves. These nerve fibers are miles long and cover every part of our skin. They help us to have all sorts of sensations, ranging all the way from itch and pain to more pleasurable and welcome feelings.
As adults, most of us have unwanted hair in certain areas. Generally, we have developed a routine for dealing with these hairs. However, having to maintain this routine can be annoying and cumbersome. Fortunately for most people there is an alternative-laser hair treatment.
The skin is the largest organ, and as such can develop numerous different problems. These problems range all the way from rashes to skin cancers. In all, there are more than 3,000 different skin conditions. As dermatologists, we are asked daily to evaluate a substantial number of these, diagnose them, and treat them.
In many cases the diagnosis is based off what we can see visually with the spots in the skin, including their appearance and location. However, in a sizable portion of the cases, additional testing is often needed to better clarify the diagnosis – of all these tests, the skin biopsy procedure is most central.
In our clinics at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands we see new patients daily and wanted to write this as a source of guidance and to welcome new patients coming to our practice. Some individuals are coming to see a dermatologist for the very first time. In contrast, some new patients have already seen a dermatologist elsewhere, and for various reasons want to establish care with a new dermatology provider.
Genital Warts are due to human papillomavirus (HPV). They are a very common problem and are seen frequently in Omaha dermatology clinics. Patients are often quite upset when diagnosed with genital warts (aka condyloma acuminata). This is because they may feel both distressed and embarrassed by their condition. Much of this has to do with the apparent stigma of feeling labeled as having what was previously referred to as a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Now such conditions are referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STI).
In our dermatology clinics at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands, easy bruising & thin skin are common issues we hear about from our patients. As we age, these changes are seen more often. Most of the cases we see are in individuals over 50 to 60 years of age. Because this is so common, we wanted to prepare this information with details about why easy bruising & thin skin occur and what to do about it.