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Tinea Versicolor
Tinea Versicolor
Tinea versicolor is a condition that we see frequently in our clinics at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands, especially in the summertime.  The condition involves an overgrowth of a yeast organism (Malassezia type) on the skin, which disrupts pigment production temporarily.  This is condition usually affects the torso, neck, and/or the arms.  Though it is very common, the good news is that it is harmless.  A common misconception is that it can affect the face when in reality it essentially never shows up in that area.

How to Save a Life?
How to Save a Life?
On two consecutive days in my dermatology clinic, I met two sets of married couples. They came in for full-body skin examinations. In both cases, the patient’s wife had concerns about a spot on her husband’s skin. She was the one who made the appointments. Without her efforts, the man would likely have never sought dermatology care.

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.

Summer Sun Tips
Summer Sun Tips

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 be safe—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 include premature aging and skin cancers like melanoma.