So there you have it! The 6 P’s of Lichen Planus.
Purple – This rash often takes on a purplish hue.
Pruritic – Lichen planus is often itchy.
Polygonal – The rash can consist of geometric looking shapes.
Planar – Lichen planus is often “flat-topped.”
Papules – Raised bumps.
Plaques – Larger than papules, [...]
Patients often ask me about bright pink dots that they’ve noticed cropping up on their skin. These little spots can be flat or raised, and are usually relatively small and only millimeters wide. These spots are called cherry angiomas, aka cherry hemangiomas. They are asymptomatic and benign, and do not need to be treated [...]
The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia. This diagnosis is also known as male pattern baldness when it occurs in men, and female pattern hair loss when it occurs in women. As its name implies, androgens contribute to this type of hair loss, as do genetics. That’s right — if your [...]
Several readers contacted me after a previous posting about jogging causing itching. The below NIH study may be of interest from people who suffer from this condition and also other urticarias.
A team at NIH led by Dr. Hirsh Komarow is studying physical urticarias caused by water, sun, pressure or vibration (such as caused [...]
Retin-A ® or tretinoin is a popularly prescribed medication for acne as well as preventing the signs of skin aging. For acne, it is particularly effective for “whiteheads” (aka closed comedones) or “blackheads” (aka open comedones). In terms of skin aging prevention, it can help improve the texture of skin, even out skin tone, and [...]
You may have heard the terms keloid and hypertrophic scar thrown around. Both are types of scars, but they are not the run-of-the mill normal scars. Keloids tend to be bulky and “spill over” the footprint of the wound. A hypertrophic scar is also larger than normal, but its edges do not “spill over” [...]
There’s a condition where a stressful event such as surgery, trauma, childbirth, extreme weight loss, severe illness, extreme emotional stress or other causes of stress causes your hair to fall out. This condition is called telogen effluvium. Telogen is a phase of the normal hair cycle. It also happens to be the cycle where [...]
The wear and tear that comes with time shows up on our skin. For many of us, adulthood and various stages of life (eg pregnancy) come with skin changes. I’ve recently had several patients ask me about pesky spider veins and varicose veins.
These are veins that become dilated or “loose” over time. They [...]
Too frequently, I meet new patients who come in noting they’ve had a skin growth they’ve been concerned about for months, a year, or even years. Some have had growths that have continued to grow in size, bleed, break open and even take over the face — growing into the eye, ear, or lip. [...]
Our last post covered the basics about treating a minor cut or scrape. One reason you should call your doctor after getting a cut or scrape is if you think your skin has developed an infection (aka cellulitis). It’s normal for there to be a little redness around the cut or scrape, but here [...]
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