CONJUNCTIVITIS

Pinkeye is another name for conjunctivitis and is a condition that causes inflammationpinkeye and redness of the membranes inside the eyes. It causes the whites of your eyes to appear reddish or pink. The disease can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection in addition to an allergic reaction. Pinkeye caused by infection is highly contagious. Many children will develop pink eye at a daycare and spread it to others. For this reason, early diagnosis and treatment is extremely important. Pinkeye can affect one or both eyes. Many times it will start in one eye and then spread to the other. The most common symptoms of pink eye are redness, Continue reading

DERMATOPHYTOSIS – WHAT IS THIS?

ringwormIt seems as though there have been a lot of people with ringworm these days. Dermatophytosis, also known as ringworm in humans, is a relatively common superficial fungal infection. Dermatophytes are microscopic organisms that live on the dead outer layer of the skin and stays on the outside of the body at all times. There is no actual worm involved and this infection can affect anyone at any time. In recent years, ringworm has increased substantially in humans. This is partially due to the rising number of people with immunocompromised conditions including things like cancer, AIDS and diabetes. This fungus is also more prone to people that live in a warm, humid climate and have direct contact with active lesions on someone else (like a pet).  Further, individuals with eczema, children before the age of puberty and boys seem Continue reading

HAVE YOU HEARD OF LICHEN PLANUS?

          I have a friend, and reader of my site, that contacted me on Facebook to tell me about a skin disorder that he has and also one that his mother had when she was living.  I love when people give me suggestions to write about something, particularly when I have never heard of the disorder!  In fact, I wish I had more comments, suggestions and subscribers to my site so that they could receive updates and daily posts that I share via email.  The site is meant to be helpful to friends, colleagues, students, moms, patients AND the general public, so please let me know things that you Continue reading

SHINGLES – HERPES ZOSTER

          Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.  Once a person has had chickenpox, the virus can live, but remains inactive in certain nerve roots within the body.  If it becomes active again, usually later in life, it can cause shingles.  In the United States, 98% of adults have been infected with the chickenpox virus.  If you are an adult, chances are you are one of many at risk Continue reading

VARICOSE VEINS

          Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs.  Normally, one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart.  When these valves do not work as they should, blood collects in your legs, and pressure builds up.  High blood pressure inside your superficial leg veins Continue reading