Health Page Archive: Dermatology

Reversing Sun Damage

If you have wrinkles and sunspots on your skin due to sun damage, you may be able to minimize their appearance. Prescription creams such as Retin-A can smooth the appearance of wrinkles, while bleaching agents can lighten dark spots. Doctors can also use specialized laser ...
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Treat Cold Sores

A cold sore is a small sore on the face or inside the mouth that is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). While you cannot cure a cold sore, you can ease the pain while you wait for it to heal. Apply ice. If your ...
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Wear Sunscreen in Winter

Just because the weather is cold does not mean you are safe from sunburn. If you plan on spending several hours outside, remember to use sunscreen. “Sunburn occurs as a result of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff ...
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Chlorine Can Damage Skin

Chlorine is a chemical used to kill bacteria in pools. While it helps keep the water clean, it can be hard on skin – especially if you stay in the pool for hours. Excessive chlorine can cause you to develop a red, itchy rash and ...
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Dangers of Sunburn

When you do not properly protect yourself from the sun, you run the risk of many health problems, including skin cancer. “The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause sunburns,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Most sunburns affect only the outer ...
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Caring for Your Newborn’s Skin

When caring for your newborn’s skin, steer clear of lotion the first few weeks after birth. “Many newborns’ feet and hands become flaky and start peeling when they are a week or two old,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical ...
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Control Psoriasis

There is no cure for psoriasis, a condition in which a person’s immune system causes the skin cells to grow too rapidly and create scaly flakes. However, you can work with your doctor to control symptoms. Two of the most effective methods used are topical ...
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Risk Factors for Shingles

Anyone who has had chicken pox is at risk for having shingles, an infection that causes a painful rash. That is because both chicken pox and shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus.  “After you have had chicken pox, the virus lies dormant in the body’s ...
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Rosacea Triggers

Rosacea is a skin condition often called “adult acne” because of the pimples it causes on your face.  It is often accompanied by flushing or redness on the nose and cheeks.  Doctors do not know what causes rosacea, but they have identified several different triggers ...
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Sunscreen SPFs

When you are buying sunscreen, you should stick with SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is a measure of how well the sunscreen protects you from burning. “SPF 30 is more than adequate,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist at Saint ...
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