Autoimmune Disease

Skin Cancer Risks with Biologic Medications

“Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United states with a one in five chance of being diagnosed during a persons’ lifetime” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified Dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. Known risk factors include UV light exposure and genetic predisposition, however new evidence is shedding light on the increased Continue reading

Siliq is now approved for the treatment of Psoriasis. Is this right for me?

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting 7.5 million people in the United States. “It’s classified as an autoimmune disorder, meaning the bodies own immune system is creating an inflammatory response to itself,” says Dr. Kellie Reed, board certified Dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology. The severity of the condition can vary and affect activities of daily living even in mild forms. Continue reading

How are Scarring and Non-Scarring Hair Loss Different?

Hair loss is all too common a concern. For men and women alike, hair loss can be an indication of a health problem, a side effect of a medical treatment or medication, or something we consider genetically programmed and part of the natural aging process. Regardless of the reasons, hair loss is much more than an aesthetic concern. As such, there Continue reading

What is Dermatomyositis?

Dermatomyositis is a disease of the connective tissue that is related to polymyositis and can cause inflammation of the skin and muscles, among other symptoms. Who gets it? “While the exact cause of dermatomyositis is unknown, it may be the result of an initial viral or bacterial infection or of subsequent treatment in genetically predisposed individuals,” says Dr. Kellie Reed, a Continue reading

The What, Who, and How of Subacute Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the body’s tissue and organs.  Subacute Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (SCLE) is a particular form of lupus that affects the skin, causing red, itchy rashes. This particular type of lupus can have 2 common manifestations: “One type begins with red, pimple-like bumps on the skin and can develop into Continue reading

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