Dermatitis

Pityriasis Rosea: The Christmas Tree Rash

What is Pityriasis Rosea? Pityriasis Rosea is a benign skin rash. While the rash isn’t dangerous, it can cause substantial discomfort to those affected by it. “The rash usually begins with a single ‘herald patch’ skin lesion which is then followed by a general body rash after one to two weeks,” says Dr. Kellie Reed, board-certified Dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology. Continue reading

Understanding Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis

What is Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis? Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis (CNH) is a common, benign, though painful condition which presents as a small, tender, nodule on the helix of the ear. “It is a chronic inflammatory lesion, similar to a pressure sore on the ear,” explains Dr. Kellie Reed, a board certified Dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. Who gets it? While the 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

Saran Wrap: A Dermatologist’s Best Friend?

Would you be surprised to learn that the very same Saran Wrap you use to seal leftovers at home can also be a powerful healing tool in the hands of a trained dermatologist? Dermatologists have discovered that non-permeable plastic films, such as Saran Wrap, can play an important role in treating several common skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and Continue reading

Dupilumab: A Breakthrough in Eczema Treatment

If you have eczema–especially if you haven’t found an effective treatment for your unbearably itchy skin–you may want to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist soon. For the first time in decades, there is a promising new treatment for eczema on the horizon. Dupilumab is being heralded as a breakthrough medication. The research is very promising, and physicians are hopeful Continue reading

Erythema Ab Igme: Is My Laptop Burning My Skin?

Could your laptop be hazardous to your health? Back in the days before central heating, it was fairly common for many people, particularly the elderly and infirm, to develop a skin condition known as erythema ab igme. “The name comes from Latin menaing ‘red from fire’,” says Dr. Kellie Reed, dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology. “Traditionally, it was caused by prolonged Continue reading

Polymorphous Light Eruption: Am I Allergic to the Sun?

Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE) may sound like something out of a science fiction film, but this skin condition is surprisingly common. Here are five quick facts about PMLE. What Is It? The simple answer is: “It’s a rash,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, a board certified Dermatologist in Austin, Texas, “that appears after sun exposure.” PMLE is commonly confused with hives Continue reading

Is Perioral Dermatitis Causing the Breakouts and Rashes Around My Mouth?

Perioral Dermatitis (also called periorifical dermatitis) is a common skin rash mainly affecting younger women. It is most commonly seen between the ages of 19 and 40. It can also be found in men, children, and the elderly, though with less frequency. With this condition, the skin near the mouth is the area most often affected, with a possible spread to the nose, Continue reading

How to Know When Redness, Spots, and Discoloration is Pityriasis Alba

  Skin can change its color and appearance for a number of reasons. When the skin develops red, scaly patches that leave the skin a lighter color, that condition could be pityriasis alba. “Pityriasis alba is actually a relatively common and benign condition that can usually be addressed with relatively straightforward measures,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Continue reading

Understanding the Atopic March

The phrase “Atopic March” often comes up when patients investigate the cause of their eczema and skin rashes. It has been used to describe a history or an often observed progression of allergic diseases. “These atopic conditions begin early in a patient’s life, usually in childhood,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “They are thought to be Continue reading

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