Infections

What is a cold sore?

Many individuals in the United States have suffered from cold sores at some point in their life. “These outbreaks can be severe and affect activities of daily life,” explains Emily Johnston, dermatology physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. It is important to understanding the appearance and cause of cold sores to help prevent further spread and to understand Continue reading

Skin Disorders : Erythema Nodosum

Erythema Nodosum is an inflammatory condition that happens deep underneath the skin, within the subcutaneous fatty layer. It is a somewhat rare condition that can affect both men and women between the ages of 20 – 40. “It typically appears as painful lumps, otherwise known as nodules, that are red and tender to the touch,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board Continue reading

Pulse Dye Laser Offers Hope for Treatment of Hard-to-Remove Warts

Do you suffer from warts that have resisted traditional wart removal treatments? Are you looking for a safe, effective, permanent wart removal procedure? If so, you should be aware that certain lasers can be to effectively remove warts from the skin. Pulse dye laser wart removal works by using powerful laser energy to destroy the small blood vessels that feed Continue reading

Zika Prevention: A Quick Guide to What You Do to Prevent Mosquito Bites

The rise of the Zika virus has understandably increased fears of contracting illness from mosquito bites. “There is currently no vaccine or cure for Zika,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. This rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus that is believed to be responsible for thousands of birth defects. “The only effective weapon against the virus is preventing Continue reading

How do I Know if my Eczema is Infected?

It’s fairly common to wonder if your eczema is infected especially if you’ve recently developed it, or it appears to be acting differently than it has in the past. It’s important to remember that eczema is an inflammatory skin condition, not an infection. The itching, scaling, and redness are all normal symptoms of this condition, as are the small fluid-filled blisters and even Continue reading

What is Impetigo?

What is Impetigo? Impetigo is a contagious bacterial skin infection which spreads after entering the skin through a cut or scrape. It is most common in children aged 2-to-6 years. Patients with eczema or itchy skin can often develop impetigo from scratching their skin. Children who play contact sports such as wrestling are also susceptible, regardless of their age. What Does Continue reading

Learn How A Dermatologist Can Help You!

Too often, people suffer from common problems such as acne, hair issues, or issues with their nails. But more often than you think, the solution is actually easier than you think. Keep reading to learn how a Dermatologist can help you. A dermatologist is a doctor whose expertise is in the field of skin, hair, and nails. These professionals can treat a wide Continue reading

On The Run | Top Skin Care Tips for Marathon Runners

Running is a  great way to stay active and fit in our beautiful city of Austin, Texas. Whether it’s the Cap10K, 3M Marathon, or simply a Turkey Trot, it’s not too difficult to find a big running event with a bit of Austin-pizazz! With all the prep and training, your skin can also feel the strain while getting your legs Continue reading

Do I Need A Bandage after Mohs Surgery?

Patients diagnosed with skin cancer often seek Mohs surgery to have their tumors treated and removed with over 99% cure rates. The Mohs procedure leaves surgical defects that often then need to be sutured closed and repaired. But when the doctor places the last stitch, the procedure isn’t necessarily over. Covering Up The Evidence “I’m always surprised how quickly patients Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Triclosan Containing Skin Care Products

What Is Triclosan? Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that is commonly found in personal care products. “Basically,  it’s a soap,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board-certified dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. “It was first used in hospital cleansers decades ago. People began to recognize how effective it was as an antimicrobial agent, and started adding it to Continue reading

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