Skin Lesions

Eczema vs. Squamous Cell Carcinoma: How Can You Tell The Difference?

Eczema is a common skin condition that affects millions of children and adults. It causes redness, dryness and flaking on the skin, as well as irritation and itching. Eczema ranges from mild to severe, can come and go and be seasonal or constant. Some people have eczema from an early age and outgrow it, others will deal with it throughout Continue reading

Basal Cell Carcinoma: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

There are many different types of skin cancer, but basal cell carcinoma is the most common and most easily treatable. Basal cell carcinoma tends to occur on exposed parts of the body, usually appearing as a small growth on the face, where you tend to get the most sun. “While it rarely spreads to other areas, it’s still important to be on Continue reading

Skin Tags: What Are They and Should I Worry?

What is a skin tag? A skin tag is a small, soft, round growth of skin that stands apart from the rest of your skin. “It’s often not bigger than a few millimeters, but it can grow up to half an inch,” explains Dr. Kellie Reed, board certified dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology. “Once it’s grown, it usually doesn’t change shape Continue reading

When Should Birthmarks Be Removed?

Birthmarks are a common occurrence. Most commonly, a concentration of extra pigment or blood vessels causes a noticeable mark on a newborn’s skin. “There are many ways these marks can present, including moles, port wine stains and hemangiomas, as well as café-au-lait spots,” shares Emily Johnston, physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology. While birthmarks are typically harmless, small, and easy to live with, 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

Suture Granuloma: New Bump On An Incision Line

Abnormal skin growths – lumps, ridges, or other seemingly random growths on or below the surface of the skin – can be very concerning. This is especially true if they come up at the site of a previously treated skin cancer. However, not all of these growths are worrisome. A suture granuloma, for example, can normally be found on or Continue reading

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

Key features dermatologists use to diagnose basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell skin cancer, also known as basal cell carcinoma, is the most common type of skin cancer and affects millions of people every year. It can appear in several different ways based on it’s different subtypes. There are several key features that can be used by dermatologists to help diagnose basal cell carcinoma. The nodular subtype of basal cell Continue reading

What are the Treatment Options for Actinic Keratosis?

If you’re over 40 and notice a dry, rough, scaly patch of pink, red or brown skin it could be actinic keratosis. These rough scaly patches are the result of past sun exposure, and can often take years to develop. A percentage of these skin lesions can become cancerous. So They Only Affect Middle-Aged or Older People? “Although they’re most Continue reading

Explaining Fixed Drug Eruptions

A fixed drug eruption (or ‘fixed drug reaction’) is essentially an allergic reaction to an oral medication. “Most rashes associated with adverse drug reactions can be diffuse, or migrate across the skin and can  have systemic symptoms,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified Dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology. “These reactions are called ‘fixed’ because they occur at a specific location on Continue reading

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