Skin Lesions

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

What You Should Know About Fordyce Spots Appearing on Your Skin

To many people, new bumps on the skin might seem unsightly. When those bumps appear on the outer border of the lip and the inside lining of the cheek, or on the skin of the genitalia, people might consider these spots alarming and worrisome.  “Of course, any new growth or bump on the skin should be evaluated to ensure it Continue reading

What You Need To Know About Pyoderma Gangrenosum

Pyoderma gangrenosum is a non-contagious inflammatory skin disease that can cause large, painful ulcers if not treated. “The first sign of pyoderma gangrenosum is normally a small, red bump similar to a spider bite,” says Dr. Kellie Reed, a board certified Dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology. The bump can break down and develop into an open lesion within a few days. The lesions Continue reading

Lichen Nitidus: Tiny Bumps on the Skin

Lichen Nitidus is a bumpy rash that typically develops in children and young adults, but it can affect anyone. It’s not known what causes it, but luckily it isn’t harmful. “It appears as clusters of bumps or papules which are smaller than a pinhead. They tend to be flat-topped and round, and usually the same color as your skin, although Continue reading

Understanding DSAP: Disseminated Superficial Actinic Porokeratosis

Disseminated Superficial Actinic Porokeratosis, or DSAP, might not be something you’ve heard much about, but if it affects you or others in your family, it’s certainly worth learning about. What is Disseminated Superficial Actinic Porokeratosis? “Disseminated Superficial Actinic Porokeratosis (DSAP) is an inherited skin condition which causes dry and flaky patches to appear on the skin, mostly on the legs Continue reading

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