Viruses

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

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

Herpes Simplex: 6 Ways To Combat Cold Sores

Cold sores, fever blisters, oral herpes simplex – call them what you will. These viral infections cause eruptions of sores and blisters on the lips and around the mouth that can be quite painful to those affected. “While they can be associated with stress, trauma, decreased immunity or another inciting factors, more often than not the breakouts are unpredictable,” says 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 Does Cantharidin Work?

Warts on the skin can be quite stubborn and often resistant to treatment. “In many cases, we use ‘destructive’ therapies on warts and other viral-induced skin lesions to literally blister up and peel these infections off the skin,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak. “Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen is one of the traditional therapies used by a dermatologist for these purposes, and Continue reading

What are Shingles?

Shingles (also known as Zoster) is a re-visitation of the varicella-zoster Chicken Pox virus that happens years after the initial infection. This flare typically occurs during the adult years, usually in older individuals. “The chicken pox virus never actually leaves the body,” explains Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified Dermatologist in Austin, Texas, “It takes up residence in our nerve roots Continue reading

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