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Tattoo Today, Regret Tomorrow: Tips to Parents From Pediatricians

Posted 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – That tattoo and nose ring may look cool now, but what about tomorrow? Teens should pause before getting inked – especially with the name of their current sweetheart. That's some of the advice in a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a leading group of doctors who care for children. Tattoos and body piercings may have hit the mainstream, but the report details some of the risks – from skin infections to potentially damaged job prospects. But the point is not to put the kibosh on body art, said Dr. Cora Breuner, the lead author of the report. "This isn't necessarily something to be looked down upon. We just want young people to be aware," said Breuner, an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital. It's difficult to know how often tattoos or piercings cause infections or other complications, because it's not specifically tracked, Breuner ... Read more

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Many Moisturizers Aren't What They Claim to Be

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – Many skin moisturizers that claim to be fragrance-free or hypoallergenic are not, and may aggravate skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema, a new study says. Northwestern University researchers examined the top 100 best-selling, whole-body moisturizers sold at Amazon, Target and Walmart for affordability and content. They found that 83 percent of so-called hypoallergenic products had a potentially allergenic chemical. The researchers also discovered that 45 percent of products marketed as fragrance-free contained a botanical ingredient or one that reacts to a fragrance that can cause a skin rash or skin allergy. In addition, moisturizers with "dermatologist-recommended" labels cost an average of 20 cents more per ounce than those that did not have the label. "We looked into what it means to be dermatologist-recommended, and it doesn't mean much because ... Read more

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Severe Psoriasis Linked to Higher Risk of Earlier Death

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – People with severe cases of the skin disease psoriasis appeared to have almost double the risk of dying during a four-year study than people without the condition, research suggests. But the increased death rate was only seen in those with psoriasis affecting more than 10 percent of their body surface area. For those with less-severe disease, the risk of dying early was actually less than it was for people who didn't have the skin condition. Dr. Robert Kirsner, chair of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that over the last decade or so, doctors have learned that people with psoriasis tend to be less healthy. "They are overweight, have diabetes mellitus, smoke, drink and have high cholesterol," he said. "These factors – as well as the presence of psoriasis itself – increases their risk for vascular disease and other poor ... Read more

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Moles Not Most Likely Spot for Melanomas

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Contrary to what you might think, moles are not the most likely place for a deadly melanoma to develop, a new analysis shows. In fact, a review of 38 previously published medical studies involving more than 20,000 melanomas showed that only 29 percent of the skin cancers started in moles patients already had, while 71 percent arose as new lesions on the skin. "Patients and physicians should be aware that skin without moles is more at risk than moles to develop a melanoma," said lead researcher Dr. Riccardo Pampena. He is with the dermatology and skin cancer unit at Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico at Reggio Emilia in Italy. Melanomas that arise on their own also tend to be more aggressive than melanomas associated with moles, suggesting the two types of malignancies might be different, Pampena added. Regardless, ... Read more

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Americans Injuring Themselves Grooming Pubic Hair

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – Should you consider trimming or shaving "down there," proceed with care – a new study finds injuries tied to pubic hair grooming are more common than you might think. Cuts, burns and infections are reported more than a quarter of the time, according to the online survey of more than 7,500 U.S. adults. "In another study, we found that 3 percent of all adults who were seen in the emergency room for urinary injuries had injuries related to pubic hair grooming," said lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Breyer. He's an associate professor of urology and epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. In this latest report, Breyer and his team found that nearly 67 percent of men and 85 percent of women said they groomed their pubic hair. Among those who did so, nearly 26 percent said they had injured themselves in the process. Injuries were ... Read more

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Time for a Makeup Refresh?

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – You love a certain shade of lipstick, but do you know how long ago you bought this particular tube of it? Makeup has a shelf life and, after a set amount of time, many cosmetics need to be tossed out, even if they haven't been used up. Manufacturers aren't required to put an expiration date on makeup, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), but many do. So, consider buying brands that do a lot of safety testing and list results on packages. The FDA cautions that any expiration date is often just a guideline and a product's safety may expire long before its date if not properly stored. For example, if it's been exposed to high temperatures or sunlight. Yet when kept under ideal conditions, it may be usable long after the expiration date. Know that products marked "all natural" and those without traditional preservatives may have a short shelf ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Your Skin at Work

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Jobs including manufacturing, food preparation and construction may expose your skin to harsh, irritating chemicals. The American Academy of Family Physicians says here's how you can protect yourself: Make sure your work area is clean, and chemicals appropriately labeled and stored. Dispose of all waste in appropriate containers. Have eye wash stations and safety showers available, and always wear protective goggles, gloves and aprons. Before you leave work, change out of any clothing soiled with chemicals. Wash your hands with soap and water, and apply lotion or cream after washing. If you work outdoors, use sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat with a wide brim and clothing that covers your body. Follow the safety procedures for your workplace, including what to do if your skin comes in contact with harmful chemicals. Don't smoke, drink or eat in your work area. Read more

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Swimming Lessons: For Starters, Watch Out for Germs in the Water

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – A dip in a pool, stream or lake on a hot summer day is refreshing, but take some precautions to avoid bacteria and parasites that might lurk in the water. "One of the worst offenders is the kiddie wading pool," said Dr. Christopher Ohl, a professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Warm, shallow water and kids in swim diapers – which don't do a good job of containing feces – can create a perfect breeding ground for water-borne infections even though the water is chlorinated," he said. "The best way to prevent young children from getting sick is to keep them from swallowing that water." Ohl offered some other tips: For starters, keep children who have had any type of gastrointestinal illness away from pools or water parks for several days to prevent contamination of the water. Don't swallow the water when ... Read more

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Tattoo Remorse? What You Need to Know About Erasing Your Ink

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Perhaps your neon forearm tattoo with the name of your high school girlfriend wasn't your brightest move ever. If so, you're not alone. Forever is apparently in the eye of the beholder. One in eight tattooed Americans regret getting what is supposed to be a permanent form of creative expression, according to a 2012 Harris Interactive survey. And the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery reports that more and more are doing something about it. In 2011, its doctors performed nearly 100,000 tattoo removals, up from 86,000 in 2010. And the number continues to rise. But before you embark on a tattoo cleanse, learn about your options. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates tattooing and tattoo removal, has some practical advice. One way to go is professionally supervised laser removal, according to Mehmet Kosoglu, an FDA engineer. The process ... Read more

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Could You Spot Bed Bugs in a Hotel Room?

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – While many travelers think that finding bed bugs in their hotel room would be the stuff of nightmares, very few know what one looks like, a new survey shows. Just 16 percent were able to spot bed bugs in a lineup of five bug illustrations. Ticks and lice were most often mistaken for bed bugs, while ants or termites were least likely to be confused with the pesky blood suckers. Study co-author Michael Potter, a professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky, said the findings suggest that plenty of travelers are in the dark about these night-time nuisances. "Considering all the media attention paid to bed bugs in recent years, the fact that most travelers still have a poor understanding of them is troubling," he said. Most travelers who took the survey also said they'd seek different lodgings if they saw a single online report of bed bugs, even if it ... Read more

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Scientists Spot Genetic Clues to Disfiguring 'Fish Scale' Disease

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – Scientists have discovered another gene mutation behind certain cases of ichthyosis – a group of rare disorders that cause dry scales to form on the skin. The term ichthyosis is derived from the Greek word for "fish," and the disorder is sometimes called "fish scale disease" because of its effects on the skin's appearance. Less severe cases can look like a mild sunburn, but for some people the condition is disfiguring, said senior researcher Dr. Keith Choate. So, on top of physical discomfort, ichthyosis can lead to social isolation, low self-esteem and depression, added Choate, an associate professor of dermatology at Yale University. Researchers have already found over 40 gene mutations linked to ichthyosis, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), which partly funded the study. Those mutations, the NIH says, can be passed down from one or ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Dry Skin, Ichthyosis, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

Health Tip: Checking Your Child's Moles

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If your child's mole changes frequently or otherwise looks suspicious, it's time to see a doctor. The American Academy of Dermatology says these warning signs shouldn't be ignored: A mole that grows or changes quickly, or looks different from any other mole. A mole that is dome-shaped, has an irregular border or is different colors. A mole that bleeds or looks like an open sore. Having 50 or more moles. Having a large mole. Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

Hollywood Villains Are No Dermatologist's Friend

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 – Movie villains often have a "look," and it's not a good one, a new study reports. Scary, evil characters in films tend to have certain types of less-than-attractive facial features – bulbous noses, warts and scars among them, the researchers said. But while these nasty personalities are fictional, the way they look could have real-life consequences for people who suffer from skin problems, the study authors warned. "Negative portrayals of skin conditions in film likely serve to perpetuate a tendency toward discrimination in our society, targeted at those with certain skin diseases," explained researcher Dr. Julia Croley, from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. In the new study, the investigators assessed the top 10 antagonists and protagonists from the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains List. Croley's team found ... Read more

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New Eczema Drug Dupixent Gets FDA Approval

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Adults plagued by eczema may have a new treatment option, with a new drug approved Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dupixent (dupilumab) injections treat moderate-to-severe eczema in patients whose condition is not controlled by topical treatments or who should not use topical treatments. Eczema inflames the skin, making it red and itchy. It's common in children, but can occur at any age and last a lifetime. "Eczema can cause significant skin irritation and discomfort for patients, so it is important to have a variety of treatment options available to patients, including those patients whose disease is not controlled by topical therapies," Dr. Julie Beitz said in an FDA news release. She is director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. However, the drug is far from cheap. A year's worth of ... Read more

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'Eraser Challenge' Latest Harmful Social Media Trend for Kids

Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – It's spreading via social media: A "dare" where kids use erasers to rub away the skin on their arms, often while reciting the alphabet or other phrases. Players compare the resulting injuries, and the most injured player is the "winner." The so-called "eraser challenge" has been circulating for about a year – but it's no joke, doctors warn. "The eraser challenge may cause pain, burns to the skin, scarring, local infections," said Dr. Michael Cooper, who directs the Burn Center at Staten Island University Hospital, in New York City. With such injuries, "in severe though rare cases, life-threatening sepsis, gangrene and loss of limb may occur," he noted. According to USA Today, East Iredell Middle School in Statesville, N.C., recently posted a warning on Facebook about the eraser challenge. "Kids are rubbing an eraser across their skin while having to do or ... Read more

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