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Smartphone Pics Help Docs ID Kids' Skin Condition

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – Parents can get a reliable diagnosis for their child's skin condition simply by taking a smartphone photo and sending it to a dermatologist, new research suggests. The finding offers a way to get around what experts describe as a dire shortage of pediatric dermatologists. "Advances in smartphone photography, both in quality and image transmission, may improve access to care via direct parent-to-provider telemedicine," said study author Dr. Patrick McMahon. He is a pediatric dermatologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "Our study shows that – for the majority of cases – parents can take photographs of sufficient quality to allow for accurate teledermatology diagnoses in pediatric skin conditions," McMahon said in a hospital news release. "This is important because pediatric dermatologists are in short supply, with fewer than 300 board-certified ... Read more

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Newer Eczema Treatments Offer Relief

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Children and adults with eczema shouldn't suffer in silence because new, improved treatments can do more to help ease the uncomfortable, itchy rash associated with the skin condition. Many adults diagnosed with eczema (atopic dermatitis) actually had the condition since they were children but were never diagnosed, explained Dr. Luz Fonacier. She is an allergist in Mineola, N.Y., and an American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) board member. "Atopic dermatitis is underdiagnosed in the United States," Fonacier said in an ACAAI news release. "Many adults don't seek out medical care, preferring to self-treat instead, either with home remedies or over-the-counter drugs. Often, they aren't aware they have eczema, and they also don't know treatments have changed a lot in the last few years. There are new drugs and topical medications that can make a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Four Common Types Of Acne

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Acne is typically caused by the clogging of hair follicles by debris from skin cells, skin inflammation, oily secretions and certain bacteria. The American Skin Association identifies these common types of acne and their causes: Comedones- These are non-inflammatory acne lesions and may be open or closed. Closed comedones are commonly called whiteheads. Open comedones, also known as blackheads, allow oxidation of debris within the follicle, leading to the black color. Inflammatory - When lesions become red and tender, they are called papules. These bumps often fill with pus. Nodular- As lesions progress to become larger and more tender, they are referred to as nodules. Nodulocystic- Characterized by deep, fluid-filled cysts. When these occur along with nodules, the term nodulocystic acne is used. Read more

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Tattoo Today, Regret Tomorrow: Tips to Parents From Pediatricians

Posted 18 Sep 2017 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

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Minor Cuts, Wound Infection, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

Many Moisturizers Aren't What They Claim to Be

Posted 6 Sep 2017 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 5 Sep 2017 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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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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Study Highlights the Beauty Industry's Ugly Side

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – When you purchase a new eye shadow or shampoo, you expect those products will be safe and that they won't cause skin breakouts – or worse. But new research found that's not always the case. And, because cosmetics are woefully underregulated in the United States, and there's no solid system in place to catch when personal care products are harmful, it's possible you'll never hear about a problem with a product, the study suggested. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration complaints database contains only 5,144 adverse events between 2004 and 2016 reported in connection with cosmetics, noted the study's senior author Dr. Steve Xu. He's a dermatologist with Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "Here is a $400 billion industry with millions of products and multiple controversies, but we only had about 5,000 adverse events over the course of ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Topical Products by Phillips Company: Recall - Due to Concerns of Manufacturing Practices

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Phillips Company is voluntarily recalling all lots of Tetrastem, Diabecline, Tetracycline-ABC, VenomX, Acneen, StaphWash, StringMed, NoPain and LidoMed distributed by Phillips Company, with business offices located in Sun City, Arizona, to the retail level. The products are being recalled after an FDA inspection found significant manufacturing practices that calls into question the safety, identity, strength, quality and purity of unexpired drug products made at the firm during the past three years. Manufacturing practices that are not in adequate control represent the possibility of risk being introduced into the manufacturing process in decreased quality and consistency of the product. These may have an impact on the safety and efficacy of the product posing a risk to patients. To date, no adverse events have been reported. BACKGROUND: The topical antibiotic products are ... 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

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Skin Rash, Insect Bites, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

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, Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

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