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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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Itching for a Solution to That Rash?

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Maybe it's a new soap or the dry, cold weather that has turned your hands red and itchy. "There are many reasons for hand rashes," said Dr. Melissa Piliang, a board-certified dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. And the source of the problem isn't always obvious, she and other skin doctors say. An allergy to a new soap or something else you've touched can bring on a hand rash, but it could also reflect something going on inside your body, Piliang said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. "The most common cause is eczema," Piliang said. Eczema is the term for different conditions that cause skin inflammation and irritation. "But some hand rashes may have an allergic cause. Sometimes, an allergy can develop after years of touching the same things daily without a problem, like your wedding ring, skin care products or foods such as ... Read more

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Don't Believe Everything You Read on Skin-Care Product Labels

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Some terms on skin-care product labels may mislead consumers, so people can't always rely on what they read on the package, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. "The language on the label is not always an accurate description of the product inside the bottle or its potential effects on your skin," Dr. Rajani Katta said in an academy news release. Katta is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "Manufacturers may use certain language for marketing purposes, and the same terms may mean different things on different products – and that makes it difficult to determine what they mean for our skin," Katta explained. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate descriptions on skin-care product labels. That means terms such as "for sensitive skin" or "hypoallergenic" are no guarantee that a product ... Read more

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Daffodils, Margaritas and Other Surprise Skin Dangers

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – You probably know to steer clear of poison ivy. But did you know that sipping a Margarita or eating an orange in the sunshine can cause a similar skin rash? That's just one hazard the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) wants you to guard against as winter turns to spring and you spend more time outside. In addition, common flowers and plants, such as chrysanthemums, Peruvian lilies, tulips and daffodil bulbs, contain chemicals that can trigger allergic skin reactions, according to an AAD news release "Your skin can be affected by a wide variety of things you might find in your backyard, or even inside your home. While there are simple precautions that you can take, you have to be aware of what you might run into so you can protect yourself," said Dr. Amy Chen. She is an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. ... Read more

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Skin Diseases Take Big Slice Out of America's Health, Economy

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Skin diseases have a major impact on Americans and the U.S. economy, a new report finds. "The impact of skin disease in this country is staggering, affecting one in every four Americans each year and taking a toll on lives, livelihoods and our economy," said study leader Dr. Henry Lim, incoming president of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). For the report, AAD researchers looked at medical claims data from 2013 on 24 skin diseases, and estimated that more than 85 million Americans are affected. People may think skin conditions aren't particularly serious, but half of the skin diseases included in the research could result in death. Skin cancers accounted for 60 percent of skin disease-related deaths, according to the report. The number of people in the United States with skin diseases in 2013 was higher than those with heart disease, diabetes or ... Read more

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Health Tip: Leave Bed Bugs Behind

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Pesky bedbugs can find their way into your luggage and clothing and hitch a ride home with you. To prevent bed bug infestation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends: Checking your lodgings for bedbugs. Use a flashlight to inspect the mattress, headboard and luggage racks. Storing your suitcase on a luggage rack, rather than on the floor. Make sure the rack is far from the bed. Checking your luggage as soon as you get home. Unpack your clothing directly into the washing machine, then dry on the hot cycle. Read more

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Got an Itch? Use These Tips for Relief -- and Don't Scratch

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Itchy skin is a common problem, but there are several ways to find relief, a dermatologist says. "There are many reasons for itchy skin," Dr. Hassan Galadari said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "It could be the result of a skin condition, such as eczema, shingles, hives or psoriasis, or it could be a sign of a contagious disease, like scabies or ringworm." To relieve itchy skin, Galadari offers these tips: Apply a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to the itchy area for five to 10 minutes or until the itch subsides. Or take an oatmeal bath. Use skin moisturizers that contain no additives, fragrances or perfumes. Apply topical anesthetics that contain pramoxine. Apply cooling agents such as menthol or calamine, or refrigerate your moisturizer to help achieve this cooling effect. Avoid scratching. It will irritate your skin and could lead to ... Read more

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How to Exfoliate Safely and Give Your Skin a Healthy Glow

Posted 8 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Jan. 8, 2017 – Many skin care products promise to improve appearance by exfoliating – or removing dead cells – from the skin's outer layer. But sometimes, exfoliating can do more harm than good, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). "For some people, exfoliation can actually make their skin worse with increased redness or acne breakouts," said Dr. Rebecca Tung, associate professor of dermatology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. "If you choose to exfoliate, it's important to do so safely so that it does not damage your skin." Before exfoliating, consider your skin type, Tung advised in an AAD news release. Sensitive skin often burns or stings after use of skin care products. Normal skin is clear and not sensitive. Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough. Oily skin is shiny and greasy. Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others. ... Read more

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Mouse Study Suggests Way to Stop Poison Ivy's Itch

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 – A new method of stopping the itch caused by poison ivy worked well in mice, researchers report. "Poison ivy rash is the most common allergic reaction in the U.S., and studies have shown that higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are creating a proliferation of poison ivy throughout the U.S. – even in places where it wasn't growing before," said study senior author Sven-Eric Jordt. He's an associate professor of anesthesiology at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. "When you consider doctor visits, the costs of the drugs that are prescribed and the lost time at work or at school, the societal costs are quite large," Jordt added in a Duke news release. The itch of poison ivy is caused by an oily sap called urushiol, which is also found in poison sumac and poison oak. In mice with poison ivy rashes, blocking an immune system protein in ... Read more

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Skin Condition Often Misdiagnosed as Bacterial Problem

Posted 4 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – Misdiagnosis of the bacterial skin condition cellulitis often leads to unnecessary antibiotic use and hospitalizations, a new study says. About one-third of people diagnosed with cellulitis don't actually have it, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found. The researchers looked at a 30-month period, examining the medical records of 259 people hospitalized for lower extremity cellulitis in the hospital's emergency department. But, 79 of the patients didn't have cellulitis. Almost 85 percent didn't need hospitalization and 92 percent didn't need the antibiotics they received, the researchers said. Looking at how their findings might reflect the nation as a whole, the researchers estimated that the misdiagnosed skin condition leads to about 130,000 unnecessary hospitalizations. The problem may cause up to $515 million in unneeded medical ... Read more

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Gene Therapy May Hold Promise for Blistering Skin Disease

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Gene therapy shows promise in treating a genetic skin disease that causes blistering, according to researchers. In the early stage clinical trial, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine tested the therapy on four adults with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. People with this skin condition aren't able to produce a protein that binds the upper and lower levels of skin together. At the slightest friction, these layers slide and create blisters. In the worst cases, death occurs in infancy, the researchers said. In the current research, grafts of the patients' own genetically corrected skin were applied to open wounds caused by the disease. The grafts improved wound healing and seemed to be well-tolerated, researchers reported. "Our phase 1 trial shows the treatment appears safe, and we were fortunate to see some good clinical ... Read more

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6 Keys to a Safe, Allergy-Free Halloween

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – Halloween can be really scary for kids with asthma and allergies – and for their parents – unless they take precautions, an allergist advises. "Keep certain common sense tips in mind as you prepare for the holiday," said Bryan Martin, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). "A little preparation can ensure your little ones don't suffer from allergic reactions or asthma attacks," Martin said in an ACAAI news release. To help parents prepare, he offered these six tips: Masks can be scary. For kids with asthma, try to choose a costume that doesn't require a mask. If a child insists on one, it should not be tight-fitting or obstruct breathing. Halloween makeup sometimes causes allergic reactions. Use only high-quality, hypoallergenic makeup, and test it on a small patch of skin in advance to see if it triggers a reaction. Skip ... Read more

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Scientists Zero In on Cause of Rare, Disfiguring Skin Disorder

Posted 22 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 – The rare genetic skin condition ichthyosis leaves those affected with red, scaly skin. Now, scientists say they may have pinpointed both the cause of the disease and a potential treatment. "These patients are tremendously disfigured by this skin disease," explained lead researcher Dr. Amy Paller, an attending physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. "It can be painful, itchy and easily gets infected. They may have trouble using their hands and walking," she said in a hospital news release. The disorder has long baffled scientists, Paller said. However, her team's research may have identified the underlying cause of ichthyosis, and it's similar to what drives a far more common skin condition – psoriasis. Paller and her team discovered that a part of the immune system, known as the Th17 pathway, is overly active in people with ... Read more

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'Hard' Tap Water Linked to Eczema in Babies

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 – "Hard," mineral-laden water may increase the risk of a baby getting the skin condition eczema, a new British study suggests. Eczema is a chronic condition marked by itchiness and rashes. The study included 1,300 3-month old infants from across the United Kingdom. Researchers checked hardness – the water's mineral content – and chlorine levels in the water supply where the babies lived. Babies who lived in areas with hard water were up to 87 percent more likely to have eczema, the study found. "Our study builds on growing evidence of a link between exposure to hard water and the risk of developing eczema in childhood," said lead author Dr. Carsten Flohr, from the Institute of Dermatology at King's College London. The study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, so further research is needed to learn more about this apparent link, Flohr ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Eczema, Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

Zika Symptoms May Vary, So Testing Is Crucial

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – Zika infection isn't always obvious. In one recent case, a rash, bloodshot eyes and spots in the mouth were key symptoms of infection with the mosquito-borne virus, researchers report. The 44-year-old patient had no fever, a common sign of Zika infection. But he complained of headache, fatigue and redness on his arms and hands just days after returning to the United States from Puerto Rico, where the mosquito-borne virus is circulating. Zika infection was only confirmed by blood and urine tests administered after the man recovered. Researchers are publicizing the case to highlight lesser known characteristics of the illness, which is usually mild but can cause serious birth defects and neurological problems. "Our aim [is] to provide a more detailed description of skin, mucosal and tissue findings than exists in the literature, with the goal of improving ... Read more

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