Thursday February 27, 2014
In our last post, we talked briefly about anal and genital warts and how they are the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. In our latest article, we cover the must-know information about anal and genital warts answering FAQs such as:
What are anal and genital warts?
How are anal and genital warts transmitted?
What do anal and genital warts look like?
How are anal and genital warts diagnosed?
How are anal and genital warts treated?
What is the usual course of anal and genital warts?
Having anal and genital warts can be an extremely aggravating experience. Many patients come in for treatments, but the treatments aren't always perfect. Furthermore, most are accompanied by some degree of discomfort. Treatment takes time and patience. Think of it as a marathon, and not a sprint.
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Anal and genital warts, aka condyloma acuminata, are the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes other types of warts as well. The presence of these warts can be uncomfortable and can also lead to embarrassment for patients. There are many different types of treatments in use. Many are not perfect -- patience and a period of trial and error is often needed. This week's article covers the various treatments that are being used for anal and genital warts.
Sunday February 23, 2014
Recently, Fitbit issued a voluntary recall of its Fitbit Force, because users were developing a rash underneath of the device. The company suspects that the rash is allergic contact dermatitis caused by either nickel or adhesives in the product.
Contact dermatitis is a rash that occurs after an offending agent comes into contact with the skin. Contact dermatitis is categorized as either an allergic contact dermatitis or irritant contact dermatitis. Learn more about these types of allergic contact rashes and their common causes here.
Thursday February 13, 2014
Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) of the skin are the second most common type of skin cancer, only trailing behind basal cell carcinomas (BCC). If you read our previous article on actinic keratoses (AKs), you will recall that a fraction of actinic keratoses can progress into squamous cell carcinomas of the skin. Ultraviolet light such as from sun exposure increases the risk of developing all of these growths.
Squamous cell carcinomas of the skin are often diagnosed by a dermatologist and confirmed by a skin biopsy. There are several different treatments available, and the treatment depends on the specifics of your particular skin cancer. To learn more about squamous cell carcinomas, click here.