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What Is Dermatitis?

The simple definition of dermatitis is "inflammation of the skin." This could describe about any abnormal skin condition, but we don't call every rash a dermatitis. There are actually several distinct types of dermatitis and these are covered here.

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Teledermatology Practices and Policies in the United States

Teledermatology is a new model of dermatologic health care delivery where the dermatologist and patient utilize the computer or wireless devices to facilitate the visit interaction. There are two methods; one is the store-and-forward method and the other is the live-interactive method.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is a type of surgery performed on the skin and named after the surgeon Dr. Frederic Mohs. It is most commonly used for skin cancers on the head and neck, but also for other high risk skin cancers. The skin cancer is removed layer by layer. Each layer is examined under a microscope, and the procedure continues until the surgeon has verified the skin cancer has been removed in its entirety.

Lichen Planopilaris

Lichen planopilaris is a relatively rare cause of hair loss (alopecia) and is categorized as a scarring alopecia. This article reviews the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition.

Gorlin Syndrome

Gorlin Syndrome, aka Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome or Gorlin-Goltz Syndrome, is an inherited condition which is characterized by numerous basal cell carcinomas of the skin along with other findings such as palmar pitting, skeletal abnormalities, and other tumors. This condition is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern.

Infantile Hemangiomas

Infantile hemangiomas are growths that appear at birth or shortly after birth. They are made of blood vessels and often have a life cycle of their own. Infantile hemangiomas are often treated when they occur in certain locations or when complications arise.

Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss and is also known as male pattern baldness, male pattern hair loss, or female pattern hair loss depending on the gender of the patient.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an increasingly popular method of hair removal. Special lasers are used to remove dark, unwanted hairs. Although laser hair removal is offered in a variety of settings by a variety of practitioners, it is important to choose a practitioner experienced in this procedure as unwanted complications can occur.

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is an increasingly recognized form of hair loss that is categorized as a scarring alopecia. This article discusses the basics of frontal fibrosing alopecia, including cause, prognosis and treatment of this condition.

Vemurafenib Treatment for Melanoma

Vemurafenib (Zelboraf ®) is a medication that targets a specific mutation found in many melanomas. Vemurafenib targets the specific V600E mutation in the BRAF protein carried by 40 to 60 percent of melanomas. This medication has shown promising results as a way to halt tumor growth temporarily and prolong survival time, but is not yet considered a cure as most people will develop resistance to the medication. Trials are underway to study ways to circumvent the cause of melanoma resistance to this medication.

Morphea: Clinical Presentation, Testing, and Treatment

Morphea, or localized scleroderma, is a skin disorder that causes skin thickening. In this article, the clinical presentation, testing and treatment of morphea are reviewed.

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