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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many ways to treat skin cancers including skin cancer excisions, Mohs surgery, and electrodessication and curettage. Learn more about what this procedure entails and whether it is the right procedure to treat your skin cancer. Additionally, learn how to prepare before having this procedure and potential complications here.
Wrinkles and the effects of aging can be softened through the use of facial filler injections. The most popular type of facial filler is the hyaluronic acid filler. Popular brands include Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane. Learn more about what hyaluronic acid fillers are, and how they are used through my About.com dermatology article here.
There are many ways to treat skin cancers. One way is to cut them out in a procedure called an excision. Learn about why a skin cancer excision is performed, how it is performed, and how you should prepare for your skin cancer excision here.
What are actinic keratoses? Actinic keratoses are pre-cancers of the skin. Left untreated, a fraction of these growths turn into squamous cell carcinomas (cancers) of the skin. Learn more about the basics of actinic keratoses including what they look like, how they are diagnosed, and how they are treated here.
Dry skin (xerosis) is very common, especially in cold winter months such as these. However, there are a few key tips that you can follow to help prevent and combat dry skin. We cover high-yield tips on topics such as showering and bathing, hand washing, moisturizing, and keeping the home humidified here.
Ear piercing is a very common procedure that is performed in non-medical and medical settings. Before deciding on your next piercing, make sure to know the basics about ear piercing. Learn more about how to prepare before getting your ears pierced, how your ears will be pierced, how to take care of your piercing, and potential complications of ear piercing on my About.com dermatology article here.