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Understanding Discolored Skin Patches on Children

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If you are a parent and just noticed that your child has suddenly developed discolored skin tone patches on their face or body, you may wonder what the cause of this sudden skin discoloration is and whether it is treatable. You may be surprised to hear that skin pigmentation conditions are common in children, and most are no cause for alarm and easily treatable.

Weak Nailbeds and Skin Lesions? Managing Lichen Planus

If you notice that your toenails are thinning or splitting, or if you notice purplish flat bumps on your skin, you may be dealing with an inflammatory skin condition called lichen planus. Make sure to visit a dermatologist for a diagnosis and to rule out other similar skin conditions. Read on to learn more about this condition and how to treat it.

Your Guide to Treating Xanthelasma

If you have yellowish lumps around your eyes that have a soft, flat appearance, you may have a condition known as xanthelasma palpebrarum (xanthelasma for short). Sometimes, the lumps may have an elevated, fatty appearance. Xanthelasma is caused by cholesterol deposits that pool beneath the skin. Keep reading for everything that you need to know about treating and managing xanthelasma.

Hair Loss and Teenage Girls: What Parents Need to Know

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Self-confidence is important in the teenage years when hormone changes lead to sensitive emotions and a rapidly changing body. Adjusting to these changes can be challenging for many teens but even more so for teens who experience unexplained hair loss. Understand and discuss the causes of hair loss with a dermatologist, as this can help keep your teenager’s hair healthy and her self-esteem positive.

3 Summertime Hazards That Might Warrant a Dermatologist Visit

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Although summer is a time for relaxation and outdoor activities, it is also a time to be aware of certain hazards that may cause health concerns. If you spend time outdoors during the summer months, you may come in contact with poison ivy, develop a reaction from an insect bite, or get a serious sunburn. In some cases, any of the above could be serious enough to require medical treatment.

Here are a few things to look out for during your summertime adventures, as well as how your dermatologist can help.

Itchy Skin? Ask These Questions First

Why is your skin itchy? This dermatological dilemma is annoying, and you shouldn’t have to live with it. Even though there are plenty of OTC treatments, a diagnosis is the first step towards relief. Before you slather on anti-itch cream, take a look at the questions to ask.

Where Is Your Skin Itchy?

Does your skin itch in an isolated spot or do you have an all-over irritation? An isolated itch may indicate a bug bite, localized allergic reaction (to lotion, soap, or other similar product), contact dermatitis, poison ivy, or a patch of eczema. If the itch is only on your scalp, lice or seborrheic dermatitis are possible causes.

Psoriasis: Tips for Managing Day to Day

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Psoriasis is a common skin condition, but just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s comfortable. Millions of people with psoriasis suffer on a day to day basis with itchy, flaking, and painful skin.

Psoriasis is chronic because it is an autoimmune condition, meaning your immune system causes cells thatnormally fight infection to attack healthy skin cells instead. Your skin can become red, irritated, or even develop rashes and blisters. Your body tries to heal the damage by producing more healthy cells at a faster rate, which is what causes the flaking common with psoriasis.

Without a cure, you might feel discouraged. However, you can reduce the symptoms of psoriasis with a few daily care routines. Here are some tips that can help you manage your psoriasis.

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