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Onycholysis: Causes and Treatments

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Onycholysis is a condition where the nail separates from the nail bed. It can affect both the fingernails and the toenails, and it can have various causes. Some of the common causes are trauma, infection, allergic reactions, psoriasis, thyroid disorders, and certain medications. Onycholysis can also be a sign of more serious health problems, such as diabetes, anemia, or heart disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About Traction Alopecia

Woman Holding Her Hair — New Bern, NC — East Carolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery, PLLC Alopecia (hair loss) can occur for a wide variety of reasons, from hormonal changes and chemotherapy treatment to genetic predisposition or even unconscious hair pulling. However, another type of hair loss, traction alopecia, can sneak up on you if you regularly wear your hair in styles that place the follicles under tension.

Fortunately, you can protect your hair against this problem once you understand exactly what causes it, what symptoms to watch out for, how medical treatment can help, and how to avoid damaging your hair follicles. Take a look at the answers to some frequently asked questions about traction alopecia.

Common Causes Of Hair Loss

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Have you noticed your hair is thinning, your hairline is receding, or an excessive amount of hair falls out while brushing or showering? If yes, you’re likely suffering from hair loss, also called alopecia.

While some hair loss is normal, excessive hair loss can cause feelings of self-consciousness. If you’re concerned about hair loss, you need to visit a dermatologist who will determine the cause and explore possible treatments.

But to help you narrow down the possible causes of your hair loss, we’ve listed the most common causes below.

Reasons Sunscreen Is Important for the Skin

The skin is the largest organ in the body and shields your body from the sun’s rays — your skin needs adequate protection, too.

Adding sunscreen to your daily routine can help you protect your skin. Sunscreen, also known as sunblock, protects the face and body by absorbing  some of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Generally, the higher the Sun Protection Factor (SPF), the better the sunscreen.

Your skin will benefit from the daily use of sunscreen in the following ways.

How to Screen for Skin Cancer at Home

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer today, affecting about 20% of Americans at some point. With early diagnosis and treatment, even the deadliest skin cancer (melanoma) has a 99% survival rate when caught and treated early.
Monthly skin exams, which you can easily perform at home, are the best way to check for skin cancer in its earliest stages. Fortunately, home skin exams are easier than you might think. Read on to learn how to evaluate your skin for signs of skin cancer in the convenience and privacy of your own home.
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Living With Rosacea: What You Should Know

Rosacea is a common dermatological condition that causes red bumps, a burning sensation, sensitivity, and redness. Most patients with rosacea are adults between the ages of 30 and 50, but the condition can impact anyone at any age. Although rosacea doesn’t have a cure, a dermatologist can help you reduce flare-ups and manage symptoms.

5 Skin Cancer Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Your skin is the body’s primary defense against all forms of environmental elements and infections. But as it protects the body, it takes on continuous physical battering causing it to wear out. One primary irritant is the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and since it isn’t easy to avoid sunlight throughout your day, you should prioritize skincare. If you fail to take care of the skin, you can be affected by various forms of skin cancer, melanoma being one of them.

4 Key Points About Solar Urticaria

As temperatures rise and sunny days grow more frequent, many people love to go outdoors and enjoy their favorite activities. Unfortunately, some individuals may find their time in the sun less than enjoyable due to a rare and irritating skin reaction known as solar urticaria.

If you experience mysterious rashes whenever you experience any degree of sun exposure, you may suffer from solar urticaria. Fortunately, you can fight back against this frustrating issue once you know more about the condition’s characteristics and management strategies. Start by absorbing the following four key points.