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5 Common Sunscreen Mistakes

June 26, 2016

Sunscreen is an important tool in preventing sun damage, but improper use can actually lessen the effectiveness of sunscreen. Before stepping out in the sun this summer, take a look at these 5 common sunscreen mistakes you might be making. Not wearing sunscreen daily. Regardless of your age, race, gender or skin tone, you need...  read more

Treating Sunburn

June 17, 2016

Too much fun in the sun without taking the right precautions and you could suffer from sunburn. Although prevention is key, if you happen to over do it, there are some things you should know about treating sunburn. Even if you’ve applied sunscreen – it’s not foolproof. Perspiration, a dip in the pool and waiting...  read more

Choosing a Mosquito Repellent

June 10, 2016

Mosquitoes are more than an annoyance; the tiny insects are actually dangerous. Mosquitoes are responsible for the transmission of a number of diseases including malaria, dengue, West Nile, Zika and encephalitis. Mosquito repellents help protect against bites and disease spread. There are an estimated 3000 species of mosquitoes and approximately 85 species have been identified...  read more

Rheumatoid Nodules

June 6, 2016

Rheumatoid nodules are a skin manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This autoimmune disease is most often associated with painful, swollen joints but symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can also be detected in multiple organs, including the skin. Although the condition causes a variety of skin symptoms, rheumatoid nodules are the most common. Also known as rheumatoid...  read more

MRSA Skin Infections

May 25, 2016

MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections, are skin infections caused by bacteria that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics. MRSA can also spread to the lungs or blood. These infections are more serious and harder to treat. The majority of MRSA skin infections occur in nursing homes residents and hospital patients, although the infections...  read more

Plantar Warts

May 16, 2016

Plantar warts are warts that develop on the feet. Typically seen on the plantar surface – sole – of the foot, the warts can be painful and irritating. Like all warts, plantar warts, also known as foot warts, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV, but only...  read more

Caring for Minor Skin Burns

May 11, 2016

Most everyone has suffered a minor skin burn at one time or another. This type of burn can be the result of sun overexposure, scalding from hot liquid, fire, contact with chemicals or even an unfortunate encounter with a faulty electrical outlet. Before treating, it is important to determine the severity of the burn since...  read more

Treatment of Fire Ant Bites

May 2, 2016

Some species of fire ants are native to Texas and additional species of the pesky insects likely made their way in the soil of plants that were transported on ships. But, however they got here, the red fire ant is common throughout the state and most Texans know to avoid the large, round mounds of...  read more


April 24, 2016

Scleroderma is not a disease but rather a symptom of a group of diseases associated with abnormal growth of collagen in the body’s connective tissue. This excess of collagen hardens the skin causing it to become stiff and immobile. Scleroderma is more common in women than men. There are many different types of scleroderma, but...  read more

Black Heel

April 17, 2016

Black heel, or calcaneal petechiae, is a trauma-induced darkening of the back or sides of the heel. Dermatologists often see black heel in adolescent and young adult athletes. Sometimes called talon noir, black heel is painless and harmless. It is most often seen in players who engage in active sports such as basketball football, lacrosse...  read more

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