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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


Scleroderma

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


Polymorphous Light Eruption

April 9, 2016

Polymorphous light eruption is a skin rash that develops on areas of the body that have been exposed to sunlight. The condition is sometimes referred to as “sun allergy.” It is seen most often in women with fair skin and often develops between the ages of 20 to 40 years. Individuals with polymorphous light eruption...  read more


Styes

April 3, 2016

Styes are boils that develop on the eyelid. They occur when an eyelash follicle becomes infected and fills with pus. Most styes form along the edge of the eyelid. A red lump appears and may be accompanied by pain, swelling and tearing in the affected eye. Sometimes chalazions can be mistaken for styes since the...  read more


Angioma

March 18, 2016

Angiomas are non-cancerous tumors made up of blood vessels or lymph vessels. Cherry angiomas, also called senile angiomas and Campbell de Morgan spots, are bright red in color and quite common. The growths are typically small, ranging in size from that of a pencil tip up to one-fourth of an inch. Most are round or...  read more


Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a skin infection that happens when bacteria enters the skin through a break or cut and spreads to deeper tissues. Mild cases of cellulitis are easily treated, but if the condition progresses it can lead to sepsis, a life-threatening infection. Cellulitis is commonly seen when the skin’s protective barrier is broken due to...  read more


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