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'Life Changing': New Drug Eases Severe Eczema in Young Kids

Sonia Dhaliwal knows exactly how bad childhood eczema can get.

That’s because her young daughter, Ariah Khan, has struggled with a severe case of the skin condition ever since she was a baby.

Ariah's symptoms were relentless and debilitating until the age of 3. They included rashes; skin discolorati...

Dogs Have Died After Licking a Common Chemotherapy Cream, FDA Warns

Your dog may like to lick your hand or face, but if you're using a chemotherapy cream that treats certain skin conditions, you should not allow it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises.

The medication fluorouracil is fatal to dogs when ingested. People who keep the cream on a nightstand or counter sh...

Microneedling Can Help Surgical Scars Fade, Especially If Done Early

A technique called microneedling may help surgical scars heal more attractively — especially if it's done within a couple of months of surgery, a small study suggests.

Researchers found that for 25 patients, microneedling improved the long-term appearance of scars after various types of surgery — based...

FDA Warns of Dangers From Skin Lightening Creams

Skin lightening products can be dangerous for consumers when they contain harmful ingredients that are illegal for over-the-counter sales, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

The potentially harmful ingredient...

A Dermatologist on Recognizing the Monkeypox Rash

Anyone who gets a new, unexplained skin rash should call their doctor and get medical care in case it's monkeypox, public health officials advise.

How can you tell when it is time to worry?

The American Academy of Dermatology offers some tips for helping distinguish monkeypox from other health i...

Nerve Block Plus Lidocaine Clears Psoriasis in Small Study

Spinal injections of a common anesthetic may help clear the inflammatory skin condition psoriasis, a small pilot study suggests.

The study involved four patients with severe psoriasis, and researchers are describing it as a "proof-of-concept" — specifically, the idea that targeting certain sen...

Tiny Mites Are Feeding on Your Skin, But for How Long?

It's an icky truth: Everyone has millions of tiny mites living and mating on their skin.

Not to worry, though -- Demodex folliculorum skin mites actually help keep your pores clean and your skin healthy, stressed Alejandra Perotti, an associate professor of invertebrate biology with the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

However, her team's recent research suggest...

Skin Tags? Moles? Products Promising to Treat Them Can Do Real Harm

It may seem tempting to remove a mole or skin tag you don't like with a product that promises to make them disappear quick...

FDA Approves First Pill to Treat Severe Alopecia

The first pill to treat adults with severe alopecia was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday.

Olumiant (baricitinib) is the first FDA-approved alopecia therapy that treats the entire body rather than a specific spot, the agency said in a

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  • Warm Water Danger: What to Know About Flesh-Eating Bacteria

    If heading back into the water this summer has you concerned about flesh-eating bacteria, an expert offers some advice.

    "Flesh-eating bacteria refers to an infection that spreads so rapidly that the skin and surrounding soft tissue starts to die," explained Dr. Stacey Rose, an assistan...

    Saving the 'Butterfly Children:' Gene Therapy Helps Heal Deadly Blistering Condition

    An experimental cream-based gene therapy may soon become the first U.S. government-approved means for treating a rare and devastating skin disease that produces "butterfly children."

    Patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (EB) are called butterfly children "because their skin...

    People With Scars Are Their Own Toughest Critics: Study

    Scars from facial surgery look worse to skin cancer patients themselves than to others, so it's important for surgeons to prepare patients beforehand, researchers say.

    Doctors can help by outlining the healing process and explaining what their scars will look like in the weeks after surgery, the study authors suggested.

    "Our research seems to support the saying 'we are our own worst...

    Science Reveals Acne's Secrets, Moving Closer to Better Treatments

    A type of skin cell that plays a significant role in fighting acne has been identified -- a finding researchers say could lead to new ways to treat the common skin ailment

    Hair follicles have been known to be major factors in acne development, but this study suggests that other skin cells may have a lar...

    Acne's Genetic Secrets Could Bring Better Treatments

    For countless teens, it's the scourge of adolescence. But researchers say the discovery of new genetic variants associated with acne could help doctors identify people at high risk and perhaps point the way to new treatments.

    "Despite major treatment advances in other skin conditions, progress in acne has been limited," said Catherine Smith, co-author of a

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  • Her Arm Got Caught in Family's Treadmill. It Could Have Been Worse.

    It can happen so fast.

    One moment, a family is eating dinner together like usual. Soon after, they go off to do other things before being brought back together by a child's scream.

    That is what unfolded in the Beckman home in State College, Pa., one October evening three months ago. The youngest of the family's three children, 3-year-old Hazel, suffered a serious friction bur...

    Men (Santa Included) Need These Facial Hair Care Tips

    Healthy looking facial hair starts with healthy skin -- even if you're Santa.

    The American Academy of Dermatology suggests some tips to prevent dandruff, ingrown hair<...

    Do Immune-Based Cancer Drugs Work Better in Men?

    Women are two times more likely than men to die after receiving a combination of cancer immunotherapy drugs called checkpoint inhibitors, but it's not clear if that difference is due to side effects or because the treatment isn't working, researchers say.

    This new class of highly targeted drugs -- which includes pembrolizumab (Keytruda), nivolumab (Opdivo) or ipilimumab (Yervoy) -- has re...

    Using a Hair Removal Gel or Cream? Here's How to Do It Safely

    When hair sprouts where you don't want it, you can always shave, but other ways to remove unwanted body hair can last longer.

    The downside: Chemical hair removers can cause burning, itching or redness.

    "Hair removal creams, lotions and gels are quick and easy to use, but they can sometimes irritate the skin," dermatologist Dr. Andrea Mabry said in an American Academy of Dermatology ...

    Kids' Temporary Tattoos Can Harm Skin Function

    Parents: You may think temporary tattoos are harmless for children. But kids who decorate themselves with these transfer tattoos may be disrupting the skin's protective barrier, Spanish researchers report.

    They looked at the effects on skin of permanent tattoos and temporary transfers. The surprising takeaway: Temporary transfer tattoos do more damage.

    More moisture was lost in skin...

    Trying Out a New Skin Care Product? Test It First

    You've just bought a new skin care product and you're excited to see how it might transform your look. Instead, you end up with red, itchy or swollen patches because one of the ingredients causes an allergic reaction.

    The best way to avoid this problem while trying something new is to test it on several small areas of your skin first to determine whether it's likely to irritate you, acco...

    Want That Healthy Skin Glow? These Foods Can Get You There

    Eating foods high in five key nutrients can help you have soft, glowing, healthy skin, an expert says.

    Omega-3s: While they're typically associated with brain and heart health and lower blood pressure, they also "can reduce inflammation and keep your skin moisturized," clinical dietitian Margaret Ifarraguerri, of LifeBridge Health's Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, said in a ...

    New Drug Might Be Non-Surgical Option for Common Skin Cancers

    An experimental gel has shown early promise in treating the most common form of skin cancer -- hinting at a potential alternative to surgery in the future.

    Researchers tested the gel in 30 patients with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), a skin cancer diagnosed in more than 3 million Americans each year. The tumors rarely spread and are highly curable, usually through surgical removal.

    Eve...

    Rash, Itch After COVID Vaccine Rare & Quickly Resolves

    Rashes, itchiness and other skin problems can develop after people receive COVID-19 vaccines, but such problems are rare and go away quickly, new research shows.

    For the study, the researchers looked at more than 40,000 employees of a Boston hospital system who received two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) and completed at least one symptom survey after...

    Experimental Treatment Offers New Hope Against Lupus

    An experimental antibody therapy may help ease skin symptoms from the autoimmune disease lupus, a small preliminary trial suggests.

    Researchers found that a higher-dose version of the drug spurred a "clinically meaningful" symptom improvement for 87% of patients after one month.

    But they also stressed that the findings are based on a small "phase 1" trial - a type of study designed ...

    Melanoma Can Strike Your Nails: Here's How to Check

    When checking your body for signs of skin cancer, don't overlook your nails.

    The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) points out that skin cancer -- including melanoma, the deadliest type -- can develop under and around the fingernails and toenails. Though it's rare, it's more common in older people with darker skin.

    Risk factors include personal or family history of melanoma or na...

    Many Americans Wrong About Sun's Skin Cancer Dangers: Poll

    You might think everybody knows how to protect themselves from the sun's harmful rays, but a new survey reveals that one-third of Americans lack a basic understanding of sun safety and skin cancer.

    That's the surprising takeaway from an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) survey of 1,000 U.S. adults.

    Fifty-three percent of respondents didn't realize shade offers protection from t...

    New Drug May Be Better Psoriasis Treatment

    A breakthrough psoriasis drug is better at treating the itchy and painful skin disease than medicines already on the market, according to results from two clinical trials.

    There was a "night and day difference" in the results from bimekizumab compared against two established psoriasis drugs, secukinumab (Cosentyx) and adalimumab (Humira), said Dr. Mark Lebwohl, a co-researcher in one of t...

    Wildfire Smoke Can Trigger Eczema, Study Finds

    When wildfires choked the air and turned the skies orange throughout the American West in recent years, they caused a variety of health problems from coughs and runny noses to life-threatening heart attacks and strokes.

    But eczema and other skin issues were a result of the wildfires, too, according to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the University ...

    Rashes Can Occur After COVID Vaccine, But Dermatologists Say 'Don't Worry'

    Dermatologists liken skin to a window that can reveal what is going on inside the body, and a rash that sometimes follows a COVID-19 vaccine is one example.

    When you get the shot, your immune system activates, preparing to recognize and fight off the virus in the future. This response and the inflammation that goes with it can occasionally result in a rash. But experts say as long as it h...

    Could Widely Used Blood Pressure Meds Raise Skin Cancer Risk?

    Most people are familiar with common sun-protection advice, from wearing and reapplying sunscreen to putting on a hat.

    But a new Canadian study finds that for people who take certain blood pressure medications, that advice becomes even more critical because those drugs can increase their sensitivity to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

    The researchers reviewed data for nearly...

    Had Facial Fillers? What You Need to Know About COVID Vaccines

    Once you've landed that coveted coronavirus vaccine appointment, you'll likely have to fill out a form on your medical history and whether you're allergic to any of the vaccine's ingredients. But there could be another question waiting for you: Have you ever had dermal filler injections?

    That's because -- in rare cases -- people who've had the face-plumping injections can develop a mild, ...

    Doctors' Group Says Antibiotics Can Be Taken for Shorter Periods

    Millions of Americans have at some point in their lives gotten a long course of antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection. But according to new recommendations from a major U.S. doctors' group, some of the most common bacterial infections can now be treated with shorter courses of the drugs.

    The advice, from the American College of Physicians (ACP), says that for several types of infec...

    Moderna COVID Vaccine Can Sometimes Trigger Delayed Skin Reactions

    Some people given the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may develop a reaction at the injection site that can first appear more than a week after they get the shot, research shows.

    A minority of patients may experience a large, red, sometimes raised, itchy or painful skin reaction, according to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.

    Although the reaction was seen in c...

    Diet Change Cured One Woman's Rare Leg Ulcers

    For people who have livedoid vasculopathy, which causes painful ulcers on the feet and lower legs, new research may bring newfound hope.

    The disease is a rare medical mystery with no known cause and no commonly accepted cure, according to researchers who outlined the case of a single patient whose condition seems to have been relieved by a whole-foods, plant-based diet. The findings wer...

    Lupus More Deadly for Asian and Hispanic Americans: Study

    More Asian and Hispanic people with lupus die prematurely than white patients, a new study reveals.

    Death rates in San Francisco were nearly six times higher than expected among Hispanic patients with lupus and four times higher than expected among Asian women with lupus, the researchers found.

    The higher death rate among racial and ethnic minority groups might result from more seve...

    'So Happy:' World's First Hand/Face Transplant Patient Doing Well

    Joe DiMeo's life changed forever when he fell asleep at the wheel on U.S. Route 22 in New Jersey on July 14, 2018.

    The horrific crash left him with third-degree burns on 80% of his body and a grim prognosis.

    Now, more than two years later, DiMeo, 22, is the recipient of the world's first successful double hand and face transplant, and on the road to recovery.

    The historic surg...

    Most Dermatology Patients Like 'Telehealth' Visits: Survey

    A majority of dermatology patients are happy with telehealth appointments in place of in-person office visits, a new study finds.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many medical specialties to move from in-person to online appointments, but dermatology had already seen increased use of telehealth visits over the last decade, according to the George Washington (GW) University researchers.

    Kiss Chapped Lips Goodbye This Winter

    Dry and chapped lips are common during the winter, but there are a number of things you can do to protect them, an expert says.

    "Cold, dry weather; sun damage; and frequently licking your lips are just some of the reasons your lips might feel dry and chapped this winter," dermatologist Dr. Noëlle Sherber said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "Understanding these causes...

    Losing Your Hair Because of Pandemic Stress?

    Add stress-related hair loss to the many problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    "I've had patients coming in recently with stress-related hair loss, who tell me they were so worried about dying earlier this year or even that they had COVID-19. But they don't see the effects until three months later," said dermatologist Dr. Ohara Aivaz of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    Eczema More Common Among Black, Hispanic Kids

    Black and Hispanic children in the United States have much higher rates of the skin condition eczema than white children, experts say.

    These disparities in eczema -- also called atopic dermatitis (AD) -- will be presented at a virtual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), Friday through Sunday.

    "Not only do Black children in the U.S. have signif...

    Pre-Op 'Brain Games' Might Prevent Post-Op Delirium

    Playing brain games before surgery may reduce your risk of delirium after your operation, a new study says.

    Just as you can prepare your body for surgery, you can do the same for your brain by keeping it active and challenged through something called "neurobics," according to Ohio State University researchers.

    Delirium -- a post-surgery complication especially common in older patien...

    For Some Survivors, 'COVID Toes,' Rashes Can Linger for Months

    For some patients, COVID toes and rashes can last long after they recover from the coronavirus, a new study finds.

    How often skin problems are linked to COVID-19 isn't known, but some patients -- so-called "long haulers" -- get better but don't appear to fully recover. For these patients, skin symptoms persist for 60 days or longer, according to researchers.

    COVID toes and skin rash...

    Psoriasis Meds Don't Raise Risk of Severe COVID-19: Study

    Researchers in the United Kingdom have reassuring news for people with psoriasis based on the first analysis of a global registry of COVID-19 patients who also have the skin disease.

    Moderate-to-severe cases of psoriasis are treated with drugs that suppress the immune system. This analysis of the international PsoProtect registry found that more than 90% of psoriasis patients surv...

    How to Care for Your Skin During Radiation Therapy

    Proper skin care is crucial for cancer patients receiving radiation therapy, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says.

    Itchiness, redness, blistering and peeling are among the skin problems that radiation therapy can cause.

    "During radiation therapy, the treated skin becomes very sensitive, which can cause painful rashes and delays in care," said dermatologist Dr. Anis...

    Dangerous Ink: Tattoos Might Lead to Body's Overheating

    Using your body as a canvas for tattoos might come at a price for your health.

    New research suggests that all that ink impedes natural sweating -- and that might cause the body to overheat.

    The study found that tattooed skin on arms "has reduced sweat rates, and thus potential heat loss capacity, during [whole-body heating], compared to adjacent skin without tattoos."

    ...

    A Guide to Acne Care for People of Color

    Dealing with acne can be especially difficult for people of color, a skin expert says.

    Acne affects up to 50 million people in the United States each year. For people of color, acne is often accompanied by dark spots or patches called hyperpigmentation.

    "Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., and it can be particularly frustrating for people with skin of color b...

    Probiotic Might Help Ease Children's Eczema

    Applying a type of "good" bacteria to the skin may relieve children of the itch and discomfort of eczema, a new, small study suggests.

    Eczema is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes dry, itchy skin and scaly rashes. It usually starts in early childhood, and commonly occurs along with allergies like hay fever and asthma, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and ...

    Some Psoriasis Meds May Also Help Prevent Heart Disease

    Biologic therapy for the skin condition psoriasis may reduce patients' risk of heart disease, new research suggests.

    Chronic inflammation in people with psoriasis is associated with the development of plaque in heart arteries, which increases the risk of coronary artery disease. In biologic therapy, patients receive protein-based infusions to reduce inflammation.

    "This is th...

    Frequent Hand-Washing Tough on Those With Eczema

    Hand-washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses, but for people with skin conditions like eczema, lathering up frequently can lead to dryness, cracking, itchiness, pain and even an infection.

    If you're struggling to balance pandemic hand-washing and skin conditions, Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, a dermatologist at George Washington University School...

    Scientists Sniff Out the True Cause of 'BO'

    British scientists have discovered what makes people stink.

    Blame an enzyme that hides in specific bacteria that colonize the human armpit.

    "Solving the structure of this 'BO enzyme' has allowed us to pinpoint the molecular step inside certain bacteria that makes the odor molecules," said co-author Michelle Rudden. She's a postdoctoral research associate in biology at the ...