Category: Dermatology

Clinical Correlations

Botox: Not Just for Wrinkles Anymore

Botulinum_toxin_3BTASamantha Kass Newman, MD

Peer Reviewed

You can get a Botox injection almost anywhere these days. Internists, dermatologists, and even gynecologists have capitalized on an aging group of baby boomers who aren’t fans of their wrinkles. And it’s true that with an impressive safety profile, few contraindications, rapid effectiveness, and positive cash return for providers, botulinum toxin injections for cosmetic purposes can make everyone happy.…

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UV Nail Lamps and Cancer: A Correlation?

UV%20Nail%20LampBy Jennifer Ng, MD

Peer Reviewed 

Beauty and suffering are often thought to be intertwined.  It is hard to have your cake and eat it too.  In the quest for beauty, women (and men) have subjected themselves to toxic and potentially deadly practices, such as applying lead-based cosmetics to whiten their faces historically [1], or more recently, going to tanning beds and/or laying out in the sun for prolonged periods to get a “healthy glow.”  As we have become increasingly health-conscious and vigilant, more and more beauty products and practices have come under scrutiny for their possible toxic effects. …

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Educating Patients About Sun Exposure

By Courtney Maxey

Faculty Peer Reviewed

At this point it seems that the general public is aware of the relationship between exposure to the sun and skin cancer. It is troubling, however, that our culture still considers a dark tan to be “healthy” despite the World Health Organization’s classification of ultraviolet light emitted from tanning devices as a human carcinogen, based on observational studies that show a 75% increase in cutaneous melanoma in people using tanning devices before age 35.[1] Protection from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation of the sun is something that deserves to be part of general preventive medicine, as approximately 39% of the United States population experiences at least 1 sunburn per year, and sunburn is a preventable major risk factor for skin cancer.[2] A community-wide study in Nambour, Australia, found that “it is possible to implement the daily application of sunscreen in sun-exposed populations,” which indicates that educating patients regarding healthy sun practices is a primary prevention strategy that is both possible and beneficial.[3]

What is UV light?…

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Mystery Quiz- The Answer

Dana Clutter, MD

Edited by Vivian Hayashi MD and Robert Smith MD, Mystery Quiz Section Editors

Faculty peer reviewed

The answer to the mystery quiz is bacillary angiomatosis (BA). BA is a disease that most frequently affects individuals infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and typically presents with multiple cutaneous papules and nodules.…

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