Measles, also known as rubeola, is a worldwide disease that occurs primarily in children. Measles is usually a self-limiting disease manifesting with a prodrome period and a characteristic rash. The peak incidence of measles usually occurs in March or April and is a disease of winter and spring in temperate climates. Since the administration of… Read More

Kaposi’s sarcoma

Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) is a vascular neoplasm of the skin which can also involve any organ. There are several subtypes of KS and have been found to be associated with a virus known as Human Herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8). While everyone with KS also has HHV-8, not everyone with HHV-8 has or develops KS. Classic KS –… Read More

Itching, Anal Area

No matter what the cause, certain rules apply. Wear cotton (dermal) gloves during the night to prevent from scratching. Antihistamine pills may be given for itch that disturbs sleep (both prescription and over the counter). When showering or bathing avoid the use of perfumed soap. Especially avoid rubbing the bar on the anal area or… Read More


Impetigo is a common, contagious, superficial skin infection that is produced by bacteria. The two most common bacteria that cause impetigo are streptococcus and staphylococcus. This infection is more common in children than in adults. If not appropriately treated more serious complications may arise. The most common form of impetigo is called bullous (blistering) impetigo… Read More

Intralesional Injection

An intralesional injection involves the direct placement of a medication into a problem skin area through a very fine needle. Most often, a dilute solution of triamcinalone (Kenalog) is used. Acne cysts, psoriasis and chronic forms of eczema are treated this way. If too much medication is used, a white spot or dent develops, but… Read More

Granuloma Annulare

Granuloma annulare (GA) is a common condition of unknown cause. It appears most often over knuckles and other joints or in places that are subject to frequent, mild injury such as the back of the hands or top of the feet. It is seen most often in older children and young adults. The “rash” of… Read More

Grover’s Disease

Grover’s disease (transient acantholytic dermatosis) is a condition that appears suddenly as itchy red spots on the trunk, most often in older men. Minor cases of Grover’s disease may be rather common. Sometimes the features of Grover’s are found in people who do not itch or have a conspicuous rash. Most of the people with… Read More

Hailey-Hailey Disease

Hailey-Hailey disease, also known as familial benign chronic pemphigus, was first discovered by the Hailey brothers in 1939. Hailey-Hailey disease is a genetic disorder inherited among family members with a 50% chance of inheritance from an affected parent. It is most common in the late teenage years, twenties and thirties. The lesions are most commonly… Read More

Grenz Rays

Grenz rays have been used by dermatologists since the 1920’s. At one time, it was an important treatment tool, but with all the recent medical advances it is rarely used today. It is used to calm down inflammation of the skin and will not cause damage as seen with prolonged use of cortisone creams. It… Read More

Geographic Tongue

The surface of the tongue is normally covered by small bumps called papillae. Geographic tongue occurs when parts of the tongue are missing the papillae for unknown reasons. Geographic tongue is a common, benign condition that affects 1-3% of the general population and is seen in both males and females. Although this condition is most… Read More