Sarcoidosis is characterized by granulomas (a mass of red, irritated tissue) that may affect any organ system. The disease most commonly involves granuloma formation in the lungs. Other commonly involved organ systems include the lymph nodes, skin, eyes, liver, heart, nervous, musculoskeletal, renal (kidney), and endocrine systems. Signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis are variable because… Read More


Melanoma is tumor of the skin that is cancerous (malignant). It grows from the melanocytes, the cells that color and tan the skin. Melanoma is also called cutaneous melanoma or malignant melanoma. The incidence of melanoma is increasing worldwide at a rate of about 5% per year. It is a more serious problem than the… Read More


Scleroderma comes in two main forms: systemic and localized. Scleroderma is a disease of unknown origin that affects the microvasculature and loose connective tissues of the body and is characterized by fibrosis and obliteration of vessels in the skin, lungs, gut, kidneys and heart. Morphea is a localized form of scleroderma and affects primarily just… Read More

Mohs Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery, more commonly referred to as Mohs surgery, is a surgical technique that uses histologically prepared frozen tissue sections, which are interpreted by the surgeon who actually performed the surgery, to evaluate the surgical margins of excisions performed to remove skin cancers. The surgeon is trained both in dermatological surgery and in interpreting… Read More


Methotrexate (MTX) is one of most potent drugs used to control severe psoriasis and other skin diseases. It has been used for skin disease since the early 1960s. It was used initially to treat cancers. By chance, it was discovered to be effective in clearing psoriasis. For skin diseases it is used in much smaller… Read More


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 around the anus can be very uncomfortable, often interfering with daily activities, and making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. The basic aim of treatment is to keep the anal area clean, dry, and to avoid injury to the skin from excessive wiping or abrasion. Items in the diet that produce gas,… 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

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