April 2015 Newsletter for Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte
Cold sores: How to Treat
Cold sores seem to appear at the worst possible time, but there are things you can do to feel better. You can actually relieve symptoms at home. Seeing a dermatologist can be helpful, too. Medicine can reduce how long a cold sore lingers. If you get cold sores frequently, medicine may prevent flare-ups.
You’ll find what you need to know by watching: Cold sores: How to treat (2:56)
What Dermatologists Tell their Patients
If you get cold sores, chances are you picked up the virus when you were a kid. You may have gotten the virus from an adult who kissed you or shared a spoon or fork with you.
Related Academy resources:
Our New Physician, Justin Haught, MD
Dermatology in the News
Lying to your dermatologist is never a good idea
Confessing to your dermatologist that you often forget to use your medicine can actually be a good thing. Ditto for telling your dermatologist about the cosmetic treatments you’ve had elsewhere. The truth can actually help you get better results from treatment.
Is rosacea causing your facial redness?
Rosacea often begins as a tendency to blush or flush easily. With each flare, the redness tends to last a little longer. Eventually, the redness never clears. Some people also see blood vessels or acne-like breakouts on their face.
Breakthroughs improving treatment for advanced melanoma
Treatment for advanced melanoma is changing rapidly. New drugs can temporarily shrink tumors. A type of treatment called immunotherapy is helping the patient’s immune system fight the cancer.
Dermatologists share insight and tips
At the Academy’s 2015 Annual Meeting, world-renowned experts in dermatology spoke about the latest advances in the treatment of skin, hair, and nails. They also shared insight they’ve gained from years of treating patients. Here are a few highlights, which include tips that dermatologists give their own patients.
Skin in the game: Dermatology issues among athletes
Evaluate before you exfoliate
Vitiligo’s impact goes beyond skin
Poor blood flow could put you at risk for stasis dermatitis
If you’ve been diagnosed with venous insufficiency (poor blood flow), it does not mean that you’ll get stasis dermatitis. Watching for signs of stasis dermatitis is important though. Treatment and self-care can prevent the stasis dermatitis from becoming severe.