Medical Concerns

Acne Treatment in NYC

Acne is a common skin condition that approximately 40-50 million people1 in the United States alone.  Acne is frequently associated with teenagers and young adults, it can be observed in people across all ages. Acne is caused by numerous factors. Genetics, hormone levels, diet, psychological stress, and environmental conditions all can contribute to skin outbreaks.  […]
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Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis is a common skin condition resulting from a specific type of inflammatory reaction of the skin triggered by specific chemicals in the environment to which the skin is exposed.  The specific triggering substance may or may not be identifiable, but can include common substances such as the resins from poison ivy to […]
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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer and cancer worldwide. Due to a variety of factors, its incidence continues to rise over recent decades. Both genetic predisposition and environmental factors such as sun exposure are involved in basal cell carcinoma development.  People with fairer skin types are usually more at risk for developing […]
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Birthmarks

A birthmark is a term loosely used to encompass a variety of different skin lesions that are present at an early age.  Birthmarks can manifest itself as light brown spots such as café-au-lait macules, red spots such as vascular malformations and hemangiomas, or darker brown growths such as the congenital nevus and epidermal nevus.  Medical […]
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Growths

There are numerous different growths that can develop anywhere on the skin.  As people age, more growths may develop. A consultation with your dermatologist can help establish the diagnosis of the skin growth and most importantly whether it is considered non-cancerous, pre-cancerous, or cancerous.   Sometimes, when the diagnosis is not clear based on the clinical […]
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Dry Skin

Dry skin (medical term: xerosis) is a common concern for many people, especially those who live in colder, less-humid climates.  However, people who are genetically prone to dry skin may also develop it in hot humid climates as well.  Frequently, dry skin is a seasonal phenomenon. Dry skin can be associated with scaliness, flakiness, and […]
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Dysplastic Nevus

The topic of the dysplastic nevus is highly complex and even controversial amongst experts.  However, to provide a simplified overview of the topic, the dysplastic nevus can be thought of as an atypical mole. Its diagnosis and degree of atypical change is usually revealed through the results of a specialized test called a skin biopsy. […]
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Eczema

Eczema is the term commonly used to refer to atopic dermatitis, which we will discuss here, although it is more accurately a collection of different inflammatory skin conditions that share similar microscopic patterns. Atopic Dermatitis is a common, chronic and relapsing condition that can affects people of all ages but can usually be found starting […]
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Folliculitis

Folliculitis is a common condition of the skin resulting from inflammation of the hair follicles.  Folliculitis appears as small pink bumps centered on the hair follicle.  This condition can be present anywhere on the skin where hair follicles are present. Areas frequently involved include the back, chest, and buttocks. The diagnosis of folliculitis is usually […]
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Fungal Infection

Fungal infection of the skin is a common problem for people worldwide.  Terms such as “ringworm”, “athlete’s foot”, and “jock itch” can be confusing, because they all refer to fungal infection of the skin.  Although fungal infections occurs at a higher rate in hot and humid climates, it can develop in people who live in […]
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Melanoma

Melanoma, also referred to as malignant melanoma, is a serious form of skin cancer that can be life-threatening if not treated in a timely fashion.  It has been found that the incidence of melanoma has been increasing in fair skinned populations worldwide in recent decades.  Melanoma should be a concern for people of all ages. […]
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Mole (Nevus)

Although moles are commonly thought of as any brown growth of the skin, moles really refer to a specific type of brown growth arising from the pigment producing cells (melanocytes) of the skin.  The medical term that dermatologists use is “nevus”. Moles are benign (non-cancerous) growths of the skin.   Moles can appear anywhere on the […]
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Precancers

The term “precancer” is often used to refer to what dermatologists call “actinic keratosis” or “solar keratosis”.   Precancerous skin lesions are not skin cancers, but are skin growths that are atypical and may give rise to skin cancers in the future.  Specifically, actinic keratoses have the potential to change into squamous cell carcinomas, a common […]
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Rash

A rash, also called “dermatitis” by dermatologists, is a generic term used for inflammation of the skin due to any number of reasons.  Rashes are a popular reason to visit the dermatologist, who attempts to establish the exact diagnosis for the rash. Although rashes may all appear similar to the untrained eye, the diagnosis of […]
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Rosacea

Rosacea is a common condition of the skin that can present as red bumps, inflamed pustules, diffuse redness, fine blood vessels, irritated eyes, or a combination thereof.   Rosacea is more commonly found in fair skinned individuals between the third and fourth decade of life.  Because of its similarity with acne, it may sometimes be difficult […]
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer in the United States. It develops from the cancerous transformation of the keratinocyte cells from the top-most layer of the skin (epidermis).  A squamous cell carcinoma that is confined to the epidermis is referred to as a squamous cell carcinoma in situ (SCCis).  […]
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Warts

Warts are growths caused by infection of the skin with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  The common wart can be found anywhere on the body in any age group.  Because warts are caused by viruses, it can be transmitted to other parts of the body as well as to other individuals. There are many different […]
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