Cold Sores Versus School Sores: What is the Difference?

Today, in most areas of the country, individuals are required to wear face masks to minimize exposure and the spread of COVID-19. The practitioner may not be aware that their client has either of these two skin infections until the face mask is removed. Both herpes simplex and impetigo fall under the skin infection category. Both can look similar with blister-like appearances; however, herpes is…

How Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Impacts the Skin

Recent global estimates state that anywhere from six to 18% of women in their reproductive years suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), polycystic ovary syndrome affects up to five million American women of childbearing age. This article concentrates specifically on polycystic ovary syndrome-related skin and hair growth concerns. Polycystic ovary syndrome is an endocrine hormonal condition…

Understanding Urticaria: Triggers, Causes, Types, and Variances

Urticaria pronounced ur-tuh-keh-ree-uh is another term for hives (wheals). The term comes from Latin origin with “urere,” meaning to burn and “urtica,” meaning nettle. More modern interpretation comes from the European “stinging nettle” Urtica Dioica. Three million Americans are affected with urticaria each year. Classified as a rash, urticaria presents as itchy, raised, red, or skin-colored welts on the surface of the skin. A form…

Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris (follicular keratosis or lichen pilaris) is a frustrating, yet prevalent skin condition experienced by approximately 40 million individuals worldwide. It is caused by a build-up of the protein keratin in the skin. The build-up of keratin blocks the hair follicle, eventually producing the bump. About three million cases are reported in the United States each year. It estimated that 50% to 80% of…

Varieties of Dermatitis

Healthy skin has optimal levels of hydration, while sensitive skin is usually dry on the surface, suffers from transepidermal water loss, inflammation, edema, and dilated capillaries. Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin, due to a skin condition, contact with an irritant, or an allergic reaction. There are several forms of dermatitis, but this article will focus primarily on atopic dermatitis with additional information on allergic…

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