Category Archives for Skin Care

Treatment for Shingles

Although the infection is not fatal, treatment for shingles may be necessary to alleviate the pain. Proper treatment can also reduce the risk of suffering further health complications. Oral Antiviral Medications Antiviral drugs should be taken within 72 hours of the initial signs of the infection. Among the medications that may be tried are famciclovir (Famvir), valacyclovir (Valtrex) and acyclovir (Zovirax). For the pain, numerous drugs may be taken. Among them are oxycodone and anticonvulsants...

IPL Treatment

IPL treatment is a type of laser treatment that uses high intensity light. The technology makes use of a combination of lamps and rapid discharge capacitors in order to produce the necessary energy. It is usually used by medical practitioners for various purposes. One of the most popular of which is hair removal. Benefits of IPL Treatment IPL Treatment has a number of attractive features and capabilities. This mode of laser treatment makes use of broadband light. It can treat blemishes, veins, and...

What Causes Skin Tags?

What are skin tags Skin tags are small, benign growths that are composed of a core of fibers and ducts, nerve cells, fat cells, and a covering or epidermis. Additional names for skin tags include acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, papilloma colli, soft fibroma, and Templeton skin tag. They are often seen raised from the skin on a stalk called a peduncle. Skin tags can occur almost anywhere there is skin. However, favorite areas...

Scar Treatment

Scars are formed as a part of the skin’s healing process. When recovering from cuts, burns or other forms of damage, the skin may undergo changes that lead to scarring. They are far from pleasant and it goes without saying that life will be better off if one does not have to go through concealing them. Fortunately, there are ways to treat scars. Though there is no procedure that can totally make scars go away, common scar treatments can make the consequences of skin damage less unsightly. Scar...

What Causes Fifth Disease?

Definition Fifth disease is a mild rash illness that occurs most commonly in children. The medical name for fifth disease is erythema infectiosum (EI). It is seen primarily in school-aged children between 5-14 years of age during the spring and winter. The ill child typically has a “slapped-cheek” rash on the face and a lacy red rash on the trunk and limbs. Occasionally the rash may itch. An ill child may have a low-grade fever, malaise, or a “cold” a few days before the rash...

What Causes Strawberry Birthmarks?

The Strawberry birthmark also known as Strawberry Hemangioma is a common type of birthmark. It occurs as a tumor of cells called endothelial cells which line the blood vessels, are benign and multiply abnormally fast. Strawberry birthmarks usually occur at birth, a few weeks after birth, or they may be congenital; and will completely regress by the time a child gets to age ten leaving little sign of prior existence. The birthmark is generally more common in fair-skinned females, and in Caucasians,...

What Causes Red Moles?

Common skin lesions include moles, freckles, benign lentigines, seborrheic keratoses and skin tags. These lesions are usually benign and therefore are not considered as health threats. Moles are defined as small congenital pigmented growths on the human skin, which are usually dark, slightly raised and dark and sometimes hairy. Moles can be seen in any area of the skin and will appear in different sizes, shapes and colors. They are usually benign but there are some types that can be dangerous. Brown...

Treatment for Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are streaks that can appear on the arms, breasts and other body parts. Pregnant women often get these marks. These stretch mark treatments will reduce them, but total eradication is not yet possible. They may fade away on their own, but it takes time. Pulsed Dye Laser Therapy This laser therapy reshapes the underlying skin by stimulating growth of elastin and collagen. This treatment works best on new streaks, but can also be used on marks that are a bit older. Tretinoin Cream These...