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Skin Problems & Treatments Health Center

News and Features Related to Skin Problems & Treatments

  1. Surgery vs. Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins

    Sept. 19, 2011 -- A newer, less-invasive technique that uses a laser to seal off bulging and uncomfortable varicose veins appears to work about as well as the standard surgery to remove the damaged vessels, a new study shows. Neither procedure appears to be a guaranteed permanent fix for varicose ve

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  2. If You Have Body Odor, It May Be in Your Genes

    Sept. 15, 2011 -- Imagine showering all you can, using deodorant, essentially being squeaky clean, yet your body odor still resembles fish, or maybe even garbage. For some people, it's an unwelcome reality. It's called "fish odor syndrome," but it's technically a genetic condition called trimethylam

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  3. Surprising Household Irritants

    In less than a month, three patients walked into the dermatology office of Lisa A. Garner, MD, complaining of red, irritated skin that later developed brown streaks. Garner quickly figured out the cause. After accidentally spilling lime juice on themselves — “Margaritas, anyone?” — each patient deve

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  4. The Dirty Dozen: The 12 Most Common Skin Irritants

    Admit it. Are your cabinets teeming with cleaning supplies (whether you like to clean or not)? Are your drawers overflowing with personal care products (some way past their expiration dates)? Are you juggling a zillion chores without enough hours in the day to finish them? Don't worry, you're not al

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  5. Protect Your Child’s Skin From Irritants

    To kids, home is a safe haven where they play with toys and cuddle with their pets. Unfortunately, in addition to the things they cherish most, many children share their homes with skin irritants that can make them less than comfortable. “Children are sensitive little creatures; they have thinner sk

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  6. Is Your Excessive Sweating Caused by a Medical Problem?

    Do you sweat more than other people? Does a five-minute workout on the treadmill leave you sopping wet? Do you wipe your hand before every handshake? At the very least, excessive sweating is a hassle. But sometimes heavy sweating is sign of a medical condition. "It's not always easy for the average

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  7. Psoriasis and Exercise: The Game Changer

    Want to pick up the pace of your psoriasis management? You may have heard that exercise can help. But maybe you're concerned you'll trigger a flare-up. Or perhaps you’re uncomfortable exercising in public. Here, two psoriasis experts explain why exercise is your friend in your quest to improve your

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  8. Psoriasis: When Should You Consider a Biologic?

    When you have psoriasis, often you and your doctor will try a few treatments before finding one that really clears your skin. If you've already tried a few medicines and nothing has worked, your doctor may recommend a biologic drug. Other drugs you may have taken are made from plants or chemicals. B

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  9. Uncommon Skin Infection Linked to Tattoos

    Aug. 11, 2011 -- Practices at some tattoo parlors may increase the risk for developing a type of skin infection that more typically occurs in people with compromised immune systems, a study shows. Two reported cases of Mycobacterium haemophilum skin infections in tattoo parlor customers mark the fir

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  10. Low-Carb Diets May Improve Acne

    Aug. 8, 2011 -- Low-carb eating plans may do more than promote weight loss. These diets may also improve acne. Although the few studies conducted on this topic have yielded mixed results, “theoretically, people with acne may have hyperinsulinemia and foods that are low in the glycemic index (GI) may

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