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Penile melanosis: What to know

Penile melanosis: What to know

Penile melanosis is a rare condition that causes discolored areas of skin on the head and shaft of the penis. These patches are dark brown and may be slightly or significantly darker than the surrounding skin on the penis. Penile melanosis does not cause any other symptoms. The condition is not infectious or contagious, and […]

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Cystic Acne

Cystic Acne

What are treatments and medications for cystic acne? Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, usually containing salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide, and topical prescription medications have much less a role in the treatment of severe cystic acne than they do in milder acne. Topical acne medications like azelaic acid (Finacea, Azelex), dapsone (Aczone), benzoyl peroxide (BPO) combined with […]

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Causes and removal of eyelid skin tags

Causes and removal of eyelid skin tags

Skin tags, or acrochordons, are small growths of skin that hang off the body from a thin stalk. They can develop on several areas of the body, but they most often occur in areas where the skin folds, such as the armpits, groin, and neck. They can also develop on the eyelids. Skin tags consist […]

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Rapamycin has anti-aging effect on human skin

Rapamycin has anti-aging effect on human skin

A recent study has reported that rapamycin, a drug that has long served as an immune suppressor, may also slow aging in human skin. Share on PinterestA new study suggests that a drug with immunosuppressant functions can prevent signs of skin aging. The small clinical trial found that regular application of rapamycin to the backs […]

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What is a preauricular pit?

What is a preauricular pit?

A preauricular pit is a small hole in front of the upper ear, located just between the face and the cartilage of the ear rim. A preauricular pit may occur on one or both sides of the ear. It is a common birth abnormality. Most people with this type of hole in the ear do […]

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methoxsalen (8-MOP, Oxsoralen Ultra)

methoxsalen (8-MOP, Oxsoralen Ultra)

What is methoxsalen? How does it work (mechanism of action)? Methoxsalen is a naturally occurring photoactive chemical found in the seeds of the Ammi majus (Umbelliferae) plant and in the roots of Heraclem candicans. It belongs to a group of compounds known as psoralens, or furocoumarins. It is used for treating psoriasis, idiopathic vitiligo (leucoderma) […]

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pramoxine and hydrocortisone (Epifoam, Pramosone, Proctofoam HC, Procort, Analpram HC)

pramoxine and hydrocortisone (Epifoam, Pramosone, Proctofoam HC, Procort, Analpram HC)

What is pramoxine-hydrocortisone lotion? How does it work (mechanism of action)? Pramoxine-hydrocortisone products are used to treat pain and inflammation caused by various skin conditions. Hydrocortisone is a synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid that is used on the skin (topically). The naturally-occurring corticosteroid is cortisol or hydrocortisone produced by the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions […]

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Ingrown Toenail (Onychocryptosis)

Ingrown Toenail (Onychocryptosis)

Source: iStock Ingrown toenail facts An ingrown toenail is a common, often unpleasant condition frequently seen in the big toenail. Athletes commonly suffer from ingrown toenails. Improper shoe gear and toe injuries are frequently associated with ingrown toenails. It is not unusual for an ingrown toenail to recur unless treated appropriately. Conservative treatments include soaks, […]

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What to know about fissured tongue

What to know about fissured tongue

A person’s tongue is generally flat and free of significant grooves. Fissured tongue causes a person to develop one or more grooves on the top portion of their tongue. Fissured tongue is neither contagious nor painful. However, other conditions, such as geographic tongue or food caught in the groove, can cause pain. Fissured tongue is […]

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What is Ludwig’s angina?

What is Ludwig’s angina?

Ludwig’s angina is a rare, serious skin infection that develops on the floor of the mouth and the neck. It results from bacteria that are present due to other issues, such as a tooth abscess or a mouth injury. With antibiotics, people usually recover from Ludwig’s angina. However, if a person does not receive treatment […]