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Atypical Moles

Atypical Moles Atypical or dysplastic moles are generally larger than normal moles, variable in color, and have irregular borders compared to regular moles. Multiple atypical moles on the skin represent an increased risk for melanoma in that individual.  A yearly exam...

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)  is a skin cancer that develops in the basal layer of the skin—deeper than the surface layer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of cancer worldwide and is associated with chronic sun exposure. Though BCC...

Common Immunobullous Disorders of the Skin

Common Immunobullous Disorders Of The Skin Immunobullous (blistering) diseases of the skin are autoimmune disorders. Any autoimmune condition involves the immune system “attacking” its own organs or tissues by producing autoantibodies (antibodies against the self). In...

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) Eczema is a general term for any type of dermatitis (inflammation of the skin). Skin diseases that are “eczemas” include atopic dermatitis, nummular eczema, dyshidrotic (hand and/or foot) eczema, asteatotic eczema, contact dermatitis, and...

Alopecia Diagnosis

Alopecia The average person has up to 150,000 scalp hairs, and it is normal to lose 100 or more scalp hairs each day. Hair cycles between 3 stages of growth: anagen, catagen and telogen.  Many things can alter normal hair cycling and can promote hair loss and...

Actinic Keratoses Diagnosis

Actinic keratoses (AKs) Actinic keratoses (AKs) are common and may be characterized by rough, red, scaly patches, crusts or sores. They are often referred to as “precancers” of the skin. In approximately 10-15% of cases, they transform to a skin cancer called squamous...