Medically reviewed by: Ted Schiff, MD The scalp is one of those parts of the body you don’t usually think about — unless it constantly itches. If it does, you know the particular torture itching can cause. Because there are so many possible causes of itchy scalp, you may need the help of a dermatologist[Read More]
Skin Signs of Heart Disease
Medical Review By: John Minni, DO Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but your skin can reveal what’s in your heart —or at least offer clues that something in your cardiovascular system might be amiss. Who would have thought that in some cases, for instance, a skin rash can suggest a[Read More]
Is Shingles Contagious to Kids?
Medical Review By: Ted Schiff, MD Shingles is miserable. The painful, fluid-filled blisters can last weeks before they crust over and disappear, and in some people, nerve pain lasts even longer. If you have shingles, you probably wouldn’t wish it on anyone. While you’re waiting for the outbreak to end, if you have children or[Read More]
How to Prevent Head Lice
Fall bring cooler weather, shorter days, and something else: head lice. It’s peak season for the spread of these tiny, scalp-infesting insects. And while cases of head lice aren’t quite as universal as the common cold, American kids between the ages of 3 and 11 experience 6 million to 12 million of them per year.[Read More]
Who Should Get Biologics for Psoriasis?
If you have psoriasis, a disease that causes raised, red plaques and silvery scales on the skin, you may be wondering if biologics are right for you. While many of today’s drugs are made by combining chemicals to create new compounds, biologics are grown, often with the help of living cells. They work by targeting[Read More]
How to Treat Peeling Skin After a Sunburn
If a day at the beach, in the pool, on the boat or in the yard has turned you into a lobster, you can be pretty sure of what comes next, in a few days or a week after the initial sunburn: peeling skin. And with it, perhaps, a strong temptation to pull off the[Read More]
Foods that Cause Acne
Pizza and chocolate cause acne — right, or wrong? Do any foods cause acne? Can the ideal diet help you avoid breakouts? Researchers have debated these answers for years. Finally, a consensus seems to be emerging, and the foods to limit probably aren’t the ones you think. Hunting for answers One hundred years ago, many doctors[Read More]
How to Remove Skin Tags (And Why You Shouldn’t Do It Yourself)
Skin tags are those soft, fleshy growths that protrude from the skin and sometimes hang off it. They’re harmless, but sometimes annoying as they may rub against clothing or get snagged by jewelry. And, let’s face it, if you have a skin tag that’s sitting in plain view, you may get tired of looking at[Read More]
Is it Safe to Get Vitamin D from the Sun?
Lately, vitamin D has been enjoying a moment in the sun as researchers discover more and more health benefits it may offer. At the same time, vitamin D deficiency is common in the United States, even in healthy, young adults. The solution is simple — and it isn’t the sun. The health benefits of vitamin[Read More]
Does Melanoma Itch?
If you have a mole, skin growth, skin lesion or dark spot that begins to itch, don’t panic — but do pay attention. Most moles are harmless, and itching could be the result of irritation from clothing, or even a new detergent. But any itchy mole, growth or wound could also be a symptom of[Read More]