HUMIRA (adalimumab) Approved for Hidradinitis Supparitiva

Recently the biologic HUMIRA (adalimumab) was approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe hidradenitis supparativa (HS), an often debilitating disease with inflammatory papules, cysts and sinuses in the groin, axilla, inframammary and buttocks areas. This is an exciting new addition to the armamentarium of treatments, which typically include topical and oral… Read More

First Topical Agent for Facial Erythema of Rosacea Approved

Brimonidine topical gel 0.33% (Mirvaso, Galderma Laboratories) has been approved by the FDA for facial redness resulting from rosacea in adults aged 18 years or older In clinical testing, the alpha 2 adrenergic agonist brimonidine topical gel yielded significantly greater improvement in the facial redness of rosacea than vehicle gel, according to the company sponsor… Read More

Hemangioma of Infancy

About Hemangioma of Infancy Hemangioma of infancy,caused by a proliferation of endothelial cells (which line blood vessels), is the most common tumor of infancy. Hemangioma of infancy ranges in color from red to purple, and are soft and compressible. Lesions are usually solitary, favoring the head and neck.  Girls are affected more often than boys. Hemangioma… Read More

Dysplastic Nevus

About dysplastic nevus A dysplastic nevus, or atypical mole, is irregular in color and border, is larger than 5 mm in diameter, and often has an erythematous (red) background. In certain families, dysplastic nevi indicate an increased risk of developing a familial form of malignant melanoma. This is the Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome, also known as… Read More

Tinea Versicolor (Pityriasis Versicolor)

About tinea versicolor Tinea versicolor is the fungal form of the yeast organism Pityrosporum ovale (the fungal form was previously known as Malssezia furfur until it was demonstrated that it was the hyphal form of Pityrosporum ovale.) It is a common fungal infection of the superficial layers of the stratum corneum. The lesions are round,… Read More

Tinea Unguium (Onychomycosis)

About tinea unguium (onychomycosis) Tinea unguium, also known as onychomycosis, is infection of the nail—usually the distal nail bed—with a dermatophytic fungus. The usual culprits are Tricophyton rubrum and Tricophyton mentagrophytes, with T. rubrum being the most common cause of distal subungual onychomycosis. The nail appears discolored with areas of yellowish-brown or white. Involvement of… Read More

Tinea Pedis

What is Tinea Pedis? Tinea pedis, more commonly known as “athlete’s foot,” is a dermatophytic infection of the feet. It occurs in three forms: Interdigital. This appears as scaling and maceration between the toes. It is the type frequently seen in patient’s with sweaty feet. Diffuse plantar scaling. This appears as general scaling of the… Read More

Tinea Manuum

What is Tinea Manuum? Tinea manuum is dermatophytic infection of the palm. It is relatively uncommon, and almost always occurs in patient’s that also have tinea pedis (athlete’s foot). It usually only involves one hand, giving rise to the “one hand, two feet” syndrome of tinea manuum plus tinea pedis. It appears as diffuse scaling… Read More

Tinea Faciale

What is Tinea Faciale? This dermatophytic infection of the face appears typically as a serpiginous, erythemetous rash with a sharply demarcated border. With what can tinea faciale confused? Chronic irritant contact dermatitis can also cause scaling on the face, as can seborrheic dermatitis. Tineal faciale may occasionally mimic the rash of a photodermatitis or the… Read More

Tinea Cruris

About Tinea Cruris Tinea cruris, less glamorously known as “jock itch, is a dermatophytic infection of the groin. Patients also commonly have tinea pedis (athlete’s foot). Moisture from perspiration is likely the predisposing risk factor for both of these rashes. Tinea cruris may not be annular, but it will be seripiginous, elevated, and scaling. The… Read More