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(BPT) - As the largest organ of the body, the skin should be well cared for and protected. Winter can pose a host of challenges for those who typically experience dry skin at this time of year. Between dropping and fluctuating temperatures and low humidity, it is easy for skin to feel the negative effects of the season.
Eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common chronic inflammatory skin disease. The prevalence has been increasing worldwide. People with eczema experience severe itching, skin redness and dryness, weeping and scarring. Eczema tends to flare and then subside. Eczema affects daily activities and results in tremendous medical expenditures; the national burden was reported to range from $364 million to $3.8 billion.
Dr. Soo Jung Kim
Infants: Seborrheic dermatitis, or “cradle cap,” is very common in infants. While the condition will generally pass with use of gentle cleansers, in severe cases a prescription medication may be necessary. It is also important not to confuse run-of-the mill cradle cap with a true fungal infection.
Director Daniel Fish is taking on one of contemporary American literature’s most revered authors in a new piece premiering today at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City, called “A (Radically Condensed and Expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (After David Foster Wallace).”
That mouthful of a title points to some of the challenges in reading the works of the author the play pays homage to: David Foster Wallace. Renowned for his exuberant, careening sentences and “maximalist” style, Wallace, a native of Ithaca, NY who battled depression for most of his life, killed himself in 2008 at the age of 46.
If you develop redness, swelling, cracking, blisters, or itching on your skin when you come in contact with certain substances, you may have “contact dermatitis” (CD) or a skin allergy. CD is caused either by an allergy or a sensitivity/irritation to common substances. 80% of skin reactions are caused by direct contact with an irritating product such as household cleaners, detergents and soaps among others that can cause irritant CD in all exposed individuals, especially with prolonged use.
What is Allergic Contact Dermatitis?
Many young people get blemishes during their teenage years. What they want to know is whether or not they have acne. The answer in most cases is yes — it’s acne — but it’s important to understand that there are many varieties of acne.
When doctors see a few blackheads, they might call it pre-acne or non-inflammatory acne. If there are sore red pimples, then it’s the inflammatory type of acne, also called acne vulgaris or common acne. The most severe cases with deep cysts are called nodular acne. There is also adult acne, seen mainly in women.
In an effort to curb the proliferation of creepy, blood-sucking bedbugs, the Department of Sanitation is requiring everyone disposing of a mattress or box spring to seal it in plastic before leaving it outside for collection.
Recent reports reveal that over 50 percent of women in North America feel they have sensitive skin. My book “Simple Skin Beauty,” was written for this reason. My patients were complaining of new rashes on their faces that were extremely distressing. At the same time, cosmeceutical, anti-aging product sales were sky-rocketing.
“Don’t let the bedbugs bite” is more than just a saying for a growing number of New Yorkers.
Bedbugs are small and elusive parasites that feed primarily on human blood. In order to educate and combat the spread of these insects the city is hiring more staff and creating an online web portal.