Hi everyone! Today I want to discuss several benign skin lesions that appear on many people that can often look like skin cancers. These are the growths that bring many people into the dermatologist's office as they can mimic the appearance of all types of skin cancer. Fortunately, these benign lesions are much more common than the skin cancers! A very common growth is called a "seborrheic keratosis" and is related to age as they tend to appear after 30 years ofage. They tend to be rough and can range from being flesh colored to black. These skin growths tend to cause itching or irritation and can grow very quickly. Many people have multiple lesions and some people refer to these as "age spots" or "barnacles." If peeled off, they tend to grow back, and this frustrates many people! Fortunately, these are completely benign and have no cancerous potential. However, they mimic melanoma in that they can change size, color, a...
What Is Cockroach Allergy?
When most people think of allergy "triggers," they often focus
on plant pollens, dust, animals and stinging insects. In fact,
cockroaches also can trigger allergies and asthma.
Cockroach allergy was first reported in 1943, when skin rashes
appeared immediately after the insects crawled over patients' skin.
Skin tests first confirmed patients had cockroach allergy in
In the 1970s, studies made it clear that patients with cockroach
allergies develop acute asthma attacks. The attacks occur after
inhaling cockroach allergens and last for hours. Asthma has
steadily increased over the past 30 years. It is the most common
chronic disease of childhood. Now we know that the frequent
hospital admissions of inner-city children with asthma often is
directly related to their contact with cockroach allergensthe
substances that cause allergies. From 23 percent to 60 percent of
urban residents with asthma are sensitive to the cockroach
Definition Information Aging spots, also called liver spots , are very common and are usually nothing to worry about. Always let your doctor know if you have any new or unusual spots. Skin cancers may have many different appearances. Spots or sores related to skin cancers can be small, shiny, or waxy, scaly and rough, firm and red, crusty or bleeding, or have other features. See also: Skin cancer
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