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...
Asthma action plans
In this entry, I would like
to discuss the role of ‘action plans' in the care of patients with asthma.
Since asthma affects so many people, and is cared for by a range of providers,
action plans are a way for patients and providers to be able to take the right
steps in care when their asthma control changes.
What are asthma action plans?
An action plan is a written
document, individualized for each patient, that helps patients identify the
signs of worsening asthma control and take appropriate action. There are
several key components of action plans:
key symptoms or other markers of control to look
a complete, detailed list of current asthma
specific steps to take if things get worse.
Most action plans are split
into three main ‘zones' of asthma control - green, yellow, and red.
typically when things are going well for a particular patient
Yellow when there are early signs of worsening asthma
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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