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Hot Tub Folliculitis: Spa Pool Folliculitis…

Hot Tub Folliculitis is also known as Spa Pool Folliculitis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa Folliculitis.   It is characterized by pruritic follicular, maculopapular, vesicular, or pustular lesions occurring within 1-4 days after bathing in a hot tub, whirlpool, or public swimming pool that is untreated.  As water temperature rises, free chlorine levels fall allowing bacteria to proliferate. … Read more »

Linear Morphea: Linear scleroderma…

Linear Morphea is also known as Linear Scleroderma.  Scleroderma is characterized by the appearance of circumscribed or diffuse, hard, smooth, ivory-colored areas that are immobile and give the appearance of hidebound skin (Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin).  There are many forms, which Linear Morphea is one…which often develops in children, usually in the first decade… Read more »

Music Box Spine Keratoses: Punctate Keratoses of the Palms & Soles…

Brown reported the first case of Spiny Keratoderma in 1971 when he described punctate keratotic projections on the palms of a 20-year-old male.  Commonly referred to as “Music Box Spines Keratosis” it has also been referred to as punctate keratoses of the palms and soles, spiny keratoderma, punctate porokeratotic keratoderma, multiple minute palmar-plantar digitate hyperkeratosis,… Read more »

Chronic Lip Licking: Exfoliative Cheilitis…

Chronic Lip Licking is often seen in children and is also referred to as Exfoliative Cheilitis, or Cheilitis Exfoliativa.  The patients develop an exfoliative dermatitis with sharp margins that rims the upper and lower lips…often looking like a clown face as shown in the picture above and below.  The sharp demarcations of the tongue margins… Read more »

COVID-19 & Hydroxychloroquine: Does It Work…

Dermatologists for years have used Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) to treat many chronic, often inflammatory, conditions, such as erosive lichen planus (LP), discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), dermatomyositis, frontal fibrosing alopecia, and morphea.  Chloroquine is a sister drug used to treat malaria, they are very similar medications. Chloroquine was synthesized in Germany by Bayer… Read more »

Impetigo: Impetigo Contagiosa…

Impetigo Contagiosa is a very common skin infection, most frequently in children, particularly boys.  The causative bacteria are usually staphylococcal and or streptococcal organisms although mixed infections may also occur.  The most common form is characterized by discrete, thin-walled vesicles that rapidly become pustular and then rupture producing a thin, straw-colored, seropurulent discharge that exudes… Read more »

Insulin-Derived Amyloidosis, The Insulin Ball, Amyloidoma: A Closer Look…

We recently reported a case of Insulin-Derived Amyloidosis, also known as The Insulin Ball and Amyloidoma.  We reported this in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, reference 2020;6:351-3.  To read this article click HERE.  In my blog I am able to show more images than are allowed in the actual article…due to space… Read more »

Tinea Corporis: Ringworm, Tinea Circinata…

Tinea Corporis (TC) is a cutaneous fungal infection (superfical dermatophyte) that is also referred to as Tinea Circinata in the medical literature.  It is commonly known as ringworm although a worm has nothing to do with it.  TC includes all fungal skin infections except those involving the scalp (tinea capitis), beard (tinea barbae), face (tinea… Read more »