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The Benefits of An On-Site Dermatopathology Lab Nov 10th, 2022

Dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat skin conditions using visual examination, and relying on their specialized knowledge. However, in some cases, additional information is required to distinguish between similar-appearing processes in order to make a more specific diagnosis or to guide more effective treatment.  Instead of sending a tissue...

Could it Be Inverse Psoriasis? Oct 12th, 2022

Inverse psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that affects areas of the skin that rub together. You’re more likely to develop inverse psoriasis if you are overweight, and while there isn’t a cure, treatment helps to alleviate symptoms.  At Hines Dermatology Associates, Dr. Yvonne Hines provides exceptional dermatology and dermatopathology...

Consider These Two Ways to Treat Seborrheic Keratosis Sep 8th, 2022

Any time you notice changes to your skin, it’s a good idea to have them checked out. Seborrheic keratosis is a skin growth that isn’t precancerous but may resemble a cancerous growth. That’s why it’s vital to have a specialist evaluate your skin and rule out other causes.   Medical...

The Link Between Acanthosis Nigricans and Diabetes Aug 8th, 2022

Acanthosis nigricans is an uncommon skin disorder that causes brown or black patchy areas to develop on the skin. While this condition isn’t life-threatening, many people experience psychological distress because the areas may appear similar to dirt. If you notice discolored, thick, or dry areas of your skin, it’s wise...

What Is Hidradenitis Suppurativa, and How Is It Treated? Jul 6th, 2022

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is an often-challenging skin condition that causes the formation of bumps that look similar to pimples. The nodules are often inflamed and painful and tend to erupt and leak fluid.  If you’re diagnosed with HS, you need a skin expert who has experience managing this rare and...

I'm Nervous About a Lump Under My Skin Jun 1st, 2022

Anyone concerned about a lump under their skin should consult with a skin specialist as soon as possible. Dermatologists are specially trained to evaluate and treat conditions that affect the skin.  Lumps under the skin aren’t always a cause for concern. In fact, most lumps are harmless. Common causes include...

Is Athlete's Foot Contagious? May 3rd, 2022

Athlete’s foot is highly contagious. If you pick up this common fungal infection, you can take steps to protect others, and if you don’t have it, you can decrease your chances of getting it.  Athlete’s foot develops from fungi that cause mild skin rashes between the toes and sometimes on the...

Helping You Get a Handle on Your Psoriasis Apr 6th, 2022

There are steps you can take to control conditions like psoriasis — an itchy and painful autoimmune skin condition. You can do some of them on your own, while others require medical supervision. You can rely on the expertise of board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist Yvonne Hines, MD, at Hines Dermatology Associates to help...

Understanding When a Mole Needs Medical Attention Mar 8th, 2022

Most moles are harmless, but there are exceptions. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of a suspicious mole so you can have it checked out.  Moles with certain characteristics can be a sign of skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States. You should...

You Don't Have to Live With Your Warts Anymore Feb 6th, 2022

If you're like most people, you've probably tried to deal with your warts at home with over-the-counter treatments. But if your wart hasn't gone away after using these treatments, you may be wondering if it's time to see a doctor. The good news is there are several treatment options available...

Myths and Facts About Melasma Jan 13th, 2022

Melasma is a stubborn skin condition that causes the appearance of brown or grayish patches on the skin of your cheeks, jawline, or nose. Don’t believe everything you hear about melasma, however. Many misconceptions have been making the rounds about this condition and its treatment. Expert dermatologist Yvonne Hines, MD,...

Wintertime Tips for Those With Eczema Dec 13th, 2021

Winter is a challenging season when it comes to caring for your skin, and even more so if you have eczema. The chances of having a flare-up are more likely during the winter because of the cold temperatures and dry air.  With eczema, the outermost layer of skin (epidermis), which...

What Causes Impetigo? Nov 14th, 2021

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection caused by streptococcus and staphylococcus aureus bacteria. In addition to impetigo, streptococcus is the same group of bacteria that causes strep throat and other types of infections. Dermatology specialist Yvonne Hines, MD, and the team at Hines Dermatology Associates have extensive experience treating...

Here's What You Should Know About Melasma Oct 13th, 2021

Melasma is a skin condition that causes dark patches of skin. It’s commonly triggered by hormonal changes during pregnancy. However, anyone can develop melasma regardless of pregnancy.  Melasma typically appears on sun-exposed areas of skin, most commonly the cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead.  If you notice signs of melasma and...

Why Do I Keep Getting Cold Sores? Sep 9th, 2021

Cold sores can be painful, irritating, and a downright inconvenience. While they don’t usually pose a serious threat to your health, cold sores cause weepy blisters to appear on and around your lips. The virus that causes cold sores — herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) — is very common....

Do Warts Go Away on Their Own? Aug 17th, 2021

A wart is a skin growth caused by a group of viruses called human papillomavirus. It infects the top layer of skin, causing a growth that forms a wart. Warts can grow on any part of the body. Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet.  Warts may go...

What to Do About an Unusual Mole Jul 15th, 2021

It’s important to know your skin so you can recognize when something unusual crops up, and when it does, it’s best to have a licensed dermatologist take a look. Moles are extremely common, with most people having them somewhere on their body.  While most moles will never cause a problem,...

Summertime Tips for Managing Rosacea Jun 29th, 2021

For many, summer is the most anticipated time of the year. Sunny, warm weather and outdoor activities make summertime desirable. However, for 14 million Americans with rosacea, summer often means dealing with flare-ups. Rosacea is a skin condition that causes facial redness and visible blood vessels. Some people experience small,...

Symptoms of Chromhidrosis May 24th, 2021

Chromhidrosis is a rare, chronic condition characterized by color in your sweat. While it isn’t life-threatening, chromhidrosis often causes emotional distress.  If you’re dealing with discolored sweat, schedule a visit with a dermatologist to get answers, rule out more serious conditions, and learn about treatment options.  Highly regarded dermatologist and...

Unexplained Stinging Skin? It Might Be Morgellons Disease Apr 21st, 2021

Morgellons is a very rare, poorly understood skin disease characterized by stinging, itching, and open sores with black, white, or multicolored filaments. Patients with Morgellons disease are often misdiagnosed as having delusional parasitosis, a psychiatric disorder in which people believe they’re infested with insects or parasites.  People with symptoms of...

Dissecting Cellulitis of the Scalp: Signs and Treatments Mar 17th, 2021

Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp (DCS) is a rare, inflammatory skin condition characterized by pus-filled nodules and abscesses that develop on the scalp. While DCS is more common in black men 20-40 years of age, it affects people of all races, and also women. At Hines Dermatology Associates, leading dermatologist...

Warning Signs of Hidradenitis Suppurativa Feb 16th, 2021

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that usually starts with bumps that look like pimples. These bumps can grow and turn into painful lumps that break open, bleed or seep pus.  Without treatment, HS can cause serious skin complications and interfere with your quality of life. Here...

What to Do About Severe Eczema Jan 18th, 2021

When you have severe eczema (atopic dermatitis), it can feel like nothing will relieve your symptoms. The severe itching, inflammation, dryness, oozing, and crusting can make life miserable. Pain and open sores can make it difficult to focus during the day and challenging to sleep at night.  Suffice to say,...

Epidermolytic Ichthyosis Symptoms and Treatment Dec 17th, 2020

Epidermolytic ichthyosis (EI) is a rare skin disorder that affects 1 in 100,000 people. The condition affects males and females equally, and it’s usually apparent at birth or shortly thereafter.  The skin appears red and scaly, and may have serious blistering. Within months, the outer layer of skin usually begins...

Severe Alopecia: Is There Hope? Nov 18th, 2020

Hair loss is common, but for adults and children with alopecia, the extent of hair loss can be devastating. This autoimmune condition is very different from typical hair loss. It occurs when the immune system attacks hair follicles, causing a loss of hair on the body, face, and scalp. Alopecia...

Why You Shouldn't Wait to Treat Actinic Keratosis Oct 18th, 2020

Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is a precancerous growth. In fact, it’s the most common precancerous growth that develops on sun-damaged skin. You should never wait to treat actinic keratosis because it can go on to develop into cancer. What’s more, if you have one of these precancerous...

Signs of Malignant Skin Lesions Sep 18th, 2020

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with close to 4 million new cases of basal cell carcinoma diagnosed each year. Finding melanoma early significantly increases the chances of beating it. Detected early, the five-year survival rate of melanoma is 99%. Dr. Yvonne Hines...

Look for These Four Common Signs of Vitiligo Aug 20th, 2020

Vitiligo is loss of natural skin color, and it can affect any area of the body. The skin may lighten, appear pink or turn white. Loss of pigment is relatively rare, affecting up to 5 million people in the United States.  While vitiligo can appear at any age, the average...

What Does Seborrheic Dermatitis Look Like? Jul 23rd, 2020

Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic, complex skin condition that causes inflammation of the upper layers of skin. Red skin that scales and itches is a classic presentation of the condition. Patients who have oily skin are at a higher risk for seborrheic dermatitis, and because symptoms may vary from person...

How Lupus Affects the Skin Jun 23rd, 2020

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects many body systems, including the joints, lungs, digestive system, kidneys, eyes, and central nervous system.  Most people with lupus will have some skin involvement during the course of their condition. In fact, nearly 70% of people with lupus will develop some form...

What Is Pemphigus and How Is It Treated? May 29th, 2020

Pemphigus refers to a group of rare autoimmune skin diseases characterized by blisters or pus-filled bumps. It affects the outermost layer of skin (epidermis), and can develop in men and women of all backgrounds. Children very rarely develop pemphigus. In fact, it is more likely to occur in people ages...

The 5 Most Common Rosacea Triggers Apr 28th, 2020

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by redness and pustules that most often affect the central part of the face. Often mistaken for other skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea affects an estimated 16 million Americans.  Although there is no cure for rosacea, treatments can reduce skin inflammation...

How to Tell Whether That Itchy Rash Is Eczema or Psoriasis Mar 23rd, 2020

Even though you know that scratching a rash can make your condition worse — it’s almost impossible to ignore an itch. Knowing whether that rash is eczema or psoriasis can help you manage your condition and prevent it from recurring.  So, how can you tell if your rash is eczema...

8 Myths About Acne Debunked Feb 10th, 2020

With everything that happens socially during puberty, the last thing anyone wants to think about is acne. And pubescent teens aren’t the only ones living with acne. Sometimes painful, always annoying, chronic issues with acne can lead to minor skin infections and scarring. Despite the annoyance and pain of acne,...