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Medical Dermatology

Leave the Hives to the Bees

Leave the Hives to the Bees

Have you ever had breakout of swollen, pale red bumps on the skin that appear suddenly? Did they itch or maybe burn just a bit? You probably had a breakout of hives. Hives are one of those skin conditions that can be a minor temporary thing, or a really serious problem. While they generally fade quickly, they can become more…

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Cysts Don’t Need to Persist

Cysts Don’t Need to Persist

People confuse cysts with moles, but they’re different. Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material. Cysts are common on the skin; they can appear anywhere. They can develop due to an infection, clogging of the sebaceous glands (oil producing glands), or around something like an earring. They feel like a…

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Skin Protection Truth and Myth

Skin Protection Truth and Myth

In the Pacific Northwest, we’re surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and we’re not shy about getting out there and enjoying it. That means we get our fair share of sun exposure, despite our rainy Portland reputation. Most of us are cognizant about the sun and our skin, but the information’s not always correct. Since…

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Shingles and Shingrix

Shingles and Shingrix

Shingles may be necessary on the roof to keep out our wet Portland weather, but the word should send a chill up the spine of anyone who’s not a roofer. Shingles is a skin disease that can be exceedingly painful. If you had chicken pox when you were little, you can get shingles when you pass your 50th birthday. We can…

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Cysts Need Not Persist

Cysts Need Not Persist

If you follow college football, you may have heard that Urban Meyer, coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, has announced retirement due to a cyst in his brain that is causing headaches. He has said he needs to reduce stress to better deal with the cyst, so he is leaving the coaching profession. People wonder what a cyst is, so…

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The Irritation of Psoriasis

The Irritation of Psoriasis

August is Psoriasis Awareness month! It’s estimated that over 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.  While many people have heard about psoriasis, most have no idea what it is. Since August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, the team at Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery want to give you some information about this skin condition. What is it? Psoriasis is a skin…

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