Jeffrey W. Scales, MD
Location and Office HoursNorth Carolina Center for Dermatology
Durham, NC 27713
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- United Healthcare
- Durham Regional Hospital
Why are people with vitiligo more likely to develop skin cancer?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredPeople with vitiligo may be more at risk for skin cancer if they receive certain treatments for this condition. Vitiligo causes the body to lose pigment, which is the substance that gives skin its natural color. Doctors may treat vitiligo with a combination of the drug psoralen and light therapy. This combination may increase the risk for skin cancer. A dermatologist can help you to understand the benefits and risks of all treatments for vitiligo.
How can I detect lichen sclerosus?
Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Administration, answered
You can detect lichen sclerosus using the below methods:
Checking yourself with a mirror periodically, when you don't have symptoms, can help you become familiar with what your vulva normally looks like. It will also enable you to detect changes and describe them to your health care provider.
If you experience symptoms that either keep coming back or never entirely go away, it is very important to receive a thorough physical examination by a doctor or practitioner who is familiar with vulvar conditions and who can have a biopsy performed if abnormal-appearing areas are seen or if symptoms persist after treatment. A very small sample of tissue, about the size of a match head, which can be taken in the office with a little numbing medicine, can be examined under a microscope and can sometimes provide the diagnosis.
Is there a link between plaque psoriasis and depression?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
Managing a chronic disease can be as draining and stressful as having a newborn around. So it’s no surprise that individuals who suffer from plaque psoriasis also are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and mood disorders, including depression. Although not everyone who has plaque psoriasis suffers from depression, almost a quarter of people who have plaque psoriasis do. So if you are feeling down or have been for a while, talk to your doctor. Treating both the plaque psoriasis and depression can help you regain quality of life.
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