Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD

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Dr. Ellen Marmur is a leading dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. She is a recognized and admired expert in skin cancer diagnosis and surgery, Mohs surgery reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, and women'€™s health dermatology. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Marmur is an Associate Clinical Professor in both the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Genetics & Genomic Research at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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  • Ellen Marmur, MD answered:
    There are as many different kinds of cancer as there are types of cells in the skin. The mind reels with the frightening (although much more uncommon) possibilities. Most skin cancers are linked to sun exposure and immunosuppression. Merkel cell carcinoma, for example, is a rare but aggressive skin cancer...Read More
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    WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Painful or itchy skin lesions could be a warning sign of skin cancer, researchers report.

    "Patients sometimes have multiple lesions that are suspicious looking, and those that are itchy or painful should raise high concerns for non-melanoma ski...Full Article

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    MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drug already used to treat moderate-to-severe allergic asthma appears to offer relief to people with chronic hives who haven't been helped by standard medications, new research suggests.

    The prescription drug -- omalizumab (Xolair) -- is already...Full Article

  • Ellen Marmur, MD answered:
    You need to learn how to read your skin and then tend to it using common sense. For instance, if your skin feels dry, apply a moisturizer. If your nose is particularly oily, use a degreaser such as salicylic acid on that specific area. Being attentive to your general tendency, or skin type, is a good first step in un...Read More
  • Ellen Marmur, MD answered:
    Drug eruptions are often characteristic of certain medications. For example, targeted chemotherapy drugs (that zone in on one area of the body)- such as Taxol, for breast cancer - can cause fingernails and cuticles to become swollen and inflamed (a nail disease called paronychia). Taxol can also trigger...Read More
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    THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug that scientists hope will relieve the debilitating itching of chronic eczema has shown promising results in early trials.

    Dupilumab, which is injected, interferes with the activity of two key proteins that play a critical role in the ...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new psoriasis drug delivered dramatic results in two clinical trials, perhaps heralding an effective new treatment for patients with the chronic skin disease.

    The drug, secukinumab, was stacked up against an inactive placebo and one of the bes...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with high blood pressure may have an increased risk of developing the skin disease psoriasis, new research suggests.

    Taking blood pressure medications called beta-blockers also raises the risk for psoriasis, according to the study that fol...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some popular over-the-counter acne treatments can cause severe irritation or even potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

    The products contain the active ingredients benzoyl peroxid...Full Article

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    MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic Sivextro (tedizolid phosphate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with serious or life-threatening skin infections.

    The drug, which may be taken intravenously or by a pill, is designed to tre...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man with a rare condition that left him with no hair on his body grew a full head of hair after taking an arthritis drug, a new study reveals.

    The 25-year-old patient also grew eyebrows and eyelashes, along with facial, armpit and other hair aft...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the well-publicized risks of skin damage and cancer from too much sun, people continue to soak up ultraviolet radiation outdoors and in tanning salons. Now a new animal study adds to evidence that for some, tanning is truly an addiction.

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    MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- No cure exists for acne yet, but new treatments make this common scourge of adolescence easier to manage, dermatologists say.

    "Things are so much better today because there are so many more options for treating acne," sai...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Severe skin infections are often treated with IV antibiotics for days. But two new drugs -- given once a week, or just once -- could offer an alternative, researchers report.

    The findings come from two independent studies published June 5 in the...Full Article

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    MONDAY, June 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A relatively new drug appears effective in boosting survival for patients battling advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to a pair of preliminary studies.

    The drug Yervoy (ipilimumab) "takes the brakes off the immune syste...Full Article