Dr. Dawn Davis on Dermatologic Concerns

This Medical Edge Weekend program features Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Dawn Davis on dermatologic concerns.

Medical Edge Weekend 6-4-11

4 Comments

  1. Andrea
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Both of my children (M/F, 3/5) have serious eczema on their bottoms, down the back of their legs that doesn’t follow the typical symptoms and they have been on steroid cream (Protopic) for 2 years or more. What else is there? What else can be done, testing/exams, to determine the cause and then treat/eliminate it?

    • Tracy
      Posted June 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      Dr. Davis says this is a common problem and there are two likely reasons for it: either allergic contact dermatitis or irritant dermatitis.
      The ACD would be a reaction to a list of things; dyes or perfumes in toilet paper or baby wipes. Also a metal allergy to the metal ‘buttons’ on children’s chairs, metal chairs, or bleachers. (Much like the nickel allergy you think of from earrings or watches.) The kids could also be allergic to the varnish on toilet seat covers too.
      The ID would be chemical residue on toilet seats that both children and adults.

  2. adrian morales
    Posted June 4, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    what about the conection shwannomas and skin spots or “lunars”
    the people that has so many skin pots.

    Schwannomas are growths in the skin and elsewhere from nerve tissue. It is rare in the skin. The more common nerve growth is the neuroma. Many people have a genetic condition known as Neurofibromatosis (NF). This genetic disease causes overgrowth of many tissues, including the skin, and has two forms. The more common form, NF1, causes people to grow numerous neuromas on the skin, often several hundred over time. The less common form of NF, NF2, causes skin growths known as schwannomas. Healthy individuals can occasionally grow a benign neuroma or schwannoma on the skin. The cause of this is unknown but not thought to be alarming.

    • Tracy
      Posted June 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Schwannomas are growths in the skin and elsewhere from nerve tissue. It is rare in the skin. The more common nerve growth is the neuroma. Many people have a genetic condition known as Neurofibromatosis (NF). This genetic disease causes overgrowth of many tissues, including the skin, and has two forms. The more common form, NF1, causes people to grow numerous neuromas on the skin, often several hundred over time. The less common form of NF, NF2, causes skin growths known as schwannomas. Healthy individuals can occasionally grow a benign neuroma or schwannoma on the skin. The cause of this is unknown but not thought to be alarming.


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