At the time of writing, the family have returned from our annual summer holiday on the Continent. A lovely relaxing time was had by all. What was also a pleasant surprise was the lack of cigarette smokers and the lack of the often-found detritus of cigarette butts that litter the pavements of … [Read more...] about The rise of the “e-” generation
A couple of our family members are rather keen cyclists. At the time of writing, a school holiday is looming and a cycling holiday is to be expected. It was interesting that Radio 4 broadcast an interview with Dr Jane Sterling, a Consultant dermatologist at Addenbrooke’s hospital on vulval health in … [Read more...] about Get on your bike!
I’m lucky that we are a family that generally likes our greens though sometimes it can still be a challenging process and sometimes I’m faced with a full-on dinner table revolt! There is now evidence that certain vegetables eaten in the diet can also provide protection against sun … [Read more...] about Have your kale and eat it.
I saw a patient recently who came to clinic with a possible disease entity that was quite prevalent in Europe and the UK from the summer of 2006 for a period of time. Believe it or not, it was called ‘sofa dermatitis.’ Fortunately (for his sofa, at least), he didn't have sofa … [Read more...] about Are you sitting comfortably?
Dermatologists not only see rashes all day long but we can also operate and perform skin surgery to remove skin lesions. Patients are also always asking if there are better ways to improve the scar after surgery. We generally recommend massaging white soft paraffin into the scar or using silicone … [Read more...] about Express yourself!
I’m not really a great fan of Twitter – I have an account, I scroll through it periodically on my phone when on the train but I never have anything really to say on it. Maybe that’s because I like talking and everything I have to say I cannot condense down to a 140 character … [Read more...] about A new cream for eczema?
I was chatting recently to one of my patients. She had recently had her third child in as many years and we were discussing the merits and tribulations of having so many children so close together. The one thing I told her I didn’t miss (amongst quite a few things actually) was the persistent … [Read more...] about Snotty faces and urticaria
Rosacea can be a real pain; sensitive facial skin, redness, easy flushing and then spots. If you’re really unlucky then you can also start to get textural changes to the skin, what dermatologists call rhinophyma. Then the other pain is that we have no cure for the condition. There are … [Read more...] about There might be a mite in rosacea…
I recently had to pick up one of my children from a party. The centre where the party was held had various function rooms and it was a bit of a job finding her. However, I followed my nose. Why? There was that particular smell of sweat and high sugar concentrations in the air which is unique to … [Read more...] about Smelly cancers?
I don’t think I’m alone in finding the whole festive season somewhat stressful. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy it but there’s also a huge sense of relief when it is all over. To make it all worse, when I get stressed, I develop spots, which at this age is just frankly annoying. But then, recent … [Read more...] about Get spotty!