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July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Sunburn Treatment: What Works?

By micahdorfner micahdorfner

man with bright red sunburn on his back, sleeping in bed

"Unfortunately, there's no fast-fix sunburn treatment. Once you have sunburn, the damage is done — although it may take 12 to 24 hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn, and several days or more for your skin to begin to heal," says Trent Anderson, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician.

In the meantime, the most effective sunburn treatment simply helps ease your discomfort:

  • Keep it cool. Apply cold compresses — such as a towel dampened with cool water — to the affected skin. Or, take a cool bath.
  • Keep it moist. Apply aloe or moisturizing cream to the affected skin. Avoid products containing alcohol, which can further dry out skin. Beware of sunburn treatment products containing anesthetics, such as benzocaine. There's little evidence that these products are effective. In some cases, they may even irritate the skin. Benzocaine has been linked to a rare but serious, sometimes deadly, condition that decreases the amount of oxygen that the blood can carry. Don't use benzocaine in children younger than age 2 without supervision from a health care professional, as this age group has been most affected. If you're an adult, never use more than the recommended dose of benzocaine, and consider talking with your doctor.
  • Leave blisters intact. If blisters form, don't break them. Doing so only slows the healing process and increase the risk of infection. If needed, lightly cover blisters with gauze.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If needed, take anti-inflammatory medication — such as aspirin or ibuprofen — according to the label instructions until redness and soreness subside. Don't give children or teenagers aspirin. It may cause Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease.
  • Treat peeling skin gently. Within a few days, the affected area may begin to peel. This is simply your body's way of getting rid of the top layer of damaged skin. While your skin is peeling, continue to use moisturizing cream.

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Tags: Dr Trent Anderson, Mayo Clinic Health System, Skin Safety, sunburn, sunscreen

June 18th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic and TGen Help Launch Clinical Trials to Combat Advanced Skin Cancer

By juliejmason juliejmason

Word cloud definition for skin cancer - melanomaArizonans will receive benefit from recently FDA-approved precision medicine clinical trial to fight a deadly form of melanoma

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Mayo Clinic and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) are helping launch a national clinical trial that will apply the latest in precision medicine to treat advanced melanoma skin cancer.

The study leverages advances in genomics, informatics, and health information technology, yielding more precise medical treatments for patients with this devastating disease.

Mayo Clinic is the only clinical site in Arizona to offer this new treatment, sponsored by Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and the Melanoma Research Alliance. These clinical trials are the culmination of nearly four years of research under an SU2C Melanoma Dream Team grant.

Metastatic melanoma is a type of cancer that has spread from the skin to other parts of the body, most frequently the lungs, muscles, brain, and liver. Metastatic melanoma is responsible for more than 9,000 deaths a year in the United States, so there remains an urgent need for new treatment options.

For interviews with Dr. Aleksandar Sekulic and Dr. Alan Bryce or a patient with metastatic melanoma, contact Julie Janovsky-Mason, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs at (480) 301-6173;

For interviews with Dr. Trent, please contact: Steve Yozwiak, TGen Senior Science Writer at 602-343-8704; Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Dr Alan Bryce, Melanoma, TGen, Cancer, News Release

May 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

9 Tips to Protect Your Skin This Summer

By micahdorfner micahdorfner

Mother on beach applying sunscreen to child

Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. Prolonged exposure and damage can lead to various forms of skin cancer, many of which, thankfully, are preventable. The sun isn’t the only skin-damaging predator — tanning beds, smoking and unhealthy diet can also have ill effects on the body’s outer layer.

The key is to be sun savvy and know how to keep your skin healthy. Tammy Losee, Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner, offers nine tips to help protect your skin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System, Melanoma, skin cancer, Sun Safety, Tammy Losee

February 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

What to Do About Dry Skin

By micahdorfner micahdorfner

Dry skin is can be temporary — for example you might only suffer from it during the winter months — but for some it can be a lifelong condition. Although skin is often driest on your hands, arms and lower legs, this varies from person to person. What's more, signs and symptoms of dry skin depend on your age, your health, where you live, time spent outdoors and the cause of the problem.

Megan Johnston Flanders, M.D., family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, says dry skin is likely to cause one or more of the following:

  • A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimmingwoman scratching her arm, dry skin itch
  • Skin that feels and looks rough
  • Itching (pruritus)
  • Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
  • Fine lines or cracks
  • Gray, ashy skin in people with dark skin
  • Redness
  • Deep cracks that may bleed

Dr. Johnston Flanders says the following measures can help keep your skin moist and healthy: Read the rest of this entry »

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September 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

By ddouda ddouda

With schools back in session, many parents are again on the alert for easily transmissible childhood diseases. Hand, foot and mouth disease is one of them. Pediatric dermatologist with the Mayo Clinic Children's CenterMegha Tollefson, M.D., says it's usually not a big concern. But, in certain circumstances, hospitalization may be required. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network. [TRT 2:02]

Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available in the downloads. 

To read the full script click here.

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Tags: Dermatology, eczema, hand foot and mouth, HL, Pediatrics, Pkg, Dr Megha Tollefson, Mayo Clinic Children's Center

January 7th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Keep Your Skin Moist and Healthy this Winter

By danasparks danasparks

Heel of foot with dry cracked skin


In general, your skin is driest in winter, when temperatures and humidity levels plummet. Winter conditions also tend to make many existing skin conditions worse. But the reverse may be true if you live in desert regions, where temperatures can soar but humidity levels remain low.

Read more about dry skin and how to keep it moist and healthy.

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Tags: Dermatology, Dry Skin, healthy skin, low humidity, moist skin, winter skin

December 4th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Winter Weather Affects the Body’s Largest Organ – Skin (pkg)

By danasparks danasparks

In some places weather temperatures are beginning to drop and as winter approaches we shouldn’t neglect the largest organ of our body — our skin. In this report, a Mayo Clinic specialist offers some timely reminders for staying comfortable and healthy in the cold, dry air. Here’s Dennis Douda.  [TRT  2:07]

Journalists: Broadcast quality video and audio are available in the downloads. News Network pkgs. can be edited into vo/sots and incorporated in your reporting. (Originally aired Nov. 30, 2012)

Click here for a transcript of the video report.  

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Tags: Dermatology, Dr. Dawn Davis, dry hands, HL, Pkg, winter skin

December 2nd, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Dandruff Care: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By hinadmin hinadmin

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Dawn Davis tackles the problem of dandruff.

To listen, click the link below.

Dandruff Care

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Tags: Dandruff, Davis, Matthew Clark PhD, Mayo Clinic Radio, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, podcast

October 25th, 2013 · Leave a Comment


By danasparks danasparks

Montage of Mayo Clinic Radio photographs and logo.

One of the top reasons people search the Mayo Clinic website is for information about skin disorders.  On Saturday, Oct. 26, Dawn Davis, M.D., will join us to discuss many of the skin disorders that plague patients every day.  We’ll discuss warts, lice, psoriasis, skin cancer, acne and eczema.  Join us!

Myth or Matter of Fact: Greasy food and chocolate cause acne.

Note: You can hear the program LIVE Saturdays at 9 am CT on I Heart Radio via KROC AM. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates. On Twitter follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment October 26, 2013 (right click MP3).

Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: acne, Dermatology, Dr. Dawn Davis, eczema, lice, psoriasis, skin, skin cancer, Skin Care, warts

October 21st, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Skin Disorders: Mayo Clinic Radio

By hinadmin hinadmin

One of the top reasons people search the Mayo Clinic website is for information about skin disorders.  On Saturday, Oct. 26, Dawn Davis, M.D., joined us to discuss many of the skin disorders that plague patients every day.  We discussed warts, lice, psoriasis, skin cancer, acne and eczema.


Myth or Matter of Fact: Greasy food and chocolate cause acne.

A podcast of the program is found here.  Mayo Clinic Radio Full Show 10-26-2013

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Tags: Radio, podcast