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Cold sores: How to treat

April 2015

Cold sores seem to appear at the worst possible time, but there are things you can do to feel better. You can actually relieve symptoms at home. Seeing a dermatologist can be helpful, too. Medicine can reduce how long a cold sore lingers. If you get cold sores frequently, medicine may prevent flare-ups.

Youíll find what you need to know by watching: Cold sores: How to treat (2:56)

Woman looking at shingles rash

What dermatologists tell their patients

If you get cold sores, chances are you picked up the virus when you were a kid. You may have gotten the virus from an adult who kissed you or shared a spoon or fork with you.

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In the news

Lying to your dermatologist is never a good idea
Confessing to your dermatologist that you often forget to use your medicine can actually be a good thing. Ditto for telling your dermatologist about the cosmetic treatments youíve had elsewhere. The truth can actually help you get better results from treatment.

And, thatís not all you should confess. Youíll find out what else you should never lie to your dermatologist about at:

11 lies you should NEVER tell your dermatologist

Is rosacea causing your facial redness?
Rosacea often begins as a tendency to blush or flush easily. With each flare, the redness tends to last a little longer. Eventually, the redness never clears. Some people also see blood vessels or acne-like breakouts on their face.

Because these warning signs develop slowly and often seem like other skin problems, it can be difficult for people to recognize the warning signs. Thatís why National Rosacea Society (NRS) designates April as Rosacea Awareness Month. Caught early, treatment can prevent the rosacea from progressing.

You can learn more about Rosacea Awareness Month at Itís becoming clear: Rosacea Awareness Month highlights potential causes of rosacea.

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Your child’s eczema story could help other children
To help parents care for a child who has eczema, the Academy will publish a multimedia guide. We’re looking for inspiring tips from parents. Have you found a certain treatment that works for your child? Do you have a creative way to overcome an eczema trigger? Has teaming up with a dermatologist helped your child?

Your insight could mean relief for many children living with eczema.

Please take a few minutes to share your child’s eczema story.

Academy news

Breakthroughs improving treatment for advanced melanoma
Treatment for advanced melanoma is changing rapidly. New drugs can temporarily shrink tumors. A type of treatment called immunotherapy is helping the patientís immune system fight the cancer.

Treatment for advanced melanoma continues to improve

Advanced melanoma treatments have promise for patients

Dermatologists share insight and tips
At the Academyís 2015 Annual Meeting, world-renowned experts in dermatology spoke about the latest advances in the treatment of skin, hair, and nails. They also shared insight theyíve gained from years of treating patients. Here are a few highlights, which include tips that dermatologists give their own patients.

Skin in the game: Dermatology issues among athletes
Tips to help you avoid being sidelined by common skin problems during workouts.

Evaluate before you exfoliate
Exfoliating can improve your skinís appearance and make treatments that you apply to your skin more effective; however, choosing an exfoliating treatment thatís right for your skin is essential.

Vitiligoís impact goes beyond skin
Vitiligo often affects oneís emotional health, and a recent study indicates that it may increase a personís risk of developing other diseases.

Poor blood flow could put you at risk for stasis dermatitis
If youíve been diagnosed with venous insufficiency (poor blood flow), it does not mean that youíll get stasis dermatitis. Watching for signs of stasis dermatitis is important though. Treatment and self-care can prevent the stasis dermatitis from becoming severe.

Stasis dermatitis


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