Saturday, January 2, 2016

A shame: price gouging on dermatology medications.

Here's a story about the massive increases for some dermatology drug prices. I know so many patients whose lives are truly held back because they have to shell out thousands of dollars fort medications a month. It's shameful and absolutely unacceptable. Follow the link to learn more.

Steep price increases hit patients using dermatology drugs

Ten Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid - Part two of two - Santa Clarita Magazine

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Butt Rash from the Toilet?

A resurgence of high end wooden toilet seats and chemical cleaners may be behind an increase of toilet seat dermatitis, a skin condition once thought to be wiped out in the U.S.A. Recent research has helped point out something that we as physicians may overlook sometimes. Wooden toilets are porous and can not be cleaned as effectively as plastic and may harbor bacterial and fungal growth. Chemicals found in many current cleaning solutions are well known to be irritants. All this could lead to either an infectious or contact dermatitis in the butt and thigh areas, these areas tend to stay a bit moist as well, which further helps incubate microorganism growth.

Here's just a couple basic recommendations to avoid this problem:
  1. Clean your toilets regularly, but if you are using harsh chemicals, after they've dried, wipe down with water or at least a wet cloth to remove any left over caustic ingredients. You'll have to let the toilet dry first in order for the chemical cleaners to maximally disinfect.
  2. Stick with the good old plastic toilets which can be cleaned easier and are less allergenic than wooden toilet seats. However, you can always cover the seat as well.
  3. And a personal caveat . . . avoid using public restrooms if possible :-)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Scientific Study: Victoria's Secret Perfume Is Actually A Mosquito Repellent

Last week we discussed a research study focusing on non-DEET based products. We mentioned the surprise finding that Victoria's Secret Bombshell Perfume did a good job at repelling mosquitoes, albeit using a heavy amount of perfume.

Here's another article written by Gizmodo talking more about the study.

Here's an excerpt from the Gizmodo article: 
You can see that people wearing one of those "natural alternative" mosquito skin patches made with vitamin B actually attracted more mosquitoes than the control, which is kind of hilarious. 
The big surprise, as Rodriguez noted, was the Victoria's Secret perfume, Bombshell. You can see that it's almost as effective as the DEET-laced repellents (attracting only 17% of mosquitoes), and stays effective for 120 minutes.
So if you want to keep mosquitoes away, wear DEET – or really fruity, flowery perfume like Bombshell. 
Read the full article in the Journal of Insect Science.