DermBlog

Cold Sores and Herpes Simplex

Craig Kraffert, MD

Herpes simplex virus, or HSV, skin infections are very common. By some estimates, up to 95 percent of adults in the United States tested will demonstrate antibodies indicating past exposure to this virus. The manifestations of herpes simplex virus exposure range from undetected one time infection to recurrent debilitating eruptions. Read More

Poison Oak, Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac

Craig Kraffert, MD

Poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac are the main causes of allergic skin rashes in North America. Of these, poison oak and poison ivy are most common with oak being prevalent in western North America and ivy being prevalent in the east. These plants belong to the genus Toxicodendron. The name is fitting as it describes two distinctive attributes of these plants. Toxic refers to the fact that significant contact with these plants often causes severe symptoms and dendron refers to the tentacle-like nature of the branches that seem designed to promote contact with all who come too close. All parts of these plants - leaves, branches, berries and roots - contain toxic resinous oil called urushiol (you-ROO-shee-ol) that is responsible for the plants’ allergic properties. Read More

Keratosis Pilaris

Craig Kraffert, MD

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a skin condition that commonly shows up as rough bumps around hair follicles on the back of and outer side of the upper arms. KP is a common and generally harmless condition that can be quite bothersome. Worldwide, approximate one in two people have KP, which is inherited in a dominant fashion. Only one copy of the KP gene is required for KP to develop. If one parent has KP, the chance of the couple’s child having KP is at least 50 percent. If both parents have the condition, the odds are even higher. Read More

Tips for Better Shaving

Craig Kraffert, MD

Razor bumps, ingrown hairs and shaving irritation are common skin care concerns. Razor bumps and ingrown hairs on bearded skin are called PFB (pseudofolliculitis barbae). In most cases, these shaving concerns can be minimized by a combination of proper shaving practices, appropriate shaving equipment and select topical treatments. Read More

Dermapen: Advanced Skin Resurfacing in Redding, CA

Craig Kraffert, MD

Aesthetic dermatology is a sophisticated subspecialty of dermatology that is near and dear to our hearts at Redding Derm. While we remain alert to new innovations within cosmetic dermatology, we’ve been selective with our offerings to ensure that we provide our patients with the most cost-effective, cutting edge treatments that give the best results. Read More

Management of Hyperhidrosis – Excessive Sweating

Craig Kraffert, MD

Hyperhidrosis is a medical term that, simply translated, means excessive sweating. Excessive sweating serves no significant temperature regulatory or excretory function. Hyperhidrosis has its basic origin in the nervous system architecture. The tendency towards hyperhidrosis arises as a result of unique circumstances during development of the nervous system in utero. Read More

Probiotics, Linolenic Acid and Childhood Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis

Craig Kraffert, MD

Atopic dermatitis is the medical name for childhood eczema, a condition that is quite troublesome for many children. Also frequently called atopic eczema, this condition is in most cases best thought of as a tendency towards dry and sensitive skin during childhood. Over time, most children outgrow eczema. Though several remedies and interventions have been tried to help prevent or lessen its severity, they have yielded unclear or uncertain results. Read More