Dermatology Stories

New research shows some sunscreens better than others
May 25, 2016    TAMPA (FOX 13) – When it comes to sunscreens, we all know the drill. Use a broad spectrum SPF 30 or greater, and slather on a shot glass full.  New research is helping prove its benefits and show sun bathers what dangers they might face. “It’s the first solid data that we have that is not only prevents sunburns, but prevents that bad cancer melanoma,” said USF Health Dermatology chairman, Dr. Neil Fenske, who was not involved in the study, but reviewed it with FOX 13 News.  A […]

Melanoma on the Rise
July 2, 2015

Melanoma on the Rise Years ago, sun protection was nothing but an afterthought for Bob Schultz. After all, he lived in the tropical paradise of Barbados for seven months. But nearly 50 years later, the harsh sunlight in the Caribbean combined with a lifetime of sun exposure caught up with him. Schultz,of the Village De LaVista, has had eight cancerous areas removed from different regions of his skin. Unfortunately,stories like his are all too common. Invasive melanoma rates have doubled from when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded the first case in 1982,according to a recently […]

Research for Children with Psoriasis
July 10, 2014

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects 3% of the world’s population

– men, women, children and even newborn babies. Psoriasis causes unsightly, uncomfortable red plaques and patches on the skin which scale, and sometimes even crack and bleed.

Warts…Not just caused by kissing frogs
June 26, 2014

Warts…Not just caused by kissing frogs Warts are benign (non-cancerous) skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infecting the top layers of the skin.  Warts can grow on any part of the body and are contagious.  They are spread by contact with the wart, or something that touched the wart.  It is easier to catch the virus that causes warts when there is a cut or scrap on the skin; which explains why so many kids get warts.  Scratching, nail-biting, and shaving are common ways warts are spread on […]

Hello From USF Health Cosmetic and Laser Center
May 23, 2014

Hello From USF Health Cosmetic and Laser Center Click the video link below and learn about what the USF HEalth Cosmetic and Laser Center had to offer. Click Video Link USF Health Cosmetic and Laser Center Services

The Mask of Melasma, Brown Discoloration on the Face
January 15, 2014

Brown discoloration on the face.  A mask that never leaves.  It’s the reason you slather on sunscreen and hide out under a hat.  Melasma is a common skin condition found in many females and a small percentage of males.  Its presence is characterized by brown and tan patches that occur on many parts of the face.   It is thought that melasma occurs when the cells responsible for making color in our skin (melanocytes) become hyperactive and produce an abnormally high level of skin color (melanin). Melasma is most often seen […]

Skin Problems? USF Health Dermatology Research
December 9, 2013

Skin Problems?

USF Health Dermatologist, Dr. Christopher Nelson is conducting Dermatology Research.

Call 813-974-2923 for more dermatology research information

New Advancements in the Treatment of Psoriasis
July 8, 2013

Dr. Christopher Nelson will be speaking on New Advancements in the Treatment of Psoriasis this December 17, 2013 at 6:30pm. Please join us by signing up through This will be very informational for anyone who suffers with psoriasis. Christopher Nelson, MD. USF Health Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May 2, 2013

By: Brendan McLaughlin TAMPA – The broad expanse of 63-year-old Richard Partyka’s back is a rough neighborhood, covered with scar tissue from his many run-ins with with Dr. Christopher Nelson. “These are where he had spots cut out.  This was the melanoma,” said Dr. Nelson, USF’s director of dermatology research clinic, pointing out the healed incisions on Partyka’s freckled skin. Aside from logging hundreds of hours at the beach as a youth, Partyka was at risk for skin cancer for another reason.  His mother died of metastatic, or spreading, melanoma. […]

Treatment Options for Psoriasis
January 31, 2013

Living with psoriasis can be difficult and uncomfortable.  There are many treatment options available including topical steroid creams, oral medications, and light therapy treatments.  All of these treatments work well but have various side effects.  There is another option for treating psoriasis: the eximer laser. This treatment delivers 308-nm ultraviolet light to localized affected skin to help control mild to moderate psoriasis without harming the surrounding healthy skin.  This targeted laser treatment is similar to traditional light therapy treatments but works in fewer sessions and is good for hard-to-treat areas […]

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