Amy McMichael MD


Moles

A mole is a skin growth made up of cells (melanocytes or nevus cells) that produce color (pigment). Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most moles appear during the first 20 years of a person’s life. Some may not appear until later in life. Although most moles are harmless, some can become…

Nail Psoriasis

Many people who have psoriasis have nail changes. This can involve: Pitting on the surface of the nail. Defects in the nail, such as ridges or crumbling nails. Yellowish color to the toenails (and sometimes fingernails). Thickening of the fingernails or toenails. Spots under the fingernails, such as yellow-red patches…

Laser

A laser is a highly focused beam of light that is used to cut or destroy tissue during a medical procedure. Laser light cleans (sterilizes) and seals as it cuts tissue, which reduces bleeding, pain, and healing time. Doctors and nurses may use a laser to treat many different conditions, such as those that affect the…

Phototherapy for Psoriasis

Phototherapy is the use of ultraviolet (UV) light to slow the rapid growth of new skin cells. This is helpful in treating psoriasis, which causes skin cells to grow too rapidly. There are two types of ultraviolet (UV) light therapy: Ultraviolet B (UVB) Exposure times start at 30 to 60 seconds when therapy begins. You…

Moles

A mole is a skin growth made up of cells (melanocytes or nevus cells) that produce color (pigment). Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most moles appear during the first 20 years of a person’s life. Some may not appear until later in life. Although most moles are harmless, some can become…