Frequently Asked Questions

What is onychomycosis?

Onychomycosis is a nail infection cause by fungi. This type of infection makes the nails thick, brittle and changes their colour to yellowish or dark.

The fungi which cause this infection are called dermatophytes and are not visible to the naked eye.

In order to treat onychomycosis you must consult your dermatologist for the administration of a local or systematic treatment. The results are not immediate and the improvement is visible after three months.

 Is it dangerous if a mole bleeds?

If a mole bleeds because of trauma, it probably is not something serious. But if you notice changes and bleeding in a mole it could potentially be dangerous. In this case, you should have it surgically removed as soon as possible.

 I have heard that it is dangerous to remove a mole; some people who had them removed got very sick.

That is far from true. Those who got heavily ill had not noticed in time that the mole was changing and, when they had it removed, it had already spread deeper. It is never a wrong choice to have a mole removed.

 When are cold sores infectious?

Cold sores are most infectious when there are lesions (sores) on the lips. The lesions can appear on the skin or other mucous membranes.

 Why are cold sores recurring?

The recurrence of cold sores is usually due to stress or a recent influenza-like illness, which usually weakens the immune system.

 How are plantar warts transmitted?

Plantar warts are caused by a virus. They are transmitted either by direct contact or tiles and towels. It is advisable to always wear flip flops in locker rooms and use a personal towel at home.

 What is hyperhidrosis?

It is a chronic perspiration disorder, usually with no organic causes. Nonetheless it limits the everyday activities of the sufferer and is also a frequent cause of anxiety and embarassement.

Botulinum toxin type B has been shown to be safe and effective in treating axillary and palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. It is thus an excellent alternative to botulinum toxin type A (Botox-Dysport).

 What are chemical peels?

They are remedial treatments where an acidic solution is used to remove the upper layers of the dermis and revitalize the lower layers, making the skin softer.

They are an important weapon for skin revitalization and anti-aging, like lasers.

Chemical peels can also be used in treating spots, melasma, wrinkles and discoloration.

Autumn and winter are ideal for chemical peel treatments, since sunlight is limited.

 I am losing my hair, what should I do?

Due to the great variety of pharmaceutical preparations available, patients visit the dermatologist when the problem has worsened. There are many treatments that delay or inhibit hair loss both on men and women.

 My nails break, what should I do?

Apart from taking supplements, it is best to first exclude infections or autoimmune conditions which may cause this bothersome symptom.