Sunshine makes us feel better but it can also cause us a lot of damage. This month Susannah Baron discusses how to manage malignant melanoma
The storm clouds have lifted and summer has finally arrived. So begins the British seasonal madness of throwing off clothing, exposing as much sun starved flesh as possible to any available rays, and joining the huge traffic queues heading to the coast.
The summer brings a variety of problems for the dermatologist. Many skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne improve with ultraviolet exposure, although everyone is different and some people find that their skin rashes flare in the sun. The summer can also be a particularly difficult time for some people who often find it embarrassing to remove clothing, thus making their rashes visible to the not always sympathetic public. People with psoriasis have been asked to get out of public swimming baths and children are sometimes pulled away from people with skin conditions as parents wrongly assume that the rash is catching.
The sun can bring out