Category Archives: Medical Services

E is for Eczema

OK, so that doesn’t make sense — eczema has an X sound to start it — but no matter how you spell or say it, eczema is annoying. If it makes you any more comfortable, you’re in good company; over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema. That’s one eleventh of the country! But […]


Summer Is a Good Time to Get a Handle on your Teen’s Acne

Acne. Stop right there! Your teenager just ran out of the room screaming! Yes, that single word, clinically known as acne vulgaris, is way scarier to a teenager than Saw V. Acne can ruin a young person’s life, at least in their minds, or surely cause a crimp in their self-esteem. What causes this scourge […]


If They’re Bugging You Don’t Let Your Cysts Persist

Cysts. Do you know what they actually are? People confuse them with warts and moles, but they aren’t the same. Since Dr. Musick is all about the health of your skin, he wants you to know all you to need to know about this common skin issue. What are cysts? Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets […]


The Itch of Dermatitis

Since we’re coming into prime allergy season here in the Midwest, lots of people will be sneezing, wheezing, and otherwise having reactions to various pollens. At least most of these allergy reactions are fleeting — when the tree, grass, or plant your system reacts to finishes putting out its pollen your allergy usually resolves at […]


The P is Silent, the Irritation Isn’t — Psoriasis

If you’ve ever heard of the term gingivitis, it’s probably due to advertising for Listerine mouthwash that may have come right down the road from some agency over in Chicago. The same is true with psoriasis and dandruff shampoo advertising — you’ve probably heard of it, but don’t know anything about it. But if you […]


Sherlock Holmes and Contact Dermatitis

Have you ever come in contact with something — maybe it’s a cleaning product, maybe a new cosmetic, maybe a type of metal — and the next thing you know you have a red, inflamed, itchy patch of skin that soon turns scaly? If you have, you’ve had allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), a skin condition […]


The Redness that is Rosacea

Some people say they just have a “ruddy” complexion.  Others assume they must have gotten a little sun without having sunscreen on. Others wonder if it’s that extra drink they had last night. On a humid Illinois July day, it’s even easy to assume you’re just flushed from the heat. Rosacea is a word that […]


Shingles and Shingrix

Shingles on our roof are a good thing, especially during a summer Illinois thunderstorm. But if you’re not a roofer the word “shingles” is one you don’t want to come across. Shingles is a skin disease that can be exceedingly painful. If you had chicken pox when you were little, you can get shingles when […]


Eczema Treatment Swansea IL

Parents with Allergies Often Have Kids with Eczema

While there has always been some cloudiness in the minds of most people between what is dermatitis and what is an allergy, studies show there is a relationship. If parents get hay fever or other allergies, it’s more likely their kids will have eczema, and then in their adult years will be more likely to […]


Moles (Nevi) - Swansea, IL

Moles are Usually Harmless

In the Midwest, we’re familiar with moles tunneling about under our lawns, leaving those telltale raised paths. You may be less familiar with the moles on your skin. Human skin tends to grow various skin lesions: moles, freckles, skin tags, benign lentigines, and seborrheic keratoses. While the vast majority of moles are harmless (unlike the […]


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