Hello spring! Does it feel like the African sun sometimes forgets that spring exists as we abruptly hop from one season to the next? What often also comes on just as abruptly as the seasons is grass and other plant pollen causing irritation. Summertime for...

Spring heralds a shift in the seasons with the promise of longer and warmer sunny days. This is great if you’re someone who loves the outdoors, but it might unfortunately bring unwanted skin problems. Below are some examples of skin diseases that could be associated with...

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect your skin, joints and other internal organs in the body. Autoimmune disorders occur when the body’s immune system is dysregulated and attacks normal healthy tissue instead. Did you know that there is a systemic form of lupus...

Melanocytic nevi, or commonly known as moles, are usually benign in children and nothing of concern. New moles may appear during childhood and into early adulthood. It is normal for moles to darken or lighten over time. Some might fade away completely.   As your child grows, moles get...

Skin cancer screening is a comprehensive review of a patient’s skin for early detection of suspicious-looking lesions. Early diagnosis of skin cancer is imperative. In the case of melanoma, early detection may potentially save your life. Skin surveillance is also a form of cancer screening for...

Melasma is a common pigmentary disorder that leads to irregular brown patches on the face. The cheeks, central face and jaw may be affected. The brown discolouration is caused by an increased amount of melanin pigment in the skin. Women who have melasma are usually very...

Skin cancer is the most common cancer worldwide. It is typically divided into melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancer encompasses basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and is by far the most common cancer in South Africa. Although melanoma is...

It is well known that COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 virus) causes symptoms such as fever, sore throat, dry cough and shortness of breath. Not much has been reported with regards to if, and how, COVID-19 affects the skin except for a few sparse case reports in the...

On 7 April we very appropriately commemorate the World Health Organistion’s World Health Day. It is an annual celebration, but this year we specifically recognise the vital role that nurses and midwives play in keeping the world healthy. The world’s attention is rightfully focussed on...