Researchers have developed an armament of medicines to help people live with asthma, and inhaled steroids are the primary treatment. The downside to steroid treatment is that it can cause negative side effects. "If you use even inhaled steroids very long, it could possibly affect growth and immune-suppression," says Li. And that's one reason parents are showing such strong interest in alternative treatments like traditional Chinese medicine. Last year, one study found that 60% of children with asthma have received an alternative medicine.
A case of pseudocyst of the ear diagnosed and treated with a punch biopsy is reported. Pseudocyst of the ear is considered to be a benign, asymptomatic condition seen infrequently in clinical practice. Our patient is a 45-year-old white man who presented with a 5-month history of a painless nodule on his left auricle without any preceding history of trauma. Although many treatments have been reported, none appear satisfactory, and many surgical treatment modalities are cumbersome. This is the first report, to our knowledge, of a case of a pseudocyst of the ear confirmed and treated with a 3-mm punch biopsy of the inferior border of the pseudocyst, followed by a pressure bolster. (J Am Acad Dermatol 2001;45:S230-2.)