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Dr. HECTOR Franco

Dermatology
El Paso, TX
48 years experience male

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Office

El Paso, TX

Address

10500 Vista Del Sol Ste. C, El Paso, TX
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Hector L. Franco M.D.

El Paso, TX

Hector L. Franco, M.D.

El Paso, TX

About

Bio

Native of El Paso, Tx. Attended the University of Texas at El Paso with BS degree in Medical Technology. Received my M.D. Degree from University of California Irvine in 1975. Post graduate training included an internship at University of Arizona and Dermatology Residency at University of Colorado. I have been in private practice in Dermatology in El Paso, Tx since 1980. I am an Assistant Clinical Professor at Paul Foster Texas Tech School of Medicine where I teach part time. I am bilingual in English and Spanish.

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Dermatology

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146 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Retinoids: A class of topical medications called retinoids are most effective for clearing comedones and are good choices for acne in general. This group inclu... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
No: Fordyce spots have nothing to do with your hygiene so will not be affected by any changes you might make in your cleaning habits. These spots represe... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
No: I am assuming what you have described is alpocia areata which is considered an auto immune condition. Standard hair treatments such as coloring, per... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Not usually: Like hair, nails have fairly constant growth. Factors that might alter nail growth include injury to the nail matrix, nail infection, severe illness... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Depends: Mosquito bites particularly in people that are allergic to mosquito bites can sometimes develop in to blisters or ooze a small amount of clear liquid.... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Needs evaluation: Spots that have changed in size, color, shape or elevation need to be evaluated by a skin specialist as soon as possible. Check in your community to ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Not usually: Even when used properly Aldara (imiquimod) can cause mild problems like inflammation in the treated site. Like any medication, Imiquimod when not us... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Need eye exam ASAP: Herpes of the eye can be a very serious problem. Symptoms can include redness , burning, itching of the eye. Tearing and blurry vision are also th... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Need testing: If you have had allergic reactions to more than one unrelated cream or lotion it might reflect an allergy to one of the preservatives, color additiv... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
May be hives: You do not describe any associated rash with the itching but if you get welt like lesions along with your rash you may have a rare type of hives calle... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Many things: If we discount environmental changes, causes may include: excessive lip licking, medications, age, decreased saliva production (xerostomia), decreas... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Ask your doctor: Isotretinoin is a highly effective treatment with lasting benefits. Most patients do not require any treatment for their acne after completing a sta... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Varies: General rule for bleach based hair color agents is not to bleach more often than every two months. Extenuating circumstances such as home versus salo... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
No : Measles tends to appear as small spots whereas the rash of erythema infectiosum characteristically appears as a solid redness on the cheek (slapped ch... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Long term: Untreated scabies infestations are self perpetuating. When treated correctly including contacts, scabies and their symptoms usually resolve in 2-3 we... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
See your doctor: There are many variables that would determine if it is a problem to worry about. Things like how long you have had the problem and how long these epi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
No: The strep bacteria is not sensitive to tetracyclines of which Minocycline is one form. Penicillin is the treatment of choice unless you have a penici... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Need exam.: See your urologist or dermatologist to get these changes evaluated properly.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
None: Lichen planus is notorious for causing hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on the skin after resolving. The residual pigment is too deep in the skin to be... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Many possibilities: See your doctor or dermatologist so he can determine if it is a arthropod infestation such as scabies or an allergy or irritation from something every... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Stronger Minoxidil: At the present time only topical Minoxidil is the only fda approved treament to deter female pattern hair loss in women. It comes in two strengths 2... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
None: Fordyce spots are sebaceous glands (oil glands) and a normal component of the skin. Some people will have the distribution of their oil glands exten... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Umbilication: Molluscum contagiosum bumps have a characteristic indentation or umbilicalion at the top of each bump. This can sometimes be appreciated with a magn... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Bacterial overgrowth: More than likely you have "trichomycosis axillaris" which is an overgrowth of normal bacteria from your skin called corynebacteria. Try antibacterial... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
No: Herpes simplex virus is almost always transmitted by skin to skin contact. Only under extra ordinary circumstances can it be transmitted otherwise. ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Prevention is best: Otc treatments for sun burn include any of the many anti-inflammatory agents such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen . Topical Hydrocortisone creams may help s... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Should have resolved: If Nystatin oral suspension was given at appropriate dose (1-2 ml four times daily) then must consider: 1. Incorrect diagnosis 2. Re infection fro... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Allergic reaction: Personal care items like deodorants or body creams can some times cause allergic reactions with blistering. If it is only on one side and painful con... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Possible infection: Needs to be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. Without an examination there are too many possiblities. If sudden in onset and painful th... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Needs exam.: The spots you describe may or may not represent std but some stds have an incubation period that may give a false sense of security. You and your hu... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Many possibilities: You need to have your bumps examined by your doctor or dermatologist. Possibilities may include moles, warts, seborrheic and keratosis to name a few.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Need Dermtologist: A widespread rash such as what you have described especially with blistering demands immediate attention preferably by a dermatologist. Without fever... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Yes: Ringworm on the face is known as the "great masquerader" so yes it can cause bumps, round scaly patches, pustules and more. Tinea faciale (ring worm)... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Several possibilitie: Without a complete health evaluation it would be impossible to give a cause to your symtoms. It could be circulatory, allergic or irritant, stress or... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
See Dermatologist: Linear epidermal nevi are present at birth or become apparent soon after birth and as such are considered one of many different types of benign birth ... Read More
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Different things: An itchy mole deserves a certain amount of vigilance. Sometimes the itch may not be the mole but the surrounding skin or a clogged pore within the mo... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
No, control only: Ichthyosis is an inherited disorder as you mentioned and like most inherited disorders not curable. However there are treatments that can improve the... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Sitz baths: Until you are able to see your pcp try sitz baths using aveeno (oatmeal) powder or clorox. For the aveeno (oatmeal) baths use a packet as sold, for c... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Pigmentation: Vertical nail pigmentation or melonychia can be caused by various growths in the growth plate of the nail called the matrix. These growths can be eit... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Depends : I assume you are referring to growth of scalp hair that is thinning out due to heredity . If that is not the case or you are not sure your best bet i... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
To confirm diagnosis: When confronted with a suspicious pigmented lesion it is always better to be safe than sorry. It is not unusual for a mole or sun spot (solar lentigo... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Need more info: Common causes would include irritant or allergic problems to skin care products used on the skin. Questions to ask her are: has she changed skin care... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Many possibilities: Assuming the diagnosis is correct and there isn't a secondary infection, reasons for reccurrence could include: diabetes, immune system problem, co... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Many possibilities: Rashes and itching during pregnancy can be pregnancy specific or totally unrelated to pregnancy. If the rash is persistent (longer than a week) or r... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
No: Reports of dietary causes in acne have long been unproven or conflicting. At present studies support high milk or sugar intake in certain circumst... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Many causes: Eczema can be worsened by many causes most commonly stress, winter or dry environment, infection or inappropriate skin care. General skin care includ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Many possibilities: The more common causes for blisters on the feet include: fungal infection, (dyshidrotic ) eczema and contact or allergic dermatitis. The smell may o... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Start with OTC's: First avoid the use of oil based products on face be they make -up, moisturizers or sun screen. Try otc acne medications that contain benzoyl peroxid... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Need diagnosis first: It sounds like you have cholinergic urticaria which are small hives caused by a physical agent like heat, activity, sweat, pressure etc. Treatment c... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
See a skin specialist (Dermatologist) for initial evaluation. The skin specialist may biopsy it, remove it completely or refer you to ENT (Ear-Nose-... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Franco is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Franco is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Wish I had the money to see a doctor now but unfortunately It will take me awhile to save. May have to wait till next spring. Thanks again
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Thanks for your quick reply! What causes them?my wife just got tested for all STDs and I have only been with her five years.ll her results are neg. I play soccer.
HealthTap member
Thank you! You are right, I just found out it was actually Pityriasis Rosea and that's why the antifungal meds were not helping

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC Irvine School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1975MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MEDICAL CTR-UNIVERSITY, THE

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, El Paso, TX - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, El Paso, TX - Winter
2013
Top Dermatologist , First Place, Texas - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Del Sol Medical Center
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