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

Thursday: 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 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Not usually: Bedbugs cause itchy red bumps and in more sensitive individuals an exaggerated form of that. Bedbugs are not known to transmit any disease of a serio... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Not known to: Pityriasis rosea or pr is an idiopathic disorder that is not known to be transmitted to other people by close contact or heredity. A virus has long b... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Unlikely: Whereas staph aureus infection can be transmitted by skin to skin contact, the higher concentrations of staph are in areas such as inside the nose, mo... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Look & symptoms : Herpes typically is recurrent in the same area, is painful and consists of a cluster of blisters (bumps filled with fluid). Folliculitis tends to be... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Nondrying shampoo: Look for shampoos that advertise they are "mild" and "nonfragranced". Shampoos that contain conditioners are worth a look as are non drying body was... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
With caution: If the warts are not growing postpone treatment to the third trimester or after delivery. Common treatments include cryotherapy ( with liquid nitroge... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Several: Sun poisoning or heat stroke can present with light headedness or dizziness, shortness of breath, flushing or feeling hot and chest pain in varying in... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Should have healed.: This could represent a non-resolving herpes infection that may require oral suppressive treatment., e.G Valtrex (valacyclovir) it may also represent... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Treat ALL contacts: You did not ask a question per se but i assume your wondering why the recurrence? Possibilities include: 1. Re-exposure to scabies 2. Incorrect ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Potentially: When evaluating a mole for potential cancer transformation the history of its behavior is an important component. Questions to ask are: is it a n... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
See Dermatologist: Most people will diagnose their groin rash or itching as a fungal infection and treat themselves with otc antifungal creams. However not all groin ra... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Skin contact: Herpes simplex or fever blisters are a viral infection transmitted by skin to skin contact with someone who has been infected with the herpes virus. ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Moisturize: Dry, light colored, scaly patches or pityriasis alba is a milder presentation of eczema. Both are primarily a dry skin problem. Basic treatment is t... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Many possibilities: Livedo reticularis is a symptom rather than a disease. It can be signs of alternating dilated and constricted blood vessels as a reaction to temperat... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Depends on skin type: You have caused a mild acid burn or "frosting", thus the white puffiness by using vinegar (acetic acid). The end result is a dark spot (hyperpigmenta... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Possibly : There are several uncommon skin conditions that can be associated with pregnancy. Some can affect the course of the pregnancy, some do not. There ar... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Many: The evaluation of hair loss is an involved process because there are so many possibilities. General classifications are scarring versus non-scarring.... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Depends on cause: Blisters on the feet are most commonly caused by a type of eczema called dyshidrotic eczema, dermatophytes (fungal infection) or contact allergy. Of ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Depends: If your sweating is at appropriate times e.g. After exercise, when you are in a hot or humid environment or overly dressed then yes this just could b... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
See a Dermatologist: Treatments that have been used with some success include lower strength cortisone creams and a non steroid ointment called protopic. See your dermato... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Possibly: Candida (yeast) infections can present as red bumps or pustules that might resemble a herpetic sore or ulcer in their later stages. Herpes sores are ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Not likely: The primary causes of acne are stress, heredity and hormones. Diet plays a very minor role if any at all. In very specific circumstances such as a ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Probably : The military examiners make that call but with basal nevus syndrome you are already prone to bce skin cancer. With the expected intense sun exposure ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
See your. Doctor: Unless you somehow missed getting your standard childhood vaccinations measles is not likely. There are many viral infections that can cause measle ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Hives: It sounds like an allergic reaction of some type possibly hives especially if the spots are coming and going. Contact allergic reactions may also ca... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
True: Rogaine (minoxidil) has its main effect on the vertex of the scalp. It works poorly if at all on the receding scalp line of balding males. Oral Fina... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Many possibilites: There are many potential explanations for your symptoms. The most obvious is sun sensitivity caused by skin type, diet, medications or an underlying ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Timing is important: Urticaria caused by allergy to medications occur often minutes after exposure to the offending drug, so time of onset is very important. If you suspe... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Need more info: What you have described could be many things. Common possibilities would be dry skin, irritant or allergic problems to skin care products and stress ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Take precautions: Although not high risk a simple precaution would be using your own headphones. If this is not practical then visually inspect the headphones for li... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
See Dermatologist: Uncomplicated eczema does not blister. Eczema may sometimes weep or get crusty and even then it is often a sign of secondary infection, usually bacte... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Light treatment : Photodynamic (pdt) therapy involves the use of a unit that emits "intense pulsed light" or "ipl" in combination with a chemical that absorbs light ene... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Need evaluation: It sounds like some form of congenital condition but if it is changing or concerning you, you need an evaluation by a dermatologist.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Very possible: Ringworm or tinea fungal infection is commonly transmitted to humans from outdoor pets such as cats or dogs. Other sources are other humans, soil and... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
See your doctor: Not all that blisters in the mouth is hand foot and mouth disease. There are various blistering disorders that can affect the mouth that can represen... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Various things: In people with skin of color it may be a normal variation. Skin growths may also cause them, both of the benign and malignant kind. See your dermato... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Not related: Although Isotretinoin can be associated with a usually mild diffuse hair loss there is no correlation with Isotretinoin (accutane) and alopecia areata... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Possibly: Topical steroids have the potential of causing thinning of the skin and stretch marks that are permanent color changes may be part of these changes w... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Not necessary: Rule of thumb is to take tetracyclines like Minocycline an hour before or two hours after eating. This is especially true for milk or other foods con... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Need more info: Need to know how long you have had the blisters, do the blisters have fluid in them, do they itch, hurt or burn? If the blisters do not show signs ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Will resolve: Geographic tongue is an idiopathic (unknown cause) that should eventually resolve.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
See your doctor ASAP: The symptoms you have may or may no be related but to be sure, require evaluation by your pcp as soon as possible.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
No: A dermatofibroma is a solid benign skin growth found in the lower layer of the skin called the dermis. Ganglion cysts are cystic structures found in... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
BPO products: Benzoyl peroxide (bpo) is a common ingredient in many otc and prescription acne medications including many good acne otc washes eg brevoxyl and. Pano... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Yes: The wart viruses are notoriously hard to clear from the skin. This includes the hpv virus. Although the visible wart can be "cured" with various t... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Dose more important: These medications are different brands of Isotretinoin and as long as the dosage is the same there should be no problems . Check with your dermatolog... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Surgically : Boils as a rule do not have sacs but similar appearing infected skin cysts or e.I.C. Do have sacs that need to be removed surgically to keep them fr... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
No: Effexor (venlafaxine) has a long list of side effects, hair loss is not a listed side effect.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 48 years experience
Your problem could be a form of chemical irritation caused by hair care products or it could be an infection around the hair follicle. There also ... 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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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.
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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

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