ACNE is a common skin condition that affects millions of people of all ages. When your pores are clogged with oil and dead skin cells, you can develop darkened spots and pimples on the face, neck, chest, back and upper arms. Help reduce acne with these simple tips:
- Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser
- Be gentle with your skin; use alcohol free products and avoid scrubbing your face
Rinse with lukewarm water
- Avoid picking at, popping or squeezing pimples; these thing can irritate acne more
- Keep your hands off your face
- Avoid the sun and tanning beds; acne medications make your skin very sensitive to UV light
We understand the discomfort that acne can cause both mentally and physically and we can help.
ALLERGY TESTING People often overlook the possibility that an allergy is causing a skin issue. Before we test for an allergy, we review your health history and complete a physical exam. Allergy testing can be done on the skin or with a simple blood test. You may also need blood work to rule out an illness or infection, as well as a skin biopsy. Call the office today to set up an allergy test and evaluation. We can create the proper treatment plan for you.
ECZEMA If your skin seems to always be itchy, dry and cracked, you are not alone. As many as 30 million adults and children in the U.S. suffer from eczema/atopic dermatitis. There are things you can do to help control mild eczema, but more severe cases require following an eczema management plan created by a dermatologist. We are here to educate you, develop a personalized treatment plan and get you the relief you need. People with eczema should avoid:
- Hot showers/baths
- Harsh soaps
- Allergens like pet dander or cigarette smoke
- Low humidity environments
HYPERHIDROSIS is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from one or two areas of the body (palms, feet, underarms or head). While the rest of the body remains dry, these areas may drip with sweat. This excessive sweating can interfere with everyday activities, causing embarrassment and leading to skin infections. To learn additional information about this condition or to receive a proper diagnosis, please speak with a provider at our clinic.
HAIR LOSS It’s unsettling to lose hair. While everyone loses some hair, you may be experiencing more serious hair loss if you see bald patches or lots of thinning. Some of the causes of hair loss can be attributed to genetics, stress, thyroid problems, childbirth, certain medications or an iron deficiency. The most common is hereditary hair loss, affecting about 80 million men and women in the United States. Luckily, most causes of hair loss can be stopped or treated with medicine, topical remedies, lasers or implants once the cause is identified. A visit to our office will help you understand what’s causing your hair loss and allow us to create a treatment plan to slow or prevent hair loss while improving thickness.
HIVES are a type of rash, made up of itching welts on the skin. Hives vary in size and can appear on any part of the skin, sometimes connecting to form larger welts. If you're worried your hives may be linked to an allergy, rest easy knowing we conduct allergy testing and can help get to the bottom of it. Whatever your symptoms may be, we invite you to visit our clinic so we can assess your condition and create a treatment plan that brings you relief
IMMUNOSPRESSED PATIENTS Because organ transplant patients must take medication to suppress their immune system, they have an increased risk for aggressive skin cancer. If you need dermatologic care related to a transplant, our providers can offer you a full range of diagnostic evaluations, innovative approaches, and a personalized treatment plan.
INFECTIONS Bacteria can get into the body through a cut, minor scratch, bug bite, rash, sore or burn before causing many types of infections within the skin. Symptoms of an infection may include pain, swelling, and pus-filled blisters that may require treatment with an antibiotic. From ringworm, impetigo, and nail fungus to many more, we treat a wide range of infections. If an infection goes untreated, bacteria can spread and cause more serious health issues. If you’re concerned about a possible skin infection, give us a call quickly so we can begin a treatment plan.
MOLES are common in almost every adult. Brown or black growths that are round or oval, moles can appear anywhere on the skin. They can be rough or smooth, flat or raised, single or in multiples. It’s normal for moles to grow and change in color as children and teens grow; however, new or changing moles in an adult could be a sign of melanoma. It’s important to keep an eye on your moles. When a mole changes in color, size or shape, or if it starts bleeding or itching, see a dermatologist. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. We recommend a skin check at least annually, and more if you have previously been diagnosed with skin cancer, or if it runs in your family. Is it time to schedule yours?
PSORIASIS Affecting as many as 7.5 million people in the United States, including about 20,000 children under age 10, psoriasis is a skin condition that creates red patches of skin with white, flaky scales. It most commonly occurs on the elbows, knees, and stomach, but can appear anywhere on the body. The first episode usually strikes between the ages of 15 and 35. It is a chronic condition that will then cycle through flare-ups and remissions throughout the rest of the patient's life. Let us put together a proper treatment plan that can give you relief and restoration. Psoriasis can affect more than just your skin:
- Eyes can be sticky, crusty, red, dry or swollen
- blurred vision is possible
- Weight gain, which puts you at risk for other health conditions
- Mood changes
- Gums can be swollen, bleeding or pulling away from your teeth
- Abdomen pain, joint stiffness, or pain
- Fluid retention and less urinating
RASHES are a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch, small bumps, or blisters on the skin. Whether contact dermatitis, hives, heat rash or athlete's foot, rashes are often caused by an infection that is fungal, parasitic, bacterial, or viral. Most rashes are harmless and can be treated effectively with over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines, and moisturizing lotions. Whatever your symptoms may be, we invite you to visit our clinic so we can assess your condition and create a treatment plan that brings you relief
ROSACEA is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness, acne-like pimples, visible small blood vessels on the face, swelling and/or watery, irritated eyes. This inflammation of the face can affect the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids, and can slowly spread to the ears, chest and back. More than 14 million Americans suffer from rosacea. While it’s not contagious, there is some evidence to suggest that it is inherited. There is no known cause or cure for rosacea, and thankfully, no link between rosacea and cancer. It’s a bothersome condition, but the right skin care can make a big difference. Your doctor may prescribe a cream or antibiotics to treat your rosacea and bring your skin the relief and help it needs. Patients with rosacea should avoid:
- Products with alcohol, camphor, menthol, sodium laurel sulfate
- Sour or spicy foods Citrus fruits
- Hot drinks and alcohol
- Too much sun/heat
SUN DAMAGE Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can cause premature skin aging, skin cancer and other conditions such as skin texture changes, pigment changes and moles. Additionally, just a small amount of sun exposure can make melasma return after fading. Excessive sun exposure is the most significant cause of aging skin and can lead to many other skin conditions. To keep your skin healthy, make sure to use a full spectrum sunscreen and keep your skin appropriately covered. If you are already experiencing premature aging or texture concerns, or if you just want to be proactive with prevention, let us help you with a treatment plan for your skin. It’s never too early (or too late) to start taking care of your skin with the help of our dermatologists.
WARTS are small, harmless growths that appear most frequently on the hands and feet. Sometimes they look flat and smooth, and other times they have a dome-shaped or cauliflower-like appearance. They occur in people of all ages and can spread from person-to-person and from one part of the body to another. Caused by different forms of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), warts are benign (noncancerous) and generally painless. There are many different methods available to treat a wart using freezing, burning, medicine, cutting, lasers or chemical peels. Warts can be embarrassing, but our team can help you remove them safely and permanently when you visit our office.