Medical Therapies

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Acne

Acne is a common skin condition caused by a combination of bacteria, hormones, inflammation and clogged pores. Acne commonly appears on the face, but it can also appear on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, and buttocks. A person who has acne can have a variety of lesions including blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, cysts, and nodules. Most people who suffer from acne are teenagers or young adults, however, acne can occur at any age including adulthood. Severe acne may lead to scarring, therefore early treatment is crucial. There are a variety of different treatment options available to treat acne, including topical medications, oral antibiotics, light treatments, and isotretinoin.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

is the most common type of skin cancer and is caused by sun exposure. This cancer often occurs on body areas that are exposed to the sun, such as the face, scalp, neck, hands, and arms. The cure rate is very high when detected and treated early.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis can be caused be either an allergic reaction to a material (allergic contact dermatitis) or by irritants, such as harsh chemicals or excessive exposure to water (irritant contact dermatitis). Allergic contact dermatitis is an itchy skin condition that is caused by an allergic reaction to any material that comes in contact with the skin. The affected skin may be red, swollen, blistered, dry, and bumpy. Allergic reactions may vary from one person to another. An allergy can develop at any point in a person’s lifetime. Some common sources of allergies develop from toiletries, cosmetic products, rubber products, medications, and metals. When allergic contact dermatitis is suspected, patch testing can be performed. This diagnostic testing consists of a series of applications applied to the patient’s skin to find out whether their skin condition may be caused or aggravated by contact allergy.

Cysts

Cysts are a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material known as keratin. They are commonly seen on the scalp, labia, scrotum, chest, and back, but can be found anywhere on the body. Cysts are often the result of swollen hair follicles, or skin trauma. Cysts may become inflamed and appear red, swollen, and tender. Cysts may be surgically removed by out dermatology team.

Eczema

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic, itchy inflammatory condition of the skin. Eczema is caused by an inability of the skin to properly retain water. It is often associated with asthma or hay fever. Eczema often starts in early childhood. Some people grow out of it, but adults can continue to have eczema either over their whole body, or more commonly localized on their hands. Patients with eczema have irritated, inflamed, itchy, red or dark patches.

Eczema is caused by an inability of the skin to properly retain water. Change in temperature or humidity, stress, irritating clothes or chemicals, and skin infections can worsen eczema. Medical treatment and good skin care are key in the treatment of eczema.

Hair Loss

There are many different causes of hair loss, or alopecia. Hair loss can result from an underlying medical condition, genetics, autoimmune conditions, harsh hair treatments, or physical or emotional stress, among other causes. Male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is the number one cause of hair loss in men. The primary cause of hair loss in women is also a form of pattern baldness, called female pattern hair loss. Both male and female pattern baldness result from certain hormones and genetics. Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. Alopecia areata usually begins with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss. Depending on the cause of alopecia, further hair loss can often be prevented and hair can grow back with medical treatments.

Herpes

Herpes is a common, highly infectious disease caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is the usual cause of what most people call “fever blisters” or “cold sores” in and around the mouth and can be transmitted from person to person through kissing. Most genital herpes infections are caused by HSV-2 and consist of genital sores or ulcers. Herpes cannot be cured; however, there are prescription medications available that can treat and prevent outbreaks and minimize the symptoms.

Hives

Hives are also known as urticaria, welts, or wheals. Hives are characterized by a red, raised, itchy skin rash. Hives can be caused by many things, including medications, allergic reactions, and infections. However, in about half of all cases of urticaria the cause is never found. Hives can be treated with antihistamines and topical medications.

Melanoma

is the most serious and potentially deadly form of skin cancer. Melanoma incidence rates are increasing in the United States. Fair-skinned people with light hair and eye color who tend to burn easily are at increased risk of developing melanoma. In addition, those with large, unusually colored, and irregularly shaped moles are also at a higher risk. In its earliest stages, melanoma is readily treatable. However, if diagnosed late or left untreated, it can spread to vital organs, frequently becoming life-threatening.

Nail Abnormalities

Nail changes can be caused by a variety of conditions, including psoriasis, fungal infections, trauma, tumors, and ingrown nails. Dermatologists specialize in the diagnosis of nail conditions and are trained and skilled to perform various nail procedures.

Psoriasis and Vitiligo

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly. People with psoriasis suffer from red, thickened areas of skin with silvery scales. This persistent skin condition is found most often on the scalp, elbows, knees, lower back and buttocks, but can cover larger areas of the body in severe cases. Psoriasis also can affect the nails and the joints with arthritis. Treatments include traditional topical medications, phototherapy, methotrexate, and biologic treatment.

Rashes

Rashes can have many different causes including allergic reactions, friction, prolonged exposure to heat and moisture, eczema, psoriasis, infections, or contact with irritants. Receiving the correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment is critical to improving and preventing recurrence of a rash. As dermatologists, we are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of rashes and look forward to helping you.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic (long-term) skin disease that causes redness and swelling, primarily on the face. Initially patients may notice a tendency to flush or blush easily. Rosacea may progresses to a persistent redness, pimples and visible blood vessels in the center of the face that can eventually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. Topical medications and laser therapy can improve the appearance of rosacea.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and rates in the United States are on the rise. Skin cancer is highly curable when detected and treated early.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are very small thin, threadlike veins that lie close to the skin’s surface and are commonly red, blue, or purple in appearance. Spider veins can be hormonally induced and associated with pregnancy and menstruation. Spider veins grow from reticular veins, also known as “feeder” veins.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

is the second most common skin cancer and it is also caused caused by sun exposure. This cancer also often occurs in body areas that are exposed to the sun. The cure rate for SCC is very high when detected and treated early. However, without treatment, it can grow deeply and can spread to other parts of the body.

Sun Damage

Most premature aging is caused by sun exposure, however repetitive facial expressions, gravity, sleeping positions, and smoking also play a role. “Photoaging” is the term dermatologists use to describe the type of aging caused by exposure to the sun’s rays. Freckles, age spots, spider veins, rough and leathery skin, fine wrinkles, and loose skin can all be seen in sun damaged skin. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma. Sun protection is very important for all people, especially for those who have had a skin cancer. Anyone with sun damage or sun burns early in life should have regular skin examinations to screen for skin cancer. Sunscreen use can reduce the risk of skin cancer. There are a variety of aesthetic treatments for sun damaged skin.

Warts

Warts are local growths in the skin that are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection. Warts are very common and are contagious. Warts can appear most commonly on the hands, feet, and genitals, however warts can be found anywhere on the body. A variety of in office procedures and at home treatments can be used to eliminate warts.