Skin Conditions We Treat
- Acne – Is an inflammatory condition of the pilosebaceous unit that can affect the face, back and chest. The severity can vary and treatment will depend on severity.
- Acne Rosacea – Acne Rosacea is a skin disorder appearing on the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. This condition usually begins during adulthood. The skin of the face becomes oily, reddened and bumpy. Tiny blood vessels appearing red are visible. In more extreme cases, the nose can become very red and bulbous.
- Actinic Keratosis (Sun Damaged Skin) – These lesions are found in sun exposed areas. The lesions are rough, scaly, and generally 1cm in diameter. Actinic Keratoses are premalignant areas therefore should be treated.
- Athletes Foot (Tinea Pedis) – Athletes Foot is a very common fungal infection of the skin of the foot. Athlete’s Foot is harmless but can be very bothersome as it is usually quite itchy, and the affected skin may also burn and peel.
- Eczema – This term covers a group of conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed and/or irritated. The most prevalent type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic eczema is a skin disease characterized by dry, itchy skin. It begins with an itch or a rash. The more the patient itches the worse the rash becomes. Eczema usually affects children, but is frequently seen in adults. (Learn more)
- Allergic Eczema – Allergic contact eczema follows exposure to allergens such as poison ivy, jewelry, rubber products, or topical antibiotics like neomycin. The distribution of this eczema follows the pattern of exposure to allergens.
- Hand Eczema – Hand Eczema, also known as hand dermatitis, is a rash that begins as itchy vesicles which eventually develop into a dry, scaly, cracked dermatitis. This condition is frequently associated with a personal or family history of eczema. It can also be triggered by an allergy to rubber, metals, or preservatives. It can also affect the feet. (Learn more)
- Hair Loss (Alopecia) – Many forms of hair loss are related to autoimmune disease. There are different types of alopecia. Treatment varies depending on the type of alopecia.
- Blister (Bullous) Diseases – These blisters are usually related to autoimmune disease. Treatment will depend on the type of bullous disease and a biopsy may be needed to aid in diagnosis.
- Groin Rashes – The most common areas are in the skin folds where the area is moist, warm, and dark. Treatment is needed to restore normal skin flora.
- Cellulitis – Cellulitis is an infection of the skin. The infection can be acute, subacute, or chronic. Signs can include warmth at the site, redness, and drainage. Antibiotic therapy is required for resolution.
- Lichen Planus – An itchy papulosquamous disease that can be very uncomfortable. This condition can also be present in the mouth with painful erosions.
- Moles (Nevi) – Moles can appear anywhere on the skin as brown or black growths, usually in a round or oval shape. They can be rough or smooth, flat or raised, single or in multiples. Generally moles are less than one-quarter inch in size and most appear by the age of 20, although some moles may appear later in life.
- Poison Ivy – Poison ivy rash is caused by a sensitivity to an oily resin which is produced in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy (poison oak and poison sumac are similar). Most people who come into contact with these plants develop an itchy rash. Mild cases of poison ivy rash don’t require medical treatment; however, for more severe or widespread rashes we suggest seeing a doctor.
- Scabies – Characterized as an itchy skin condition caused by the infestation of a mite. The infection can be passed from one person to another with close personal contact.
- Seborrheic Keratosis – A lesion which is raised with a waxy top. The lesion or lesions can become very large and irritated requiring removal. These lesions are not malignant.
- Skin Cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma – This is the most common form of skin cancer. When a person is overexposed to UVB radiation, it damages the body’s natural repair system, which causes basal cell carcinomas to grow. (Learn more)
- Skin Cancer: Malignant Melanoma – While melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, it is by far the most severe. Melanomas look like moles and often do grow inside existing moles. Treatments include surgical removal, radiation therapy or chemotherapy. (Learn more)
- Skin Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma – They look like fish scales under a microscope and present as a crusted or scaly patch of skin with an inflamed, red base. Squamous cell carcinoma can develop anywhere, including inside the mouth and on the genitalia. It most frequently appears on the scalp, face, ears and back of hands. (Learn more)
- Skin Tags – Skin tags are fleshy and elongated. They are not cancerous but can become inflamed and irritated requiring removal. Most skin tags grow on the neck, groin, under arm and face area.
- Ringworm (Tinea) – This fungus can infect the scalp, fingernails, groin (jock itch), and feet (athlete’s foot). Proper diagnosis is essential for treatment.
- Hives (Urticaria) – Hives are seen on the skin as a raise often red welt. The area will have intense itching. Causes of Urticaria can be from allergens or hypersensitivity to foods or drugs. Other triggers may be heat, cold, water or light. Evaluation is needed to determine the cause and treatment.
- Pigment Loss (Vitiligo) – This skin condition is caused when the immune system attacks the melanocytes. The melanocytes are the pigment cells in our skin. This condition can also be associated with other systemic diseases. Light therapy is used to stimulate the melanocytes.
- Psoriasis – Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that is caused in part by an overactive immune system. This signals the body to grow skin cells 4 to 5 times faster than normal. Instead of the normal shedding process, these skin cells pile up on the surface and form red or silver patches called plaques. (Learn more)
- Warts – Caused from a virus. Warts can grow in many areas of the body and become very unsightly. Treatment will depend on the type of wart, size and location.
- Yeast Infections (Candidiasis) – The most common areas are in the skin folds where the area is moist, warm, and dark. Treatment is needed to restore normal skin flora.
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