We treat every medical dermatology condition, including all types of rashes and skin cancers. Here is some limited information on several of the most common medical dermatology conditions. For more information on many dermatology conditions, visit our Skin Education Center.
Acne usually affects adolescents and is the result of several factors: hormones, stress, makeup, and touching the face (physically blocking the pores). The primary cause of acne is pore blockage by sebum (oil gland production), and then the introduction of bacteria behind the blockage leading to inflammation. The main types of acne are comedonal (blackheads, whiteheads), inflammatory acne, and nodular/cystic acne. The main treatments are over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid products, topical prescription medications, oral antibiotics, and isotretinoin (accutane).
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The three main types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common, grows in one place and has “roots like a tree”, and can easily be cured by surgery. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a more rough-surfaced, faster growing cancer, that can be treated with a cream in its early, localized stage, or removed by surgery if more advanced. Melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer and is usually identified by a new, growing, or changing mole. Surgery for this cancer is the only option. Every patient should do monthly skin exams and see their dermatologist with any new or changing growths. Click here for more information.
Warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). For the most common warts on hands and feet, the virus is present in many common areas and can not be avoided (although wearing socks may minimize exposure). Warts are not dangerous, but can be contagious. Treatments include liquid nitrogen freezing, topical acid application, salicylic acid, injections, and podophyllin. Click here for more information.
Eczema is a chronic, genetic skin condition resulting in flares of red, scaling, itching skin anywhere on the body. This condition is often associated with allergies and sensitivity to environmental allergen. Mainstays of therapy include proper bathing instructions, oisturizers, and topical steroids. Despite most treatments, flares will naturally occur and must be managed appropriately by the dermatologist and patient. Click here for more information.
Psoriasis is a chronic, genetic skin condition characterized by well-demarcated thin or thick scaling plaques, most noted on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back, but can affect any part of the body. Psoriasis can be associated with nail changes and arthritis. Treatments for psoriasis include topical steroids, injections, oral medications, and biologic antibody medications. Click here for more information.
Hair loss is usually divided into two categories, scarring and non-scarring, and may be the result of numerous causes. Of the most common and troubling causes for males and females is androgenetic alopecia (genetic balding). For men, the most common treatments include Propecia and Rogaine. For women, depending on the true cause of the androgenetic alopecia, treatments may include Rogaine, aldactone, and/or birth control pills. Please consult your dermatologist to find the true cause of your hair loss prior to beginning any treatment. Click here for more information.
Scars / Scarring / Acne Scarring
Scar treatment may include a variety of different treatment modalities, including surgery, topical creams, dermabrasion, and laser treatment. Acne scarring particularly responds well to fractional ablative laser resurfacing (CO2, Erbium). While the end result will vary, repeated treatments with any of these modalities will certainly improve the appearance and feel of the scarring. Click here for more information on acne scarring, scars.
While there are so many possible causes for any type of rash, most eruption can be attributed to one of four causes: inflammatory conditions, infections, drug eruptions, and cancer-related eruptions. It is very important to visit your dermatologist with any worsening skin eruption that does not respond quickly to over-the-counter treatments. Click here for more information.
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