Acne is the most common skin condition that affects teenagers and adults into their 30’s and 40’s. It can appear in a variety of forms that require type-specific treatments. Treatment options include topical modalities, oral medication, and in-office procedures.
Hair loss (alopecia) can significantly impact quality of life and be potentially devastating to those who suffer from it. Alopecia comes in many forms, affecting both men and women, as well as children and adults. Determining the cause and potential contributing factors is a crucial step in treating hair loss.
It’s not just fungus! Nails are an essential part of your body. Changes in the nail can be caused by many external and internal factors and may also indicate other health issues that need attention. Skin cancers such as squamous cell and melanoma can occur around and under the nail, which is why we include your nails in a full skin exam.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that can affect the skin, nails, and joints. It is thought to be immune-related and caused by the body’s overactive inflammatory response. Psoriasis treatment methods have expanded in the last 10-15 years; patients with psoriasis now have a wide range of options available to help manage their symptoms.
Rashes (dermatitis) include a wide variety of inflammatory changes in the skin. Some rashes are itchy and painful, while other rashes may go unnoticed. There are many causes of rashes that range from environmental factors to genetic factors and internal factors. Although treating a rash can be as simple as using a medicated cream, there are other types of rashes that, if not addressed quickly, can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.
Rosacea is an inflammatory condition that affects the face and can even affect the eyes. Symptoms of rosacea include diffuse redness or flushing, acne-like pustules, and tiny superficial blood vessels called telangiectasia. There are several factors that can aggravate rosacea, including spicy food or stress. If left untreated, rosacea can be progressive and lead to dysfunction of oil glands.
Skin cancer is currently the most common type of cancer in the United States. Most skin cancers occur on sun-exposed areas such as the arms and face; however, melanoma, the most aggressive and serious form of skin cancer, can occur anywhere on the body, such as under a nail or on your scalp. Just one blistering or peeling sunburn in childhood doubles your risk of developing a melanoma later in life. Full skin exams are a great way to monitor those hard to see areas of your body and educate yourself on what you should look for when doing self skin exams at home.
All warts are caused by human papillomavirus. Warts commonly affect fingers, toes, hands, and feet, but they can also occur just about anywhere you have skin. Although not particularly harmful, warts can spread and cause pain and inflammation. The good news is that there are various treatment options for warts, many of which are painless and can be prescribed in-office or at home.