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Allergies and Eczema: What to Expect from Patch Testing

Did you know that eczema can sometimes be caused by allergies? While the exact cause of eczema is often unknown, in some cases it appears to be caused by allergies. If you have eczema that resists treatment, you may need to go through allergy testing to determine if that is the cause. If so, treatment options for allergies are available that can reduce or eliminate eczema. One of the most common ways to test for allergies is patch testing.

What Is Patch Testing?

Patch testing is a form of allergy testing that is designed to determine if a specific allergy is causing skin irritations such as eczema. The suspected allergen is infused in a patch that is placed on the skin. One or more patches may be used at a time. If there is a particular allergen that is suspected, you may only have a few patches. However, it is not uncommon to have 20 to 30 patches at once. 

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What Is XTRAC Laser Treatment, and How Does It Help Psoriasis and Vitiligo?

Psoriasis and vitiligo are skin conditions that can affect your appearance and confidence, not just your skin. There are several available treatments for psoriasis and a few treatments available for vitiligo. One of the most effective treatments that has been used for decades is phototherapy, where UVB light is focused on the area. The XTRAC laser treatment is based on a similar principle. 

What Is XTRAC Laser?

The XTRAC laser uses focused and concentrated UVB rays. It works similarly to traditional phototherapy, but gives much faster results. The laser is very safe and doesn’t affect the surrounding skin as phototherapy might. The laser concentrates the UVB rays in the target area so that the skin condition is treated but the rest of your skin remains healthy.

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Why Acne Treatment Is Important for More than Just Appearance

If you or your child is suffering from acne, it is important that you seek out treatment. While acne does affect appearance, there are many more reasons to consider acne treatment than what you see in the mirror. You may think that acne is just a part of growing up and your teen should just keep their skin clean and healthy, but in reality, there are more reasons for acne treatment than this.

Mental Illness

Acne affects you or your teen in ways that you may not realize. Acne has been linked to many types of mental illness, including depression and anxiety. While depression and anxiety do not always follow on the heels of acne, the skin condition can make symptoms appear or worsen if a risk of mental illness is already present. It is important for your wellbeing or the wellbeing of your child that you seek treatment for acne to lessen its effects on your mental state. Continue reading “Why Acne Treatment Is Important for More than Just Appearance”

Psoriasis or Eczema? Know the Difference in Diagnosis and Treatment

When your child has an irritating skin rash arise, you may be concerned about the cause. While some skin rashes are due to allergies and may resolve themselves when the allergen is removed, skin rashes are often the result of psoriasis or eczema. Psoriasis and eczema can appear similar to a parent, but a dermatologist can accurately diagnose your child’s rash and provide the proper treatment.

What is the Difference?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects about 1 percent of children. It is characterized by raised, red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches are usually only mildly itchy, but can break open and bleed if scratched. It can be found anywhere on the body, although the most common places are the scalp, face, buttocks, elbows, and knees.

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by redness and extreme itchiness. Eczema can be caused by a number of things, including allergies or sensitivities to the environment (such as laundry soap or body wash). Many children who suffer from eczema as children do not have a problem as an adult. Continue reading “Psoriasis or Eczema? Know the Difference in Diagnosis and Treatment”

Professional yet friendly service!

“I really appreciate the professional yet friendly service I received and still receive from Dr. Esguerra, Rakeema, and Rachel. It’s important to have great front-end support staff, too! Usually you find a great doctor, but terrible front office or vice-versa. It’s refreshing to have both. I can always count on Rakeema (when she’s able) to say hello and make me feel special by remembering my name. Customer service skills like that are rare and appreciated by people/patients, we usually are ignored completely or treated like a number at best. She (Rakeema) usually is facing the back hard at work, but when she can, if she happens to be facing the front while I’m there, she says hello and calls me by name. Rachel always is friendly too, and helps me when I’m there. They make me keep coming back. My pet peeve is to be ignored or treated rudely. I never have that with these three. Great staff and customer service should be rewarded and appreciated. I will keep coming back. Thank you!”
– Patient in the Spring Hill office

Dr. Witfill and medical office staff!

“Dr. Witfill and medical office staff went above and beyond to ensure appointment set-up went smoothly with Dr. Swerdloff. Dr. Witfill is always kind and shows true care for her patient’s well-being. I have been seeing her for 3 years and will continue to choose her for my dermatologic needs. I highly recommend her and the Spring Hill office.”
– Patient of Dr. Witfill in the Spring Hill office