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What You Need to Know About Keratosis Pilaris

Have you noticed bumps on your skin or your child’s skin that look like goose bumps but don’t seem to go away? This is a condition known as keratosis pilaris. It affects children more often than adults, and adults that had it as children often have less of a problem with it in adulthood. Learn here what keratosis pilaris is and how it is treated.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is a condition in which raised bumps occur on the skin, usually on the backs of the arms or on the front of the thighs, although some children also get it on their cheeks. It looks like pimples or goose bumps, but it doesn’t itch or have any other symptoms. It is caused by dry skin on or around hair follicles. Keratosis pilaris is not contagious and does not pose any threat to your health. However, if the appearance bothers you, there are some treatments available.

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Yearly Planning: Scheduling Your Exam to Check for Skin Cancer

Another year is almost here, and with it comes a lot of appointments that you should be making. Just as you should schedule a physical exam with your primary doctor and a dental exam and cleaning with your dentist, you also should be scheduling an annual checkup with your dermatologist. Getting annual exams to check for skin cancer is important for a number of reasons.

Skin Cancer Is Common

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Approximately 9500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with nonmelanoma skin cancer every year. With the prevalence of skin cancer in Americans, it only makes sense to be checked out annually, just in case.

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Three Tips for Sufferers of Psoriasis of the Scalp

Psoriasis can be troublesome to cope with, but those who have the condition on their scalp face some of the worst symptoms. With the scales intertwined with hair, it is difficult to get treatments on the area correctly, and you also face the problem of unwanted hair loss. Here are some tips to make your condition a bit more bearable.

Don’t Pick Scales

While it is important to remove the scales that form on your scalp, you should never pick at them. Picking at the scales can make your scalp bleed. It can also take hair off with the scale, leaving bald spots. Instead, use a soft brush to gently remove the scales.

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Dry Skin and Rash: Signs of Eczema

If you have dry skin accompanied by a rash, you might have several theories about the cause. Many people, when they have dry and itchy skin in the winter months, assume that it is because of the drier environment of heated homes and offices. Others may assume that they are allergic to a laundry detergent or something similar that they switched to recently. While these are common causes of dry skin and rashes, only a dermatologist can diagnose the reason for your dry skin and rash. In some cases, it is eczema, which can develop at any age, but is most common in children.

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is the name given to a group of conditions, which can include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, or stasis dermatitis. Some of these conditions are related to allergies, while others are caused by different conditions of the skin. Only a dermatologist or allergist can diagnose what type of eczema you or your child has, and determine an appropriate course of treatment.

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What to Expect with Cryosurgery for Moles and Warts

If you have a troublesome mole, wart, or similar skin lesion, your doctor may want to remove it with cryosurgery. Cryosurgery is one of the most effective treatments for moles and warts, and it leaves minimal, if any, scarring. Here’s what you should expect if you get cryosurgery for your mole or wart.

What Happens in Cryosurgery?

Cryosurgery is performed in our office, and there is no anesthesia required. Liquid nitrogen is applied to the surface of the skin lesion and is left on for a few minutes to freeze the tissue. Many people think that the mole or wart just falls off in cryosurgery, but that is not the case. It can take two to four weeks for the lesion to fall off after cryosurgery. During treatment, the area will sting, burn, and possibly itch.

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Three Reasons for Cryosurgery for Moles

While most moles are harmless to your health, they can be quite annoying. Many people are self-conscious of their moles, especially if they are large, irregularly shaped, growing hair, or in a prominent place on the body. If you want a mole removed, one option is cryosurgery, during which the mole is quickly frozen and slowly thawed so that the skin cells die and it is removed. Here are three of the many reasons to try cryosurgery for moles. 

Aesthetics

It can be very embarrassing to have a mole in the wrong place. Some moles on the face are unobtrusive and add to your features. But if the mole is very large or growing hair, it could be affecting your appearance negatively. Moles are usually much more visible to the person they are on than the people looking at them. Still, to boost your self-confidence it is a good idea to have such moles removed with cryosurgery.

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What to Expect from Comprehensive Allergy Patch Testing

If you have contact dermatitis, hives, or another skin irritation, it could be the result of an allergy. In order to give you the best treatment for your skin condition, it is important to see a doctor who can accurately diagnose the problem. Part of that process will likely be allergy patch testing. Here’s what you need to know about how to prepare and what to expect from the process.

Preparing for Patch Testing

There will be a bit of preparation before you go into the doctor for your patch testing. You will have three appointments in all. During the first appointment, you will need to tell your doctor about any medications you take, including over-the-counter medications, as some of these may interfere with the testing. Your doctor may recommend that you stop taking certain medications for a few days before and during the patch testing. You should also skip any doses of antihistamines.

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Three Common Causes of Chronic Itching and Their Treatments

Chronic itching can be extremely irritating, and it can affect every aspect of your life. If you are constantly itching, it can affect your work performance and ability to portray yourself as a professional. You may also find difficulty concentrating and may become unable to follow conversations with your friends and family. There are many potential causes for chronic itching, but here are the three most common and what can be done about it.

Xerosis

Xerosis is the clinical term for chronic dry skin. Dry skin can cause severe itchiness, and it is not always remedied by simply adding a moisturizing lotion. Sometimes lifestyle changes are necessary to relieve dry skin, such as not taking long, very hot showers or baths, using a humidifier, and using a moisturizer right after showering. You may also need to use a cream containing lactic acid. Visiting a doctor will be your best bet in learning more about how dry skin can be treated at home.

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Three Benefits of Restylane Dermal Fillers

Everyone notices the signs of aging at some point. You begin to see fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nose, and mouth. There are a lot of aesthetic treatments out there for correcting these signs of aging to give you a more youthful look. Among the dermal fillers to choose from, Restylane is one of the best options. Here are three benefits of Restylane dermal fillers.

No Animal-Based Matter

Most dermal fillers have an active ingredient of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in all living organisms. Most dermal fillers use animal-based matter to derive this hyaluronic acid for use in anti-aging treatments. This animal-based matter could cause allergic reactions or adverse events depending on the sensitivity of the patient. Restylane is also preferred by vegans and vegetarians because no animal matter is used in the dermal filler.

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Benefits of Traditional Chemical Peels

There are a lot of new and interesting skincare and anti-aging treatments available today, and it can be tempting to go with the latest technology. Yet there are many benefits to a traditional chemical peel, and they should not be discounted out of turn. Here are some of the benefits you will enjoy with a traditional chemical peel.

Skin Tone and Color

A chemical peel can help restore your skin’s natural tone and coloring. When you get a chemical peel, the aggressive exfoliation can help give your skin a fresh new look. The peel will improve your skin’s tone, color, clarity, and texture. The chemical peel can also restore an even skin tone to sun damaged and discolored skin. 

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