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Common Causes and Treatments of Itchy Scalp

Itchiness can be extremely irritating for many reasons. No one wants to feel itchy and not be able to do anything about it, yet scratching comes with its own consequences, such as open sores and dandruff. You also don’t want to be scratching when in important meetings and events.

Often itchy scalp can be remedied with over-the-counter topical treatments and shampoos, yet sometimes it becomes necessary to see a doctor for diagnosis and a prescription treatment. Here are the most common causes of itchy scalp and how they can be treated.

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How Diet Affects Acne

One of the most important things to learn when you have acne is the triggers for acne flares. There are a lot of different factors that can affect the severity or appearance of acne. Among these may be diet. What you eat can have an impact on the severity of your acne symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about foods to avoid and foods that can improve your condition.

Foods to Avoid

Studies indicate that there are two main categories of foods that you should avoid when you have acne. The first is simple carbohydrates. This includes things like breads, sugars, white pasta and rice, and other high-carb, low-nutrition foods. Two of the triggers many people find with their acne are chocolate and pizza. Both of these are high in simple carbohydrates.

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Causes and Solutions for Itchy Scalp

Having an itchy scalp can be very troublesome. The itch, at times, might seem to be unbearable. There are a lot of different potential reasons for an itchy scalp. It is important to have your itchy scalp diagnosed by a dermatologist or doctor if it persists even with over-the-counter treatments. Here are some of the causes and solutions for itchy scalp.

Causes of Itchy Scalp

There are many different potential causes for itchy scalp. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis. This is a skin condition that can also affect the face and chest. It is a rash, but one that is not always clearly seen. Sometimes it can be a red-orange rash. This condition is usually easily treated with over-the-counter remedies that your dermatologist can recommend.

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Melasma Triggers and Treatment Options

Melasma is a skin condition that affects the pigment of the skin. It usually shows as brown or gray-brown spots on the face, chest, or neck. There are a lot of things that can cause pigmentation changes, so it is important to have any skin condition examined and diagnosed by a dermatologist. Here’s what you need to know about melasma and its treatment.

Melasma Triggers

Melasma most often occurs in women, and it is usually the result of hormonal changes such as pregnancy, hormonal birth control, or hormone replacement therapy. The sun is the main culprit of melasma, but it can also be triggered by heat or even exposure to bright light. Melasma doesn’t affect your overall health, but it can be emotionally trying.

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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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