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Acne starts when oil and dead skin cells clog up your pores. Some people call it blackheads, blemishes, whiteheads, pimples, or zits. When you have just a few red spots, or pimples, you have a mild form of acne. Severe acne can mean hundreds of pimples that can cover the face, neck, chest, and back. Or it can be bigger, solid, red lumps that are painful (cysts).
Acne is very common among teens. It usually gets better after the teen years. Some women who never had acne growing up will have it as an adult, often right before their menstrual periods.
Acne starts when oil and dead skin cells clog the skin’s pores camera. If germs get into the pores, the result can be swelling, redness, and pus.
For most people, acne starts during the teen years. This is because hormone changes make the skin oilier after puberty starts.
Using oil-based skin products or cosmetics can make acne worse. Use skin products that don’t clog your pores. They will say “noncomedogenic” on the label. Acne can run in families. If one of your parents had severe acne, you are more likely to have it.
Identifying which type of acne you’re experiencing is key to successful treatment. Acne may be noninflammatory or inflammatory. Subtypes of acne within these two categories include:
Noninflammatory acne includes blackheads and whiteheads. These normally don’t cause swelling. They also respond relatively well to over-the-counter (OTC) treatments.
Blackheads occur when a pore is clogged by a combination of sebum and dead skin cells. The top of the pore stays open, despite the rest of it being clogged. This results in the characteristic black color seen on the surface.
Whiteheads (closed comedones)
Whiteheads can also form when a pore gets clogged by sebum and dead skin cells. But unlike with blackheads, the top of the pore closes up. It looks like a small bump protruding from the skin.
Whiteheads are more difficult to treat because the pores are already closed. Products containing salicylic acid can be helpful. Topical retinoids give the best results for comedonal acne. Currently, adapalene (Differin) is available over the counter as a retinoid. If it does not work for you, stronger topical retinoids are available by prescription from your dermatologist.
Pimples that are red and swollen are referred to as inflammatory acne.
Although sebum and dead skin cells contribute to inflammatory acne, bacteria can also play a role in clogging up pores. Bacteria can cause an infection deep beneath the skin’s surface. This may result in painful acne spots that are hard to get rid of.
Products containing benzoyl-peroxide may help reduce swelling and get rid of bacteria within the skin. These can also remove excess sebum. Your doctor may prescribe either an oral or topical antibiotic along with the benzoyl-peroxide to treat your inflammatory acne. Topical retionoids are also an important part of combatting inflammatory papules and pustules.
Papules occur when the walls surrounding your pores break down from severe inflammation. This results in hard, clogged pores that are tender to the touch. The skin around these pores is usually pink.
Pustules can also form when the walls around your pores break down. Unlike papules, pustules are filled with pus. These bumps come out from the skin and are usually red in color. They often have yellow or white heads on top.
Nodules occur when clogged, swollen pores endure further irritation and grow larger. Unlike pustules and papules, nodules are deeper underneath the skin.
Because nodules are so deep within the skin, you can’t typically treat them at home. Prescription medication is necessary to help clear these up.
Your doctor or dermatologist will likely prescribe the oral medication isotretinoin (Sotret). This is made from a form of vitamin A and is taken daily for four to six months. It can treat and prevent nodules by decreasing oil gland size within the pores.
Cysts can develop when pores are clogged by a combination of bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells. The clogs occur deep within the skin and are further below the surface than nodules.
These large red or white bumps are often painful to the touch. Cysts are the largest form of acne, and their formation usually results from a severe infection. This type of acne is also the most likely to scar.
The prescription medication isotretinoin (Sotret) is commonly used to treat cysts. In severe cases, your dermatologist may surgically remove a cyst.
It’s possible to have multiple types of acne at once — some cases may even be severe enough to warrant a visit to the dermatologist.
There are many home treatments that are effective for people with acne. However, if a more aggressive approach is needed a dermatologist use a variety of treatments.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) and other light and laser-based therapies are being used to treat acne. These include the use of blue light, red light, intense pulsed light (IPL), and infrared or pulsed dye lasers. Sometimes these therapies are used along with medicines, but they may also help people who cannot be treated with medicines.
Other treatments include dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, and laser skin resurfacing are effective treatments for severe acne. They can make acne scars less noticeable. Dermal fillers also work well for some types of acne scars.
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that freeze and destroys fat below the surface of the skin. It is applied with a hand held device. Patience can experience some weight loss but it it’s purpose is more to contour the shape in combination with a healthy diet and exercise.
Men and women can be good candidates for CoolSculpting. The procedure uses cool temperatures so you should not undergo the procedure if you cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, or cold agglutinin disease.
Some plastic surgeons and dermatologist use CoolSculpting in combination with other body contouring procedures like liposuction. Ask your physician which options are best for the cosmetic goals you are trying to accomplish.
The treatment area will be pinched into the CoolSculpting applicator. You should not feel pain, only some pressure and suction for the first few minutes of the treatment. After that, the target area will become numb to the cold. The treatment will last roughly 60 minutes, during which you can read, check email, watch a movie, or even nap.
After the applicator process if it feels like there is “extra love handles underneath the skin” this fat will be sucked up by the applicator. Your provider will massage the site, and the lump should quickly disappear. As this is a no-downtime procedure, you’ll be free to continue with your regular activities right away.
The fat cells are removed permanently. As adults, we don’t produce new fat cells, so the number of cells destroyed and removed from the body remains permanent. That said, when we gain weight, our fat cells expand. Gaining weight after CoolSculpting could still mean an increase in the size of the remaining fat cells.
Liposuction can produce dramatic results and sometime requires general anesthesia. Coolsculpting does not require anesthesia but produces less dramatic results. ocedure.Read More
Urticaria is also known as Hives. It is a outbreak of swollen, patches of red bumps or welts on the skin. Urticaria can arise from allergies or other reasons. It is accompanied by itching, burning or stining sensation. Urticaria can appear on the lips, face, tongue, ears, throat or on the neck shoulders and back. It can cover a large area or small and may join other areas as it spreads and typically lasts for longer than six weeks. Call a board certified dermatologist for your Urticartia treatment.
Urticaria is hives symptom that lasts more than 6 weeks. The cause is more difficult because it may be more systemic; These symptoms are from hormonal imbalances: autoimmune, chronic infections, hormonal disorders and malignancy.
Physical Urticaria is hives that is caused by direct physical contact with the skin. Usually, repetitive motions, cold, heat, exposure to the sun, vibrations, pressure, sweating and exercise can all cause this form of Hives.
The best way to treat Urticaria is to identify the trigger or “what is causing the problem?” With chronic Urticaria once you have identified the trigger allegeric reaction to food, medication and/or latex. Try these remedies to address the problem. Consulting with a board certified dermatologist is very important for effective Urticaria treatment.Read More
Tighten your facial skin. Look 10 years with Ultherapy. Ultherapy is a nonsurgical procedure that tightens skin on the face and neck. Call us to learn more about how we can help you choose the best treatment to give you a more youthful appearance.
Ultherapy uses ultrasound rays to stimulate the production of collagen which is the body’s own skin repair/skin tightening agent. It lifts the eyebrows, neck and under the chin. Ultherapy has been approved by the FDA. We have board certified to help you tighten your skin and look your best.
In Ultherapy treatment, ultrasound waves are pressed against the skin with a hand held device which allows for deep penetration of the skin and stimulates the production of collagen, the body’s natural skin tightening agent. Ultrasound therapy is different from laser light therapy in that ultrasound can go deeper into the skin than laser spectrum light, without causing damage. Treatments last 60-90 minutes for the face and neck. Approximately 30 minutes for the chest. Typically only one treatment is required. However, as the skin ages additional treatments may be desired to maintain your appearance. Consult with your dermatologist for the best plan for you.
If you have loose skin around your eyebrows, neck, under the chin, face, and decolletage (the low neckline just below the clavicle or collar bone.) then you may be a good candidate for Ultherapy. Ultherapy is for older people with sagging skin. It generally is not used to correct blemishes, acne scars or scars in general.
You should expect tighter skin and a more youthful appearance. Directly after the treatment there may be some redness but this should disappear after a few hours. There may also be some slight swelling and tenderness to the touch. These symptoms are usually temporary. If they persist contact your dermatologist immediately. There is no downtime after Ultherapy treatment, so you can resume your daily routine immediately.
Ultherapy treatment costs range from $2000-$3000 for one session. Usually only one session is needed to achieve positive results.Read More
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition of the face that has redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, eyelids and forehead. The redness can even appear in the eyes. The condition has small pimples and pronounced blood vessels. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea but it can be controlled with medication and changes in lifestyle. Call a board certified dermatologist.
Chronic facial skin condition with severe redness and visable blood vessels. While it is a superficial skin condition, 3 Million people in the United State suffer from it. Most are people with Rosacea are women 30-50 years old.
The symptoms are:
Small red pustules (or bumps) on the nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin.
Small and red blood vessels that are visible
Bulbous nose that is red
Cheeks that appear flush
Burning or stinging sensation on the face
50% of Rosacea patients develop red pustules, red blood vessels around the eye lid and within eye. The eyes may feel burning and irritated. Ocular Rosacea makes the eyes appear bloodshot. This can lead to conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the inner eyelids.
Rosacea tends to be hereditary. The causes are still not determined. However, sufferers of Rosacea tend to be of northern European decent and have fair complexions. While the characteristic red facial skin may be hidden by brown skinned people people of color also may have the bulbous nose and redness in the eyes.
High amounts of coffee
Extends exposure to sunlight
History of sunburns
Some medications like corticosteroids and some blood pressure medication
Rosacea can be managements with lifestyle changes. First and foremost, avoid doing all of thea activities that are listed above: spicy food, coffee, stress and extended sunlight exposure.
Use sun screen when you are in the sun.
Winter scarves should be wrapped around the face for protection.
Only use hypo-allergenic moisturizers, cleansers and cosmetics
Manage your stress levels
See a dermatologist for more information.
Topical creams: antibiotics (such as metronidazole)
Oral medications: oral antibiotics (such as tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline)
Acne drug; Accutane (Isotretinoin)
Sometimes Rosacea is mispelled Roacia, Rosea
Look 10 years younger. Tighten your skin. Eliminate blemishes. Look younger with a dermabrasion or microdermabrasion.
Dermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure which exfoliates (takes off) the Stratum Corneum (the top layer of skin) with an abrasive scrubbing tool. Once removed, the remaining skin rejuvenates with skin that is usually smoother, clearer and tighter than before. Dermabrasions go deep below the skin’s top layer and thus are performed under the care of a board certified dermatologist Microdermabrasions are similar, but are a cosmetic form of dermabrasions because microdermabrasions do not remove as much of the Stratum Corneum.
There is less risk of skin damage with a microdermabrasion. Thus, it can be performed by a clinician at a “medi-spa”. Every year, 23,000 women get dermabrasions and about 4,500 men. Whereas over 452,000 women and 28,000 men get microdermabrasions. Microdermabrasions treatments produce fantastic results.
To perform, both the microdermabrasion and dermabrasions are safe, the clinician uses a handheld device with a spinning wheel and rough surface. This abrasive tool is then rubbed on the surface of your face which removes the upper layer of skin. The tool is very similar to sandpaper but various surfaces are used. The resurfacing of the skin can be cause discomfort during the procedure. Specific areas can be targeted or the procedure can be applied over the entire face.
The micro dermabrasion can be administered by an aesthetician or even at a spa. However, a dermabrasion is a much deeper removal of the top layer of skin and must be performed by a board-certified dermatologist/physician.
Below is a quick video that compares microdermabrasions and chemical peels.
You are a good candidate for a dermabrasion if you have sun-dried skin, uneven or blotchy skin, scars, facial wrinkles, acne scars, pits and discoloration.
During and after the procedure your face will likely feel stiff and tight. It will be visually alarming with the bruises produced by the rubbing off the top layer of skin. Some people look as if they have been in a very bad fist fight or car accident. Avoid the temptation to panic. As seen in the before and after photos, your face will heal smoother and tighter than before. You may also experience tightness, as the under layer of skin is slightly less elastic then the Stratum Corneum, the top layer. Your skin will also be slightly red and or swollen. The clinician will likely prescribed an ointment to be applied after the procedure for the pain and swelling.
If you experience long lasting pain or extreme pain then you should contact your physician to find out if your pain is normal or part of a bigger problem.
Dermabrasion recovery takes about 7 to 10 days for new skin to form. After six weeks the redness will have subsided and you’ll see the results of the treatment. Initially, you should avoid direct sun, swimming and any strenuous physical activity.
Adverse reactions include hematoma or sir, which is blood under your skin, infections, bleeding, scarring, damage to underlying skin and skin sensitivity to microdermabrasions.
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure and does not require any down time. You can resume your daily routine immediately after the microdermabrasion treatment.
A dermabrasion goes much deeper to resurface your skin down to the college in layer. The downtime is approximately 10 days and this procedure must be performed by a physician. The cost ranges between $1,800-$3,000. The microdermabrasion procedures produces fantastic results.
A microdermabrasion cost is typically $150-$300, depending upon the size of the area treated. It is typically performed by aestheticians and doesn’t require board certified medical care.
Because dermabrasions and microdermabrasions are an elective procedure, most medical insurances do not cover the cost. However, if it can be shown that it is the prescribed treatment for precancerous cells or some other skin ailment it may be covered through insurance. Consult with your physician to see if your circumstances could be covered by medical insurance.Read More
Clear skins awaits. Isolaz acne treatment is for acne sufferers who have tried lots of remedies but are not satisfied with their results. Call a board cerified dermatologist to help you resolve your stubborn acne problem. We have experience curing pimples, facial bumps, ingrown hairs, blackheads, whiteheads, acne pits and scars. One of the options is the Isolaz laser treatment. Isolaz is a non-surgical treatment for people with mild to severe acne, acne produced pits and scars, as well as discoloration from acne pimples. We have board certified dermatologists, to help resolve your acne problem. Finally, get the acne treatment that gets results.
The Isolaz acne treatment uses a painless laser to clean your pores and vacuums the dead skin away simultaneously. It is an FDA approved treatment for acne.
Removing all of the dirt, make up and blockage in your pores is the best way to clear up stubborn acne. However, Isolaz laser neutralizes oil and dirt within the pore, the vacuum sucks the toxins out of your pores elevating pore blockage with leads to inflammation (pimples). Isolaz is great solution to address stubborn pimple and scars that remain after outbreaks.
The procedure is good for anyone who suffers from clogged pores, pimples, black heads, white heads, or cystic acne. In addition, the procedure can be used on a patient’s back, neck or shoulders. The Isolaz process is excellent at cleaning the sabaceous gland which naturally produces more oil in the aforementioned areas. Isolaz has produced great results for patients. Their acne, blackheads, and whiteheads have clear up and their confidence has soared.
The Isolaz infrared light neutralizes the toxins which blocks the pores that leads to acne. By vacuuming the dirt, oil and toxins out of the pores along with dead skin, this process opens up the pores and prevents acne from forming in the future. The light therapy: is a painless flash of light that goes on and off during the vacuuming process. The lights destroys acne causing bacteria and promotes the healing process of your skin. The laser light also decreases the production of sebaceous gland oil which further decreases breakouts.
During the Isolaz acne treatment you will feel a warm but painless sensation as the vacuum/light wand device is rubbed over your skin. This process is repeated again, and again over the treatment area. There have been no cases reporting any level of pain during the Isolaz treatment.
Afterward, you can resume your regular daily activities.
The Isolaz face treatment usually takes 45 to 60 minutes. Depending on the severity of your acne it may require several treatments.
The Isolaz acne laser can be used by everyone. People of all skin colors and types. Men and women, young people and older people, all can benefit from Isolaz treatment.
Results: 85% of people who had the treatment experienced clearer skin. Usually within 24 to 48 hours. These are people who’s acne did not respond well to oral or topical remedies.
The cost of the acne treatments range from $200-$350 per session. It may require 5 to 8 treatments to gain the best results. For a total of $1000 to $2500. Typically, medical insurance do not cover this treatment as it is considered an elective/cosmetic procedure.
Botulinum toxin (Type A) commonly known as Botox is a cosmetic injection that inhibits nerve signals in the facial muscles which contract producing facial wrinkles. This effectively smooths and relaxes facial lines. Botox is a common option that can help you make the best choice to get rid of facial lines and wrinkles.
Botox treatment is a very common procedure where over 3.3 million women and over 380,000 men undergo the treatment and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.. Botox is used primarily for cosmetic purposes but it also can be used medically for migraine headaches, reduce perspiration and muscle spasticity. Botox was FDA approved for treatment of chronic migraines on October 15, 2010
You may be a good candidate for Botox treatment if you have deep facial lines (especially if they make you look sad, angry or tired). If you have uneven facial features and want more symmetry or suffer from migraine headaches you could be a candidate for Botox treatment.
There are three forms of botulinum toxin type A (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) The Botox treatment is an out patient, in office treatment. The injections are made with a very thin needle which causes minimal pain. The treatment relaxes the muscle in the face and smooths out facial lines. The result is a more youthful appearance.
Botox treatments typically last 3 to 6 months. Botox treatments are not permanent and it is not a solution to the natural aging process. Under the care of a board certified dermatologist you can achieve very good results with his skin rejuvenating Botox treatment.
There are several adverse reactions that some people experience after your Botox treatment. Some people have redness, swelling or irritation around the treatment area. Some experience temporary muscle weakness. Rarely patience will have headaches, nausea or fever.
Botox injections effectively resolves blepharospasms (excessive blinking), Strabismus (squinting), pediatric incontinence (over active bladder in children), movement disorders resulting from strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, or cerebral palsy.
Botox treatment vary depending treatment area, region of the country and number of treatments. However, Botox treatments average between $350 to $1000.
Hives is also known as urticaria. It is a outbreak of swollen, patches of red bumps or welts on the skin. It can arise from allergies or other reasons. It is accompanied by itching, burning or stining sensation. Hives can appear on the lips, face, tongue, ears, throat or on the neck shoulders and back. It can cover a large area or small and may join other areas as it spreads. Hives can last for several hours or days. Call a board certified dermatologist.
What causes Hives?
Hives can form when, blood plasma leaks out of small blood vessels in the skin. Allergies, food, insect stings, extended exposure to sunlight or medications can all cause a break out in Hives. In children, it can also break out when the above circumstances are present. Hives in children can be controlled with over the counter medications. Some Hives treatments can be home remedies as well. Consult with a board certified dermatologist for options for Hives treatment
There are several different types of hives and angioedema, including:
Hives or swelling that lasts for less than six weeks. This is usually in reaction to allergic reactions to food, medication, infection, latex or insect bites. Common foods that brings on Hives include; milk, wheat, soy, chocolate, fish, shell fish, tomatoes, eggs, berries, nuts, foods with preservatives. Medication include aspirin, ibuprofen, painkillers and codeine.
Angioedema is severe swelling beneath the skin. The swelling may also occur on the surface of the skin. In some cases, the swelling is combined with the appearance of hives. Some areas of the body such as the face and limbs, are more prone to swelling than others. It’s due to this swelling that angioedema is sometimes referred to as “giant hives.”
Symptoms of Angiodema
swollen eyes or lining of the eyes
difficulty in breathing
When angioedema is hereditary in a family, the condition is known as hereditary angioedema. Hereditary angioedema has different causes, symptoms, treatments, and complications than regular angioedema.
Hives or swelling that lasts more than 6 weeks is called Chronic Urticaria. The cause is more difficult to determine because it may be more systemic; These symptoms are from hormonal imbalances: autoimmune, chronic infections, hormonal disorders and malignancy.
This is when Urticaria is cause by direct physical contact with the skin. Usually, repetitive motions, cold, heat, exposure to the sun, vibrations, pressure, sweating and exercise can all cause this form of Hives.
The best way to treat Hives to to identify the trigger or “what is causing the problem?”
Once you have identified the trigger allegeric reaction to food, medication and/or latex. Try these remedies to address the problem. Also, consult with a board certified dermatologist.
Avoid hot water. Use luke warm water to wash your face and shower
Avoid heavily fragrance soaps and detergents
Bath/shower once per day
Use hypo-allergenic soaps for showers and detergents
Use cool compress to area
Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothes
Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis. About 35 million people in the United States have eczema treatment which is about 1-3% of adults. About 10-20% of children mostly below the age of 5 need eczema treatment as well. So if you have eczema symptoms, you are not alone.
Eczema is an autoimmune skin condition that results in dry, itchy, peeling and some times red skin. In some cases, the skin can retain fluid. It is often a reaction to allergies, stress or hereditary predisposition. It typically has two different types of causes, allergic reactions and irritants. Baby eczema can bealarming as parents try to figure out the cause. – allergic or irritant.
Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis is itchy, dry and often peeling skin. Sometimes it can appear to be red and scaly as well. It can be caused by allergic reactions to food, irritation from fragrance soaps and detergents, excessive bathing, stress, changes in weather from dry to cold. Mild atopic dermatitis can appear as a common skin rash. After noticing the appearance of atopic dermatitis, review your diet over the past 24-48 hours. This may provide clues to the reason for the outbreak of atopic dermatitis. Also, avoid excessive bathing, use a non-fragrance moisturizer, use non-fragrance soaps and detergents, wear soft fabric clothing and avoid coarse fabrics like wool to aggravate your atopic dermatitis less.
Xerotic eczema is dry skin that turns into eczema after severe scratching and irritation. It can be the beginning stages of eczema is not treated. Xerotic eczema gets worse during dry winter weather. Arms, legs, stomach and back are often affected. Xerotic eczema is common among senior citizens ages 55 and older. The skin can crack and peel often resembling a dry lake or river. The itchy, tender skin resembles a dry, cracked, river bed. Ichthyosis is a related disorder. Xerotic eczema is also called asteatotic, craquele or craquelatum, winter itch, pruritus hiemalis.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition that is a form of eczema that affects the scalp. In infants it is commonly called “cradle cap.” Seborrheic dermatitis presents with dry and flaky skin on the scalp, it is very close to dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis however, is a greasy peeling on the scalp, which can extend to the face, eye brows. It sometimes will extend to the back and abdomen. In adults, seborrheic dermatitis is treated in numerous ways. Seborrheic dermatitis can be controlled with mild non-frangrance shampoos, mild soaps, avoiding excessive showers, minimizing sun exposure and avoid needless excoriation (scratching) of the scalp despite it’s itchiness.
Cradle cap or seborrheic dermatitis in infants is a condition that is characterized by thick, yellow, peeling skin on the head of infants and some toddlers. 10-20% of infants have it. Seborrheic dermatitis in infants, or cradle cap is also known as baby eczema. Although alarming to new mothers, the condition is easily treated by a dermatologist.
Dyshidrotic eczema or dyshidrosis is when there are blisters on the sole of the feet, hands and/or fingertips. The blister can be filled with fluid. Men are affected by the dyshidrotic eczema or dyshidrosis 50% less than women. Dyshidrotic eczema normally lasts for 4 weeks and is caused by allergies and/or stress. Dyshidrotic eczema can be effectively treated with moisturizing lotions, vaseline, mineral oil, cortisone or steroid based ointments in severe cases. If you have a dyshidrotic eczema or dyshidrosis out break it is wise to first evaluate your diet and the last food items that were consumed. Dyshidrotic eczema or dyshidrosis can be quite alarming so it is important to call a dermatologist.
Nummular eczema is oval or round shaped itchy patches of dry skin. As they dry out they can appear similar to psoriasis or ring worm. Frequent bathing, wool and perfumed soaps can make nummular eczema worse. The condition tends to be chronic with intermittent flare ups. It can be controlled with cortisone ointments. Overall, it is important to keep the skin lubricated with a non-fragrance lotion with nummular eczema. Do not shower more than once per day when you have nummular eczema. Before drying off, apply a non-fragrance lotion to lock in the water on your skin. There are 200,000 to 1 million cases of nummular eczema cases each year.
Eczema has not been found to be contagious. However, eczema does tend to run in families and thus it can be hereditary. Eczema is not contagious.
The best way to find out of your diet is the cause of your eczema is by limiting your diet to food with minimal chemical content. While on this diet pay attention to possible cause(s) of the outbreak. Below is a list of 7 foods you can eat that have minimal amounts of chemicals while monitoring your eczema diet.
The foods include:
Beef or chicken broth
Mung bean sprouts
Eczema treatment usually requires moisturizers and steroid creams in severe cases. It’s important to be mindful of your diet to ensure that you don’t consume food that may cause an allergic reaction.
Diet (avoid food allergies)
Bathing (avoid excessive bathing)
Avoid harsh and heavily fragrance soaps/detergents
Use moisturizing lotions, mineral oils, vaseline (apply while still wet from bath/shower)
Call us to get more information on how to resolve your eczema.
Dermatitis is also known as atopic dermatitis or eczema. About 35 million people in the United States suffer from it which is about 1-3% of adults. About 10-20% of children mostly below the age of 5 also suffer from it. So if you have dermatitis symptoms you are not alone. Call a board certified dermatologist to resolve your dermatitis.
Dermatitis, also known as eczema is an autoimmune skin condition that results in dry, itchy, peeling and some times red skin. In some cases, the skin can retain fluid. Dermatitis is often a reaction to allergies, stress or hereditary predisposition. Dermatitis typically has two different types of causes, allergic reactions and irritants. Baby eczema or baby dermatitis can be alarming as parents try to figure out the cause of the baby’s eczema – allergic or irritant.
Atopic Dermatitis is itchy, dry and often peeling skin. Sometimes it can appear to be red and scaly as well. Dermatitis can be caused by allergic reactions to food, irritation from fragrance soaps and detergents, excessive bathing, stress, changes in weather from dry to cold,. Mild atopic dermatitis can appear as a common skin rash. After noticing the appearance of atopic dermatitis review your diet over the past 24-48 hours. This may provide clues to the reason for the outbreak of dermatitis. Also, avoid excessive bathing, use a non-fragrance moisturizer, use non-fragrance soaps and detergents, wear soft fabric clothing and avoid coarse fabrics like wool as you resolve your outbreak of dermatitis.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition that is a form of eczema that affects the scalp. In infants it is commonly called “cradle cap.” It presents with dry and flaky skin on the scalp, it is very close to dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis however, is a greasy peeling on the scalp, which can extend to the face, eye brows. Seborrheic dermatitis sometimes will extend to the back and abdomen.
Cradle cap or seborrheic dermatitis in infants is a condition that is characterized by thick, yellow, peeling skin on the head of infants and some toddlers. 10-20% of infants have this for of dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis in infants, or cradle cap is also known as baby eczema. Although alarming to new mothers, the condition is easily treated by a dermatologist.
Contact Dermatitis is when a patient develops a rash after touching something and developing an allergic reaction. The symptoms of this form of dermatitis usually appear within 10 days. In this form of dermatitis, it is important to review what the patient touched. Be sure to consider excessive bathing, soaps and detergents etc. when formulating the source of contact dermatitis.
Dyshidrotic eczema or dyshidrosis is when there are blisters on the sole of the feet, hands and/or fingertips. The blister can be filled with fluid. Men are affected by the Dyshidrotic eczema or dyshidrosis 50% less than women. The condition normally lasts for 4 weeks and is caused by allergies and/or stress. It can be effectively treated with moisturizing lotions, vaseline, mineral oil, corisone or steriod based ointments in severe cases. If you have a Dyshidrotic eczema or dyshidrosis outbreak, it is wise to first evaluate your diet and the last food items that were consumed. Dyshidrotic eczema or dyshidrosis can be quite alarming so it is important to call a dermatologist.
Nummular dermatitis is oval or round shaped itchy patches of dry skin. As they dry out they can appear similar to psoriasis or ring worm. Frequent bathing, wool and perfumed soaps can make the condition worse. The condition tends to be chronic with intermittent flare ups. The condition can be controlled with cortisone ointments. Overall it is important to keep the skin lubricated with a non-fragrance lotion. Do not shower more than once per day. Before drying off, apply a non-fragrance lotion to lock in the water on your skin. There are 200,000 to 1 million cases of nummular dermatitis cases each year.
Dermatitis Herpetiformis are bumps and blisters that look like herpes lesions but are not caused by the herpes virus. The Dermatitis Herpetiformis resolves itself after the patient adheres to a strict Glutten free diet. People of northern European descent are more likely to develop this condition than those of African or Asian heritage to develop DH. The condition is somewhat more common in men than women. And men are more likely to have atypical oral or genital lesions.
The best way to find out if your diet is the cause of your dermatitis –limit your diet to food with minimal chemical content. Below is a list of 7 foods you can eat that have minimal amounts of chemicals and should allow you to isolate your diet as a cause of your outbreak.
The foods include:
Beef or chicken broth
Mung bean sprouts
Treatment usually requires moisturizers and steroid creams in severe cases. It’s important to be mindful of your diet to ensure that you don’t consume food that may cause an allergic reaction.
Diet (avoid food allergies)
Bathing (avoid excessive bathing)
Avoid harsh and heavily fragranced soaps/detergents
Use moisturizing lotions, mineral oils, vaseline (apply while still wet from bath/shower)
We can help you treat and manage your psoriasis. Below are descriptions of the different types of psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a skin condition but it is in fact a systemic disease resulting from a malfunction of the immune system. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, 7.5 million people suffer from the disorder Psoriasis is a common skin condition that comes in several common types:
Plaque psoriasis consists of raised lesions covered with a variable amount of silvery scales most commonly seen on the elbows, knees, scalp, and trunk.
Guttate psoriasis is small circular lesions that come on suddenly and are seen after infections. This type of psoriasis attacks children more than adults. This type of psoriasis is not always chronic. inverse, pustular, scalp, erythrodermic, and psoriatic inflammatory arthritis.
Inverse psoriasis is when the scaly plaques develop in skin fold areas like the axillae, groin and buttock creases and the folds under the breasts. It develops from the heat and moisture generated from skin to skin friction.
Erythrodermic psoriasis often comes from stress to the body like an infection or fever. This condition has bright red legions, over larger areas. Finger nail color changes and can even be lost with Erythrodermic psoriasis. There are special psoriasis treatments for this condition.
Triggers to psoriasis leading to psoriasis treatment
Psoriasis is controllable, but not curable. Many things can trigger the onset and continuation of psoriasis:
1. Bacterial and viral infections
2. Stress: emotional or frictional on the skin surface inducing new areas of psoriasis to breakout.
3. Medications: beta-blockers, lithium, antimalarial medications, prednisone and other oral steroids
4. Injury to the skin: intentional such as with surgery, or unintentional such as a cut or scrape
5. Dry skin: may lead to scratching of the skin
6. Too little sunlight and even too much sunlight causing a sunburn
7. Alcohol can affect psoriasis.
8. Nicotine: smoking and smokeless tobacco products
9. Patients with weakened immune systems (AIDS, cancer chemotherapy patients, and patients with autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis) may have more severe bouts of psoriasis.
There are three options for treating psoriasis:
Moisturizers, topical steroids, and “peeling” agents (salicylic or lactic acids, and dandruff shampoos.) The effectiveness of this psoriasis treatment depends on the individual reaction.
“Biological” injectable medicines are being to treat psoriasis. These require a consultation with a dermatologist. They include : adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab, ustekinumab and ustekinumab. These drug treatments are also known by their trademarked names. Consult with Dr. Norman Levan to see if this type of psoriasis treatment is right for you.
This is careful exposure and precise exposure of your skin to ultraviolet light. But UVA and UVB treatments are used. It is a painless procedure and must be used in combination with oral and topical treatments. This type of psoriasis treatment is call PUVA treatment and is usually done in the office of a dermatologist.
Psoriasis treatment vary widely from simply using over the counter remedies to photo therapy under the care of dermatologist. Find out how to treat your psoriasis.
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