Acne & Rosacea

Acne typically starts in the 11-14 age range and can continue into our 50s and even through menopause.  We provide a range of treatment options for mild acne to severe cystic acne.  Treatment can include prescription topical creams, oral medications, and lasers.  Accutane is a potential option for the appropriate patient and we strictly comply with all of the federal rules.

Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes redness and flushing on the face.  Small blood vessels and tiny pimples may appear around the reddened area.  Rosacea affects men and women of any age, but generally develops in adulthood. It is sometimes mislabeled as adult-onset acne.  Topical or oral medication will often stop the progression of rosacea.  Our Photorejuvenation laser can help reduce overall redness and broken veins.

Allergies & Eczema

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) often occurs in individuals with allergies and asthma.  There is a tendency toward excess inflammation in the skin.  This presents as itchy, scaly and thickened skin and is very irritating.  Atopic dermatitis can affect all age groups.  Your treatment plan may be simple or it may combine therapies and protective methods to help heal your skin.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis can cause inflamed, irritated, sensitive skin and can be caused by many things.  This can range from a plant or fruit to a metal such as nickel.  Small red bumps, pustules or blisters may appear on the skin.  A very thorough history is needed to determine the cause of the skin eruption.  Treatment can involve topical and oral medication.  We also offer patch testing for the most common skin allergens and work closely with allergiests.

Urticaria (hives) are caused by a chemical called Histamine that is released in the skin.  This creates pale red swellings that occur in groups on any part of the body.  Hives can wax and wane over a period of days to weeks and disappear without a trace.  They tend to be quite itchy, although they may also burn or sting.  Treatment is directed at removing the cause, but determining the cause is not always an easy task.  Antihistamines are often part of an individual’s treatment plan to provide relieve.

Autoimmune

Alopecia is a general term for hair loss.  The evaluation of Alopecia may be very involved as there are many forms of the condition and many causes.  The causes can range from a stressful event to a more complicated autoimmune process.  You should definitely seek care from your dermatologist to help determine the cause of your Alopecia and begin treatment.  We understand how devastating it can feel to lose your hair and will do everything we can to help improve your condition.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that presents with plaques usually occurring on the elbows, knees, scalp and buttocks.  These plaques have a red base with a silvery topped scale.  Psoriasis can present as a mild form with just a few plaques or a very severe form covering large areas of the body.  Treatment depends on the severity of disease.  People with Psoriasis are also monitored for joint pain as this may be a sign of progressing disease and arthritis.

There are other skin changes that can occur due to autoimmune processes such as Lupus or Sjogren’s disease.  We perform thorough evaluations as necessary to determine the cause of your skin problem.

Benign Growths

Benign growths can include skin tags, seborrheic keratosis (barnacles), hemangiomas (red moles), and milia.  A skin evaluation and diagnosis is required prior to treatment.  Insurance companies and Medicare will no longer pay for the removal of benign growths, even if they are rubbing on clothing or are traumatized.   We can bill insurance for the diagnosis of benign growths but, again, insurance will not reimburse for the removal of benign growths.  Cost can range from $25-$100 for a group of growths.

Fungal & Yeast Conditions

Fungal infections of the skin and nails are very common.  The fungus that causes these infections can easily make its way on to our pets, and on to our skin.  Fungus can infect the skin, hair, fingernails or toenails.  Your provider may order lab work, such as a skin scraping or a clipping of an affected nail.  If the infection involves your nails, make sure to remove all nail polish prior to your visit.

Seborrheic Dermatitis and Tinea Versicolor are examples of scaly skin conditions caused by the superficial yeast, Pityrosporum ovale.  You may have greasy white or yellow flakes of skin around your nose, eyebrows, ears and scalp.  Or you may have discolored patches on the chest and back.  These conditions are typically treated with medicated shampoo and creams.

Melasma

Melasma appears as patchy brown discoloration of the face, usually around the cheeks or forehead.  It occurs most commonly in pregnant women, those taking birth control pills or those with a history of chronic sun exposure.  We provide a number of treatments for melasma including prescription bleaching creams, peels and laser therapy.

Warts

Warts are caused by a superficial skin infection called the human papillomavirus (HPV).  The three most common types of warts are plantar, common, and flat.  We treat warts with many different therapies depending on your history and the location of the warts.  Warts are contagious.  The best way to limit the development of new warts is to treat them before they spread.  We will design a therapy plan that is suited to your specific needs.

Mole Exams and Skin Cancer

We offer our patients full body skin exams to check for sun damage and changing moles that can lead to skin cancer.  The three most common types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma.  Please see our skin cancer section for more information.