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A Look at Common Skin Problems in Children

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Children are just as prone to skin problems as adults—sometimes more so. In some cases, your child may need the special care of a dermatologist and prescription treatments to control the problem. Other times, over the counter solutions may be all that are required until the problem subsides. Since certain skin problems are often difficult to distinguish from others, it’s always a good idea to consult a dermatologist before attempting an at home treatment. Some of the most common childhood skin problems include:

Diaper Area Dermatitis

There are actually several types of skin problems that can affect the diaper area of infant and toddlers. The most common is contact dermatitis caused by irritants, or diaper rash. Second is yeast overgrowth, which often accompanies diaper rash. Barrier ointments can help keep the skin dry and protected, while an antifungal ointment may be needed for yeast. Allergic contact dermatitis and inflammatory skin problems are also common. Your dermatologist may recommend a mild steroid cream in addition to barrier ointments.

Warts

Warts are extremely common in children and are caused by either the human papilloma virus or a pox virus, depending on the type of wart. There is no treatment for the cause of the wart, but there are treatments available for the affected skin. Warts are usually spread by contact, so teaching your children proper hygiene and avoiding damp areas where the viruses like to live is the best method of preventing them.

Eczema

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, often develops in childhood, though it can occur at any age. Many children outgrow the symptoms of eczema by the time they are two years old, but it can recur at any time. Since eczema is a lifelong, measures should be taken to avoid triggers and manage flare-ups properly if or when they do occur.

At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we offer compassionate pediatric dermatology services in addition to our services for adults. Visit us online to learn more, or call (866) 608-9531 to set up an appointment for yourself or your child.

Tips for Coping with Acne and Facial Moles

Acne and facial moles are two of the most common skin problems people face. Incidentally, they are also two of the most embarrassing. If you find yourself trying to cope with either, there’s good news: many treatment options exist to help clear up your skin—and your problem!

Check out this video to learn about what causes acne and facial moles, as well as some tips for getting rid of them. Find out about a couple of at-home remedies you can try, but also learn when you really need to visit your dermatologist to be safe.

Moles can actually be a form of skin cancer, so do schedule an appointment to see us at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery if you have one that seems odd or changes. We can tell you whether your mole is something to worry about, and remove it for you if it’s causing you distress. Call (866) 608-9531 today.

 

When to See Your Dermatologist About Your Nails

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Most people don’t give much thought to their fingernails and toe nails beyond the occasional trimming, filing, and perhaps a bit of painting. However, your nails can give you and your dermatologist some fairly important information about what might be going on with your general health. Certain symptoms may be for problems with the nails themselves while others could indicate larger problems inside your body. See your dermatologist when:

You Notice Yellowing and Thickening of Your Nails

Yellowed nails that appear to grow thicker and more slowly can be a sign that you have an underlying respiratory problem. If you have problems with swelling in your hands, you may also notice the same symptoms. Sometimes your nails may be missing their cuticle in addition to being discolored, and they can occasionally separate from the nail bed.  In any event, you’ll want to schedule a dermatologist appointment soon.

You Develop Pits or Indentations in Your Nails

Pitting in the nails is usually associated with autoimmune disorders, especially psoriasis. Indentations running horizontally across your nails, known as Beau’s lines, can be indicative of vascular disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or a zinc deficiency, or may occur after a severe illness with high fever or injury. Your dermatologist can help you control your psoriasis if it’s the source of your pitting, and he or she may refer you to a specialist if Beau’s lines seem to indicate larger problems.

Your Nails Begin to Grow Upward and Curl Up

This symptom, often called spoon nail, happens when the nails become extremely soft and curl up into a shape resembling a spoon. It’s almost as if your nails are suddenly growing inside out. Spoon nails are usually a sign that there’s some sort of iron deficiency or iron-related disease such as hemochromatosis, but can also indicate heart and thyroid problems.

At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we can help you get to the root of your nail problems. We also offer general and cosmetic dermatology services, as well as treatment for skin cancer. Call (866) 608-9531 today to schedule your appointment.

A Patient's Guide to Shingles

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Anyone who has ever had shingles is all too familiar with the misery of the condition. And while there are certain things your dermatologist can do to minimize the misery and possibly even shorten the duration of symptoms, in most cases shingles just has to run its course. Here’s what you need to know:

Shingles is the Result of a Virus

The varicella zoster virus is responsible for causing all the symptoms of shingles. If you had chickenpox as a child, then you carry the virus and could develop a shingles outbreak at any time. In some people, the virus lies dormant for a lifetime. In others, it flares in mid to late adulthood, and can flare quite regularly after the initial outbreak.

Shingles Treatment Must Be Early to Be Effective

If you suspect a shingles outbreak, then its best to see your doctor or dermatologist right away. He or she can administer antiviral medications that can limit the duration and pain. The catch is, unless you’ve had shingles before, you’re not likely to catch the symptoms in time. Early symptoms are so similar to a myriad of other conditions that many people dismiss them entirely at first. The good news is that there are topical ointments and medicines your dermatologist can give you, along with OTC pain reducers, that can help you control the symptoms until they subside.

Shingles Symptoms are Many and Generic…at First

At the onset of shingles, you may experience sensitivity to light, headaches, and feverless flu-like feelings. Itching or pain in one area of skin with no noticeable cause is often next. The rash doesn’t develop until after that, at which point symptoms become fairly well definitive. Pain, rashes, blisters, oozing, and crusting will all ensue before everything begins to heal.

At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we can help you identify and manage a case of shingles. To schedule an appointment with our skin care doctor, call (866) 608-9531. You can also visit our website to learn more about our general and cosmetic dermatology services, including skin cancer treatment and laser skin treatment.

Are There Treatments Available for Your Scar?

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Scars can be unsightly, and many people find their scars detrimental to their self-esteem. Most people believe that there’s nothing to be done about a scar except to live with it, but that’s simply not true. Your cosmetic dermatologist has very effective solutions that can minimize or nearly eliminate the appearance of scars.

Advanced topical skin care products such as BioCorneum, which features a silicone formula, can go a long way toward erasing your scars. Laser skin treatments can also make a notable difference. Talk to your cosmetic dermatologist about your options to discover which option is the best choice for you.

At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we offer both BioCorneum and laser skin treatments, in addition to a variety of other general and cosmetic dermatology services. Visit our website for more information or call (866) 608-9531 to schedule an appointment today!

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