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What Causes Skin Rashes?

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A skin rash is a broad dermatological term that describes any inflammation of the skin. The symptoms of a rash can include redness, itchiness, swelling, heat, hives, or other changes in skin texture. Some rashes are caused by contact with external factors while others may arise from infection. Talk to your dermatologist about the causes of and treatments for skin rashes, and learn more about possible causes below:

  • Allergies: A rash caused by allergens is called allergic dermatitis. This type of rash is an immune response that can be triggered by a wide variety of outside stimuli, like scented perfume, pollens, certain metals in jewelry, or compounds in foods. To help you better manage your skin, your dermatologist may order an allergy test to diagnose the allergen and devise a customized treatment plan.
  • Irritants: Unlike allergens, irritants can cause skin rashes when the skin reacts to the offending chemical or compound. This type of rash often results in inflammation. Common skin irritants include bleach, alcohols, and other cleaning products.
  • Autoimmune Disorders: Autoimmune diseases are those that turn on the body’s own immune system, and include skin diseases like psoriasis, lupus, and scleroderma. Some of these conditions manifest themselves in the skin and can be aggravated by external factors like sunlight or temperature changes.
  • Infection: Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections can also contribute to skin rashes. Common skin infections include ringworm, thrush (yeast infection), or cellulitis. Additionally, fevers and flus caused by bacteria or viruses can also result in rashes. Some infections can be potentially fatal, so seek medical attention immediately if you experience a persistent rash and fever.

For more information about skin rashes and treatments, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Lifestyle Changes to Curb Atopic Dermatitis

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Living with atopic dermatitis, also known as atopic eczema, can be more than just embarrassing—it can be uncomfortable, even painful. Atopic dermatitis is a form of eczema that primarily presents itself as dry, itchy skin and can become red, swollen, scaly or cracked when scratched. Talk to your dermatologist about the condition; he or she can recommend both medical and home remedies that can soothe irritated skin and help you avoid flare-ups.

  • Avoid Triggers: Because atopic eczema may be related to other allergic conditions, allergens and irritants can make your eczema worse. Avoid triggers like extreme temperature changes, scented lotions, and chemicals, all of which can exacerbate the condition. Other eczema triggers include itchy fabrics like wool and household substances like detergent or cleaners.
  • Apply Moisturizer and Use Hypoallergenic Soap: Using a moisturizer can help to relieve dry skin, while hypoallergenic soap is free of irritating chemicals and gentler on the skin. Your dermatologist can recommend certain skincare products to use based on your particular symptoms. Apply moisturizer after bathing and throughout the day to keep skin hydrated, and consider using a cold compress to soothe itchy skin.
  • Visit Your Dermatologist: An accurate medical diagnosis is necessary for managing your eczema effectively. Your dermatologist can help you identify possible triggers and suggest different management strategies like immunomodulator ointments or barrier repair creams that minimize moisture loss. In some cases, antihistamines or steroids can be administered for immediate relief.

For more information about eczema and skincare, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.  

Achieving Healthier Skin: Resources for Further Reading

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Whether for clinical or cosmetic reasons, your dermatologist can help you achieve clearer, healthier skin. He or she can prescribe treatments for skin conditions like acne and recommend protective measures against diseases like skin cancer. Talk to your dermatologist about what you can do to protect and improve your skin, and read more in the resources below: 

  • While sun damage and ultraviolet radiation are among the primary causes of skin cancer, genetics could play a role in a patient’s risk for developing the disease. Read more about the influence of genetics on skin cancer with this FAQ guide.
  • A skin condition that affects teens and adults, acne and its accompanying myths seem to have a special place in popular culture. Contrary to some beliefs, though, acne is not caused by chocolate or dirty skin. Find out what really triggers your breakouts with this Mayo Clinic article on acne causes.
  • In addition to oral and topical medications, cosmetic treatments can help patients manage acne and eliminate whiteheads and blackheads. Ask your dermatologist about facials for acne and learn more about how they can clean clogged pores.

For more information about skincare, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

How to Check Yourself for Skin Cancer

While skin cancer affects millions of Americans each year, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Detecting skin cancer early enables you and your doctor to more successfully treat the disease, which is cured most easily in its early stages. In addition to yearly full body exams with your dermatologist, performing regular skin self-checks can help with early detection by making you more familiar with your skin and any changes that occur to it. Learn how to perform a skin self-exam and what to look for in the video below.

Checking your skin once a month can help you monitor for potentially cancerous changes in your skin and in any moles. When examining your skin, keep the ABCDs in mind to help you recognize abnormal characteristics. Look for moles that are Asymmetrical, have irregular Borders, change in Color, or a large Diameter; these moles should be examined by your dermatologist. Perform your self-exam in a full-length mirror and take care to examine your entire body, including easily-overlooked areas like between the fingers and on the soles of your feet.

For more information about skin cancer prevention, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

3 Tips for the Early Detection of Skin Cancer

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While skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, it is also one of the most preventable. The sooner you or your dermatologist detects symptoms of skin cancer, the sooner you can begin treatment and the more likely that treatment will succeed. Talk to your dermatologist about protecting yourself against skin cancer, and take the following steps to ensure early detection of the disease.

  1. Perform Self-Checks: Examine your body from your scalp to the soles of your feet to monitor for any abnormal skin changes. Skin cancer is rarely painful in its early stages, so do not immediately dismiss something suspicious simply because it seems benign. While a monthly skin cancer self-examination is a good standard to aim for, your dermatologist may recommend that you check more frequently if you have certain risk factors for the disease.
  2. Research Your Genetics: While sun exposure and sun damage are among the main contributors to skin cancer, people can be born with a genetic disposition to the disease. About 10% of skin cancer patients have family members who have suffered from the same condition. Individuals with light-colored skin and red or blond hair, for example, may be at greater risk than those of dark complexions. If you have certain risk factors, talk to your dermatologist about protective measures and consider performing self-exams more regularly.
  3. Schedule Annual Visits: Seeing your dermatologist once a year is an effective and important way of checking for skin cancer. Dermatologists are trained to detect signs of skin cancer and can see subtle changes to your body that you may not have noticed. A dermatologist can also teach you the right way to inspect your own body for abnormal changes. 

For more information about skin cancer prevention, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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