Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 180+ locations.

Do I Need to See a Doctor if I Develop Hives?

Hives occur as a response to exposure to an irritant, such as a food or medication that triggers an allergic reaction. They usually look like welts and can vary in size. Typically, they are also very itchy. If you experience hives for the first time, consult with a dermatologist to identify the cause.

If you have experienced hives in the past and have a minor outbreak, then you may be able to treat them at home. Most cases clear up within 24 hours. Using cool compresses and over-the-counter anti-itch medications can help. A cool bath with baking soda or uncooked oatmeal added to the water can also be soothing. However, if your hives are severe or don't clear up on their own, see your dermatologist as soon as possible.

From hives treatment to scar management and psoriasis care, the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery are ready to help with comprehensive clinical, medical, and cosmetic dermatology care. To make an appointment, call (866) 400-3376.

How to Maintain Healthy Skin [INFOGRAPHIC]

There are plenty of products on the market today that claim to help your skin look its best. Maintaining healthy skin is important so you look and feel good later in life. A good skin care routine goes a long way, but there are also some other things you can do to keep your skin healthy. The following infographic presented by Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery shows you how to maintain healthy skin.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips for Guys

More men are embracing anti-aging skin therapies than ever before, and their needs are unique. In addition to regular visits with a dermatologist, the recommendations in this video will help men achieve healthy, younger-looking skin.

Start by understanding your skin type. Your skin type will guide you in choosing the right skin care products. Washing your skin and moisturizing daily will help you maintain good skin health. Using sunscreen daily will reduce the risk of age-related skin damage as well as the need for skin cancer treatment.

Find out which anti-aging skin treatments are right for you by making an appointment with Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery today. Make an appointment with a cosmetic dermatologist by calling (866) 400-3376.

Are Warts Cancerous?

Warts are extremely common, due to the fact that they are highly contagious. Many people visit dermatologists because they have warts, in hopes of getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Often, people who get warts worry that they are a sign of skin cancer. Is it true?

The good news is that warts are not cancerous. They are caused by HPV—human papilloma virus. The virus is extremely contagious, and you are even more likely to develop warts of you have a cut on your skin when you are exposed to the virus. In most cases, your dermatologist can diagnose warts simply by looking at them. Many different treatments are available, including cryotherapy, excision, and chemical peels.

If you have warts, schedule a consultation with Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery to find out what treatment is right for you. To make an appointment with a clinical dermatologist, please dial (866) 400-3376.

Did You Get Your Shingles Vaccine Yet?

Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that can occur in anyone who has had chickenpox at any point in his or her life. Fortunately, a new vaccine can lessen the risk of developing shingles and make cases that do develop less serious. If you haven't yet had the shingles vaccine, consider talking to your dermatologist to see if it is right for you.

What exactly is shingles?
Shingles is a rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you heal from chickenpox, the virus remains in your body. If it becomes reactivated, shingles will develop. Shingles causes a blistering rash that can be extremely painful. The blisters themselves may clear within a few weeks, but the pain they cause can linger for months or even longer. Fever, headache, and flu-like symptoms may also occur with shingles.

Why should I get a vaccine?
Shingles can be an extremely painful condition, and for some people, the pain does not subside after the infection has passed. People with shingles are at risk of developing post-herpetic neuropathy, or PHN. This condition causes severe nerve pain that can interfere with every day activities for several years after the shingles rash has cleared. The vaccine can greatly reduce the risk of shingles. In people who still develop shingles, having had the vaccine reduces the chance of long-term complications.

Who should be vaccinated?
Most people should consider getting the shingles vaccine after turning 50 or no later than 60. Depending on your risk factors, your dermatologist may also recommend getting the vaccine sooner. People with a weakened immune system, such as those who are HIV positive or are undergoing chemotherapy, for example, have a higher risk of developing shingles and could benefit from an earlier vaccine. Your dermatologist can help you decide what is right for you.

Take control of your skin health by scheduling an appointment at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. To make an appointment with a clinical dermatologist for a comprehensive range of skin conditions, please call (866) 400-3376.

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