Dr. Newman, our board-certified dermatologist at Center For Sight, is experienced in treating a full range of skin conditions in both adults and children, including the following, most common skin problems.
Acne is an inflammation of the oil glands that usually affects the face, chest and upper back. Acne lesions can appear as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or large cysts. The condition is most common among teenagers but it can start or continue into adulthood. Today there are many excellent treatments designed to clear acne and prevent scarring.
Psoriasis is a genetic disorder that appears as red, scaly patches on the skin. Although it can surface anywhere, the elbows and knees are most commonly affected. In ten percent of psoriasis patients, arthritis is also associated with this condition. Topical creams and ointments are often successful in controlling small areas of psoriasis. More severe or widespread cases may be treated with ultraviolet light and oral medications.
Many substances in the environment cause a reaction when they contact the skin of sensitive individuals. Some are found in plants such as poison ivy. Chemicals found in clothing, jewelry, creams and perfumes may cause direct irritation or stimulate an allergic response. The affected skin becomes tender or itchy and, in extreme cases, blisters may appear. If the offending chemical is unknown, allergy testing may be able to identify the cause. Topical creams and ointments can be used to reduce the reaction.
A wart is a growth on the skin that is caused by an infection of the human papilloma virus. Although warts are benign, they are often treated due to their unsightly appearance and because they can spread to other areas of the skin. Depending on the location of the wart, treatment options include topical medications, freezing, electrodessication, laser therapy and surgery.
A fungus infection of the nail is one of the most common of all skin infections. Toenails are often affected because shoes increase the warmth and moisture and create an ideal environment for fungus growth. Taking oral medication for a few months is usually the most effective cure.
Cold Sores / Fever Blisters
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by an infection of the Herpes simplex virus. This same virus can infect any area of the skin, including the genitals. After an initial infection, the virus goes into a dormant phase beneath the skin, but may periodically reappear in the same area. The typical lesion appears as a cluster of tiny blisters which break, leaving a sore that heals in about one week. New medications can greatly speed healing or, if taken regularly, prevent a reoccurrence.
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is another viral infection. Although this condition can occur at any age, it is more common as we get older. The lesions of shingles appear as a trail of painful blisters that extend around one half of the body without ever crossing the mid-line. The rash clears up after several weeks but pain may continue in the area much longer. If medication is taken early during this condition, the rash will heal quickly with less chance of persistent pain.
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