Dermatology Frequently Asked Questions
It is considered normal for us to lose about 50-100 hairs a day. If you experience bald patches or thinning hair, this could be hair loss.
Childbirth, stress, some diseases and medical treatments can cause hair loss.
Hereditary hair loss is the most common reason for hair loss with about 80 million men and women experiencing this type of hair loss.
When you experience hair loss, you should seek the advice of a dermatologist as many of these causes are treatable. Our dermatologists specialize in the treatment of skin, hair, and nails.
Psoriasis is a common skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming thick silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful. Genetics has a strong role in who will be affected by it.
Psoriasis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease. At times your psoriasis symptoms can improve or worsen. A dermatologist can treat psoriasis with both topical creams and systemic drugs, as well as counsel you on skin care and lifestyle factors that may affect it.
Psoriasis can be disabling for some people. Treatment by a dermatologist can improve a person’s quality of life.
Moles or “nevi” are very common. Some people have only a few but others have many; this in itself is not concerning. Moles come in various sizes and colors, can be raised or flat and may have a few hairs.
Moles are generally nothing to worry about but if your mole should change size, color or shape, become itchy or bleed, you should see our dermatologist.
Sclerotherapy treatments are simple quick outpatient procedures. Most treatments take between fifteen and forty five minutes. As the procedure is almost painless, anesthesia is not typically required.
During sclerotherapy, a chemical solution known as a sclerosing agent is injected at several points along spider veins. Sclerotherapy is commonly performed with a concentrated saline solution, although other chemical solutions or special foam may be used as well. The agent irritates the lining of the veins, which in combination with compression after treatment causes the vein walls to collapse. Over time, the veins will be absorbed by the body, restoring a smoother, more youthful appearance. Like other vein removal therapy, multiple treatments are usually required to achieve the desired results, but sclerotherapy can reduce the appearance of most spider veins and some small varicose veins significantly.
Non surgical modalities such as Botox Cosmetic & injectable fillers are being used to turn back time to restore volume & soften lines caused by the aging process.
Doctors have used Botox safely for years to treat various medical conditions. Botox Cosmetic is a natural purified protein that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults. It can also be used around the eyes and in a few other areas. Results have been shown to last up to four months.
Molluscum Contagiosum is a common skin disease caused by a virus*. The virus can be spread by direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching infected surfaces such as gym mats or towels recently used by an infected person. A dermatologist can treat the molluscum lesions. Although the virus is usually harmless, it can spread over the body and/or other people.
*It usually appears as small flesh covered bumps on the skin.
Rosacea is a common skin disease. It often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people do.
With time, people who have rosacea may see permanent redness in the center of their face. The redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin.
Rosacea can cause more than redness. Rosacea can cause acne-like breakouts, visible blood vessels on the face, and dry irritated eyes.
Although rosacea cannot be cured, treatments can control and reduce signs and symptoms. A dermatologist can diagnose and offer proper treatment.
Eczema is a common skin disease that can affect all ages. Other names for eczema are dermatitis and atopic eczema. It is a type of skin rash characterized by itchy, red, irritated patches. In severe cases, the rash can ooze, flake, and cause the skin to thicken.
A dermatologist cannot cure eczema but can help you learn to control it. Treating eczema is important to calm the skin, relieve itching and pain, to prevent infections, and to stop the skin from thickening (which may cause the skin to itch constantly).
Poison Ivy is a rash you get from the oil found in the plants poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. The rash usually starts 12 to 72 hours after contact with these plants and the symptoms are redness, itching, swelling and blisters. It is not contagious and usually goes away in a few weeks. A dermatologist can make the skin more comfortable during this time period.
You should see a doctor immediately if you have a serious reaction such as swelling, trouble breathing or trouble swallowing. If you have trouble breathing or swallowing you should go to an emergency room.