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Common Skin Conditions

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Skin is the largest organ in our bodies and our protection against the outside world. Just about everyone encounters issues from time to time with their skin. Thankfully though, many of the more common skin conditions can be addressed through modern dermatology. Below are outlined a few of these conditions, including acne, moles, and rashes, as well as how they are normally treated.

Acne

Acne is probably the most well-known skin condition on earth. Most adolescents go through a phase where facial acne is very common due to high levels of oil production. However, acne in adulthood and in other areas of the body are also fairly common.

Acne causes small pustules, most frequently red pimples filled with pus, to form on the surface of the skin. Other types of acne include papules, caused by hair follicles, as well as nodules and cysts, both of which develop below the surface of the skin.

Acne can be treated with topical cleanser and creams and, if necessary, advanced medication. Prescription medication can help in severe cases and with the treatment of cysts specifically.

Hives

Another common skin condition is hives. Hives are small, itchy bumps that form on the surface of the skin. Generally, hives result from an allergic reaction in the body, but may be a response to stress or sickness. The best way to prevent hives is to avoid all allergens. If an outbreak occurs, it can be treated with antihistamines.

Warts

A very unpleasant but common skin condition faced by many is warts. Warts are a highly contagious skin condition that can affect any part of the skin, but usually show up on the hands and feet. Warts will often disappear naturally, but they can also be treated by a dermatologist. Usually, the use of medicated creams or freezing can clear up warts.

Cold sores

It's not uncommon to develop cold sores, especially when coming down with a case of a full cold. A cold sore is usually a red blister which forms around the mouth. Cold sores can be irritating or painful, but you will likely experience discomfort or itching in the spot of the sore.

Cold sores can last for several weeks and recur over time when associated with the herpes virus. The herpes virus does not currently have an established cure. That said, cold sores can be treated by dermatologists using creams or prescription medicines.

Measles

Those with children know that measles is a very contagious condition. In addition to young children, measles tends to affect pregnant women more than other adults. Measles in not just a skin condition, however. Symptoms include fever, runny eyes and nasal passages, and often coughing. Additionally, measles tends to cause red spots within the mouth and a generalized body rash. Measles can be treated by a doctor but will taper off on its own after one or two weeks.

Skin issues are a fact of life. With the right dermatological care, however, you can regain your perfect skin. Contact Dermatology Center of Frisco for more information or to schedule a consultation today.


Odd Rash on Your Child? It Could be Molluscum Contagiosum.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

 

What Is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection that affects an individual's skin. It is most commonly observed in children, although it can occur at any age. MC is usually a harmless skin rash that will get better within a few months without any specialized treatment. However, it is all too common for the condition to spread around the body take up to 18 months or more for the condition to clear up completely.

What Does Molluscum Contagiosum Look Like?

If you have noticed an odd rash on your child, then chances are it could be MC. In most instances, the only symptom of MC is small, raised spots on the skin that have a small dimple in the middle. The spots are not painful but are usually rather itchy. These spots can appear in small clusters and can be spread all around different parts of the body. The most common places for these spots to appear is around the armpit, behind the knees, or on the groin. It is possible for MC to affect an individual on more than one occasion, but this is very uncommon.

The spots will generally be red or pink, although they may have a tiny yellow or white head in the middle. If this head splits, then a thick substance will be released, which is extremely infectious. It is vital to never attempt to pop the spots as this will more than likely lead the infection to spread to other parts of the body. Most children will have only around 20 to 30 spots on their body, although if they have a weakened immune system it is likely that they will have more.

In the majority of cases, individual spots will begin to crust over and heal within two months of appearing. Some individuals may experience mild swelling and redness in the affected areas as they begin the healing process.

Treating Molluscum Contagiosum

In most instances treatments for MC are not necessary. This is because the infection will usually clear up by itself without any other symptoms apart from the spots. The infection doesn't normally interfere with an individual's everyday life either, and some treatment methods can be painful and cause scarring. If treatment is required, then a dermatologist will likely prescribe liquids, creams, or gels that can be applied directly to the affected area. In some instances, Dermatology Consultants of Frisco will recommend minor procedures such as cryotherapy, a simple procedure whereby the spots will be removed by being frozen.

For more information on treating MC, visit our website or contact us today and see how we can help you or your child.

Summer Skin Cancer Alert

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


What Is Skin Cancer?

You may not know this, but skin cancer is the most common type of cancer that is diagnosed in the United States. Skin cancer is commonly accepted to be an abnormal growth of skin cells. It usually begins to develop on areas of an individual's skin that has been exposed to the sun's harmful rays.

There are a variety of different types of skin cancer that are commonly diagnosed including, basal and squamous cell carcinoma, actinic keratoses, and melanoma. Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Each of the different types of skin cancer displays different symptoms, varying from pink patches of skin, to dark spots that suddenly appear on skin that has been exposed to the sun.

Preventing Skin Cancer

The primary way of preventing skin cancer is to protect your skin from the potentially harmful ultraviolet rays that are emitted by the sun. A good way to do this is by seeking shade when the sun's rays are the most powerful, generally between 10 am and 2 pm. Protective clothing is a must if it is necessary that you are out when the sun's rays are at their strongest. Hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts are the ideal apparel to protect you. The most important thing that you can do to protect yourself from skin cancer is to apply sunscreen or sunblock regularly, and to avoid tanning beds. This is your most effective means of protecting against skin cancer and doing this will also help to combat the aging effects that the sun has on your skin, like wrinkles, blotches, and crow's feet.

The Most Effective Sunscreen

Every time that you plan to be outside for extended periods of time, especially during the sun's most powerful hours as mentioned above, then you should be applying sunscreen and reapplying it at least every 2 hours. It is important to always use a sunscreen that protects against a broad spectrum of light as this protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. You should aim to use a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher to ensure that you have maximum protection. Finally, you should ensure that your sunscreen is water resistant, and reapplied often, as, despite manufacturer's claims, there is really no sunscreen that is waterproof or sweatproof.

Detecting Skin Cancer

When it is detected early, skin cancer is often treatable and has extremely high rates of survival. That is why you should always check your skin regularly, and if there is something that seems out of place, then arrange an appointment with Dermatology Consultants of Frisco and have them check it. Remember, if there is something that you are not sure about, something that does not look right, Dermatologist Consultants of Frisco can help put your mind at ease.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, your Frisco dermatologists, offers comprehensive cosmetic services to all of our patients. To discuss your skin needs or to check a questionable spot on your skin, call our office for a consultation today.

 


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