We offer patients the latest procedures, medications and products available to treat disorders of the skin, hair and nails. Our staff is experienced in the treatment of skin cancer, acne, moles, warts, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and other conditions that affect the skin. Whether you are a child, a teenager, or an adult, we can help you with your skin. If you are having a problem and believe you need to see a dermatologist, please contact our office.
- Comprehensive history and skin examination
- Evaluation and management of common skin conditions, including:
- Contact Dermatitis (Allergy Patch Testing)
- Infections of the skin (bacterial, viral and fungal)
- Hair Loss (Alopecia)
- Moles/ Dysplastic (Atypical) Nevi
- Warts/ Molluscum
- Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
- Disease-specific tests
- Skin biopsies and surgical excisions of benign and pre-malignant cutaneous lesions
- Comprehensive skin cancer treatments
About Skin Cancer Screenings / Mole Checks
Our staff has specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Early detection and treatment can lead to a cure. Sun exposure is one of the main causes of skin cancer. We can discuss appropriate sun exposure and safe-sun precautionary behaviors with you. It is also important to develop a regular routine to inspect your skin. Any growth, mole, sore or skin discoloration that appears suddenly, or begins to change in appearance, needs to be evaluated by a dermatologist.
Acne affects most teens, but it can affect people of all ages. Acne is not a life-threatening condition, but the lesions associated with the condition are upsetting and can be disfiguring. It is important to seek treatment for yourself or your teen, as there are many options available to reduce the embarrassment and scarring associated with acne.
Contact Dermatitis is a localized rash or irritation of the skin resulting from exposure to allergens, to irritants, or to sunlight (phototoxic dermatitis). A familiar example is the reaction to poison ivy. Patient self-care can include gentle cleansing, moist cool compresses, calamine lotion, hydrocortisone ointment and over-the-counter antihistamines to relieve the itching. If the rash does not improve after two days of self-care, or if the itching or pain is severe, it should be treated by a physician. Medical treatment usually consists of topical and/or oral medications. We offer allergy testing.
The term Eczema is used to describe many red, blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, thickened and itching skin conditions. Eczema is also called Atopic Dermatitis. This condition can occur at any age. It usually presents with an almost unbearable itching that can become severe at night. The itching causes patients to scratch, which can lead to infection. Any rash that does not resolve should be examined by a dermatologist and may be treated with topical, oral or light treatments.
Hair Loss (Alopecia)
The most common reason for hair loss is hereditary baldness, however, there are other conditions that can result in unexpected hair loss. Alopecia areata is a hair-loss condition affecting both males and females, with small, round, bare patches on the scalp or other areas. Medications are available to decrease or reverse hair loss. New onset hair loss should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
Infections of the skin (bacterial, viral and fungal)
Infections of the skin are common. Bacterial infections including but not limited to: impetigo and staph infections (such as MRSA). Viral infections include herpes simplex I and II, herpes zoster (shingles), warts (HPV) and molloscum. Fungal infections occur on skin, specifically the scalp and nails; often referred to as “ringworm”, topical or oral agents are effective.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder and may go through periods of improvement or worsening. The skin forms red, thick patches covered by silvery scales. Topical treatment, light therapy (on site) and/or oral or injectable medications may be used to control psoriasis.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness, tenderness, and swelling, primarily on the face. Other areas that can be affected are the scalp, neck, ears, chest and back. Rosacea can be treated with a variety of topical agents as well as lasers.
This skin disease causes milky-white patches of skin on the face, lips, hands, arms, legs, and genital areas, but can occur anywhere on the body. The cause is uncertain. Treatment may include light therapy and/or topical or injected agents.
Warts are caused by a virus. Warts are usually skin-colored and feel rough to the touch. Warts can grow anywhere on the skin, but most often occur on the hands. Plantar (foot) and genital warts are also common. Treatment may include freezing or removing the wart, topical medications, or laser surgery to hasten resolution of the wart.
Hives are itchy red swellings that occur in groups on any part of the skin. Sometimes hives sting or burn. Each hive generally lasts a few hours before decreasing in size and redness. Medication reactions and other allergies can cause hives.
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Excessive perspiration (more than is necessary to cool body temperature), either in a localized area or over the entire body, is called hyperhidrosis. It affects millions of people (approximately 3% of the population), and it can be successfully treated. There are a number of treatment options, including prescription deodorants and Botox®. Many patients have found great relief from hyperhidrosis with Botox® injections into the area. Botox® blocks nerve stimulation of the sweat glands in the treated area, resulting in a significant reduction in sweat production.