Dermatologic Conditions & Treatments
Dermatology and Surgery Associates offers a full array of dermatological services to help you maintain healthy skin.
Acne is the most frequent skin condition in the United States. It is characterized by pimples that appear on the face, back, and chest. Every year, about 80% of adolescents have some form of acne, and about 5% of adults experience acne.
Also known as solar keratoses, actinic keratoses are precancerous growths on the skin that are caused by long-term UV radiation in the form of chronic sun exposure or tanning bed use. Left untreated, actinic keratoses can progress and evolve into a skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.
It is no surprise that aging is accompanied by many changes in our skin. As we age, our skin becomes thinner, looser, more frail, and more prone to the development of new skin growths. One of the common growths that accompany aging is the development of age spots.
Alopecia areata can develop suddenly over a few days or weeks. It can lead to unexplained hair loss, often in patches the sizes of coins. Today, around 6.8 million people suffer from alopecia areata in the United States. In addition, around half of them are males and white.
Basal Cell Carcinomas
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer that dermatologists detect and diagnose in the United States each year. In fact, basal cell carcinoma is the most frequently occurring form of all cancers.
Most people have at least one birthmark, and for the majority of people, they are nothing more than a minor cosmetic concern. For some, however, their birthmark can be a source of self-consciousness or even embarrassment.
A blister is a raised area of the skin filled with fluid. Blisters can occur on any part of the body and can be extremely painful and debilitating.
A boil, also known as a furuncle, is a localized skin infection characterized by a red, tender bump. The spot tends to grow in size, filling with pus and becoming more painful quickly. Over time, the boil can develop a pustule (whitehead) and drain.
Bullous pemphigoid is a rare, chronic, autoimmune blistering disorder that causes large, fluid-filled blisters on the skin. The blisters can occur anywhere on the body but are most often found on the trunk and thighs. They often itch and can be very painful.
Have you ever heard of opportunistic infections (OIs)? They are caused by germs that generally cannot cause problems if your immune system works properly. However, these germs can cause serious health problems in people whose immune systems are weak.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection that causes red, itchy blisters on the skin.
A cold sore is a blister or a cluster of blisters that typically form on or around the lips and mouth. The condition is commonly referred to as herpes, herpes simplex labialis, or fever blisters.
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a type of skin cancer that begins in the deep layers of the skin. It most commonly occurs on the trunk (chest or back) and the arms, legs, or head. DFSP is usually slow-growing and may not cause any symptoms for years.
Diabetes-Related Skin Conditions
Around 537 million adults around the world live with diabetes. Additionally, 1/3 of those with diabetes encounter a skin condition during their life.
Dry Skin Relief
Dry skin, also known as xerosis or xeroderma, is a commonly occurring skin condition that happens when the skin lacks the necessary moisture and oil to keep it soft and smooth. Dry skin results in itchy and flaky skin that can get red and inflamed.
Eczema (also called dermatitis) is a skin condition that can cause a variety of symptoms. These include red and swollen skin, blisters, and itchiness. Eczema is often a result of an allergic reaction or other sensitivities and varies in severity from person to person.
Most Erysipelas infections occur when bacteria or germs find their way into the skin. The condition can cause a red, tender area on the skin that may become swollen and painful.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by an infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of the herpes simplex virus- herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
Granulomas are one of your body’s many defense mechanisms and often get mistaken for foreign invaders because of how they manifest and operate.
Herpes Simplex Virus
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is a virus known to cause a very common infection called herpes.
There is no denying that once you hit puberty, numerous physical and emotional changes come along. On the physical side, Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a skin condition that can be hereditary and can start after puberty.
There are seemingly unlimited afflictions that can affect your skin. Hives are one of these dozens of conditions that strike the surface of the skin and cause varying degrees of itchiness, discomfort, redness, and swelling.
Also known as excessive sweating, Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that occurs when your body is unable to properly regulate its internal temperature. Approximately 4.8% of all Americans experience hyperhidrosis, with the severity of symptoms varying from mild wetness to excess dripping.
Impetigo is a common, highly contagious, skin infection. It is caused by bacteria, usually either Streptococcus pyogenes or Staphylococcus aureus, which enters the skin through a minor cut or scrape, causing a local infection in the skin.
At least once in your life, it is likely that you have had an experience with some form of a rash. Rashes on the skin are common, whether due to an allergic reaction or dry skin like eczema. Intertrigo is another common skin condition that occurs from moisture and skin friction.
About 40% of adults worldwide develop some sort of Keratosis Pilaris in their lifetime.
Lichen Simplex Chronicus
It’s not uncommon to occasionally have itchy skin. However, chronic itching could be a sign of a skin condition. Scratching and itching your skin can be a by-product of Lichen Simplex Chronicus or LSC.
Lumps, Bumps, and Cysts
There are literally hundreds of different kinds of lumps, bumps, and cysts associated with the skin. Fortunately, the vast majority of these are harmless and painless.
Lyme Disease is a condition that many people suffer from yearly. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 476,000 Americans are estimated to suffer from this infection.
Affecting the face and neck, melasma is a skin condition that results in areas of skin becoming darker or hyperpigmented. While melasma can occur in people of all skin tones, research shows that it predominantly affects people of color.
Moles are usually harmless, but they can be a sign of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States. In 2021, melanoma skin cancer claimed over 7,000 lives.
Molluscum, or molluscum contagiosum, is a common viral skin infection caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV), a virus in the poxvirus family.
Perioral dermatitis is diagnosed by its characteristic red rash that forms around the mouth. This skin disorder tends to occur more frequently in women between the ages of 25 and 45, and in children when compared to men.
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac
If you’ve ever been out in the woods and gotten a rash, you may have wondered what plant caused it. Chances are, it was one of the poisonous plants: Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac.
Pregnancy-Related Skin Conditions
Are you an expectant mother worried about how your skin could turn out as you draw closer to delivery? Well, you should know that you are not alone. While the joy of motherhood is a really beautiful thing, there is no doubt that the sacrifice of the journey does show in our skins.
Do you often feel the urge to scratch your skin? If so, you may be experiencing pruritus. Pruritus can be a nuisance, but thankfully, treatments are available to help.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes your skin cells to multiply too quickly. As a result, your skin becomes itchy, flaky, and inflamed as this sped-up growth cycle interferes with the typical skin turnover process.
Your skin can experience many different changes throughout your lifetime. Sometimes skin changes occur due to allergies or certain medical conditions, causing bumps, redness, itching, or other uncomfortable symptoms. Typically, when these symptoms happen, a rash develops.
There are many different types of fungal infections that can affect your skin. One of the most common types is Ringworm or Tinea Corporis. This condition impacts several people, but fortunately, there are treatment options that can help curb the symptoms.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Infections caused by ticks are widespread in warm weather because more people are spending time outdoors, leading to an increase in infections. This infection can be lethal and life-threatening, so you should seek medical attention right away once you see signs of infection.
Mainly affecting the skin on your face, rosacea is a long-lasting skin condition. Since the symptoms of rosacea can be similar to other skin issues like acne, getting your skin looked at by a board-certified dermatologist can help in developing a specialized plan of treatment that’s right for you.
One of the most common skin infections is scabies. Scabies is contagious and can spread through close contact with families, schools, child care, prison, and nursing homes. Due to its infectious nature, it’s important to know the early signs of scabies and what you can do to effectively treat it.
Autoimmune diseases can also cause skin diseases, such as Sclerodemera. While it is rare for this to occur, it can affect people who have a family history of suffering from such autoimmune diseases.
Seborrheic keratoses are very common skin growths. They are benign and not worrisome. Seborrheic keratoses tend to develop as you age, with people over 40 more likely to develop these growths.
According to the CDC, 1 in 3 people will likely develop Shingles in their lifetime, and one million cases of Shingles occur annually in the United States. Almost every adult born before 1980 has had Chickenpox and is thus at risk for developing shingles later in life.
Skin cancer affects more people in the United States than any other type of cancer. Regular skin cancer screenings and early intervention can help protect your skin and reduce your risk of cancer.
Tattoos are one of the oldest and most popular art forms applied to the human body. For thousands of years, tattoos have been used for various reasons and applied through different techniques. However, not everyone realizes that there are risks involved with getting a tattoo despite the precautions you take.
Vitiligo is a skin condition where white patches appear on a person’s skin as a result of loss of melanin (the pigment in our skin).
Warts are non-cancerous benign growths on the skin that are caused by infections from viruses known as human papillomavirus (HPV).
Wrinkles are a normal part of aging. However, many people would rather avoid them to continue having a youthful appearance. Now more than ever, anti-aging treatments are a part of public discourse, and Botox, creams, and spa skin treatments that may reduce the appearance of wrinkles are widely available.