Posts for: March, 2017
Eczema, also called “dermatitis,” refers to several different rash-like conditions where the skin is inflamed, red and irritated. The most severe and long-lasting type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. During a flare-up, the skin becomes extremely red, itchy and scaly. This skin condition can be widespread, or confined to only a few areas on the body.
Eczema is not contagious, although if you have a family history of eczema, your risk for the disease increases. Generally, atopic dermatitis affects infants or young children and may last until the child reaches adulthood.
The appearance and symptoms for atopic dermatitis will vary for each case. Intense itching is the most common sign of eczema, which can lead to severe discomfort and even loss of sleep. Other common symptoms of eczema include:
- Dry, red and extremely itchy patches of skin
- Cracked, inflamed and scaly skin
- Small bumps or blisters that ooze and weep
- In infants, the rash generally appears on the cheeks and around the mouth
Eczema outbreaks are caused by an overreaction of your skin’s immune system to environmental and emotional triggers, such as temperature, chemicals, dust, mold or stress. While there is currently no cure, eczema sufferers can practice self-care at home to help reduce flare-ups. Lifestyle adjustments are the best line of defense in controlling all types of eczema. Goals of treatment include reducing inflammation, decreasing risk of infection and alleviating the itch. To minimize symptoms and outbreaks:
- Moisturize every day to prevent dryness and cracking.
- Limit contact with irritants, such as soaps, clothing, jewelry, foods and detergents.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperatures as overheating and sweating are common triggers of flare-ups.
- Reduce stress and anxiety.
- Minimize exposure to mold, pollens and animal dander.
- Opt for cotton, loose-fitting clothes and avoid wool and other rough materials.
Treatment for eczema begins with a proper diagnosis from your dermatologist. If you are diagnosed with eczema, your dermatologist can explain your type of eczema and can work with you to tailor a treatment plan that meets your individual needs to effectively manage the symptoms.
If you have a wart find out how they happen and what your options are for treating it.
Warts are completely benign growths that when they appear won’t often cause children or adults much of an issue. However, there are some instances in which warts can be in rather embarrassing or uncomfortable spots. In this case, our doctor, Dr. Awa Igbinadolor in Monroe, NC, has options for treating your wart or warts. Find out more about warts and what your treatment options are.
Warts will often just go away on their own, but it takes times. In fact, it can take several years for a wart to go away, so if you are finding your wart unattractive or uncomfortable you do have other ways to get rid of it more quickly.
You can head to your local drugstore and check out the different wart products available to you. Sometimes they have options that are similar to what you will get from your skin doctor except they aren’t always as fast acting. After all, your dermatologist has received extensive training to be able to use products safely and effectively. The medications used won’t be as strong if you find them over-the-counter, but they may still do the trick.
Seeing Your Doctor
If the wart is constantly irritated or if your child has one on their face this warrants a trip to visit our dermatologist for treatment. Don’t try to treat these warts at home, as this could just irritate your skin and make things worse. If you have diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, you’ll also want to visit us right away so that we can provide you with the proper wart treatment.
There are a few different ways that we treat warts including:
- Cryotherapy: Freezing the wart is a popular treatment and one that works well. It’s relatively painless and only takes a few minutes to complete.
- Medication: We may prescribe certain medications that contain ingredients like retinoid, which help remove layers of the skin to shed the wart.
- Chemical peels: There are some types of chemical peels that can help kill and safely remove the wart. Common chemical peels include ones that contain glycolic acid or tretinoin.
- Surgery: In some instances, we will perform laser surgery or use a scalpel to remove the wart.
If you are dealing with painful or unsightly warts then it’s time you reached out to your doctor, Dr. Awa Igbinadolor in Monroe, NC, to find out what to do. Not everyone wants to wait for a wart to go away on its own. Find out what treatment is the best one for you.