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By Skin Center
July 12, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Poison Ivy  

Have you heard of Toxicodendron radicans? No? Well, you have likely heard of their colloquial name—poison ivy. Sporting leaves filled with Urushiol, an oily resin that can cause a painful rash when in contact with human skin, poison ivy can cause a number of painfully uncomfortable symptoms. 

Read on to learn the symptoms of poison ivy exposure, how to treat its symptoms, and whether those symptoms warrant a trip to your local dermatologist.

Rash Symptoms

Poison ivy rashes often show up right after exposure to the plant leaves, although they do sometimes spring up a couple days afterward, as well. Symptoms of the rash include:

  • Red streaks and patches on the skin
  • The emergence of hives, blisters, and red bumps
  • General swelling
  • Acute itching

Treatment Options

Once you have discovered the rash, there are some initial steps that you can take to relieve your symptoms. These include:

  • Immediately run cool water over your skin at the first sight of rash
  • Use over-the-counter cortisone and calamine creams to relieve itching
  • Take an oral antihistamine (e.g. Benadry) to reduce itching and inflammation

After 1 to 3 weeks, the rash should dissipate on its own, without the requirement for medical care. However, there are some scenarios in which you should seek out the attention of your local dermatologist. For instance, call a doctor if you experience:

  • Pus emitting from the rash
  • A general spreading of the rash
  • A failure of the rash to clear up after a couple weeks

In other scenarios, emergency care may prove necessary. Call 911 if you experience:

  • Trouble breathing or a swelling of the throat
  • Extreme swelling, especially around the eyes
  • A spreading of the rash to the mouth, eyes, or genitals

Concerned? Give Call Your Local Dermatologist

Are you experiencing overly distressing symptoms of poison ivy exposure or a rash that just won’t go away? If so, contact your dermatologist and find relief. 

By Skin Center
June 27, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Warts  

Warts are small, harmless growths that develop on the skin. You may notice only one or they may grow in clusters. While they are usually painless, sometimes they can develop in places like the soles of the feet (known as plantar warts), which can be uncomfortable. Common warts often appear on the hands and arms while flat warts develop on the face and forehead. Plantar warts are typically found on the soles of the feet. Apart from developing these skin-colored growths, there usually aren’t any other symptoms associated with this condition.

What causes warts?

Warts are caused by an infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 strains of HPV that can develop in different areas of the body, from the mouth and skin to the genital region. The type of HPV that causes warts on the hands, feet, or rest of the body isn’t the same type that causes genital warts.

How do I treat warts?

Warts usually go away on their own once the body fights the infection; however, it can take months to years for the wart to go away. Therefore, if you feel embarrassed by the wart or if the wart is in an awkward or uncomfortable place then you may choose to visit a dermatologist to have it removed. If you are a healthy individual you may also consider trying an over-the-counter wart removal option before turning to a dermatologist.

You should see a dermatologist if:

  • Warts are spreading or getting worse
  • Warts aren’t responding to at-home treatment
  • Warts are developing on your face or genitals
  • Warts are painful, bleeding, or itching
  • You have a weakened immune system
  • You have diabetes

When you visit your dermatologist, they will first need to make sure that the growth is a wart. Depending on the type and location of the warts, your skin doctor will talk to you about your treatment options. Common ways to treat warts include,

Salicylic Acid

This topical treatment is often used on warts of the hands, feet or knees, and you will need to apply the topical treatment daily for several weeks. After the solution is applied you will also use a pumice stone to file away the dead outer layer of skin from the wart. The acid treatment will continue to kill the wart layer by layer until it’s completely gone.

Freezing the Wart

This is another common method for removing a wart. Liquid nitrogen is sprayed on the wart to freeze it. This is also referred to as cryotherapy. More than one liquid nitrogen treatment session may be needed in order to completely remove the wart.

Other options for removing a wart include burning, cutting or removing the wart with a laser, and these treatment options are often used on warts that don’t respond to the other treatments above. If you are dealing with warts and want to turn to a dermatologist to have it removed, then call to make your next appointment.

By Skin Center
May 29, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Kybella  

Patients visit Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL for improvement on a range of issues caused by aging including sagging skin, smile lines, and skin discoloration. One problem that some patients report is the dreaded “double chin.” An injectable called Kybella may be a solution. Understand how Kybella works and the benefits of this revolutionary chin treatment, then take time out of your schedule for a skin care consultation.

What Is Kybella?
Kybella is made with an ingredient called deoxycholic acid, which slowly breaks down fat under the skin. When injected, Kybella canHealthy Skin significantly decrease the look of a “double chin,” restoring the neck area to a slimmer and more youthful appearance over the course of several months. A double chin is caused by excess fat that builds up over time, causing the chin to dip lower due to the natural effects of gravity. After Kybella is injected, the fat cells eventually leave the folds of the chin and are eliminated as waste. You may need up to six sessions with your dermatologist to get the best possible results.

The Kybella Procedure
Your Fort Lauderdale, FL skin doctor will examine your chin carefully and outline several injection points. The needle is gently inserted over the course of about 15 minutes as you lie back in your chair, relaxing. You should be able to return to most normal activities after the visit. Additional sessions will be scheduled about a month apart.

Kybella Benefits
One important advantage of Kybella is that once the fat cells go away and you get your chin to look more contoured, you likely won’t have to revisit your skin doctor again for future treatments. Your lower face, neck, and chin will continue to look younger, smoother, and svelte. Also, for many patients having injections is preferable to having a surgical procedure.

Is Kybella Right for You?
The team at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL is eager to help you achieve the better-looking chin that you want. Kybella just might be the right solution for you. Call (954) 500-7546 today to schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist.

By Skin Center
May 28, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Who wouldn't want to stop shaving, plucking or using messy depilatories to remove unwanted body hair? If this describes you, please explore laser hair removal from the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale. Your team of four board-certified dermatologists recommend this state-of-the-art aesthetic skin treatment to patients with healthy skin, giving them the smooth appearance they desire.

Targeting the hair follicles

That's what the Gentle YAG laser system does. Using a highly focused beam of light applied with a small handheld laser, the Gentle YAG de-Laser Hair Removalactivates hair growth from follicles on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, legs, underarms and bikini line. Hair falls out and does not regrow for months. When it does come back, it is lighter, finer, scant and may be retreated as needed.

How it works

After your Fort Lauderdale skin doctor examines you and discusses your aesthetic goals, your medical aesthetician applies a mild numbing cream to your skin. Then, they use the Gentle YAG laser to focus a tiny light beam to the targeted areas. The Gentle YAG system has a built-in cooling system which mitigates the mild heat the laser produces.

Treatments take anywhere from just a few minutes for a small area to an hour for larger areas such as the legs. Patients report a light stinging or snapping sensation as the light is applied. Afterwards, they may feel some mild soreness and see a bit of redness on the skin.

As weeks go on, you will need additional treatments--up to 10--to completely eliminate unwanted hair. Body hair grows cyclically; that's why you'll need additional applications of the Gentle YAG laser.

Your results

Laser hair removal succeeds best with fair-skinned people who struggle with thick, coarse, dark hair. However, patients with darker complexions and/or lighter hair can receive laser treatments, too. Rest assured that your dermatologist will outline a care plan perfect for your age, health, and skin type.

Learn more

Laser hair removal frees you from nuisance hair and all the at-home hygiene routines which take too much time and really don't work well. Why not contact the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale? Come in for a skin consultation, and ask about one of our most popular aesthetic services--laser hair removal. Phone the office team at (954) 500-7546.

By Skin Center
April 16, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Hyperhidrosis  

Why Do I Have Excessive Sweating? 

Do you commonly find that your armpits or feet are drenched with sweat, despite being in mild weather and not being active? If so, you may be one of the 1-3%  of the population that has hyperhidrosis, a disorder that entails having hyperactive sweat glands. Read on to learn the signs of this condition and to find out how your local dermatologist can help you cope with the often-uncomfortable symptoms that define it!

The Two Types of Hyperhidrosis

Before going further into the discussion of hyperhidrosis symptoms, it is important to establish that there are two types of the condition:

  1. Primary Hyperhidrosis: People afflicted this disorder type possess a certain type of gland, termed, “eccrine sweat glands.” These sweat glands will cover the entire body, although they will be especially prevalent on the feet, armpits, face, and palms.

  2. Secondary Hyperhidrosis: While also causing excessive perspiration on the body, this kind of hyperhidrosis is in fact a side effect of another medical condition or medication (hence the “secondary” designation). Conditions that generally cause secondary hyperhidrosis include, fever, anxiety disorder, menopause, and obesity among others.

Possible Treatment Options For Hyperhidrosis

We know how uncomfortable excessive sweating can be, and luckily, there are a number of different treatment options available to those who struggle with hyperhidrosis. Of course, given that each case differs largely from the next, you will need to meet with your local dermatologist to find out which treatment course is best for you!

Some possible treatment options include:

  • Aluminum chloride containing prescription antiperspirant
  • Glycopyrrolate containing prescription creams.
  • Nerve-blocking medications
  • Botulinum injections
  • Antidepressants or anxiety relieving medication (in the case of secondary hyperhidrosis)
  • A number of surgical options (reserved for very serious cases)

Need Relief? Give Us a Call!

We know how uncomfortable it can be to live with hyperhidrosis. If you are looking to relieve your symptoms, give contact your local pediatrician today!