Posts for: August, 2020
Dealing with dry skin? Here’s what might be to blame:
About 75 percent of people are living in a chronic state of dehydration. So, chances are that if you are dealing with dry skin you should closely evaluate how much water you’re drinking every day. If you’re not drinking enough water, this is an easy fix. You should be getting anywhere from 11-16 cups a day, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.
You are Washing too Much
Be aware of over washing. Yes, that is a thing, and it’s one of the main reasons people end up dealing with tight and overly dry skin. That’s because our skin contains oils that help keep it moisturized. When you wash too often (or too aggressively) you strip the skin of its natural oils. Look for oil-based cleansers if you are dealing with dry skin and maybe only wash your face at night right before bed.
You are Dealing with a Skin Condition
Sometimes dry skin is a sign of a skin disorder, more commonly eczema and psoriasis. However, other health problems may also make someone prone to dry skin such as diabetes or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). In this case, it’s important to treat the underlying problem. This is where having a dermatologist will come in handy, especially if you are dealing with eczema or other chronic skin problems.
There is nothing like cold, dry air to make dry skin worse. If you are already prone to dry skin, you must be protecting your skin from further problems during the winter months. One way to do that is to wear gloves and to protect your face. Harsh winds and cold weather can easily cause cracks in the skin, which can bleed or even result in an infection. Protect your skin during the winter and perhaps give your skin a little extra TLC by using more intensive moisturizers and cleansers.
If dry skin is causing your discomfort or if you are feeling self-conscious about your dry, scaly skin, then it’s time to talk with your dermatologist about what’s going on and how to best get it under control.
Many people have experienced a rash characterized by dry, itchy, or blotchy skin at one time or another. But did you know that rashes also appear as blotches, welts or blisters, depending on the cause? Skin rashes may stem from anything from heat to allergic reactions to immune system disorders to infections or the side effects of certain medications. If you have a rash and aren’t sure how to treat it, you should call the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL.
While this is not an exhaustive list, some of the most common types of rashes include:
Eczema: Itchy patches of skin that are rough, red, and leathery and that may ooze or flake. This type of rash most often appears on the hands, feet, ankles neck, upper body, or limbs.
Pityriasis rosea: This rash usually looks like an itchy, scaly patch on your chest, abdomen, or back. As it spreads, additional patches pop up and may eventually create a pattern resembling a Christmas tree on your back.
Contact Dermatitis: Some cleaning products or industrial chemicals can cause a dry, scaly rash that is not itchy. Meanwhile, exposure to allergens such as latex, rubber, nickel, or poison ivy can sometimes trigger an extremely itchy rash that may be red and include bumps or blisters. If you aren’t sure what is causing your contact dermatitis, the specialists at the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL can help!
Rosacea: Redness on your face, which may be accompanied by red or puss-filled bumps, could be rosacea, a chronic skin condition that can affect adults.
Shingles: Before a shingles rash, a section of your skin usually feels itchy or painful for no apparent reason. Then the rash appears as red blisters, revealing the cause.
Ringworm: A ring-shaped rash that is raised, itchy, red, and scaly could result from a fungal infection called ringworm. Over time, the ring expands.
Psoriasis: If you have rough skin and a sudden outbreak of thick, silvery scales and red patches that itch and cause pain, you may have psoriasis. This condition is caused by extra skin cells.
Heat rash: A heat rash can either appear as clusters of small, red, stinging bumps or as clear blisters that are not accompanied by any other symptoms.
Drug rash: Drug rashes can appear within the first few days of taking a new medication. These rashes are red spots that potentially can spread and merge. Rarely, these rashes are accompanied by a life-threatening allergic reaction that affects the respiratory system and other organs.
While many of these rash-inducing conditions may go away with over-the-counter medications or no treatments at all, some will return or could pose serious health risks. If you have a rash that you aren’t sure how to treat, call the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL at 954-526-3310 and make an appointment with one of our doctors.
Be able to spot the warning signs of a ringworm rash.
You notice a circular rash appear on your body and you may be wondering, is it ringworm? Ringworm is rather common, and despite its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm. It’s a fungal infection that can lead to a rather unpleasant rash.
While we can give you helpful hints for how to distinguish a ringworm rash from other types of rashes if, in doubt, it’s a good idea to see one of our Fort Lauderdale FL dermatologists for an evaluation since circular rashes can also be a sign of other more serious conditions such as Lyme disease. Schedule an appointment at Skin Center today.
What does ringworm look like?
Ringworm is in the same family with jock itch and athlete’s foot, but instead of developing between the toes or in the groin, ringworm develops elsewhere on the body. You may have caught this infection from another infected person or an animal. You may be dealing with ringworm if you are developing:
- A circular, scaly, red rash that is itchy
- Several little red bumps surrounded by a red ring
- A red raised ring that may grow larger around the infection
- Several overlapping rings
Symptoms are often minor at first and then will continue to grow larger, sometimes with multiple rings appearing.
How can I treat ringworm?
Ringworm is treated with topical antifungal medication, which you can find at your local drugstore without a prescription. If ringworm develops on the scalp or nails, or symptoms are severe, then you may need to see your Fort Lauderdale FL skin doctor for a prescription-strength topical or oral antifungal.
While taking the over-the-counter antifungal, it’s also important that you are practicing good habits to prevent the infection from returning. Some tips include:
- Washing towels, clothes, and bedding every day to prevent re-infection
- Do not bandage the rash, let it breathe; covering it up could impede healing
- Immediately getting out of wet clothes, socks, and shoes
- If ringworm develops on the scalp, use an antifungal shampoo
If symptoms persist for weeks on end or aren’t responding to home care, then it’s time to see a dermatologist.
If you are noticing a new or worsening rash, it’s never a bad idea to see a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment. Call the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL at (954) 526-3310 to schedule an evaluation.
You may have noticed a recurring rash on your child's skin and wondered if it's eczema. Below are some signs to look out for, but your first call should be to your doctors of the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL.
What to Look For?
Atopic dermatitis, as it's otherwise known, is most common in young children and occurs similarly as an allergic reaction.
Eczema's most common symptoms are redness and swelling of the skin, accompanied by severe itchiness. Only your doctor can diagnose it, so it's important to schedule an appointment. They will conduct blood and skin tests to rule out any other type of allergic reaction.
It's especially critical to contact your physician in Fort Lauderdale FL if symptoms worsen. If you notice an infection, or if your child has a fever.
What You Can Do?
Treatment will focus on lessening the itchiness and inflammation caused by eczema and preventing possible infections, as well as reducing the impact of flare-ups.
It may be impossible to keep your child from ever scratching, but a simple first step is keeping their fingernails short to stop them from worsening their condition.
Warm baths, moisturizers, and soft cool clothing are also recommended. But avoid certain soaps that may trigger a reaction. Consult your doctor for recommendations.
You should try to limit their exposure to other triggers such as dust mites and pet dander. Some foods can also worsen flare-ups, such as eggs. Your physician will advise you on your child's specific case.
They will also further advise you on over-the-counter medication and may prescribe topical treatments.
Treatment for Eczema in Fort Lauderdale FL
Eczema is not a curable malady but it is very much treatable. It usually improves as your child gets older but may return in puberty.
Make an appointment today with the specialists at the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL by dialing (954) 526-3310.
Want to get a radiant, glowing smile? Then you may want to consider getting a HydraFacial in Fort Lauderdale.
Do you work hard to keep your skin looking and feeling its best? We all want to sport beautiful, healthy skin that doesn’t give away our age. Our Fort Lauderdale dermatologists offer a unique treatment known as a HydraFacial. It doesn’t just give you radiant skin but also targets and reduces the appearance of common imperfections. Here’s what you should know about getting a HydraFacial at Skin Center.
What is HydraFacial?
This super-duper facial is a little different than other types of facials because it provides the skin with cleansing, exfoliation, and extractions all while infusing the skin with rich antioxidants. It’s like combining the benefits of two or three different types of facials in one. While the wand pulls dirt and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin it’s also enriching the skin with powerful nutrients and antioxidants.
Plus, it also offers comparable results to other cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion without having to go through the same intensive procedures or recovery period. This means that this facial alone can keep skin looking firm and smooth, improve tone and texture, while also reducing the appearance of:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Hyperpigmentation and age spots
- Enlarged pores
It’s also safe to use on any skin types, so no matter what personal issues you’ve been battling with your skin, a HydraFacial in Fort Lauderdale may provide you with the perfect solution.
What are the benefits of a HydraFacial?
One of the reasons so many people are getting a HydraFacial here in Fort Lauderdale is that it provides amazing results that you often don’t see unless you get a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. A HydraFacial is simple and painless, taking about 30 minutes. Plus, unlike other cosmetic treatments, there is no downtime after getting a HydraFacial; you can go back to your normal activities immediately after.
Plus, the HydraFacial is fully customizable based on your needs. During your consultation, we will discuss what issues you would like to tackle. For some patients, they may be looking to improve moisture and smoothness while others may be looking to get a HydraFacial for the anti-aging benefits. We will work with you to tackle your unique skin concerns to make sure you get amazing results.
Skin Center is a full-service dermatology practice here in Fort Lauderdale FL that can provide you with everything from HydraFacials to skin cancer screenings. To schedule a HydraFacial with us, please call (954) 526-3310.