Common Conditions We Treat
We care for rare and complex dermatologic diseases, as well as common conditions affecting the hair, skin and nails. Some common conditions we see often include:
Acne usually starts in the early teens with plugged pores on the central face. As the condition progresses pimples and larger cystic nodules can develop over the face, back and chest.
A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Many rashes are itchy, red, painful, and irritated. Rashes are a symptom of many different medical problems.
Moles are a common type of skin growth. They often appear as small, dark brown spots and are caused by clusters of pigmented cells. Some moles can be a sign of other more serious conditions.
Psoriasis causes red, scaly patches on the scalp, torso, and extremities in approximately 3% of the population. 30% of patients with psoriasis have a positive family history and 10-20% have co-existent psoriatic arthritis.
Rosacea occurs in adults and starts as “easy blushing” or persistent facial redness. As the disease progresses, pimples develop over the nose and central face. In severe untreated case disfiguring nasal enlargement, the so-called W.C. Field’s nose or rhinophyma, can develop.
Approximately 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The principal risk for skin cancer is life long over exposure to the sun. Regular skin examination by a board-certified dermatologist allows recognition of skin cancers when they are small and easily cured by a minor surgical excision.
A typical skin exam usually only takes 20 minutes, and most people don't need them more than once a year. If it's your first visit, it will take a bit longer, as your doctor likely will talk about skin cancer risk factors and ask about your medical history. Your doctor also will discuss about when you need another skin exam, based on your personal history and the results of this skin exam.