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By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
February 09, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Lupus  
LupusLupus is an autoimmune disorder that leads to widespread inflammation and pain. Lupus can affect multiple systems and organs in the body, but the skin tends to be one of the most common organs affected by this chronic disease. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, around two-thirds of people with lupus will experience some kind of lupus-related skin issue. Some people are dealing with cutaneous lupus only, while others are dealing with cutaneous lupus along with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (the most common form of lupus).
 
Skin lupus can produce these skin problems,
 
A butterfly rash: This “malar” rash is a classic symptom of lupus. This purplish-red rash spreads over the bridge of the nose to the cheeks and looks similar in shape to a butterfly. A butterfly rash may look similar to a very bad flush or it may even be scaly, in more severe cases. Some people may mistake this for rosacea.
 
Rashes and sores: It’s also common for lesions and red, inflamed patches of scaly skin to develop with lupus. These rashes and sores are usually found on the face, scalp, ears, or other sun-exposed areas. While these sores typically aren’t painful, they can cause scarring (especially if they develop on the scalp). This is why it’s important to see a dermatologist if you are dealing with a recurring or persistent rash or sore.
 
Subacute cutaneous lesions: These small, scaly papules are caused by UV light. Unlike discoid lesions, which can cause scarring, subacute cutaneous lesions will not scar. These lesions are typically red and circular and develop on areas of the skin most often exposed to the sun.
 
Other symptoms associated with lupus include,
  • Sores in the mouth and nose (mucous membrane sores)
  • Hair loss, sometimes caused by discoid lesions
  • Purple spots (due to broken blood vessels) on the legs
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with cutaneous lupus or SLE, or you are experiencing a butterfly rash or other symptoms of lupus, you must visit your dermatologist as soon as possible for an evaluation. A dermatologist can easily identify lupus and provide you with solutions to help you get symptoms under control.
By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
January 22, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Psoriasis  

Follow this advice to reduce the number of psoriasis flare-ups you experience during the year.

If you have been diagnosed with psoriasis, then you know just how important it is to be able to keep flare-ups at bay. While you must follow any tips and advice provided by our Peoria, AZ, dermatologist Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey, we also understand that there is a lot you can do to keep your psoriasis flare-ups under control. Here are some helpful tips for managing your psoriasis,

Keep Skin From Drying Out

It’s incredibly important that you moisturize your skin every day. This is by far one of the simplest ways to reduce psoriasis-related irritation, dryness, itching, and redness. Living in Peoria, AZ, with psoriasis can be tricky, especially during the warmer months. You must find a thick, fragrance-free moisturizer. You should also,

  • Use a humidifier in your home
  • Avoid taking hot showers or baths
  • Apply moisturizer to your body and face immediately after showering or bathing to lock in moisture

Manage Stress

If you have psoriasis, then chances are good that you know how much stress can trigger your symptoms. If you find that stress is a primary trigger for psoriasis flare-ups, then you will want to focus your attention on ways to reduce stress. Studies have shown that regular meditation practices can be beneficial for those with psoriasis. Of course, you may find other outlets such as yoga, Pilates, journaling, or deep breathing to be more effective for managing stress.

Get Moving

You may be surprised to hear that exercise might actually reduce the number of flare-ups you experience throughout the year. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity every day at least five days a week. In fact, one study found that vigorous exercise such as running reduces inflammation in our bodies that can also reduce your risk for psoriasis and lessen the chances for an outbreak in those who already have psoriasis.

Eat a Mediterranean-Style Diet

Inflammation in our bodies can contribute to psoriasis flare-ups, so you’ll want to eat a diet that is rich in anti-inflammatories. This means, removing dairy, gluten, sugar, and alcohol, which can increase inflammation. Your diet should consist of olive oil, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, seafood, and lean sources of protein, and fruits and vegetables.

If you are dealing with severe psoriasis flare-ups that don’t seem to be responding to your current treatment plan, or if you have concerns about your psoriasis symptoms, turn to our Peoria, AZ, dermatologist for answers. Call Advanced Desert Dermatology today at (623) 977-6700 to schedule an evaluation.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
January 11, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Molluscum ContagiosumMolluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that most commonly affects children under 10 years old, that causes hard, raised red bumps known as papules to develop on the skin. These papules usually develop in clusters on the armpits, groins, or back of the knees, but can develop just about anywhere on the body. If you suspect that your child might have molluscum contagiosum here’s what you should know,

How is molluscum contagiosum contracted?

You may be wondering how your child contracted this poxvirus. There are several ways to transmit this viral infection: skin-to-skin contact, sharing items such as towels or clothes, sexual transmission (in adults), and scratching your own lesions (this can lead to further spreading of the papules).

It can take anywhere from two weeks to six months to develop symptoms after exposure. Once a child or person has molluscum contagiosum they typically aren’t infected again in the future.

How is this condition diagnosed?

If you notice any bumps on your child that persist for days, you must consult your dermatologist to find out what’s going on. A simple dermatoscopy (a painless, non-invasive procedure that allows your dermatologist to examine a skin lesion or growth) can determine whether the papule is due to molluscum contagiosum. If MC is not suspected, your dermatologist may biopsy the bump for further evaluation.

How is molluscum contagiosum treated?

Since this is the result of a viral infection, antibiotics will not be an effective treatment option. In fact, the body simply needs time to fight the virus. Your dermatologist may just tell you to wait until the infection runs its course and clears up on its own.

If the papules are widespread and affecting your teen’s appearance and self-esteem, then you may wish to talk with a dermatologist about ways to get rid of the spots. Cryotherapy or certain creams may be recommended to treat and get rid of these spots.

If you are living with others, it’s important to avoid sharing any clothing or towels with the infected child or person. Make sure that your child does not scratch the bumps, which can lead to further spreading of the infection.

If your child is dealing with a rash, raised bumps, or any skin problems and you’re not sure what’s going on, it’s best to talk with a qualified dermatologist who can easily diagnose the issue and provide you with effective solutions for how to treat it.
By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
December 07, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Impetigo  
What Is ImpetigoFind out more about this common childhood bacterial skin infection and how to treat it.

Most people don’t know what impetigo is. Maybe you haven’t even heard of it. This contagious bacterial skin infection is most often seen in babies and children; however, adults can catch this infection, too. Dermatologists often see a rise in impetigo cases during the summer. How does impetigo even happen in the first place?

Well, our skin is home to millions of bacteria. Most of them are actually good bacteria that help you stay healthy; however, bad bacteria can develop on the skin too. If these bad bacteria can get into a wound or opening in the skin, this can cause impetigo.

What are the symptoms?

Impetigo causes red bumps mostly on the arms, legs, and face. These bumps will eventually turn into blisters that will crust over. The skin under and around the blisters may look raw. At first, you may only notice one or two spots; however, the condition will continue to spread. Bumps may itch or also be tender.

Who is at risk for impetigo?

As we said, we often see this condition in children and infants; however, certain factors can also put adults at risk. You may be more at risk for impetigo if you have been diagnosed with,
  • Scabies
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Liver conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema or dermatitis
What should I expect when I come into the office?

Since many skin conditions cause painful blisters to form it’s important to see a dermatologist right away for a proper diagnosis. When you come into the office, our skin doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history to help rule out what conditions it could be. A physical examination performed by a qualified dermatologist is often all that’s needed to make a diagnosis; however, we may collect fluid from the blister to look for the presence of bacteria.

How do you treat impetigo?

It’s important to see a doctor for treatment because impetigo will require antibiotics. Depending on the severity of the blisters, your dermatologist may simply prescribe an antibiotic cream, while those with more widely affected areas or more severe symptoms may require oral antibiotics. Once you start taking the medication you should recover within a week.

If you or your little one is dealing with symptoms of impetigo you must see a dermatology professional right away for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
November 25, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

How your dermatologist in Peoria, Arizona can help you have clear skin.

Acne is not very attractive, and it can also be painful. If you suffer from acne, you already know how it can affect your self-esteem and self-confidence. Fortunately, your dermatologist can help eliminate your acne, so you can show off clear skin. Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, Arizona offers a full line of skincare treatments, including acne solutions to help you enjoy clear skin.

Acne can take on many different forms including blackheads, whiteheads, and large, painful cysts. It’s caused by oils, dead skin cells, and bacteria filling up and clogging your pores. Stress, diet, environmental conditions, and other factors can also cause acne breakouts.

You can do a lot to prevent acne breakouts, including:

  • Washing your face in the morning and before bed, using a mild skin cleanser
  • Trying to avoid touching your face
  • Wearing non-comedogenic makeup products that won’t cause clogged pores
  • Drinking lots of water to flush out toxins

You may be able to treat mild acne with over-the-counter products. Products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are good choices. For stubborn, moderate to severe acne, you should visit Dr. Mackey. He may recommend:

  • Oral or topical antibiotics to treat any underlying bacterial infection
  • Benzoyl peroxide products to clear out blocked pores
  • Tretinoin medication to unblock clogged pores
  • Extraction treatment using a tool to remove the blemish completely

Acne can also leave behind unattractive scars. If you suffer from acne scarring, don’t worry. Dr. Mackey can help with that too by offering several effective treatments to minimize the appearance of acne scarring. He may recommend:

  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Chemical peels
  • Dermal fillers
  • Prescription skincare products

You can get control of your acne, and your dermatologist can help. To find out more about acne treatments, acne scarring treatments, and other medical and aesthetic dermatology services, call Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, Arizona at 623-977-6700. Call now!





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