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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.

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.
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
  • 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.
September 24, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Scalp Psoriasis  
Scalp PsoriasisDealing with an itchy, flaky scalp? It could be dandruff or it could be a sign that you’re dealing with a common condition known as scalp psoriasis. Scalp psoriasis isn’t just the result of a dry scalp, it’s an autoimmune disorder. Of course, it’s important to be able to pinpoint the warning signs of scalp psoriasis so that you can turn to a qualified dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.

Is it scalp psoriasis?

Symptoms of scalp psoriasis can range from mild to severe. Mild cases may only cause small patches of flaky skin, while those with more severe symptoms may experience a burning and intensely itchy scalp. If you pull back your hair you may notice scaly patches of skin and/or red bumps. It’s important not to scratch your scalp, as scratching could lead to infection and temporary hair loss.

Since scalp psoriasis shares symptoms with other conditions such as ringworm or dermatitis, you must see a dermatologist to find out what’s causing your scaly, itchy, and dry scalp.

How is scalp psoriasis treated?

While there is no cure for scalp psoriasis, a dermatologist can provide you with medications, as well as recommend certain over-the-counter products that can reduce itchy, dryness, and flaking. Shampoos or topical treatments containing coal tar or salicylic acid may help clear up symptoms.

Since psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, an oral medication that acts on the body as a whole may offer the most effective relief. Oral medications that act on the immune system (e.g. biologics) may be recommended in more severe cases or in cases where scalp psoriasis isn’t responding to topical treatment options.

Your dermatologist may also recommend light therapy, natural remedies (e.g. tea tree oil; aloe vera), and supplements, as well as other alternative treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms.

If you are dealing with a scaly, itchy, and inflamed scalp it could be scalp psoriasis. Schedule an evaluation with a skin care professional today to learn more.
June 08, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: rash  

Rashes can appear suddenly, making you wonder why your skin is suddenly red and itchy. Fortunately, your Peoria, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Mackey, can help diagnose your condition and offer treatments to ease your symptoms.

Common causes of rashes

Your rash may be due to one of these conditions:

  • Contact Dermatitis: Have you recently changed your soap or laundry detergent, or been exposed to harsh chemicals? If so, contact dermatitis may be the cause of your rash. This condition occurs when your skin comes in contact with an allergen or irritant. Consequently, exposure to soap, latex gloves, certain foods, jewelry, skincare products, harsh soaps, or poison ivy can cause it. Washing your hands frequently during the day can also cause contact dermatitis.
  • Eczema: Eczema causes raised bumps that may ooze fluid, itching and red, dry skin.
  • Shingles: Shingles may be the culprit if you have an itchy, painful rash on one side of your body. You may also notice fluid-filled blisters. Before the rash appears, you may experience muscle aches, weakness, fever, or chills.
  • Hives: Often coming in the form of itchy red welts, you may develop hives if you have an allergic reaction to a certain food, medication, or insect bite.
  • Infections: Do you feel unwell? Rashes can sometimes accompany viral, fungal, or bacterial infections.
  • Psoriasis: Psoriasis causes your skin cells to grow too rapidly, causing red, scaly patches of skin that itch, crack, and burn.

When should I see a dermatologist?

If your rash either doesn't start to improve in a few days or is extremely uncomfortable, it's a good idea to call your Peoria skin doctor. Depending on the cause of your rash, topical medications, oral medicines, or other therapies may be recommended to ease itching, redness, and discomfort.

Concerned? Give us a call

Do you have a stubborn or uncomfortable rash? Schedule an appointment with either one of our two Peoria, AZ, offices by dialing (623) 977-6700.