Posts for: September, 2015
Like adults, kids can be affected by many different skin conditions. Often appearing as an unusual rash or growth on the skin, these conditions are rarely serious and actually very common during childhood as kids are constantly exposed to a variety of illnesses.
Common childhood skin rashes include ringworm, chicken pox, eczema and diaper rashes. By learning how to recognize these common skin conditions, parents can help identify the cause of their child’s skin irritation, and then determine the best course of action, which may include a visit to the child’s pediatrician or dermatologist who can prescribe the appropriate treatments.
Common childhood rashes include:
Ringworm is a skin infection that appears as a ring-shaped lesion. The fungus that causes ringworm is highly contagious and is commonly passed by direct contact. Household pets can also carry the fungus and pass it to the child. Ringworm is very preventable and in the majority of cases very easy to treat.
Chicken pox appears as a red, itchy, blister-like rash that can affect all areas of the body. The highly contagious illness is very common in kids—especially those under the age of 12—and is often accompanied by flu-like symptoms and a fever. In many cases the rash goes away without treatment. Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). The AAP recommends a first dose of the chickenpox vaccine at 12 to 15 months of age for all healthy young children who have never had the disease. A second dose is recommended at 4-6 years of age.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, refers to a number of different skin conditions in which the skin is red and irritated. Eczema can either be a short-lived temporary reaction to something in the child's environment, or it can be a chronic condition lasting for years. Most children diagnosed with eczema have a family history of the condition or other allergies. The majority of babies who have it will outgrow it. While there are many treatments available for managing eczema, there currently is not a cure.
Roseola is one of the most common causes of rash and fever in infants and young children. The viral illness begins with a sudden, high fever that lasts for several days with no other symptoms. Once the fever breaks—usually abruptly—the infant develops a distinctive rash, which often appears and spreads as red spots and bumps. In most cases roseola does not require professional treatment, but high fevers should always be monitored closely.
When to Visit Your Dermatologist
Whenever your child’s rash lasts for several weeks, becomes worse or does not respond to home treatment, contact your pediatrician or a trained dermatologist. Dermatologists are experts in treating all childhood skin conditions from infancy through the adolescent years. After evaluating a child's skin and determining the cause, your dermatologist will provide both education and an appropriate treatment plan for your child's skin condition.
Find out more about one of the most commonly diagnosed skin cancers.
While you’ve probably heard about melanoma, a life-threatening form of skin cancer, it isn’t the only form of skin cancer out there. In fact, basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly occurring skin cancer. In 2010, about 2.8 million cases of basal cell carcinoma were diagnosed in the US alone and these rates are only expected to climb from there. Discover the warning signs that might just mean a trip to see your Peoria, AZ dermatologists Dr. Vernon Mackey and Dr. Chan.
What is basal cell carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is an abnormal growth or lesion that manifests itself from the skin’s basal cells, which are found in the deepest layers of the epidermis. This type of skin cancer may appear as an open sore, shiny bump or even scar so it’s important to examine your skin often so you can pinpoint sudden changes and new growths.
Am I at risk for basal cell carcinoma?
One of the major causes of BCC is long-term exposure to the sun over your lifetime. Anyone who has spent a lot of time out in the sun or has been sunburned is at risk. Those with fair skin and light eyes are at a higher risk. BCC may also be inherited, and those who’ve had BCC in the past are also at risk of developing this skin cancer again in the future. That’s why following through with routine exams from your Peoria, AZ dermatologists are crucial.
What are the symptoms of this specific type of skin cancer?
Since BCC can manifest itself in different ways it’s important to always be on the lookout for these warning signs:
- An open sore that crusts over, bleeds or oozes. These sores are persistent and non-healing.
- A red patch often found on the arms, legs, shoulders, chest and face. The patch may become crusty, irritated or itchy. But it doesn’t always cause issues.
- A shiny bump that is either clear, pink, red or white (but it can be dark, as well). Those with dark hair may confuse these bumps for moles.
- A pink growth that has an elevated border and a crusty indented center. Tiny blood vessels may also appear on the surface.
- A scar-like patch with uneven borders. The skin will often appear tight and shiny.
It’s important that if you notice any changes to your skin that you come into our office for a proper diagnoses. Skin cancer is nothing to ignore, but when your Peoria, AZ dermatologist can diagnose your condition early it’s easier to treat. Call Advanced Desert Dermatology to schedule your next screening or appointment.
As you age, your skin loses collagen—a protein that helps make up the lower layer of the skin. As a result, the skin loses its firmness, appearing less plump and becoming more prone to wrinkles.
The good news is that there are many cosmetic procedures available today that can be performed by your dermatologist to minimize fine lines and signs of aging. One popular treatment involves injecting cosmetic fillers into the face. Also known as dermal fillers, this type of cosmetic treatment helps to restore volume to the face by physically filling wrinkles and depressions in the skin.
By injecting small amounts of filler substances, such as Restylane® or Juvederm® into affected areas of the skin, crows feet, smile lines, and wrinkles disappear to produce a smoother more youthful appearance. The procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform, and the results of the treatment can last several months depending on the filler used and the area treated.
The benefits of dermal fillers are visible immediately after your procedure, and most treatments require very little to almost no recovery time.
Seek an Experienced Dermatologist
Injectable fillers are a popular choice for someone looking to restore their youthful appearance without undergoing surgery or extensive anti-aging treatments.
If you’re considering dermal fillers—or any type of wrinkle treatment—it is important that you choose an experienced dermatologist to perform the procedure. Not all fillers are created equal, so consult with your dermatologist to discuss the different types of fillers available and which areas of your skin would benefit the most.