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Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States and affects millions of Americans. There are many types of acne, including neonatal and infantile acne, acne vulgaris and adult female pattern acne. Although most teenagers will experience some degree of acne, acne is also very common in adults and is not necessarily something that you just “outgrow”. Many effective treatments are available, both topical and oral. Treatment should be initiated as early as possible to prevent or minimize permanent scarring and psychological distress.
Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition characterized by flushing and redness of the nose, cheeks and sometimes chin and forehead. Some patients may also develop red or pus-filled bumps that resemble acne, or thickening of the skin of the nose. Rosacea may affect the eyes in some patients, causing dry eye symptoms. Treatment consists of sun protection, avoidance of triggers, and a number of prescription topical medications. Oral medications are sometimes prescribed for more severe cases.
Warts and Molluscum
Common warts, flat warts, plantar warts, and genital warts are common skin growths caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Common warts are frequently seen in both children and adults. Warts are contagious and are spread through direct contact as well as contact with a contaminated object, such as an emery board. Common warts are generally harmless but may be painful or unsightly, and many people desire treatment. Genital warts are sexually transmitted and should be properly worked up and treated. There are many effective treatments for warts, and some warts may require multiple treatments and treatment modalities. Treatment options include cryotherapy, immunotherapy (injections), topically applied salicylic acid, and topical prescription medications.
Molluscum are skin growths caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus and are commonly seen in children. Molluscum is less frequently seen as a sexually transmitted infection in adults. Molluscum are spread through direct contact as well as contact with a contaminated object, such as a towel. They are easily treated, and treatment options include gentle curettage, cryotherapy, and topical prescription medications.
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic relapsing condition characterized by itchy inflamed skin. It is most commonly seen in infants and children and tends to improve with age but can persist or begin during adulthood. Treatment options consist of dry skin care, topical steroids, other topical prescription anti-inflammatory medications and, in severe cases, oral and injectable medications.
There are many causes and different types of rashes, including eczema (atopic dermatitis), contact dermatitis, viral rashes, rashes caused by fungus or bacteria, psoriasis, and inflammatory skin diseases.
Fungal skin infections include yeast infections, dermatophyte infections (ringworm, jock itch, and scalp fungus, as well as foot and toenail fungus), and the more rare deep fungal infections. Treatment depends on the type and location of the fungal infection. Some fungal infections can be effectively treated with topical antifungal creams while others require oral medication. Since many dermatologic conditions may mimic fungal infections, it is important to see a board-certified dermatologist so that the proper diagnosis can be made and appropriate therapy implemented.
Impetigo is the most common bacterial skin infection and is caused by staph or strep bacteria. It is most commonly seen in children but can be seen in any age group. Additionally, there are many other bacteria that can cause skin infections, some of which may be serious or life-threatening. Skin infections should be cultured so that the proper treatment can be given. Treatment for impetigo and other bacterial skin infections includes topical or oral prescription antibiotics. In severe cases, hospitalization and IV antibiotics are necessary.
Common viral rashes include oral and genital herpes, shingles, and childhood viral exanthems. Oral medication can be prescribed to shorten the severity and duration of some viral rashes as well as to reduce potential complications, such as in the case of shingles. Viral culture or other testing may be indicated in certain cases to confirm diagnosis.
There are multiple causes of hair loss, including autoimmune, inflammatory, infectious, and patterned (male and female pattern alopecia). Treatment depends on the cause but may include topical or intralesional steroids, topical minoxidil, antibiotics, and oral medications.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting 2% of the population. It consists of thick red or scaly plaques and commonly involves the elbows, knees, and scalp, but may also involve the nails, hands, feet, and trunk. Joint involvement (psoriatic arthritis) occurs in about 30% of psoriasis patients. There are numerous treatment options available for psoriasis which include topical prescription medications, oral medications, injectable biologics, and light based therapies.