Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology
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Common Skin Conditions in the Elderly

As we age, our skin ages right along with us. However, like most things with the body, the skin is more prone to problems among the elderly than it is among the youth. Some skin problems , such as wrinkles, laugh lines, and dry skin, are normal and can be helped with some relatively simple tricks from your dermatologist. Other problems, such as skin cancer, are much more serious and require specialized medical services from a qualified dermatologist.

Itchy or Dry Skin—Skin that feels dried out or constantly itches is a very common complaint among the elderly. This skin problem is usually simply due to the aging process and the loss of oil glands that accompanies it. With less oil production, the skin is no longer able to adequately moisturize itself, and may need specialized skincare products for the nourishment it needs. Dry or itchy skin is also commonly associated with other health problems common in the elderly, such as diabetes or problems with the liver or kidneys.

Skin Cancer—The more sun exposure the skin has, the more likely it is to develop cancer, so it's not surprising that people who have been alive longer have a greater risk of skin cancer. Unfortunately, age spots are also common, so many elderly people ignore changes in the skin that could indicate cancer by dismissing them as age spots. You should be examined by a dermatologist whenever you notice strange changes on the skin.

Bedsores—Decreased mobility often forces the elderly to lie in the same position for long periods of time. This constant pressure from body weight, combined with a natural decline in circulatory function, makes the skin vulnerable to the painful ulcers known as bed sores.

At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we provide compassionate skin and medical care for all of our patients, including the elderly. From skin cancer treatment to premium skincare products, we can help you stay comfortable in your own skin. Visit our website to learn more about our practice and medical services in the Salt Lake City area, or call (801) 657-3779 for an appointment.

Understanding Common Eczema Triggers


Eczema is a chronic skin condition characterized by outbreaks of red, itchy patches of skin. There is no cure for eczema, but with the help of your dermatologist, your symptoms can be controlled. One of the most important parts of any sufferer’s treatment plan is to identify what triggers his or her outbreaks so that those offenders can be avoided. You will need to keep track of your outbreaks to identify your personal triggers, but there are some things that frequently inflame eczema symptoms in many patients. Continue reading to find out more about them.

Cold Temperatures

Extreme cold dries skin, which is always bad news for people with eczema. When temperatures dip, you should avoid spending more time outside in the elements than you have to. Upgrade your moisturizer to an ointment to give your skin extra protection. Consider using a humidifier in your home to keep the air from being too dry. A good target level for indoor humidity for eczema sufferers is 45 to 55 percent.

Clothing Fabrics

If you have eczema, check the tags before you buy new clothes. Wool and synthetic fibers can be irritating to the skin and lead to eczema flare-ups. Instead, choose cotton clothing, which is less likely to trigger your eczema. Always opt for loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t rub your skin, and cut out the tags. Before wearing new clothes, wash them to remove irritating residues that could be left on the surface.


Stress causes eczema outbreaks in many people. Although it’s impossible to completely avoid stress, you can change the way you handle it. Try stress management techniques like meditation, yoga, walking, or just giving a friend a call. Controlling your stress may help minimize your eczema flare-ups.

If you have eczema, work with your Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology doctor to identify your triggers and control your symptoms. Our dermatologists provide a variety of skin care treatments for conditions ranging from acne to skin cancer. Find out how we can help you manage your skin complaints by calling our Salt Lake City office at (801) 266-8841.  

Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist about Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis skin

Many people with scalp psoriasis are uncomfortable about the thick, red patches of skin on their heads, but they don’t simply have to accept the condition. Your dermatologist can help you control your scalp psoriasis and restore your confidence. To take the first step towards treatment, make an appointment with your dermatologist and ask these questions about your condition.

What Are the Symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis?

People with scalp psoriasis have red, inflamed patches of skin on the scalp that may be very thick. Some people only have a single patch, while others have psoriasis that covers the entire head and creeps out along the scalp line and behind the ears. Other symptoms of scalp psoriasis include flakes that look like dandruff, dry and itchy scalp, and a burning sensation. It’s tempting to scratch the scalp when you have psoriasis, but this can lead to bleeding and temporary hair loss. Your dermatologist can determine if your particular symptoms indicate that you have scalp psoriasis.

What Causes Scalp Psoriasis?

Like all kinds of psoriasis, scalp psoriasis is caused by a fault in the immune system that causes skin cells to grow faster than normal. These skin cells build up on the surface of the skin to create the telltale patches of psoriasis. If you have any form of psoriasis, you are at risk of developing the condition on your scalp. At least half of people who suffer from plaque psoriasis will experience at least one outbreak of the condition on the scalp.

What Are My Treatment Options?

There are a number of different treatments your dermatologist can use to control your scalp psoriasis. Topical medications and medicated shampoos help for some patients, as can scale softeners. Other patients benefit from injections and light therapy. Your dermatologist may also prescribe biologics or other medications that work throughout your body.

Your Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology doctor can help you manage psoriasis symptoms wherever they occur. Our Salt Lake City office provides treatment for medical dermatology conditions as well as cosmetic skincare services. Make your appointment today by calling (801) 266-8841.

Treatment Options for Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is characterized by large, red, painful cysts on the face and upper body. This type of acne doesn’t respond to topical treatments because the cysts are too deep under the skin. However, the good news for sufferers is that other treatments are available. This video explains more.

Cystic acne is usually treated by using oral antibiotics. A course lasting two or three weeks that is gradually tapered off is effective for most patients. In severe cases, Accutane can be helpful. Women may also get symptom relief by taking birth control pills.

If you have cystic acne, make an appointment with Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology for evaluation and treatment. Our Salt Lake City dermatologists offer both general and cosmetic dermatology services. Schedule your appointment by calling (801) 266-8841. 

Spotlight on Viral Skin Infections

Young man with cold sore

Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can all cause skin infections. Usually, with early treatment, your dermatologist can get these conditions under control without permanent skin scarring. If you experience the symptoms of any of these viral skin infections, call your dermatologist right away so diagnosis and appropriate treatment can begin.

Cold Sores

Cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex I virus, usually appear around the mouth. They look like red blisters and are usually accompanied by tingling or a burning sensation. Cold sores often appear repeatedly in the same locations because the virus lives in the nerves and travels to the skin along the same pathway each time. Although your body can typically fight off the virus, your defenses may be weakened by stress or illness, allowing the cold sores to appear. If your dermatologist starts treatment within 24 to 48 hours of symptoms appearing, cold sores are usually easy to control.

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus that is part of the pox family of viruses. While it can occur in patients of any age, it’s most common in children and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include raised papules that may be itchy. They are most common on the face, trunk, and limbs in kids and the genitals, inner thighs, and abdomens of adults. Molluscum contagiosum is passed through direct contact. Symptoms can persist for months or even years. Your dermatologist can scrape or freeze painful lesions to help relieve your symptoms, but there is no specific treatment.


Shingles, caused by the herpes zoster virus, occurs in people who have had chickenpox. After chickenpox, the virus stays dormant in the body until it is reactivated by trauma, illness, or medication. Shingles starts as a burning sensation and then is characterized by painful red blisters. Pain from shingles can continue long after the blisters are gone. Your dermatologist can treat shingles with an antiviral medication and topical creams for pain.

Are you concerned about symptoms you’re experiencing with your skin? Schedule a consultation with Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our Salt Lake City dermatologists offer treatment for a range of skin conditions. Learn more by calling (801) 266-8841.

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