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    Understanding Common Eczema Triggers

    Last updated 1 day 16 hours ago

    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

    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) 657-3779.  

    Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist about Scalp Psoriasis

    Last updated 2 days 18 hours ago

    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) 657-3779.

    Treatment Options for Cystic Acne

    Last updated 16 days ago

    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) 657-3779. 

    Spotlight on Viral Skin Infections

    Last updated 23 days ago

    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

    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) 657-3779.

    What Are the Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women?

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Hair loss is often considered to be a man’s problem, but it is also a common problem among women. For women, losing hair can be particularly devastating, but the good news is that a dermatologist can help. If you’re shedding an excessive amount of hair, make an appointment with your dermatologist to determine the cause and start treatment. Here is a look at some of the common triggers for female hair loss and how your dermatologist can help.

    Telogen Effluvium

    Telogen effluvium usually occurs in response to a period of extreme physical or emotional stress, such pregnancy, surgery, or weight loss. The hair loss usually doesn’t occur simultaneously with the event, but rather between six weeks and three months later. Hair loss usually occurs while shampooing and styling and can be dramatic. It’s not unusual for women with this kind of hair loss to lose handfuls at a time. To diagnose telogen effluvium, your dermatologist will ask about life events and examine some of your lost hairs. Usually, this kind of hair loss slows on its own after your body recovers from the stress it was under.

    Androgenetic Alopecia

    Androgenetic alopecia is hereditary hair loss. This kind of hair loss usually starts as thinning around the bangs and can appear as early as your 20s. If your mother has thinning hair, you’re more likely to be vulnerable to this condition. Your dermatologist may perform a scalp biopsy to look for miniaturized hair follicles in order to diagnose androgenetic alopecia. If confirmed, your doctor may suggest twice daily minoxidil treatment to encourage regrowth.

    Thyroid Disease

    Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can trigger hair loss. Your dermatologist may order blood tests to see if your thyroid is playing a role in your hair loss. If it is, he or she may refer you to an endocrinologist for treatment, which should help control your symptoms.

    For all of your skin care needs, trust Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our Salt Lake City practice offers general and cosmetic dermatology care, ranging from MOHS surgery to Botox. Make your appointment now by calling (801) 657-3779.  

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