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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.
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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, 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 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) 657-3779.
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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 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 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.
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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One of the most common skin conditions dermatologists see is acne. Though it was once believed to be a problem solely for teenagers, doctors now recognize that acne can and does happen to individuals of all ages. Knowing what triggers acne can help you better understand the approach your dermatologist takes to treat it.
Watch this video to learn what causes acne. Acne starts in the dermis layer of your skin and is caused by problems with your sebaceous glands. To manage acne, your dermatologist may use in-office treatments, topical medications, and oral antibiotics.
You don’t have to live with acne. Make an appointment with Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City to find out which skin care treatments may be right for you. Call us now at (801) 657-3779 for more information.