Posts for: September, 2021
This condition causes dark brown patches to develop on the skin and is more common in women who are pregnant, as well as women who take birth control pills and/or spend time in the sun. You can often prevent melasma by simply wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun, especially if you take birth control pills. However, those with more moderate to severe brown spots may be prescribed hydroquinone or tretinoin creams, to lighten these patches.
Instead of dark brown patches, vitiligo causes white patches to develop on the skin. As you might imagine, white patches of skin are very susceptible to sunburns, so you must protect your skin when outside. While this condition can’t be cured there are ways to improve the appearance of the skin through topical creams and medications, as well as light therapy. Your treatment options can be discussed further with your dermatologist.
This rare disorder results in a lack of melanin in the hair, skin, and eyes. This is why albinos are often very pale with light blue eyes and white hair. There is no way to reverse or cure this disorder; however, it is incredibly important for someone with albinism to protect their skin and eyes from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses whenever they are outside.
In some cases, infections or burns can also cause a loss of melanin in certain areas of the face and body. While laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and other treatment options may improve the appearance, in these more minor cases, skin patches can be covered up with special cosmetics.
What are the signs and symptoms of folliculitis?
You could have folliculitis if you notice,
- Small red bumps that develop around hair follicles (most common on the legs)
- Bumps that contain pus
- Bumps that blister or burst open
- Tender, itchy, or burning skin around these bumps
What are the types of folliculitis?
There are different forms of folliculitis. The most common type is known as razor bumps, which you may notice around the groin or face, especially in those with naturally curly hair. “Hot tub” folliculitis is a bacterial infection that is often found in hot tubs (as well as heated pools) and can lead to a red, itchy, and bumpy rash.
Bacterial folliculitis is a common form and is characterized by whitehead-like or pus-filled bumps. This is a sign of a Staph infection and should be treated by a dermatologist as soon as possible.
How is folliculitis treated?
A lot will depend on the cause; however, treatment is often necessary if the infection doesn’t go away within a few days. Bacterial infections will respond best to antibiotics while yeast infections and other fungi will require antifungal medications. Of course, there are a ton of skin conditions and infections that can cause similar symptoms, so it’s always best to see a dermatologist before trying over-the-counter remedies.
If you notice any signs of a new or worsening skin infection, it’s always a good idea to turn to your dermatologist right away for a proper evaluation and to make sure you get the appropriate treatment you need to get rid of the infection fast.
Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center have convenient locations for you in Winston-Salem, NC, Thomasville, NC, and Kernersville, NC. Our skilled team of dermatologists and medical professionals is here for all your skincare needs.
Why do I need a dermatologist?
If you're looking for a new dermatologist in Winston Salem, Thomasville, or Kernersville, NC, or you've never seen a dermatologist, Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center is here for you.
Some of the most common reasons people seek out a dermatologist are:
- Skin cancer
- Wrinkles and signs of aging
- Varicose veins
We can help diagnose and treat these different skin conditions and address cosmetic concerns with aesthetic treatments. Come see us today so we can get you looking and feeling your best.
How often should I go?
The typical recommendation is to see your dermatologist at least once a year for a check-up. Even if you don't have a history of skin cancer, you should get a full-body exam. Your doctor can examine areas you aren't able to inspect and detect any new problems. If you have a history of atypical moles or are prone to other skin issues, you'll want to see your doctor for an exam more often.
Tips for your appointment
When you see your dermatologist, be honest with your provider about your routines and hygiene habits. Make sure you take the opportunity to ask questions about anything that concerns you and ask your provider about doing self-exams and what to look out for.
Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center are here for all your skincare needs. See one of our dermatologists at least once a year for an exam. Contact us for an appointment in Winston Salem at (336) 768-1280, in Thomasville at (336) 714-0238, and in Kernersville at (336) 768-1280.