Blog Talk: Integrated Dermatology
Do you have acne? The vast majority of teens experience it, and many adults do, too. If you have the unsightly, uncomfortable blemishes characteristic of this inflammatory skin condition, contact Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach. Board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne, understand the causes of and the treatments for acne. Rest assured they can help you.
What is acne?
You know it when you see it or if you have it. Acne consists of whiteheads, blackheads and reddened papules and pustules across the face, neck, shoulders, and chest. Blemishes occur at the sebaceous, or oily, glands of the skin.
Causes of acne are many. Frankly, they are a bit mysterious as well and vary from person to person throughout the life cycle. While many people believe poor hygiene and dietary habits are the main causes, this proves not to be true.
The American Academy of Dermatology says that the hormone fluctuations of puberty and menopause often drive acne breakouts as can stress. When acne blemishes appear, they may become infected and inflamed because of an ordinary skin bacteria called p. acnes. Infection can progress to cystic acne which frequently scars the skin.
How your West Palm Beach Dermatology can help
Acne can be managed, particularly with expert help from Dr. Kuttner or Dr. Herne at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach. The dermatologist will examine your skin, take a medical history and prescribe some common sense and medical interventions which will heal your skin and help prevent or limit future breakouts.
Treatment plans may include:
- Over-the-counter medications (creams, ointments and washes)
- Benzoyl peroxide, Tretinoin (vitamin A), antibiotics or hormonal medications (birth control pills to regulate hormone levels)
- Twice daily washing (gently, using just the fingertips) and after strenuous workouts
- No squeezing of blemishes
- Limiting fatty foods
- Drainage and extraction, an in-office service which removes big, stubborn acne cysts
- No tanning or excessive sun exposure
- Daily shampooing if your hair is oily
Yes, it's frustrating...
But with help from Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, you can manage your acne successfully and look and feel better. Ask our team about Dr. Kuttner's clinical trials for new acne treatments. Call today for a consultation with your dermatologist at (561) 964-6664.
Find out how this procedure effectively removes cancerous lesions from the skin.
Has one of our West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologists, Dr. Barry Kuttner or Dr. Kristen Hafner, discovered a basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma during your last checkup? If so, we are certainly glad you came in to have the suspicious growth checked out. After all, the sooner we are able to remove the cancerous lesion, the better. Of course, one of the most effective treatment options for removing these two common types of skin cancer is Mohs Surgery.
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a procedure that is performed in several stages to successfully remove cancerous cells from the skin. One of the benefits of getting Mohs surgery is that it has a very high cure rate while preserving more healthy tissue than other traditional skin cancer removal techniques.
During your procedure, our West Palm Beach skin doctor will first administer anesthesia to the area. Once the area is numb, we will begin to remove the first layer of cancerous tissue. This tissue is examined under a microscope to check for cancerous cells. From there we will then remove another layer from the lesion.
We will continue the process of removing a thin layer of tissue, examining it under the microscope to make sure that cancer cells are still present, and then going back to remove more tissue if necessary. We will continue the process until no more cancer cells remain. While Mohs surgery is a lengthy process, it does result in a very small scar compared to other treatment options.
Who is a good candidate for Mohs surgery?
Mohs surgery tends to be the most popular treatment option for removing both basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Mohs surgery may also be a great option for someone whose cancerous lesion is in an area of the body that is visible and requires a very small scar. This includes areas of the face such as the nose, lips, and ears, as well as the toes, fingers, and genitals. Sometimes, Mohs surgery may also be used to remove melanoma.
Whether you are noticing changes to a growth or you just want to schedule a skin cancer screening, turn to the skincare experts at Integrated Dermatologist of West Palm Beach. Call (561) 964-6664 today to schedule your consultation.
Contrary to popular belief, warts do not come from frogs or toads and are not unclean or contagious. However, they are a pesky, often stubborn skin condition that often reappears. Luckily, you can work with your dermatologist to overcome your condition once and for all. Find out more about treating warts with Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL.
What causes warts?
Warts are caused by a viral infection of the top layer of skin caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) category. The virus usually enters the body through tiny cuts or scratches on the skin, finding a home in the outermost layer and causing the cells there to rapidly reproduce, forming the wart. HPV is a very common virus often found in the most everyday places like doorknobs, keyboards, or other places with which skin comes into contact. Warts transfer from person to person, meaning that one person touches these areas and another person’s skin comes into contact with the same place.
Can I prevent warts?
Though you are almost sure to come into contact with HPV at some point, you can do your part to decrease your chances of developing a wart. Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day to keep them clean. When using public places, such as a public computer or machine at the gym, wipe down areas with which your skin comes into contact with a clean cloth. When walking through places like a public pool or locker room, always be sure to wear shower shoes to provide a layer of defense between the floor and your feet.
How does my dermatologist treat warts?
Fast action is important to keeping warts from spreading to other areas of the body. Seeing your dermatologist soon after discovering a wart allows them to treat it quickly, eliminating the chance of spreading. Your doctor may first suggest an over-the-counter medication or at-home method to snuff out the virus before resorting to stronger treatments. If these treatments fail to produce results, in-office procedures are available to remove the wart.
Wart Treatments in West Palm Beach, FL
For more information on warts, please contact Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL. Call (561) 964-6664 to schedule your appointment with your dermatologist today!
Acne is a very common skin condition that is a problem for over 60 million Americans. Many of the patients who have this problem are teenagers and young people. Acne can have a significant effect on the self-esteem and self-confidence of a young person. The best way to deal with acne is to have your skin examined, diagnosed, and treated by a skilled dermatologist. Learn about your acne treatment options from a pediatric dermatologist at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, FL.
While some young people only have to deal with one or two unexpected acne blisters, some unfortunately have them all over their faces. When it becomes severe and the blisters do not go away after a reasonable amount of time, you should see a skin doctor for help. Picking at acne sores, not cleaning your face properly, and not using the right products can cause permanent scars to form. Acne shows up in the form of whiteheads, blackheads, or red pustules (inflamed pores).
Acne Treatment Options
Modern dermatology offers patients a number of viable acne skin treatments. Here are some of the options that your West Palm Beach, FL pediatric dermatologist will discuss with you:
- Oral and topical antibiotics to get rid of infections in the sores.
- Benzoyl peroxide to remove blockages in the skin.
- Manual extraction of blocked pores.
- Application of Vitamin A Tretinoin medicine.
Managing and Preventing Acne
If you are prone to acne, there may be a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of a flare-up. Here are some tips to follow:
- Avoid touching your skin with dirty hands or picking at sores or bumps on your face.
- Wash your face with a skin cleanser that is made specifically for your skin type. Skin types include oily, dry, and combination skin.
- Avoid using makeup, which could exacerbate this skin condition, until the acne has cleared up.
The Road to Clearer Skin
Take the first step toward clearer, acne-free skin by contacting a pediatric dermatologist in West Palm Beach, FL. The team at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, FL can help your teen feel more confident and attractive at school and in social settings. Call 561-964-6664 (Forest Hill location) or 561-688-2550 (North Century Blvd location) today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry Kuttner or Dr. Kathleen Herne.
Discover the best treatment options for soothing and eliminating your rash.
While a rash isn’t often a cause for concern, this issue can be rather annoying and unsightly. Of course, there are also times when you’ll want to turn to one of our West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologists, Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne, for proper care.
Here are just some of the common causes of rashes and how they are treated:
Sometimes more commonly referred to as eczema, this condition causes a red, itchy and sometimes scaly rash to appear. While this rash can show up anywhere on the body it most often appears on the face, elbows and knees. This condition is chronic and symptoms will often come and go. Flare-ups may be triggered by stress, temperature changes, chemicals and other environmental irritants.
How to treat atopic dermatitis: A lot will depend on the severity of your symptoms. If symptoms are mild then moisturizers or even certain antihistamines may be enough to reduce itching and other uncomfortable symptoms when dermatitis flares up. Of course, if symptoms are more severe then our West Palm Beach skin doctors may need to prescribe stronger medications or other treatment options.
If you find yourself dealing with thick, raised red or white scaly patches on your skin (most often on the scalp, elbows or knees) then you could be dealing with a chronic skin condition known as psoriasis. This is a common dermatological disorder that just like atopic dermatitis causes flare-ups to wax and wane.
How to treat psoriasis: While there is no cure, we can find ways to help you manage your symptoms through corticosteroids, other topical or oral medications and additional therapeutic options such as light therapy.
Are you dealing with itchy red bumps that appeared suddenly? If so, you could be dealing with a harmless allergic reaction known as hives. Hives manifest when the body reacts to a specific allergen, triggering a histamine reaction.
How to treat hives: Hives are completely harmless and in most cases the condition is acute (meaning that it will go away on its own in less than six weeks). Of course, during that time you’ll want to turn to antihistamines (whether over-the-counter or prescription, depending on the severity of your symptoms) to reduce itching and other annoying symptoms.
Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach is at your service. We offer two convenient locations in West Palm Beach, FL, to give your skin the proper care it deserves. Schedule an appointment with us today!
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