Blog Talk: Integrated Dermatology
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!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors treat over 5.4 million cases of skin cancer a year. This staggering number is scary at first glance. Luckily, catching skin cancer early and Moh's surgery significantly raise the cure rate in these cases. Moh’s surgery is a state-of-the-art skin cancer treatment performed by your dermatologist. Find out more about Moh’s surgery and identifying skin cancer in its earliest stages with Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach with two West Palm Beach, FL locations.
Identifying Skin Cancer
Early diagnosis helps increase the cure rate for skin cancer. Learning the signs and symptoms of skin cancer can save your life. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using the ABCDE method:
- Asymmetry: A cancerous mole will appear asymmetrical in shape. A normal mole is round or ovular in shape with smooth edges.
- Border: The border of a cancerous mole appears jagged or uneven.
- Color: A normal mole ranges in color from pink to brown and has only one color within its borders. Cancerous moles may be very dark in color and/or have more than one color within its borders.
- Diameter: Normal moles are under about 6mm in diameter, or smaller than the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolving: Cancerous moles will evolve, usually over a short period of time. Color, shape, or size may change.
Moh's Surgery in West Palm Beach, FL
Moh’s surgery is a skin cancer treatment which ensures that as much of the healthy skin cells as possible remain intact while removing the cancerous cells. Doctors remove one super-thin layer of skin at a time, then examine it under a microscope. This method ensures that the skin surrounding the cancerous area remains healthy and intact during and after the procedure. Moh’s surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in just a few hours.
For more information on Moh’s surgery, please contact Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach at their West Palm Beach, FL, locations on Forest Hill Blvd. or North Century Blvd. Call (561) 964-6664 to schedule your appointment at the Forest Hill location or (561) 688-2550 to schedule your appointment at the North Century location today!
Managing oily skin is not always easy. Oily skin can appear shiny and greasy throughout the day and is often more susceptible to developing acne. Fortunately, there are various steps you can incorporate into your daily skin care routine to help minimize oiliness. Additionally, a dermatologist can recommend and prescribe treatments for managing oily skin. At Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne are your West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologists.
Tips for Controlling Oil
Establishing a daily skin care routine that works for your skin and consistently sticking to it can help you better manage your oily skin. There are several steps you can incorporate into your skin care routine to keep oil under control. Once you discover the combination of skin care steps that best works for your skin, stick to your routine consistently. Some of the steps you might incorporate into your skin care routine include:
- Washing with a gentle oil-free cleanser both morning and night
- Use an oil-free moisturizer to help balance the skin
- If you choose to use a toner, use it only on oily areas, such as the t-zone
- Use a clay mask or other oil-controlling mask one to two times per week
- Use blotting paper as needed during the day to absorb excess oil and reduce shininess
- Medicated pads can be helpful for individuals with acne-prone oily skin
- If using sunscreen on the face, choose one that is oil-free
- For individual who wear makeup, choose products that are oil-free or noncomedogenic
In addition to maintaining a consistent daily skin care routine, various treatments for oily skin are also available through your West Palm Beach dermatologist. Chemical peels and laser treatments can help renew the skin and potentially slow down oil production. Your dermatologist might also prescribe specific topical skin care products for reducing oiliness. If your oily skin is also plagued with acne, your dermatologist might prescribe an oral medication to treat the acne.
Your West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologist can help you develop the right skin care routine to manage your oily skin. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kuttner or Dr. Herne, contact Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach. Call (561) 964-6664 for the West Palm Beach office location on Forest Hill Blvd. or (561) 688-2550 for the North Century Blvd. office.
Mohs surgery is considered to be one of the most effective methods for removing several types of nonmelanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The procedure relies on a micrographic technique to remove cancerous tissue, while sparing surrounding healthy skin tissue. At Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, FL, Dr. Kathleen Herne or Dr. Barry Kuttner can examine your skin for signs of skin cancer and can perform Mohs micrographic surgery.
Advantages of Mohs Surgery
There are different surgical procedures for removing cancerous skin cells. Mohs surgery (also known as Mohs micrographic surgery) offers several advantages over many other procedures. Mohs surgery is associated with both the highest cure rates for skin cancer and the lowest rates of recurrence. The procedure also produces the best cosmetic results by sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. A West Palm Beach dermatologist can help you determine if Mohs micrographic surgery is the right skin cancer removal procedure for your situation.
Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthesia so patients are awake during the procedure. Once the procedure begins, the doctor first removes any visible tumor and then examines it under a microscope to determine whether it is malignant. If cancerous, the doctor will then map out the area where the cancer is located and continue removing and examining small portions of skin or tissue until all the cancer is removed. The area is then stitched closed. Skin grafts or tissue flaps can be applied to areas where large portions of skin and tissue were removed.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among the U.S. population. Mohs surgery is a highly effective procedure for curing and preventing the recurrence of some of the most common nonmelanoma skin cancers, like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. At Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, Dr. Herne and Dr. Kuttner are your West Palm Beach dermatologists. Visit either of their West Palm Beach, FL locations at 1840 Forest Hill Boulevard or 110 North Century Boulevard.
It is normal to sweat from time to time, particularly when working out or being active. For many people, using antiperspirants is sufficient to keep them from sweating profusely. However, some individuals struggle with excessive sweating. Fortunately, there are treatments that can put an end to excessive sweating. Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL treats excessive sweating. The experienced dermatologists there can evaluate your condition and recommend the right treatment option for you.
What is Excessive Sweating?
Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, occurs when an individual sweats more than is needed. Sweating is a normal function that helps keep the body cool. Excessive sweating happens when the body continues to sweat even when it does not need to cool down. Individuals who experience hyperhidrosis tend to have excessive sweat in the following areas: underarm, palms of the hands, feet and head. Other areas of the body often remain dry while these particular areas become drenched in sweat.
Treatments for Excessive Sweating
There are several options for treating excessive sweating. A dermatologist can determine which treatment method might be most effective for you. In West Palm Beach, excessive sweating can be treated through any of the following methods:
- Iontophoresis — This method is used to treat excessive sweating of the hands and feet and works by delivering a low voltage current through water while the hands and feet soak.
- Botulinum Toxin Injections (Botox) — This method is primarily used to stop excessive sweating of the underarms. Botox is injected in small amounts in the underarm area.
- Prescription Medications — Medicines are available that end excessive sweating by temporarily preventing the sweat glands from functioning.
- Surgery — There are surgical procedures for removing sweat glands and reducing excessive sweating.
Heavy sweating can be frustrating and even embarrassing. Fortunately, there is a way to end your excessive sweating and a dermatologist can help. For treatment of excessive sweating in the West Palm Beach area, contact Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach.
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