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How your dermatologists in West Palm Beach, FL, can help with your perspiration problem!
Sweating is a natural process that your body performs in order to cool itself down. However, regular excessive sweating can be an extremely uncomfortable experience. Hyperhidrosis is the clinical term for this condition, and you may have it if you periodically notice that one or two areas of your body are very sweaty, but the rest is completely dry. Common areas affected include your underarms, feet, palms of your hands, and your head.
Hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing, annoying, and inconvenient. Fortunately, there are effective treatments to deal with the condition. The dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, in West Palm Beach, FL, offer a full range of dermatology services including hyperhidrosis treatment.
You can try a few simple tips to help you deal with hyperhidrosis. Remember to:
- Use antiperspirant daily, not just deodorant
- Wear loose clothing of natural fibers like cotton
- Change your socks at least twice each day
- Wear armpit shields to absorb perspiration
- Avoid spicy foods and alcohol, for they can increase sweating
There are several professional treatments for hyperhidrosis. Your dermatologist may suggest:
- Iontophoresis, which works by blocking the sweat glands; this treatment uses a weak electric current which is passed through a wet cloth or water. Treatment is painless and each treatment takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. 2 to 4 sessions are required each week, with maintenance sessions every 1 to 4 weeks. Iontophoresis take-home kits are also available.
- Botox injections, which reduce sweating in affected areas; Botox treatment only takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete, with sweat reduction effects lasting for several months. You can also repeat Botox treatment if necessary.
If excessive sweating has become part of your life, it’s time to seek help from an expert. You don’t have to suffer from hyperhidrosis when help is just a phone call away. Call our West Palm Beach, FL, office today at (561) 964-6664!
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.
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.
Living with acne can be frustrating, irritating, and embarrassing. Unfortunately, this condition is a fact of life for about 17 million Americans, the majority of which are adolescents. Your Palm Beach, FL dermatologist can help you understand your acne and map out the best treatment plan for you. Learn more about acne treatment and prevention with Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach.
What causes acne?
Acne occurs when the skin’s sebaceous glands produce too much sebaceous oil, causing the hair follicles on the face, chest, or back to become clogged. A clogged pore presents itself as a whitehead if it is underneath the skin and a blackhead if it is exposed to the air on the surface of the skin. As the follicle becomes more and more clogged, the pore expands and causes a red bump called a pimple. If the clog causes the pore’s structure to rupture, inflammations called pustules and papules form. If the inflammation reaches deep enough underneath the skin’s surface, it can cause a cyst.
Acne Treatment in West Palm Beach, FL
Acne treatment depends on the severity and location of the acne. In mild cases, regular use of over-the-counter cleansing products and simple lifestyle changes like drinking more water can help minimize the appearance of acne. In more severe cases, your dermatologist may prescribe prescription-strength cleansers and medications to apply to your skin. Extraction of white and blackheads can also help improve your skin’s appearance. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best way for you to get rid of your acne for good.
Acne prevention begins with keeping your face clean and moisturized. Exfoliating regularly helps remove dead skin cells which could potentially clog follicles and result in acne. Avoid touching your face with your hands and always wear a sun block with at least 30 SPF on your face to avoid sun damage. Additionally, regular exercise, a healthy diet, and reducing the amount of stress in your life can help keep acne away. Regular visits with your dermatologist keep your skin healthy, clean, and beautiful.
For more information on preventing or treating acne, please contact Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL. Call to schedule your appointment at one of our two West Palm Beach locations today!