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Posts for: March, 2015

By Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches
March 13, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Rashes  

Find out the most common causes of skin rashes and what it could mean for your health.

Most people will experience at least one rash during their lifetime. This typically innocuous symptom can be caused by a viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal infection, or it can be caused by other health conditions, allergies, and environmental factors. While most rashes aren’t a cause for concern and will most likely go away on their own, here are the most common causes of a rash and when it might be necessary to see your Boynton Beach dermatologist.

Rash Symptoms

Not everyone will experience the same type of rash. Some rashes may have scales or ulcer while others might form blisters or itchy bumps. If your rash symptoms last more than a couple of days then it might be time to see your Boynton Beach dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Common Rash Types

Here are some of the most common types of rashes:

Eczema: A skin disease that causes inflammation and weepy, itching blisters that may crust over or ooze. Eczema is often triggered by an exposure to an allergen or substance that produces this uncomfortable rash.

Poison Ivy: An itchy, oozing rash that can last up to three weeks after being exposed to the plant poison ivy, or also poison oak or sumac.

Hives: Red raised itchy patches of skin that usually disappear within a few hours. Hives are commonly triggered by certain kinds of stimuli including allergic reactions or even stress.

Heat rash: When sweat glands are blocked and sweat cannot be produced then this skin inflammation results in a heat rash. Heat rash causes red, prickly or itchy bumps on the skin that often fade as the skin cools.

When to See Your Dermatologist

So when is it time to see your Boynton Beach dermatologist about a rash? While most noninfectious rashes can be treated with over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, rashes caused by viral infections, rashes that don’t go away after a few days, and rashes accompanied by fever or trouble breathing warrant an immediate trip to the doctor.

If you are experiencing unpleasant rash symptoms that don’t seem to respond to over-the-counter remedies, then call your Boynton Beach dermatologist, Dr. Kristen Hafner at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches to schedule an appointment.

By Integrated Dermatology
March 12, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Hyperhidrosis  

Find out more about hyperhidrosis and what your Palm Beach dermatologist can do to help.

Does this sound familiar: You are about to head off to an interview when you realize that not only have you sweated through your nice button-up shirt, but also this is the second shirt you’ve had to put on before even leaving the house.

Or, this: You’ve laced up your tennis shoes and you’ve just started the first leg of your running trail when your shoes are already soaked through, making it uncomfortable and even difficult to finish your workout.

If these cases sound all too familiar, then you could be dealing with hyperhidrosis.

What is hyperhidrosis?

This medical disorder causes a person to sweat heavily and unexpectedly throughout the day. Those with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when it’s cool out or while inactive.

What causes hyperhidrosis?

Those with this condition tend to have overactive sweat glands. There are two forms of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis does not have a specific cause but can be genetic.

Those with secondary hyperhidrosis experience this condition as a result of another medical condition such as menopause, cancer, an anxiety disorder or heart disease.

How is hyperhidrosis treated?

There are several ways your Palm Beach dermatologist will recommend treating your condition, and a lot of it will depend on the cause and type of hyperhidrosis you have.

The majority of cases can be controlled with­ strong antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate. While you can continue to use deodorant, only antiperspirant works by plugging up the sweat ducts.

There are also certain medications that can be prescribed by your Palm Beach dermatologist to prevent sweat gland activity. These medications are often recommended for those who experience excessive facial sweating.

Iontophoresis is a procedure that uses an electrical current to reduce sweat gland activity. This therapeutic treatment takes up to 20 minutes to perform and often requires multiple sessions.

Botox injections have also been FDA-approved to reduce the symptoms of hyperhidrosis. By injecting these thin needles into the underarms, we can block the nerves that promote sweat gland activity.

If you are experiencing excessive sweating and are looking for effective treatments, then contact your Palm Beach dermatologist at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches.