NICKEL ALLERGY

Nickel allergy, which is one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis, affects about 10 to 12 percent of the female population and 6 percent of the male population. The rash, redness, swelling of skin, dry patches, and sometimes blisters that characterize nickel allergy are caused by nickel contacting skin and reacting with perspiration, allowing nickel ions to penetrate skin in susceptible people. Left untreated, the affected skin can become dark, leathery, and cracked. The reaction is most often caused by contact with jewelry that contains nickel. For mild symptoms, over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream and antihistamine pills may help. To treat more severe symptoms, the dermatologist may prescribe a topical steroid cream or oral steroid or antihistamine pills.

There are many causes of allergic dermatitis. The rashes that accompany this condition can itch, ooze, and crust. Some rashes appear immediately and others develop over a period of time. Whenever you are concerned about the appearance of your skin, call 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointment at ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY. Wewill examine your skin condition. Sometimes patch testing may need to be performed to isolate the allergen that is causing your particular skin reaction. Medicine, skin care, and lifestyle changes may prevent future outbreaks. New patients are welcome at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

 

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Once nickel allergy develops, it usually lasts a lifetime.

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PSORIASIS

About 80 percent of people who develop the inflammatory skin condition known as psoriasis have so-called “plaque” psoriasis. Symptoms include patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scales. These plaques usually form on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp, although they may appear anywhere on the body. This uncomfortable skin condition is also associated with severe itching and cracked and bleeding skin. Treatment for moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis includes the use of adalimumab (Humira), a tumor necrosis factor blocker. This drug is administered by injection under the close supervision of a dermatologist and is approved for use in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

Psoriasis is not contagious, although it may be hereditary. Climate, stress, infections, and some medications are things that can sometimes trigger flare-ups. If you suspect that you have psoriasis or some other skin condition, call 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointmentwithELMHURST DERMATOLOGY. A board-certified dermatologist will examine at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. Your condition will be carefully analyzed, and a treatment protocol will be created to meet your personal needs. Let our friendly, experienced staff help you. New patients are welcome. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

 

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. About one in ten people develop psoriasis in childhood, which makes it more likely that the condition will be widespread and recurrent.

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INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

If you get regular manicures, you should be aware that new research shows that the ultraviolet (UV) lamps used in some nail salons to dry and cure nail polish may pose a skin cancer risk. These UV lamps deliver the same UV rays that make tanning beds so dangerous. While previous research has proposed that the lamps in nail salons may prove hazardous, no one actually measured the UV exposure until this most recent study. After testing 17 different lamps in nail salons, it found that it would take between 8 and 208 visits to damage the skin in a way that raises skin cancer risk, depending on the machine. Is that a risk you want to take?

It is always important to understand the health risks of your actions. Manicures with gel polish may have more lasting effects than you want. In addition to extra ultraviolet exposure on your skin, your nails can become thin and cracked due to the inability of oxygen to penetrate the layers of gel. If you are concerned about this topic or any other issue related to hair, skin, or nails, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointment Our dermatologists have up-to-date information so that we can work together to keep you healthy. New patients are welcome at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. The American Cancer Society reports that exposure to ultraviolet radiation is a risk factor for most types of skin cancer.

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