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Skin Conditions

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Approximately 40-50 million Americans have acne. Some causes are excess oil on the skin, clogged pores, bacteria and inflammation.

The excess oil increases dramatically during adolescence. Excessive washing and scrubbing will not prevent nor cure acne.  It is recommended to gently wash the face once to twice a day with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water.  This will help to remove the excess of oil.

Acne should be properly treated. Picking, scratching and squeezing the acne lesions may cause scars. Acne treatments might take time to work but it exist different types of treatments. In order to recommend the right treatment dermatologist look at different factors including the acne severity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alopecia causes hair loss in small round patches that may go away on their own, or may last for many years. Some people may lose all scalp hair and body hair. Experts do not know why the immune system, attacks the hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins.

Alopecia is not contagious, it occurs in both genders and in every ethnic group. One in five persons with alopecia has a family member who also has the disease.

The treatments for Alopecia are not a cure. While treatments may promote hair growth, new patches of hair loss may continue to appear.

 

Eczema is a common skin condition frequently described as an itchy rash/patch. Scratching often leads to redness, swelling, cracking, crusting ad scaling skin.  Constant scratching may cause skin damage and infections. Ten to twenty percent of children and one to three percent of adults develop atopic dermatitis, making it the most common type of eczema.

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that mainly affects children. It is most likely to occur in a warm and humid environment and spreads by close contact. It usually appears as red sores and fluid-filled blisters. The blisters rupture leaving a rash that becomes a yellow crust. The most common areas for the sores to appear are around the mouth and nose but it can be spread to other areas of the body.  In order to recommend the right treatment dermatologist look at different factors including the severity.

Psoriasis develops when the person’s immune system mistakenly activates a type of white blood cell called T cell.  The skin cells will growth too quickly and the body does not shed these skin cells causing the cells to pile up on the surface of the skin.
Psoriasis may look contagious but it is not! For psoriasis to appear, it seems that a person must inherit the genes. There are different types of Psoriasis but about 80% of the people living with psoriasis will develop plaque psoriasis.  This type causes patches frequently form on the elbows, knees and lower back but it can occur anywhere on the skin.

Nail disorder affects a large number of adults. As we age, nails thicken and become more susceptible to fungal nail infections.  Fungal infections of nail can cause discoloration and abnormal growth.

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