What your dermatologists in Encinitas want you to know
If you’ve had a skin infection, you know how difficult it was to get rid of. Skin infections like chicken pox, shingles and ringworm are best treated by your dermatologist. Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA want to share their knowledge about a few common skin infections and their treatment.
Chickenpox is most common in children, and can be prevented by vaccination. It is caused by a virus and can be spread easily by coughing, sharing food, or by touching the infected area. Chicken pox forms as small red blisters which can itch. It’s important not to scratch or pick at the blisters because they can break open and spread the virus. The blisters should crust over in about 10 days. Soaking in a cool bath can be helpful.
Shingles is caused by a variant of the virus that causes chickenpox. It can form on one side of your body and wrap around from your spine to your chest. It can also appear on your forehead, nose and neck. Shingles is very painful and may itch. The blisters that form will break open and then form a crust as they heal. Shingles can cause systemic symptoms including fever and a headache. If you think you may have shingles, it’s important to visit your dermatologist who can prescribe antiviral and pain medications to reduce and relieve symptoms. There is also a vaccination to prevent shingles.
Ringworm is another common skin infection, occurring most frequently in children. It’s caused by a fungus, so it thrives in moist, warm places on the body including the scalp, groin, and feet. Ringworm appears as ring-shaped, scaly patches on your skin that can blister and eventually ooze liquid. It can be spread by sharing linens, clothing or personal products, or coming into contact with infected animals. Over-the-counter anti-fungal products and antibiotics can be helpful.
These are just a few of the skin infections your dermatologist can treat. For a complete list of skin infections and their treatments, please visit the skin infections page on the North County Dermatology Center website at http://www.northcountyderm.com/library/4251/SkinInfections.html
You don’t have to suffer the uncomfortable, unsightly effects of skin infections when help is just a phone call away. Get some relief by calling Dr. Thomas and Dr. Hobson Dupree at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA today!
The American Academy of Dermatology says that the skin is your largest bodily organ. However, its sheer size (about 20 square feet on average) doesn't dictate the importance of your skin. What it does--protects you, insulates you, filters out toxins and microbes, colors and enhance your appearance--makes it important to your health and overall well-being. So your dermatologists, Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree, ask you to perform a good skin care routine daily and come to North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA for medical and aesthetic skin treatments as needed. You can have healthy, attractive skin!
Your daily skin care regimen
The American Academy of Dermatology says you should cleanse your skin at least once daily. Gentle washing with a quality skin cleanser or soap exfoliates dead skin cells, removes oils, indoor and outdoor pollutants, cosmetic residues and more, reducing the occurrence of clogged pores, skin infections, allergic reactions and more.
Gentleness is key to cleansing your skin, particularly if you suffer from acne or other skin conditions. Be sure to use warm, not hot, water, and use your fingertips or a soft washcloth to apply your soap or cleanser. Hard scrubbing only aggravates dry skin and acne and strips the skin of important oils.
Next, you should treat your skin daily. For instance, if you use an acne medication as prescribed or recommended by Dr. Thomas or Dr. Hobson Dupree, be consistent with it. The same goes for any over the counter lotions or creams you use for dry skin or age spots.
Third, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. This is so critical for aging skin which naturally tends to be dry and less elastic. Use creams and lotions with hyaluronic acid and glycerin as these help your skin retain the moisture it needs to remain supple and strong.
Fourth, protect your skin. What's the big enemy? Well, it's the sun. The American Melanoma Foundation says limiting sun exposure decreases your chances of developing skin cancers of all kinds, including malignant melanoma. What should you do daily? Cover up. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and long-sleeves when out in the brilliant sun, and apply sunscreen--SPF 30 or higher. Stay in the shade, or indoors, between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on hot days.
Your skin is worth it
So pay attention to it by cleansing, treating, moisturizing and protecting it each and every day. If you have a concern about the health of your skin or how to care for it, contact North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA for an appointment. Call (760) 230-2805.
Have you tried countless acne products, yet still have pimples? Although over-the-counter medication can be helpful if you have a mild case of acne, drugstore medications are less effective in treating stubborn or severe acne. Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree, who practice dermatology at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA, discuss several treatment options that may help clear your skin and reduce flare ups.
Prescription medications target the source of your acne
Your Encinitas dermatologist can prescribe prescription-strength medication that addresses common causes of acne. They include:
- Topical Medications: Acne lesions form when your pores become blocked with skin oils. Topical medications applied directly to your skin prevent blockages by increasing skin cell turnover. They also reduce future blockages and help acne lesions heal. Common topical medications include tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene.
- Antibiotics: Antibiotics kill p. acnes bacteria on your skin and are usually used in combination with topical medications. They're available in both topical and oral forms.
- Oral Contraceptives: Oral contraceptives don't just prevent pregnancy, but may also decrease acne related to monthly hormonal changes. Contraceptives reduce the amount of sebum you produce. Sebum, an oily substance that helps keep your skin moist, can clog pores if you produce too much of it.
- Isotretinoin: This powerful acne medication is only recommended for people who have severe cystic acne. Although it's very effective, it can affect your liver or cause birth defects. While you take it, you'll need to undergo regular blood tests and use a reliable means of birth control if you are female.
- Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion: Both treatments remove acne lesions in the top layers of your skin. Microdermabrasion treatment uses a spray of fine crystals to buff away skin layers, while chemicals do the work in chemical peels.
- Blue Light Therapy: Exposing the skin to blue light can have a beneficial effect on acne. Blue light treatments destroy bacteria in oil glands in your pores and shrink the glands. Blue light therapy is usually conducted over a period of several weeks in our Encinitas office.
Improve your appearance with one or more of these dermatology treatments. Call Encinitas, CA, dermatologists, Dr. Thomas or Dr. Dupree, at (760) 230-2805 to schedule your appointment.
The best way to ensure your skin is the healthiest is to prevent skin damage from occurring at all. Age spots are the result of skin damage from overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. The aging process is unavoidable and as we age, our skin becomes thinner and drier. Wrinkles are caused by repeated movements of facial muscles such as smiling, squinting or frowning, to name a few. Skin treatments from North County Dermatology Center from Dr. David Thomas or Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree in Encinitas, CA, can help keep your skin looking its best each and every year.
About Anti-Aging Skin Treatments
Photoaging is the premature aging of the skin due to ultraviolet light. This happens when ultraviolet radiation penetrates deep into the skin damaging the fundamental skin portions that lead to fine lines, skin discoloration, deep wrinkles and sagging skin.
A good skin cleaning routine is important to keep the skin looking its best prior to any skin treatments from North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas. Always wash the face with a gentle cleanser at least once daily. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily. Conduct a monthly self-exam of the skin to detect any changes that might lead to cancer. Also, see a dermatologist once a year.
Some anti-aging treatments include:
- Botox: This is a substance that is injected directly into the muscles and used to improve the look of crow’s feet, frown lines or wrinkles.
- Chemical Peels: This is used to improve the appearance of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off leaving smoother and less wrinkled skin.
- Dermabrasion: This exfoliating treatment uses a rotating tool in order to remove the outer layers of the skin, typically on the face. It treats sun damage, acne scars, uneven texture and sun damage.
- Fillers: These products are used to correct moderate or severe folds or wrinkles and can add volume or hydration to areas of the face.
- Laser Resurfacing: This technique reduces blemishes, acne scars or wrinkles by using pulsing beams of light removing the skin layer by layer.
- Retinoids: This helps increase the production of collagen on the skin, leading to new, smoother and younger-looking skin.
To learn more about skin treatments in Encinitas, CA, from Dr. Thomas or Dr. Dupree, call our office today at (760) 230-2805.
While a sudden rash can be a startling condition, some rashes clear up on their own without the need for medical intervention. However, other rashes may be signs of other conditions or a serious allergic reaction. Find out when you should be concerned about a rash, when you should contact your doctor and how rashes are treated with Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA.
While a rash can be a concerning condition, knowing how to identify some common rashes can help you determine if you should contact your doctor. Some of the most common rashes include:
- Atopic Dermatitis: This rash manifests itself as red bumps and is also referred to as eczema. While the cause of atopic dermatitis is not known, it is thought to be linked to allergies.
- Contact Dermatitis: Contact dermatitis can look like a red patch or a scaly rash. This type of rash occurs when the skin comes into contact with something that causes a reaction, such as an allergen like latex or poison oak.
- Heat Rash: These red or clear, fluid-filled bumps occur when the flow of sweat becomes blocked, usually due to hot and humid weather and friction with clothing.
- Psoriasis: This condition occurs when the skin’s cells reproduce too quickly and cause scaly patches of red, irritated skin. These patches are often dry, painful and thick.
- Rosacea: This common skin rash causes redness in the facial area and sometimes causes raised, red bumps. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are treatments to help deal with the symptoms.
Rash Treatments in Encinitas, CA
Treating skin rashes depends on your diagnosis and your condition. Many treatments begin with topical ointments, steroid creams, or cortisone creams applied to the area of the rash to help reduce symptoms and clear up the rash. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter treatments and, if those treatments fail to produce results, prescribe prescription-strength versions. Some rashes may require pills or lifestyle changes like avoiding the sun or humidity. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best course of treatment for you and your rash.
For more information on rashes or their treatments, please contact Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA. Call today 760 230-2805. Same day appointments usually available.
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