Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection that results in an itchy rash. While most people associate chickenpox with school-aged children, people who have never had chickenpox before or haven’t gotten vaccinated can become infected, as well. Here at the Buffalo, NY, office of dermatologist Dr. Anthony Dee, we work to identify and treat chickenpox, among other skin issues. Read on to learn more!
What are the symptoms?
The classic symptom of chickenpox is a large, widespread rash that causes itchy blisters all over the body and face. These blisters may even develop in the mouth or genital region. It’s common for those infected to experience fever, fatigue, and headaches for a couple of days before the rash appears. In about one week, these blisters will scab over and eventually go away.
How is chickenpox treated?
Symptoms will usually go away on their own without treatment. You may choose to apply topical ointments such as calamine lotion to the body to reduce itching. Cold compresses and lukewarm oatmeal baths can also provide relief.
Whatever you do, do not scratch blisters, as this can lead to permanent scarring. Rarely do complications occur with chickenpox; however, there are certain people who may develop a severe case of chickenpox. Those at high risk for health complications associated with chickenpox are,
- Pregnant women
- Those with weak immune systems
Is there a way to prevent chickenpox?
The best way to protect against the chickenpox is to receive a vaccination from your dermatologist in Buffalo, NY. Anyone can get vaccinated, from children and teens to adults. If you have never had chickenpox before, then it’s highly recommended that you get the chickenpox vaccine.
If you are concerned about your child’s chickenpox or if the blisters look infected, it’s important that you turn to a dermatologist right away. Call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, today at (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment for you or your little one.
Shingles are caused by a virus known as varicella-zoster, the same virus responsible for causing chickenpox. Like chickenpox, shingles are highly contagious and can be transmitted through physical contact with open blisters of the rash. Often triggered by a dormant version of varicella-zoster, shingles is most common in adults over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune systems. Fortunately, Dr. Anthony Dee, your dermatologist in Buffalo, NY, offers treatment for shingles and other rashes and skin conditions. Read on to learn more!
Shingles Treatment in Buffalo, NY
Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is a painful, blistery rash that usually develops in a band on one side of the body, from the spine to under the breast, although it can also develop on other areas of the body like the face and neck, as well. It's hard to predict when/if someone will develop shingles, although there is a vaccination available to help lower the risk. Unlike the chickenpox rash that can cover large areas of the body, shingles usually just develop on one side.
The signs and symptoms of shingles include:
- Pain/numbness/tingling/sensitivity to touch (typically develops before the rash appears)
- Blisters (eventually rupture and crust)
- Light sensitivity
While shingles are not life-threatening, the pain can be intense. People with weakened immune systems or underlying health conditions like the elderly or people with cancer are especially vulnerable to complications.
While a person that has never had chickenpox won't develop shingles on their own, they can contract the varicella zostra virus from someone with shingles and develop chickenpox as a result. If you suspect that you or a member of your family has shingles, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Vulnerable people are advised to get vaccinated if possible.
The typical outbreak lasts between two to six weeks and is usually treated with antiviral and pain medication.
Find a Dermatologist in Buffalo, NY
For more information about the symptoms and treatment options for shingles, contact our office today by calling (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist, Dr. Dee.
If you are dealing with recurring warts it might be time to see a dermatologist in Buffalo, NY.
Warts are benign and often painless skin-colored growths that can develop anywhere on the skin. While anyone can develop warts at any time, it’s more commonly found in children. Warts are caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV), which gets into cuts in the skin where the cells then multiple causing a hard bump to form. You may choose to visit our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist Dr. Anthony Dee immediately to treat the problem but if it isn’t causing you issues you may choose to wait it out.
If your wart isn’t unsightly or in a very obvious place then you may choose to wait for it to go away on its own; however, you may also choose an over-the-counter wart removal treatment to speed up the process.
When should I see a dermatologist?
While some people will get results with over-the-counter wart removal options there are others who may need to see their Buffalo, NY, skin doctor for treatment. You should give your dermatologist a call if:
- You are dealing with multiple warts
- Warts continue to develop or get worse
- The warts are in uncomfortable areas such as your feet
- They are in a visible or sensitive area such as the face
- You feel embarrassed by your warts
- Warts begin to itch, burn, or bleed
Since HPV is contagious, it is important that you don’t pick at the wart or share items with someone who’s infected, and that you always wear shoes in public areas like locker rooms and gym showers.
How will a dermatologist treat my warts?
The treatment you receive will depend on the location, size, and number of warts. It’s important to know that even with effective treatment, warts may still return. Some treatment options include:
- Salicylic acid solution
- Simple excision
- Laser therapy
If you or your child is having trouble getting rid of warts then call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, today to find out what we can do to help.
Find out the many ways a dermatologist can help rejuvenate your appearance.
It’s important to feel confident in your appearance, but that may be difficult to do when you feel self-conscious about the lines and wrinkles in your face. Luckily, our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, offers a variety of ways to reduce, and even get rid of, these annoying signs of aging. Here are some options to consider:
One way to reduce wrinkles and pigmentation is with retinoid containing skin care products. Retinoids are extremely effective, although they can possibly cause some side effects. Conversely, products containing alpha-hydroxy acids and antioxidants have also been known to reduce the appearance of fine lines and minor wrinkles.
There are a variety of different chemical peels on the market that can provide everything from superficial to deep cleanses depending on the issues you are looking to treat. While superficial or minor peels can make small changes in the appearance of your skin, if you are dealing with more serious pigmentation (i.e. wrinkles, lines, and scarring), then a deeper peel will be able to target these problems more effectively.
Chemical peels, particularly deeper peels, may require up to a week or more downtime. During that time, the outer layer of the skin will peel away, revealing healthier and smoother skin underneath.
Instead of applying a chemical solution to your skin, our Buffalo, NY, cosmetic dermatologist will guide a handheld device over the skin to buff away the outermost layer of skin. This skin resurfacing technique exfoliates the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation. It can take up to one week for the skin to fully peel and for your results to appear.
In some instances, a dermatologist may recommend laser treatment to produce similar effects as other skin resurfacing techniques. Laser treatment has the ability to stimulate the production of collagen, which helps keep skin elastic, firm and plump. Depending on the type of laser treatment you decide on, our dermatologists will discuss how much downtime you may require after your treatment.
If you are looking for a simple solution for those lines and wrinkles that appear whenever you laugh or smile, then Botox is right for you! With this treatment, you can temporarily smooth away those lines by preventing facial muscle contraction. Results last around 3-4 months and can target minor to more severe crow’s feet and laugh lines.
Give Us a Call!
If you are interested in any of the treatments above, it’s time to call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, to schedule a consultation. Dial (716) 636-DERM (3376) today to chat about the different treatment options that will meet your cosmetic goals!
Worried about skin cancer? Skin cancer is a disease in which the skin cells grow out of control. It comes in three major types: squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and basal cell carcinoma. Other less common types of skin cancer include Kaposi sarcoma and actinic keratosis. Led by Dr. Anthony Dee, Dermatologic Center for Excellence (located in Clarence, NY) offers cancer screenings to their Buffalo area patients. Here are 5 signs that you should visit our office for an examination.
1. A New or Changing Mole- People generally think that cancer on the skin comes in a brown color. However, this is not always true. Non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell and squamous cell are not typically brown. Even melanoma can appear as red or pink. If a mole, spot, or growth is new or changing, show it to a dermatologist—the sooner the better!
2. An Itchy Patch of Skin- Skin with an excessive irritated sensation may be a sign of cancer, for the body’s inflammatory response could be a reaction to abnormal cells making up the skin cancer. If you have itchy skin over a small area, it’s best to bring it to your dermatologist's attention.
3. A Scrape That Won’t Heal- Harmless scrapes can be caused by numerous things. However, a scrape that appears out of nowhere could be a sign of something serious, such as the early stages of basal cell or squamous skin cancer. If a scab or sore persists for one month or longer and doesn't heal as expected, schedule an appointment with our Buffalo office.
4. A Pimple-Like Growth- Most sores turn out to be as harmless as a blemish. However, if a sore is growing, bleeding, and not healing, it may be a sign of skin cancer. If you notice a pimple-like mole or growth that’s reddish in color and mutating, make an appointment with your doctor right away.
5. A Mole That's Fading Away- Another sign of skin cancer is when a brown mole starts to lose its color. A disappearing mole may begin as a flat spot, then get pale, and eventually disappear. Despite the popular belief that a mole has to be changing colors, especially turning dark, to be skin cancer, even a mole that's losing color could be a sign of the condition.
Skin cancer can be serious and sometimes deadly. Annual skin exams are the key to diagnosing the disease at an early stage when it is most easily cured. Call Dermatologic Center for Excellence's Buffalo office at (716) 636-DERM (3376) today to schedule your annual skin cancer screening. A skin cancer screening could save your life!
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