Dry skin is a common condition which can affect anyone. However, if your dry skin is also inflamed and rough, it could be eczema, a skin condition causing itchy, dry patches of skin. Diagnosing and treating eczema is easy with help from your dermatologist. Find out more about eczema and how your doctor can help with Dr. Anthony Dee at Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition which causes dry, flaky, and itchy patches of skin. This condition occurs often in children but can appear at any age. According to the National Eczema Association, over 30 million people in America suffer from eczema. While there are different types of eczema, the condition overall is very common and, in most cases, treatable with help from your dermatologist.
Do I have eczema?
Eczema is not contagious, meaning it does not transfer from person to person. Doctors are unsure of the exact cause of eczema, but believe it to be related to the environment around your skin and the genetics behind the type of skin you inherit from your parents. Symptoms of eczema include itchy, dry, sensitive skin which may appear flaky or scaly. More serious cases may produce symptoms like very itchy skin and oozing, crusted, and swollen areas of skin. You may have only one or all of these symptoms depending on the type of eczema you have and its severity.
How will my doctor treat my eczema?
Your doctor cannot cure eczema, but they can help you manage it with certain treatments. In some cases, over-the-counter ointments are enough to keep eczema’s symptoms at bay. However, prescription medications, immunosuppressants, and other natural or organic treatments can also help. Avoiding triggers which could “set off” your eczema and finding a skin care routine that works for you can help prevent outbreaks.
Eczema in Buffalo, NY
If you think you have eczema and it affects your life in a negative way, you should consult with your dermatologist to determine the best course of treatment for you and your skin. For more information on eczema, please contact Dr. Dee at Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY. Call (716) 636-DERM (3376) to speak with an association about your next dermatological examination today!
Find out how to get rid of warts.
While warts are harmless you may find that where that skin-colored growth decided to crop up was less than ideal. Perhaps you just hate the way it looks and want it gone. Whatever the case might be out Buffalo, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, is here to explain why warts happen and what you can do if you want to get rid of one.
Why do warts happen?
When people think of warts they may think about witches with warts on their nose or remember the old wives’ tale that touching a toad could give you warts. The truth is that a wart is the result of a virus. The virus is known as the human papillomavirus (HPV) and it can get into a microscopic tear or cut within the skin. There are over 100 different strains of HPV, and we can come in contact with it anywhere, so it’s not uncommon for most people to develop at least one wart during their lifetime.
How can I treat a wart?
Besides looking rather unattractive, warts aren’t painful and often don’t cause any issues. In fact, if left alone, a wart will often just go away over time; however, it can take years for a wart to disappear. Unfortunately, letting the wart go away on its own can also give it a chance to spread. Therefore, the best way to prevent the spread of warts is to treat it.
There are quite a few kinds of wart removal methods that you can get at your local drugstore, everything from products that contain salicylic acid to freezing liquids; however, if you aren’t getting the results you want or if you want a more effective treatment then you’ll want to turn to our Buffalo skin doctor.
Most patients who come in to have a wart removed are doing so because it’s causing them discomfort or it’s embarrassing. If this is the case for you don’t hesitate to call us and make an appointment to have it removed. Removing a wart is actually quite fast and easy. There are different wart removal methods from burning the wart off to freezing it.
If you want to have a wart removed in Buffalo, NY, then it’s time to give Dermatologic Center for Excellence a call. We are always happy to help our patients get the smoother, more attractive results they want when it comes to their skin.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition associated with the development of redness and flaky white scales in patches on the skin. The redness and flaky patches can clear up during periods of remission, but do reappear whenever the psoriasis flares up. Psoriasis is genetic and cannot be cured, but there are treatments for minimizing the symptoms associated with a flare-up. At the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, Dr. Anthony Dee is your Buffalo, NY dermatologist for the treatment of psoriasis
Types of Psoriasis
Psoriasis flare ups most often appear on the knees, elbows, and trunk, but can develop anywhere on the body. The formation of red patches and flaky, white scales during a flare-up is due to an expedited growth cycle of skin cells. For individuals with psoriasis, new skin cells mature faster than the body is able to shed them. Since they are not shed fast enough, the skin cells build up, resulting in the formation of red patches and flakiness. There are five different types of psoriasis, including:
- Erythrodermic Psoriasis
- Guttate Psoriasis
- Inverse Psoriasis
- Plaque Psoriasis
- Pusturlar Psoriasis
Psoriasis affects both children and adults. Once an initial flare-up occurs, psoriasis will continue to return off and on for the rest of that person’s life. Flare-ups can be triggered by a variety of factors, including diet, weather, stress, skin injuries, and allergic reactions to medications. Individuals with psoriasis tend to be at an increased risk of developing other types of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. Depression and obesity are also more likely in individuals with psoriasis.
Treatments for Psoriasis in Buffalo
There are a variety of treatments available for soothing the symptoms of psoriasis. The type of treatment that is best for you will depend on how mild or severe your psoriasis symptoms are. Some treatments are available over-the-counter, while others can be obtained through your Buffalo dermatologist.
Mild to moderate cases of psoriasis can be treated with over-the-counter remedies, such as bath solutions, anti-itch lotions and creams, or special moisturizers, for instance. Other treatment options include prescription topical treatments or light therapy. Moderate to severe cases of psoriasis are best treated with prescription oral medications, light therapy or phototherapy, and biologics, which are injectable drugs for suppressing the immune system.
Psoriasis flare-ups can be uncomfortable, but there are treatments to help you care for your psoriasis. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dee, your Buffalo, NY, dermatologist for the treatment of psoriasis, call the Dermatologic Center for Excellence at (716) 636-3376.
Are you frustrated by acne flareups? Buffalo, NY, dermatologist Dr. Anthony Dee of the Dermatologic Center for Excellence shares a few tips that will help you keep your skin condition under control.
Avoid harsh skincare products
Gentle cleansers are best if you're prone to developing acne. Products that contain fragrances and harsh chemicals can irritate your skin and worsen acne.
Stay away from oils
Any product that contains oil, whether it's foundation, moisturizer or sunscreen, should be avoided. Oily products can collect your pores, increasing your pimple risk. Look for products that are oil-free or non-comedogenic. Make sure hair gels, mousse and other products you use are also oil-free, particularly if you have long hair or bangs.
Pay attention to what you eat
Although there isn't a specific food that causes pimples, some people notice that they develop more blemishes when they eat certain foods. If it seems as if your skin breaks out after you eat certain foods, it can't hurt to eliminate them from your diet.
Keep your hands away from your face
Bacteria from your hands can transfer to your face, even if you only touch it for a second. Be sure to wash your hands before you apply makeup or touch your face.
Try an over-the-counter product
Over-the-counter acne medications can be helpful if you have a mild case of acne. These products contain a variety of ingredients designed to kill bacteria on your skin, decrease oils that can clog your pores and remove dead skin cells.
Visit your dermatologist
If your acne doesn't improve after you use over-the-counter products, make an appointment with our Buffalo, NY office. We can offer a variety of treatments that may help improve your skin, including:
- Prescription gels, creams and ointments that improve cell turnover, unclog blocked pores and prevent future blockages
- Antibiotics, either oral or topical, that kill the p. acnes bacteria
- Isotretinoin, a strong medication that's helpful in treating severe, cystic acne
- Blue light therapy to shrink oil glands and kill bacteria
- Microdermabrasion and chemical peels that exfoliate the top layers of your skin, eliminating lesions and superficial scars
A visit to the dermatologist can help you manage your acne. Call Dr. Anthony Dee of the Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, at (716) 636-3376 to schedule your appointment.
How your dermatologist in Buffalo can help
We all know that it’s important to wear sunscreen and use moisturizer to prevent wrinkles. Still, no matter what you do, as you age you will most likely see a few wrinkles in your face. You might be seeing them right now. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to get rid of wrinkles.
Dr. Anthony Dee at the Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY wants to introduce you to the latest, state-of-the-art treatments to combat wrinkles. Consider these non-invasive skin care treatments:
- Moisturizing and antioxidant creams to smooth out wrinkles
- Vitamin A acid to decrease wrinkles
- Alpha-hydroxy acids to decrease the appearance of wrinkles
For deeper, more stubborn wrinkles, a cosmetic procedure might be your best choice. Dr. Dee offers a full range of highly effective procedures for you to choose from, like these:
- Chemical peels - peels are designed to rejuvenate skin by sloughing off the superficial dry, dead skin and revealing the younger, dewy skin underneath.
- Dermal fillers, including Juvederm and Restylane - fillers work by filling in wrinkles and plumping up your skin. Skin appears smooth and wrinkle-free.
- Wrinkle relaxers, including Botox - relaxers work by temporarily paralyzing the nerves and muscles around the injection site. Your skin appears smooth and relaxed.
- Laser resurfacing - laser resurfacing treats the top layer of your skin using heat and light to promote production of collagen and help your skin heal itself. The result is newer, younger-looking skin.
These are just a few of the wrinkle-reducing procedures available from Dr. Dee. For a complete listing of services, please visit the wrinkles page on the website at http://www.rashdecision.com/library/3913/Wrinkles.html
Aging is a normal process and so are wrinkles. You may have more or less risk of wrinkles depending on how you care for your skin, family history, skin tone, and other factors. If you have wrinkles, don’t worry! Instead call Dr. Dee at the Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY. Get started on your new, beautiful face by calling today!
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