Ugh. That red skin bump now seems pus-filled. Located in your armpit, this boil needs treatment, and you need relief. For boils, rashes, and other skin conditions which persist, contact your Buffalo dermatologist, Dr. Anthony S. Dee. At the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, Dr. Dee and his professional staff deal with a wide variety of skin conditions. Boils are one of the most common.
What is a boil?
It's a red, raised, itchy tender bump typically associated with a hair follicle or sweat gland in the epidermis ie the topmost layer of the skin. Also called a furuncle, a boil may be infected with Staph aureus, a prevalent bacteria which attacks the skin, particularly in areas of moisture (such as the groin) or if the person is immunosuppressed from diabetes, cancer therapy or other health condition.
When grouped in multiples, furuncles are called carbuncles. These boils are particularly painful as are pilonidal cysts, which are infected boils located in the fold of skin between the buttocks. Other common types of boils include sties, small boils associated with the eyelids and lashes, and hidradenitis suppurativa, which often occur in hairy areas such as the armpits or groin.
What you can do
Many boils are self-limiting, coming to a head within five to seven days. Never squeeze or lance a boil at home, as this can only aggravate the lesion or cause further infection.
Instead, apply warm compresses three times a day for 20 to 30 minutes each. Once the furuncle opens, says Harvard Health, cover it with a sterile compress (4x4 or larger as needed), and use over the counter antibiotic cream or ointment to combat infection.
If, however, the boil increases in size, discoloration or tenderness, does not resolve within a week, interferes with your ability to move, or you develop a fever, contact your Buffalo dermatologist for an examination. Likely, Dr. Dee will prescribe oral antibiotics and may lance the boil to relieve the pressure.
Professional evaluation and treatment reduce the changes of sepsis, or superinfection, throughout the body. Your skin doctor also expertly lances boils, thus avoiding scar formation.
In the future...
If you seem prone to boil formation, there are steps you can take to prevent them. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends:
- Daily washing and thorough drying of all areas of the skin.
- Using clean razor blades in areas shaved on a regular basis.
- Seeing your skin doctor routinely for skin evaluations and recommendations on how to keep ahead of acne.
- Staying dry by changing clothing, particularly underwear, on hot, humid days.
Do you have a boil?
We can help. At the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, Dr. Dee sees and treats numerous boils. He'll set up a treatment plan to take care of yours and to help keep them from returning. For more information or to book an appointment, please call the office at (716) 636-3376. We have early morning hours!
What is a birthmark, and does it need to be removed?
Most people are born with birthmarks, dark blemishes on the skin that can vary in shapes, sizes, and colors. They can even change throughout your lifetime. There are two types of birthmarks, known as vascular and pigmented birthmarks, and our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, is here to tell you more about the different kinds of vascular and pigmented birthmarks, as well as whether or not it’s necessary to have your birthmark checked out.
Types of Pigmented Birthmarks
As you may be able to tell by the name, pigmented birthmarks are markings that can range in color, from light brown to blue or gray. Types of pigmented birthmarks include:
- Congenital moles: these moles are present at birth and can develop skin cancer over time.
- Pigmented moles: these birthmarks may develop together or alone. These moles will get darker in the sun and can be found anywhere on the body.
- Café-au-lait spots: as the name suggests, these birthmarks are usually tan or light brown in color.
- Mongolian spots: these bluish markings often look more like bruises than moles and are often found on the back or buttock.
Types of Vascular Birthmarks
Vascular birthmarks are discolorations of the skin caused by the abnormal growth or development of blood vessels. Types of vascular birthmarks include:
- Nevus simplex (also known as salmon patches): a pink or red patch of skin that is usually small and appears on the face or neck. This is very common in newborns.
- Strawberry hemangioma: a raised, bright red marking that is usually found on the face, chest, or back. This type of birthmark is rare but in some cases, this birthmark can potentially affect organs in the body and lead to serious health risks.
- Nevus flammeus (also known as port-wine stains): another rare birthmark, the port-wine stain is usually dark red or purple in appearance and often appears on the face or neck.
When to See a Dermatologist
Everyone should visit their skin doctor in Buffalo at least once a year for screenings to look for changes or potential warning signs of skin cancer and other possible skin issues. If you have a congenital mole, it is possible that this mole could develop skin cancer at some point, so it’s important to keep an eye on it for any changes.
Of course, if the birthmark is in a location that affects vision or hearing it’s important to talk to your dermatologist about surgical removal options. If your child was born with a vascular birthmark a pediatrician will tell you whether a dermatological specialist should check it out.
Whether you are interested in having a birthmark removed or you just want to schedule a routine checkup, call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, to book an appointment with us.
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.
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