Common Dermatology Conditions We Treat
Acne is a common skin condition that describes blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, minor lumps or plugged pores. Acne commonly occurs on the face, chest and back. Most acne affects young adults, but this condition can occur in children and adults, too. More severe acne can cause permanent scarring but can be managed with medications and treatments.
Actinic keratosis is a type of precancerous growth and is the most common type of precancerous skin lesion. Left untreated, actinic keratosis may develop into squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer. If treated promptly, almost all actinic keratosis can be eliminated before becoming skin cancers.
Eczema is a group of skin conditions that can affect people of all ages. Most people with eczema complain of hot and itchy skin. Eczema can occur for a number of reasons but is usually the result of irritation, allergic reaction or hereditary conditions. There is no cure for eczema, but many people who experience it as a child or young adult grow out of it.
Fungal infections of the skin are very common. These infections can include conditions like athlete's foot, ringworm and yeast infections. There are a variety of treatment options for fungal skin infections, depending on the type of infection.
Hair Loss & Alopecia
Everyone loses hairs every day. Most often, the amount of hair loss is not significant. However, severe hair loss, also known as alopecia, can lead to baldness. There are many causes of hair loss, but it is most commonly the result of heredity, medications or an underlying medical condition.
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic skin condition. Symptoms include swollen, painful lesions usually occurring in the armpit, groin, anal or breast regions. Obstruction of hair follicles, infection and sometimes inflammation of the sweat glands can cause hidradenitis suppurativa. The disease is progressive and is characterized by boil-like, pus-filled abscesses that can become hard lumps.
Moles are clusters of skin cells that appear as dark, circular bumps on the skin. Sometimes, moles may need to be excised, or cut, to remove it from the skin. If a mole has an un-even edge or it increases in size, it needs to be biopsied to ensure it is non-cancerous.
Nail diseases are more common than most think and distinctly different than skin conditions. Nails can become infected, inflamed or deformed. Nail inflammation is most commonly the result of infection.
Psoriasis is a chronic disorder that causes itchy, red marks on the skin and can occur at any age. The elbows, arms, knees and legs are most commonly affected by psoriasis. Steroids, oils, sprays, medications, vitamins, light therapy and many other options are available for the management and treatment of psoriasis.
Rosacea is a chronic skin and eye condition. Most people experience redness and pimples that can change to thickened skin and sometimes an enlarged nose, in the advanced stages. Facial flushing, swelling or burning are common with rosacea. People who have rosacea that affect the eyes can experience dryness, itching, burning sensations and swelling in and around their eyes.
Ninety percent of all skin cancers are caused by the sun’s rays. There are different types of skin cancer, including melanoma and non-melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is usually the result of intense sun exposure. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are non-melanoma skin cancers and the most common form. When found early, skin cancer can be successfully treated.
Skin allergies can cause itchy, red skin. When skin directly contacts an irritant, it can become inflamed; this is known as contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is not contagious, but it can cause a red, itchy rash on the skin.
Sun damage is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Over time, exposure to UV rays can lead to wrinkles, dark spots and other skin conditions. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause skin aging and even cancer. Sunburns are the most noticeable form of sun damage and may last only a few days.
Skin infections are common and can have a variety of symptoms. Bacterial infections are usually treated with antibiotics; antiviral medications are used to treat viral infections; and, antifungal creams, ointments or powders can treat fungal infections. Any cut, scrape or break in the skin can lead to infection, which can lead to a tetanus infection.
Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes loss of color in the skin. Symptoms may cause loss of pigment of the skin, mucous membranes, eyes, inner ear or hairs. The condition usually begins on the hands, feet or face. Vitiligo can affect people of all ages and skin colors, though symptoms usually appear in young adults and are more noticeable on darker skin tones.
Warts are caused by a virus, which causes cells to grow on the external layer of skin. They usually occur on the hands or feet. Though warts are not dangerous to your health or cancerous, they can be annoying. Warts usually fade away on their own over time, but sometimes they may need to be removed.
Do you suffer from one of the above conditions?
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Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) is the latest non-invasive, non-melanoma skin cancer treatment option. SRT uses a low energy radiotherapy that penetrates only a short distance below the surface of the skin. This treatment is a highly effective, painless, and cosmetically attractive alternative to surgery either for treating certain cancers or a specific type of patient population. This therapy is:
Our equipment (the SRT-100) is the newest and most advanced choice that is available today for providing superficial radiotherapy treatments. This treatment is painless and can almost be compared to how it feels when having an X-Ray performed.
Radiation is a very important tool in the fight against cancer. When radiation interacts with a cancerous cell, it alters the cell’s DNA (or genetic make-up) and its ability to reproduce, which ultimately leads to cell death in the cancerous tumor.
Superficial Radiotherapy treats non-melanoma skin cancers that are found on the surface of the skin and can be used as a treatment option for lesions on the arms, legs, back and trunk.
SRT is especially well suited for skin cancers of the head and neck regions (i.e. the fold in the nose, eyelids, lips, corner of the mouth and the lining of the ear) that would otherwise lead to a less than desirable cosmetic outcome. This treatment is also an alternative solution for patients who are considered too “high–risk” to be able to receive treatment through surgical procedures.
What To Expect.
- The procedure is non-surgical and does not require the use of anesthetics.
- You will need to attend several treatment sessions, dependent on your doctor’s recommendations.
- Be sure to inform your doctor of all medications you are currently taking.
- The x-ray will be directed toward the lesion by placing an applicator cone over the treated area.
- Once treatment begins, it will take less than 90 seconds to deliver the therapy.
- Treatment is painless, but you will notice skin redness by the end of treatment week one.
- The skin forms a protective scab post-treatment, with new & healthy skin developing underneath.