At Skin and Cancer Institute, our board-certified dermatologists frequently see patients in all ages and stages of life struggling with various types of skin rashes that can range in severity and duration. For example, a prominent type of skin rash is known as atopic dermatitis. Atopic Dermatitis is a prevalent form of eczema and a pestering skin condition that causes its victims to itch and deal with ongoing redness, dryness and irritation. Eczema or atopic dermatitis can have multiple causes although it is difficult to diagnose a single cause. It is known to result from infections, heat, allergens, and a weak or compromised immune system. Such skin rashes can be seen in newborn babies, toddlers and even adults both young and elderly.
Risks of Not Being Examined by a Dermatologist
It is not uncommon for a baby’s pediatrician, for example, to misdiagnose a rash on a baby. The proper avenue for a correct diagnosis is to be seen by a skin care expert, a licensed and trained dermatologist. For example, a pediatrician may notice a red itchy rash and proclaim a diagnosis of seborrhea based on the presence of dry skin elsewhere including on the scalp which is commonly referred to as “cradle cap.” This diagnosis although well intentioned may lead a first-time mom to question where she should continue breastfeeding as seborrhea can be caused by hormones while eczema is an auto immune response. Rather than going down a rabbit hole of guessing, to administer timely and effective treatment but also to protect the patient, a dermatologist would be able to identify and diagnose the skin rash or condition. The similarities in appearance, texture, scaliness and dryness of the various rashes can coincide making self-diagnosis and self-treatment futile. Be sure to be examined by a board-certified dermatologist for a skin rash that does not go away.
The varying scale of damage and the duration of rashes are ultimately linked to the diagnosis and cause. This is why a verified diagnosis by a board-certified dermatologist is critical to proper treatments. As always, it is better to know for certain exactly what category the rash falls into. There are numerous categories of rashes which require different treatments including but not limited to the following:
- Heat rash
- Swimmer’s itch
Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation to see a licensed and experienced dermatologist to help identify and treat your skin condition if you are struggling with a skin rash.
The exact cause of skin tags remains unknown. It appears that skin tag develop due to friction around the skin, as tags usually develop in skin folds. Skin tags are the compilation of blood vessels surrounded by an outer layer of skin. While skin tags are not dangerous, they can be removed for cosmetic reasons.
The result of various studies indicate a strong presumption that the human papillomavirus (HPV) may be a factor and cause of skin tag development. Also, insulin resistance has been found to play a role because because with such resistance don’t absorb glucose efficiently. While skin tags may also result from pregnancy and hormonal changes in a woman’s body, the condition is not contagious.
It is best to have a board-certified dermatologist evaluate your skin tags. Sometimes skin tags may resemble warts or moles. A visual examination will help assess the concern and if removal is necessary, a biopsy will be performed.
How are Skin Tags Removed by a Licensed Dermatologist
Only a trained board-certified dermatologist in dealing with this delicate skin should attempt to remove skin tags. Never attempt to remove skin tags on your own. At Skin and Cancer Institute, the following treatments are available in removing skin tags:
- Scalpel Removal
- Laser Treatment
Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation with a dermatologist for evaluation and an assessment.
Our board-certified dermatologists and team of licensed nurses are trained in providing unique dermatologic treatments for various skin conditions. From treating unwanted blemishes and other concerns like pigmentation, Rosacea, warts, moles, cysts, skin tags, Skin and Cancer Institute can offer appropriate treatments targeting your particular needs.
Cosmetic Procedures for the Face & Body
We also offer our patients living in Las Vegas, Nevada pristine laser therapies, non-surgical facial fillers, Botox, chemical peels and more. Whether it is a cosmetic enhancement without surgical intervention or more intense changes to the body are desired, our practice offers something for everyone.
Cosmetic treatments include facial rejuvenation, body sculpting to eliminate cellulite and unwanted fat, acne and scar treatment and more. Tattoo removal, spray tanning and laser hair removal are also services we provide.
Contact our Las Vegas practice for all your dermatology and cosmetic needs.
Residents in Phoenix, Arizona can benefit from cosmetic, laser and surgical procedures offered by our board-certified dermatologists. From skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea to the treatment and removal of skin cancerous tumors, our doctors offer services tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
If you live in Phoenix, it is very likely that you have sun exposure that may be harmful, especially if your skin is not protected by gear or SPF. The summer months with high heat temperatures doesn’t help either. Currently, the month of September has seen high temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. This is very dangerous heat and sun exposure to residents of Phoenix. Many patients find themselves being at risk for skin cancer or precancerous skin lesions as well as other harmful growths that evolve if in the sun for lengthy periods of time.
Skin Cancer Variations
Basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, merkel cell carcinoma and sebaceous carcinoma are types of skin cancer treated by board-certified dermatologists. Each type of carcinoma spreads and affects the body differently. For example, merkel cell carcinoma can affect nerve endings and thereby infiltrate the lymph nodes, brain, bones, and lungs. Melanoma by contrast, is the result of a pigmentation mutation called melanin. The cells can mutate causing skin cancer.
Our dermatologists and skin cancer surgeons can help alleviate your concerns. Examination and detection are very important to your timely treatment.
Skin and Cancer Institute offers patients surgical removal and other treatments for unwanted skin growths or conditions. For instance, lipoma which are deposits of fats in the shape of lumps can be removed by liposuction or surgically.
Cysts can be treated by laser, topical steroid, drained, or surgically removed. Eczema can be treated by light therapy.
Eczema typically appears on the hands, feet, ankles, arms and neck. It is best not to itch or scratch any patches of dry, cracked skin for risk of breaking open the lesion. Creams and ointments as well as oral corticosteroids may be prescribed by your board-certified dermatologist at Skin and Cancer Institute.
If you struggle with any of these unwanted skin conditions or concerns, schedule your appointment at our Los Angeles, Las Vegas or Phoenix offices.
Parents of newborn babies typically under the age of 3 months, find themselves noticing a skin condition on their newborns. Seborrheic dermatitis is very common and is the result of overproducing oil glands in the face and scalp. Conditions like cold or warm weather can also contribute. Hormones from a breastfeeding mother can also contribute to seborrheic dermatitis.
When seborrhea is found on the babies skin, it can be initially confused with baby acne. However, seborrheic dermatitis can originate in the form of tiny bumps on the face and evolve into red and yellow crusty patches. In a matter of days, the condition can worsen and become more severe and worrisome. Your dermatologist or pediatrician will most likely recommend a topical steroid hydrocortisone 1% to be used a few times daily until the rash and crust disappears. Seborrhea can be found on a newborn’s forehead between or covering the eyebrows, the cheeks and other prominent areas of the face.
This condition can also be noticed in the scalp, by its dry flakes which appear to look like dandruff, but in babies is called cradle cap. Cradle cap is identifiable by scaly yellow patches on the scalp. Shampoos for babies’ cradle cap should be used persistently until the cradle cap disappears. Shampoos including ingredients such as ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, 2% pyrithione zinc, or salicylic acid or tar-based shampoos will most likely be recommended for your little one.
If your little one shows signs of this medical skin condition, schedule your appointment today at Skin and Cancer Institute. Diagnosis and treatment are readily available.
Eczema can be a disturbing skin condition for many adults and children. Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes inflammation in the skin. Atopic dermatitis is one form of eczema. Dry scaly skin that appears raised, bumpy or has a rough texture like sandpaper can be difficult to live with.
Treatments include steroids, ointments, and creams. Eczema can be found in adults, but is also very common in newborn infants and toddlers. Eczema can cause discomfort and itchiness. It is advised not to itch these dry patches, because it can open up the lesion.
Eczema in Babies Can be Affected by Diet
Breastfed babies may find themselves more susceptible to developing eczema. Often times, lactating mothers try to eliminate certain foods and dairy from their diet to see if the eczema will go away. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that mothers who are nursing with infants at high risk of developing Atopic Dermatitis should avoid the following: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, cow’s milk, and fish from their diets
If you or a loved one face persistent eczema, call Skin and Cancer Institute to meet with our team of professional dermatologists. Click here for a list of all the skin conditions and medical concerns we can treat.
LA Laser Center prides itself on offering our patients and residents throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, Las Vegas, Bullhead City, Centennial, Mesquite and beyond the finest laser technology and state of the art equipment for cosmetic treatments.
We utilize several different types of lasers, each with a distinct purpose. For acne treatment, any of the first three lasers can be used to eliminate or lessen the appearance of hypertrophic scars, acne scars and contracture scars:
The lasers are also used for facial rejuvenation treatments. This means our lasers are versatile and can be used to treat skin conditions such as stretch marks, discoloration, rosacea, wrinkles, skin cancer, dark circles, redness, spots, broken capillaries and enlarged pores.
LA Laser Center’s many office locations and practices offer an abundance of medical skin treatments and procedures. Below is a list of skin conditions and concerns we treat:
- molluscum contagiosum
- nail fungus
- skin cysts
- skin rashes
- skin tags
Our treatments vary from laser use, surgical removal, liposuction, peels and other skin therapies. For example, we treat and remove fatty lumps called lipomas found in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, thighs and arms. Our removal techniques for lipoma include surgical removal, non-surgical liposuction and steroid injections.
Contact our LA Laser Center practice nearest you to schedule your consultation. We have offices in California, Arizona, and Nevada.
Photodynamic light therapy treatment is the latest advancement in dermatology for the improvement of one’s skin, fighting severe cases of acne. Acne, rosacea, acitinic keratosis and hyperplasia can also be targeted with this form of light therapy.
During the Procedure
A solution called Levulan is applied to the treatment area. The laser activates it, allowing the light to treat that area. It can be used to treat the face in its entirety, and not just portions of the face affected by acne or other skin conditions. Click here to learn more about photodynamic light therapy treatment and results.
Contact LA Laser Center
Contact us for an appointment or to schedule your consultation if you are interested in PDT light therapy or would like to treat specific skin conditions like acne, rosacea, skin cancer, hyperpigmentation or hyperplasia.