6 Facts About Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral skin infection. It causes bumps to form that are round, firm, and painless. These bumps can be as small as a pinhead when they start or as large as a pencil eraser as they grow over several weeks. They have a pit or dimple in the middle and are smooth and pearly.

Fact 1: Molluscum is Contagious

You may have guessed from the name that Molluscum Contagiosum is contagious and spreads by physical contact with infected people and objects.

Fact 2: Adults Can Get Infected

Adults are at risk of getting this skin infection through physical or sexual contact with an infected person. It’s not clear from research whether the bump has to be broken or can be intact to spread, so you should avoid both. Adults with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to molluscum and should see a dermatologist for immediate treatment if they become infected.

Fact 3: Children Can Get It, Too

Children are the most likely age group to get this viral skin infection. They can pick up the virus when they contact infected things or people, especially at daycare centers, public pools, and play areas.  

Fact 4: Molluscum Can Spread All Over

This viral infection can start on one part of the body and spread all over. That’s why dermatologists recommend you consistently cover up the bumps with bandages and clothes to contain the infection. Also, consider letting your body and face hair grow out, as shaving can also spread the infection.

Fact 5: It’ll Eventually Go Away On Its Own

You might be wondering how to get rid of molluscum contagiosum fast. Luckily, this skin infection will eventually clear up on its own within one year. Each bump takes 2-3 months to clear. But new bumps can form after old ones clear up, which is why it can take up to a year to resolve. Once clear, the infection is gone and does not lie dormant in the body. However, recovery from a molluscum infection does not offer immunity. That means that it’s possible to get it again if you come in contact with the virus.

Fact 6: It Doesn’t Hurt 

Molluscum doesn’t hurt, but it can itch. Also, expect some redness, soreness, and swelling. This itchiness can be especially challenging for young children. Covering the sores is helpful, so the infection doesn’t spread by scratching and picking at them.

Molluscum Contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a virus. Its bumps are round, firm, and painless, with a pit or dimple in the center. The bumps start as small as a pinhead and grow over several weeks. They can reach the size of a pencil eraser. Molluscum is contagious, and both adults and children can become infected. It can spread all over the body, so it needs to be covered with bandages and clothing to prevent this. Molluscum contagiosum will eventually go away on its own.

If you or someone you know may have this viral skin infection, schedule an appointment today with one of our dermatologists for a check-up.

3 Benefits of Microneedling With PRP

Take microneedling and add platelet-rich plasma, and you have a winning combination for healing. The two treatments work synergistically to improve your skin. First, microneedling injures your skin. Then platelet-rich plasma heals it. Confused about why you would damage your skin to improve it? Read on for the whole story.

What Does Microneedling Do?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure—the goal is to make your skin look better than before. It is also known as collagen induction therapy. Your dermatologist starts by numbing your skin with a topical cream. Then they glide a handheld microneedling pen or a roller across the skin. The thin needles cause micro-injuries along the way and open up tiny channels to receive the platelets that will help it heal.   

What’s Platelet-Rich Plasma

The platelets come from your own body—your dermatologist is trained to draw a small amount of blood from your arm. This is placed inside a machine that spins to separate out the valuable platelets.

The Benefits Of Microneedling With PRP

These platelets are filled with injury-healing properties. Applying it to the freshly pierced skin allows your body’s own resources (platelets) to heal the injury and make it better than it was before. The three main benefits of microneedling with PRP therapy include:

  • Improved acne scars
  • Reduced wrinkles
  • Reduced hyperpigmentation

Microneedling With PRP Before And After

The microneedling stimulates your body to produce new collagen and elastin proteins. These help you look younger. Plus, they fade acne scars, plump wrinkles, and even out your skin tone.

AKA “The Vampire Facial”

Microneedling with PRP is also known as the vampire facial. This is because of the blood that’s involved. Yes, your skin can bleed a tiny bit from the microneedling. And, of course, the PRP that’s applied topically is red. The vampire facial became famous when celebrities like Kim Kardashian posted pictures of it on their social media accounts. Plenty of people have since wanted to benefit from the one-two punch this powerful treatment provides.

How Long Does The Treatment Take?

The time it takes to complete your microneedling with the PRP procedure depends. Some people will treat their entire face, while others will only treat a targeted area that really needs it. But in general, the procedure takes about 20 minutes, give or take.

When Will I See Results?

For most people, the results from microneedling with PRP are dramatic after 4-6 treatments spaced about one month apart. But It depends on the severity of the acne scarring or wrinkling. Some people get their desired result after three treatments; others need closer to six treatments to see the improvement they want.

Can I Do Microneedling” Without” PRP?

Yes, it is possible to do microneedling without PRP. Microneedling alone is effective in reducing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. But when it comes to reducing the appearance of acne, a 2016 study shows the benefits of adding PRP therapy. The study said it can be combined with microneedling to enhance the final clinical outcomes. This is in comparison with microneedling alone.

Take microneedling and add platelet-rich plasma, and you have a winning combination. Celebrities and regular people alike benefit from the one-two punch this synergistic treatment provides. Want to give it a try? Reach out today for an appointment with one of our dermatologists.

We Offer An On-site Pharmacy

Imagine the convenience of having your prescription in hand as soon as you finish your dermatology appointment. And envision how supported you’ll feel by a pharmacy technician who understands your dermatology prescription and can advocate for you with insurance. Just think how much money and time you’ll save. This convenience is now yours. That’s because the Skin and Cancer Institute has worked hard to open an on-site pharmacy at most of its locations.

We spoke with our own Dr. Raza Mehdi about this new offering for Skin and Cancer Institute patients. He said he’s excited about this higher level of dermatological care. He also shared his perspective on how an on-site pharmacy can benefit you. Here’s what he had to say.

Question: How are on-site pharmacies different from traditional pharmacies?

Answer: Our on-site pharmacies are different from traditional pharmacies because our dermatology specialty medications are more complex. They might not be available from your local pharmacy or may require additional monitoring to provide the full benefit of their treatment. We are here to help ensure our patients get effective and safe outcomes and access to medications.

Question: What can your team provide education on?

Answer: Our team can provide education on your medication: how to take it; side effects, and drug interactions

Question: Can your team help with financial concerns?

Answer: Yes, our team can monitor prices and manufacturer rebates to apply to patient’s prescriptions.

Question: What about refills?

Answer: We will contact you when it is time for a refill and follow up on your treatment. We offer free Next Day shipping for refills, or you may pick your medication up at the pharmacy.

Question: What will the wait time be like?

Answer: We offer a minimal wait time. Prescriptions are ready by the time the patient checks out and is ready to leave the office.

Question: What can you do to help with prior authorizations?

Answer: The pharmacy can communicate directly with the dermatologist to prescribe medications that can reduce prior authorizations and expedite the medication to the patient.

Question: How can you help with insurance?

Answer: If a patient’s insurance denies the prescription, our pharmacy tech can speak directly with the dermatologist for other possible options while in-office. We reduce prior authorization requests using a more thorough understanding of dermatology medications and the patient’s different payment options.

Question: Do you coordinate with my primary care physician?

Answer: We will work directly with your primary care physician or specialist to resolve any problems with your medication.

Question: Do you offer an on-site pharmacy at each location?

Answer: We currently offer an on-site pharmacy at most of our Skin and Cancer Institute offices. We are working diligently to offer them at each location in the near future.

Come experience the new Skin and Cancer Institute pharmacies located inside our dermatology office. It’s the ultimate convenience and makes getting your medication easy from beginning to end. Our priority is helping patients like you live better. That’s why we offer convenient ways for patients to manage their dermatological concerns.

Ready to begin your journey to better health? Book your appointment now to start improving your skin today!

10 Ways Niacinamide Helps Your Skin

One of the most potent skin vitamins you’ve probably never heard of is called niacinamide. It’s a form of vitamin B-3 that’s loaded with benefits for your skin. It can make your skin stronger and look better. Plus, it can treat various skin conditions, including acne and hyperpigmentation. But these are just two out of ten things niacinamide can do for you. Read on for a full list of skin benefits.

Niacinamide Benefits

  • Less oil production — regulates the amount of oil produced by sebaceous glands.
  • Improves skin barrier — it can help create a lipid barrier that keeps skin moist.
  • Builds skin proteins — niacinamide builds keratin, which keeps your skin healthy.
  • Minimized wrinkles — a 5% niacinamide concentration reduces fine lines over time.
  • Treats hyperpigmentation — it can lighten dark spots.
  • Limits acne — reduces inflammation and lesions over time.  
  • Reduces redness — reduced inflammation leads to fewer red blotches.
  • Protects against sun damage — protects from damage from ultraviolet rays.
  • Shrinks pores — smooth, moisturized skin limits the appearance of large pores.
  • Builds skin cells — niacinamide helps build some types of skin proteins.

What is Niacinamide?

It is a form of vitamin B-3 that is water-soluble and needs to be replenished within your body. It’s a crucial skin-beautifying vitamin. It’s also essential for basic skin health as Vitamin B-3 deficiency can lead to skin disorders.

What Foods Contain Niacinamide?

You can eat your way to better skin health. Try to eat foods like green vegetables, beans, meat, fish, milk, eggs, yeast, and cereal grains—all of which are loaded with niacinamide. It’s also found in numerous supplements, sometimes under the name nicotinamide.

Foods Are Better Than Supplements

Experts say the safest and best way to increase this vitamin in your diet is through foods. Niacinamide supplements can have side effects. That’s why they require your doctor’s approval and may not be safe for pregnant or nursing mothers. So just the simple act of eating more niacinamide-rich foods should be enough to boost your skin health. You can also try adding topical niacinamide to your daily skin care routine.

Niacinamide Serum

Serums are the primary delivery vehicle for topical niacinamide. There are various quality serums on the market that you can easily add to your skin care routine. The most effective serums contain at least 5% niacinamide.

The Niacinamide Skin Care Routine

Adding a topical niacinamide serum to your daily routine is easy. First, wash your face. Follow this with a niacinamide serum. Then moisturize. And last but not least, make sure to end your morning skincare routine with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with 30 SPF or more.

How Soon Can I Expect Better Skin?

Studies show it can take up to eight weeks to see niacinamide benefits. Just keep eating niacinamide-rich foods and using your serum once or twice a day, and the benefits will follow.

Niacin Vs. Niacinamide

These two vitamins are different yet similar. Niacin and niacinamide are the two forms of Vitamin B-3. Your body can take in niacinamide directly from food. It can also produce it from excess niacin.

Niacinamide Acne

Severe acne—especially pustules and papules—can get better with niacinamide intake. This includes both oral and topical niacinamide. It’s known to improve skin texture over time. Niacinamide boosts the skin’s ceramides to reduce water loss. It also can reduce the skin’s inflammatory response and lead to fewer pimples overall. In addition, it slows sebum (oil) production and reduces acne bacteria.


Niacinamide is a potent vitamin. It’s loaded with benefits for your skin—it can make it stronger and treat various skin conditions like acne and hyperpigmentation. If you’d like to learn more about what this vitamin can do for your skin, schedule an appointment today with one of our dermatologists. They’d be happy to recommend products to help you develop a niacinamide skin care routine.

What Coolsculpting Can (and Can’t) Do For You

You might have areas of unwanted fat that remain despite your best diet and exercise efforts. If this describes you, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to slim those areas. Coolsculpting could be the answer. If you’re close to your ideal BMI (body mass index), Coolsculpting could help you reveal more muscle and slightly alter your shape.

What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is the brand name for a process called cryolipolysis—a fancy word for fat freezing. Scientists studying the process of frostbite realized that fat cells freeze at a different temperature than surrounding cells. So, during Coolsculpting, fat cells are frozen and killed, but the surrounding tissue and skin cells are left unharmed.

How Does Coolsculpting Work?

Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure. That means no anesthesia, no needles, and zero downtime. Coolsculpting attachments are placed on the targeted area for about 30 minutes to one hour. You may feel a tingling feeling; however, it is not painful.

What Happens to the Fat After It Freezes

The frozen fat cells die, and your immune system slowly eliminates them over time. It can take up to a few weeks to notice a difference and up to several months to see the full results of Coolsculpting.

How Many Coolsculpting Sessions Will I Need

Most people need at least 3-4 sessions of Coolsculpting before they see their desired results. Expect up to a 25 percent reduction in fat cells in the treated area.

Coolsculpting Before and After

For an excellent example of a realistic result, imagine someone at their ideal weight who still has a little bit of a stomach fat layer protruding. Coolsculpting could make their abdomen flat after several sessions. If someone already has a flat stomach, several sessions of Coolsculpting could reveal their abdominal muscle definition.

Coolsculpting Results

Keep in mind that this process works best for thin people simply trying to tighten up a body part that holds onto stubborn fat, like on their stomach or arms. Results are subtle. If your BMI is high, you’ll get more dramatic results with a procedure like liposuction.

Actors and Models

There’s a reason actors and models get Coolsculpting to give themselves that extra edge before an important shoot or event. Most of them are already in great shape and just need that little extra amount of fat removed to really make them look and feel fabulous.

Is Coolsculpting Right For You?

Coolsculpting absolutely could be right for you if your BMI is normal and you just have a small area of fat you’d like to reduce. Many everyday people have benefited from the slimming effects of Coolsculpting. The important thing to remember is that Coolsculpting is most effective for small areas of stubborn fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. It is not a weight-loss procedure.

How Much Does Coolsculpting Cost?

Costs vary depending on where you live and who does your procedure. Also, smaller areas are cheaper to treat than more extensive areas. In general, Coolsculpting costs between $2,000-$4,000, depending on your individualized treatment plan.

Coolsculpting Can Be Used On Body Parts Including:

  • The fat bulge in the bra area
  • Fat bulge under the buttocks
  • Under Chin
  • Upper Arms
  • Stomach
  • Back and Sides
  • Thighs

If you have areas of unwanted fat that remain despite your best diet and exercise efforts, Coolsculpting might be the answer. If you’re close to your ideal BMI, this non-invasive procedure could help you reveal more muscle and slightly alter your shape.

Earn Rewards


Allergen offers its Alle rewards program—designed to reward you for your loyalty.


It’s simple to join Alle. Just go to alle.com where you can start earning rewards right away. Enter your phone number to unlock exclusive rewards. Plus you’ll get content curated especially for you. Get treatment information and access Alle providers near you.

Why Join Alle?

Alle will reward you for using Allergan Aesthetics brands. You’ll also get rewarded for a variety of other in-office treatments. Here are some great reasons to sign up:

  • Save on Allergan Aesthetics brands
  • Points last 12 months
  • Earn points on some in-office products and treatments
  • Get customized offers
  • Enjoy coupon-less redemption

Allergan Brands and more

You can earn points on many in-office treatments and products from over 50 brands. Then, you can redeem points and save on the Allergan Aesthetics portfolio of brands, which include:

  • Botox Cosmetic
  • Coolsculpting
  • Kybella
  • Latisse

Alle Is Like Brilliant Distinctions Allergan Aesthetics original loyalty program, Brilliant Distinctions, underwent a makeover and became Alle. It now offers more than ever, including:

A simple user experience — tap into your Alle Wallet with the app. It keeps all your points and digital coupons in one place.

More ways to save — stack your offers and points for free services or SkinMedica products.

Customized savings — Alle keeps track of your go-to aesthetic treatments and suggest new ones you might want to try.

Curated Content — get informative content about skincare, aesthetics and savings opportunities from editors around the country.

ASPIRE Galderma Rewards

Experience feeling supported and rewarded along your journey. Member’s benefits start with up to $60 savings on your first qualifying treatment.

Perks Of Joining

The ASPIRE mobile app gives you easy access to all of your information. For example, you can track your results in the before and after gallery. It even lets you set a preferred specialist.

ASPIRE Members Earn Points

You earn points on qualifying treatments with Galderma and certain partner brands. You can use your points for discounts on future Galderma treatments.

Friends Help

You can earn 100 bonus points for each friend you refer. You can be rewarded for referring up to five friends each calendar year.

Galderma’ s Portfolio

The aesthetic treatments in Galderma’s portfolio include:

  • Dysport
  • Restylane
  • Sculptra

How To Use Your Points

Visit ASPIRErewards.com and sign up. Let the front office staff know during checkout that you just received a Galderma treatment and would like to have your points issues.

Five Levels of Loyalty

The more points you earn, the higher your status becomes. This gives you access to increasingly valuable rewards.

Everything You Need To Know About Eczema

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is a rash-like skin condition that’s common in children but can occur at any age. It usually shows up on the ankles, elbows, face, hands, knees, and neck. It’s red, and it’s dry. It itches.

What Causes It?

An overactive immune system causes eczema. This overactivity produces more inflammation than usual. People with eczema might have a gene variation that makes their skin more susceptible to irritants and allergens. It’s important to know the things that trigger eczema and how to avoid them.

7 Types Of Eczema

  • 1. Atopic dermatitis—the most common form of eczema, especially among children.
  • 2. Contact dermatitis—caused by skin contact with allergens or irritants.
  • 3. Dyshidrotic eczema—water-filled blisters on hands and feet.
  • 4. Neurodermatitis—can cause a cycle of itching and scratching until thickened skin develops.
  • 5. Nummular eczema—round spots often mistaken for other skin conditions
  • 6. Seborrheic dermatitis—develops on areas of skin with numerous oil glands like face, scalp, armpits, groin, and back.
  • 7. Stasis dermatitis—often affects the legs of older adults. Poor circulation is usually the culprit.

You Can Treat Eczema From The Outside

Topical spray, lotion, creams, and ointments are all examples of ways you can treat eczema externally. Triamcinolone and hydrocortisone come in many topical forms. They help reduce inflammation. They also strengthen the skin barrier. They can be used alone or with other treatments.

Treating Eczema From The Inside

Oral or injected medication can help you treat eczema internally. These include cyclosporine and methotrexate. They encourage the immune system to reduce inflammation.

But, they are only recommended in extreme situations for a short period of time.


Biologics are injectable treatments from living organisms (this includes human DNA). They target the overactive immune system to decrease inflammation. One example is Interleukin inhibitors.

When Eczema Keeps You Awake At Night

The cycle of itching and scratching can make for a poor nights’ sleep. If this is affecting you or someone you love, it’s time to see a doctor.

If You Have A Skin Infection

If you see red streaks in your skin or if it becomes scabbed or pus-filled, it’s time to call the doctor.

If Home Remedies Fail

Sometimes home remedies fail despite our best efforts. This is another point at which it’s best to seek professional help.

See An Eczema Specialist

If you are distressed because of your eczema, take our advice: see a dermatologist. They are eczema specialists who know this condition. They’re trained to diagnose and treat all seven types of eczema.

Whether you have severe eczema on your hands, knuckles, or another part of your body, it can itch and feel uncomfortable. Avoiding eczema triggers can help relieve symptoms. Our board-certified dermatologists are available to help diagnose and treat your eczema. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Diamond Glow

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, the Diamond Glow facial quickly becomes a close second. Celebrities and beauty editors alike say the facial leaves them shining, “bright like a diamond,” as the Rihanna song goes.

What Is A Diamond Glow Facial?

Crushed diamonds form the tip of the Diamond Glow wand. The wand slides gently across your face as the diamonds resurface your skin. This tip works through layers of discoloration. It gently removes dead skin cells. Plus, it smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. This tip ranges from very fine for sensitive skin to course for skin that needs stronger dermabrasion.

3-In-1 Facial

A serum is infused into your skin at the same time that the diamond tip sluffs off the dead skin cells. The freshly resurfaced skin is eager to absorb nutrients delivered by the Diamond Glow wand.

Top-Of-The-Line Ingredients

You have five Pro-Infusion Serums from SkinMedica to choose from. You can also combine them to address your unique skincare concerns. The serum choices are:

  • Vitamin C
  • Pore clarifying
  • Ultra-hydrating
  • Skin brightening
  • And the signature TNS Advanced+

Impurities Are Suctioned Away

Suction is the third component of the Diamond Glow facial. An efficient suction cup at the tip of the wand slurps excess serum off your skin.

Impurities Jar

The excess serum combines with dead skin cells plus impurities pulled from your pores. These drip down through a tube into an impurities jar. You can look at it after your facial and see the gunk that came out of your pores. It’s mainly sebum, with some floating dead skin cells and old makeup that was smashed into your pores.

What It Feels Like

People who have had the Diamond Glow facial say the gentle exfoliation and suction feel relaxing. And they say it also feels oddly satisfying to see all of the impurities that are sucked into the collection jar.

How Does It Sound?

The main sound of the Diamond Glow facial is the suction. You hear it each time the wand is lifted and repositioned on a new area of facial skin. The Diamond Glow facial also sounds like the gentle whirl of a motor (the diamond tip exfoliator spinning around).

You Look Great Immediately

The Diamond Glow facial is famous for the way your skin glows afterward—there is zero downtime. Your skin is left dewy and radiant the minute the facial ends, and your daily schedule resumes.

How Many Facials Do I Need?

We recommend regular Diamond Glow facials to maintain your luminous results: once a month is ideal.

When it comes to the Diamond Glow facial, diamonds really are a girl’s (and guy’s) best friend. The Diamond Glow facial offers top-of-the-line serums infused during exfoliation and suction. This 3-in-one facial is the ultimate in instant gratification because there is zero downtime and immediate results.

Schedule A Facial Today

Our dermatology employees at The Skin and Cancer Institute are here to support your overall skin health. This includes providing you with the many benefits of a Diamond Glow facial. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

How To Treat Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an incurable skin condition that can affect your daily life. Three percent of people worldwide have a psoriasis diagnosis, including Cyndi Lauper, Art Garfunkel, and Kim Kardashian. We spoke with Skin and Cancer Institute dermatologist Raza Mehdi for his perspective on this widespread condition. According to Dr. Mehdi, a psoriasis diagnosis can make you feel self-conscious about your skin.

How To Treat Psoriasis

“People become less likely to take their shirt off, and other things like that. It impedes their lifestyle and can be emotionally tough,” Dr. Mehdi said.

What is Psoriasis?

If you have psoriasis, your body’s immune system is mistakenly attacking healthy skin cells. Your skin responds by producing cells up to ten times faster than average, which is problematic. There’s no way your body can slough off the skin cells as fast as it’s making them. So, red blotches appear on the skin. Often these red areas are topped by pustules or white flaky scales.

“The immune system fights off infections, but with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system starts fighting against your own body,” said Dr. Mehdi.

The Six Types of Psoriasis

There are different types of psoriasis. Red patches with white flakes are the most common. A less common variation is red patches with yellow blisters on top. Psoriasis also shows up as bright pink or red spots shaped like teardrops. And sometimes, psoriasis also appears on the fingernails and toenails, where it leaves grooves and pits. Psoriasis falls into the six following categories:

  • Scalp psoriasis
  • Nail psoriasis
  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Psoriasis in sensitive areas
  • Guttate psoriasis
  • Plaque Psoriasis
  • Plaque Psoriasis Is the Most Common

The most prevalent type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, which makes up 80 percent of cases. It appears as itchy red patches topped with white scales. Usually, it starts around the elbows and knees. It can eventually spread to the whole body—which is why early detection and treatment are essential.

Psoriasis Causes

What causes plaque psoriasis is unknown. We know it’s an autoimmune disorder, but the medical field is still investigating its causes and cures. Triggers are also unknown, but a dry climate could make for harsher breakouts. Psoriasis is less common in humid climates. There are no known lifestyle triggers that could predict flare-ups except perhaps stress. If you have psoriasis, it’s helpful to avoid retinol, drying products, exfoliators, peels, scrubs, and astringents.

Diagnosis Of Psoriasis

Dr. Mehdi said you should check your skin regularly for lesions. If you have any flaky, dry, tender, itchy, or red patches, definitely get checked and treated early, so it doesn’t progress to the rest of the body.

“A lot of people don’t seek help because they don’t know, and there can be a stigma associated with it. It’s not fatal but debilitating,” Mehdi said. Fortunately, there are many more treatments available now compared to 10 years ago.

How to Treat Psoriasis

The good news is that a dermatologist can help you manage and treat this skin condition. For 85 percent of patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, symptoms resolve within three to six months with a combination of treatment. The medical field is still researching and coming out with new drugs for this disorder. Dr. Mehdi suggests you keep your skin clean and moisturized. Also, light therapy could help.

“It can be controlled with a regimen of moisturizers and prescription medications in the form of topical creams, injections, and oral pills,” he said.

Schedule An Appointment Today

Psoriasis, when unmanaged, will continue to spread and worsen and can cause joint inflammation, so it’s essential to take your skin problems seriously. For people who have psoriasis, always get a dermatologist’s opinion. Please make an appointment with Dr. Mehdi or one of our other Skin And Cancer Institute providers today.

Do You Need To See A Dermatologist For That Rash?

A rash means our skin’s color or texture has changed. Sometimes we can treat inflammation at home just fine. Other times, we need to make a “rash” decision to seek medical help. But how do we know when to do this?

What’s A Rash?

Rashes are any change to the standard color and feel of your skin. Sometimes they itch; other times, they are painful. And sometimes they don’t feel like much at all.

What Causes Rashes?

Some medical conditions cause rashes. Other times, rashes are caused by an allergy or an irritating substance.

How Long Does A Rash Last?

Some rashes clear up in a matter of days. Others are chronic and need long-term treatment.

10 Common Skin Rashes

  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Herpes simplex
  • Scabies
  • Ringworm
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Shingles
  • Impetigo
  • Hives

How Many Rashes Are There?

There are hundreds of different types of rashes, so keeping track of their names is daunting. But one thing that’s easy to remember is that they usually fall into one of three categories:

  • Immune system — these result from the body producing antibodies.
  • Infectious — bacterial, viral, or fungal infections.
  • Inflammatory — either short-term or long-term.

Relief For Skin Rashes

If you need immediate relief from the itch and pain of a rash, apply something cold. This could be a wet rag or an ice pack. It could even be a cold shower. The cold limits blood flow to the area of inflammation.

Could It Be Skin Cancer?

It’s essential to have a dermatologist evaluate any spots or rashes that are red and scaly. This is especially true if they’re on the part of your body that gets frequent sun exposure.

Covid-19 Skin Rash

Some people with Covid-19 might develop a rash. The exact incidence of Covid rash is unknown. But it’s estimated at only about one percent, so it’s rare.

Before You Self-Treat A Rash

It’s important to know what type of rash you have before you attempt to treat it. That’s because rashes can be caused by many different things. Treatments vary depending on the kind of rash you have.

Treatment For Skin Rash

Skin rash treatments include everything from antihistamines to relieve itching to cortisone creams to relieve swelling.

When To Get Medical Help

It’s time to go to the dermatologist if you have a rash that hasn’t cleared up with home care after about a week or two. Also, look for fever, blisters, open sores, pain, or a quickly spreading rash. These are all signs that you need medical care.

What Your Dermatologist Will Ask You

Your dermatologist will ask a series of questions to narrow in on the origin of your rash. Some common questions include:

  • Did you switch to a new cosmetic or personal hygiene product recently?
  • When was the last time you were in the woods?
  • Have your medications changed?
  • Do you have asthma or allergies?
  • When was the last time you traveled?

Why See A Dermatologist Instead Of A General Doctor?

The advantage to letting a dermatologist look at your rash is that they are skin doctors. They have spent years training to diagnose your rash. They are specialists who will efficiently zero in on the cause of your inflammation and work with you on a treatment plan.

Not sure what type of rash you have? Ready to begin your journey to better health? Book an appointment with one of our dermatologists today.