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What is a Dermatologist?

 

A Rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who is specially trained to diagnose and treat arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Many rheumatologists conduct research to determine the cause and better treatments for these disabling and sometimes fatal diseases.

What do Dermatologists treat?

Rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. There are more than 100 types of these diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Some of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

 

When should I see a Dermatologist?

If musculoskeletal pains are not severe or disabling and last just a few days, it makes sense to give the problem a reasonable chance to be resolved. But sometimes, pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or persists for more than a few days. At that point, you should see your physician. Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of swelling and pain. It’s important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can begin early. Some musculoskeletal disorders respond best to treatment in the early stages of the disease.Because some rheumatic diseases are complex, one visit to a rheumatologist may not be enough to determine a diagnosis and course of treatment. These diseases often change or evolve over time. Rheumatologists work closely with patients to identify the problem and design an individualized treatment program.

 common conditions faq

Acne

Contact Allergies

eczema

skin cancer

psoriasis

 
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How is my skin affected by sun exposure?

Both UVA and UVB rays are dangerous to the skin and can cause skin cancer, including melanoma. Blistering sunburns in early childhood increase risk, but cumulative exposure is another factor.  Skin cancer is more prevalent in regions with increased sunlight

Should I avoid tanning beds and booths?

Both tanning beds and booths should be avoided. They raise your exposure to UV rays, increasing the risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers.

What is Cryotherapy?

This is treatment of a skin lesion by freezing it with liquid nitrogen. The nitrogen can be applied with a Q-tip or a spray gun. This is used to remove warts, sun keratoses, and some other skin growths. It cannot be used, however, to remove deeper lesions, such as moles and skin cancers

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What is Acne?

Acne results from the action of hormones and other substances on the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands) and hair follicles. These factors lead to plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples or zits. Acne lesions usually occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Although acne is usually not a serious health threat, it can be a source of significant emotional distress. Severe acne can lead to permanent scarring.

What is Acne Vulgaris?

Acne Vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory disease.  Although it is commonly accepted to be a disease of adolescence, it can affect people of all ages. Increased incidence is seen in 14-17-year-old females and 16-19-year-old males. It is also more frequent and severe in males. 

What is Accutane?

Accutane is a chemical derivative of vitamin A that was developed as a treatment for severe cases of acne. It has been used for a period of 20 years and has been found to effectively cure acne after a standard 16-20 week course of treatment.

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What is an “allergen” in relation to dermatology?

As dealt with in dermatology, allergens are chemicals that cause allergic reactions when they make contact with skin.

How are Contact Allergens detected? 

We perform Allergy Patch Testing.  This determines the cause of the allergic rash by placing ointments containing common causes of these rashes on your skin. In about 70% of patients tested, we can find a relevant item that the patient is allergic to. The patient can then avoid the allergen(s).    

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What is Eczema?

Eczema, or dermatitis, is a group of non-contagious inflammatory skin conditions which can affect all age groups. The severity of the disease can vary. In mild forms, the skin is dry, hot and itchy. In more severe forms, the skin can become broken, raw and bleeding. With treatment, the inflammation of eczema can be reduced, though the skin will always be sensitive to flare-ups and need extra care.

What is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic Dermatitis is the most common of many types of eczema that usually occur in people who have an “atopic tendency,” or a predisposition to develop any or all of three closely linked conditions: atopic dermatitis, asthma and hay fever. It is a chronic disease which leads to intense pruritus, lichenfication and other skin features such as papules and ichthyosis. The condition seems to result from a combination of genetic (hereditary) and environmental factors.

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