Red, raised bumps or dry, itchy skin can be annoying. The occasional rash may appear due to insect bites, an allergy, or environmental irritation. However, chronic skin conditions may have a deeper underlying cause. Regardless of the case, it is important to seek medical advice to ensure appropriate treatment. For patients near Dix Hills, Dr. Roger Koreen of Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Center explains the most common skin rashes and treatment options.
Most common skin rashes
Having a rash is annoying. Unfortunately, it can affect your everyday life. If you have a rash on your face and/or body that is negatively impacting your life, it is time to seek treatment. Adults and children of all skin types can suffer from rashes and inflammation. Skin inflammation may be the result of an occasional rash or irritation or by a more common skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea. In each, the skin may be red, itchy, or inflamed, but the treatment or therapy necessary is different. .
Eczema is commonly identified by red, itchy patches of skin. Most often these patches appear on the face and chin, but they can show up anywhere on the body. Although eczema is commonly found in young children, teens and adults are susceptible, even if they have never had the condition. Itchy skin is often the biggest indicator of eczema. The symptoms may vary, but they may include the following:
Dark-colored patches of skin
Rough or scaly skin
Oozing or crusting
Eczema treatments may include oral medications, topical creams, nonsteroidal treatments, and/or light therapy. If you have known triggers for your condition, your physician may recommend avoiding them as part of your treatment plan.
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease. This skin condition affects adults and children. Psoriasis involves rapid skin cell production. The skin cells multiply at a faster rate than the body can eliminate them. Since the body does not have enough time to get rid of the extra cells, psoriasis sufferers have excess dry skin. The cells continue to pile on top of one another. This leads to symptoms of rashes, dry skin, and/or flaking skin. The skin may also crack or develop fissures.
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Psoriasis may flare up and go away at random. Common triggers include stress, infections, medications, dry air, alcohol, and smoking. Psoriasis has no cure, but the symptoms can be managed with proper treatment. At times, the condition may go into remission giving patients relief from the annoying, sometimes painful symptoms. With a proper diagnosis, you can receive the appropriate care for your needs. Treatment for psoriasis includes topical treatment, internal medications, or phototherapy.
Rosacea appears as a rash on the face. Patients often looked flushed or like they have rosy cheeks. The telling sign is redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead. Blood vessels may be visible on the skin as well. Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, genetics, environment, and internal factors may play a role. Treatment options may include trigger avoidance, laser or light therapy, and chemical peels.
Importance of dermatologist treatment
There is a wealth of information at your fingertips online. Many patients often try to self-diagnose and treat themselves without first seeking medical advice. Although at-home or do-it-yourself treatments sound easy and affordable, they may not be effective or appropriate for your actual condition. They may also cause negative or unwanted reactions. Diagnosing yourself does not always accurately assess or determine the underlying cause of your skin condition.
Skin conditions should be assessed by a board-certified dermatologist. A dermatologist is trained and experienced in treating problems of the skin and can help determine the actual cause of the rash. Although inflammation of the skin and rashes are common issues, they may signify deeper problems.
Dermatologists are skin specialists. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Koreen has a deep understanding of the skin and the products or treatments to treat it. As your doctor, he treats you personally, knows your medical history, and understands how a product may interact with your skin or body. Trust your doctor.
Always consult a physician for common skin rashes and treatment options. Contact Dr. Koreen and the team at the Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Center today for skin cancer treatments. Call (631) 417-3300.
Dr. Roger Koreen has dedicated nearly three decades to delivering a full range of dermatology services to over 90,000 patients. He received his medical training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine before going on to complete his residency at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. As a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, as well as the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Koreen is committed to continuing education and training. In addition to his practice, Dr. Koreen is also a staff member at Huntington Hospital.
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Unfortunately I've been going to see dermatologists for 25 years now. The last 5 and best have been under Dr Koreen care. He's fantastic at what he does, his staff is top notch and friendly, I recommend him highly.
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