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What causes lichen planus?
Lichen planus is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person. In fact, it typically appears when the immune system starts attacking the skin or mucous membrane. Certain things can trigger it including:
- Certain OTC pain medications (e.g. ibuprofen)
- Medications used for arthritis, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease
- Hepatitis C
- Viral infections
- Certain allergens
- Certain chemicals or metals
Should I see a dermatologist?
If you have developed a purple rash or bumps that resemble lichen planus it’s worth it to pay a visit to your dermatologist to find out what’s going on, especially if you notice any unusual bumps on the genitals.
To determine that you do have lichen planus, we will need to biopsy some skin cells to diagnose lichen planus and to also determine whether it’s being caused by an underlying infection or an allergen. From there, further testing may be needed.
How is lichen planus treated?
So, you found out from your dermatologist that you have lichen planus. Now what? In some cases, this condition may just go away on its own; however, it’s important to recognize that there is no cure for lichen planus but there are ways to help alleviate certain symptoms such as burning or pain. Common treatment options that your dermatologist can recommend or prescribe include,
- Antihistamines: To help with itching
- Corticosteroid creams: To reduce inflammation and redness
- Oral or injectable steroids: This treatment is more effective for persistent, recurring, or more severe bumps
- Photochemotherapy: Light therapy can be effective for treating oral lichen planus
Here’s when it might be beneficial for you to see a dermatologist.
A dermatologist can be a lifesaver for many men and women dealing with skin problems. After all, the skin is the body’s largest organ, so any problems are often visible and can affect appearance and self-esteem. Wondering if you should turn to our Tamarac, FL, dermatologists Drs. Melanie and David Hecker? You may just want to if you are dealing with any of these issues,
Acne is one of the main reasons people visit our Tamarac, FL, dermatologists. No matter whether you are dealing with blackheads, whiteheads or deep, cystic acne, our dermatology team can provide the right medication and treatments for the type and cause of your acne symptoms.
While over-the-counter medications may be effective for those with milder symptoms, most of the time the medications and treatments we offer such as chemical peels, laser therapy, or prescription-strength topical treatments are going to provide better results.
You must be watching and examining your skin once a month to look for any changes in moles. This is the best way to catch skin cancer early. Of course, everyone should visit a dermatologist once a year for a comprehensive and professional skin cancer screening.
Moles should stay relatively the same in shape, appearance, and color over time, so if you notice a mole that has grown larger, is developing multiple colors, has crusted over, or started to bleed it’s a good idea to schedule an immediate appointment with us.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Along with treatments for acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other skin problems, our dermatologists also provide treatments designed to enhance and improve your appearance. If you are interested in smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles, eliminating sunspots and superficial scars, we also offer a variety of cosmetic options such as chemical peels and laser therapy.
Advice on Skin Care
Not all skincare products work the same. Some are going to be more effective for you than others but it’s important to understand what you’re hoping to achieve or improve with your skincare products. Drs. Melanie and David Hecker can be a wellspring of information regarding the right products and treatments. From anti-aging to acne, we can provide you with what you need to achieve dramatic results.
Need to schedule an appointment with our dermatologists? Hecker Dermatology Group provides comprehensive care to the Tamarac and Pompano Beach, FL, areas. To see a dermatologist, please call (954) 783-2323.
Think You Have Shingles?
If you notice a blister-like rash developing on one side of the body it’s possible that you could have shingles. If you suspect that you have shingles, you must see a doctor.
Those over the age of 60 years old as well as those with chronic conditions such as diabetes are more at risk for complications related to shingles, so you must seek immediate dermatology care from a qualified doctor. A dermatologist can also rule out other possible conditions or infections.
For the antiviral medication to be most effective, you must see a doctor right away if you think you have shingles. The most common types of antiviral medications used to treat shingles include acyclovir and valacyclovir. These antivirals can speed up the healing process and reduce the severity of your symptoms.
- Applying cold compresses to the rash
- Soaking in a cool oatmeal bath
- Wearing light, loose-fitted clothing that won’t rub against the rash
- Applying calamine lotion to reduce itching
- Managing stress effectively and finding ways to help you relax
- Eating healthy, balanced meals
- Getting good quality sleep every night
The good news is that there is a shingles vaccine that can protect you against this infection. If you are over the age of 50, you could benefit from the shingles vaccine so ask your doctor. The vaccine can protect you from shingle for up to five years.
If you are worried that you might have shingles, or if you’re interested in finding out whether or not you should get the shingles vaccine, a qualified dermatologist will be able to answer all of your questions and provide you with the custom dermatology treatment you need to ease your symptoms.
How your dermatologists in Pompano Beach and Tamarac, Florida can help you look younger.
You want to look as young as possible for as long as you can. The only problem is, those pesky wrinkles keep showing up on your face. You can do a lot to prevent wrinkles from forming.
Dr. Melanie Hecker and Dr. David Hecker at Hecker Dermatology Group offer a wide range of anti-aging skin care treatments, including treatment options for wrinkles. They have two convenient office locations in Pompano Beach, and Tamarac, Florida to help you and your skin look great.
Wrinkles form along lines of expression. Squinting, frowning, laughing, and even smiling can all cause problems like crow’s feet, forehead creases, and other common wrinkles.
Environmental factors, especially sun exposure, can accelerate wrinkle formation. Aging is another cause because your skin becomes drier and loses elasticity as you age.
To help prevent wrinkles, it’s important to:
Always wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15, or SPF 30 if you have fair skin, or plan to be in the sun for a long period of time.
- Apply moisturizer after cleansing your skin, to keep skin moist and protected.
- Try to avoid being in direct sunlight between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, when ultraviolet rays are the most damaging.
- Wear protective clothing like hats and sunglasses.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
If you are starting to see wrinkles, your dermatologist can help with a wide variety of anti-wrinkle treatments including:
- Dermal fillers like Juvederm to “fill in” wrinkles and smooth out skin
- Wrinkle-relaxers like Botox to temporarily “freeze” the nerves and muscles, to make your skin appear smoother
- Chemical peels to remove the top layer of dead skin and reveal more youthful skin
- Skincare products containing antioxidants, vitamins, and alpha-hydroxy acids to keep your skin looking vibrant and rejuvenated.
- You don’t have to settle for looking older than you are. You can fight wrinkles and show off a more youthful face, and your dermatologist can help.
To find out more about preventing wrinkles, and wrinkle treatment options, call Dr. Melanie Hecker and Dr. David Hecker of Hecker Dermatology Group with offices in Pompano Beach, and Tamarac, Florida at (954) 783-2323. Call now, and get started looking younger today.
Here’s how to tell the difference between dandruff and dry scalp:
- Dandruff will produce large, oily flakes that are often yellow or white in appearance while the dry scalp is more likely to produce a lot of dry little flakes.
- Dandruff may cause a red, scaly scalp while someone with dry scalp is more likely to experience dry skin on other parts of their body
- The only symptom that both dandruff and dry scalp have in common is an itchy scalp
Other tips to prevent dandruff include:
- Wash your hair every day to reduce excess oil on the scalp
- Use a shampoo that contains coal tar, pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or tea tree oil (a natural alternative)
- Stay away from any har products that contain alcohols or bleach, as well as oily hair products that will only cause more oil to buildup on the scalp
- Find ways to effectively manage stress, which can trigger or exacerbate dandruff
- Get a small amount of sun exposure every day (just a couple of minutes), which could help get your symptoms under control (talk to your dermatologist before doing so, as excess sun exposure can be harmful)
- Eat a healthy diet that is rich in vitamin B, zinc, and healthy fats