Posts for: December, 2020
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.
Most people don’t know what impetigo is. Maybe you haven’t even heard of it. This contagious bacterial skin infection is most often seen in babies and children; however, adults can catch this infection, too. Dermatologists often see a rise in impetigo cases during the summer. How does impetigo even happen in the first place?
Well, our skin is home to millions of bacteria. Most of them are actually good bacteria that help you stay healthy; however, bad bacteria can develop on the skin too. If these bad bacteria can get into a wound or opening in the skin, this can cause impetigo.
What are the symptoms?
Impetigo causes red bumps mostly on the arms, legs, and face. These bumps will eventually turn into blisters that will crust over. The skin under and around the blisters may look raw. At first, you may only notice one or two spots; however, the condition will continue to spread. Bumps may itch or also be tender.
Who is at risk for impetigo?
As we said, we often see this condition in children and infants; however, certain factors can also put adults at risk. You may be more at risk for impetigo if you have been diagnosed with,
- Liver conditions
- Eczema or dermatitis
Since many skin conditions cause painful blisters to form it’s important to see a dermatologist right away for a proper diagnosis. When you come into the office, our skin doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history to help rule out what conditions it could be. A physical examination performed by a qualified dermatologist is often all that’s needed to make a diagnosis; however, we may collect fluid from the blister to look for the presence of bacteria.
How do you treat impetigo?
It’s important to see a doctor for treatment because impetigo will require antibiotics. Depending on the severity of the blisters, your dermatologist may simply prescribe an antibiotic cream, while those with more widely affected areas or more severe symptoms may require oral antibiotics. Once you start taking the medication you should recover within a week.
If you or your little one is dealing with symptoms of impetigo you must see a dermatology professional right away for a proper diagnosis and treatment.