Ringworm (Tinea)

Ringworm (Tinea)

Ringworm is a very common infection caused by a skin fungus, especially in warm, humid climates. It can occur on any part of the skin or scalp. A dermatologist may easily recognize ringworm by its ring-shaped rash. To confirm the presence of the ringworm fungus, they will probably look at a skin scraping under a…

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Rosacea

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. Often referred to as “adult acne,” rosacea may begin as a tendency to flush or blush easily, and progress to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. It also may…

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Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

If current trends continue, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. That is more than 1 million skin cancers diagnosed each year. Unlike most other cancer diagnoses, however, skin cancer if diagnosed early is almost always easily curable. The best surveillance is annual full skin examinations with a dermatologist and regular…

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Warts

Warts

Warts are caused by certain subtypes of the human papilloma virus (HPV). They may develop on people of all ages anywhere on the skin. Dermatologists most commonly use liquid nitrogen, surgical excision, or blistering agents in the office to treat warts. In difficult cases, prescription creams or injections may be used. Most warts require a…

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Hair Loss (Platelet-Rich Plasma)

Hair Loss (Platelet-Rich Plasma)

At Skin Specialists of Allen/Addison, we have been performing PRP therapy as a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions. Recent scientific research and technology provide the medical community with new understandings…

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Acne

Acne

Acne is a common disorder that causes whiteheads, blackheads and cysts on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. The cause of acne is often multi-factorial – resulting from a combination of hormones, bacteria, oil gland activity, and plugged hair follicles. Having an occasional acne pimple or cyst is normal for most people and can…

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Birthmarks

Birthmarks

Birthmarks are caused by an overgrowth of superficial blood vessels or pigment cells. Different types of birthmarks include: Port wine stains are red to purple discolorations on the skin caused by swollen blood vessels. They may be removed with laser therapy. Hemangiomas or strawberry marks are flat red marks that appear in the first weeks…

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Dry or Itchy Skin

Dry or Itchy Skin

Xerosis, or dry skin is characterized by itchy, cracked, scaly skin. It is usually located on the legs, but can be located on any area of the body. If not properly treated, dry skin may lead to eczema, dermatitis, ulcers or infection. A dermatologist may recommend prescription lotions. To prevent dry skin, use a humidifier,…

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Eczema

Eczema

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) can begin as early as infancy and is marked by dry, red, itchy skin. It may start on the forehead, cheeks or scalp and spread to the trunk, creases of the elbows, knees and wrists. If scratched, the rash may become raw, crusted and infected. Approximately one third of children with this…

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Hair Loss (Alopecia)

Hair Loss (Alopecia)

There are numerous causes of hair loss ranging from the autoimmune alopecia areata to scarring hairloss resulting from chronic scalp trauma (follicular degeneration syndrome). In many cases, the most important factor in ensuring rapid and complete recovering is early diagnosis and treatment. Treatments include topical or oral medications or injected steroids.

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