acne 1ACNE  is the most common skin condition in the United States. It frequently begins in the teenage years, but can affect adults of any age group. Acne lesions can consist of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), inflammatory bumps (pimples and pustules), and deeper lumps such as nodules and cysts. These lesions can occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. The severity of the lesions and picking at the lesions may lead to scarring.

The physicians at Limmer Dermatology have many treatment options to offer. These include topical medications, oral antibiotics, and even isotretinoin (Accutane) for severe, scarring cases. Also, procedures such as microdermabrasion, extraction of lesions, and photodynamic therapy (Blue-light) can be very helpful.

eczemaECZEMA (or dermatitis) is a general term referring to an inflammatory skin condition (rash) that may appear as red, dry, itchy patches on the skin. More severe patches may have blistering or oozing. Persistent areas may have thickened or cracked skin. There are many types of eczema and any area of the skin may be involved.

One common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Although the cause is unknown, it appears to represent an abnormal immune system response in the skin. This type of eczema is thought to have a genetic basis, and many of these patients also suffer from allergic rhinitis or asthma, or have family members who do. Frequently, but not always, children with this problem find that it improves or even disappears as they get older.

Another type of eczema is allergic contact dermatitis. This is a true skin allergy to something, such as “poison ivy” or nickel in costume jewelry. Yet another type is known as irritant contact dermatitis which is caused by skin contact with harsh or irritating substances.

The physicians at Limmer Dermatology can recommend many options for treating eczema. These include preventive strategies such as avoidance of trigger factors, daily moisturizing, and mild skin care products. Treatment of affected areas can include topical corticosteroids, cool compresses, oral antihistamines, and others.

Actinic KeratosisACTINIC KERATOSIS (AK) is a rough, dry, or scaly patch or growth that appears on sun-exposed skin areas. They are usually red or pink but are sometimes flesh-colored or brownish. Most people have more than one and the plural is actinic keratoses. They are caused by exposure to sunlight (ultraviolet light) which causes cellular damage to skin cells called keratinocytes.

AKs are medically significant as they are considered to be the earliest stage in the development of some squamous cell carcinomas (type of skin cancer). They are therefore considered to be "precancerous.". Anyone who has AKs has sustained enough sun damage to make them more susceptible to all forms of skin cancer, including melanoma. Therefore anyone who has AKs should be under the care of a dermatologist.

There are many treatment options for AKs including cryosurgery (freezing), topical medications, photodynamic therapy (Blue-light) and others. Limmer dermatologists provide expert care for all skin types and are highly experienced in the treatment of AKs.

psoriasisPSORIASIS is a chronic, non-contagious condition affecting patients of all age groups. Although the exact cause is unknown, it occurs when a person’s immune system signals skin cells to grow too rapidly. These skin cells appear as thickened, red patches with scale and may be itchy. The patches are commonly located over elbows, knees, and scalp but also may be widespread over the skin.

Although there is no cure for psoriasis, the physicians at Limmer Dermatology have many treatment options to consider. Your treatment should be individualized for you based upon the location and severity of your psoriasis.

psoriasisWARTS are common, benign skin growths that are usually skin-colored and feel rough or hard. They may also be reddish, brownish, flat and smooth. They can be located anywhere on the skin but are most common on the hands and feet. Warts are caused by a group of contagious viruses called human papillomavirus (HPV).

Treatments include cryosurgery (freezing), topical medications, and others.

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