Dermatology isn’t always cosmetic; there are many medical skin conditions and diseases that might require care from a medical dermatologist. George Wooming, M.D. provides Dallas medical dermatology services including treatment for common skin conditions like acne, eczema, hair loss, psoriasis, skin cancer, and more.
The most common skin condition in the United States, acne often causes physical and psychological problems such as permanent scarring, poor self-image, depression and anxiety. Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition, characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts or nodules occurring on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. There are many effective acne treatments available – cleansers, creams and lotions, and prescription medications.
Rashes characterized as eczema have many different causes, including allergic reactions, friction, prolonged exposure to heat and moisture and contact with irritants such as harsh chemicals. Eczema treatment depends on the cause, but often includes medication, proper skin care, trigger avoidance, and treatment for symptoms, such as: moisturizers, cold compresses, corticosteroids, antihistamines, and phototherapy or immune-suppressing oral medications.
There are many conditions and diseases that can result in hair loss, but hair thinning or balding is most commonly hereditary. Other causes of hair loss, some of which are temporary, include improper use of styling products and improper hair care; a variety of diseases, including thyroid disease; childbirth, major surgery, high fever or infection, stress, flu, inadequate protein or iron, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, certain prescription drugs, hormonal imbalances, fungal infections such as ringworm, and alopecia. Treatment for hair loss may include topical treatments, injectable medications, oral medications, and hair transplantation and restoration surgery.
A chronic inflammatory disease of the immune system mostly affecting the skin and joints, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can be associated with other diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Psoriasis is a serious medical condition that may be treated with any number of therapies, including topical treatments, phototherapy, or traditional systemic or biologic agents.
One in five Americans will develop some sort of skin cancer in their lifetime. Types of skin cancer include non-melanoma skin cancers called basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It can develop quickly and frequently spreads to the lymph nodes and internal organs, making early detection and treatment essential. Skin cancer can be prevented with proper skin care and protection from ultraviolet exposure.
Other medical dermatology issues commonly treated include diabetic ulcers, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), pre-skin cancers, moles, rashes such as poison ivy, rosacea, scars, skin allergies, skin tag removal, and warts. If you suffer from any of the skin conditions mentioned above, contact the Dallas medical dermatology experts at Knox Dermatology today.