Posts for: June, 2018
Rashes will happen to most people at some point during their lifetime, whether it’s from coming in contact with poison ivy while on a camping trip or from an allergic reaction to a skincare product. While most rashes aren’t anything to worry about, we know that the other symptoms that accompany them—redness, itching and burning—can be annoying. Find out the most common causes for rashes and when your rash requires an evaluation from a dermatologist.
What causes a rash?
There are a variety of reasons rashes develop. Your rash could be caused by:
- Contact dermatitis
- Certain medications
- Heat rash
- Viral infections
- Asthma or allergies
- Bug bite
- Poison ivy, oak and sumac
When do you seek medical attention?
Most rashes will go away on their own and won’t require medical attention; however, while all rashes might look the same it’s also important to be able to recognize when a rash is serious enough that it needs to be evaluated by a skin doctor. Since there are so many different things that can cause a rash it’s important to have a proper diagnosis so you know exactly how to treat it.
You should have a rash checked out if:
- It’s all over your body
- It’s accompanied by a fever
- It’s painful
- It’s showing signs of an infection (oozing; warm to the touch; swelling)
- It’s blistering
- It appears suddenly and continues to spread quickly
How do you treat a rash?
The treatment plan your dermatologist creates for you will really depend on the cause of your rash. Sometimes over-the-counter creams such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion can help manage itching and other symptoms until the rash goes away. Oatmeal baths can also be soothing for rashes caused by poison ivy or poison oak. While the rash heals, avoid using any products on your skin that contain fragrances or harsh chemicals. Try not to cover the rash, as it needs to be able to breathe.
If you do have to come in for an evaluation, we will provide you with the proper medication or treatment necessary to get rid of the root cause of the rash. It’s important that you follow the treatment as prescribed in order to effectively get rid of the rash.
Your habits and daily routine could be impacting the health of your skin.
We all want healthy, radiant skin, and I think we can agree that most people also want to be able to prevent lines and wrinkles for as long as possible. Of course, this also means giving your skin the proper care it needs to look and feel its best. We know that skin care dos and don’ts can often feel daunting. Our Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville, FL, dermatologist, Dr. Sanjiva Goyal, is here to provide some helpful and easy tips for maintaining healthy skin.
Sun Protection is Vital
Sun damage can happen to anyone, regardless of age. In fact, childhood sunburns can lead to long-term skin problems in the future and increase the likelihood of skin cancer. This is why everyone needs to lather on the sunscreen about 20 minutes before heading outside. Make sure you are using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (that protect against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of at least 30. Also, make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after being in the water.
We all know just how bad smoking can be for your health, but did you know that your skin can also experience some pretty nasty effects from smoking? Unfortunately, smoking leads to premature lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth. Furthermore, since smoking constricts the blood vessels it means that less blood is flowing to your skin, which also means that tissues aren’t getting the proper nutrients they need. As if this wasn’t reason enough to quit, smoking also hurts both collagen and elastin, which are responsible for keeping your skin smooth, tight, and firm.
Be Gentle on Your Skin
You don’t need to scrub and scrub your skin to get it clean. Using a gentle cleanser and carefully washing your face twice a day is all you need to do to remove bacteria and dead skin from the surface of the skin. Other ways you can be kind to your skin include avoiding certain products with harsh chemicals and soaps, opting for warm instead of hot showers, and moisturizing your skin daily.
Your Dermatologist Can Help
Your skin care regimen really depends on the type of skin you have and whether you are prone to certain problems such as eczema, dermatitis, or acne. If you aren’t sure what products are safe to use on your skin this is where our Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville skin doctor can help. We can provide a variety of tips, recommendations and even treatments to handle a plethora of skin care issues. Let us help you feel confident in your skin.
We believe that it’s important to have a dermatologist that you can trust whenever you are dealing with issues that you can’t seem to get under control. Coastal Dermatology & Medspa offers two convenient locations in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, to serve you better. Call us today!
Learn some fun facts about these common skin blemishes.
Birthmarks are extremely common, appearing on about 80 percent of babies at birth. Even if you don’t have a birthmark, chances are good that you know someone who does. However, how much do you actually know about these dermatological markings? There are a lot of facts and folklore surrounding birthmarks and why they appear. Find out how much you really know!
Your Birthmark Is Not Caused By Your Mother!
There are many folk tales surrounding the expectant mother’s influence on whether or not her child has a birthmark. Some cultures believe that a birthmark is associated with the mother’s unfulfilled want or need, while others believe that certain foods that the mother eats or activities that she participates in can cause birthmarks to appear on her newborn. However, many doctors believe that birthmarks actually form before the child is even born.
Does a Birthmark Tell You Who You’ll Be?
Are you always looking for the next amazing adventure? Do people revel over all your successes? If so, some people might believe your birthmark has something to do with it. A birthmark on the back is believed to signify that the child is openminded, while a birthmark on the right foot means you are born to be a traveler. While there is certainly no scientific evidence to prove any of this, it’s a fun superstition nonetheless.
All lore aside, many birthmarks are benign; however, it is best to see your dermatologist to have it evaluated and to make sure it isn’t malignant. There are several different kinds of birthmarks:
- Congenital melanocytic nevus: This more rare birthmark can be found anywhere on the body and is usually light brown or sometimes black, depending on the person’s skin color.
- Mongolian spots: A bluishgray marking that may look similar to a bruise.
- Port wine stain: A purple or red blemish that often appears on the face.
- Telangiectatic nevus: Sometimes referred to as a “stork bite” or “angel kiss”, these slightly red patches are often found on the face or back of the neck.
- Hemangiomas: A raised, red mark sometimes referred to as a “strawberry mark”
- Café au lait spots: This birthmark is characterized by circular, light brown spots
- Silvermark: A silver or white streak in the hair.
If you are unhappy with or embarrassed by your birthmark then you may also want to talk to your dermatologist about having it removed. Both surgery and laser treatments may be options for having your skin blemish removed.