What skin conditions & skin diseases does HealthFit Family Medicine treat?
We treat most common skin conditions, including:
Acne is a condition that often affects adolescents, but can affect a person at any age. Acne is characterized by small bumps filled with pus, small black spots or deep cysts that can occur on the face, back or neck.
There are various acne treatments including cleansers, topical ointments and oral medications designed to treat specific types of acne. In some women, birth control pills can help regulate acne causing hormones. Consistent usage of a combination of the above mentioned medications will usually help improve the frequency and appearance of acne.
Eczema (dermatitis) is when the skin is dry, itchy and red. It occurs most often in children and infants. Environmental factors can trigger eczema, called eczema flare-ups.
Types of eczema include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis. Eczema is not contagious.
Eczema affects about 10-20 percent of infants and only about 3 percent of children and adults. At this time there is no cure for eczema, and that can frustrate those suffering with this skin disease. A combination of over-the-counter and provider-prescribed medications, daily bathing and moisturizing, and avoiding triggers (dryness, irritants, some foods) can help to manage eczema flares.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition often triggered by stress, medications, infections and drugs or alcohol. Psoriasis appears as a thick red rash with white or silver scales. It is most often found on the elbows, knees, nails, lower back and scalp.
HealthFit’s treatments for psoriasis include topical ointments and medications, and oral prescription drugs. Stress relief through deep breathing, yoga or long walks may help ease symptoms made worse by stress.
Wart treatment and removal
What causes warts?
Warts, while harmless, are actually infections on the top layer of skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many types of HPV, some of which cause STDs and others that cause warts.
The virus usually enters the skin through a small cut, and the immune system responds by rapidly growing new skin cells on the outer layer of the skin, which causes the wart. We cannot avoid coming into contact with HPV, as it can be transferred through a handshake, by a doorknob or from a public keyboard – this is why warts are more often found on the hands.
Although we know the cause of warts, we don’t know why some people get them and others don’t. Our best explanation is that some people’s immune systems are just better than others’ and these people are better able to fight off HPV before it causes a wart.
Treatment: wart removal
Warts are easily removed. A stroll through the drug store will give you many options for at-home wart removal. These all involve methods of suffocating the virus so that it dies.
At-home removals can take weeks or months, but a quick visit to the HealthFit providers can result in immediate wart removal via cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen) or excision. Removing a wart soon is important so that the virus does not spread to other parts of the skin or to other people.
Skin tag treatment and removal
Skin tag symptoms
A skin tag is a soft, benign skin growth often found on the eyelids, neck, arm pits and groin. They are commonly found in areas where the skin rubs on itself or clothing. More than 50 percent of people will experience a skin tag at some point in their life.
Skin tags are most commonly found on children who rub their eyes, athletes who have repetitive irritation from sports, and overweight people. While generally harmless, many people choose to remove skin tags because they are unsightly or irritating.
In rare instances, a skin tag can be precancerous. Patients should quickly make an appointment with their provider if a skin tag bleeds, grows or displays multiple colors (pink, brown, red or black).
Treatment: skin tag removal
Contrary to popular belief, removing a skin tag will not cause more to grow. Skin tags are easily removed by cutting off the tag or tying off the blood supply with dental floss and waiting for it to fall off. At-home removals can take a few days or weeks, but skin tag removal at HealthFit is a relatively inexpensive and quick procedure via cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen) or excision with immediate results.