Other Dermatology Conditions

Blue Light Treatments

One of the most promising advances in recent years for the treatment of acne is pain and side effect free, yet still effective: the Blue Light for teenagers or adults with moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris. Repeated exposure to the Blue Light (over a course of five or six sessions, usually scheduled a week apart) has proven to control acne (like the common cold, acne has long resisted anything so definitive as a cure). In the past, treatment for moderate to severe acne has ranged from topical creams and cleansers to medications like Accutane, which is not always safely tolerated and must be monitored closely by the doctor. Other acne remedies can involve frequent dosing and complicated routines that make them almost as annoying as the condition itself. Conversely, the Blue Light is pleasant and painless, and each session can be accomplished in fifteen minutes at our office. Call us and schedule your appointment today.

Rosacea

Rosacea is often referred to as adult acne. It classically involves the central face and presents as red bumps or pus bumps. The cause of rosacea is unclear, although there are many hypotheses including increased blood flow (as a response to heat/cold, spicy foods or alcohol), localized decreased immunity and overgrowth of a normally occurring skin mite known as demodex. The treatment usually consists of topical antibiotics and or sulfur-based washes. Rosacea can also affect the eyes and usually manifests as a gritty sensation, frequent styes or chronic irritation of the eyes.  This is most effectively treated by your eye doctor. Other subtypes of rosacea do occur and may include red cheeks, dilated pores and overgrowth of the skin of the nose.

Warts

Warts are caused by a virus known as the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV can be transmitted by direct skin to skin contact or from surfaces where the wart virus has been shed from the skin. Warts can affect any part of the skin and mucosa. Plantar, palmar and planar warts are some of the more common types of warts seen during childhood and adolescence. Adults can also develop warts but are less frequently affected than children. Warts are most commonly treated with liquid nitrogen but for small children who cannot tolerate the discomfort associated with liquid nitrogen, there are less painful therapeutic options.