Other Dermatology Conditions

Treatment for Actinic Keratosis

It is important to have your skin checked annually by a Dermatologist. Skin conditions like actinic keratosis (AK), also known as solar keratosis are relatively common effects from sun and UV radiation exposure. An actinic keratosis is a crusty, dry, and scaly growth that commonly occurs on the face, lips, ears, bald scalp, shoulders, neck and back of the hands and forearms. Early treatment can reduce almost all actinic keratosis (AKs) before they become skin cancer.

Riverside Medical Arts offers a red light photodynamic therapy (PDT) treatment for AKs. It is called the BF-RhodoLED® for Red Light PDT. This treatment has been FDA-approved for the lesion-directed and field-directed treatment of actinic keratoses of mild-to-moderate severity on the face and scalp.

Some patients experience mild to severe pain during treatment. After treatment, you may experience some mild inflammation. Patients should be advised not to remove any crusts and to let the healing process take its course. AK lesions must be re-treated if they have not been cleared completely after 3 months.

Treatment for 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.

Treatment for 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.

Are you are suffering from a skin condition? Call Riverside Medical Arts at (435) 628-6466 or contact us online today!