Is your skin bothersome? Do you have red, itchy skin that is dry and cracked or even has blisters on it? You may have dermatitis. There are many types of dermatitis that result from different health conditions or allergies and even our genetics can play a part in our propensity to develop dermatitis.
Contact dermatitis results from direct contact with an irritant or allergen that causes inflammation, red, swollen or sore skin with small blisters. Examples of source irritants or allergens can be laundry soap, shampoo, lotion, cosmetics or even natural sources such as pollen or contact with plants such as poison ivy, poison oak or other poisonous flora.
Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, can be a caused due to any combination of reasons such as dry skin, environmental factors, bacteria on your skin as well as a malfunctioning immune system.
Seborrheic dermatitis results from an overactive sebaceous gland that excretes an oily, yellowish fluid that leaves a scaly, cracked patch on your face, neck or upper body. Dandruff is a mild case of seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp.
Dermatitis can easily be treated by the use of topical products such as medicated shampoos and over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams. The use of oral antihistamines will relieve the itching as well as reduce inflammation.
If you suffer with dermatitis and you prefer to be treated the natural way without taking Cortisone which contains steroids. Or your body is not responding to OTC treatment you can find support and assistance by contacting HP Dermatology Centre. There are non-chemical treatments that may be right for you.
Have you ever asked yourself ‘what is a birthmark?’ Many of us in the population have something that can be thought of as a birthmark. Whether it is clinically a birthmark or what is popularly believed to be one, they are not uncommon.
30% – 50% of the population have some form of a birthmark. There are different types of birthmarks. Vascular and pigmented are the two primary types. Vascular birthmarks occur when blood vessels do not form normally either under the skin or in the skin while pigmented birthmarks a collection of brown or tan pigments darker than the rest of the skin.
Typically, birthmarks are not a health concern however if you believe yours or your child’s birthmark are uncommon it is advisable to contact your family physician. Birthmark removal is known to be very successful. Treatments for the removal of birthmarks range from laser removal to high precision techniques that do not require the use of needles, scalpels or lasers.
When there is not a health concern related to a birthmark we may decide that it is important to us to have it removed. Removal birthmarks can have a positive increase in our emotional well-being and confidence due to a noticeable change in our appearance and with little to no pain.
If you have a birthmark that you would like to have removed, contact HP Dermatology for a consultation
Do you struggle with acne and wish you understood it better? What causes it? Is all acne the same?
Acne typically appears on the face but more than half of the population suffers from acne on the back while approximately 15% of people suffer from acne on their chest as well. There are multiple types of acne that range from small outbreaks such as blackheads and whiteheads to more severe and painful outbreaks known as papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.
Acne results when the sebaceous glands, where hair follicles are attached, become clogged with dirt and bacteria which commonly resides on the skin and excess sebum (oily excretion of the sebaceous gland) form a blockage of the small gland. Bacteria, typically harmless, survives on the skin and when exposed to a clogged gland create an infected area that if left unattended will result in larger more painful infections. These types of acne require medical assistance to heal the infection and treat the exposed skin to help prevent scarring.
Throughout our lives we are more prone to acne breakouts during time of increased hormone levels such as puberty, pregnancy or conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome. Stress may be another source of acne. There is no solid research to support this claim however, studies have determined a trend in the increase of acne when someone with active outbreaks experiences an increase in stress hormones produced by the body.
Additional causes of acne flare-ups may include certain medications such as steroids as well as anti-epileptic medications. Steady use of items such as headbands, ball caps or backpacks can cause outbreaks in areas that come into regular contact with the skin.
There are many myths about acne that persist. Myths that are widely perpetuated about the cause of acne are centered around poor diet, poor hygiene. Myths related to improving acne outbreaks are that if you squeeze the blackheads or whiteheads they will disappear however the truth is that this could actually cause the problem to persist or even get worse leaving scars. Sunbathing, sunbeds and sunlamps are also believed to help improve acne outbreaks however there is no evidence that this is the case. It is more likely that exposure to the sun or UV rays will cause damage to your skin with no impact on your acne. Medications dispensed to treat acne are likely to make your skin light sensitive and cause damage to your skin that could be painful as well as put you at risk for skin cancer.
Do you have red, itchy skin that is dry and cracked or even has blisters on it? You may have a type of dermatitis known as eczema.
There are many types of dermatitis that result from different health conditions, allergies and even our Eczema also known as Atopic dermatitis can be any one of a number of reasons. Environmental factors as well as dry skin are the primary reasons we develop eczema. However, eczema can be caused by bacteria on your skin, a dysfunctional immune system or even genetics which can play a part in our propensity to develop dermatitis.
Treatment of eczema is most effectively accomplished through the use of preventative measures. Understanding and being aware of things in our environment that produce an outbreak is key to preventing it. Due to the uncomfortable nature of this condition we are typically aware of the things in our daily lives that cause discomfort or pain associated with eczema which allow us the ability to avoid them.
When we develop habits to avoid outbreaks we are ahead of the game and can prevent frequent recurrences. Habits to develop include moisturizing daily to prevent dry skin, wear clothing that is soft and breathable such as cotton products to avoid rough, scratching fibers that can causes an outbreak and schedule time to relax, reducing stress is another preventative measure.
Once you have an active outbreak they can easily be treated by the use of topical products such as medicated shampoos and over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams that may contain Cortisone which is really Steroids or Antibiotics. In both cases you would be poisoning your body. The use of oral antihistamines will relieve the itching as well as reduce inflammation.
If eczema is part of your life and you can’t find a way to control it contact HPDermatology and will provide you with Homeopathic and Natural remedies which actually work. We are here to support you.