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Dermatology

Medical & Cosmetic Skincare

Our dermatology staff at Butler Memorial Hospital provides a full range of high-quality, highly personalized dermatology services in a warm, welcoming environment. Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with advanced, leading-edge tools and technologies designed to achieve optimal patient results for patients of all ages. Our goal is to offer personalized medical and cosmetic treatment solutions to meet your goals and needs. You can expect to reveal a more beautiful “you” from our dermatologic services delivered by board-certified dermatologists who can uncover any skin problems that stand in your way.

What Is a Dermatologist?

Medical experts specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin disorders and conditions are called dermatologists, who are also qualified to diagnose and treat conditions and diseases that affect the hair and nails. These physicians customize a skincare regimen appropriate for the client’s goals and work with them to present all available treatment options in order to find a solution to meet their unique needs. It’s understandable a skin problem has an effect on your self-image and confidence, and we employ a range of techniques and technologies to treat skin-related concerns.

Skin Conditions We Treat

We consistently achieve desirable outcomes in treating a wide range of skin conditions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Acne: This common condition causes blocked pores, pimples, cysts, and other lesions. Acne may appear anywhere, but it is most commonly found on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. While it is not life-threatening, it can lead to physical disfigurement from acne scars, not to mention significant emotional distress. A dermatologist is the best medical professional to treat acne to improve the skin’s appearance. A dermatologist also works to prevent future breakouts.
  • Actinic Keratosis (AK): Also known as solar keratosis, this condition creates a crusty or scaly growth caused by damage from exposure to the sun. Other artificial sources of ultraviolet light (tanning beds) can also cause this pre-cancerous condition. Left untreated, AK can develop into skin cancer. Most often, AK forms on the exposed areas of the skin. Symptoms may include itchy, inflamed, or bleeding skin.
  • Allergic Reactions: Symptoms that may be associated with allergic contact dermatitis vary from one patient to the next. You may have dry, scaly skin from an allergic reaction, or hives, oozing blisters, skin redness, a burning sensation, itching, or swelling. Often, allergic contact dermatitis goes on its own once the irritating substance is no longer in contact with the skin. You should avoid scratching and keep your skin clean with mild soap and lukewarm water. Discontinue any product you believe might be causing the allergic reaction. For instance, your allergic reaction may come from fragranced skincare products. Try over-the-counter treatments such as hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to relieve itching.
  • Age Spots: These darkened skin areas vary in size and typically appear on the face, hands, shoulders, arms, and legs. They are common in adults over the age of 50, especially those with fair skin. While they may look like cancer, they don’t require treatment. However, many are embarrassed and find age spots unsightly. Fortunately, age spots can often be removed or lightened with skin brightening treatments.
  • Cysts: When enclosed pockets of tissue fill with fluid, pus, or other materials, it becomes a cyst. These noncancerous lesions can appear anywhere on the skin and may look like a large pimple. Cysts are slow-growing, smooth to the touch, and under the skin surface. Cysts develop as a result of the sebaceous glands (oil glands) becoming clogged or infected. They can be removed surgically and you should not attempt to “pop” a cyst, especially because of the risk of infection and the high likelihood the cyst will re-fill.
  • Dry Skin: Many people of all ages experience dry skin. It may develop as a result of certain skin diseases like psoriasis, or it can be brought on by environmental factors such as cold weather, hot showers, harsh soaps, or sun exposure. Patients with dry skin complain of rough-feeling, tight skin that may be itchy or red. It is often only a temporary problem and can be managed through simple home and lifestyle measures, such as using moisturizers and special creams or avoiding hot showers and baths. For more severe cases, prescription creams and ointments may be recommended to calm skin.
  • Eczema: Inflamed skin conditions that result in chronic itchy rashes may be caused by eczema. About 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of eczema, including 10 to 20% of all Infants. Symptoms vary from person to person but often include dry, red, itchy patches on the skin, which break out in rashes when scratched.

Objects and conditions that trigger itchy eczema outbreaks may include rough or coarse materials touching the skin, excessive heat or sweating, soaps, detergents, disinfectants, fruit and meat juices, dust mites, animal saliva and dander, upper respiratory infections, and stress.

Treatment involves the restriction of scratching, use of moisturizing lotions or creams, cold compresses, and nonprescription anti-inflammatory corticosteroid creams and ointments. If these treatments are unsuccessful or insufficient, a dermatologist may prescribe corticosteroid medications, antibiotics to combat infection, or sedative antihistamines. Phototherapy is a common procedure that uses light to reduce rashes. For severe cases, drugs such as cyclosporine-A may be recommended.

  • Folliculitis: This condition occurs when the hair follicles become inflamed. You can have folliculitis on any part of your body with hair, but it is most common on the arms, back, buttocks, legs, or beard area in men. This condition can be caused by bacteria, yeast, or another type of fungus. Shaving or tight-fitting clothing can rub the skin and irritate the follicles, and sweat, oils, or makeup can cause folliculitis.
  • Hives: These welts can appear suddenly on any part of the skin. They often itch, and can vary in size. Hives usually subside within 24 hours or less, but can last for days or even weeks (acute hives). Typically, hives are the result of the body’s reaction to specific allergens. The most common causes are allergic reactions to specific foods, medications, or from infections. Hives lasting longer than 6 weeks are more challenging to identify the cause and require further evaluation by the physician.
  • Moles: While most moles and other skin growths are not of medical concern, it is important to screen for cancer and other skin conditions that can develop in some cases. Full-body skin exams help detect any new moles and growths and monitor existing growths; are recommended on a yearly basis to screen for skin cancer and detect any abnormalities in their earliest stages. To classify a mole, your doctor will evaluate its color, size, border end any asymmetries that may indicate a potential for cancer. If any suspicious lesions are found during this exam, additional testing will likely be performed.
  • Nail Fungus: Toenail fungus is an infection that gets in through cuts or cracks in your skin. It can be painful and change the color or thickness of the nail. Left untreated, this infection can spread to other toenails, fingernails, or the skin.
  • Poison Ivy/Oak: Contact with poison ivy or oak is the result of irritation from the sticky oil called Urushiol. It causes an itchy, blistering rashes when it comes in contact with the skin. Typically, the rash forms within 24 to 72 hours after contact, and can last as long as 3 weeks. Keep the area clean and control the itch with over-the-counter calamine lotion or hydrocortisone creams. Severe reactions in addition to rashes include nausea, fever, shortness of breath, or when the rash covers a large area of the body, is on the face, or close to your eyes.
  • Psoriasis: This autoimmune disorder is a group of chronic skin disorders that cause itching and/or burning, scaling, and skin crusting. More than 7 million Americans of all ages have some form of psoriasis, which may be mild, moderate, or severe. The most commonly affected areas are the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet, and genitals.

Psoriasis cannot be cured, but it can be treated successfully, sometimes for months or years at a time, and occasionally, even permanently. Treatment depends on the type, severity, and location of psoriasis. The patient's age, medical history, and lifestyle may also have a significant impact on the methods utilized. The most common treatments are topical medications, phototherapy, photochemotherapy (PUVA), and oral or injectable medication (For severe symptoms).

We Develop Personalized Dermatologic Care Plans Tailored to Our Patients

At Butler Memorial Hospital, we view each patient as an individual and strive to craft care plans tailored to their needs rather than taking a "one size fits all” approach. Our goal is to serve you in the best and most effective manner possible. Combining general and surgical dermatology, our dermatologists at Butler Memorial Hospital are uniquely able to create a comprehensive treatment plan personalized to your needs. We ensure the highest quality care by taking the time to talk with each patient and educate them on their condition and treatment options.

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