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    Choosing Skin Care Products for Rosacea

    Last updated 19 hours ago

    Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that can make you feel embarrassed about the way you look. Watch this video to learn how to choose skin care products that won’t make your rosacea worse.

    When you are shopping for skin care products, look for cleansers, lotions, and makeups that are specifically designed for people with rosacea. Choose makeup that has peach or bronze undertones instead of pink or red, which can emphasize rosacea flare-ups. When you are applying skin care products, use brushes instead of sponges or your fingers, as they are gentler and won’t create as much friction on your skin.

    Ask your dermatologist at Altman Dermatology about which skin care products might be right for your rosacea. Call us at (847) 725-0817 to make an appointment at our Palatine offices. You can also visit our website to get a complete look at our services and learn more about our dermatology practice.

    Epidemiology and Risk Factors of Scabies

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Even with regular visits to the dermatologist and a good at-home skincare routine, it is possible that you might develop a skin condition or two over the course of your lifetime. If you notice any changes in your skin, it’s wise to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to determine the cause, and to treat the issue at hand. Scabies is a skin condition that can affect people from all backgrounds, and has nothing to do with personal hygiene. Read on to learn more about scabies.

    Causes

    The cause of scabies is a small mite that has been pestering humankind for over 2,500 years. The mite is microscopic in size, and the adult female burrows under the outer layer of skin to live and deposit her eggs. Because the mites are so small and the symptoms may be similar to other skin conditions, scabies can be hard to detect. If you are experiencing intense, painful itching, especially at night, it’s worth a visit to your dermatologist to determine the cause.

    Symptoms

    The most frequently reported symptom of scabies is persistent itching that’s worse at night. You may also notice small red bumps that resemble bites, pimples, or hives forming in the areas where you’re itchy. Any gradual or sudden skin changes that result in such intense discomfort should be examined by your dermatologist.

    Risk Factors

    Contrary to popular belief, having scabies does not mean that you’re dirty, unhygienic, or neglectful of your skin. Typically, scabies is transmitted from person to person in close quarters, such as between people who live in the same house or between sexual partners. Scabies spreads easily, especially in places such as nursing homes, prisons, and child care centers where there are many people in a relatively small area.

    If you have noticed changes in your skin and you’re wondering if they could be due to scabies, call Altman Dermatology in Arlington Heights at (847) 725-0817. We treat chronic and acute skin conditions with the latest technology and a compassionate approach. Our board-certified dermatologists have been serving our patients for over 40 years.

    Identifying Your Rosacea Triggers

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that causes redness, flushing, and swelling on the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin. Over time, bumps and pimples may start to form along with the redness, which can make many people feel self-conscious about their appearance. Rosacea can affect all types of people, though experts believe that people with fair skin who blush easily are at a higher risk. Although the causes of rosacea are unknown, there are typically certain triggers that result in flare-ups in people who have this condition. Keep reading for a look at some common rosacea triggers.

    Food

    As with many skin conditions, the foods you eat can have a profound effect on your rosacea. Certain dairy foods such as yogurt, sour cream, and cheese are known to trigger rosacea flare-ups. The same is true for acidic foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, and vinegar. If you think your diet could be contributing to your rosacea flare-ups, your dermatologist may recommend an elimination diet in which you remove potential triggers and see how your skin reacts. Once you reintroduce the foods that have been eliminated, you may be able to identify your triggers based on how your skin reacts.

    Environment

    While you can control what you eat, it can be harder to control environmental rosacea triggers. Exposure to the sun, humidity, strong winds, and cold temperatures are all known rosacea triggers, so pay attention to how your skin responds in different conditions. Saunas, baths, and other warm environments may also trigger rosacea.

    Mind and Body

    If you are under a lot of stress or feeling anxious, you may notice flare-ups of your rosacea. Your mental and physical health play a role in the condition, and people who are going through menopause, caffeine withdrawal, or who have a chronic cough may notice that their rosacea is worse.

    Altman Dermatology has been treating patients just like you for over 40 years in the Arlington Heights area. We offer high-quality dermatological care for conditions ranging from rosacea and psoriasis to skin cancer. Contact us at (847) 725-0817 to schedule your next appointment.

    What Causes Warts?

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Warts often seem to come out of nowhere, without warning, but they are actually triggered by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. The virus is the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and there are more than 100 different types. It’s so contagious that nearly everyone will develop at least one wart in his or her lifetime.

    Warts are most common on the hands, where the HPV virus can enter via a small scratch. Inside the scratch, the virus causes rapid growth of cells that turn into a wart. You can pick up the HPV virus nearly anywhere, from doorknobs and keyboards to handshakes with colleagues. Although the hands are the most common location for warts, they can occur just about anywhere, including the face and legs.

    Warts can spread quickly, so it’s important to start treatment as soon as you see one appear. If your wart doesn’t respond to over-the-counter remedies, come to Altman Dermatology. Our dermatologists can freeze or burn your wart to stop it in its tracks. To make an appointment with one of our dermatologists or to learn more information, visit our website or call (847) 725-0817.  

    The Importance of Skin Cancer Prevention

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Skin cancer is the leading form of cancer in the United States. Each year, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer than breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancers combined, and the number of cases is increasing. This video explains the steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

    Start by having regular dermatologist visits and getting any suspicious skin changes checked out right away. When you’re out in the sun, use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen at all times and wear clothing that protects your skin from the sun’s rays. Stay out of tanning beds completely—they are linked to more than 400,000 skin cancer cases per year.

    Are you at risk for skin cancer? To undergo a skin cancer exam and get more information about protecting yourself, make an appointment at Altman Dermatology. You can reach our office in Arlington Heights by calling (847) 725–0817.  

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